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I think the power of this scent works slightly better in the male version of the product, I find it a bit heavy going on women, but not so much in the masculine version. You have the same spicy, sensual overtones, but with a firmer edge. As with the original for women you get a warmth and depth as the scent develops on the skin. Subtle it is not and I'm not keen on it for daytime use, but for the evening it hits the spot if used sparingly.
I bought this as an inexpensive gift for my husband and we both like it well enough. It is too instantly recognizable for my tastes and lacks the individuality of his regular scent, but it is pleasant enough, although I don't think of it as a particularly sophisticated perfume.
If you want something that won't break the bank, offers a distinct scent that lingers and evolves it is not a bad choice, but I'd recommend trying it and seeing how you feel about it after a few hours because it is one of those that you'll either love or hate.
Possibly women who are hoping to enjoy their favorite perfume on their man might not find it similar enough because while it does have much in common with the female version it is by no means a carbon copy.
Opium Pour Homme is a very popular fragrance made by Yves Saint Laurent and never less is a true classic, I don't think something like this would of lasted so long unless it was actually decent smelling. But at the end I all depend on personal taste however is less likely you go wrong by wearing this or getting it as a gift for someone.
At around £25.00 does not exactly break the bank either.
I have tried the female version of this perfume but I much prefer to wear the Pour Homme version as it has much more substance to it.
As a scent emanates sensuality, it is rather sweet, oriental, spicy but also typical masculine. What I like about it is that is actually a strong scent, when you use it actually has intensity and is quite long lasting. It would make a good winter fragrance. I also personally always detect a slight tobacco in it but could be just me.
The bottle is very stylish itself. The potion has an amber colour and the design is very basic with a cameo printed with Opium Pour Homme inside it plus 2 striped going along it. The wide cap has a bark ble colour with a gold line at the bottom.
Notes: fresh vanilla, Sichuan pepper, amber, cedar wood
Yves Saint Laurent Opium EDT Gender: for Men / A fresh, fruity and synamic opening / A rich and intense character / A woody and softly spicy structure / Powerful and gentle / Fresh and warm / An exotic blend of rare spices and woods, transformed by a fresh, arousing note of sun-drenched vanilla.