YSL Black Opium collection

I've been obsessed with Black Opium for quite some time now, but it was only until YSL sent me a very special package last week containing the collection that I re-discovered my love for it. You see-  when summer came around earlier this year, I stashed all of my cold-weather appropriate fragrances away including Black Opium. But now I'm glad I'm able to wear it again now that Winter has arrived.   

The bottles are absolutely stunning and look very Christmassy with the texturised, glitter effect, making them the perfect festive gifts for friends and family.

YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum 

£66 for 50ml HERE

Black Opium EDP was the first of the collection to launch in 2014, and is my favourite. It's an oriental vanilla fragrance that's elegant, dark, and alluring that's great for night-time wear. I always wear it in the Autumn and Winter seasons. 

Top notes: Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom 
Heart notes: Jasmine, Coffee 
Base notes: Vanilla, Patchouli, Cedarwood

From initial spray, a rush of adrenaline hits your senses due to the Orange Blossom; this lasts for a few seconds until the Pink Pepper note comes through to create a warm, captivating opening. Then, the fragrance journey becomes even more amazing as the heart flourishes. 
What interests me so much about fragrance is that it's interpreted very differently by everyone, and while some can't seem to detect the coffee note in Black Opium- I can and I'm glad! Coffee is such an interesting note for YSL to have thrown in (it remains a staple across the Black Opium collection), and the transition between this, the Jasmine and the vanillary base is amazing. The Jasmine and vanilla notes then become the most promiment of the overall fragrance, making it edgy and feminine.  

I always, always receive the best compliments when I wear this. Plus, it lasts for ages; fantastic longevity in a good fragrance is difficult to come across these days so wonder this is considered a 'cult' fragrance.

YSL Black Opium Eau De Toilette 

£54 for 50ml HERE 

The lighter version of the trio, Black Opium EDT includes a different set of notes that create an overall musky fragrance. 

Top notes: Green Coffee Accord 
Heart notes: Jasmine Tea 
Base Notes: Patchouli, White Woods, and Musk 

Green Coffee Accord opens up the fragrance with a burst of freshness and the fragrance then starts to develop into a cool base. It's less darker and spicier in comparison to the EDP due to the absence of the pink pepper and less concentration of the coffee note. I wouldn't say it's sweeter- just a lot lighter and more suitable for daytime wear. 

If you like the original Black Opium but find it a little strong, I recommend this one as it's lighter, fresher yet still stays true to the original. Having said that, the longevity's not great- but it's an EDT so I can't really complain. 

YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche 

£66 for 50ml HERE

Another re-interpretation, Nuit Blanche is an intense white floral fragrance. This was launched earlier this year as a light fragrance that's also appropriate for daytime wear. 

Top notes: White Coffee Accord 
Heart notes: White Flowers, Aldehydes 
Base notes: White Musks

I wouldn't call myself a big fan of musk, but for some reason I like Nuit Blanche. It's sweet, feminine, and a lot softer than the original. The lasting power is also great. I definitely still prefer the EDP though- especcially as it's Winter!

For more info, or to find out more about YSL fragrances, check out the YSL Beauty website: www.yslbeauty.co.uk/ 


  1. Ik ben benieuwd naar de laatste twee. De eerste heb ik zelf

  2. Love Black Opium!

  3. Sounds like some great perfumes.

  4. My daughter absolutely loves Black Opium. Great post!


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