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***Why did I purchase this? & How much?***
Ever since I gave birth to my son my taste in perfume have changed dramatically from the light floral/citrus scents to deeper muskier/oriental/leather aromas. All the perfumes that I had previously worn were handed out to colleagues/friends as either my skin chemistry or my sense of scent had changed and what I previously adored I now was repelled by to the point of feeling nauseas.
I purchased an Opium set (30mL EDT and 50mL Body moisturiser) just after Christmas as it was the only fragrance in Boots that I sprayed which I instantly adored and it developed on my skin into a warm, deep, spiced mandarin scent which wasn't cloying. I remember my grandmother wearing Opium back in the 80's and I actually loved it although she did have a habit of overdoing it which is easily done with any perfume but especially with Opium. The 200mL body moisturiser can vary in price and you can purchase it for as little as £30 and all the way up to £45 so it's worth looking online as it's all the same stock regardless of whether you purchase it from Debenhams or echemist.
***What do you get?***
Well in my initial christmas gift set 50mL of the moisturiser was contained within a deep terracotta red tube with screw lid and gold writing. However, the actual 200mL container is much more luxurious looking as it has a white long sleek bottle with delicate images of bamboo and golden writing and has a terracotta red flip lid rather than a screw lid which is more practical. The moisturiser itself is a glossy white and not overly viscous which means that the product slides pleasantly over the skin and a little goes a long way.
***So what's it like?***
For me the purpose of this product is adding fragrance to my body although as a moisturiser I can not complain of it's efficacy. The lotion has a very intense aroma of the Opium perfume and envelops your body in its spicy warmth. As for the aroma itself i can detect quite a strong clove, mandarin, patchouli, amber and vanilla (not sweet but a deep vanilla - hard to describe really) - It actually makes me think of ancient libraries with the scent of smoke and coffee - pleasant memories from my childhood. The scent does linger on your body like the perfume but thankfully does not project as much so you shouldn't be the cause of people passing out on the street due to perfume toxicity. There is nothing worse that when you're stuck on a bus/train with someone who smells like they've bathed in the fragrance vats of Chanel, YSL or Dior but people overdo it all the time unfortunately.
***Would I recommend this product?***
Well there's a part of me that doesn't want everyone smelling like me so I would probably say, if I was being a meanie "Oh no, don't buy that" but I've got to be honest and state that provided you like warm orientals you'll fall in love with this product like I have. Yes it's expensive for a body lotion but it's so long lasting and performs well as a perfume too.
Just recently I took a wad of cash out with me and I splashed it about a bit. I noticed that I was running low on a few 'posh' bits and bobs smelly wise due to the fact I've been dating so I used up all my good stuff and simply felt like topping myself back up!
My Mum has used Opium for many years and although I love the rich aroma of it I feel that the perfume is it a bit too heavy and mature for me but I did have the brain wave of getting some shower gel and some moisturiser to use, so I could smell of it but not pong to high heaven of it!
Well it comes in a 200ml bottle (There may be other sizes but I haven't seen them) and my bottle cost me £35.00 in Boots (do shop about for it by the way!). It's an oblong white bottle with an integrated flower pattern on the front of it and a brown plastic twist and pull off lid to the top of it which conceals a hole of about the size of a 5p piece. On the front in gold writing I'm told it is Opium Body Moisturiser (Voile Hydratant Pour Le corps) and to the bottom I'm told it's YvesSaintLaurent. Nice enough bottle but not very informative but it is plain and simple.
Well the moisturiser itself is white in colour and very runny. I was a bit worried when I first saw how runny it was but I shouldn't of been. Being runny it simply means that it absorbs into the skin quickly and a little really does go a long way.
Fragrance wise well it's rich, heavy and Oriental with a very spicy tone to it. It really is highly fragranced and me, well I'm happy enough to wear this and only this on my skin because not only is it highly fragrant it stays that way for hours.
Smell wise this is a blend of Citrus, Pepper, Coriander, Plum, Clove, Jasmine, Mandarin, Iris Root, Rose, May Bells, Patchouli, Carnations, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Peach, Cedar, Benzoin, Vanilla, Incense, Labdanum, Vetiver, Tolu Balsam, Coconut, Myrrh, Amber, Musk, Opoponax and Sandalwood. To my nose I can really detect the sandalwood and musk and feel the other whiffs simply soften the fragrance and give it an interesting sweetness. It is heavy though... you have been warned lol!
So a little of this goes a long way like I said. You smear some on, waft it over the skin and that's it, job done. You can't feel it on the skin as such and you can dress pretty much immediately.
Now this product makes no claims at all about it's capabilities. It doesn't say what to expect from it, doesn't say who could benefit from it and all I know is this is a wonderfully rich body moisturiser that's easy to apply and really does soften my skin and not just temporarily either. I use this rather often and my skin is certainly in better condition all round and possesses a healthy glow since I started to use it.
The smell is wonderful, lasting and expensive and although this doesn't come cheap I'm glad I now own a bottle. I'm happy to wear this alone as it doesn't really mix with other smelly products as it overpowers them and smells weird and I think this would be great for in the summer when out wearing a pretty summer dress and you want to feel feminine and smell great!
It's simple a really rich moisturiser that combats dry skin, isn't one bit greasy and/or upsetting to sensitive skin (which I have) and lasts ages and my skin is looking and feeling as soft as silk, with it on and when it isn't!
A nice product!
Yves Saint Laurent / 200mL /