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Friday, 17 November 2017

YSL Black Opium with Perfume Click

There's always that one perfume we lust over, and for me that has always been Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium! I've been hooked on it ever since I saw the adverts, and it's always the one I would try out in department stores. However, I think the scent of it is quite unique, especially considering that it probably does come across differently on everyone's skin, so I wasn't entirely sure it would work well on me. Also, if you add in the fact that it is hardly ever on offer (you can tell it is a very coveted perfume!), it was one I still hasn't purchased.

YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum


However, when Perfume Click got in touch with me about trying something from their website, I thought to myself well it's finally time I gave it a go. They kindly gave me a £35 gift card towards the purchase, and I paid the difference. I got the 30ml version (see here), so I could get a better idea before I invested in a 50/100ml bottle. Their website is worth checking out as they have some great offers on sometimes, especially with their Black Friday sales that are now on. I've scrolled through some myself and these ones really caught my eye; Vera Wang Princess 100ml for £22.90 here, Estee Lauder Modern Muse 30ml for £27.15 here (I love this one too), and they have my favourite Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh for £55.55 for 125ml here.

YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum

Moving on, the website was really use and my order actually came quite fast with standard delivery, and it was also tracked. It made a really nice present when I came home for one of the weekends (I like treating myself when I'm on the move! It helps cheer me up haha).

I thought the packaging was really fitting too, with the dark glitter themes on the box matching with the glittery bottle, and the addition of some rose gold (which always goes down well!). The bottle is actually smaller than I expected, I can fit it comfortably in the palm of my hand, so that was interesting at first because I was like how did they manage to fit 30ml into this?! I love the little circle in the middle though, it's handy to see how much you have left, and I think it adds to the whole edgy look of the bottle. The cap with the Yves Saint Laurent stamped on it is a nice touch too!

In regards to the scent, I''m not the best at describing these, but the perfume is supposed to be a glam rock interpretation of the classic Opium (which I've never tried personally). It has main notes of coffee, which then follows with notes of pink pepper, orange blossom, jasmine, vanilla, patchouli and cedar. I actually never drink coffee and I don't like the smell of it either, so I was a bit surprised when I was researching the notes before I brought it.

YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum


When I first spray it I really get the vanilla coming through (it''s also quite strong initially), then that quickly dies down quite a bit to give a thicker, sweet scent (on me I think the fragrance gets a bit muted at this point so I really have to give it a sniff). I wouldn't say it screams dark and mysterious (like I was expecting), but at the same time it is more suited to Autumn/Winter. It isn't an incredibly strong scent (well on me), but at the same time I don't think you want to spray too much at once as it can start feeling a bit heady. The wear time is average (so no more than 6 hours on me), but it does leave a nice, warm scent on your clothing. It is a perfume that I'm glad I own and one I would take out for occasions, but I would strongly recommend you try it out a few times because 1) it's not really true to how you expect it to be from the advert (I find it to be weaker and the scent wasn't exactly what I was expecting) and 2) it does come up differently on everyone so it is down to personal preference.

YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum

I know this was a bit of a mixed review but I am still struggling to make sense of this perfume in a way, when I asked my Sister she said she thought it was quite flowery! Black Opium is an enigma! I'm sure I'll get a lot more use of it in the coming months though (so I can always report back), I reckon it's the definite choice for the Christmas German markets. Personally I find it to be a bit too much to wear for work, so it's mainly weekends and evenings I reserve it for.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What are your thoughts on Black Opium?

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34 comments:

  1. I haven't purchased a perfume in ages, I am using mostly body mists and I also carry one with me in my bag to re-apply during the day. I need to try this next time I go shopping! x

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  2. This sounds gorgeous! It would make a great gift. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  3. This sounds like a lovely fragrance. I am definitely going to check during my travel, I find duty free perfume shopping fun. Thanks for the review. :-)

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  4. I love that perfume! I have it in my collection!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.!!!!!!
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  6. Lovely to hear your thoughts on this perfume, the packaging is super chic, and I love the rose gold/black glitter. Designer perfumes always have such a glamourous feel to them. Vera Wang Princess is a nice perfume too, I’ve had that one in the past. I’m currently using ‘Paperback’ by The Library of Fragrance, and it’s perfect for autumn/winter. :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  7. I've always thought Black Opium as very fruity and leans more towards sweet. Funny how different each individual interprets a scent.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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  8. In love with this perfume, it was a little before I could afford to splurge on this but it is one of my favourites!! Perfect for winter in my opinion!! :) Great post! x

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  9. I keep seeing the adverts for this and keep meaning to try it! Appreciate your honest thoughts and may need to invest in another perfume for Christmas.
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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  10. Oh man, I love this packaging! I'm very picky when it comes to perfumes but this one does seem to intrigue me, I'll have a sniff and see when I head out to the counters!

    Sam Hodgett || Beauty, Food & Lifestyle

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  11. This packaging looks so so soooo beautiful!!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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  12. I've put this on my christmas list this year! Love it soooo much xx
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  13. Ooohhh the packaging is so glam and fabulous! Lately I have been loving sweet scents, I guess I need to look out for it & give it a sniff!
    xx
    http://realgirltalks.com/

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  14. I've always seen this around but never think to give it a whiff! I have way too many perfumes on hand already, so I'm not in the market for another, but the packaging is a huge draw in!

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

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  15. funnily enough black opium seems to smell different to everyone! to me it's spicy and floraly, and makes me feel v v sexy, something i'd use for a date night. but some other people use it as an everyday kind of scent!

    becky @ star violet

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  16. I'm in love with this perfume, it's perfect for this time of year! This website sounds so good too xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  17. Okay, so this scent sounds like one I'd really love! I'm a huge coffee lover, so that's all I really needed to read, haha. Plus, how cute is the packaging?! I'll have to forward this over to the hubby ;) Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

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  18. That's actually one of my go-to perfumes for the last one or two years. I first bought a tiny 30 ml bottle, finished it and now moved onto a bigger bottle. It's feminine and easy for me wear; I wouldn't say it is very "unique" but it is quite sexy for sure. Great review dear! x

    Naya // partyparrotblog.com

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  19. Great bottle. I remember my mum bought so many years ago.

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  20. Sounds like a beautiful fragrance! Thanks for the review

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  21. I tested this the other day but didn't pick it up because I really don't need anymore perfumes haha but it smells divine xx

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  22. Ahh, it can always be tricky because perfumes react differently to people's skin, right?! I have the floral version of this YSL fragrance and loooove it! Will have to test this for myself sometime when i'm next in a department store. Thanks for the thorough reviews, I'm certainly curious about the scent now! :)

    aglassofice.com
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  23. That's such a great perfume. I have samples and I love it. I need to get the full size. Love the packaging so much!

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com/

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  24. I love this perfume! I think it's so perfect for this time of year ! X x x
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  25. Black Opium is in my top 5 favourite perfumes and I wore it almost every single day in winter or on summer evenings out. This makes me want to dust her off again heheh <3

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

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  26. Black Opium is a nice sent, I do like fragrance with vanilla notes although personally prefer something a little deeper in terms of scent.

    Laura xo
    www.shehearts.net

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  27. I've never tried this scent before, but the bottle is beautiful! The scent sounds very lush as well, and I like all the notes you listed. I agree that perfume should ideally be tried on in person, because it can smells so different in bottle than on our skin!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

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  28. Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.!!!

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  29. I love the packaging! I love perfume that has a more masculine tone and not too sweet! I'll definitely have to go and see what this one is like :)

    Stephanie | www.stephykeung.com

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