21.1.15

YSL Black Opium

YSL Black Opium - 50ml

Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom, Pear

Middle Notes: Coffee, Jasmine

Base Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli, Cedar

When I first saw this hit the shelves I won't lie, I automatically thought it would be a more masculine, and perhaps spicy scent, in regard to the name anyway. I mean 'Black Opium' doesn't exactly scream 16 year old girl if you ask me. Wanting to be thrown out of my comfort zone, my aim was to just try something completely different to what is already in my rapidly alternating collection. In a way I was right in the sense that it has a rich overall smell to it, and that it's not your stereotypical sweet and floral perfume. Despite this, there is something about it that is both wonderfully alluring and musky, yet still extremely feminine. Now I understand the controversy around the packaging and name as the charming and elegant smell is so unexpected. In terms of lasting power, it's nothing revolutionary, however it does linger for longer than some of my more sweeter perfumes.

Personally, I think this perfume has so many layers to it that every time I spray it it seems to smell different, in a positive way. When first applied to the skin it smells 10x different to when it has settled in, which I love as I'm constantly being reminded of a collection of beautiful and different tones that the perfume includes. It's so versatile as I could very happily wear this from first thing in the morning to later on at night. This perfume was always going to be a strong contender as one of my favourites since there is a copious amount of vanilla to go around; Since vanilla is my favourite scent in the whole world, I couldn't pass this up, and you shouldn't either!

This really is a delicious scent for those wanting something a little but unique, without being completely thrown in at the deep end.

Buy it here.

What is your current favourite perfume? Have you ever been surprised by a scent?

Have a great day!
Meg x

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