Yves Saint Laurent – Black Opium Review

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

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I’ve owned Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent for a long time now, it is well overdue a review.

Typically, Black Opium is my autumn / winter scent. I mentioned it in my Top Three Winter Perfumes post last year. I think it’s also ideal for evening wear any time of year as long as it’s not too warm outside. It’s quite a heavy scent and I think in warmer climates it could be too cloying.

Firstly, can we talk about the bottle. I feel like companies put a lot of thought into perfume bottles to demonstrate what the scent inside might be like. To me, the black glitter bottle screams “I’m a bit sweet and girly, but not too much, I’ve got a dark side ok?”. It’s got quite a 70s glam rock theme going on too.

Yves Saint Laurent – Black Opium Notes

Mandarin, pink pepper, pear, orange blossom, jasmine, coffee, patchouli, cedarwood, and vanilla

My Thoughts on Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

On me, I really get the vanilla, coffee and pink pepper notes come through. It is sweet but that is tempered by the pink pepper and slightly bitter coffee note. It smells like a winter fruit strudel that’s just been taken out of the oven. Sweet and caramelised where the sugar has slightly burnt on the top, with just a hint of sharpness.

Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent lasts a long time on me, over nine hours. It lingers on clothes for longer than it does on skin. I can still detect it on old jumpers I’ve worn before I put them in the machine. It also has a moderate sillage so it’s much more suited to nights out than for the office. It’s not a scent that’s worn close to the body, it’s quite statement and definitely a trademark scent people can associate with you.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

Black Opium is a sexy scent that’s ideal for wearing on nights out. Sweet but smokey and oh so very assertive.

The Eau de Parfum version of Black Opium retails for £56 for 30ml. It’s pricey but I find the majority of perfumes are. The benefit is, you just need one spritz and you’re set for the evening.

What’s your signature scent for nights out?


Sarah. Almost 30. Craft beer drinker. South London resider. I like photography, boxing and visiting all of London's markets.


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