YSL Black Opium

Get ready for the new, addictive Black Opium fragrance from YSL.

I’ve never been a huge fan of the original Opium. Although I don’t hate it (and there was a stage that I didn’t mind it too much), overall I find it very heavy and a little too musty for my liking.

So when I got to sample the new Black Opium I thought I wouldn’t like it.

But I do! In fact, I love it!


Black Opium has been described as fierce, dynamic, energetic and instantly engaging – And I think it fits all of these really well.

It’s the modern day YSL woman, updated and re-gnergized from her 1977 predecessor, Opium.

BLACK OPIUM is the new generation oriental gourmand and it’s radically different to the original, classic scent.

Upon spraying it, you get an instant shot of caffeine!

The scent of coffee beans is electrified by white flower notes. I love coffee; drinking, smelling and tasting it! Even talking about it. So, having it in a fragrance is like an instant mind-gratification, and it kinda gives me the same “hit” I get from coffee.

As it develops, you can pick up a mix of jasmine (love, love, love) and vanilla as it settles to woody, patchouli base that keeps it mysterious and elegant.

From the first spray, I liked it. And, since I was anticipating not to like this fragrance, it was a mix of surprise, love and total addiction for me.

Definitely a scent I will be wearing.

It’s very elegant, making it a perfect nighttime scent, but I would also wear it during the day, simply because I love a bit of rock and roll glam for day time as well.

The bottle is classic. It has the same shape as the original Opium, but Black Opium has more of a rock-edge! It has been finished in matte black with glitter and sparkles encrusted on the bottle. And in the centre, a hint of the burning gold juice.

Give if a whiff, whether you love or hate the original Opium and let me know what you think.

Two thumbs up from me!



Black Opium launches this month (in October) and will be available in three size variants

  • YSL Black Opium EDP 30ml – R695
  • YSL Black Opium EDP 50ml – R975
  • YSL Black Opium EDP 90ml – R1, 245
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  1. Tom| Bridal Lehenga
    October 24, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    Can’t wait to buy the black opium fragrance by YSL! The scent of coffee beans with white flower notes is so interesting!


  2. Irina Doman
    October 27, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    It smells so delicious!

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