Product Type: Yves Saint Laurent fragrances
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Member Name: HayleyBlondiee
Yves Saint Laurent Opium Femme Eau de Toilette
Date: 05/06/12, updated on 07/06/12 (25 review reads)
Advantages: Long lasting, beautiful scent, completes any outfit!
Disadvantages: A little pricey
In the year of 1977 a perfumer named Jean Amic created an oriental spicy scent for the fashion brand Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) and named it Opium. The name caused a stir as it was claimed that YSL were condoning drug use, however the controversies only helped to increase the publicizing of Opium and help it to achieve its status as a best selling fragrance.
This perfume oozes elegance, class and sophistication. With top notes of fruit and spices with a hint of mandarin, plum, clove, coriander and pepper, as well as a touch of bay leaf. A slight floral mid tones consists of mostly jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, carnation, cinnamon, peach and orris root. A sweet woody base note juxtaposes the sweetness of the flowers with sandalwood, cedarwood, myrrh, opopanax, labdanum, benzoin and castoreum. In addition to amber, incense ad musk. But in plain old English, this fragrance is quite heavy so it lasts for a long time making sure you get your moneys worth! In my opinion I would save this for best and wear it when going out as I think it might be too heavy to wear on a day to day basis and it's a shame to waste it when just getting the shopping!
Encased in a red box with gold leaves peeking from the edges and the name proudly presented in the middle, it really does stand out from the rest on the shelf. Opening it up reveals the bottle and immediately you are hit by the beautiful musky smell inviting you to take a longer look. The bottle itself (depending on which size you purchase) is a raised, almost crackled glass which is transparent allowing you to see when your next trip to the perfume shop will be! The lid is a sultry red just like the box; once you remove it one spray really does go along way.
Opium has a sense of personality that other perfumes don't, it gives you a sense of confidence and also with one inhalation of the strong musky vibes a wave of memories hits you as much as the scent which is truly lovely!
When I smell this scent one word comes to mind - elegance. No wonder my Mum is never without it!
Summary: Gorgeous musky, spicy perfume!