YSL Black Opium {Friday Fragrance Fix}

I might have mentioned that back in the day my mom was a big Opium fan (read about that here). I always think of my mom dressed up for a year-end function when I smell it, complete with her chunky gold jewellery and shimmery bronze eyeshadow.

While I have since tried the fragrance on myself, things didn’t quite work out for Opium and I. When I received Black Opium EDP a couple of weeks ago I was legit terrified. Black means intense in my book, and if Opium became any more intense than it already is I was convinced we’d perish from the Opium-shaped hole in the ozone layer.

Black Opium turned out to be be completely different to the original. I don’t pick up much from the original scent, but I’m convinced this will become an iconic fragrance in it’s own right because it’s every bit as powerful in all the right ways.

ysl black opium
YSL Black Opium


To me it seems simultaneously sassy, sultry and sophisticated, so I took a look at the composition to better understand the scent. We’re talking top notes of pear, pink pepper and white flowers, a strong coffee bean accord, and a base of jasmine, orange flower, vanilla, patchouli and woods.

I experience the fragrance to be very well rounded – it’s one of those scents where I can’t identify much of the individual notes, but I definitely love the end result. Black Opium is not as overwhelming as its original counterpart, but it’s certainly a statement fragrance – only in a more young, edgy, rock n roll way this time round.

Get it from YSL counters from R695 (30ml) to R1245 (90ml). You’ll also find it on sale at the YSL Pop Up in Hyde Park Corner, along with a select few iconic YSL products.

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