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In September of 2014 Yves Saint Laurent launches Black Opium, the new fragrance announced as a rock'n'roll interpretation of the classic that should highlight the dark, mysterious side of the YSL brand. Master perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Marie Salamagne, in collaboration with Olivier Cresp and Honorine Blanc, developed the composition. Notes of coffee, present in large quantities, dominate the scent. Additional accords are pink pepper, orange blossom, jasmine, vanilla, patchouli and cedar.

The perfume comes in the bottle designed as the last editions of the Opium collection. The bottle is dark and decorated with sequins that give a glam rock look.

The face of the perfume's campaign is British model Edie Campbell, shot by Daniel Wolfe. Black Opium is available as 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum.

Perfume rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 2321 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Pink Pepper Orange Blossom Pear

Middle Notes
Coffee Jasmine Bitter Almond Licorice

Base Notes
Vanilla Patchouli Cedar Cashmere Wood

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This perfume reminds me of  
Black Opium Eau de Toilette
60 no yes
Black Opium Nuit Blanche
38 no yes
Poison Girl
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Black Musk
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Black Opium Wild Edition
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Black Opium Fragrance Reviews

Konga5000
Konga5000

This first comes off as "Oh - I've smelled this before" type thing but the bottle is especially nice and the ingredients seem better quality than say a T.J. Maxx/ Ross $24.99 "celebrity-in-a-bottle" frag. Longer lasting as well.

Almost has a Theirry Mugler vibe, no?

I got it for a good price and the bottle will last a long time ...but I probably will never buy this again even though I DO enjoy it!
Makes sense ? LOL.

Aug
23
2016
annaa16
annaa16

This is soooo far out of my comfort zone. I tend to gravitate towards sweet and light fruity florals, and stay clear of anything oriental. So naturally, I didn't expect to like this. I got a free sample of it when I purchased some other scents, and decided to just atleast give it a try. I'm so glad I did! This is incredibly delicious. Heavy without being too heavy. It has so much depth. It's dark and warm and round and sweet and spicy at the same time. I think it's the sweetness that really makes it work for me; I love sweet gourmand fragrances. I normally hate liquorice with a passion, but here it magically works somehow. It cuts through the sweetness and gives it an icy dimension that I really like.

It's so different from anything else I would normally wear. I feel feminine, sexy and mysterious with this on my wrists. I still won't be grabbing it on a daily basis, but I think it's definitely a contender for special occasions in the upcoming fall and winter.

** Edit ** I washed/scrubbed this off my wrists with soap and then went to bed. Could still easily smell it on my skin the next morning when I woke up. Definitely long-lasting! :)

Aug
22
2016
Svengali
Svengali

Do not be fooled by the elegant bottle and the allure of the name, this is the basic bitch of perfumes. I get told I smell nice wearing it but realistically its such a silly smell, too sweet, more suited for a college sorority house than a anything. I'm 28 and still feel its way too young for me. I got this as a sample and wore it all day to test it out, thats the last I'll ever wear it!

Too sweet, too basic, too much like flowerbomb

Aug
20
2016
camden-girl
camden-girl

I've already reviewed this but feel compelled to say

***** YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY ******

I love u black opium !!!!

Aug
20
2016
MrsPress
MrsPress

I get complements almost every time I wear this. It is an amazing fragrance, though I'm not really sure why it's an Opium flanker bc it's nothing like Opium. The main notes that I get are pear, coffee, vanilla and musk. I can pick up the jasmine, almond, pink pepper, cedar and orange blossom here and there. I can't smell the patchouli or licorice at all. This fragrance changes a lot depending on the weather (on me anyway) so even though the fragrance is more suitable for cool weather, I actually prefer it in warm weather. I must say, I do wish the coffee note was more prominent, but overall this is fabulous and very sexy! ♡ it!

Aug
19
2016
Perfumeaddict777
Perfumeaddict777

I don't know if its just my skin or if this is common but every orange flower and some jasmine perfumes always smell grapey on my skin. On me, black opium smells identical to loverdose in the opening...., grapey licorice. Finally at the dry down some grapiness and licorice subside and it turns into sweet black coffee grounds and some vanilla but still retaining some Loverdose dna. It's very intoxicating. I love it. I wish it would project a little more, it seems to be close to the skin but I'll know once I'm wearing it fully. So far I've only sprayed some on my hand because it was a blind buy and i couldn't wait!

Aug
19
2016
vanillaandorange
vanillaandorange

Vanilla is a common element in most of the perfumes I like. This is different from the others in that it's not as fruity - more flowery and there was something else I couldn't place at first. When I discovered that the "mystery ingredient" was coffee it all fell into place - I love the smell of good freshly ground coffee but somehow hadn't identified it in this cocktail of ingredients, but I think it is the reason this smells a bit more dark and sophisticated to me than my usual choices. At the moment my go-to "everyday" perfume is La Vie Est Belle and this is my "going out" favourite. Incidentally, I bought it as a gift set which also contained a very good sparkly black nail varnish - something I'd wanted for some time, and cheaper brands just didn't have the same amount of sparkle!

Aug
19
2016
Lovely_D
Lovely_D

For me, this perfume evokes the image of an enchanted forest. The smell has a slightly magical quality that takes me away to a different world.

I love how it manages to be extremely sweet without being cloying or headache-inducing.

This perfume can feel a little heavy and stuffy when the weather's hot. However, it is absolutely mystical in the wintertime.

Aug
15
2016
FrkFors
FrkFors

I love this! A warm delicious latte with caramel syrup and vanilla cream on top. It's sweet but not overly so. It makes me think of a caramel brown colour, autumn and a lit fireplace. It's so feminine, sweet and warm, very sensual. I want it!

Aug
11
2016
pommegom
pommegom

Vanilla coffee and pear all I can smell. This fragrance reminds me fall, when the weather turns chilly and and I run to the mall to buy soft and warm ponchos, because I always wanted to be Clint Eastwood and that season I can actually dress like that without looking crazy :D I thought this fragrance will smell old lady-like, but it's pretty modern and fashionable on my skin.

Aug
11
2016
aerinx
aerinx

I felt kind of "obligated" to try this perfume since you could see it literally everywhere. Everyone is talking about it, the advertisement is all over the internet/magazines/TV, even a lot of youtube stars and famous people are going gaga over this scent... So I was like "meeeeh what could be the big deal? Imma give it a sniff or two then".

Wellp, so: first I've got a 5 ml sample and today I just HAD to order a full size bottle.

This perfume is sooooo beautiful - so dark, sexy yet sophisticated, sweet, mysterious, sultry, intoxicating, unique (it is NOT generic, guys, it's just not, sorry)... It's perfect. If you want to seduce someone, go for it honey, this little bad boy is gonna help you with that!

And the bottle, god, it's a freaking work of art. I can't wait to get my hands on it because it will probably be the most beautiful bottle of perfume I've ever owned <3

Aug
10
2016
fufuangeli
fufuangeli

Most noticeable notes: Vanilla, Coffee, Jasmine, (and a little) Licorice.

Despite many claiming this fragrance is 'generic' I thought the coffee notes made it rather unique. It's sexy without being overpowering or gaudy. It's warm and inviting, the kind of fragrance you like when you're holding your best friend or lover close. In a way, it's mildly comforting.Not something I'd wear during the day, but it's still very pleasant.

Durability: About 4-6 hours.

Sillage: Moderate. It leaves a pleasant trail, but nothing that really turns heads.

Aug
04
2016
faerywren
faerywren

I loved this when I smelled it on a Cosmopolitan advert page and couldn't wait to get my hands on this elixir. When my bottle arrived in the mail I was sure there had been a mistake. I didn't remember it being quite so sweet and gourmand. It is a nice enough frag; there is a depth to the sweet, not just a horrible candy bomb. This never should have had the name Opium attached to it, though. YSLs original Opium is the diva to end all divas and Black Opium pales in comparison.

Aug
03
2016
muncierobson
muncierobson

Something about this kept bringing me back and after numerous test cards and sprays I bought it!

Sweet, spices, florals and vanilla. It's a mixture of warm and cool notes and I really like it. I can hardly smell any coffee perhaps it just stops it being candy floss (think bs fantasy) sweet?

It's complex in that there are hints of many things as it develops.

Do no be put off by the 'bubblegum' initial slap!

Long lasting and moderate sillage tho a test strip on my desk at work lasted days and keep calling to me to buy!

EDIT my colleague commented that it initially smelt of burnt sugar but gradually warmed so something resembling creme brûlée which I have to say I agree with! In a good way!

Aug
03
2016
lilah_rouge
lilah_rouge

Wow...wow... coffee and vanilla, spices and flowers. This is a hit for me, even in the warmer season. I got it as a present today, and I just cannot stop sniffing my wrist. :)This perfume is just so enchanting, magic, and the coffee in it is just incredible... :-)

Aug
03
2016
deb.martinez
deb.martinez

This is just very pretty and sweet! I may be alone in this,but it seems like a stronger Hypnose. Thats what my nose knows! :-)

Aug
01
2016
jenniferpina
jenniferpina

use to love it
now

i almost hate it
i'm done with sweet scents

Aug
01
2016
dglightblue
dglightblue

It's winter here and I tested this in summer Autumn. I purchased this one online and was concerned I'd recieved a fake. PERHAPS it's the winter weather which shuts this frag down. Summer Autumn must allow it to bloom.
Winter: was online purchase but I did go and check the one in a leading dept store here.
Sweet, like poison girl dry down
Vanilla
Maybe fruit
Maybe flowers just a little
Dry down not far from untold absolu by e. Arden.
Sits very close to body.
A bit flat

Summer: tested from leading dept store
Coffee
Sweet
Vanilla
Floral of some sort
Ice cream maybe
Was scrummy and beautiful, a bigger 'bloom'

I sorta want to sell this, I almost want just a decant of it to keep for the warmer weather and get rid of the rest

Jul
31
2016
MeliMon92
MeliMon92

I received this in the mail after buying D&GPour Femme, and I immediately fell in love. This is sexy in a bottle. My new signature along with CK Euphoria and LVEB. What I love is that it is gourmand, but it unravels into such a sophisticated fragrance- it's not like D&G that stayed like a sweet teen fragrance throughout the entire time I wore it. That was a disappointing blind buy, but this one is gold, in my opinion. As soon as I run out, I will be buying more!

Jul
28
2016
perfume_infatuated
perfume_infatuated

This is a loud, very sweet scent. The combination of (pear, almond oil, and licorice) creates a strange fruity smell during the first 30 minutes. The dry down afterwards is really nice.

I believe the tester had a clearer coffee note, compared to the bottle I bought.

Jul
28
2016
smokvica
smokvica

Forgot to log :)
"Although I have almost 30 perfumes, I can't stop wearing this one. You would say it's not so special at first. Just another sweet fruitchouli. But, it has something in it. Very addictive. It's a magnet for yourself and others around. Warm coffee-vanilla, suitable for every season and every occasion. Me likey!"

Jul
27
2016
guest_
guest_

Although I have almost 30 perfumes, I can't stop wearing this one. You would say it's not so special at first. Just another sweet fruitchouli. But, it has something in it. Very addictive. It's a magnet for yourself and others around. Warm coffee-vanilla, suitable for every season and every occasion. Me likey!

Jul
27
2016
Teorema
Teorema

Not Opium.. But a great scent for a night out at Denny's. And what is so rock n' roll about that again?

Jul
25
2016
Code1ne
Code1ne

My skin chemistry almost always takes sweet gourmands into nuclear sugar territory making most of them unwearable (sometimes I feel like the only 20 year old who everyone hates gourmand vanilla on), but ironically, Black Opium is actually far less sweet on me than in the bottle. It's powdery coffee with a sweet note lingering around, but it's never cloying. It kind of reminds me of Ralph Lauren Hot, not the same but the same vibe. It's much more complex though, and never gets that burnt sugar smell. It seems like this one is very skin chemistry dependent, if you're one of the lucky ones, this will primarily be a beautiful coffee scent, on the sweet and light side. I have a little travel spray, I don't know if I'd ever buy a full bottle since it's just not *that* interesting (and interesting is a big deal to me), but it sure is pleasant, and a huge compliment getter. I find Manifesto far more cloying and sugary and that's generally better-liked. YMMV.

Jul
24
2016
Fallstar
Fallstar

What’s the name of the Italian dessert - espresso poured over vanilla ice cream? Affogato! Oh, there’s fruit somewhere on the table too, and jasmine growing on the trellis outside, and maybe even some spice floating around, but I don’t care because I’m inhaling creamy coffee.

Jasmine becomes more noticeable as a heart note, though the vanilla-espresso doesn’t recede. The fruit does fade, though, to be replaced by patchouli and what I thought was sandalwood (though the notes say cedar). I’ve left the restaurant to take a night-time walk through a wood somewhere in south Asia, but incongruously brought my dessert along with me.

I say incongruously because I wouldn’t associate these scents or expect them to combine in a pleasing way. However, I don’t dislike the result. When the coffee finally dissipates and the base notes take over I can enjoy woodsy, powdery patchouli with a hint of lingering sweetness, too.

This is undoubtedly an evening scent, and it is certainly sensual, but there’s nothing threatening lurking in the darkness.

Jul
21
2016
camden-girl
camden-girl

My head is a jungle jungle haha ! my problem is that my skin drinks this addictive edp and after 5 mins I feel it's gone , it's a liberty at the price but I'm wondering if I could layer it somehow if anyone found a way of making it last more please let me know what u did thanx in advance :)

Interestingly my hubby just said he could not smell me last night as he likes to a bit ,just that bloody perfume lol lol lol :) so maybe it is still there a few hours later.

Jul
15
2016
camden-girl
camden-girl

I totally get the plummy coffee it's what hits you on first spray , delicious vanillary coffee a note I've never smelt in perfume before, so it's lovely very dark and sultry , but also very sweet but not white sugary sweet more brown sugar so more depth and classy if that makes any sense maybe it's a bit musky.

This strong coffee note lasts only a few mins before it looses some of that and becomes more floral and vanilla than it was at first and not quite as strong , but still quite loud and thick with fruits. Ysl label this " floral coffee " yup that it deffo is.

It is an edible gourmand and I really like it ! It's very addictive ! For lovers of the original spicy opium this may not be liked as it has very little to do with the original masterpiece but if your open minded this is a great versatile fragrance of coffee white flowers and vanilla. Probably it's warmth would make it more a winter sent and to be fair it's not exactly groundbreaking in some ways ( what with sooo many sweet strong perfumes available at the moment )but it is delicious , uplifting and sensual so it's a yes for me :)
6/10 for the edp as it's not as long lasting as it could have been in fact shockingly it wears away very fast , but 8/10 for the body oil !!

Jul
14
2016
tandaina
tandaina

Well this is pretty, musky and almost gourmand. But it lasts almost no time on my skin and is very light. : Not at all what I expected from something called Black Opium!

Jul
13
2016
shushkin
shushkin

If you think this will be a potent fragrance like the first Opium then forget it. Its very girly and soft to my nose. Nothing mysterious or foreboding! Targeted at the younger age groups. Like most other folk have noted, its all about vanilla with a touch of coffee and pear. Admittedly its not too sweet which was one of my concerns. The pear, pepper and patch become more evident after 30 mins or so. Moderate sillage and longevity. Sadly a very wishy washy fragrance.

Jul
13
2016
theperfumemaniac
theperfumemaniac

Can Can + Midnight Fantasy = Black Opium

Very fruity like Midnight Fantasy and very syrup-like as Can Can. It REALLY is a blend of those 2 fragrances.

Jul
12
2016
Zleepyzoe
Zleepyzoe

Not a fan of this fragrance at all, I've tried it on in stores several times to give it another chance but nah. I simply dislike it, on me there's nothing sweet about it; it's bitter and all I can detect is coffee (and that's not the good, cosy kind of coffee but rather "old-coffee-that-someone-forgot-in-the-coffee-maker-for-several-days"-kind of coffee).
It's weird because people say that Nuit Blanche is so similar to this, but I am madly in love with Nuit Blanche while I can't stand the original. Oh well.

Jul
12
2016
artemiss
artemiss

Who on Earth green-lighted this to be part of the 'Opium' series? I am plenty old enough to remember the original, my auntie had a bottle: it started my love affair with florientals. Follow that with the 90's Airs incense by the same name, and I could be forgiven for my disillusion with this fragrance. I guess using that name conjures up certain expectations which are just not met by this stuff. Perhaps were it called something else, I would still dislike it, but it wouldn't be tinged with disappointment like this is.
This incarnation, it is the drunken hot-mess auntie who would wear this, it's too sweet and too common, this is another one that smells like everything else out there to me. Pass.

Jul
12
2016
Mushana
Mushana

Wow!

Jul
11
2016
Honeybunny
Honeybunny

Can we just take a moment to marvel at this black shimmering bottle whose glitter winks at us to come give it a try? "Oooh, yes please..." I said with eyes wide and then, "Aww, turds," and put the bottle back down. Yes, turds indeed, but only because I already have this perfume.

YSL Black Opium edp = Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy + Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb

Next to it I saw another come-hither bottle, YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche, and not to be discouraged, I of course shimmied on over and gave that lovely stacked beauty a go as well. "Hm..."

YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche = Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy + Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb + Calvin Klein Euphoria Sensual Skin Lotion spread on top

Aside from the obvious draw from the drop-dead gorgeous bottles, I can only recommend others to buy these YSL perfumes if (1) you do not already have said Britney, Viktor, Rolf and Calvin scents and (2) you want a shortcut/soundbite version of the same result. All of these scents, both YSL and combos, will last you several hours and would be dashing on both male and female perfume enthusiasts, so it's worth the money if you're into this kinda genre.

Jul
09
2016
poolsoflaughter
poolsoflaughter

I usually shy away from perfumes that are the signature scent of someone close to me, but I couldn't resist with this one. There's a dark opulence about it, but not annoyingly so. The sweetness is not overbearing, and somehow it feels clean and fresh as well. I am confused and enchanted by her; she is soft, but foreboding, warning you not to mess with her. I LOVE this scent!

Jul
03
2016
MyersAlice
MyersAlice

I like this a lot, I'm not always a big fan of very sweet scents but this still has some warmth to it.
I do find myself to like Nuit Blanche a lot more than this one though, but this is still a very nice scent. Simple and sweet.

Jul
03
2016
Tussa
Tussa

For me super sweet candy powdery scent, that intrigues me for a moment with a coffee note. Nothing for me, but I can understand that a lot of you could like it, if you are into the sweet vanilla scent.

Jun
27
2016
foxy_princess
foxy_princess

This turns into a fluffy pink candy floss and vanilla cloud on me, I get no coffee or patchouli thank God,

I just wish I didn't smell it on everybody!

Jun
25
2016
esmerelda4
esmerelda4

This perfume reminds me of cheaper VS and bathandbody works fragrances with all of its gourmand notes. It starts off promising with an intriguing spicy-floral-fruity note but then when the vanilla and coffee hit it turns into something very common and overdone. The mixture of the gourmand notes and the patchouli turns it into a sickly sweet musky scent that reminds me of VS Pink! I brought this perfume on the recommendation of the perfume counter sales woman who said this would be all the rage in 2015, but regretted it as soon as I sprayed it on my wrist at home. Maybe its my own body chemistry, but it reminds me of middle school and cheap fruity-vanilla perfumes.

Jun
24
2016
channark
channark

its best perfume 2016, i bouth it for my girl friend,
i found this website were they sell unboxed perfumes and tester, half price chirazad com

Jun
18
2016
rakan1985
rakan1985

scent : 8/10
sillage : 8/10
longevity :7/10
100% night fragrance

Jun
17
2016
Penny F.
Penny F.

I've got a 20 or more ml out of a 30 ml bottle which comes with its box. PM me if you're interested in swapping xx

Jun
17
2016
whitenette
whitenette

I tested one spray on the back of my hand once. I think a bit of it might have gotten onto my sleeve and now every time I wear that jacket, I get a whiff of the vanilla/coffee when I raise my hands. This was more than a week ago.
Can't say much about the smell, but longevity is guaranteed.

Jun
16
2016
elee037
elee037

I love to wear this when I go running. It is a heavy smell (coffee & vanilla) but also energizing & bright (coffee, pink pepper & pear). I adore this and am so happy I went for it.

Jun
14
2016
Kathleen13
Kathleen13

The first thought I had upon smelling this was that it reminded me of something very sweet, dark, and delicious. My first thought was chocolate, but apparently it's a coffee note- so I wasn't too far off. It doesn't smell exactly like coffee to me, but it must be chemically similar enough that my brain has the same kind of "ooh, yum!" response. I can also smell vanilla (which I love), flowers, cedar, and spices. It's really nice and I can't stop sniffing it. While I initially thought it might be too rich, sweet, and decadent for all occasions or for every day, I think it must be genuinely addictive- it's the first fragrance other than my signature that I've purchased a full-size bottle of (albeit somewhat impulsively), and I'm beginning to miss it on days I don't wear it. And the bottle and the name both strike me as an appealing twist on a classic.

Jun
12
2016
Atoz
Atoz

on my skin I don't get the coffee at all... and the floral note is almost gardenia. Interesting but not right for me.

Jun
11
2016
mirrorghost
mirrorghost

this is a kinda typical modern gourmand-floral. smells similar to other recent scents...it's mostly vanilla, pink pepper and florals, maybe a hint of coffee? it is reminiscent of tokyo milk's tainted love, but i like that scent better. not really dark or mysterious at all...

Jun
08
2016
gatsby
gatsby

I got everything in this compote except the OPIUM YSL spirit.
Not a tragedy if something become a fail after you finish the work, the real disaster is the moment you decide to make money with it.
Terrible...

May
30
2016
elon
elon

I hate this perfume on me. However when I smelled it on my friend I freakin loved it. It is a really warm, sexy smell. Try before you it. If it suits you then you are lucky!

May
30
2016
SweetHeart90
SweetHeart90

They've missed a key note in this perfume: Crack

Because whatever's in this perfume is driving people around me mad?!

I bought this perfume on a Sunday, little 50mL bottle that screwed me over $149 AUD so it was no simple purchase. I bought it home, gave it a harder all over spray and well I was disappointed because I couldn't smell anything on me?! I almost cried!

Cue Monday at work.... I spray the perfume in my office and I have coworker after coworker tell me they followed the scent from out in the hall way into my office and have to smell more. And more. And more... Every day! And it happened at the shops. And at the beauticians. People can't get enough and I'm not complaining :) It'll only become an issue when I start attracting wild life.

The coffee/vanilla combo is soft, dark and sexy. For some reason I can't smell it on myself but if people a few meters away can then you know the sillage is crazy. I should've bought a bigger bottle but for now I'm just happy with my bottle and completely in love with my perfume.

May
26
2016
artisy
artisy

Black Opium - Enjoyable for those who like cream in their coffee.

There are two types of people when it comes to coffee enthusiasts:

The first cares about notes, purity, sourcing, and the process. They are most likely to purchase premium beans from roasters or go the extra mile to order pour over at a reputable coffee house. They are excited for the intricacy and drink their coffee black to savor it in its glory.

The second is just enthusiastic about enjoying a nice cup of joe. They have no special caveats, only a craving for something caffeinated and cozy. They find that adding a splash of cream and maybe even sugar only makes the experience more enjoyable. High end cafe or folgers at a friend's house, they can take pleasure in it.

Black Opium is for the latter person, and I am that kind of coffee drinker! I enjoy coffee of all types, and in that sense, I am not asking Black Opium to be more than it is. I can enjoy it at face value while others scoff at it or wish it was more reminiscent of Opium.

Upon initial spray, I get a mellow coffee, straight coffee but hints of non-evasive flowers. Then the scent opens up and all at once, I feel a splash of sweet flavored vanilla creamer swirl in. I get the slightest tart of cherry, much like cherry tart notes in coffee. Very subtle, but it adds a little complexity. The dry down is very gourmand vanilla with slight stickiness, kind of like when a bit of creamer settles to the bottom and the last few sips are very coffee candy with less floral presence, but it lays close to the skin so it isn't offensive.

It's evoking but cozy, playful and bright, but not brash -just how I like my coffee.

May
19
2016
OTA Mom
OTA Mom

I never could stand Opium. There, I've said it out in the open. However, this version is fantastic! I normally prefer citrus and florals, but I will make an exception for this beauty. I got an immediate caramel/licorice impression that stayed with me all night long.

May
11
2016
Boudoir
Boudoir

This opens with a pungent black coffee note reminiscent of the tar accord found in Angel for Men, which soon dissipates into a generic fruity-vanilla that smells almost identical to Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday, albeit not as fresh. The longevity and sillage, however, are very impressive. I tried to like this, I really did (the packaging is gorgeous), but this simply isn't for me.

May
11
2016
Gigi The Fashionista
Gigi The Fashionista

Fragrance Review For Black Opium Yves Saint Laurent

Top Notes Orange Blossom Pear Pink Pepper

Middle Notes; Jasmine Coffee

Base Notes; Vanilla Patchouli Cedar Wood

Black Opium is a strong black coffee with vanilla cream. It is a gourmand but more a patchouli gourmand or incensed gourmand. If you like darker scents, this is a treat. It's not too mysterious nor a femme fatale type. It's sweet because of those notes that sweeten it: pear, orange blossom, and vanilla. The pink pepper spices it up and above all the coffee scented steam takes over. I never thought I'd wear this because at first I thought it was too gourmand ish and too much vanilla and nothing like the kind of perfumes I wear. I was afraid it would become too much of a La Vie Est Belle or La Nuit Tresor. This is really different. It's dark but not too dark. It's perfect to wear to parties, dinner dates, and if you wanna smell really delicious with a hot coffee and vanilla cream (and I like to smell like that) check it out. Unisex because of the aromatic patchouli but feminine because of the jasmine and the vanilla. Sweet sweet perfume.

May
08
2016
Absolutely Fotini
Absolutely Fotini

Not for me,too sweet and too heavy to the point my stomach turns upside down(unfortunatelly with Hypnotic poison too)Anyway 80-90% of women love gourmand and very intense scents like that.

May
07
2016
susanawaddell
susanawaddell

Cafe au lait on me with the vanilla more dominant than the coffee. Sileage just average. This reminds me of Hayman's Delicious and Cartier Delice. I like vanilla gourmands so I would buy a larger bottle of this.

May
06
2016
soili
soili

I sprayed all three, EDP, EDT and Nuit Blanche on different parts of my arm and this one (EDP) is my favorite. It's bolder, sweeter, more vanilla.

EDT felt watered down and for some reason reminded me of lemon coke.

Nuit Blanche is the softest of them, but with a prominent musky note (nice and fluffy though, not a sweaty kind).

May
06
2016
Floffles
Floffles

I like the more sexy deep vanillas better other concoctions. Though for the price and considering the brand, it only lasted about 2 hrs tops on my skin. Disappointing....

Sofia Vergara Love is so dang identical and lasted much longer, both EDPs. Except Sofia was at a fraction of the price for 3x the amount of perfume.

May
02
2016
hazelnut
hazelnut

I shouldnt LOVE this, but I do! I dont look for fragrances with vanilla. I like for vanilla in fragrances to be undetectable. I also dont like the way cold coffee stinks up a room. I dearly LOVE cedar in a fragrance and to my dissappointment, I cant detect it at all, nor the patchouli. SO WHAT HAPPENED? Why do i LOVE this stuff. I wear it everywhere and to bed. I spray it in my car....Ths stuff is so artistically blended. I definately can sense what the vanilla and coffee bean do to the fragrance but they're not screaming in your face. Its warm and soothing, mellow and intriguing. I get tons of compliments!

May
02
2016
scarlett.angel
scarlett.angel

I used to hate this when it first came out, of course wrongly comparing it to the original Opium which is nothing like it! I was expecting a spicy oriental and got a sugarbomb instead... well today I'm sitting in air-conditioned room, the weather is grey and gloomy. This is an ideal pick me up when you're craving something sweet. Treat this as a gourmand not an oriental, and ignore the fact that it's an Opium flanker or you'll be disappointed. Also, I gave my nose a break from fragrances lately (due to illness), and now can smell the patchouli and white florals much stronger, whereas before I couldn't smell them at all. Longevity has also improved for me. It's still mainly coffee and vanilla dominant for me and the sweetness a bit cloying... I'm curious about the Nuit Blanche version now.

May
01
2016
elsap23
elsap23

I am in love with this perfume, just cant stop smelling it!

May
01
2016
Hrisi
Hrisi

Love its soft coffee vanilla smell with juicy pear twist. Jasmine and orange blossom are there to refresh the composition, while the red pepper giving a spiciness. All is made very well, but the patchouli is not strong enough to gives it a little more strength and presence, which this beautiful fragrance needs so much. That's a so big issue with Black Opium, because no matter how perfect and well blended is one scent, if the lasting power lacks.

Apr
27
2016
Kai'elle
Kai'elle

Nothing like the original Opium - but I think everyone knows that by now.

Personally I was quite disappointed in this version. Where is the coffee everyone raves about? I find the vanilla by far the most dominant note. How boring. The market is drowning in vanilla.

Although I wasn't expecting a carbon copy of the original, I did expect something exotic and dark simply from the name alone. But no. This is more reminiscent of Prada Candy to me. I get no cedar, no pear and a faint orange blossom trying to hold its own against the vanilla.

Considering its lineage - this scent is disappointingly soft and brief. Even the gentle Opium Belle holds out longer than Black.

L: Poor
S: Soft

Apr
23
2016
CoolBreezes
CoolBreezes

Wonderful gourmand! The coffee blooms on my skin, and has the same effect as a pot of fresh brewed coffee...turns my head and draws me in. :) The pear and cedar give this juice a refreshing, clean edge and the pepper, vanilla and jasmine keep it on the warm side. The smooth vanilla is the main dry down note, and it is very comfortable. This fragrance has an ease to it, while being interesting and rather addictive. I have the same feeling wearing this as I do wearing my favorite lipstick shade and fave pair of shoes. I guess I'm going for easy these days.

Edit: I layered this with the original Opium as another option.

Apr
23
2016
celebrity89
celebrity89

If this is out of your price range, try Jeanne Arthes Love Generation Fashion Victim. Both fragrances have the same spicy vanilla quality.

Apr
23
2016
Solar Girl
Solar Girl

This one is growing on me big time :)

I find myself reaching for the black bottle more and more, it is close to became my signature. And I haven't even liked it that much at the beginning!

At first I thought that the "play safe" at YSL was a bad thing. They wanted to create dark, Black- like name- fragrance, deep, mysterious… So all phenomenal things including the fame and sweet balsamic strength from the original were here… just pack it into darkness and more modern, up to date notes and the masterpiece is guaranteed.

But they didn't go all the way, I thought. Somewhere in the middle between the masterpiece of dark seduction and another boring, sweet scent.

But that turned out to be a good thing. The fragrance I wanted at first would (I am sure now) be too much after a while, standing on my shelf for years, waiting for the right occasion to wear it, and perhaps killing me while I do.

But this one… turned out to be perfect. Soothing with its mellow dark coffee, not too sweet, not too heavy… yet gourmand. Not overpowering, but not boring as well. Doesn't scream, but is present. Sexy and seducing, like black coffee :)

Very comforting. Makes me feel good, relaxed, myself.

Apr
23
2016
auroramaria
auroramaria

I know many people find it too sweet and unoriginal, but I love it.Yes it is very dense sweet but if you dig sweet scents this is one of the best mainstream fragrances.Almost everytime I wear it I get complimented on how good I smell.Vanilla coffee and patchouly form a very solid base while orange blossoms keep the scent a little bright.
Lately I purchased the body lotion which smells amazing and I paired it with the EDP for extra longevity.Even thogh sillage is moderate it projects very well and leaves a lovely trail.

Apr
23
2016
Avidahola
Avidahola

I've only sampled this from magazine scent strips but it's really nice! I haven't tried the original Opium so I can't relate the two.

Apr
23
2016
emyalda
emyalda

Smelling this reminds me of walking into Starbucks on a cold winters day.
The way the notes are blended make it so the vanilla is not too sickly sweet
and it is not too bitter from the coffee.
And at the same time there is a hint of floral, its the perfect balance.

If you are interested in the scent, only go for the perfume as the other aren't as strong and will most likely let you down.

Apr
23
2016
PseudoIntellectualXing
PseudoIntellectualXing

The name is indeed misleading. It smells like a sweet teenage girl. But I like it ;) It's a bit like cotton candy or vanilla milkshake

Apr
22
2016
katiesimpsonhair
katiesimpsonhair

Todays very naughty purchase oops I love it!!! It smells very sweet with vanilla and some sugary spiciness, I can't pick up the coffee but I am sure it's in there. It reminds me of vanilla custard with chocolate sauce and brandy butter all swirled together with spice yum! This scent is very edible smelling but also has deep spicy floral notes too.. It is more of a heavier night time sexy scent to be worn when feeling glam. The perfume that lasts on your skin forever so you only need a bit. Love the bottle and the sound track on the advert but the dance MK remix is better :)))

Apr
16
2016
j'adoremissdior
j'adoremissdior

Smells like sipping a vanilla latte in a warm coffee shop... mmm.
Really a wonderful fragrance. It's pretty linear - initial spray and dry down aren't too different to me - but I don't really mind because I love the scent so much. Creamy vanilla & coffee done very elegantly. Makes me feel so warm and cozy on a cloudy day. Amazing longevity too! Black Opium is a winner in my book.

***

sillage: moderate
longevity: long lasting

Apr
14
2016
Tracyarts
Tracyarts

All I smell is sugary vanilla, jasmine, and a very faint hint of pepper. No coffee, no patchouli, no other notes. On me, it's just another sweet candy floral, like I've smelled so many times in recent years. Pleasant, but not really a standout. Putting Opium in the name doesn't make sense to me. I expected something much different.

Apr
12
2016
Joker888
Joker888

Wonderful fragrance, I like it very much. Agreeably sweet, and very feminine. Very joyful, optimistic, fun scent. Fits for every occasion.

Apr
10
2016
lalondem
lalondem

Oh okay , coffee. I don't like coffee or chocolate in my perfumes and this one is no exception. Maybe there will be one that grabs me but not as of yet. Didn't work for me at all.

Apr
05
2016
cupcakeprincessponies
cupcakeprincessponies

Rich, long lasting and the coffee mixed with the sweet and spices really make it a lot more interesting compared to other heavy and sweet fragrances on the market. This is the kind of perfume I love wearing when I go out! And I finished a sample of the of Black Opium which my mom gave to me... However, what puts me off buying the actual fragrance is that I don't feel like wearing the same perfume as all the other 20-something girls. However nice perfume

Apr
05
2016
Michaezra
Michaezra

At first I was afraid that it would share characteristics with its older uglier sister, Opium. Man was I surprised and pleased when I smelled a beautiful, sweet and seductive gourmand. It would smell amazing in the club or on a night out with friends. If Flowerbomb is for good girls, then Black Opium is for bad girls. Love this scent.

Apr
05
2016
sally04
sally04

ok, at beginning I didn't intend to get this lovely very soon, because some reviews say it similar to LVEB and Si which I have, and as for this moment, I'm still in love with jo malone's fragrances. For some reasons I had no choice but to purchase black opium, not that I made mistake or whatsoever, (it is one of wanting lists perfume of the year thogh :D, I don't mind at all. I love the sweetness and looks yummy, but somehow the dry down reminds me to the opening of jimmy choo illicit. Anybody feels the same as me?

Mar
30
2016
Miss_Vanity
Miss_Vanity

I tried it at the department store the other day and boy, I was blown away! It smells sexy, contemporary, modern and seductive. I don't know if it's the coffee thing, but it smells unique and nothing like I have already tried or owned before. I see some reviews comparing it to Flowerbomb, but for the life of me, I don't smell any resemblance.
I can picture the energetic, confident, and maybe even arrogant 25 plus woman wearing it for a wild winter night out. Will definitely buy it after I run out of my other fragrances.

Mar
29
2016
jenny_sokols
jenny_sokols

I want it so bad..
one of the most sophisticated perfumes of YSL. I had " belle D'opium" and "parisiene" and now I crave for this coffee - vanilla - liqueur gourmand.
This is sooooooo delicious.

Mar
28
2016
anika.brumbaugh
anika.brumbaugh

I love this fragrance...at 1st when i tried it on at the mall i hated it. I was like what is the hype all about??!! then i walked around and kept smelling my wrist...the soft warm vanilla and coffee drew me in, along with the lovely florals..this fragrance is everything i ever wanted and more. Its delicious and decadent

Mar
25
2016
Atrybobu
Atrybobu

You know that feeling when you are looking for that right warming winter scent, and in your mind you kind of know what it should be like, but you are not able to put it into words and everything you say at the parfumerie gets you fine, but almost right, not comoletely satisfactory perfumes..and do you know that feeling when you decide to try something you find too sweet and heavy according to its notes, but you'very been looking for THE scent and you'll give a chance to some unlikely perfumes? That's what happened to me with the Opium - it was love at first sniff and the second and all the next ones that day. I was happy I was able to find something that made me feel warm and cozy and something that would lift my spirit. I wouldn't call it sweet, because for me it is warming and thick in its warm juiciness. It has several layers of soft spiciness and that natural "flavour" of a bite of a well prepared elegant dark chocolate-coffee dessert that you are having in a wooden cabin on a snowy day. Well, that's my way of describing the feeling I get when wearing it, since I am not an expert on actual ingredients/notes :-)

Mar
25
2016
mariamarouli91
mariamarouli91

I love the majority of ysl perfumes. Black opium is not an exception. Quite sweet perfume,intense,modern,ideal for young women. I bought it at summer but i couldn't wear it cause it became too heavy and bothered me.The dominant notes were pepper,patchouli and cedar whick made it very strong. I wore it again at fall and i'd say i fell i love! Then the dominant notes were coffee,vanilla and pear. So gourmandish and pretty smell!I think the best season for this perfume is fall and winter,as in summer becomes over the top.

Mar
21
2016
allthelove
allthelove

I didn't think I would like any perfume that has "coffee" as a note, but a whiff of the bottle in sephora was enough to have me spraying it on my skin without even trying a tester strip first. It's a gorgeous, sweet scent that reminds me of wearing a cozy knit sweater and sipping a foamy, sweet vanilla latte on an overcast day. As someone who worked as a barista for a few years, you'd think I'd be sick of smelling like coffee, but this is so soft and sweet that it works! It lasted for hours on my skin too, I always test perfume on the back of my hand so i can wash it off if i hate it, but I could smell this 6 hours later when I was going to bed even though I'd washed my hands a couple times since I applied. Definitely going to buy a full bottle to keep me warm in the fall.

Mar
20
2016
gillbert
gillbert

orange blossom and pear are really strong in the opening. it's really bite you nose. after 20-30 minutes,it's smoothly gone. then coffee note and jasmine take their parts make it sweet, syrupy, creamy, flowery and bitter.

overall, vanilla note is so potent and cover all the other notes from middle to dry down. this fragrance is sexy, girly, charming and elegance but not sophisticated and versatile.

Mar
16
2016
maruge62
maruge62

Very much like Lancome's La vie est Belle, though I like this last one better...

Mar
15
2016
Sahar_Pourhashemi
Sahar_Pourhashemi

When I heard about Black Opium for the first time and some of my friends commented that this smells like a coffee-shop, I though "who wants to smell like a coffee-shop?".
I've recently tested this opium and WOW ... I do really want to smell like Black Opium-type of coffee-shop! This one is a great hit and I'm simply in love with it.
So regretful to fall for it too late; winter's gone.

* Highly recommended to gourmand fans

Mar
13
2016
Southern Blonde
Southern Blonde

I was surprised to smell this after smelling the newest Poison in the line Poison Girl. This one has a similarity but it wears more like the full bodied stronger and more well composed version of the lighter Poison Girl which can easily pass for body mist or Eau de Toilette. This is very beautiful. I get a coffee with vanilla, a strong jasmine, a spicy pepper and aromatic patchouli. This is essentially Poison Girl with patchouli. Now if you don't care for Patch, stay away from this scent. The patch is truly doing it's thing on me and could on you. The vanilla here is darker and smokier like the vanilla in Shalimar. At times there is a soft powdery make up kind of scent but it turns into a dark rich chocolaty caffeine scent. It's warm and inviting. I can't figure out where to wear this as it is rather strong and I don't think it's sexy nor do I want my dates to be able to smell this on me. I will wear this for myself to cozy up with and get comfy on cold rainy days when I'm at home being myself. This is lovely.

Mar
13
2016
elena.kurlaviciute
elena.kurlaviciute

This was a delight to my nose. Very nice blend!

Mar
11
2016
Lucky7z
Lucky7z

I've sampled this many times and love it!! I need a bottle!

A beautiful spicy coffee with hints of vanilla & pear! I cannot get enough of this...it will be mine eventually!!<3

*On me the longevity & sillage are moderate...the initial spray is loud but the dry down is wonderful and I love how this scent lasts.

Mar
10
2016
EllenD1991
EllenD1991

Top of my wish list at the moment!

Beautiful sexy fragrance, smells really rich, sweet and intoxicating. Not to mention the bottle is amazing!

Deffo going to purchase ASAP :)

Mar
10
2016
Madrona
Madrona

I am really on the fence about this one. I got a sample when it first came out and remember not being crazy about it... now I have procured a sample again and I really don't know what to say.

It's a bit tasty and a bit nauseating. My SO says that it smells like morning in Rome, I am suspecting that it is the coffee note that transmits the "morning" part though he denies smelling any coffee in it. To me it smells like cappuccino ice cream or some nice, creamy coffee drink with that nauseous note that is probably pink pepper. The similarity to Opium itself is not strong, but it is there somewhere underneath... maybe... with a bit of imagination...

Mar
09
2016
massimilianoinquieto
massimilianoinquieto

Adesso lo sento spesso in giro,al supermercato,a passeggio,e lo trovo opprimente caramellato e sintetico,noioso,solo dolce-zuccheroso.
Ormai ci siamo adattati a questo tipo di aromi,stucchevoli e alimentari,piuttosto noiosi e anche tutti uguali.

Mar
09
2016
misslawbore
misslawbore

The first hit is gorgeous: black coffee colliding with exotic white flowers, vanilla coming up powerfully from the rear. Then, something disappointing happens. After barely 15 minutes, the coffee and flowers have gone leaving just vanilla and some unpleasant bleach smell. thankfully, after another half an hour that disappears too. The scent remaining is sweetish, caramel cloying like so many other modern perfumes. It could, should have been a wonderful creation, but at the end of the day it's a huge let down. The final kick in the teeth is the lack of longevity. Perhaps the input of 4 noses wasn't such a good idea.

Mar
08
2016
cstands
cstands

This was a love-at-first-sniff gourmand for me; a can't-unplug-my-nose-from-my-wrist scent. Coffee and vanilla... hmmmm... And DARK CHOCOLATE!(Not mentioned in the notes, but a strong one to my nose??!)
While the perfume reminds me of Lancôme's La Vie Est Belle, this one is more linear (note - simple does not mean "not as good"!). In fact, I prefer this Black Opium over LVEB - could be a skin chemistry thing, I guess.
After the warmth of the coffee/chocolate / vanilla, the scent ends with a faint whisp of patchouli remaining, though I don't smell any of this while the other notes are present!
Only criticism is that it only lasts 3-4 hours on my skin, so I usually spray a bit on clothing to make it last longer...
Not a scent-bomb, but certainly takes me to my happy place!

Mar
08
2016
Suzybee
Suzybee

I was not a fan of the original Opium back in the 80s, I was young and an oriental perfume was too much. I wore Chanel's Cristalle in high school and college.

I received a sample from my Sephora order recently and this Black Opium is fantastic!! It has all of my favorite notes: orange blossom, vanilla, pear, jasmine, pink pepper, coffee, cedar, and patchouli.

This is a home run of a scent for me!!!

Mar
05
2016
klein_gluck
klein_gluck

It's sweet, spicy and it has a bit masculine tone in some moments. I can smell coffee, lots of vanilla and a pepper. After 30 minutes it has a strong jasmine note, but not for a long time. I know it isn't very interesting scent, but it combines well with my chemistry, lasts a long time and makes me a little bit happier every time I put it on.

Mar
03
2016
Arielrose
Arielrose

I received a sample of Black Opium and liked it enough to purchase a full size. It takes something really good to get me to spend full price on a perfume, so the tester was really great to me.
For some reason, the full bottle I purchased is just not as good. I'm not sure if the formula was just mixed a bit different in the bottle I got, but it's not nearly as deep or pleasant, so I'm pretty let down.
The tester version was sweet with a really great richness and beautiful vanilla drydown. I loved it! I truly do not detect much of a coffee note at all, for me this is a mostly rich sweet fragrance with subtle florals and patchouli in the background.
The full bottle I bought, however had none of the richness of the tester, just very high-octave sugar sweetness, which also seemed to fade way faster than my tester bottle. I may try exchanging to see if I can score a better blend, because the trial was wonderful.
There are some definite similarities to La Vie Est Belle from Lancome - I think Black Opium has a more straightforward scent. It doesn't seem to morph quite as much with my chemistry and stays more true from beginning to end. La Vie Est Belle has a little more complexity and while still a sweet fragrance does a good bit more shifting through the day.
Which is the better scent, really has to do with your personal chemistry and what you prefer.

Mar
01
2016
Inky Le Guin
Inky Le Guin

I just revieved a sample of this and it smells just like Hypnotic poison to me more or less. Especially after the top dries down. Anyone else?

Feb
29
2016
sweetstar1
sweetstar1

This scent is super sweet and heavy!! I feel like I'd get a headache if I wore it.

Feb
27
2016
BlackAmberMoon
BlackAmberMoon

Sweet coffee fragrance with a sexy growl. As a huge fan of the original Opium, I was actually prepared to hate it (don't mess with classics!! Coco Noir is a mess...and how many more flankers of Poison do we have to endure?), but I really like it. I just wish they had given it its own name and left the original in a class by itself. Opium deserves that.

Feb
27
2016
darlingnadine
darlingnadine

I loved the first few seconds of this but then it settled into something unpleasant within minutes. Maybe it's the coffee note, I don't know. Cute bottle, though.

Feb
27
2016
nordhaul
nordhaul

Really? Another one? Does anyone else
experience this as smelling THE SAME as
everything else out there? I mean do people
have super noses to detect these subtle if any
differences between this and say, CC Noir, do
the companies think people won't smell more
than one or something. .. like, buy the first one
they tried and like then fall in love with not knowing
it smells like 50 others, so then they rave about *this*
one? I am at a loss. How many freaking same *$$
perfumes in different bottles will people buy. Unlimited?
The companies must be having a field day. ...Peace...

After reading reviews UPDATE: yes coffee and vanilla
Cool. But that's just THE OPENING. Underneath it's all
of everything that's out there. And don't tell me you don't
know what I mean when I say that - yes you do! - Si, Versace
Crystal (oh yes I did), Flowerbomb, ETC. And you knew it! II

Feb
26
2016
Boudoir
Boudoir

I really don't understand the hype with this fragrance, sorry. This is a generic and forgettable crowd pleaser; it's sweet, it's linear, it's gourmand, and apparently those are the things that appeal to young women these days.

Feb
25
2016
ChloeBentley
ChloeBentley

This on me is a little bit too powdery...I do get the vanilla and a bit of coffee which I love...that disappears after awhile though

Feb
24
2016
nickhi1984
nickhi1984

Hello Gorgeous!!!! I read all the wonderful reviews here and once it was released in South Africa, I ran out to try it. My first impression was 'whoa'. The SA let me test this next to Armani Si and at the time, Si captured my attention more.
Forward to a few months later... I had to test this again. The coffee/vanilla really stands out strong on my skin. It's coffee milkshake, beautifully sweet yet not too much so. I adore this fragrance! I am hoping for Winter so I can start to really enjoy it though - in the heat here it's a little bit too much sometimes. I can smell this on me all day long, no need to re-apply (lasts more than 8 hours) and I've received a few compliments too :) I would like to try the EDT though, but it's impossible to find here

Feb
24
2016
ladynaqua
ladynaqua

I would never buy this but it was gifted to me so I am wearing it occasionally on some nights out.
To me this comes in the same family as SI by Armani and Flowerbomb and probably juicy couture .. It sugary sweet .. and for me sweet perfumes are cheap .. they feel immature and silly .. to me they all smell the same .. I am a green / floral / oriental person . To me original opium was much better this version ...
To sum it up another sweet lacking character perfume that can easily be replaced or mistaken by another equally sweet perfume !!

Feb
24
2016
Blade_The_Hunter
Blade_The_Hunter

I damn SNIFFFF the SNIFFF Out of my Girlfriend when she wears this fragrance!

It's so damn addictive, attractive, spicey and yet so feminine.
I would like to SNIFFF more.... euuhh.. right..

Allright,,, to the rating:

Scent 9.1/10

I my opinion a very strong and unique scent, not the usual sweet flower stuff etc. But a strong spicy, coffee (which I like very much), vanilla like scent.
This is such an awesome Combination made by the house of Yves.
I love it's nice intensity throughout all the notes.
This is a recommendation, and at least you should try it at a store.
+1

Longevity 8.2/10

Eau de Parfum, because of it's intense flavor, you can sense/Catch it's scent long after the 8+ Hours.
That's pretty awesome for a Yves product.
Not all of them are that powerful.
Luckily this one is.
I cant keep myself away from My girlfriend when she's wearing this. So awesome.
I need to sniff xD

Projection/Sillage 8.7/10

This is a nice fragrance bomb in my opinion, because of it's Unique and very strong strange scent, u can actually sense this smell from far away.
And u actually leave a large trail behind.
A trail I gladly follow.
Beautiful stuff, most likely accompanied by beautiful woman.

Pricing 8.0/10

I think it's priced reasonable for it's performance, and it's a special scent in my opinion, and I think it's also a popular fragrance.
The pricing seems so at least.
This could be a bit lower, and it would have gotten a perfect 10 out of 10.

Overall Rating 8.6/10

In my opinion one of the better Woman fragrances out here!
It's unique, it's intense, You probably are gonna like it.

It's not often that u can find a fragrance out there that's instantly a must Have, and Unique at the same time.

This one is an example.

Feb
22
2016
JSRbeatles
JSRbeatles

This seemed like it would be THE perfect fragrance for me, based on its notes of vanilla, coffee, patchouli, pink pepper, and jasmine - all of which I love. Plus, it has the most beautiful bottle I've seen in a long time, as if it were made to suit my taste. Not to mention the flurry of attention and positive reviews swirling around it.

Unfortunately, this fragrance just doesn't work with my body chemistry. I only really smell the pear and orange blossom, with an odor of synthetic vanilla underneath. I know most people are describing coffee as the predominant aroma, but I just don't smell coffee in this at all - only a sickly sweet, fruity scent. It seems to work well on lots of other people, so I'm glad for them, but disappointed that that beautiful scent doesn't come through on my skin.

Feb
19
2016
joliecat
joliecat

I didn't expect this flanker to be anything like the original Opium. I knew it was an entirely different perfume, and I was open minded and excited to try it. I wish I loved this one, but unfortunately, I don't.

On my skin and on fabrics, Black Opium is just OK, but it doesn't smell expensive and doesn't project or last long at all. It becomes a skin scent very fast, and wears so close to skin that you actually have to press your nose into your wrist to smell it. The dry down is disappointing. Smells like a pale common vanilla scent. Very disappointing. I have many vanilla scents that are MUCH better than Black Opium. Desperately trying to justify the high price, I tried wearing this many times, hoping I could convince myself that it doesn't smell cheap, but unfortunately, that didn't work.

I barely get a hint of coffee at first spray, but it just teases , then vanishes within 5 minutes. The entire experience isn't exciting or even soothing. It's just "blah, meh, boring."

Black Opium is smooth, quiet, doesn't leave a trail, so would be good for a hospital or office setting. It's so gentle that it wouldn't offend anyone. The patchouli in it is almost undetectable, too.

This perfume is horribly expensive for such a common fragrance. There are hundreds of perfumes out there, at all prices, that are better in every way than Black Opium. Nice bottle design, though.

If you want beautiful deep rich expensive smelling coffee fragrance, try Sofia Vergara's LOVE perfume . It is what Black Opium should have been but failed. LOVE projects softly , nicely, for as long as it's on your skin, and lasts until you wash it off. MUCH more reasonable price, too ! It's light years better than Black Opium.

Feb
19
2016
marthaelena
marthaelena

Holy mother of God!
I was checking this out in Nordstrom as I bought the small rollerball a few months ago for a gift and wanted to buy another one for me when I notices this has 652 reviews!
652!!!!!
Out of curiosity checked Flowerbomb that is so very popular for several years now and it only have 162 reviews.
I love it! this one has a balmy quality to it that softens the sweetness..
Well done Yves Saint Laurent!

Feb
15
2016
SoftWisdom
SoftWisdom

This one grew on me. It's no masterpiece, but I found that I really enjoy wearing it in the morning while I drink my coffee & do my errands. Its hint of coffee note mixed with the sweet notes (which for me combine to form a candy smell) give me a wakeful, cheerful & flirty day-time feeling. It doesn't seem dark to me at all! I would have marketed this very differently and given it a new name with a day-time, flirty kind of vibe.

Feb
15
2016
AlyDoll13
AlyDoll13

Nothing like the original Opium,not even close.Black opium is sweet,almost gourmand,and of course damn nice.But also,in a decade where almost half of the mainstream production is made of sweet perfumes,Black Opium goes with the crowd and doesn't bring anything special to the party.Great longevity and good sillage.Like,not love.

Feb
13
2016
victoria.mei1992
victoria.mei1992

As heavy as armani si. You can suffocate, not a crowd pleaser.

Feb
12
2016
coco76
coco76

For me this one is a screaming pink pepper and orange blossom bomb....which finally settles down to a vanilla/patchouli scent. Very disappointed I wanted to smell the coffee!!! I also have the edt for sampling hopefully that one works for me.

Feb
11
2016
ntabassum92
ntabassum92

I have a carded sample that I would like to review - after coming back to this scent, I must admit, it smells GOOD. You spray it on, it lasts all day, and you know that it's the kind of scent that others will really appreciate. It's warm, sweet, inviting...but I just feel like it could have been so much more. It has all the notes, but the structure is just so flat. I smell more coffee now than I did when I first tried it in store, but there is this doughy vanilla obscuring everything! Vanilla smells lovely, of course, but why should I get another vanilla perfume with a hint of coffee? I would rather have a coffee perfume with a hint of vanilla! There are florals, but they are also smothered by the vanilla. If you're looking for a pure gourmand, here it is. I think the original opium is much "blacker"...

Feb
10
2016
MiaGia
MiaGia

REALLY nice. I am not a fan of oriental notes and expected some sort of nose drilling spicy fragrance. What a surprise. This is one of the most feminine luxurious fragrances my nose has ever evaluated. Truly to fall in love with!

Pretty pricey... but worth every dime.

Feb
10
2016
amna723
amna723

This is a super sweet, feminine, girly, warm vanilla fragrance. The heaviest, most prominent note the entire time is vanilla. Then it's a soft woods/floral scent with a tiny bit of fruitiness with some musk (the musk disappears quickly). There is nothing sharp, cloying or overly musky about this. To me the other notes besides vanilla are basically indistinguishable. I can't smell out the coffee at all which is unfortunate! It sounds amazing! There's definitely notes there besides vanilla but the combination blends so well it's hard to smell them individually. This scent is super comforting, warm and luxurious. The smell of this fragrance is the equivalent of wrapping yourself in a warm, soft, expensive blanket on a super cold winter day, while you're laying in the window seat of your giant mansion watching the snow fall outside with a fire lit in your fireplace. Pure goodness! However, there are so many perfumes that smell just like this! When I first smelled this it instantly reminded me of Bath & Body Works Cashmere Glow. It smells almost exactly like Cashmere Glow! It also reminds me a tiny bit of Taylor Swift Enchanted Wonderstruck (in the red bottle) and Jessica Simpson Fancy. It smells VERY SIMILAR to JS Fancy. To me, there are too many other perfumes on the market that are way cheaper and smell exactly the same. If you love this perfume but it's too expensive definitely try smelling Cashmere Glow, Jessica Simpson Fancy and Wonderstruck. If you love Black Opium you'll love those. Besides the fact that this smells similar to other perfumes, this scent is PERFECT!!!!!! Especially for cold weather. It may be a bit too heavy for summer IMO. I'm enjoying it fully while I can. The bottle is GORGEOUS as well.

Feb
10
2016
matthew369
matthew369

this smells like a million other girl's perfumes so i don't know why i love this so much but i really do! ... i would love to smell this on a girl. it must have a "catnip" note somewhere in it!

Feb
08
2016
sparkybish
sparkybish

Sweet and smoky with a hint of spice. Black Opium hints of dark deeds in dark corners while still being respectable enough for daily wear. It sits close to the skin, and develops nicely.

Feb
08
2016
ClareFassbender
ClareFassbender

Should I love this fragrance? I don't know.
The perfume starts with a vanila-y,slightly artificial undertone and ends with the same notes. Nothing suprising,nothing thrilling. However,the vanila just have the alluring factor to keep you sniffing your wrist like a drug addict, and people genuinely liked the perfume,at least not offensive.
It resembles the vanila note of Magnifesto,and owns the sweetness of flowerbomb and fame-a classier version.
I love the perfume,but no-so-content with the perfume name-original Opium lovers will be so disappointed,I mean it.
It should be name without any connection with the house's classic perfume,that's all.

Feb
08
2016
auroramaria
auroramaria

To all lovers of Black Opium EDP(I am) a shimmering body lotion and dry oil for body and hair are gonna be available soon, I saw the products on a store on line here in Italy and I'm so glad since I love Black Opium but longevity is a bit low.

Feb
06
2016
Jurisprude
Jurisprude

This perfume is just gorgeous. I would buy it and wear it any day. It's strong, sexy and beautiful. It develops close to the skin so I would wear it to work. I think you can't go wrong with this juice and it is a compliment getter. Beautiful. Rich. Contemporaneous. And outstanding!

Feb
06
2016
krissykatpawz81
krissykatpawz81

This is the sexiest, richest, lovely, unforgettable perfume that gets the most reactions phrases, like ppl say, mmm mmm mmmm who smells so so good mmm, and they are female, lol&men,with comments, just even if no one liked it lol, this is so sexy,so good! I get a dark rich coffe, with sweetness of rich vanilla, slightly sweet barley, this is dark&sexy,i can't explain it, regaurdless of the note,i LOVE it! It lasts 12hours on clothes, and a good 8hrs on skin,my hubby loves, just ahhhh maze ah ing!!!! Jim carey voice, lol If you want a sexy perfume that lasts, or to impress, this is addicting&will make you that much more of a perfume addict, lol.

Feb
05
2016
Dort0625
Dort0625

I must say...THIS IS AMAZING! now, for me this is strange. I typically HATE perfumes that are at all spicy, vanilla, patchouli, coffee etc etc. I personally love aquatics, green and citrus scents. So when I purchased the most recent sampler pack at shoppers drug mart (in Canada for those of you who have never heard of it) I figured that of the 10 perfumes you try, that I would be redeeming my coupon for D&G light blue, or Versace bright crystal....so I'm going through the tester vials and I come across this and I'm thinking to myself....yep I bet this is going to be one of those ultra heavy migraine inducing spicy nightmares...boy was I wrong. This is beautiful. I don't know what else would describe this as perfectly as beautiful. I was blown away by how much I love this. It has this very sultry and sexy feel to it. A very sophisticated, elegant, sultry, seductive and mysterious woman is who I picture wearing this. As weird as this may sound...I feel that even though I'm a mother of three one of whom is a teenager, that I am not sophisticated, sultry or seductive enough to pull this off. I didn't end up redeeming for this one, and that is honestly why. I felt as if I was too "young" for this-not based on my age, but based on my personality and lack of sultry and elegance. I AM going to buy this for myself very soon...and I will keep it to myself to smell off of myself rather then wear it out!

Feb
03
2016
Kon-nos91
Kon-nos91

A really sophisticated and well-cared perfume. I could call it one of the latest trends and I don't know why they compare it with Poison Girl-Dior. Opening of pink pepper and orange blossom makes it extremely fresh and not even close to spicy. Very juicy pear and amazing mixture of coffee and jasmine that balances the sweetness. Vanillic & soft patchouli base is just perfect and cedar wood completes the work by giving a bit of a dark character. It's one of the few perfumes that mixes many notes together with success. The impressive part is that you can recognize every single note and receive an excellent result. For me, Black Opium is addictive, ageless, ideal for almost all occasions but definitely a night time perfume. It's the feeling of a falling star in the night sky. I am almost pleased with lasting power and if sillage was better, I couldn't resist to the poison.

Feb
02
2016
eli.78
eli.78

I love this very much, but it is too faint, too close to the skin. I have tested this a few times and no matter how much I spray, it vanishes too quickly for me to consider buying T_T

Jan
31
2016
krissydoves7
krissydoves7

Im about to buy my 2nd bottle of this perfume ❤It's my favorite it's one of the first perfumes that made me think of it until I got it,like a pregnant woman who craves a food&she's not satisfied, until she gets&eats it!Until I had this at home in my hands&sprayed it all over,finally!!!This smells so good,like a sweet sexy coffe,but in the most sexy way possible, so addicting, in fact coffe note is sort of deep rich black warm coffe,with a rare richness,I can slightly detect coffe if barley, I smell a sexy sweet,warm,hot,sexy,smell,honestly I've never smelled this,so I can pick up most notes said,but so well blended I forget my name,lol!The longevity is top of the line ,silage is decent like arm length, last week on clothing, 8 hours on skin♡Perfect to impress my hubby,for the holidays I went to family get togethers&I heard women,behind me I didn't know well,under their breath"WHO WHAT SMELLS SO DANG FREAKEN GOOD,DANG!WHO IS THAT MMM MMM MMM"LOL It's addicting,I can only recommend go smell it,you will know what I mean,I first smelled in a magazine &I had to wait 6months to buy it,but it's worth every single penny!

Jan
31
2016
miletas89
miletas89

My love for this perfume is never-ending, unbreakable, unstoppable, omnipresent and defies all possible non-conformism. I have both niche and designer perfumes in my collection, and this one is just the safest, most pleasant, and sexiest smelling thing I've ever owned. I don't care what people say about it - that it is an abomination to the name "opium," or that it smells like every other perfume out there - it does in its sweetness, but it's unique in that it has just a little something something that makes it stand out from the crowd. The vanilla and coffee really bring out a woman's sexy seductive side, and the white florals emphasize a sweet sort of femininity, while also adding an aspect to the perfume that differentiates it from all the other scents in the current gourmand perfume trend of the decade. The fragrance is beautiful, the Yves Saint Laurent house has that "french" prestige that women traditionally look for in perfumery, the bottle is eye-catching; it's just impossible to go wrong with this - I love it to death.

Jan
30
2016
englishroses
englishroses

Black Opium smells like a strong black espresso and cigarette smoke. Brings to mind a sultry rock and roll groupie. Wear this one on a cold winter's night and you'll be amazed at its power.

Jan
27
2016
Kateri81
Kateri81

This is not going to be favorite review. Sorry guys! I have to admit, that I am fan of the original Opium, it was my first real perfume. But to be honest I am not so silly to expect, that this would have any similarities with the first one. But ... before the release I saw the ad, punk girl, very edgy, black clothes, black eyeliner wears Black Opium. And I was like 'hey, that's gonna be some good badass perfume', vanilla and coffee, oh baby make it black and make it strong. And then I tried it and it was just ... meh. Nothing. Sweet watery stuff with no soul and no depth and no punk. I'll pass this one :(

Jan
27
2016
CoconutCoffee
CoconutCoffee

I tried Black Opium because it claims to contain "l'énergie du café noir électrise" (the electrifying energy of a shot of espresso) but I get exactly zero coffee from this. Disappointing.

What I get from Black Opium is an opening that smells like bubble gum and black pepper. This settles down to a flower-jam (vaguely flowery, vaguely sweet) surrounding a very realistic orange-flavoured boiled sweet (Fox's Glacier Fruits in the UK) over a vaguely spicy base (maybe the cedar or patchouli listed in the notes?) with occasional sparks of something soapy and leathery. It's not bad, it smells 'luxury', but it has no coffee and nothing that suggests exotic or intoxicating 'opium'. If you like floral scents and want something more sophisticated than a 'pound shop flowery' then I recommend you try this.

It's not something I'd wear every day but I am happy to wear it today. It's a grey, dull January day and oranges and flowers are brightening (energising?) smells. I think this goes very well with animal vibes (suede, leather, wool, cashmere etc). Good sprayed on well-tailored winter clothes. Actually, I think this is might be best as a perfume for a wardrobe rather than a person. Something I'd like to smell when opening a dresser drawer rather than on human skin.

I mock the idea that smells are gendered so I say anyone could wear this and if you like it then you should. I dont think it would offend anyone. Quite a safe choice for formal occasions. A bit staid for recreation.

Jan
23
2016
Spinnerette
Spinnerette

This perfume smells exactly like Cinema by Saint Laurent. nothing special, nothing new about it. Honestly i think it's too anonymous and average. it doesn't describe a personality, just a cheap perfume of a big perfumery house

Jan
22
2016
zolitakat
zolitakat

This is a delicious sexy comfort scent- confident and lovely in all ways. I am a singer songwriter and I feel as if this perfume is good for singing some deep jazz not in a treble voice but in a rich mysterious contralto and to wear with a smoky eye...Its one of my favorite scents of all time. I prefer it to Opium- but then again I am addicted to the smell of coffee and I love vanilla...Even before I was given my first perfumes as a child I used to sneak vanilla essence to wear on my wrists in the 70's. Love it.

Jan
21
2016
kitsunemagic
kitsunemagic

A seller included a sample of this with my Flowerbomb tester on eBay I have to say great stuff and amazing projection and quality! I definitely smell coffee, white florals(Orange blossom) and patchouli!
If you're not a patchouli person this might not be for you

Black opium is great for winter or Autumn evenings

Jan
21
2016
aigilia
aigilia

Bought this perfume because it got so many compliments many people love this so i was so excited to try, plus the bottle is gorgeous n mysterious coz it's black. BUT i think it smells so close to viktor rolf bonbon. I don't mind to have both coz both bottles are to die for.

Jan
20
2016
Fragrant Desert
Fragrant Desert

Purchasing this would be based on price. Not interested in paying for designer coffee. Unlike some others, Rebelle and Kokorico, the chocolate here isn't in attack mode. Now that is fine for the days when big and bold is better. Black Opium is one you can wear to work or in an enclosed space with others safely. Had to respray so another reason unwilling to pay more for this one. Falls into the "it's nice" category but not going to be making a deep impression. Feel like Design houses are now following trends instead of setting them. Maybe just leave the gourmand notes to Thierry Mugler and celebrities?

Jan
20
2016
letoilenoire
letoilenoire

A lot of people dislike this, I get that more refined noses don't like this so much. I also know it makes people a little upset that it shares the opium name. However, I LOVE this perfume. I really get the coffee and vanilla mix on my skin and it smells comforting/sexy. There is something dark about it, and it's because of the coffee note. I think my skin chemistry just goes very well with this perfume. I was debating between it and the more "refined" option Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme and I just could not help but like this one more.

I must admit that part of the reason I like this perfume so much is that in my college days my sig scent was ralph lauren hot which had some maple syrup, mocha notes and I think the coffee in this is somewhat reminiscent. This also lasts on me, currently can still smell whiffs of it from when I sprayed 10 hours earlier. Anyway I think it is somewhat different from a lot of the gourmands out there due to the coffee note and if that note is present with your skin chemistry it can be quite lovely.

Jan
19
2016
ppetra-
ppetra-

Another perfume that I'd love to love, but can't get it together with. The scent itself is beautiful, really does capture the scent of coffee and vanilla, the comfy and warm aspects of both. I thought it would be something really sweet, cloying, you know when the coffeshops put too much flavoured syrup in you coffee, when you just wanted a little? But this surprised me. It's not "black" or "syrup-y", it's good.

But it just won't last. On my skin the longevity and sillage is just zero. You know when you found something that might not work but you want it anyway? Well yes, I think this will end up in my collection one day, longevity or not. It might work better sprayed on clothes. :)

Jan
18
2016
elysian
elysian

Just bought this recently. It wasn't planned at all - I intended to buy Dior's Hypnotic Poison, but it seemed way too deep for an everyday use, so I picked this up instead. And fell in love right away - it's a perfect winter scent, quite vanillary, with a strong hint of pachouli. Within an hour it becomes soft and caramelly (which I love), I can also detect white flowers. I really like how it smells expensive and warms me up. A perfume for a confident, classy woman.

P.S. I found some similarities with Giorgio Armani Si, but it's less woody and a little softer.

Jan
18
2016
unsrsly
unsrsly

I am so obsessed with this perfume. It is delicious and so long lasting. I get coffee and vanilla mostly. Perfect for me, a gourmand lover. Wish it was more affordable though. I am using Rebelle by rihanna to fill the coffee void at the moment so I don't use this beauty up too quickly.

Jan
17
2016
IgnitingFlares
IgnitingFlares

This perfume, to me, is pure heaven and bliss.
It reminds me of someone who is very sweet and caring but doesn't want to be overlooked or seen as the mommy-figure. She knows what she wants and knows what feeling her perfume is giving you. Namely that it is sexy but not headache inducing like Alien from Tierry Mugler. It's present but not forcing itself upon you.
I myself, loved it when I tested it in the shop but when I went home and checked it here, I was so disappointed by the comments. I had to smell my wrist again to assure myself they were talking about the same perfume.
Don't let yourself be put off, like many perfumes of this sort it is either completely loved or hated.
It is sweet and reminicent of a dessert because of the strong vanilla. The pepper keeps it from being one though.
For who knows perfume, it might lack that special touch they're after but in everyday life it will be loved by almost everyone.

Jan
13
2016
Konga5000
Konga5000

Smells a LOT like Tom Ford Black Orchid ? A little less stinky tho.

Jan
13
2016
Hayven
Hayven

I had a weird experience with this one. It smelled great in a magazine strip (though we know this is highly inaccurate); but on my skin, it was terrible. It smelled like gardenia bubblegum. I walked around the store and waited for the dry down; it was a pleasant, soft, woody scent. Zero coffee, which I was hoping to smell. Biggest letdown. I ended up with a rash anyways, so that was the nail in the coffin.

Jan
11
2016
marco_m
marco_m

Definitely not as gritty and urban as the advertising would lead you to believe. A basic vanilla based fragrance in line with other popular gourmands of today. I wanted to love this seeing the notes, but all I got when I tried it was vanilla. The coffee in this seems like an after thought on my skin. To me, it just smells like a weak batch of duncan doughnuts coffee heavily diluted by an off brand vanilla creamer. Not chic in the slightest. Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme is the cool kid's alternative to this one. Love the bottle, though.

Jan
10
2016
Eri1985
Eri1985

I love so much this perfume. But it does not last long ... I'm looking for the same smell but a longer duration.

Jan
10
2016
ambrin
ambrin

Nothing like opium...In fact,why is it called opium at all...it reminds me of hypnotic poison by Dior...It's nice but I will not buy it again...I wear it every single day to finish it off quickly..& as of yet no complimenst!!!

Jan
09
2016
massimilianoinquieto
massimilianoinquieto

L'unica cosa che sento di questo profumo è la vanillina, con un fondo piccante indecifrabile e aggressivo. Fiori bianchi finti che ricordano lo shampoo e niente più. Zero caffè.

Jan
03
2015
tittertat
tittertat

I'm surprised this is called Opium at all...its nothing Luke the originals. Its a very gourmand scent I get a lot of root beer. Reminds me of Poison Tender, Britney Spears Circus and to a lesser extent Hypnose. Not something I'd wear very frequently but not unpkeasant.

Jan
03
2015
amastara
amastara

this is not your mothers opium. its a lot more modern and the coffee like licorice undertone adds an element of youth and interest. its the perfect scent for a night out with the girls.

Jan
03
2015
TangledUpInNina
TangledUpInNina

I have wanted this perfume for so long! And this Christmas, my partner bought me it..I can say that I am not disappointed. The coffee and patchouli notes are intense on this perfume but they work so well together that it mixes beautifully on the skin. It lasts about 10 hours on my skin but everyones skin works reacts differently, it may last longer or shorter for you. It's also quite intense after one splash on your wrist and then two on your neck.. But it may also be less or more intense for you depending on how well your skin reacts. It is a beautiful perfume and my new favourite...10-10 from me.

Jan
03
2015
angiec777
angiec777

This is a very nice scent. The coffee and pink pepper are immediate and as a whole it falls well within the category of scents that I like. It's sweet but not trashy. The only problem I have with it is that it doesn't last on my skin. It does, however, linger for days on clothing so it's not a big issue. Love this scent and I will probably make it a staple on my shelf.

Dec
31
2015
maja86
maja86

I don´t generally mind sweet and strong fragrances, seeing as I enjoy Prada Candy, Hypnotic Poison, Kenzo Amour etc. However, I find this frag really offputting. To me, it smells like a person who´s spent the whole night partying, drinking uber sweet fruit cocktails, and now she´s had a cup of coffee but the smell of the stale fruit cocktails is mixing with coffee and her morning breath. It is a very unpleasant sensation, seeing as I wore this to bed (expecting a comfort scent). I guess it would suit a club atmosphere but it really smells like young girl recovering from a hangover before having showered.

Dec
30
2015
pfhope
pfhope

Finally a sweet fragrance that works with my body chemistry and results in lots of compliments (especially from guys). This fragrance lasts ages and a little goes a long way. I love being enveloped in the smoky warm vanilla and will likely purchase again :)

Dec
28
2015
DeLinda
DeLinda

Yummy.. hearty vanilla wrapped in coffee, flowers, patchouli, pink pepper linger in the background. It's very nice. The only thing that makes me not love it is the coffee.. it must be the coffee but it almost smells like rum on me. I feel like this is a night scent.

Dec
26
2015
kati77
kati77

It smells like box of chocolates with tons of vanilla. Overly sweet ,gourmand. To much for my personal type. But for fans will be great.

Dec
26
2015
FruitDiet
FruitDiet

What year is it, for that ad and model to be appealing? With that styling she looks like a relic from the emo/Myspace days when everyone was "bi," shaved their pubes, smoked Camel 9s and used T-mobile Sidekicks. This is supposed to appeal to young people?

The smell itself is exactly what you would expect, garbagey pink vanilla.

Dec
24
2015
giggleloop
giggleloop

When I first smelled this on a paper tester I immediatly put this in my "I Want" list. I thought it was warm and vanilla without being too sweet and I loved the hints of coffee.

Then I tried it on me and I was so disappointed. All I get is a super sweet vanilla scent with nothing underneath to make it special or interesting.

Dec
23
2015
deb.martinez
deb.martinez

Hypnose! Thats what I smell! I love it because I love hypnose.
This may even be longer lasting! I just might be adding this to my collection!

Dec
22
2015
Nikinoo
Nikinoo

Received this one a few days ago and just keep sniffing this I love the coffee scent but it's not to overpowering like the description suggests and I get ALOT of vanilla on this as well. Which men looove, but it does not last as long as I had hoped for.

Dec
21
2015
craftymaya
craftymaya

YUK, way too strong. Overwhelming! I had to wash it three times to remove the smell from my wrist and still getting this horrendous smell. I am glad I only got a sample of this.

Dec
21
2015
BlackAmberMoon
BlackAmberMoon

Coffee and jasmine (sambac?) with just enough vanilla to sweeten the punch, but I do not find it too sweet; it has nice bitter quality. The pear is present at the start, but fades quickly. I don't detect much patch or pink pepper. Black Opium reminds me of BY by Dolce & Gabanna (now discontinued). Though I like it, it should NOT be a flanker of the original. This one should have its own name, as it is totally unique and nothing like Opium.

If you like Bvlgari Jasmin Noir or Trouble by Boucheron, you need to try this one.

Dec
20
2015
senalica
senalica

Following the trend of sweet perfumes - yes. But for me what stands out is the deeper coffee note, that adds to the whole vanilla background and makes it more interesting. It is heavy, definitely an evening perfume, good sillage and longevity. I do sense some white flower and some spice.
I believe there is absolutely no point comparing this or any other "modern" YSL Opiums to the originals - the originals are classics and will always stay that way, but the perfumes today have changed - for better or worse, but the comparison is rather pointless.
I view Black Opium as a trendy take on the vanilla-sweet fragrances with some darker notes that help make it slightly more nuanced.

Dec
20
2015
Lito2
Lito2

To tell the truth not I felt minimally or tempted at its launch, since it was of the opinion that was another reformulated aroma only to fit into the new tastes "ultra sugar by sugar" of the moment. Also had the addition of the extra publicity that my me personally I check back. Well, while I charged in the perfumery I got to drizzle slightly perfumes that had to replace since they were organizing the obvious, the Christmas season. Piece of paper, a couple of sprays and surprise! TUI! But???? What happened? nothing to do with the idea that was! And if I buy it as one of the gifts for a colleague who for what I know it needs it! Since I have a wish list late in terms of perfumes that I want that I don't dare to advance this olfactory surprise... So I do it, the lame and the clerk very friendly to me sniffing my piece of paper with this face does not understand prepares me very kindly a sample to...
We are going to the subject:
output is strong, Yes, but in a few minutes the perfume sits and is leaving a smell that is so intense, is not nothing heavy to me. Moreover, find me it rather delicate and very feminine (but pulling to femme fatale as a sweet cat). The touch of coffee awakens the senses, scent that is softening in his heart to contact with flowers, turning it into a real addiction with that Vanilla and these Woody notes. It has an enigmatic and mysterious, wake that is very sensual for me. It is an Oriental fragrance with a sweetness that does not become annoying (to the contrary of what I thought), that spicy contrast so successful. I understand the resemblance with La Vie est Belle de Lancome but not play in the same League. BLACK OPIUM is for me a composition much more refined than LVB. It is already part of my collection, and I think that this winter is going to be a great ally.
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A decir verdad no me sentí ni minimamente tentada en su lanzamiento, puesto que era de la opinión de que era otro aroma reformulado únicamente para encajar en los nuevos gustos " ultra azúcar por azúcar " del momento . Además contaba con el añadido de ese extra de publicidad que a mi me personalmente me echa para atrás.
Bueno , mientras me cobraban en la perfumería me dio por salsear levemente los perfumes que tenían para recolocar puesto que estaban organizando lo obvio, la campaña navideña . Papelito , un par de pulverizaciones y sorpresa! uis ! Pero ¿?¿?¿?¿?
Que paso ? nada que ver con la idea que tenía ! Y si lo compro como uno de los regalos para una compañera que por lo que la conozco lo necesita ! ya que yo tengo una wish list atrasada en cuanto a perfumes que quiero que no me atrevo a adelantar esta sorpresa olfativa ... Así lo hago , lo cojo y la dependienta muy agradable al verme olisqueando mi papelito con esa cara de no entender me prepara muy amablemente una muestra para mi propio deleite .
Vamos al tema :
La salida es intensa, sí, pero en pocos minutos el perfume se asienta y va dejando un olor que siendo así de intenso, no me resulta nada pesado. Es más, me resulta bastante delicado y muy femenino ( mas tirando a femme fatale que a dulce gatita).
El toque de café despierta los sentidos, aroma que se va suavizando en su corazón al contacto con las flores , convirtiéndose en una auténtica adicción con esa vainilla y esas notas amaderadas.
Tiene una estela enigmática y misteriosa , que me resulta muy sensual .
Es una fragancia Oriental con un dulzor que no llega a empalagar ( al contrario de lo que yo creía ), por ese contraste especiado tan acertado.
Entiendo el parecido con La Vie est Belle de Lancome pero no juegan en la misma liga . BLACK OPIUM es para mi una composición mucho mas refinada que LVB.
Ya forma parte de mi colección , y creo que este invierno va a ser una gran aliada .

Dec
20
2015
Wanesa
Wanesa

It takes a while for me to fall in love with a perfume. I will be In love with this in a matter of days. It smells like vanilla coffee but not milky vanilla coffee. Black sweet vanilla coffee. I just got it and I'm already sure I'm gonna get a lot of compliments with this one . For all u coffee lovers, your gonna love this, and it doesn't have cacao in it. Thank god cause cacao makes everything weird. It's a cacao free fragrance. Love it :)

3 hours later...... It's smells a lot more floral now. Coffee is slowly fading . It's cool though , still amazing , I just reapply the coffee :)

Dec
18
2015
theangryraisins
theangryraisins

If you want to smell like a Starbucks then buy this perfume. If, however, you are like me and you don't like the smell of coffee (let alone want to smell like it) then don't waste your time.

Dec
17
2015
High Heels
High Heels

Love it love it love it! This perfume is perfect and long lasting on my skin. After YSL Manifesto I will have this one. :D

Dec
17
2015
Peachysugarbuns
Peachysugarbuns

I've already written a comment about Black Opium, but a co-worker of mine recently said something about the fragrance that made me gigglesnort.

We are bartenders at a popular joint in a tourist town. She was waiting on a bachelorette party of about 12 gals and, after taking their orders, hurriedly met me behind the bar to start making the drinks.

"It smells like breakfast at the strip club over there", she said to me, squeezing fresh limes into martini shaker. "Walk by, smell the air and tell me which fragrance it is", she ordered, knowing fragrance is my BFF forever and that I've accurately guessed guests' perfumes in the past.

I walked to the table, small appetizer plates for the party's soon-arriving food in hand (I wasn't just gonna walk over there like a creeper with no purpose!), took a deep inhale and politely smiled at the group. It was like all the girls shared a spritz of the same thing in the bathroom before arriving to the bar; a cloud of sweet perfume hovered over the table. I set the plates down and met up with my co-worker.

"Black Opium from Yves Saint Laurent. It's new and popular - super sweet, obviously. There's a coffee note in there", I say, shrugging.

She looks at me and replies in the most affected way, "'Breakfast At The Strip Club' from..." *attempts to mimic French* "...Eeee Suh Lahraaah."

So sassy, she is.

Dec
16
2015
beatrix75
beatrix75

Love it soooo ! Coffee vanilla and patchouli plus the beloved pink pepper omg it's pure haven for sweet scent lovers .ysl never disappoint me

Dec
15
2015
Bee-young-ka
Bee-young-ka

The original has earned it's place as a classic but it's not one I would ever wear, this perfume isn't anything like the original and I gotta say I don't mind one bit.

This is a crowd pleaser and maybe the reason people are giving it a hard time is because it's going to be everywhere and everyone will have some.

I'm tempted, but I do have a small stock pile of Loverdose tattoo and while Black Opium is certainly the classier of the two I don't mind smelling like the trashy younger sister of Black opium.

Dec
15
2015
High Heels
High Heels

I love this perfume! <3

Dec
15
2015
Ranna
Ranna

@angiec777
To me black opium smells nothing like Rihanna's rebelle - black opium is much fruitier and rebelle is more choco-musk. Sparkly vs. warm.

Dec
12
2015
alfa.lázcares
alfa.lázcares

I wanted to love this one. I sprayed it on and I thought I needed it in my life. However that only lasted a couple of hours. Reason being I could smell actual coffee on this when I first sprayed on paper, so I had to try on my skin. And the coffee was there and I was in love. I DO want to smell like coffee, I love it. Specially since it wasn't sickly sweet. This was just perfect and what I needed.
But the magic was gone with the coffee because that note lasted a maximum of two hours and then it was just gone. Not even a hint of coffee any more and all I was left with was this very VERY sweet stuff on my wrist. And now that I read the reviews... Yes, I have smelled this one. It is just like La Vie Est Belle after a couple hours of wear. They are both very sweet and kinda fruty.
I don't mean to say this is a bad scent, but I was expecting coffee heaven and got fruity sweets. Not my ideal.
Sillage is very good though and lasting for about 8 hours.

Dec
11
2015
dina
dina

Apart from the top notes, this is an exact replica of Paco Rabanne XS l’excès.

Dec
09
2015
Veronica85
Veronica85

بد، اصلا دوسش نداشتم. بوی قلیان میوه ای که ازش متنفرم رو میداد ضمن اینکه بوش قدیمی بود. اولین اسپری رو که بو کردم سریع یاد عطرهای قدیمی افتادم. با عرض معذرت از طرفدارهای پر و پا قرص این عطر. الانم مچ دستم رو شستم ولی بوش نرفته
:(

Dec
09
2015
Missisjoker
Missisjoker

I am not a heavy sweet smell-type of person. But this perfume is delightful! It is heavy and sweet, sure, but also intriguing and warm (chocolate and coffee notes help with that). Perfect for a night out.

Dec
08
2015
Jellybean
Jellybean

I really like the intro to this. Spicy patchouli and jasmine. It is sweet, this could've been toned down; widely sellable if looking from that perspective. Lots of pears according to notes where the sweetness is coming from.
It wears close to skin, sugared-coffee-vanilla trio.
Like the sparkly black package, makes me think of a girl with an edge, rockstar appeal.
Good choice for nights out, clubbing.
This one falls in similarity category with Flowerbomb, along the lines of spice and sugar.

Dec
07
2015
annettepe
annettepe

Firstly I was extremely attracted by the beautiful bottle. The black sparkles and pink liquid ! I like this fragrance a lot and have been wanting it for the longest time.

I think its very playful and very sweet. My boyfriend loves it. Definitely very rich warm vanilla throughout and very soft florals. It also reminds me of toffee in the dry down. I do not detect any strong coffee notes whatsoever, which is a shame as I was very interested in this particular note and its what I was looking for in this perfume... Maybe in the opening theres a soft coffee and it disappears very quickly unfortunately. It does remind me of Si by Giorgio Armani however I think Opium is more gourmand and deliciously addicting ! Whereas Si is way more fruity and patchouli. I do think that lately these types of scents are more common I don't think its a complex perfume though, you would expect it from a lot of gourmand fragrances but I think this one got it all right ! I don't think its necessarily an expensive or sophisticated scent but I think that its very inoffensive and would please a lot of people. It lasts all day on me especially on clothing.

NOTE: Try Zara Black Sapphire. I swear its almost an EXACT dupe. Out of curiosity I smelled all the perfumes in Zara and instantly from the bottle I thought I was smelling YSL Black Opium ! Even the perfume box that it comes in has the same colours, pink and black sparkle glitter.

Dec
07
2015
JoannM86
JoannM86

My new signature scent! It's sweet and dark and sexy. Got compliments from strangers right away. Husband loves it, it's a keeper!!

Dec
06
2015
Nicole401
Nicole401

I got 2 samples of this, as well as own Killer Queen by Katy Perry. Black Opium is actually a carbon copy of Killer Queen, but sweeter. Can't stand Killer Queen anymore, so that sours my liking for Black Opium.

Overall, it's alright. Definitely not worth the $80+ Also, if you want the second sample let me know! I'm not sure how to trade on here, lol.

Dec
04
2015
EternityFresh
EternityFresh

I don't care how popular this is and that everyone will be wearing it because it is FREAKIN AWESOME!!!..The bottle is hot and the perfume inside follows suit. I know lots are upset because it shares the same name as the original and doesn't have any of the same DNA (thank goodness in my opinion) but so many houses are doing that these days. This is easy going and lovable right off the bat..no waiting period

Dec
04
2015
Luminan
Luminan

Oh I just simply love this! <3 The coffee nite is sooo pleasant but not too dominating. This actually brings liquorice in mind. And I love liquorice. Very good, very expensive too but worth every penny! <3

Dec
03
2015
miletas89
miletas89

Ok, so I reviewed this a while back. Review wasn't so great. The review was more of a rant on how this is pleasant but nothing special. Well...
Ladies, just get a sample. Wear it, keep wearing it, wear it some more, and you and everyone around you will fall in deep love with this perfume. Yes, it's sweet, yes it's vanillary, yes, there are tons of perfumes like it - Armani Si, Lancome La Vie Est Belle, yes yes yes, everybody is right, this smells like every other perfume on the market these days. BUT!! To me, this is the best composed sweet vanillary warm perfume out there. It out-performs all of the ones people mention on here, and it has a unique coffee-esque vibe that the others, while they are sweet and warm, are missing. Don't disregard it just because you've smelled something similar.
Of course everyone knows vanilla is an aphrodesiac, but more is not necessarily better. One spray is enough; more than 3 will kill the coffee note and will turn you into a walking tub of vanilla bean ice cream. Be careful here.

Dec
02
2015
carissaaurora
carissaaurora

This just turned into vanilla scented Play-doh on my skin. Total scrubber. I agree, it is a lot like many of the popular scents out there right now, the ambery-jasmine fakey synthetic thing. However, most of those scents will sit just fine on me, I'm not running to wash it off. I think it's the coffee note that's not working. Had high hopes for it, but pass.

Dec
02
2015
Caledonian77
Caledonian77

I was looking for a dark sophisticated winter evening scent with a hint of spice so decided to buy the 10ml purse spray. First impression of Black Opium is that it is heavy! & the coffee note is strong yet also a warm richness. The coffee soon retreats leaving only a undertone while the sweet creamy vanilla & floral heart fuse together producing a very sexy smokey feminine scent. A little does go a long way so apply sparingly as then you will respect the softness & intimacy of Black Opium when it does finally settle. I don't find this at all over powering, no problems either with sillage so summing up... A new found favourite that is beautiful & versatile.

Dec
02
2015
jacmac
jacmac

Just another sweet forgettable fragrance. Reminds me of Flowerbomb, La Vie Est Belle, etc so if you already have a floral/cream/vanilla/jasmine scent in your collection you might find this a boring, though pretty, duplicate. It has absolutely nothing in common with the original Opium and I am irritated it pretends to share the name. It smells nice and pretty, but I guess I expect more of YSL when they dare to make an Opium flanker with this cream puff.

Dec
01
2015
Michylaka
Michylaka

Black Opium is addictive! At first when I read the notes I thought I would not like it. I sampled it one day on paper and thought it too sweet but then when I sprayed it on my wrist it was a whole different story. It was intoxicating. I went about shopping and was drawn to the beautiful yet yummy scent. On the way home I decided I had to have it and went back to get a 30ml bottle. I find the strong Orange blossom and fruity Pear notes at the start delightful. The Pepper note is quite mild but gives great dimension upon first application. As the top notes mellow out the heavy Coffee and Vanilla notes become more pronounced. I also start to detect the wonderful sweet Jasmine. Right about the same time I start getting the subtle earthy dimensions of the Patchouli and Cedar. All of these notes combined last for the duration. Black Opium is strong at the start but then becomes more subtle after about an hour on me. Black Opium definitely reminds of the Vanilla Iced Cappuccinos I make for my fiance but with a kick. It gets attention too. I have men and women alike commenting on how great I smell when I wear it although I cannot smell it myself. Longevity is four to six hours. I give Black Opium a 10/10.

Dec
01
2015
Oriane
Oriane

It has a lovely smell on paper. Way less "headache-causing" than I thought. In fact, it's quite refined and I like the idea of strenght associated with woomanhood.

Unfortunately, it smells terrible on my skin ... We have a candy in France called "réglisse", I don't know what is the equivalent in English. Well, anyway, this perfume turns me into this big candy.

Maybe, I just have to enjoy it on someone else !

Nov
30
2015
Elia3
Elia3

I'm in LOVE!! This is a grown up sweet sensual vanilla coffee scent. The bitterness of the coffee and the sweetness of the vanilla give the perfect balance. The other notes complements this bittersweet perfume and makes it perfect! The silage and longevity is good to. 10/10

Nov
27
2015
taylors91
taylors91

I popped into Boots today looking for the next perfume on my to purchase list. Luckily Boots carried this. The word I would use to describe this would be warm-autumnal. I get a warm sweet vanilla coffee-chocolate mix. I know coffee is listed as a note. Everyone knows that coffee is a strong bitter earthy smell and taste, but this on my skin isn't bitter. It's coming across as a praline-chocolate with a hint of coffee. Another note I'm picking up on is either A) Honey B) honey blossom or C) orange blossom. Warm sweet.That could be the floral notes lending that note to me. In a nutshell this is a warm sweet vanilla-chocolate-honey mix with a teeny hint of coffee. Would I purchase: If it carries on smelling the way it does on my skin....yes I would

Nov
27
2015
Chelsea1605
Chelsea1605

In love with this perfume. I took a tester of this earlier on this year whilst shopping and could not stop sniffing my arm. Thankfully my OH bought me a bottle for my birthday and I have to say it's taken top spot on my perfume table.

I'm new at this so here goes:

It's sweet, but not too sweet. I can definitely smell the vanilla but it has something much deeper and sexier on the drydown. It's definitely more of an evening or winter perfume as i feel wrapped in a warm sensual hug. I get the slight hint of coffee too but nothing overpowering. Nothing like the original Opium but very unlike anything else i've smelt in a long time. I loved it so much that i bought the 90ml bottle when i found it on a fantastic offer.

It lasts about 3 hours on me but that could be because my nose gets used to it. Others can smell it around me for most of the day in work. I can still smell it on my jacket or scarf the following day.

Definitely one i'll continue to buy!

Nov
25
2015
Giselle Viz
Giselle Viz

THIS PERFUME SMELLS BEAUTIFUL!

I tested this fragrance yesterday before my family and I went to the theater. While watching the movie, I couldn't stop sniffing my arm. It's a bit sweet and spicy with a coffee undertone. It's a very different gourmand and it has wonderful silage. I have to add this to my huge collection as soon as possible! Test it out!

Nov
22
2015
LEXIE
LEXIE

Im in love with this and can't get enough of it. When I bought it after reading about it I didn't expect to fall in love with it so quick however this and belle d' opium are the best two YSL perfumes. It's strong but not overpowering. If I put it on clothes like jackets and coats the smell lingers for days on. I tend to apply a little before going to bed and can always smell it in the morning. It's beautiful and works wonders with my body chemistry. I get complemented every time I wear it.

Nov
21
2015
amirali0072000
amirali0072000

elegant and feminine..Pretty interesting smell..great stuff.. It's a fantastic
one of my most complimented fragrances when I wear it.
نمونه حهت تست موجوده.طالبین پیام بدهند

Nov
19
2015
La DameDeNoir
La DameDeNoir

This is an example of all what is wrong today in designer's perfumes.

This is not even a perfume, this is some sort of frustrated beverage from the nearest Starbucks.

Poor. Weak. Boring. Silly. Cheap. Forgetable.

If Lolita Lempicka's Sweet was the slutty anoying little sister of Lâncome La Vie Est Belle, this is the disfunctional, wannabee Gothic, fake rebel-conformist sibling. Posing as "oh, look at me, I am big, I am bad, I make up my eyes in Amy Winehouse's fashion, I wear black, I have necklaces with spikes, and so on..."

This is unworthy of the name of Opium. Although Opium, in its current version, is unworthy of the name of Opium.

Yves Saint Laurent must be rolling in his grave.

Nov
18
2015
MadeiraD
MadeiraD

Sugary fruity vanilla-y but not as boring as it sounds, there's some weird dark undercurrent of something here, it's like an ultra girly sugar bomb layered with something very womanly and seductive, it's a little bit disturbing, the juxtaposition of innocence and sin, definitely interesting
Update: It makes me think of the baby groupies of the 1970s, like Lori Maddox and Sable Starr, that sort of underage, grown up way too fast, "oh no that's too much for a girl your age" decadent 1970s everything is permitted zeitgeist

Nov
16
2015
nikkitjuh
nikkitjuh

I really loved the opening, but after a while I got nauseous and overwhelmed by the sweetness of this perfume.
On my skin I only smell the vanilla and coffee and nothing else. A shame because on clothes or paper it does smell more exotic and complicated.
I am not going to buy this, hence the sickening intense sweetness of this perfume.

Nov
14
2015
jenniferpina
jenniferpina

i got so many compliments because of this perfume... even a guy tried to talk to me, and i have a feeling it was because of my scent, since the first thing he told me was " you smell delicious"... xD

i think it lasts a long , but i can't smell it on my self but other people do so....

i don't think it's a night fragrance, but i wear it to work lool

Nov
12
2015
klcowart
klcowart

To me, this smells like a tamer version of Loverdose. They have similar openings and almost identical hearts. The mandarin versus the orange blossom gives the fragrances a similar "juicy" element as I like to call it. Jasmine plays a huge role in the hearts and plays nicely with either perfume's gourmand elements. The distinction between the two are Loverdose's licorice versus Black Opium's coffee. The licorice makes Loverdose almost more dirty smelling and unique, whereas Black Opium's coffee is casually present, dressed as sweetly quiet and clean little girl waving hello. Loverdose is closer to the rock and roll chick theme, as the licorice screams, "Notice me!!!" However, it's still pretty sweet. Personally, I prefer Loverdose, especially because the licorice note is similar to the smell of glycerin and reminds me of blowing bubbles with my granny on her porch as a child. :)

Nov
10
2015
Crystals On My Converse
Crystals On My Converse

Just ordered this online - cannot wait to wear it! Smells like a gorgeous latte with some berries mixed in! Sounds awful but smells amazing!

EDIT - beautiful bottle - one of the classiest I have seen!

Nov
06
2015
hdmc_2000
hdmc_2000

I notice how many of the reviews are negative because it doesn't smell like the original....Umm, maybe because its not called OPIUM its called BLACK OPIUM...so of course it doesn't smell like the original. I actually like it better! If you don't like it, fine, but criticizing it because it doesn't smell like the original makes no sense! If it was supposed to smell like OPIUM, they would have called it just OPIUM! Jeeze!!

Nov
05
2015
Perfumedsecrets
Perfumedsecrets

It smells like a hundred other perfumes popular right now. Armani Si, Flowerbomb, Lancome La Vie Est Belle, D&G Pour Femme, etc. The list goes on. That ambery floral that's very sweet and aromatic. Nice for someone, but not me. I already own the D&G. This is just a phantom compared to Opium.

Nov
04
2015
pravda48
pravda48

Woah, I just watched the ad for this for the first time after someone mentioned it in a review; that's pretty raw! Searching around the city lookin very day-after for her 'fix'? Huh, alright, it is the namesake I suppose. I don't care for the ploy, personally.

THE SCENT: yes it smells like other things. For terms of identification, I'll say I smell the very heavy-sweet creaminess of Alien's jasmine, almost a powdered edge it's so thick. Then add in the tart, very sweet, smoky edge of Tresor de Nuit and that's about what I get. An hour or so later a candied amber-esque warmth arises. I never get the black coffee note that I was hoping for as that's my fix of choice. I think if they had amped that note above the rest (even left the rest the same!) this would've been the biggest win!

As it is, I like it. I do already own similar. The marshmallowy white floral fluffy/creamy/sweet opening is yummy, if you like that really rich jasmine trend. It's hit or miss depending on the day for me.

More similar to Belle d'Opium than any others of its namesake, do NOT try this one based on having enjoyed the originally named one! Try this if you'd like something heavy in the floral sweetness department with a warm undertone and either a) don't already own more than 2 versions of that kind or b) love that type SO much you must have them all! ;D

Nov
03
2015
HeavyBeatsUK
HeavyBeatsUK

I thought I could smell licorice in this but apparently not according to the notes list here

Nov
03
2015
HoneyPamela
HoneyPamela

Received a sample, and not at all like the original Opium popular in the 80s, which was yummy, everyone was wearing it, and those who weren't were wearing Beverly Hills Giorgio, or maybe Coco Channel. At first it's sort of like Viva La Juicy with sugar sprinkles. Then I detect cat urine. So glad I didn't buy a bottle. Was tempted to. I'll stick with VLJ when I want sweet, and if I were 30 years younger, I would maybe go for Flower Bomb, but probably not, as it's too sweet and adolescent. Black Opium is disappointing, but am not surprised. Can't recreate a fragrance that lived in a time that was timeless.

Nov
02
2015
CoffeeLuva
CoffeeLuva

The description sounded perfect for me, but..... It's a fragrance characteristic in it that I also smell in many perfumes today. Something sweet and not flattering on me. Had to return it.

Nov
01
2015
EJ2011
EJ2011

I recently purchased Tom Ford Sahara Noir and Tom Ford Noire for women from Lord & Taylor. I ordered two samples of perfume, Jimmy Choo Illicit and this bad boy, Black Opium. I have both sprayed on each hand and have been sniffing both periodically throughout the day. The real test for me is sillage. So far Illicit is very faint and hasn't held it's own, but Black Opium sticks. The initial spray for me was very sweet, jasmine with a very faint hint of patchouli. I have not detected the middle note of coffee yet I know it's in there somehow balancing the patchouli and jasmine. It's very sexy, sweet and "pretty" at the same time, what every woman wants to be. Nice for the fall and for nights. I can see this being very dangerous if oversprayed, but personally, that's how I like it. I love to "over spray" and am always out to offend. I love strong projection and can see myself layering this with a beautiful body butter like the body shop chocomania for an added punch, just to see how it vibes. I love to layer and experiment with body oils, butters and cremes to give a fragrance an extra punch. If there are 3 of us in a room wearing this, I need to make it stand out! This is definitely a nice, safe, mass market buy. Not distinctive and niche. Pretty flanker, and soon everyone will be wearing it. If you want to make it your own "signature" customize it with something else...even something like comptoir sud pacifique amour de caoco if you feel you need to take the sweet edge off.

Nov
01
2015
Nikita87
Nikita87

This is such a shame to classic Opium. İ don't understand the reason why they decided to call it Opium. It has nothing to do with original Opium, which is a classical embodiment of Orient.
This is just one of those cheap smelling fragrances that can be bought in any shop.

Nov
01
2015
risarii
risarii

This fragrance is everywhere right now. Every woman and girl is wearing it, it seems.

It's not anything special as far as I'm concerned; sweet gourmand mixed with the usual flowers. Along the lines of LVEB, a warmer Viva La Juicy, etc. Pick one. The bottle is gorgeous and I love YSL but I'm disappointed in this. It certainly has nothing "Opium" in it. Should just be called "Gourmand #12243". It's certainly not unpleasant, just unimpressive and rather generic. But to each their own. :)

Nov
01
2015
Aspendina
Aspendina

God this is so lovely, so in love. It smells kind of like Armani Code to me which is fine because I used to have and love that one and have missed it. This is a perfect Fall/Winter scent

Nov
01
2015
natfragrant
natfragrant

Predictable fragrance, I find this one to hark back to the likes of a more mature Viva La Juicy, Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia, and VS Noir Tease. I'm sure there are many others as the reviews will tell you, this "reminds" people of something they've already smelled. The maturity and "distinctiveness" (as if I would even go so far to say that) probably comes from the coffee & patchouli, collocating it among the higher-end scentbombs to the passerby whiff... Not an offensive scent, however nothing special. Pass

Nov
01
2015
allie kat
allie kat

I blind bought this in January purely because of the opium connection. It has not impressed me as I can't find the connection between this and the original masterpiece.
That said it is a pleasant vanilla scent, with a sweet caramelly background where someone has already drank all the coffee. Not a hint or a drop left for me.
I find it reminds me of la vie est belle, with the volume turned down to half.
Not a bad one in these days of edible smelling perfumes but I prefer the bad ass, in your face original Opium and expected black opium to be as good. I should have remembered that bad asses from the seventies turn into well mannered suburban housewives when they get to their forties.

Nov
01
2015
RubyBirdy
RubyBirdy

I thought I would HATE this based on the blogs I had read and the knowledge that Hedi Slimane publicly distanced himself from it. Imagine my surprise when I sniffed it and found out it wasn't a ten-headed swamp monster after all. It's actually not that bad. Certainly pleasant and wearble. I could have sworn I smelled some sweet red berries in the beginning, like in Black XS, and then they were quickly cut by a slightly smoky coffee.

Is there anything rock-and-roll about it? Hellllll no. How could it be, when it's so much sweeter than the original Opium, with all the grit and mystery taken away?

Glam rock? Nope nope nope. Glam rock was always about being daring and over the top.

Does it share any DNA with the original Opium? Doubtful.

Was it a shameless money grab by L'Oreal? Almost certainly. There is absolutely no reason to tack the word "Opium" onto a fragrance that does not resemble the original Opium at all...well, actually, there is one reason, and that's to cash in on it. And I can definitely see how that infuriates people. Tacking the name onto this product as an excuse to jack up the price insults our intelligence to a degree, after all. It's not a flanker of Opium, so honestly it should be called something else. But hey, try before you buy, and if you dislike it, don't spend the money. After all, brands really don't owe us anything. We vote with our wallets in the marketplace.

But it's not horrible as a perfume, not at all. Unoriginal, but also inoffensive. I won't be spending any money on it, but I've smelled far worse at a higher price point. It's simply a nice scent - nothing more, nothing less.

Oct
30
2015
BelleChloe
BelleChloe

I have this on right now and I can tell you this much: it smells like Lancome Hypnose! It is a goegeous scent though, but too overpowering for day time. Perfect for a night out - a sophisticated night out. Not like those clubbing synthetic sweet fragrances I used as a teenager ;-)

Oct
30
2015
Debsmellsgood
Debsmellsgood

I could care less if Black Opium resembles other gourmands on the market or similar cheaper version can be found. I love it. It's not about what other people think, it's about what you love and what works for you. I have La Vie Est Belle, Meow, Dolce and Gabanna Femme, Wild Madagascar Vanilla, etc. They all smell similar and delicious. So what. I got a shot of Black Opium one day as a sample and that was all she wrote. Yes, it is similar to the others, but it is still different enough with its sweet-spicy-coffee/danish- bit of fruit-dash of floral-mix that I immediately smell the difference in contrast to those similar scents. So, buy what you like and stop worrying about it being part of the gourmand trend. It's lovely.

#staywokebutthinkforyourself

Oct
29
2015
Peachysugarbuns
Peachysugarbuns

Hopefully, though this review is "negative", readers will understand that I mean it to be helpful.

Scroll down this page and observe the many "...it smells like..." comments. Why was Black Opium created when it already existed in the hundreds of pink-juiced mass-marketed fragrances before it? Pro tip: These huge fashion houses think we're basic and just want our money. This fragrance doesn't last on the skin because (no exaggeration) its formula costs pennies to make; however, consumers are asked to pay upwards of $100 for the stuff. I feel slighted when I think of this fact (and how many times I've fallen for it in the past.)

I am obviously underwhelmed by Black Opium, as it is about as "rock'n'roll" as a pumpkin spice latte-drinking "sanctimommy" who peruses pinterest at home all day. For its name to have any attachment to the original Opium is bad marketing and damn-near blasphemy.


If you like this scent, understand that you do not have to pay a lot of money to find its structure in other scents that are of equal or better quality - you just have to put a bit of effort into the note research and exercise your sniffer by comparing a bunch of similar scents (which is fun, anyway!)

#staywoke

Oct
27
2015
PricklyAndHot
PricklyAndHot

There is no coffee on me( Disappointment(((

I prefer classic FOR SURE!

Oct
25
2015
SpaceCowgirl
SpaceCowgirl

I am not a coffee lover. I dislike everything about it, especially the smell. Because of that, I have stayed away from scents with coffee notes under the assumption that I wouldn't like it. After trying a sample of Black Opium, I am a convert. I do smell a bit of a coffee scent but it isn't the same as aa brewing cup or coffee beans. Nothing so dramatic as what I thought it would be. Black Opium reminds me of a much more pleasant version of La Vie Est Belle because the patchouli doesn't slap you in the face quite as much. The warm jasmine and vanilla is to die for but overall not innovative. It is a great winter fragrance with medium longevity and sillage. I expected a bit more form YSL in that department. I would also say this is a good blind buy for a gift as nothing in it is offensive and the bottle is absolutely gorgeous.

Oct
23
2015
annwnoe
annwnoe

I'll start by saying that the ad snagged me, even before I sampled it. It makes me want to dress in black and wear black eyeliner!!
This fragrance is the most compelling new release I've experienced in a long time. It is a posh, sweet fragrance that makes no apologies for being a crowd pleaser.
The sweetness in Black Opium is refined. It is blended flawlessly. From top to bottom, it ticks every box. A smash hit!

Oct
22
2015
Cottonmouth
Cottonmouth

I don't like coffee at all and when a sales assisstant insisted that I try this fragrance, I began mentally preparing myself for the repulsion I was certain that I would feel. Boy oh boy was I wrong. This fragrance starts off with a very strong yet subtle coffee scent and gradually dies down to a very creamy and sweet vanilla. I left that store with the largest bottle they could offer me.

Oct
21
2015
kikinha
kikinha

Oh hello! I'm here and I smoke!! That was my first impression after praying it on my wrist. A strong scent with tobacco. Like when you leave the bar after a night out and everyone including yourself have been smoking. About 1 hour later the smells settles and the tobacco is no longer present. Sweet and powdery fragrance. After 2 hours I Love it but I can't spray something and wait for 2 hours to enjoy it! Not for me

Oct
20
2015
Kuroshio
Kuroshio

Today I got it as a birthday gift. Now Iam melted in warming coffee and vanilla scent. So calming and so pretty and very feminine. I adore it.

Oct
20
2015
rockegg
rockegg

There are a lot of vanilla/florals out there (!) and this isn't really unique but it is one of the nicer ones to my nose. The vanilla is reined in nicely by the freshness of the pepper and coffee and flowers.

I just keep wondering what was happening in marketing meetings. I imagine it was something like this:

"We have this very famous name, Opium, but the scent itself is really out of fashion right now. How can we make a fashionable scent while keeping the name?"

"Here, I made one that's completely in fashion, smell this."

"But it smells nothing like Opium. We can't call it Opium."

"Why not?"

Oct
15
2015
Leah lilly
Leah lilly

Ohhhh. Pure love. Finally I found my new signature for this winter. It's just an amazing perfume.try it if you love vanilla and coffee♡♡♡♡

Oct
14
2015
Fabulous Kevin
Fabulous Kevin

I hate to give negative review but when i smell Black Opium, i am just so disappointed. The opening is sweet and soft like many fragrances out there, it also reminds me a little bit of Tresor La Nuit but weaker. On my skin, no coffee at all, the only thing i can smell is vanilla. Sorry YSL fan!

Oct
12
2015
NancyD76
NancyD76

I love this perfume! This was my winter signature scent last year and I'm planning to repurchase it this year.

I'm not easily impressed by new scents and I'm defenitely not a lover of really floral, sweet or rose scents. I also do not love scents that are heavy and in your face nor patchouli perfumes.
But I absolutely love clean sophisticated scents with vanilla, coconut, coffee, musky, amber, white floral,...

This one is really original, with the really noticeable scent of coffee. It's addicting! It's warm, spicy, it's there...but it's not too much.
I used it every day, day and night, I think it's suitable for every occasion.

ADDED: I did not repurchase this perfume for this winter. It's not that I don't like it anymore, it's more that I smell it too often on other people that I'm a bit bored with it. In our company the management assistant also wears it, but she sprays half a bottle per day and you just must not do that with this scent., it's already overwhelming in a positive way, but spraying it too much is the negative overwhelming feeling.. This is one of the reasons I don't want to wear it anymore, :-(

Oct
11
2015
Izzy smells
Izzy smells

I so wanted to like this- it has some of my favourite scents in it; vanilla, pink pepper, patchouli, orange blossom, jasmine, but when I sprayed this earlier, it was instant hate. It's the coffee; too strong, too bitter, sitting on top of everything, and as I'm not a big coffee lover, I just couldn't get over it. I'm sure it dries down to a lovely, complicated scent after a while, judging by other people's reviews, but I wouldn't be able to deal with spending the time before that happened smelling like someone had spilt a cup of coffee on me.

Oct
10
2015
kerry_rahma
kerry_rahma

I love sweet so this one is absolutely my type.. Sweet warm vanilla with a subtle bitter coffee is what makes me reaching for it everyday.. Sillage is strong, but reaching people in a polite way not screeching through your nose. Longevity on me is 6-8 hours and i don't mind, as i love spraying it over again if needed.. Yum from top to bottom notes

Oct
10
2015
BizzoH
BizzoH

Plenty of vanilla up top, pleasant enough, but nothing that original or ground-breaking like Opium was. Not that it has to be, depends on your expectations. Will be popular as such a safe bet. I like it, but who wouldn't?

Oct
10
2015
Krissylovesjesus
Krissylovesjesus

This perfume is so beautiful like a dark sugar in a very licorice way,unique I wanna eat the bottle lol.

Oct
08
2015
Madalina Buleandra
Madalina Buleandra

It smells nothing like the original Opium. Coffee, pear, vanilla, a bit of orange blossom and jasmine should have been extremely delicious and appealing, but unfortunately it doesn't have much development on my skin. After few hours it resembles more to a caramel frappuccino topped with some whipped pralines cream.

The longevity is moderate (around 5-6 hrs). Opium Noir would have sounded more pertinent...

Oct
08
2015
Taterbon
Taterbon

Received this today from my husband and step-sons as a birthday gift, and I cannot get enough of Black Opium!! Rare to find a woman's fragrance that has so many elements I enjoy--coffee, pink pepper, vanilla, pear--all in one little package that smells divine! Fabulous modern twist on a classic YSL fragrance name!

Oct
07
2015
PerfumeKing14
PerfumeKing14

i love this scent, the coffee hits you straight way & it's fantastic, i get the coffee note for around a half hour then it mellows into a warm vanilla. its such a nice, wearable scent, to me its amazing. definitely a new firm favourite

lasts a good few hours as well, wore it again today & sprayed at 10.30am & its 9.15pm now & its still going

Oct
07
2015
Fawkey
Fawkey

A very pleasant surprise. Recommended by a shop assistant & I almost sneered as I really don't like Opium on me, but it is NOTHING like Opium! On me I get an instant coffee hit with floral notes which soon calms down to a warm vanilla, a comforting autumn/winter fragrance or maybe even evening in spring. Not sure I would ever wear it in warm weather though.


Edited to say I don't understand the 'it doesn't last' comments I sprayed mine at 6.30am & it is still going strong at 3.15pm... from a couple of sprays & 1 in my hair. Used up now thankfully, as I got sick of the 'smokey' note.

Oct
07
2015
WildDove
WildDove

Coffee liqueur with orange blossom, vanilla, and patchouli -- well blended and linear. Reminds me of Kahlua liqueur. Contemporary, very wearable, delicious and, yes, addictive. Well-behaved even when the wearer is misbehaving, stays fairly close to the skin.

Oct
02
2015
saintleegray
saintleegray

Beautiful, Beautiful. Let's just get this out of the way..... this smells nothing like opium, as about a hundred reviewers before me have already said. I actually assume that this was called black opium as the opposite end of the spectrum, but who knows?

I found the original unwearable, but I LOVE this. It's strong and sweet and creamy yet slightly sharp. The florals I find somewhat similar to Juicy Couture but a little stronger, a little sexier. The fruits on me are very light, very much in the background and help round the whole thing out nicely. The vanilla is strong and sweet and the coffee is very latte, not grounds. This is incredibly feminine, it has some qualities of a few other popular perfumes but I think this blows them all out of the water. It's not smoky or incense-y because it doesn't have to be. Its not meant for everyone, I personally think it's perfect as is. My new signature fragrance.

Oct
02
2015
sniffaholic
sniffaholic

If you try this, please know that it is NOTHING like the original. Let's just get that out of the way first thing. But if you do try, be ready for some sugar, and not in a bad way. This is a comfort scent, the way donuts or cake or cookies can cheer you up on a blah day. The first few seconds are all about the coffee with hints of sweet from the pear and orange blossom, and then it quickly settles into a pleasant hum of coffee and sweet jasmine. It's nice. I like to imagine myself sitting in a tropical garden on a sunny morning in a sexy silk robe--hot cup of coffee in hand, scents of jasmine and vanilla wafting through the air. After several hours the base of smoky vanilla appears. They did get one thing right with the name--this is certainly addicting like opium--but in a sugary, vampy, sexy, naughty, guilty pleasure, kind of way. Don't get caught up in expectations--just enjoy.

Sep
27
2015
littlest_lemon
littlest_lemon

Smells like the inside of a Dunkin' Donuts. It's... nice, I guess. Definitely not what I thought it would smell like.

Sep
25
2015
Waltzing Matilda
Waltzing Matilda

I don't know why this fragrance was ever given the name Black Opium. It conjures up an expectation of spice and heavy balsamic smokiness, but it ain't any of those things. It's very sweet, and like so many modern perfumes out there at the moment, nothing to write home about. No substance, and very disappointing.

Sep
23
2015
edda88
edda88

A big dose of slightly burnt vanilla coffee with some white florals to round it out. Very fleeting pink pepper at the front. It's not offensive, but not my cup of tea. A bit too sweet, but not particularly creamy. If you like Angel, you might enjoy this as a mellower alternative.

Sep
23
2015
polkadot27
polkadot27

Very earthy scent reminds me of Stella fragrances. To me this is a very dirty earthy patchoulie scent that smells boozy I do get the coffee and vanilla but they are very subtle in this- a boozy patchoulie and gourmand berry sauce are the most prominent note. Not for me, but I can understand why some would like it. Longevity And sillage are actually very average- mediocre indeed I was expecting more.

I am smelling both the edp and edt right now and I can't really tell the difference except the edp has a sharper vanilla sweet smell about it. Both of these fragrances have the same feel about them.

On dry down on my skin this smells of a glass of tomato juice and I have no idea why.

Slightly unusual scent but slightly safe scent too. It's an odd one. It's been a bit of a miss with me unfortunately.

scent=4.5/10
packaging=5.5/10
Lasting power=6/10
Radiates=5/10

Sep
22
2015
miletas89
miletas89

I wish I smelled coffee in this, but I don't. Nevertheless, it is a nice pleasant very gourmand scent, but nothing out of the ordinary. Smells like a richer Pink Sugar or a richer boozier Armani Si. Thick and sugary, and not a distinct recognizable thick sugary like Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire for example, but a very generic thick sugary fragrance. No specific and and interesting top notes. Just smells like any other vanilla fragrance. At this price, why not just buy LaVanilla and save the money on something more special from a brand like YSL.

Sep
21
2015
Vanessa Dunlap
Vanessa Dunlap

I recently sprayed this on in a department store. I had been waiting for months for it to arrive in Nashville so I could try it. I love the idea behind this fragrance, but sadly I must pass on it. On me, it smells like coffee and walnuts. Yes indeedy. That's all I got from it. I love coffee and I love walnuts, but I want to drink and eat them, not so much wear them (I didn't even get any of the vanilla from this! Boo!). That being said, I would be curious to smell this one on men...imho, this might be a rather charming masculine fragrance.

Sep
20
2015
app9
app9

It didn't work on my skin at all when they released this. I was disappointed and relieved at the same time. Black Opium was such a thing amongst beautybloggers.

But now I sprayed it on, and it works! I get the coffee and the vanilla! It is really really sweet, but also round. It's nice, but lacks personality. I wouldn't recognize this in a crowd. The bottle is pretty, and sadly the best part of this perfume.

So I'll give it a pass, like I gave a pass to the original Opium. (They have nothing in common, though. I don't get it, why they made a flanker, when this is completely new?)

Sep
19
2015
TriniHunnie
TriniHunnie

There is absolutely nothing special about this one --- plain, generic, just like most of the synthetic sweet/vanilla scents out there.
Huge disappointment as I had high hopes for Black Opium :(

Sep
18
2015
lanaaeles
lanaaeles

I bought Black Opium a few weeks ago and it is becoming one of my favorites. The first thing I smell is a warm but subtle coffee note. After a while it develops into a vanilla/floral scent. This will defintely be my fall/winter signature perfume this year!
A few friends and 2 of my coworkers said to me "what are you wearing? you smell so good". One of my coworkers said she could even smell my perfume when she entered the office (which is approx 7 meters from my desk, that day I sprayed 2 times on my neck )
After a few hours I don't smell it on myself anymore, but others sure can!

Sep
17
2015
Delila
Delila

Who'd have thought Katy Perry would get there first?! This fragrance has so much in common with Meow that they are almost dupes for each other.

However, Black Opium opens with an even juicier and more authentic hit of red berries that's quite delicious. It then settles into a pleasing 'celebrity frag' sweetness, but with more moderation and just a little more class. Just a little.

So it's nice. I'm just not sure whether it justifies the price tag, especially because its longevity, like most high end frags I've tested this year, is pretty dreadful. What little remains after a few hours, though, is quite lovely up close on the skin, in a gourmand kind of way - vanilla berries.

And hey, what's with the coffee claim?! I detect absolutely no coffee! For me that's good, as I wouldn't want to smell of sweet berry coffee.

I'm genuinely puzzled why the coffee note is listed second when there's none of it, and fruity notes are not listed at all yet they unequivocally dominate the composition.

Sep
16
2015
HanamiTsukimi
HanamiTsukimi

I received a small bottle of this and while I don't dislike it, I can't see myself forking over actual cash for it.

It's a fruity patchouli scent like so many others on the market. I'm not against that. I'm a fan of the genre. But it smells so much like DKNY NY, which I already have and prefer. I was hoping this would distinguish itself with the coffee note, but I don't pick it up at all, just patchouli.

Generic and unexciting, but not bad.

Sep
14
2015
Krasnylips
Krasnylips

Reminded me of Al Haramain Al Mas, considering that Al Mas is a bit more natural sounding while Opium Black is a bit synthetic. Pretty gourmand scent but obviously not breathtaking as genuine Opium.

Sep
14
2015
Jmalone84
Jmalone84

At first I thought it was red berries I was smelling- but I can see how I got that confused, I think it must be the pear along with the other floral notes.

What can I say except, blah, meh, boring, with a side note of just plain naff.

This smells exactly like the thousands of other gourmandy fruity jasmine-patchouli common stinks on the market today. YSL has joined the ranks of Rihanna Reb'l Fleur, Beyoncé Heat and other variations along this insipid theme. Reminds me quite a lot of Givenchy Absolutely Irresistible too, with the pink pepper and patchouli.

The bottle I like, but the scent inside is a complete juxtaposition to what you would expect from the bottle and the brand. I hope this stuff goes out of style because it's just so disappointing, and even a little headache inducing as I am not overly fond of these gourmand fruities. A friend of mine adores this perfume so I had high hopes, I understand how some would love this stuff but for me it bombs. And oddly too, I really don't get any coffee notes at all. Uh, so sad :(

Sep
13
2015
Hellita
Hellita

I own this and adore it! I'm baffled by the reviews saying this stuff doesn't last. It sure does! It's just that you can't smell it yourself anymore, but I can assure you other people can!

I discovered this scent by hanging out with a girlfriend who wore two sprays of it. All through the day I got lovely wafts of the scent, and she didn't reapply once as I was with her all the time.
This one lasts and lasts, and even when I can't smell it on myself anymore - others have complemented me on my perfume.
Of course we are all different, but next time you wonder if the scent has disappeared ask someone around you, as you might be surprised :)

PS! I ran out of my 30ml bottle so quickly and since I'm already hooked I immediately bought a bigger bottle! Cheers!

Sep
11
2015
veda
veda

Black Opium is a magical perfume.I really love it but it makes me sad everytime I wear it because of the longevity as other members said.After 15 minutes the perfume is gone and it is a shame because it is an YSL and not a cheap celeb one.
I would love to add it as my signature perfume but God why it is sooo weak...))

Sep
11
2015
Nicoscent90
Nicoscent90

Such a deep rich vanilla scent, very warm and cuddly. I've always had compliments wearing this particular fragrance. I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

Sep
10
2015
Chanel4Evah
Chanel4Evah

Simply GORGEOUS!!!!! I am buying it for myself! One of the best new fragrances to come out in recent years!!!!! SUBLIME! I Love Sweet, Sticky, Sexy fragrances like this!!!!!

Sep
10
2015
Mushana
Mushana

The coffee is so distinct it makes the scent masculine. I love the bottle but could not carry the scent.

Sep
09
2015
Militza
Militza

I tried this on in the ULTA store, but I found it did not have lasting power on me. The notes listed seem to float up top at first and then, poof! They are gone in a couple of hours. I would wear this if someone bought it for me, but I would not buy it. It smells nice, but there are vanilla perfumes out there for less price, Or, for a greater price, the ones that stay for hours. I think it might wind up with yet some type of flanker addition to extend it. We shall see.

Sep
07
2015
Fmcandy
Fmcandy

Where is Slimane's rock&roll in this? nothing new or different. Very regular scent.

Sep
06
2015
frankie22
frankie22

How did suck a distinctive fragrance morph into something like this? Its like every other sweet perfume out there, it really shocked me, Opium deserves better! Not everyone can wear the original Opium, but anyone can sure wear this disappointing add-on. I bought something on sale at the grocery store better than this.

Sep
06
2015
cinderella89
cinderella89

je l'aime bcp

Sep
04
2015
ell_bee
ell_bee

I wanted to love this, the notes are right up my latte-lovin' alley... But nah. Black Opium was way too...irrelevent for me. None of those sexy notes projected much of anything but quiet, masked sweetness on my skin, and I'm one of those chicks that likes her scent to make itself known. Longevity and sillage on my skin are both very poor (this is a designer fragrance?! sad face)...Anything but a single subtle sugary note has vanished from my skin within two hours of application, and I applied pretty generously. I didn't really get to experience the Rebelle comparison I keep reading about, but lucky me, Rebelle satisfies my spicy-cocoa-ginger-coffee cravings AND lasts on my skin all day, so I guess BO was obsolete in my books all along.

Sep
01
2015
emmyrae95
emmyrae95

You know that sweet, sexy, cigar smoke/candy/coffee smell? This is it. This smells like money to me. Not the smell of dollar bills and coins (yuck), but the kind of smell that says "Why yes, I did just pay $115 for a bottle of perfume, and I have no regrets about it darling". Have you ever walked into a casino? Minus the smell of the carpet cleaner, when you step into a casino, you're hit with cigar smoke, wine, candy, and floral. That is exactly how this smells to me. It's so sexy and sophisticated. I got this as a sample, and wore it on a day out with my man, and he seemed more affectionate than normal. Holding my hand more, kissing me a little extra long, putting his hand behind my neck and massaging my head (which sounds a tad ridiculous, but who doesn't love when someone plays with their hair?) All I'm saying, is that I would most definitely spend money on this, especially if it means more head massages for this girl haha. This perfume makes me feel so confident and sexy. A++ Yves Saint Laurent!

Aug
30
2015
BrittneyN
BrittneyN

While I was out shopping I decided to try some new fragrances. As soon as the perfume girl sprayed this on my wrist I fell in love! This is a rich & creamy gourmond, it's simply to die for! I agree the name Black Opium is misleading for this fragrance, it is 100% gourmond, not a "dark" fragrance at all. The advertisment/model do it no favors either.

Aug
29
2015
perfumemad62
perfumemad62

Black Opium is so beautiful! It is one of my favourite night time perfumes.

It is sweet, warm and heavy. Coffee, vanilla, patchouli and pear are the main notes I smell. It is so addictive, sensual and gorgeous. It makes me feel confident, sweet and glamourous. It is very, very different to the original Opium! Lasting power and sillage are excellent.

Overall, I am so in love with this perfume. This will definitely be on my Christmas list. Perfect for night events, dates and special occasions. Highly recommended for anyone who loves sweet coffee fragrances. A grown up gourmand for sure!

Aug
28
2015
mschnabel666
mschnabel666

I am a huge gourmand lover, and I love the expensive sweets like La Vie Est Belle, Jimmy Choo, Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme... I love Black Opium! It's soooo good. BUT... it smells just like Diesel Loverdose. Odd? Somehow the dark coffee in BO mimics the licorice in LD?
It does resemble Pink Sugar Sparks a bit... which I'm told smells like Flowerbomb.
I have LD Tattoo as well, but that is like sugary fruity cereal in milk next to a vase of flowers. I don't see Tattoo in BO.
I have ordered a full bottle of BO, but my sample doesn't last that long (sillage/potency)... maybe 1-2 hours at most? I find that so disappointing... but maybe because the sample is a light mist? And a real bottle has a heavier spray? Regardless, I found a DEAL on a full 3 oz tester (I plan on buying another in Sept, so I'm not spilling the store, teeheehee) and I can't wait to have this perfume! YUM!

If you love heavy gourmands with a bit of spice, you will love Black Opium.

The later drydown (6 hours later, I CAN still smell myself, but I did put on about 8 sprays from a sample vial) is like LD Tattoo a bit...

On my third wear, it was much softer and DID smell exactly like Tattoo. How strange... Opens like Loverdose, and dries down like Tattoo, but separately, LD and Tatt don't smell alike at all!

Come on big bottle!!! I hate waiting for shipping. :D

Aug
27
2015
andabri
andabri

So... I got a sample of this in a Sephora order... sprayed it... and smelling the lingering mist in the air went, What the...? Did they send me Flowerbomb by mistake? Double checked the vial. lol.

So I had to immediately sign onto Fragrantica, and am amused to see that I am definitely not alone in thinking it smells similar. The actual smell on the skin is definitely different. I will compare!

Flowerbomb is a lighter, muskier airy floral sugar explosion. Black Opium has the same tone of floral sweetness, but it's not airy. It's deeper (but not a deep fragrance, per-say). Sort of like floral, sugar juice. I can smell the coffee, but don't think this is a roasted, rich coffee smell, it's just a note of sweet coffee mixed in to deepen the scent along with a smooth sweet vanilla. I can smell jasmine as well, but it's not indolic, or fresh, it's a cold jasmine note, like TM Alien has (but just like the coffee it is not a main note, just an accent). The orange blossom shows up as it settles on the skin more, and it's a sweet, rather citrusy one, like the one Jo Malone Orange Blossom and Honey consists of. BUT it doesn't actually give the scent a tart smell at all, it's just a citrusy orange blossom note vs more floral, fresh, indolic one. There is a bit of a musky tone woven throughout the entire composition, but not enough for me to categorize it as a musky scent.

But keep in mind, above all else, this is still floral, sugar juice. Sweet, sweet, sweet!

In the dry down, the sweetness becomes moderated and more mellow. I don't get any pink pepper or cedar, but there is a rather tame, very clean patchouli.

Edit: Wait, I lied. There is cedar in the dry down, BUT it's possibly the most basic, inoffensive, non-aromatic cedars I have ever smelled. (I LOVE cedar). Sounds boring, but it actually compliments the scent very well.

This is adult candy. It's dang sweet, but it's not something I would expect a young girl to be wearing because of that deeper tone to it.

The overall vibe, does have that sort of generic, mass marketed "perfumey" smell to it BUT it isn't generic. If that makes any sort of sense at all.

I think I'm going to purchase a bottle of this instead of replacing my bottle of Flowerbomb, which I ran out of it.

Aug
24
2015
Mona-Jo
Mona-Jo

First off, it smells beautiful. I received a purse spray in a swap. Then I received Loverdose EDP in a swap. I thought wow this stuff smells great. But it smelled familiar. Yes, it smells like Black Opium. And Loverdose Tattoo smells like this too. I'm very glad I didn't spend $100 on this.
I don't sense any coffee beans at all in this.
Hypnotic Poison? This doesn't come close to HP.

Aug
22
2015
nathalie.leonard
nathalie.leonard

This is the only fragrance that I have found that can compete with my love of Hypnotic Poison. They are totally different in smell but give me the same feelings. Sexy, confident, warm, mysterious and daring all topped off with a bit of sweet and romantic.

Aug
22
2015
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

As a flanker for Opium, I am disappointed. This truly has no relation in quality to it's much superior predecessor. It also smells very little like it's listed notes - at least to me.

But!

I'm not intending to dissuade anyone who loves Black Opium from buying and enjoying. It Does smell good, and appears to have decent sillage and longevity. Yet unless you really Want to spend this kind of money randomly, please shop around a bit first. I've come across many a modern scent in this category at a much lower price. In particular Black Opium appears to share a resemblance with the new Avon flanker, IMARI ELIXER. No, not exact. More like cousins. :D What amazes me is that you could swear they were cousins who live on the same street, have the same hobbies, and wear the same brands! In short, they smell like releases from the same house.

As always, happy sniffing. <3

Aug
22
2015
Maja2812
Maja2812

I was excited to see a new YSL fragrance, but was awfully disappointed after testing it on my wrist and wearing it a few hours. No complexity, nothing remarkable... just vanilla with flowers. No coffee in this --and I love the aroma of ground coffee. Bond No. 9's New Haarlem can boast a coffee note; not this one. I then thought to myself, "This reminds me of something I already own!". After a few seconds of "scent recall": BBW "Vanilla Noir"?!? Too bad that was discontinued some years ago...So folks, save your money as this overpriced bOmB isn't worth the price and ain't that luxe.

As other reviews stated, it's not a "mature" fragrance. Possibly created for these young girls(??). Very disappointing indeed...

Aug
20
2015
windhill
windhill

I love original Opium very much even though I can't wear it. But this one, If the name changed to "Sweet Opium" I wouldn't be this surprise.

It definitely sweet, but its blended so good. Smooth and creamy with a touch of smokiness. No sharp notes pop, its well rounded.

Im sorry if anybody here couldn't smell coffee. But for me, who's familiar with coffee for all my lifetime as its my family business to grow, yield and roasted them. I actually smelled coffee before I knew about the notes.

When opening the cap to testing it I was like ...I smelled coffee.. It freakin' strong coffee smell. But when spraying coffee doesn't play much as a role star and got taken over by sweetness of white floral and vanilla while coffee only play with smoky background. With fainted minty of patchouli. It has strange tea note with a hint of jasmine which similar to Oolong tea that Im drinking everyday too... But overall, Black Opium become all about white floral and sweetness to me.

Last long on my skin, Projection and lasting power on the same level as Hypnotic Poison. Love this.

Aug
16
2015
aglow
aglow

Spice latte with white flowers, grounded with a little patchouli.

Agree that the name is all wrong.

Aug
16
2015
Liquefaction
Liquefaction

I sampled based on the coffee note. While I wasn't put off, the coffee note wasn't quite what I was hoping for. It quickly faded away to leave just a sweet candy scent behind. Very disapointed.

Aug
13
2015
lobnahossam
lobnahossam

This certainly smells sweet but not over-poweringly sweet, which I like .....but sadly it's still a Disappointment ..... I expected more of YSL ...its silage is sad really .... And it doesn't stay on my skin either.

Aug
13
2015
Vegas Pauli
Vegas Pauli

With the legacy of Opium and the YSL name behind it, this is a crashing disappointment. Mildly sweet and fruity, it could easily pass for any of the ubiquitous Juicy Couture flankers flooding the market. Its not offensive, just painfully boring. Not sure how this got through the approval process, did anyone at YSL even smell this before it went into mass production? This will be at TJ Maxx soon enough. Thumbs firmly down.

Aug
12
2015
pinkchevalier
pinkchevalier

I have a pretty high tolerance for super sweet frags and at one point I was kinda into LVeB, I also love super sweet gourmands...the sweeter the better. LVeB kind of ruined my affinity for those types - in fact I actively avoid berry-gourmand types because they nauseate me. This one definitely gave me a headache - the synthetic sweetness is very potent and though I get the coffee note, it fades into that sugary synth mess that is LVeB's drydown. Gucci Guilty Black, Dior Addict Eau Delice, and Jimmy Choo (one of their flankers) all end up smelling like this after a few hours. It's really nothing special and I find the initial spray obnoxious. I kind of like the bottle too, like it would be pretty...but I can't see myself wearing this.

Aug
12
2015
Mmm...Smells
Mmm...Smells

If you have a sample 'vial', and do not want to use it all at once, flip the snap-off cap upside down, then reinsert into the 'vial'.

Aug
12
2015
Lilithorvat
Lilithorvat

A smooth, creamy, slightly masculine mocha smell. I'm not sure if I truly love this or not, a further test is needed. I have been looking for a good coffee scent and this seems to fit the bill, the coffee is light but there, more flowery. There's a peculiar duality about it that I can't really make sense of right now. It's warm but cool at the same time?? Rich AND light?? I assume this was designed for the darker side of beauty...in my mind anyway. Light and dark, the bottle is the rock star rebel...the bad sister of Opium who has elegance but an attitude.

Not quite gourmand to my taste, but there is enough mystery to it to keep me interested. I will give this a second chance since I have a sample right here. Similar to other fragrances of the same type but just enough difference to keep it from smelling generic. I love pear and patchouli it has that same heady undertone as Jimmy Choo but this is not sweet and syrupy...more dry warmth. In fact, if this had caramel or toffee in it I think it would smell very close to JC. I sniff out hot roasted coffee beans, in an upscale coffee shop on a slightly warm Autumn day next to a neroli or jasmine garden. It's light enough for all year wear. Lasts quite long, nearly all day.

The liquid should be gold, amber, or clear instead of pink in my opinion.

It's very lovely, but I don't think I would purchase it simply because it's too similar to others I own. I have a really "mono" type wardrobe...lol so many Fall and Winter scents, it only makes me pickier. Although I should consider adding a floral to my collection for some variety, this may be the one...we shall see. I smell neroli despite it not being listed.

Aug
10
2015
Vera Bosch
Vera Bosch

When I tried it, I noticed an overwhelming sweet smell, I didn't like it at all.

Aug
09
2015
MsTlove
MsTlove

Smells similar to Rihanna's Rebelle.. Both are surprisingly the same color fluid. Rihanna's has a stronger coffee scent and last longer on my skin. I have both and was very impressed with Rihanna Rebelle.

Aug
08
2015
LisaLovesPerfume
LisaLovesPerfume

I adore this fragrance. It is difficult to find fragrances with a strong coffee note. Yves Saint Laurent has made a masterpiece for those of us that love a strong coffee note. This will be a staple in my collection.

Aug
08
2015
belle de sud
belle de sud

Quite frankly I am disappointed in Black Opium. I do like the coffee/vanilla notes, but this is in no way related to the 80's powerhouse namesake. Not nearly enough oomph to be named for Opium, to my thinking. I smell pear, patchouli, vanilla and coffee, but in a watered-down, 'modern' way. I had been eagerly awaiting a chance to test Black Opium but will not be buying it.

Aug
08
2015
Morgana LaMort
Morgana LaMort

The coffee is so strong in this one, I can't handle it...I like the concept and the ad, and I wanted to love it very much, but sadly is not for me.

Aug
05
2015
nayesha
nayesha

its vanilla and coffee , for vanilla lovers it is great .. not for me for i dislike vanilla anyway when it too pronounced

Aug
03
2015
mapache
mapache

great review,c_mcqueen !!!! I am a guy...and love this one.
I sniffed Black Opium EDP at Sephora last week and was hooked on the first sniff...Your review really sums it up.
There is a a flanker of this coming out this month,,,
Black Opium Eau de Toilette....they are saying it is less "sweet" than the EDP....I want to sniff both side by side before I make my final decision.

Aug
02
2015
c_mcqueen
c_mcqueen

Disclaimer: Long, slightly loopy review ahead.

I freaking love this. I loved it from first sniff, and I love it on my skin. I definitely pick up on a lot of coffee, but not like inhaling a bag of freshly ground beans- it's much more like the scent of sitting in a cafe, because you also get vanilla (syrupy vanilla, not a "baked" vanilla) along with some jasmine and orange blossom (maybe wafting in through the cafe's open windows). There's some smoke and spice, maybe from the patrons of the cafe. Suffice it to say, this scent is evocative.

The interesting thing to me is that this fragrance is undeniably sexy, but in a comforting, almost familiar way- but it still maintains that hint of mystery. This isn't the perfume of a nightclub after-hours sex goddess. This is for the strange, mysterious woman who has tons of secrets (maybe dirty ones!) but wears snuggly scarves and would probably get along with your mom.

I bought this for two occasions- the first, I bought it as an early birthday present to myself. I'd been wanting a perfume to kind of "set the mood" for the next year of my life. The second occasion is to commemorate the passing of a beloved pet. She was a sweet girl with lots of attitude and this fragrance reminds me of her personality, and it might sound crazy, but if she had been a human, I think this is what she would have picked to wear. It's a comforting scent with a lot of attitude.

All that being said about the juice (which would get a 10 out of 10 from me!), I think that the bottle is fairly ugly. It looks like a flask and the glitter is chunky and weird. I also don't really get the "rock and roll" marketing. There are a lot of other scents that are much more rock and roll, much more loud and fun. While I wouldn't call Black Opium subtle, it's closer to a velvety whisper than to a sharp scream.

Aug
02
2015
Museumgal
Museumgal

This was a bit disappointing. The Opium line tends to be extremely well blended and this is usually a good thing - but in this case it's so well blended I can't enjoy the individual notes. It leaves the perfume sort of muddled and characterless, a vanilla scent with some other mixed notes. It lasts about 6 hours and has moderate to heavy sillage, so it will last you. It just is unfortunately a bit generic which is surprising with the distinctive coffee note which just seems to be lost in the mix.

Aug
02
2015
angelfishie
angelfishie

More like a relaxed evening at a cozy little café than a spice route rebellion, Black Opium is sweet and inviting, a great scent in and of itself, but so misnamed. Even the flashy, girly bottle is an odd contrast given that the original Opium bottle was based off the design of an inro, the wooden Japanese medicine container used by samurai. This bottle looks more like a flask at a nightclub!

All in all, it's not an Opium flanker in scent and I think it's high enough quality to have stood on its own. It's true that it takes the form of the currently-popular fruit+white floral+patch+gourmand, but Black Opium does it better than most. It's primarily a smooth, sweet, warm gourmand; there is no fight for dominance between the accords. I just wish the coffee note lasted longer!

Aug
01
2015
mapache
mapache

As a man...I have to say that I sniffed this at Sephora 2 days ago....and the memory of that sniff is still on my mind.
Loved the bottle too. As being very familiar with the original Opium....I chose to ignore the Black Opium as a kind of "been there, done that" thing. However...I am glad it is NOT Opium from long ago. It is nice to have a different scent and keep the name for impact...??? I find the fragrance is very original and to my nose not an overly sweet gourmand scent at all. I find it's smokieness appealing. I will be having a bottle of this one soon. I did not care for OPIUM FOR MEN....so glad I found out about Black Opium.
I may wait til end of August when the new EDT version is released.

Jul
30
2015
Nikkafragrance
Nikkafragrance

It's a love from the first sniff for me! It's similar to Diesel Loverdose tatoo, but this one is better. Warm, cozy and rich scent. I haven't tried the original, but considering the notes I think it's gonna be too much for me. This is so flirty and young, I want it!

Jul
26
2015
Hayriye
Hayriye

I received a sample of this of at the perfume store and really liked it then. So, when my sister placed an order I asked her to buy me Black Opium.

Now that I have the full bottle, I am very disappointed. It smells sweet and fresh but I like spicy, woody smells which is not what Black Opium smells like AT ALL. So yes, I agree that the name is very misleading. But what I am mostly disappointed with the weak longevity.

Jul
25
2015
Spooky2
Spooky2

I really love this fragrance. It smells so delicious, I'm just getting addicted to it already. This fragrance is so warm and creamy, sweet but not fruity sweet. It's different from La Vie est Belle, Si from Armani and Tresor la Nuit. I think those are the more patchouli frags which I don't like. I was looking for a longerlasting perfume also wearable for everyday use. One without the musk and the white flowers or the green notes or the Cool Water which give me an instant headache.
This one is not too heavy for me, yes! No headache at all!
I also love the cedar in it, it always leaves that special scent in scarves or coats the day after.
And it contents Jasmine which is my favorite flower in perfumes, I also love Pure Poison from Dior!
In one sentence all creamy and soft and addictive, thumbs up!

Jul
22
2015
mildspicej17u55l
mildspicej17u55l

How am I not surprised? It's another gummy bear and marshmallow scent. It kind of reminds me of la vie est belle. It dosent even deserve to have opium written on it let alone yves saint laurent. Disappointing.

Jul
20
2015
Chicagobelle
Chicagobelle

This fragrance is a winner. Beautiful Sweet, warm and sensual perfume that commands attention. This is a must have for anyone who loves sophisticated vanilla done right. This is a must try.

Jul
18
2015
Bouquet
Bouquet

I get a dark roast coffee with toffee, French vanilla, and brown sugar. I can see the similarities to LVEB, except LVEB is headache inducing, and this is not. Sillage OK, maybe 1 foot. I like very few gourmands, and i am trying to figure out if this is too sweet for me. I think I would have liked an incense or balsamic note to make it edgier.

Jul
18
2015
shravanevana
shravanevana

I'm a guy and I love the smell of this on women! If it isn't for the strong jasmine note, it would've been perfectly unisex.
Oh well, I still like to wear it (for the coffee-vanilla blend) at night layered with La Nuit de L'Homme. Trust me, the blend is heavenly!

Jul
13
2015
rachel.polka
rachel.polka

Absolutely gorgeous and delicious. I need my own bottle in the near future. I love love Lancome's La Vie est Belle, and Black Opium is like an amped-up LVEB with coffee.

Jul
13
2015
Miruna
Miruna

Smells like a pub/cafe full of smoke and some vanilla. Depends if you like thay (personally I am ok with this). It is quite interesting, as most Oliver Cresp's perfumes. Way darker than Diesel Loverdose Tattoo.

Jul
10
2015
june7rose
june7rose

Smelled this yesterday, and while I like the concept, it's WOW, too strong. Patchouli has always ruined a fragrance for me anyway.

It's a big, strong, powerful, in-your-face scent, and I'm sure the right woman could pull it off, but I am not she.

Jul
09
2015
alyxdavidson
alyxdavidson

I just recently received a sample of this perfume. All I can say is that it's average. I'm not a huge fan of gourmand fragrances. This one smells alright but it's awfully sweet smelling for a designer fragrance. On my skin, the coffee and vanilla smell almost like black licorice. It has a good sillage and lasts about 6 hours with pulses every several minutes. With that being said, I know I will not be buying a full-sized bottle this fragrance. I have a hard time believing that this is from YSL and not Thierry Mugler.

If you're looking for a sexy, sultry coffee gourmand I'd highly recommend Rihanna Rebelle instead. The vanilla, cacao and coffee notes blend beautifully with the fruit top notes and still manage to last longer. My favorite gourmand. And the price is simply unbeatable.

UPDATE: I recently bought Karen Low, Pure Girl on Amazon. It was marketed as a Jimmy Choo, Jimmy Choo impression but it smells EXACTLY LIKE YSL BLACK OPIUM. And only $15 for a 3.4oz bottle.

Jul
09
2015
cecily
cecily

Smells like "coffee butter", xoxo. Very gourmand and loud scent.

Jul
08
2015
georgequeue
georgequeue

I smelled this on a co-worker, and it feels pretty good! I don't think it's cloying at all, and sillage is around less than a meter. I also believe it shouldn't be named after Opium as it doesn't share any similarities with the quintessential feminine potion; all in all, it's a very pleasant and good quality perfume.

Jul
07
2015
Nyssa Ainley
Nyssa Ainley

If Costa or Starbucks were to bring out a fragrance, it certainly would be this.

I agree to some extent why some people would think that Black Opium is the wrong name for this fragrance. It should certainly have a more Black Orchid feel, with something spicy and strong - like an alchoholic element like Cointreau maybe... or Kirsch.

Saying that I do disagree with people saying it has the same element of most fragrances ... I think I would know what this one is if people are wearing this.

I put this on over an hour ago and I think of it as a more intense Narciso by Narciso Rodrigues - a new favourite.

I really do get the coffee though, yes it does not last long but does anyone want to smell like they used coffee beans for a body scrub? It melds down to an intense creamy quality that just makes me think of Tirimasu - or some other rich, forget about the calories - dessert from Italy.

You have to really bury your nose into your wrist to get the fragrance but I have a feeling this one is going to last on me if I get the actual bottle as I have sprayed it from there and it smelled delicious too. Like all fragances you should not blind buy but if you own Narciso, Royal Revolution by Katy Perry but are not yet ready for the awesome quality of Tom Ford's Black Orchid I would recommend this fragrance.

I would not let a teenager wear this one as I do feel it is for the kind of woman who wants to seduce: So, I think 18 plus ...

I adore this fragrance and it is a definite must for fall/winter (I maybe from the UK but I love the term Fall, so I use it whenever I can!)

As for longevity, well, I have nearly sixty in real life, so it does not matter, the biggest bottle will last me quite a while anyway! And there is always the sophisticated art of layering!

EDIT: I can still smell the fragrance on my skin well over 8hrs later - still creamy, not faded much, I will have to wait for the gift set season to arrive, as I am going to want to shower, body lotion as well as fragrance and I am saving up for just such an event!

Jul
07
2015
Circuit FAiry
Circuit FAiry

Black Opium – Upon application, its pink pepper offers a tamed spicy opening to an otherwise sweet fragrance. The coffee note starts to show up a few minutes later and it is a bit bitter as it is laced with the pink pepper and the citrus orange blossom while the background retains its sweetness. As soon as Jasmine walks through the door she amps the coffee and makes the aroma bittersweet. I also thought what is that…something new was developing that was intriguing and the more that I smelt the more that it changed. Yes, it’s Green strong, spicy magnificent Cedar (this is the note that keeps the whole composition from being too immature). The dry down is creamy vanilla with puffs of sweet coffee. There is a lot of interesting notes that IMHO offer a well composed fragrance. It’s not your sweet type of sugary gourmand, Black Opium has a great degree of depth and dimension.

Comparing to the original which I have only sampled a few times, Black Opium its modern interpretation is quite beautiful. Opium and Black Opium are quite different and the most prominent similarity lies in its spicy opening. I think they did quite well with this fragrance which is in line with the current gourmand offerings. Its sweet, fun, with a bit of edge…quite addictive (I need a full bottle of this asap).

Sillage: not a monster but it does have nice little trail. Longevity: Well over 8 hours from a single spray.

Jul
05
2015
ana05
ana05

Big disappointment, as usual. Sweet perfume now smell all the same, too sugary and only smell of toffee or vanilla. Simple and boring.

Jul
04
2015
MattChartier
MattChartier

I agree with AND-MAT, if this were released as some sort of a YSL Manifesto flanker, it wouldn't ruffle so many feathers. It smells like a cross between La Vie Est Belle and A*Men, so if you like sweet gourmand fragrances, this is worth a try. Just don't go into it expecting it to be reminded of the original Opium, because it's related by name only. Anyway, I'll probably pick up a bottle when one of my other sweet scents runs empty. I think this would be nice for fall / winter.

Jul
01
2015
hvidlilje
hvidlilje

I was looking forward to trying this fragrance, pining for the coffee notes. It sat on my for test list for months, as I hoped that it would finally appear in my local Sephora to sample. Recently I received it in a sample bundle and was excited to give it a shot.

The coffee notes are there, but unfortunately seem to waft away in less than 5 minutes on my skin. After then, this perfume feels very similar to La Vie Est Belle. Don't get me wrong, I love LVEB, but I already own it. The notes of vanilla, patchouli, fruits and white florals result in a perfume that I'd be hard pressed to distinguish it from LVEB, though I do notice that the dry down of Black Opium is a bit spicier and not as sweet, with a slightly sour middle. It's an enjoyable fragrance and seems to last a long time (I went 8 hours before going to sleep - the base was mostly a skin scent by then) with moderate silage, but it might be a bit more familiar than you'd expect. With the marketing campaign and bottle design considered, it was a far cry from what I had expected - it does not feel edgy to me, but warm and comfortable.

I have to agree with some other reviews - the sample vial I obtained is poorly designed. It is a single-piece plastic container that needs to be broken open - the top flips over to plug the opening and forces you to use the perfume within a short period, lest it leak all over. It spilled over my hands when opening it, and is currently tucked away on a quiet shelf to avoid spillage. They seemed to be trying to go for something unique, but it's just uniquely frustrating.

Jun
30
2015
Zlatina.Tomova
Zlatina.Tomova

I recently got inspired by perfumes and until a few days ago I was in the search for my new signature fragrance. I am quite new with perfumes but I believe I have a high nose sensitivity. After dozens of perfumes that I tried and tested and even got disgusted by some like Dior Poison, for exmaple, I finally saw this one and fell in love...Actually I didn't fall in love at first sight with the bottle but right after the first try. I can define it as really addictive and seductive. To me it is а solid, rich smell but not in that "thick" and too sweety, too popular smell that I tried in a couple of old-fashioned fragrances. Black Opium is the kind of combination with vanilla that I was looking for. Every sales person that I asked to recommend a fragrance with vanilla, wanted me to try Dior Hypnotic Poison ...Oh, God, why, why that disgusting smell and that was vanilla, I couldn't believe it until I found the vanilla and the sweetness that I truly wanted - Black Opium.

Jun
30
2015
Happyme2009
Happyme2009

I bought a small bottle, it's beautiful and sexy looking. The scent is strong in the beginning, but loses density and a power after a couple of hours. The initial opening was pure love for me, it's hard to find perfumes with a coffee note. Sadly the coffee doesn't last at all.... Within a few minutes the coffee is gone....what is left is a beautiful concoction of toffee, patchouli, fruit juice and non descript white flowers. Quite sweet, almost gourmand. Too bad..... It went into my "like" section ....it's not love anymore, as it lacks personality.... There are simply too many similar perfumes already with the same tone.... Still beautiful, there's nothing wrong with it and I do enjoy it since I don't have many of this kind in my collection. Recommended for anyone who likes gourmands and doesn't mind some patchouli .

Jun
28
2015
genny17
genny17

It doesn't pretend to be like the original Opium, which is a masterpiece, yet a great scent from the past, and hard to pull off for most women..Black opium has dimension, it is sweet, yes it is described as a gourmand, but I detect the coffee, the vanilla is more like vanilla elixir, I love it! It is warm,Sensuous, develops nicely on the skin, and although it isn't a sillage monster, it has nice longevity..it is easy to wear, not groundbreaking, but it smells great!!
It won't work for everyone, but it surely does it for me!!

Jun
27
2015
Yudum
Yudum

everyone says that the sillage and longeivty is bad but with one spray it stayed for the whole day and still smelt a bit when I woke up

Jun
27
2015
Yudum
Yudum

Smells warm very sweet should use in colder days but it makes you feel warm I like it but it is very sweet is you dont like sweet perfumes

Jun
27
2015
Anders Lindberg
Anders Lindberg

Galet bra EDP'
Efter att känna doftspåret av en kvinna som bär denna doft på jobbet ett tag tänkte jag att Detta är ju inte en allt för kvinnlig doft igentligen, jag offrade några hundringar på en flaska, och visst funkar den även som unisex! Man måste dok vara extremt sparsam med sprejningarna, Max 2 sprej!!
sitter i 10+ timmar utan problem, och bäst är doften när den varit på ca 2 timmar.
Den doftar då åt kaffe/ latte/ choklad/ vanilj hållet. En ganska mörk och djup doft.
Så även till er Men, våga prova!

Jun
26
2015
star24
star24

Tried today this is sweet and sugary also gone within the hour.I got no reference or hint of YSL opium at all.I will save my money this will be in TK Maxx next year for half the price it's forgetable.

Jun
25
2015
Vesna8888
Vesna8888

I like the sweet smell, however does not stay too long on me, and for the duration it does is very close to skin. Wish that sillage and longevity is more.

Jun
25
2015
Roxana D
Roxana D

I really wanted to like this one because of that bottle that I find so nice (I like that black textured look and the rosy color of the perfume itself) buuut...it's, unfortunately, intoxicatingly sweet...Too much vanilla for me, sadly...

Jun
21
2015
clara.michishima
clara.michishima

This smells quite similar to Hot Couture by Givency in my opinion, although Hot Couture is slightly sweeter.

Jun
21
2015
AND-MAT
AND-MAT

Black Opium's fatal flaw is it's name! I mean none of it's two words describe or even go near the real thing. YSL and mostly L'Oreal, wanted to gain money by virtue of the legendary Opium, selling this fragrance as a flanker and I really think that this was a misstep from their part. If this fragrance had another name, it would have been more accepted.

Black opium is not... well... black! It's barely grey. And does not in any way relate to the legendary Opium!

It opens FRESH with neroli being the most dominant note. Bright and clear neroli that is later darkened with some vanilla and coffee. When the neroli finally leaves the stage, the jasmine emerges. The drydown brings a small but detectable whiffs of patchouli. The end product is a sweet/gourmand floral like a lot of other recent releases that most of them belong to brands that are marketed by L'Oreal like Lancome (LVEB), Armani (Si), V&R (Flowerbomb), etc... I am not saying that these fragrances smell alike, because they are somewhat different but they all belong to this sweet/fruity floral explosions.

Black opium is, ironically less powerful of all this category of perfume having mediocre longevity and projection. The scent, however is pretty good... But...

Jun
17
2015
hsheep
hsheep

Phew! All I got from this was a fake sugar bomb. Synthetic smelling all around, very chemically/plastic. No good.

Jun
15
2015
magnolia_xx
magnolia_xx

No perfume could be more different from Opium the original (even though the current reformulation is a pale ghost of what it used to be).
I tried it on today from a shop tester and I was surprised not to find any spicy note, no mysterious flowers, no alluring animalic notes; it just smelled very very sweet, and I could detect lots of sugary notes, vanilla, caramel, and a hint of coffee.
My husband, who was with me, said it smelled like a toffee candy, and I had to say he was right. It seems to be very long lasting, after a few hours I could still smell it on my wrist, though I had just sprayed it once.
So, if you are looking for a very sweet, gourmand fragrance, this can be for you.
I would recommend it for daywear and for the cold season, not for summer.
By the way, I am not keen on the gritty texture of the bottle, but this is a mere detail!

Jun
09
2015
MiaClaire
MiaClaire

I really like this perfume, which makes sense because it's a lot like Alien, which I also like. I think the bottle and the name has a disconnect with the fragrance, though. I find this light and sweet, not dark, mysterious or masculine in the least. I don't smell the coffee. I just get the patchouli, vanilla and floral.

Jun
09
2015
YunitaArien
YunitaArien

So coffee and vanilla sweet spicy! I have Flowerbomb and its my signature scent, I've tried La Vie Est Belle but Black Opium is a different fragrance! I never smell coffee blended so nicely with vanilla and spices in other perfume(if there is any). This is a good alternative to switch up my signature scent with something more unique and delicious!

Jun
05
2015
aidie
aidie

Oh my! I got a sample of this recently, and it is right up my street. I am a sucker for sweet fragrances, but this one is also warm, deep and spicy. Feminine and very comforting, but also energizing (maybe because of the coffee?). For me this is definitely a autumn/winter fragrance. I can just imagine how gorgeous it will feel to wear this on a cold, dark, windy day. I don't even care if it is original or not - it smells divine nonetheless. These days I feel that almost every note combination has already been done at some point, so a perfume is always going to remind someone of another perfume.
I have fallen in love with Black Opium, and I can see myself running to get a full size bottle when the autumn kicks in.

Jun
01
2015
Yessamin
Yessamin

Despite sharing a part of its name with other YSL perfume, Opium, both fragances can't be more different from each other. To me, Black opium smells something between mixing Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf and Cinema, by YSL too.
I haven't tried Loverdose yet, but this is how this smells to me.

May
31
2015
aura_therapy
aura_therapy

I received this in the mail as a sample from Sephora. Now that the top has been snapped off I'll have to wear this for the next few days or throw it out. Big thumbs down to the sample bottle design.

I smell spicy vanilla with a little tobacco. I wish I smelled coffee or chocolate but I don't. I pulled my Hanae Mori out and sprayed it on for side by side comparison. This Black Opium smells like if you added tobacco and a little spice to Hanae Mori.

May
29
2015
lafindesiecle
lafindesiecle

There's nothing rock-and-roll about this other than the bottle design - and the fact that the fragrance is pink says a lot more than the "gritty" black textured packaging. This is a nice, sweet scent for a flirty young teenager.

I would like this so much more without that (in my opinion) awful pear note. There's a lot of notes I like here, and from the description and marketing and my general love of all things Saint Laurent, I was hoping for something edgier and either more spicy or gourmand. One spritz of this on me is just an enormous and overwhelming cloud of impossibly sweet, Bath-and-Body-Works-level sweet synthetic pear and jasmine that settles down to a cloying Starbucks vanilla latte. All that pink pepper and patchouli and cedar does nothing to toughen or dirty this up - which is good if that's your thing, but definitely not mine.

May
28
2015
Falis
Falis

in LOVEEEEE... This fragrance is definitly not for everyone so dont blind buy. Its heavy and delicious, great for nighttime or winter. If you like Viktor and Rolf fragances and La Vie est Belle, you will love this one too. Its sweet but not candy sweet. The vanilla is the note that stands out to me, I dont get the coffee.
Also I dont understand all these people who wanted it to smell like original Opium, that stuff smells like a grandma parfume iiiggg.

May
27
2015
esteban747
esteban747

This is like a dark spell. The moment I smell it I could not stop sniffing my wrist. It becomes addictive, you want more and more.
What is it? Plum? Musk? Jasmine? It's like a swirl of scents that arouses all your senses.
It's loud and sweet, but that's the signature of Opium from the beginning. This is not something that you can wear with a cute little outfit or with a shy and demure pose. No, this is pure seduction, for the fearless woman that knows what she wants and how to get it.
I didn't had much expectations ( basically because of memories from my childhood) but Black Opium is a must.

May
22
2015
Yeremeh
Yeremeh

I love this scent! It was pretty over-hyped when it first came out so I never even bothered to try it ("too mainstream"), but recently I got a sample of it and I'm in love. No, it's not unique or particularly original but it's very well composed. A bit on the heavy side, but used sparingly it can be worn during daytime. To me it seems like Black Opium is a mix between Viktor and Rolf's Bonbon and YSL's Elle, not quite as peppery as the latter nor as sweet as the former, but a lovely in-between. And yeah, I can totally smell the coffee; and it's awesome.

May
18
2015
kirtylou
kirtylou

I just have to vent somewhere: If you get a sample bottle of Black Opium, beware, you can only open it by snapping the little top piece off. I got it ALL OVER me (didn't expect it to break off like that) and now I reek. AND I can't use the sample again because it won't close. So frustrating, what were they thinking with that? And, it smells like Diesel Loverdose, which is just meh for me.

May
14
2015
Perfume2009
Perfume2009

Yes it's generic but it does not smell bad. Not special enough to buy for myself but I wouldn't run away if I smelled it on someone else. I don't get the coffee note unfortunately, just a sweet musky patchouli like so many other mass marketed perfumes.

May
14
2015
RosieRachel
RosieRachel

I was actually expecting Black Opium to be terrible on me; vanilla and patchouli always seems to be rubbish with my chemistry, so I'm really quite surprised. I was also skeptical of smelling as though I'd spilt my vanilla latte all over myself, but it's nothing like that at all. It's more like the essence of your morning ritual has been condensed into a perfume which is creative and surprisingly enjoyable :)

On my skin, this begins harshly, until it settles into a warm, smooth and creamy sugared coffee scent. The sugar that I think I'm smelling is coming from the pear, although I'm sure that from time to time I get whiffs of vanilla. The white floral notes keep everything clean. I don't get any pink pepper or patchouli, so I suspect that a very clean-smelling patchouli has been used here. It's quite subtle and linear, as the scent mellows out and becomes softer in the base.

I think that this version might be copping some backlash because it doesn't smell anything like the original Opium. YSL should have just released this under an entirely new name. However, I do think that the bottle is very chic and stylish.

Sillage is soft to moderate; lasts for about 6-7 hours. I just tested this in autumn and I'd imagine that the scent would project more in the warmer months.

May
14
2015
Swamp Lily
Swamp Lily

I tried a tester at a department store. At first it was like I had dropped a bottle of vanilla essence over my wrists. Luckily that settled down and other notes balanced it out but I'm a newbie to all this and I couldn't really identify them. On reading the blurbs on here I thought yeah maybe that is a bit of coffee, a weak instant lukewarm one perhaps. I've washed my hands a few times in the last few hours and that has lessened the strength of this stuff, thankfully. Sillage big. Longevity probably massive if you don't inadvertently wash it off. In those respects it's like Opium but I know Opium well ... way too well ... and Dark Opium is another fragrance entirely. Overall nice but a bit too sweet, a bit too strong and a bit headachy. I sort of like it but really, a much better choice for me in this fragrance range is Versace Crystal Noir.

May
14
2015
lotus and jasmine
lotus and jasmine

I received a sample of this from the truly wonderful, fabulous, and all around heroic Mi55anthr0py- THANK YOU!

I have to admit to being a bit puzzled by this scent. cate.regan is absolutely right, Black Opium has a decided berry scent...I'm not sure where that is coming from, but it is certainly unexpected! Long lasting, great sillage, but I wish there were more coffee.

I was expecting coffee, and while the sweet fruit note is nice, it is not quite "me." I'm more of an aldehyde/oriental girl, and this is just too juicy for my taste. However, fruit lovers are sure to be pleased, and the fruit/coffee accord is quite interesting!

May
13
2015
bhean_sidhe
bhean_sidhe

Black Opium is like a "trophy girlfriend" metalhead chick, you know the kind: super slim, flaunting long sleek raven black hair (most likely extensions) and her new boob job, wearing uber sexy black clothes and so much makeup you can only guess what she really looks like. She claims to go to gigs for the music, but she's really there to hook up with someone from the band (if she's lucky) or pretty much anyone who wants to take her home. There is a sticky sweet aroma around her, filling the room with a cloud of chocolate-vanilla-patchouli fluff. Five years ago she wore Black XS, but then it got boring and she bought Black Opium, an effortless switch as the two fragrances share the same vibe (as already mentioned here).

May
09
2015
Tovah
Tovah

A blind sniff would make me think this was new from La Maison de la Vanille.

I received a miniature bottle of this as a VIP gift from Sephora. My review is based on this non-spray version, and I hope that the spray version will surpass this quiet cologne. Based on the notes I should love Black Opium beyond reason, but I can't really smell it! It's so frustrating. This reminds me quite a lot of Paco Rabanne Black XS, when I sniff it from the bottle. Once it's on my skin...I don't know. While Black XS lasts and lasts, and has a lovely light-medium sillage, Black Opium is the weakest fragrance I've ever come across (on my skin). Others notice it on me, and compliment it, and it makes me want to scream. Both my sons think it "smells great", and that is nice, but I wear perfume to enjoy it, and so far I'm essentially anosmic to Black Opium.

Black Opium reminds me also of Bond No. 9 So New York, which is a fragrance I adore, but never purchased because it doesn't last on my skin. Maybe coffee notes and my skin chemicals clash.

The original Opium is one of those Terrors I got stuck sitting behind in a theatre, or next to in a restaurant, one too many times. It makes Angel look delicate. It could choke a dinosaur. But it's BEAUTIFUL.

Black Opium is pretty, natural, sweet; pretty. In contrast to the schmaltzy grande dame Opium. Black Opium is giddy, gentle, innocent, and hopeful...at least when it's in the bottle. Hopefully some humidity outside will allow this to develop on my skin!

UPDATE: - I've fallen for it. In the way that I cannot resist a mocha frappuccino, I cannot resist Black Opium.

May
08
2015
RayF
RayF

I doubt its connection with the Opium because it smells nothing like the latter one. One thing I really love about the Opium is its maturity and non-sweetness and the Black Opium lose both of them.

May
05
2015
synergypsy
synergypsy

Got this as a GWP from Sephora. Free is nice! I was afraid to select it because Opium choked me and throttled me. So, I hoped it was "toned down", which it is. NO opium. NO spicy incense. NO "black". Forget it, not there. Absent. Which is great for me. Name is a misnomer, and that is probably why this fragrance doesn't get much love. People were expecting one thing and got something else entirely. I get that.

But the something else is very lovely, seriously. This is a sweet, calming, reassuring scent. Meditative, contemplative, untethered, but not soaring. Jasmine, beautifully blended, soft, intermingling with delicate orange blossom. No sharp edges here. I don't get brewed coffee or pepper. If there is coffee, it's coffee bean which can have a warm citrusy note, which I do detect. In the intermediate stages I do get cedar: perfect. It latter stages, there is warm chocolate, but just a hint, and not bitter, not sweet, just the impression of milk chocolate.

Can a fragrance be tooooo well-blended? If so, this may be it. Will I invest in a FB? Not now. Far more expensive than warranted, coat-tailing on the Opium name.

May
05
2015
Mushana
Mushana

The coffee is very distinct on my skin, making it masculine and aggressive. Not what I had hoped for....

May
05
2015
AllyWillems
AllyWillems

I actually really like this.

I tested out the other YSL perfumes like Opium and Cinema but they are more suited to more mature women who are 25+. YSL are branching out to a younger crowd and this is much more refreshing than just busting out another fruity sweety floral.

On me this smells like coffee and chocolate. Very cool and sophisticated, that girl in the room who's too busy reading her book and sipping her martini to be paying attention to you. A winter scent, or an evening/special occasions scent in the summer.

May
03
2015
freebirdsoul
freebirdsoul

This perfume is not special, nor is it unique.

But it is young, current, and sexy.

My husband loves these vanilla-fruitchouli type of scents on me, so I felt the need to oblige him and I wear this on date nights. (Before purchasing)I tested out Black Opium, La Vie Est Belle, Si, and Flowerbomb... and while they are all "cousins", Black Opium ended up being our favorite on my skin.

I can't say I pick up the coffee notes in this, and I'm okay with that. Its sweet, but not sickly. A warm sugary vanilla enveloping musky patchouli. Soft white florals with hints of spiced fruits. It feels more winter appropriate, but I'm sure I will smell this on women year round.

The lasting power is on point, though it stays fairly close to the skin, which I prefer.

I like it, i'll wear it, and it's yummy. Could it be my signature scent? No. But if my husband thinks it smells intoxicating, then I am happy to wear this juice. :)

Apr
22
2015
Orshi
Orshi

Usually I know what I like right away but with this fragrance it was love at 3rd sniff.:) But I guess I was in a rush the first two times so it doesn't count. What I smell right now is a cappuccino and whipped cream smell, together with the kind of pear that's quite similar to the one in Katy Perry's Meow. I like it, but the name is just wrong! :D Nothing Black Opium about this but still..there's something about it that keeps me interested and I keep sampling it.:) Also, I have to say that I'm not a 'bottle person' but this one looks exceptionally pretty to me.

Apr
16
2015
zfyreangel
zfyreangel

I've been wanting to try richer perfumes lately and the notes on this one seemed to fit the bill. I decided to be cautious and got the travel spritzer size - as of right now I wish I had gotten the full size bottle. I don't think this smells like Flowerbomb at all - that ends up smelling rancid on me. This one is a rich vanilla and jasmine musky scent to start and then the coffee peeks out. It ends up smelling sultry and sexy on me all day. I am in -love- with this perfume. I don't feel it smells "common" at all as I have nothing like this in my collection. So slamming people for liking it or calling it trash is a waste in my opinion - we all wear things differently.

Apr
15
2015
Snicole82
Snicole82

I received a sample of this from a generous fragrantician.

I do not smell coffee,but sweetness and patchouli, which does not make this scent any different from a lot of designer fragrances on the market. I will not purchase a bottle once my sample is up, but it is a nice scent if "typical" is what you are going for.

Apr
11
2015
Centsless
Centsless

I'm in the minority, but I love Black Opium. I'm NOT a fan of Opium or the like. Like not at all. YSL maybe should have marketed this with a different name.

I get a strong blast of sweetened coffee, right away, and it lingers...in comes jasmine and vanilla...they get louder as it wears, but for me, I can still catch a trace of the coffee. Which is perfect. The patchouli provides spicy woodiness. On my skin the jasmine and coffee are the two notes I smell the most.

I think if you enjoy scents like Black XS, Rhianna Rebelle, Loverdose Tattoo, Killer Queen, Flowerbomb, Lady Million, this is going to be more your type of fragrance.

Apr
08
2015
dioraddictfan
dioraddictfan

Not a unique scent at all, it mirrors La Vie Est Belle, Flowerbomb, etc but I do like it. Pleasant and kind of sexy, but nothing new or out of the ordinary. I'll take Nu over this any day.

Apr
08
2015
MaryMaryQuiteContrary
MaryMaryQuiteContrary

just like Calvin Klein's Liquid Gold,this was another waste of money.even though it doesn't give off a funky smell like the prior mentioned one,it does absolutely nothing other than give off some kind of generic vanilla scent.there's nothing rock'n'roll about this perfume,no edge whatsoever.as generic and blah like Armani's Si.Am more than annoyed at myself for allowing an agressive saleswoman to lure me into blind-buying it for a lot of dosh.don't make the same mistake please

Apr
08
2015
MommyMaudlin
MommyMaudlin

Nope, nothing new here. Like most reviewers I get no coffee, no opium, and no "noir". For the record - I like it just fine, but why wouldn't I? It's another pretty pink juice from the same family as all the other faves. You'll probably regret buying a full bottle of this if you already own La Vie est Belle, Flowerbomb, Shalimar Parfum Initial, Coco Mad, Diesel Loverdose or even Katy Perry. Seriously, it smells so much like so many other things I had trouble narrowing it down. They've figured out that they can take the same stuff, wrap it in edgy marketing and people will claim things that aren't there.

On the other hand, if you do love this you're in luck. The sillage and longevity are pretty good.

Apr
07
2015
Charmianne
Charmianne

I have to admit that I was surprised that I love BLACK OPIUM. I thought it would just be another sweet perfume as what I've heard through the grapevine, but to me it's so much more.

It's velvety smooth, sensually sweet and has the perfect touch of warmth. The vanilla, coffee and jasmine lead the way all throughout, the patchouli stays mellow in the background while the cedar does peek out in the dry down. This is quite lovely like a luxurious caress. And although it does somehow remind me of other great bold and sweet scents, the longevity of this has blown me away at over 10 hours on my skin. Black Opium is a big love for me!

Apr
05
2015
aym
aym

I got a sample from the online YSL site.
On first spray it is very sweet but with an underling patchouli strength. It is far sweeter than I like and I love Lancome Trasor Luminesse which I think if very sweet. I smell no coffee but on me I smell tobacco and the orange blossom is very faint. After 15 minutes or so it settles down into a still sweet but not overwhelmingly so mixture that is well balanced and smells classic. I would not buy it because it is not in my comfort zone to be this sweet and strong.

Apr
04
2015
Kshan
Kshan

I got a free sample of this. I'm happy to have it (free is always nice), but once my sample is gone, that will be it. I get lots of vanilla and some floral but none of the coffee, pear or other notes this apparently has. That's a shame, really, as I think it would make for a far more interesting perfume. As it is, while pretty, it smells like something that's been done a hundred times before.

Apr
02
2015
BenBnBe
BenBnBe

I think this version is the "rebelle" from the Opium line.The bottle looks like that this version would be a dark,mysterious,rocker,wild and provocative fragrance and...........a little bit it is I think.
Yes,It's sweet but on me it's very enchanting fragrance with vanilla and with soft-spicy coffee and patchouli in the background!The pear make it little sweeter and the jasmine make a twist in it.
I think from the original opium is the spiciness,and make it sweet with a vanilla and pear,and added a patchouli and coffee combo which give a mature feeling to it..........!
I think it's a charming fragrance,not very different but something unique!
I love the bottle,I love the fragrance and for fall/winter it's the perfect choice to warm up yourself,and feel comfortably and cosy.
Love it.......

Mar
29
2015
CycoEva
CycoEva

Without reading the notes I'm hit with WARM SWEET CIGARS(TOBACCO)AND CHOCOLATE and a hint a sweet cream. Once I read the notes; Coffee, White Flowers, Vanilla. I get it, I could sorta smell the coffee now. I don't smell any floral at all. I'm perplexed, I like it. But I don't love it yet. Maybe best suited for a winter scent.

Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent review by cyco eva March 2015

Mar
26
2015
kera_5j
kera_5j

Great first sniff, but reminds me of many others-- Hanae Mori by Hanae Mori, Taste of Fragrance Alien by Thierry Mugler, and a spicier version of Prada's Candy.

Overall, for the price it simply doesn't deliver anything unique or in any way reminiscent of YLS's Opium.

Save your pennies, or if looking for gourmand orientals go with any of the ones listed above that this is poorly mimicking.

Mar
26
2015
katoy4
katoy4

In the end, it didn't work for me. I liked the opening blast of bitter jasmine and caramel (echoing a previous reviewer's allusion to Taste of Fragrance Alien, which I love) but in the drydown it became a boring sweet vanilla patchouli blend and I understood why it's criticized for its lack of originality. Also, I get NO coffee. A dose of strong black coffee would have been a welcome addition.

Mar
24
2015
Sandra2
Sandra2

Balmain Extatic Intense Gold is much much better version of Black Opium. BO is an unfinished story, somebody didn't have time (of will) to work it out as it should be.It's cacophony of notes, and I really couldn't understand "what did the writer want to say". Then I have tried Balmain EIG and it was an instan "aha" effect. "That's what it's all about!" It is as somebody has taken BO, blended it perfectly and wrote the story till its end. Highly recomend to try BEIG instead of BO.

Mar
24
2015
ColdDiss
ColdDiss

I love the bottle so much, but what's inside is totally unjustifiable. It smells like slightly burned sugar, a very thin whisper of cedar, and then the same sort of alcoholic fruity floral notes found in Bath and Body Works fare. People, please just buy yourself something nice. You're worth it. This isn't.

Mar
24
2015
greek_goddes
greek_goddes

I am really sorry to say that, but I regret buying Black Opium. The basic idea of the dark, sweet, feminine scent sounds amazing, but in reality BO is not that special. Not bad smelling, but totally not a scent to remember, which stands out. On top of that, it is not long lasting at all. It is a waste of money for me...

Mar
23
2015
PerfumeLoveKK22
PerfumeLoveKK22

Black Opium is a Rocker girl with a soft side. The outside makes you think its going to smell smokey, deep and strong; but the juice inside tells a different story. At first spray it smells very sweet and bubble gummy and that is provided by the Pear note. After 5 minutes that subsides and hints of florals and patchouli appear, along with tons of vanilla and the coffee accord.
The coffee note isn't straight up coffee beans, its more like coffee with spoonfuls of sugar added into the mix. The vanilla is very sweet and basically the star of this fragrance.
I can see why people compare it to La Vie Est Belle, they share the same patchouli-fruit-sweetness but they dont really smell the same, theyre kind of in the same family
Rate-8/10
Longevity-6/10

Mar
21
2015
nieninque
nieninque

Vanilla as the dominant note? Too sweet? Pink, even? I am not sure I am smelling the same perfume as some of the reviewers here, because what I am getting is the intriguing smoker of Belle d'Opium after she has had her morning coffee. I don't claim to have the most sophisticated nose, but that is literally the only difference I get. Not that this is a bad thing; I like Belle d'Opium and I was sad to see it go, but I can't see why they would discontinue it to come out with a "new" one that is almost exactly the same. I might give it a go when (if) I run out of Belle.

Mar
20
2015
CitrusHead
CitrusHead

Just not that interesting....smells like every other celeb frag. The opening is too sweet & fake vanilla. Then that settles down & it's cappuccino - not the good kind. At least the vanilla is not so terribly sweet after that & smells more like vanilla. There is not much going on here. It dies out to a quite light patchouli - which for me, is good. This is a patchouli I can stand.

I got this sample from YSL. I will not be buying a bottle of this. It's overpriced for what it is & frankly, it's been done a million times already and for a lot less money. It's not a disaster or anything bad but it's not great.

Mar
18
2015
davitea
davitea

I agree there is nothing "Opium" and nothing "black" about this perfume. But Candy, Bubblegum and Pink sugar were names already taken by previous creations and they are all much better than this, IMO.
The launch of a generic, non-inventive, copy-cat fragrance of all the modern sweets out there that were mentioned by previous reviews says again that these big houses,like YSL,
only care about making profit now.
Will they be proud of this in couple of years? (I predict it will be discontinued by then).
Will this be the new classic, and stay in the perfume history forever, like "Opium"? Highly unlikely.
Shame.

Mar
18
2015
juji
juji

I'm so sorry to say this for those who seem to enjoy it, but just..yuk. My skin pulls screech and sugar so this one is a definite NO. No spices, no coffee, and so so very similar to the already over saturated market. And NOTHING to do with the original. I'm appalled they would even try that.

Mar
18
2015
massimilianoinquieto
massimilianoinquieto

Non riesco a distinguere nessuna delle note elencate nella piramide olfattiva.
Niente pera, ne gelsomini, ne caffè. Solo una nota piccante su un fondo di patchouli e vaniglia.
La cosa che mi lascia perplesso è che non ha un tema, non è caratteristico, non lo si riconosce perchè senza personalità. Da cosa lo si identifica? dalla vaniglia? dal patchouli o dal gusto caramellato che hanno un sacco di altri profumi?

Mar
18
2015
primarycook
primarycook

Not a bad scent, but a little sweeter than I prefer. Along the same lines of La Vie Est Belle, Flowerbomb, and Si. I don't find the coffee note to be prominent, and would probably like it better if it was, as it might cut some of the sweetness.

Mar
15
2015
rachel4708
rachel4708

I tried out my friend's bottle of this and LOVE the smell. It's delicious- dark and spicy but fades into a sweet vanilla. One spray lasted a whole day on me. However I HATE the bottle, it looks very tacky, so I can't decide whether to buy it for myself.

Mar
15
2015
sonya9
sonya9

Delicious.The coffee+vanilla combo makes this a sexy,rock-chic style perfume.Pity that it's not long-lasting on the skin...Anyway,love it.

Mar
14
2015
lepalm
lepalm

I am not a flanker hater so I went into this as open minded as possible. I don't dislike Black Opium but it's not my cup of tea. If you love gourmands, you might want to give this a try. I get mostly vanilla, coffee, and sweet fruity pastry for the first 30 minutes then the patchouli and white florals start to bloom. The coffee is strong to my nose but I'm very sensitive to it anyway. My husband only smells small traces of it in all the perfumes that I think are dominated by a coffee note.

This one isn't dark as the name and marketing would imply...think of those high maintenance starbucks "coffee" drinks with a fruit filled breakfast pastry on the side. In fact, that is exactly what my husband said when he smelled my wrist "mmmmm, you smell like breakfast".

The dry down is a lot like Flowerbomb, not identical but definitely in the same vein.

Mar
13
2015
StopHammertime
StopHammertime

This smells like a white floral on me. Coffee starts to make an appearance after a few minutes, but quickly wafts away. There is a little bit of pralines hiding behind the jasmine.
This is just not what I was expecting, I guess. Does not remind me of LVEB or Killer Queen, other than the very slight underlying pralines. If anything, I am getting a similarity to Viva La Juicy. Am I the weird one here?
What a disappointment. I was absolutely not expecting a huge white floral out of this, was hoping for sweetness mixed with coffee, like a vanilla latte or something. Boo.

Mar
13
2015
AdrianB
AdrianB

Got my sample today. I get no coffee at all.

On my skin it's the twin sister of LVEB. The only difference is BO is a touch fruitier, and has less projection. BO is also bearing more than a passing resemblance to Killer Queen and Flowerbomb.

Don't get me wrong, it's a nice perfume. But not original, especially for the price.

I own LVEB and FB, and my daughter owns KQ. So for me, no reason to buy Black Opium. Sample first.

Mar
13
2015
LisaMari
LisaMari

I'm surprised that I like this cos it is very warm spicy, which I normally hate.
This is super sweet yet fresh and sharp whilst still managing to be intense and very noir. It smells like heat - a synthetic night time heat.. like disco lights or something :/

Mar
13
2015
prettyswag
prettyswag

@Dannysmom....:)) you saved me from trying this...wow..if its a weak counterpart of flowerbomb..which i love)..then easy pass...too bad it seems promising and for java vibe i prefer bond9 i love new york for all...is yummy.

Mar
12
2015
dannysmom
dannysmom

This has been on my "want" list forever, even though I never tried it. I was expecting to love it; and honestly, I probably would have purchased it a year ago.

Finally got a sample, and I don't love it. It's good with the coffee, vanilla, etc. I do smell all the listed notes. It's fun and will be well-liked by many. However, I find it SO generic. Also, kind of fake smelling. More generic than Flowerbomb (one of my favorites), which I see it's often compared to. Also, I prefer La Vie est Belle and Si. I don't know- it's not AMAZING, which is what I was expecting. If I bought it, I would never reach for it. For a similar type vibe, I prefer Roberto Cavalli Nero Absolue.

Anyway, get a sample. I can see why many would like it, but I really don't find it that special.

Mar
11
2015
AnnBerg
AnnBerg

Sweet, warm vanilla but with an edge because it smells a bit of coffee and spices. I like it a lot and it is very long-lasting. Somehow it is both warm and cosy and sexy.

Mar
11
2015
chrisndema
chrisndema

Sadly YSL Black Opium and i are not meant to be. I just knew from just sniffing the scent from the bottle that is wasn't going to be a happy ending. I got a sample from Sephora and i have to say that initial burst of sweetness is a complete turn off for me. I don't know coz maybe my mind is still thinking of the original Opium. On my skin its just there, a sweet alcoholic concoction of fruity generic fume. I'm sorry, not for me. (sigh)

Mar
08
2015
miZZpuRRfect
miZZpuRRfect

Love love love it. I don t mind its popular and maybe many seem to wear it at night, because i don t use to go to nightclubs anymore, and i enjoy it wearing for a dinner with friends or just with my husband at home, he loves it too. Very sexy creamy warm scent with strong vanilla coffe and an oriental edge. ❤️
It is indeed similar to Diesel tattoo edp which i have too, but this one is heavier, diesel is younger and daywear fume. This one is a night wear scent or seduce scent ;) last a good while, nice sillage.

Mar
08
2015
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

@marina_22 I feel exactly the same . I stopped wearing it for this reason!

Mar
08
2015
Marina_22
Marina_22

Yesterday I went out to a club with my friends and half of the people in there was wearing Black Opium. I like a lot the perfume, but it's too popular.

Mar
08
2015
theparfumfairy
theparfumfairy

I love Black Opium because it is so fun and tasty. This fragrance does not resemble the original Opium. On my skin, it starts with a strong deep rich coffee and dark chocolate scent that turns into a sweet glazed doughnut and finally it turns into a comfortable and warm cocoa butter scent (Palmer's Cocoa Butter). I wish they would make the body cream and shower gel.

Mar
06
2015
gawerika
gawerika

Firstly, I have to state that I am not a fan of the original Opium nor Flower Bomb as I find both too heavy to wear.

A sales lady offered me a sample of this with a purchase of a summer fragrance and I thought that she must have given it to since the interest in this was lower than anticipated. Fast forward about a month later being that it is summer, the other day it rained throughout the night and the next morning was much cooler thus I wanted to wear a warmer, cozier scent so I put this on, though nothing of it as it just smelled sweet to me. Within a hours time I keep on getting lovely whiffs of a creamy cacao vibe, flowery, sweet (but not sickening)t with a lingering slight peppery scent and I in my quest to find out from who and what is was led me to myself...such a pleasant surprise that this alluring, feminine scent was emitting from no other than me. I will say it smells more like a ground-up version of Play for her by Givenchy which I also loved in my much younger days.

This is very long lasting without being intrusive and the silage on me is at least 2 meters from me. So far, I have had several compliments from both sexes and I would say this as a sensual and mysterious scent...scent for a lady who draws you in without saying or doing anything at all.

It would be a great addition for cooler nights, fall and winter. At the moment, I do like it a lot but not sure if will buy a FB at time soon though would wear it with pleasure if gifted to me.

Mar
06
2015
snel hest
snel hest

It smells like a warm bakery. Brewing coffe, tasty pastries, sweetness and warmth. Like coming home.

Mar
05
2015
ClaudiaA1
ClaudiaA1

The bottle is very nice, but it's greyish-black. The fragrance was very sweet at the beginning, with coffee definitely making its presence known to the world. After 3 hours, it became almost a skin scent, featuring patchouli and pepper, but still sweet. It does give me a headache, however, like the 2009 Opium version does. But make no mistake! This is nothing like any of the previous Opium editions. Black Opium only retains the oriental vibe.

Mar
05
2015
FireDragon76
FireDragon76

I've only sampled it from a strip in a magazine and that's obviously not the best way to gauge whether a fragrance will sit well with one's skin chemistry and taste. But here at the beginning of Spring when I'm getting tired of my heavier fragrances and it's not quite warm outside, this is quite nice.

I will say though, that the note that mainly comes through after a few seconds is like an ambery-caramel blend with just a tinge of cedar. All depending on what it costs here in DK, I might see if there's a 30ml/1fl.oz bottle I could enjoy in the period between late Winter/Spring and Fall.

It doesn't surprise me that Black Opium doesn't resemble the original Opium which I love in another way, but right now, this is probably more what I need, now that it's getting warmer and I'm getting out more in the daytime, than I need the original Opium.

My skin isn't picking up any red pepper, coffe or patchouli and sadly no jasmine either, which is my favorite floral note. I'll have to sample Black Opium properly in store. I hope the notes I didn't notice, come out better that way. Actually, while typing this, the coffee note is suddenly coming through. Not sure how I feel about that. Love the scent of coffee but I don't know about wearing it.

Mar
05
2015
sicillianlemon
sicillianlemon

It smells very sweet, which I suppose is the "Trend" off the moment.
As someone else has said, it's very similar to la vie est belle.

Mar
03
2015
angelapaul
angelapaul

Black Opium had not been on my radar, but a store clerk offered to spray a card for me and I accepted. I love the complex balance of sweet and spicy.

While it is a flower-sweet feminine fragrance, reminiscent of the delightful V&R Flowerbomb, I definitely get a sense of black coffee brewing throughout this perfume. Where Flowerbomb’s sweetness floats high like new spring flowers reaching for the sky, the coffee-vanilla-patchouli spice of Black Opium provides a rich, deep, spicy, earthy grounding for the sweetness.

For me this evokes the words: deep, sweet, mysterious, alluring, sensual, seductive, intriguing, warmth. I’ll be buying a large bottle ASAP so I can wear it through Autumn and Winter.

Mar
02
2015
Gehenna
Gehenna

I agree - too bad it's marketed as an Opium flanker; it has nothing to do with the original fragrance, and to be frank I don't understand what "black" refers to either, since I don't find anything dark in this apart from the bottle (which, I might add, is gorgeous).

I hardly detect any coffee at all. I get a lot of sweet, uncontroversial, mainstream vanilla, some coconut and a touch of amber. Just like Flowerbomb, this is a fragrance that somehow seems flowery to me, although I can't detect any specific flowers. I can see why Black Opium reminds people of Flowerbomb and to some extent also LVEB, but I think BO has it's own qualities. Flowerbomb was much more interesting and edgy when it was released, and it's popularity among the crowds certainly prepared the ground for sweet fragrances that would have been considered niche or gourmand a few years earlier.

The marketing makes it hard to give this scent a fair review. I was really surprised and a bit disappointed when I tried this. Compared to Opium it lacks depth, strength and originality. However, I don't think it's a bad scent - it's rich, balanced (on the sweeter side, though, but in a far more mature and gourmand way than, say, the sweet Escada juices preferred by teenagers) and nice, even if there's nothing groundbreaking about it. I guess marketing it as an Opium flanker is a cheap trick to make it sell, but I find it really stupid since it will only attract the wrong kind of buyer: someone who looks for an updated version of an intense and deep classic fragrance.

If this was a gift, I'd be thankful and happy and use it as a nice everyday scent, but I don't think I'll be purchasing BO. I hope YSL makes another version of this - a dark one! Add some smokiness to the vanilla, make it woodier, and for heaven's sake... if this is supposed to be an oriental spicy fragrance, at least make the pepper a little less anonymous and boring. Some real patchouli wouldn't hurt either.

Feb
28
2015
dagmy
dagmy

The first time i smelled black opium I was disappointed... The black one has no resemblance, at all, to the original opium! This fragrance is no longer oriental. There are sweet vanilla and cacao notes... Cacao? I can't smell cacao or cappuccino like some of reviewers. I suppose this is a kind of instant cappuccino you are not able to find in Italy where the real coffee is made.
But, at last, I bought it, mainly because of the beautiful bottle. I've been using black opium since 3 weeks and I like it :-) As for me, this is just a sweet, pink, everyday fragrance. It makes me feel optimistic.

Feb
26
2015
Taxidermy
Taxidermy

To me this smells like a mix of JPG Classique and Flowerbomb/La Vie Est Belle.

Feb
26
2015
Alayna1011
Alayna1011

They really should have chosen a different name for this. It in no way smells anything like any of the other opiums, except maybe in a vague way belle d'opium.
It is its own perfume, not a flanker.

Anyway, it's a very sweet generic Flowerbomb type scent. Which isn't to say it's bad! I actually like it a lot, it doesn't have that weird synthetic plastic element I encounter in a lot of perfumes like that. I get lots of beautiful vanilla and sweet patchouli, but not much coffee :( Unfortunately longevity and sillage are pretty poor, but the fragrance itself is pretty. It's a like, not a love :)

Feb
22
2015
RedGarden
RedGarden

start as mocha ice cream and for my suprise end like green perfume with a hint of sugar and sour

Feb
21
2015
ginepro
ginepro

Black Opium is so so popular here in Sweden, it hit the number 1 on most toplists here. I can understand why: it's very likeable, sweet and doesn't stand out much. In my opinion, a very "safe" scent. To my nose, it smells good but nothing more. There is nothing special with it whatsoever! I could detect the coffe in it only when i read it had coffe as a note...(though my nose isn't yet very well-trained in the art of detecting notes..). I detected something very fruity and sweet at first.Was it apple, mango, pear? Then after barely an hour or so, I smelt a kind of sweet, lingering and soft form of patchouli and something musky, vanilla-like. The patchouli wasn't at all overpowering and over-sweet as I feel a lof of patchouli scents can be. Thank god.
But over all, this isn't something special, it's only likeable and good enough to don't smell bad or "too much" (maybe too sweet though for those who don't like sweet gourmandy oriental scents).
However, this has NO RESEMBLANCE at all to the original Opium :( This is way too much re-formulated to have any comparance to the original, and re-formulated enough to make a big hit at the commercial mainstream perfume store shelves. Also, sillage was only approximately 2 hours on my skin.

Feb
19
2015
Fairy Cobweb
Fairy Cobweb

I bought this as a 16th birthday gift for my granddaughter. She chose it herself, with the help of a lovely non-pushy saleslady. The scent suits her perfectly, a soft, warm perfume which lasted for ages. It isn't too sweet, it has a lingering vanilla scent, but not overdone. For my granddaughter , I think this was a perfect choice for her first 'posh' perfume.

Feb
17
2015
scarlett.angel
scarlett.angel

I've had this one my want list since it came out, and was really looking forward to it based on the notes as I love Coffee notes, and Spicy Orientals. Finally bought a 50ml bottle as I wasn't able to get a sample, and I have to say I'm really disappointed, and deeply saddened by this formula. I find this scent incredibly weak. I sprayed this on my skin and clothing, and it is so faint, hardly detectable.

Sillage is practically non-existent. A faint skin scent which doesn't stick around. I'm really baffled as to who voted this as having moderate to long lasting longevity and sillage. Sprayed on a piece of paper, just as faint :( Very disappointing considering the high price I paid for this and it being an EDP. I have cheap EDT's and even fragrance mists that smell stronger and last longer than this!

I would describe this as a gourmand oriental. Coffee and Vanilla notes are dominant here, with a creamy feel to this. Not overly sweet at all, not much spice. As a Patchouli lover, I detect zero Patchouli in this.

This would be a gorgeous fragrance if I could actually smell it!! I really hope YSL could reformulate this and make an 'intense' version. What a sad flop. I really wanted to love this.

Absolutely gorgeous bottle but that's all it is. Will not be repurchasing. It's almost like a watered down fragrance. I should have bought Roberto Cavalli Nero Assoluto instead. I'm unable to get a refund. Lesson learnt.

UPDATE: Layered this over vintage YSL Opium and it's so much better! Now this is what I expected Black Opium to smell like!

Feb
15
2015
ecerusen
ecerusen

on me it smells like lveb's drydown(especially the ending) and jessica simpson fancy mix.
to be honest, i waited for this fume for long and the result is a bit disappointment.

dont misunderstand me, smells good and long lasting. but too average for ysl. all the commercials who makes us curios are just for this? no no no my dear. i cant accept this.

would i buy? no, maybe if someone give me for gift.
do i like? yes, i like it but it doesnt deserve its price, label, bottle, commercial etc.
is it longlasting? yes, especially on clothes.
what about its sillage? average on my dry skin.

Feb
12
2015
ScarlettX
ScarlettX

Mostly it's a sweet gourmand, but I sense something dark and bitter. That must be coffee. But vanilla makes a good job masking it.
I see some similarities to La vie est belle and Angel. But I think these fragrances are even more sweet.
I find it pleasing, but I had a thought that it's nothing new.
Likable sweet perfume.

Feb
11
2015
andronikos
andronikos

Another angel clone with coffee. But i like it and bought yesterday.

Feb
10
2015
Persefia
Persefia

At first when i bought it, i didn't like it. I told my mom i would give it to her...However, some weeks later, i gave it another shot and boy i love it! It's a spicy mixture,not sure what it reminds me of,but it surely ain't a common smell and it's totally intriguing for me.Lasts long enough and it is not too strong,yet it's there and is a cozy, lingering fragrance. I really like it!!!

Feb
10
2015
ishkira
ishkira

I love Black Opium. I love the original Opium & the 2009 reformulated one as well. If you can see beyond the marketing and trends, you'll embrace the quality of this perfume. It's very comforting for me, the notes are blended really well. On my skin it evolves nicely, 2 sprays are more than enough, and the longevity is good too. My boyfriend loves it, especially the next morning after I've put it on. It's not something groundbreaking, but it's very good for what it is.
Did i expect this from YSL Opium line? Never in a million years! But this doesn't make me love it any less.
Everything is possible...

Feb
08
2015
Milenadim
Milenadim

So yummy and gourmand!!To me it smells like cappuccino coffee!!

Feb
06
2015
Molko
Molko

Sorry but Black Opium is a big disappointment for rme, smells awfully candy sweet, boring, generic. On my skin is like the copy of Hypnose in flat lightish version. Where's black, where's opium? Such a joke from YSL. I like the commercial of Black Opium, but not the perfume...

Feb
05
2015
Dclxvi
Dclxvi

I LOVE Black Opium on me! Unfortunately, it seems like nobody else does :( my boyfriend and a coworker both wondered what that bad smell was. Oh well. I'll save it to wear just for myself. It makes me feel warm and cozy.

Feb
04
2015
donimili
donimili

I understand that YSL wanted to be part of this trend with super sweet perfumes, Flowerbomb and La vie est belle are soooo popular, and probably they already had the idea of making new Opium, but i really don't think that this, what they created, fits Opium. At least, maybe some different name. It is not bad, but I don't think it is anything new. Maybe, YSL should have put more thinking in creating new Opium. I don't know... I guess I expected a bit more. This, to me, just looks like they wanted piece of this sugary trend cake. And there is already Manifesto...

Feb
04
2015
Arlene-Beatrix
Arlene-Beatrix

Intense coffee scent, more gourmand than spicy. Quite pleasant, comforting, suitable for long autumn and winter evenings. All in all, it's typical boudoir scent, elegant, but intoxicating.

Feb
03
2015
Jay T
Jay T

Pour moi, il se sent un peu comme suprême Bouquet par YSL. L'accord de poivre rose est assez proche pour être un substitut moins cher en mon avis.

Feb
03
2015
Thesheppardswife
Thesheppardswife

I am having a real struggle with Black Opium.
When I first sprayed this on, I thought, "Hello, the 1980s want their perfume back". So strong, overwhelming with shoulder-pads on top! I regretted putting this fragrance on my skin as I was then stuck with it for the rest of the day. I had no way of removing it.
The following morning, when I got into my car, I sniffed....."what is that?" Black Opium was still with me and on the steering wheel as well. After 'off-gassing' For 15 hours, it had turned into something quite beautiful. How could I have misjudged her?
Tried another blast of BO a few days later and it was dreadful. I had to move her from like to dislike. 8 hours later.....and I had a grand fragrance again. Now we are back to like. How do I manage to get past those first hours till I can tolerate this scent? I don't know.......
Oh ....and I don't smell coffee at any point.

Several weeks later - I have found Montale Intense Cafe and she behaves much, much better on me. May consider purchasing a fb of Intense Cafe next autumn.

Feb
01
2015
LizzieDee
LizzieDee

For me the coffee overwhelms everything else. Yuk.

Feb
01
2015
Juliana6
Juliana6

I look at those rather negative reviews and I guess the people have written them basing on their first opinions and emotions. And I understand it very well- it was the same here. I saw this scent at the entrance of the Douglas shop (I was shopping for a good mascara)and tried it. The opening smelled rather too sweet (almost like cheap one day star "fragrances") and I said to myself- no, never! I was looking around trying some mascaras, speaking with the sales assistant and suddenly, after about 15-20 minutes, I got some warm, delicious, creamy caramel cappucino aroma (at first I thought the SA had had a coffee and toffees before we started communicating). A thick, sweet, ropy cloud with a slightly bitter lining with a drop of moka (coffee liqueur)lingering in the air. I asked the SA what kind of coffee that was, she smiled and said it was my perfume. After some time this starts to remind me "La vie est belle by Lancome", "Unforgettable" by Christina Aguilera and sometimes "Si" by Armani too. I think it's quite far from the regular "Opium" or the " Belle d'opium" (they are more "serious", I'd say).
I'd love to have a black, bitter, strong, dominating coffee note, but this creamy gourmand is beautiful too. A gourmand floral -very interesting.
As you can imagine, my "no, never" faded away and I bought this perfume ( and got a mini as well). And now I realize I'm getting quite addictive to it, it's the opium, you know...

Jan
31
2015
Nirsara
Nirsara

Well hello, this is some dark juice!
I have been addicted to vanilla as long as I can remember and I thought that I had smelled it all, but boy... Who knew there was such a deliciously wicked side to vanilla!
If it would occur to a cheetah to put on some perfume before going hunting, she would probably put this on. And gazelles would probably simply agree to come along.
Break out the bad, ladies, this is powerful stuff. <3

Jan
31
2015
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

This is my favorite sweet fragrance. It's yummy and intoxicating. :)

Jan
30
2015
Rafa Rodrigues
Rafa Rodrigues

This fragrance is awesome for sweet fragrances suckers like me: very sweet and warm i can feel the vanilla and coffe and some pink peeper, i agree when ppl say it smells like la vie est belle from lancome but i found this one more misterious. and the bottle is gorgeous! I have to try this one!

Jan
30
2015
Fizzy
Fizzy

A copy of La vie Est Belle from Lancome, the same empty heaviness.

Jan
29
2015
mister_chaz
mister_chaz

Tested this without looking at the official notes first. All I got was sticky sweet vanilla, red berries and patchouli. I don't get any coffee, maybe only a tiny bit after 4 hours of wear (but I might also be imagining coffee, having finally looked at the notes).

Obviously, it has little to do with the original Opium, but I'm not upset about this fact, since the original Opium was not exactly my cup of tea. What bothers me in Black Opium is overly sweet synthetic vanilla and little development. But the scent itself is pleasant and lasts long. If you like perfumes like La vie est Belle, try Black Opium. Cool bottle, too.

Jan
22
2015
duftduft
duftduft

The right juice for my nose! A sweet Oriental, i love all the listed ingredients and they play very well together. How I love Vanilla and Jasmine with Orange Blossom (yes, I am a Hypnotic Poison fan)!
Here the Patchouli and especially the little coffee note add something special and surprising.
This is not Opium and far away from Black.
In my opinion most of the reviews here are right: It should have been called "La Vie est Si" (Gourmand plus Aromatic).
But still, a yummy smell and highly addictive to me!

Jan
17
2015
Flayvian
Flayvian

I do really like this one. I like the sweetness, which dominates for me. It has good sillage, but no staying power. That said, there are very few perfumes that have staying power with me. I generally have to spray on my clothes or hair to achieve any longevity. It does bear little relation to the original Opium though.

Jan
16
2015
marine blue
marine blue

This is a very warm, sweet and interesting fragrance. To me it smells delicious but not strawberry-like; this scent is not for everyone. It mixes sweetness with coffee and vanilla (which i usually dislike but it works here). when i first smelled it it brought in mind tiramisu and coffee cakes..

Jan
12
2015
flyingwind66
flyingwind66

I saw the ad for this and thought it might be something dark,spicy and intoxicating... and though I do love and find the scent intoxicating and it works well on me, what I got and what I expected were very different.

I am getting pear and orange blossom, hints of the coffee and patchouli.

Nothing like the other scents in the Opium line so a misnomer and falsely advertised... If they wanted to make a variation of the classic Opium then it should at least reminisce at least a little of it but I am getting none of that.

Should have been both named and advertised different.

Jan
11
2015
babydoll77
babydoll77

What a slap in the face to the original! This is as unique, deep, dark, mysterious, exotic and majestic as an air freshener :/ This smells common, boring and cheap! And it's a bad copy of Diesel's Loverdose Tattoo, too. YSL should be ashamed of themselves for releasing sth so banal :(

Jan
11
2015
emtopaz
emtopaz

Beautiful. YSL have deliberately named this opium as it is addictive! I regret leaving this in my uni room whilst I came home for Christmas, craving this like mad now! Is it sad that I want to go back to uni soley to smell and wear this?! Sod seeing my friends and partying...haha

This stuff is right up there with its incredible longevity. If I didn't wash for days (wish I could test this, but for the sake of others, I probably shouldn't!) and used this on the first day of not washing, it would probably last for quite a few days! From first spray to last sniff before going for a wash (don't worry, I do shower/bathe daily), this is beautiful. The scent doesn't seem to change much which I like. There's nothing worse than when you spray a perfume, don't like the smell and have to wait for its base notes to come through, or you like the initial smell but not the base of it. I think for quite a simple coffee and vanilla white floral it makes a massive impression.

This makes me feel glamorous and I've only used it once (excluding testing it out in a department store) on a night out at uni in a very smelly club and I could smell it throughout the night, when I got back home and the day after on my clothes. Smells similar to YSL Manifesto which is also another beautiful scent.

Jan
08
2015
YoLin
YoLin

I love this perfume but I strongly recommend smelling it yourself before you order or buy it. This perfume reminds me of the rich vanilla tones of La Vie Est Belle and the sensual sweetess of Sì. It is a strong, sweet vanilla scent with surprising notes of coffee. To be honest I think it rather smells like Chocolate and hazelnuts (is it rude to call it 'Nutella-ish?') . I really like this combination myself but it's kind of weird too and I'd understand people hating it. I think this perfume is a great addition to your collection when you have LVEB, Sì, Coco Mademoiselle etc., to add something more exciting for special occasions.

Jan
04
2015
Dawndelights
Dawndelights

Rich boozy vanilla, mixed with coffee, and later it smells a bit like chocolate, quite nice for winter

Jan
03
2015
Sherihan
Sherihan

First seconds it resembles Alien. Then Nescafé effect is strong and nice...after a while a strong caramel comes in a vanillic way. I think vanilla fans will like it.

Dec
31
2015
PLUMPIE
PLUMPIE

Resembles nothing of the original Opium. Not a flanker, a completely new scent aimed at the modern masses. A Fruity-chouli with some licoricey coffee notes thrown into the mix. Smells like a love child of Flower Bomb, La Vie est Belle and Loverdose with a dash of Black XS. It's so sweet and cloying why does everyone want to smell like vanilla candies, over-ripe berries and burnt candyfloss nowadays?

Save yourself some money - pick up a bottle of Jovan's Black musk, spray it over some fruity vanilla body lotion and add a dab of patchouli oil.

Dec
29
2015
Leximackenzie
Leximackenzie

I like YSL opium, but this is a whole other story. I didn't think I would like this at first because it is quite a sweet scent and I am more of a fresh scent kinda girl.

To me, it smells like sweet popcorn, with a bit of spice and musk. I'm probably not selling it very well, but it really is quite nice.

Definitely a scent for evenings and winter months, seems to have a decent staying power too. One to try, even for those who don't particularly gravitate towards sweeter scents - this one may surprise you, as it did for me.

Dec
29
2015
jdawg
jdawg

What can I say? Well done YSL. Scent of heaven from a small bottle, an evolution from the legendary Opium. A very subtle scent that will last long and catch the attention of people in a large room.

Dec
27
2014
Theodora_
Theodora_

I had loved it for some time before my lovely boyfriend bought it for me as a Christmas present. I work at the fragrance departmant of a store and I tried it out of curiosity and it was love. Up to that point I was determined to buy the Alien by Thierry Mugler but, well, I changed my mind and I don't regret it. <3 <3 I understand that it's a special perfume, not everyone is going to like it but in my opinion, it's a good perfume, good quality, long lasting, with personality. In love.

Dec
27
2014
Jomoves
Jomoves

I've tried this a few times and for me the whole campaign is at odds with the fragrance itself. The beautful bottle and the adverts of the smokey-eyed girl looking to find her hit really made me want to check this out. Unfortunatley, there's nothing underground or smokey about this one. It a sweet vanilla juice with a bit of coffee and a weak incense note thrown in. Reminds me of La vie est belle in many ways, although it's not a clone. I also doubt there is a single natural ingredient in it.

It does smell nice so it will be a hit. It just isn't the hit the the type of girl in the commercial would really be looking for.

Dec
27
2014
VP95
VP95

Black opium was a love at first sniff!! As I am a lover of vanilla scents I found this particular perfume extreamly appealing! And it goes so well with the coffee scent it's yammy! Black opium is at the same time cozy but bold, makes you feel sweet but also powerful and mysterious! I just don't know how to explain it! It's not overpowering and it lasts, perfect for fall/winter! As I first spray it, it reminds me a mix of manifesto by YSL and Nero assoluto by Cavalli but after 10-15 minutes the fragrance completely changes in this beautiful scent of vanilla and coffee and light jasmine! It is just beautiful! :D

Dec
27
2014
louisminaj
louisminaj

I finally own this beauty in all its 90ml of sheer sexiness! I love this fragrance, so much! The vanilla and coffee are beautifully combined with a slight base of patchouli! It's so strong also, lasts all day and has amazing progression. It's like Jimmy Choo, the longer this is on the better it smells! I simply love this fragrance!

I know a lot of people don't like this one because they're fans of the original fragrance, and I know it has no comparison with the original as it's completely different! But to me this is a great thing as I do not like the original in the slightest! But come on guys, give credit where its due as it is a gorgeous scent!

Dec
27
2014
Miss_Songbird
Miss_Songbird

Black Opium is the latest addition to my fragrance collection, and I must say, I adore it! Sweet and spicy, just the way I like my fragrances, it's very intense and rebellious while remaining classy enough. I can totally smell the coffee, vanilla, jasmine and pepper but I didn't even notice the pear and the orange blossom, maybe it has something to do with my skin chemistry. Also on me it smells a lot like spice, nuts and certain woody tones, which I absolutely adore combined with the general sweet essence of it. I think it's a very unique parfume that competes with Armani's Si in being my signature. If you are bold and daring enough to support a rather dark and unconventional fragrance I'd totally advice you to go for Black Opium.

Dec
26
2014
anamalia
anamalia

I have black opium, while it happens to be a nice fragrance, I cant help but wonder if YSL has stopped caring about their fragrance business. Since Parisienne, it seems that the majority of fragrances released have the same notes, or at least share the same ingredients. From parisienne, to manifesto, to black opium, they all share the same sweetness, same berry like notes, and sugary dry down.

Dec
25
2014
massimilianoinquieto
massimilianoinquieto

Ho cercato di farmelo piacere, provato e riprovato, ma veramente no, proprio non mi va.
Sento odore caramellato, poi pepato ma sfuggente, le note non sono distinguibili, non sento caffè ma liquirizia, e la vanillina nel fondo.
Non riesco a capire cosa voglia rappresentare, di cosa sappia e non mi dice niente.
Non si puo dire che sia cattivo, ma non riesco a capire perché si chiami opium.

Dec
25
2014
Muzoona
Muzoona

I tried it today and it was a big disappointing. its start with Jasmine and some fruity notes then it convert into boring coffee with milk. No compare to the original opium.

Dec
23
2014
Bretto66
Bretto66

omg this is just too over the top YSL. It reminds me of a candy store and not in a good way.

Dec
22
2014
KIARA85
KIARA85

This is an interesting perfume. I admire the woman that is brave enough to wear it! I think its too strong and too bold for me, although the bottle is beautiful and the scent is original

Dec
18
2014
brezey
brezey

I had Opium despite it being my late mother's signature scent, but when I went to Myer and the sale assistant offered me a smell of the perfume, I was hesitant as this scent bares the same name as a perfume I detest, but this black opium was something different, I sprayed it onto me, and walked around the shopping mall, before I left, I had to go back and buy myself this perfume. I am not one for impulse buying by Black Opium made me buy a bottle.

Dec
15
2014
StellaDiverFlynn
StellaDiverFlynn

I get a ubiquitous plummy vanilla-patchouli combo upon the opening of YSL Black Opium, and its seemingly synthetic nature and its powdery texture make it feels a bit disturbing.

However, once it calms down, it's quite enjoyable: juicy pear and vague floral over a powdery vanilla and clean patchouli, with a mere suggestion of coffee. It's still far from being realistic or natural, but quite pleasant, nontheless.

The sillage is moderate and the longevity is around 11 hours. I agree that Black Opium hardly shares any traits of the original Opium. But on its own, I do enjoy it and it's a proper gourmand vanilla-floral. However, I don't find it particularly stands out among the plethora of gourmand genre, and its price doesn't do it any favour, either. I'd suggest testing a few similar fragrances before gravitating directly to it.

Dec
14
2014
DaisyChain90
DaisyChain90

I love Black Opium, it is the perfect Autumn/Winter fragrance. It reminds me of all things Christmassy, especially mulled wine. I can not get enough of this fragrance, it has the perfect spicey, sweet, warm, deep combination.

Dec
13
2014
miss mills
miss mills

I'm gonna go against the general grain here too and say I reeeeally enjoy this one! Being a coffee addict probably doesn't hurt - there is definitely a sumptuously rich coffee note in here which smells a lot like licorice on my skin, coffee, licorice and burnt vanilla. Yum.
I am a spicy oriental fan but unfortunately the original Opium just never sat well on my skin, not like Cinnabar for instance, which is also very spicy. But I digress. I take this new Black Opium as a stand alone, not a flanker and in that space I really, really enjoy its gritty, punchy, sweet aroma. Yes please, this is definitely for me - and I am NOT a teenager OR a mallrat. Quite the opposite in fact. My advice if I can be so bold? Try this as a stand alone fragrance created by master perfumers to be worn in its own right and see what you find!

Dec
09
2014
PoisonedFlower
PoisonedFlower

Nice scent but I expected more from something called "Black Opium", due to the fact Opium is a great perfume since so many year!

Dec
06
2014
madonnatella
madonnatella

i like it. i like opium too. black opium has vague reminiscences to the original opium. that is good.
no one would be able to say: "BO = O". no,they are different. there are fourty years ++ in between.
i like the tackiness of the faux sequins on the bottle.
i like what hedi slimane does to YSL,the same as i liked tom fords input. this is a lovely perfume.
perfumesnobs are anosmics. i like both expensive,superexpensive as cheap and vulgar perfumes.
i detest snobbery.
aad de gids,la jaguarundina

Dec
01
2014
gomt
gomt

For me personally, it's one of the biggest disappointments of the year. I was hoping for something special, but this really is a pretty bland, banal blend. Even giving up the notion that a flanker should at least remotely resemble the original, it's still just a boring try at a sweet coffee fragrance. On top of that, extremely synthetic.

Nov
30
2014
Steleale
Steleale

I don't like Opium but it's a masterpiece and Black Opium will not.

Nov
30
2014
connieiscrazy
connieiscrazy

Associating this with the original Opium line seems like something of an insult. If you were to smell this, you'd never guess it was a new iteration of the sultry and spicy original.

This just smells horribly cheap and synthetic, it might as well be a drugstore body spray. I appreciate that YSL are attempting to appeal to a younger market, what with the bottle redesign and all that, and I think in this respect, they've succeeded. This is so sweet and artificial-smelling I can just imagine a tweenager wearing this - it really isn't for a self-assured, mature woman - and the hefty price tag would suggest that the latter target market is the only one who can afford it.

Upon spraying, I immediately get a burst of vanilla that smells more synthetic-y shampoo than rich, creamy, upmarket perfume. I would have the though the coffee would have taken the edge off the sweetness, but it just makes it worse. I'm no perfume expert in the sense that I find it difficult to identify notes and how they develop, but this is just an awful saccharine mess from start to finish.

As for the bottle? I think the black glitter looks a tad tacky, and what happened to the wick that was seen in previous flankers?

Nov
30
2014
fulldarknostars
fulldarknostars

Peoples comments on here are way over the top. If you don't like the fragrance that's fine but everyone likes different things. Flankers often smell very different from the original. You are not better/more sophisticated than anyone else just because your nose prefers certain scents. There is so much fragrance snobbery here it's overwhelming. I like Guerlain and I like Britney Spears. I like Thierry Mugler and Adam Levine. I like Chanel and I like Taylor Swift. I like Dior and Bath and Body Works.
No one is asking you to like Black Opium but so many here act personally insulted that YSL made something different. It would be boring if fragrance companies never branched out.

Nov
30
2014
ginawadsworth
ginawadsworth

With competition between the many perfumes out there, flankers co-erce potential purchasers into making assumptions before even trying a product. Black Opium is a prime example. Almost everyone knows about the original, even if they did not wear it, and on that basis probably expected a divine edgy oriental, heavy on spice and possible inscense.

This is not what black opium is at all.

Even though it has pepper and patchouli it is not an oriental on me at all. I found it sadly sweet and a tad fadish. Another run of the mill perfume marketed to the masses. Obviously for a younger age group who have yet to understand perfume and look for a brand name and not its content.

Nov
29
2014
PerfumeEmpress
PerfumeEmpress

I completely agree with mshilov. I DETEST flankers, I really do. Such a scam. They're as bad as reformulations. And yes, more often than not they bring down the beautiful originals. (Bleep) market and demands. If the demands are for over-flowery, fruit, sickly-sweet Eau de Mallrat (hey, if it's OK to use "old lady" in a derogatory way, I can use Eau de Mallrat for the same purpose) then go ahead and mix some fruit and sugar and sell that - don't worry, if it has a designer name they'll buy it - but don't cheapen the classics by "adapting" them to "modern demands." It's like forging the Gioconda because some idiot wants a "more modern version."

I'm sorry if this offends someone, but I feel very strongly about it.

Nov
29
2014
genny17
genny17

To me, Opium means an unwelcoming very oriental pefume, that left an unhealthy trail...a cult perfume for sure, but to my nose, very unwearable.
so of course Black Opium is a lot more wearable, it is still a lovely gourmand, with a hint of coffee...longlasting. Very nice!! The bottle is sparkly, pretty...would make a good gift for anyone who enjoys gourmand scents that arent deadly in their trail!!

Nov
28
2014
bronstein
bronstein

Once, there was a time when "Opium" meant something to the one who hears this word. A perfume everybody associated with something... maybe dark, maybe forbidden, by any means mysterious. Even by the year 2000, we got Sophie Dahl naked and lascivious.

But this one means nothing. It smells like any generic female fragrance nowadays. To sell it by the name "Opium" is almost a con. Perhaps "Mrs. Smith" or "Mrs. Jones" would suit this one better.

*

Nov
27
2014
wayway2hotinaz
wayway2hotinaz

I sprayed on my wrists, one time. Right away, when taking a heavy sniff, I felt like sneezing. It is quite sweet at first...I do tend to like pink pepper though. Maybe it was the combination of the pear and orange blossom with the pink pepper that it felt so sweet. An hour and a half later, coffee and jasmine are just beginning to come....but faint....I should have sprayed heavier. The coffee is not a strong separate scent for me, which I'm glad for. My husband bought this for me while he was in Paris without knowing anything about it. When I came here to find out the notes, I was a bit scared, as I *hate* the smell of coffee. But, I actually really like this perfume. I definitely smell more vanilla and jasmine than coffee; it is a wonderful mix. I'm enjoying Black Opium! (I sprayed again at 6 hours. This time on my wrists and chest. Didn't feel like sneezing this time. It is pretty strong to have it sprayed on my chest, though, but enjoyable!)

Nov
24
2014
EmiliavonRaupach
EmiliavonRaupach

Disappointed.Too sweet, too chemical, too artificial. A chaos made of sticky sugar. Sorry.

Nov
19
2014
Julie Billi
Julie Billi

Very sweet & cloying in my opinion....nothing special....

Nov
18
2014
Peta22
Peta22

Well I just bought a 50ml today and I'm very excited about it! The tester spray was divine - both my husband and I adore the coffee notes and the overall sweet, spiciness of the fragrance. I'll be wearing it tomorrow so I'll be more able to comment properly but my initial thoughts are that this fragrance really should have been named and marketed completely separately to Opium... It seems that the great majority of negative responses were expecting a modern version of Opium and apparently they are completely different. I have never experienced Opium so I sampled Black Opium with no expectations - and I think I'll be loving it!

Nov
18
2014
dovey
dovey

Bubble gum in a classy elegant EXPENSIVE way ;)

Nov
17
2014
mshilov
mshilov

I don't want to seem cruel, but I wish every perfumer (especially a good one) who participates in such "collaborations" with L'Oréal etc., bringing down legendary perfumes of the past with senseless and shameful flankers/ new "versions" would lose his "nose" forever. Because even if marketing rules, it's after all the perfumer who makes us sick and unhappy with each new ugly "creation" like this one.

Nov
16
2014
MirageMirage
MirageMirage

Huge disappointment! No resemblance to original Opium whatsoever, I'd categorize it next to La vie est belle because it smells like its sister...Misleading title.

Nov
15
2014
MademoiselleMaya
MademoiselleMaya

It's a celebrity/teenage scent packaged in a beautiful bottle that adds to the effect of unfulfilled promise. It has nothing to do with Opium, it's rather weak with minimal sillage, way weaker than Opium Vapeurs, and with much less character. It's nice, safe and smells like a dozen other pedestrian gourmands. To call it Opium Black is an offence to any fan of YSL fragrances.

Nov
15
2014
sistercurare
sistercurare

This is La Vie Est Belle without caramel but with coffee. Not bad, but way too expensive (YSL). Doesn't remind me of Opium at all, which is not necessarly bad. I like it, won it a competition, but wouldn't spend more than 40$ on it

Nov
14
2014
aber19
aber19

Terrible perfume for the money. It reminds me of the second Madonna's perfume with a hint of coffee. It is not very strong nor distinctive. Why do they change a rewarding winning vintage perfume? While the bottle is lovely, the fragrance does not reflect any quality.

Nov
13
2014
Shimoldeam
Shimoldeam

I do like this - a strong coffee and vanilla mostly on me, but it certainly does not fit the price!

Nov
11
2014
gamme82
gamme82

the coffee is very dominant in this gourmand. Still the crisp pear is so very prominent and well paired. Its and odd and special scent. and yes there are alot of gourmands out there that could remind me of this one. But i am usually not a gourmand lover. And this ones seems to have the right blend of spiciness and freshness. And it has absolutely nothing to do with the original opium, and I can't say thats its bad. Its just new.

Nov
08
2014
Yosa
Yosa

I finally got to test Black Opium and I was positively surprised. In fact, I loved it!

I didn't detect the right notes on my skin - I thought it smelled like dark chocolate, which it doesn't have! I did get the vanilla though, and a fruity undertone.

I understand why people are upset about this new Opium - because it's not like the other Opiums.

But there is a connection: The POTENT of it. It's very strong, just two sprays filled up the car on the way back home. Its silage is powerful too and be prepared; the scent will get suck in your clothes if you do get it on fabric.

The bottle is simply gorgeous.

Nov
08
2014
mamayaya
mamayaya

Today I tried this perfume at the counter. The gourmand perfume is placed in the bamboo shape bottle and called as black opium. Haha, IT IS A JOKE!

Do these noses know a little bit about the representing of bamboo in Asian culture?

The spirit of original opium is killed.

Nov
06
2014
ellina1984
ellina1984

The top is all milky coffee. It has the earthy feel of coffee beans, but also the creaminess of milk. There's no sugar in this coffee, though. The mellowness is just milk.

Then the jasmine comes, mixed with a fine, sweet vanilla. At this stage I keep catching whiffs of this. Elegant, warm, flowery vanilla lifting up from my skin.

And the drydown is all about the vanilla, tempered by patchouli. The patchouli is not dirty or earthy. It just serves the purpose of making the vanilla less cupcakey. There's also an implaceable sligth spiciness in this.

I think the criticism on this scent is mostly due to it being released as an Opium flanker. Had it been named differently, I think it would get more love.
I really like it. I would call it a "coffee floral" initially, and then an oriental vanilla at the drydown. Please ignore the name and smell the scent, Chandler-Burr-untitled-series style!

Nov
06
2014
apollinne
apollinne

Hi, everybody! I read almost every opinion about this frag, but let me add the fact that I like it very much! Yes, it's different from the other Opiums, but it's modern, and I think it's the first time when I take side of a modern frag... For me, it's a joyful, shimmering juice, perfect with the winter coat. I received it as a gift, and I am sure I will use the entire bottle! It doesen't matter if you are a fan of niche, or Chanel 5 is your top favourite...or your wardrobe is full of Hermes and Thierry Mugler..I think is more important to stay open to everything, and appreciate a good frag, if it comes out on the market. I really like it, and for me, adding another one to my collection, brings a lot of happiness and wonderful energy! It smells a little bit like "this" or "that"? Who cares?!?

Nov
06
2014
Denise Wong
Denise Wong

Received this EDP sample through YSL Newsletter recently. I am not a vanilla lover, but this perfume is amazingly not overwhelming smelling with vanilla flavour.. and i like the smell with coffee and jasmine, sweet and lovely fragrance, and also full of character, it's suitable for fall to winter.. I like it ♡♡♡

Nov
02
2014
krayonkid
krayonkid

I was beyond ecstatic when I found my little sample with Elle mag, and was almost too afraid to use it, and kept it stashed for almost a month before spritzing it on (considering it's summer here and this is a wintery scent).

The moment I sprayed this on, I was overwhelmed with sugary confections, and the only scent that did that before was Katy's Meow. I figured this can't be it, and gave it the benefit of the doubt, even though I was pretty disappointed by the opening.

Later in the day, I kept having this nagging feeling this scent reminds me too much of something I've worn before, and because I do not own or smelled either Manifesto or Loverdose Tattoo, I was deeply unsettled by the familiarity of the scent.

And then it hit me. Once the sugary sweetness worn off, I was wearing Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf. I was pissed! Flowerbomb is an iconic scent, to me atleast, and the blatant similarities was so unnerving that I felt so sad that YSL could not conjour up something more original for a scent derived from maybe one of the matriarchs of perfumery.

I believe another reviewers mentioned this as well, but I do not think the scent would of received such harsh criticism had it been named something else. But everyone was elated, ecstatic and excited when this scent was announced, and for it to fall flat so badly on its face is a shame.

That being said, this is still a great scent, great if you want a sweeter flowerbomb with great longevity, given the fact that it's a winter scent and I am wearing this in summer.

Nov
02
2014
hippiechick13
hippiechick13

Salacious.

Something to wear for a heated and intimate occasion. Maybe to dinner beforehand. No where else.

Oct
30
2014
hmarrachel
hmarrachel

I was keen on smelling this thinking it would be a modern version of the old classic which I find a bit hard to carry but I agree with most of the reviewer's below, nothing terribly special and one of those densely sweet vanilla-patchouli combinations. It is one of the nicer, stronger, more intense and smoother renditions out there but again, misleading and therefore disappointing being marketed as an opium flanker. I would have been less disappointed if YSL released this under a different name. I found this reminiscent of a more gourmand Viva La Juicy.

Oct
29
2014
genny17
genny17

I can think of lots of slutty perfumes, but Black Opium isn't one of them!! So maybe it isnt a sillage killer like the original Opium, it wasn't intended to be!! Such a nice gourmand, amd in the mix of the sweet notes, I detect floral and greenish notes..and a smooth coffee vibe..if you take the time to appreciate that lovely scent!!!
at least it must be real intriguing as it gets bashed so much!!!???

Oct
29
2014
vivi.ilioudi
vivi.ilioudi

Someone referred to it as "slutty". Slutty and cheap smelling. A shame for Laurent. I have been a victim of the recent advertisement. Bad choice. Not sure the target group of women nor the kind of women it aims for.

Oct
29
2014
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gritzalimaria@yahoo.gr

i really find this one a perfume for young girls. it is very sweet, but i don't think it is very nice...pink pepper and coffee...

Oct
29
2014
dollycalifornia
dollycalifornia

Okay so I usually love sweet perfumes, and I am a big fan of Loverdose Tattoo which is similar according to a few people here. Yes it is a bit similar, when I smelled Black Opium it reminded me of something I know but not sure it was exactly Loverdose tattoo. Honestly I don't know why, but my nose didn't like this perfume at all ! It is sweet, which is usually pleasing for me, but a not in it is spoiling the whole fragrance. You have a strong vanilla, then for coffee, it depends, I've smelled the fragrance once in store and had a strong coffee note (actually thought it was the strongest note!) But now I have a sample from YSL vanilla is the strongest and I'm not getting the coffee note (it's my second time trying it, so maybe I need to try it again).

It may please you if you like sweet perfume with strong vanilla accords, also if you like warm perfume, this one is very warm and I would only wear it on cold days. It has a strong smell so I will say the sillage is good, and longevity too. I would recommend to test it before buying, a testing it several times to be sure it is something you like, I thought I would like it since I like sweet perfume but not at all.

Oct
25
2014
Islandaromatika
Islandaromatika

I had friends hand carry this back from Paris last week, i was SO looking forward to it. I own a Cafe so the thought of a "gourmand" Opium with a strong coffee note was really appealing to me. Except that....um....coffee note?? Where EXACTLY is that note...I never found it?

I gave this two hours but ultimately had to scrub and scub. It is tenacious, I'll give it that. Longevity must be amazing, although why you'd want to smell like this all day is a mystery to me.

On my skin, it was just a big, hot, synthetic smelling mess with no relation to the original Poison. It smells like acrid cotton candy (candy floss), not the kind that is made in the machine while you wait, but the kind with the electric colors that are plastic wrapped for god knows how long!

I am sending it to a friend who said it smelled "cheap, raunchy, and slutty" when she tested it in the shops, but she wants to wear it clubbing! Yup.

Nice, sparkly box and bottle, however.

Oct
24
2014
PureIce
PureIce

Yet another perfume that smells of candy. A soul-less carbon copy of many vanilla plus patchouli combo perfumes that have popped up in the market like mushrooms and is still deluded enough to call itself "Opium", the same as that voluptuous cocktail of woods, incense and spices that is the original Opium.

The perfect overpriced choice if you want to go out on a saturday night with your colleagues and get wasted.

Oct
24
2014
lemmenkukka
lemmenkukka

Antonpan is soooo right. I find this almost similar to Armani´s Si Intense. Nothing new. Si Intense has better staying power. The bottle is gorgeaus!

Oct
23
2014
Sannee77
Sannee77

I tested this on my lunch break today, an exceptionally cold and bleak day in October. And... OMG!!! This stuff is AMAZING! I just can't stop sniffing my wrist, I smell absolutely delicious! Here's the gourmand vanilla, here's the coffee, the flowers and the patchouli, all in an excellent yummy concoction. And the bottle is gorgeous!

This is a modern gourmand fragrance, and has absolutely nothing to do with the hit-you-in-the-face powerhouse original Opium. Great for colder weather.

Ladies who love crisp, clean, citrusy fragrances, don't go near this stuff, you'll choke. But all of you out there who love La Vie Est Belle, Flowerbomb etcetera, I warmly recommend you to try Black Opium. And for anyone who miss Body Shop's discontinued Amorito, Black Opium might be a good replacement!

Oct
22
2014
beatrix75
beatrix75

this is like many other scents sweet vanilla and flowers but still nice

Oct
18
2014
flowers-in-the-springtime
flowers-in-the-springtime

This has been slated by you guys,but for what it's worth, I have to add my two penneth here as I've been wearing this all day and it's not bad.
I wore the original Opium back in the 80's and loved it. This is nothing like that in any way, shape or form other than it has the word 'Opium' in the name, however let's take it for what it is.
A Frederic Malle it ain't, but it's not £250 a bottle either.
It's a thick, syrupy, heavily spiced, coffee flavoured, gourmand perfume.
It has outstanding staying power and great silage.
Yes it resembles Lancome Vie, but it's been created as a 'safe' crowd pleasing perfume, which will sell very well in the coming months leading up to Christmas.
It's all about the money honey, this will make a lot of money for YSL, they won't have to try too hard and it's got the sell ability factor, and yes, it's cloyingly sweet, will be floating around every club, pub and street corner, but it's not a bad smell. It is what it is.

Oct
18
2014
samlovefragrance
samlovefragrance

Black opium does the unthinkable: it makes Belle d'Opium seem like a masterpiece.
sweet, silly and downright wrong. Following the guidelines of the current trend; a cheap cross-off between dior homme and flowerbomb.

Oct
18
2014
beavisbonce
beavisbonce

Nice name but to me it's just a more earthy manifesto. Powerful and still on me after 6 hours and washing but......shares nothing of mother opium note wise.

Oct
18
2014
antonpan
antonpan

Definitely, I know how this has been created. Bosses from L'Oreal (the owner of the YSL Parfums license) came to parfumers and told them something like that. "We have two bestsellers, Lancome La Vie Est Belle and Armani Si, and we wanted the same under YSL brand. We don't want to risk". Finally what we get in Black Opium is irisy/vanilla dry down from La Vie Est Belle and fruity/peary base from Si. Next...

Oct
14
2014
SimplyOliver
SimplyOliver

I gave it a sniff, just out of curiosity.

This is just cloyingly sweet. Nothing dark, nothing mysterious, nothing "lock'n'loll", just a disgustingly sweet, sticky yoghurt with at least a dozen spoons of sugar. Gross.

Needless to say that this is not Opium. Just a plain vulgar fragrance, diabetus in a bottle, like so (too) many fragrances for women nowadays. *puke*

Oct
12
2014
scentsuelle
scentsuelle

Another bland yet obnoxious sweet spinoff fragrance designed by a committee. Lasts a long time but I don't find these a pleasing thing in this case, especially as I can see how this will attract the "ladies" (hardly a fitting name for someone who BATHES in scent) who feel that more is more and heck, let's add even more in the office during lunch break.

Oct
12
2014
ru2
ru2

Its extortionately expensive - £44 for 30ml!! - and smells exactly like diesel loverdose.
Don't get me wrong, it is a nice smell. But I think it is mostly advertising and using the famous and highly regarded "opium" name.
Lovely bottle!

Oct
11
2014
smora
smora

Only the name and bottle design reminded of glorious Opium brand, everything else is different. This is just another contemporary uber sweet Manifesto clone. Inspiration as usual was find in legendary Angel. Some mocca, lots of glucose and patchouli, fair amount of vanilla and voila... Black Opium is served. Not bad but already done and stereotypical. Most probably it will commercially succeed as all YSL flankers usually do.

Rating: mainstream ***

Oct
11
2014
johanna.lindholm
johanna.lindholm

I was actually quite disappointed with this fragrance. I thought it would be more coffee, cacao, more intense, heavy with depth, but no. All I got was fruity and sweet. Like a mix between Flowerbomb and Armani Sí. It's not innovative, nothing we haven't seen before. It does smell quite nice, but it was not what I was looking for. Very commercial. Nothing like the original Opium.

Oct
09
2014
sphynx97
sphynx97

Hm Black Opium...
At first I would´t think this would smell gourmand...tho it does.
I am not a big fan of gourmand but this one is actually quite good.

For those Opium lovers (the original Opium perfume from YSL )
This might not be your cup of tea. Nothing alike the original, at least for a untrained nose ;)

Black Opium is a spicy vanilla. Very yummy but not Britney Spears yummy... (keep in mind..I do not like the perfume fantasy)
More like a grown up version... a little bit darker and sultrier

Oct
09
2014
curvealert
curvealert

After testing this I am now convinced of the existence of a conspiracy between our perfume overlords, who are engaging in a bet on who can produce the sickliest, sweetest and most synthetic perfume and persuade people (coincidentally, just in time for Christmas) that it is isn't an eye-watering, tooth grinding, nails down the blackboard mess. No doubt it will sell like the proverbial, but wearing or smelling this is like listening to an X Factor Christmas single over and over again; it's in-your-face, relentless, ubiquitous, gets into your psyche without permission and won't let go until your synapses are screaming for mercy (or gin, whichever is nearest).

This one is full of win...until the next one...

Oct
08
2014
Odelia
Odelia

I adore the original Opium...and this one has nothing to do with it. Which makes me mad. Because this scent is great in its own way. It deserves its own glory and history...On me, start off is a blast of vanilla and flowers (sweet vanilla) with a hint of coffee. After a few minutes the coffee comes becomes the central note, a perfect vanilla coffee mix (as in raw coffee, not espresso). It is amazing!!! Definitely a sophisticated mature gourmand. And I never feel it can be over applied or become cloying so, if longevity or silage are not that good fore you, don't wear it sparingly

Oct
07
2014
Hija
Hija

I do not really understand - neither the name Black Opium, nor the necessity to bring this perfume on the market ( I am sorry for being harsh.)As others have mentioned, there is no "Opium" or "Dark" in this product - furthermore it only lasts 5 minutes (!) before it becomes a faint skin scent (on me). Seriously YSL: you can do a lot better than that! It does not stand out in any way - buyers, save your money for a better product.To me it smells mostly like a synthetic vanila (do not get me wrong here - the scent is pleasant enough, but absolutely nothing special IMO).

Oct
07
2014
louisminaj
louisminaj

Okay, I respect the fact that this has nothing to do with the original Opium. The original fragrance was VERY spicy and potent which didn't float my boat, I find the original too "classic" and "mature". So when I saw the notes for Black Opium, I thought, I need to smell it! First off the bottle, the bottle is beautiful, I love the black and glitter look with the reddish window! Looks amazing!

The smell, okay, it's already been said but this fall in the category of fragrances like La Vie Est Belle and Flowerbomb. It has that same predominant sweet smell with a warm patchouli dry down. But this one is amazing! I love the smell of the vanilla and coffee (two of my favourite notes) it has a very sexy, warm creamy smell to it! It is simply divine from the start to finish! This is one of those fragrances where the longer its on, the better it smells! This has incredible progression that I find addictive!

I understand the critique from the fans of the original, but come on, give credit where it is due! Not only does it smell great, but it lasts and projects really well also, honestly, just give it a try! This will be added to my collection for sure.

Oct
05
2014
Miffy8900
Miffy8900

I am not a big fan of original Opium - it is so powerful and strong, I can't handle it.

I kinda liked Belle d'Opium, but wasn't crazy about it.

This one I love! I guess I am the newer, younger generation, which this one probably is aimed for. I see this as (Yves) Saint Laurent's version of the 'sweet, candy-like, caramelly, sweet patchouli'-fragrance, that many other perfume houses has in similar versions, such as Lancôme La Vie Est Belle, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb and Bon Bon, Prada Candy, and so on. The very sweet gourmand-fragrances seems to be very popular, and Black Opium is in the same category. Besides that, it smells pretty much identical to Aquolina 'Pink Sparks', IMO.

I agree with many other of the reviews, that Black Opium should have had a name and a bottle design of its own, simply because many of the original Opium-lovers (such as my mother) will go crazy when she sees a ''new Opium'', and probably be very dissapointed when she smells it (and of course compares it to Opium, due to the name).

In my opinion, this has nothing to do with any of the other Opiums. That being said, I think the bottle suits this fragrance very well - the glittery, mysterious window, and the pretty packaging will be cute to look at on many dressers.

The name - Black Opium - is a great name (kinda legendary!) but I don't think it suits the scent. If it MUST be called Opium, I think ''Sheer Opium'' or something like that would be better. It is not ''black'' or ''noir'' in any way.

The fragrance is very sweet - the beginning is a lot like La Vie Est Belle, or Armani Si, and then turns darker and richer (I guess it is the coffee). Projects well, and lasts long.

As a gourmand-lover, this will definetely be on my Christmas Wishes List this year (partly because of the pretty bottle, LOL)

Oct
05
2014
louisdav
louisdav

This disgracefully distasteful fragrance made me feel sick to my stomach. A hideous, generically sweet concoction which shames the house of YSL.

Oct
05
2014
the_new_esta
the_new_esta

This has absolutely nothing in common with Opium. It's Flowerbomb and La Vie Est Belle mixed with Bon Bon. Can't stand this current sugar candy trend!

Oct
05
2014
Caitlinstardust
Caitlinstardust

I recieved a sample of this with an online order on request, when I had seen the bottle I was desperate to try it and desperate to like it purely because of the beautiful bottle! I sprayed the perfume a few times and thought it was lovely, dark and intriguing and I was sure I wanted to buy it. However, as I 'topped up' throughout the day the smell became sickening to me, and in all honesty reminded me of being hungover... Strange I know but now I simply cannot take one whiff without feeling nauseated, no idea why! I really wanted to like this and purchase it. I can definitely see the appeal and it is long lasting and developing on the skin- just not for me!

Oct
03
2014
fiouu
fiouu

Saint Laurent Paris (former YSL) released a statement in which they inform the costumers that mr. hedi slimane (creative director of YSL) had nothing to do with the creation of Black Opium or had any involvment with YSL Beautè since he took over the place as head of the design house. Way to throw overboard their latest ysl fragrances, but If my work was related to this mediocre scent and manifesto, I'd be the first one to twirl twirl twirl away gracefully. So I understand slimane, sadly

Oct
03
2014
P0IS0N
P0IS0N

I surely wasn't expecting Black Opium to be a gourmand scent. I hoped it would be an oriental like the original opium. It's definitely not a bad scent, but I just don't like gourmand/sweet fragrances. I must say the bottle is gorgeous!

Oct
02
2014
tinaelisa
tinaelisa

I really like it! To me the coffee smells more like dark berries. Very jammy. Projection is big. But within half an hour it develops into a more laid back scent, without that initial fruitiness. Warm, vanillay and cozy. The patchouli is there but it's more in the background, not as heavy as in for example Flowerbomb. This one is a lot more wearable then Flowerbomb edp, but falls in the same category. Flowerbomb extreme and Black Opium on the other hand are on the same level of goodnessness and balancedness, if you understand what I mean. After the initial half hour the silage of this one becomes more moderate, but the lasting power is still very good.

Oct
02
2014
Medi
Medi

Now I have tried and the first impression was oh well a cappocino. After some hours it reminds a lot of Gucci Guilty Black who does not eather live up to its name. Not bad, but hey, we're talking YSL. This could easily be taken for a celebrity perfume. Not my cup of tea...

Oct
02
2014
Bublegum
Bublegum

I tried this yesterday! It is lovely. Great. For a moment I thought of buying it right there. Then I came to my sense. I live in a rather expensive country after all. Yes it is gourmand but it I believe it has the right amount of sweetness. I don't like overly gourmand scents to be honest (ex. I wouldn't like to smell exactly like a cupcake etc). I could smell vanilla, coffee, pepper and cedar. In a sense, it is more related to Bell d'Opium rather to the original Opium (sorry I haven't smelled the reformulated version yet). Very warm perfume with big sillage and longevity. I just sprayed once on my wrist and everyne was asking what perfume I am wearing. I totally liked it. Maybe even loved it.

But I would have to agree that for Black Opium and for the packaging you would have expected of a more seducing perfume rather than a gourmand.

Oct
01
2014
katushka37
katushka37

I was truly looking forward to trying Black Opium. I imagined it to be complex, powerful and alluring.

My excitement grew when I saw stunning glimmering black bottle with the signature window. I sprayed it in my wrist and walked away. It started as a blast of sweet vanilla with a hint of patchouli and praline...it didn't have much development on my skin just faded slightly. It was very similar to my mum's La Vie Est Belle that she loves but unfortunately I can't wear as it gives me headaches. I could barely detect the coffee note among all sticky sweetness.

I can see it being popular among fans of similar scents and would even consider getting my mum a bottle as a gift given how much she likes similar scents. Personally I am disappointed that this flanker of a breakthrough scent Opium is so unoriginal and a bit dull in my books...

Oct
01
2014
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

I like this fragrance very much but I gave it away to my girlfriend. It is on the sweet side of life and its a bit too sweet for my tastes. It is a beautiful gourmand with coffee and I really think if you are needing your sweet fix in your collection than this is great. I have a few sweet fragrances and its not really needed. Great quality and worth every penny, but if you own other similar fragrances its not a necessity !

Sep
29
2014
auroramaria
auroramaria

I enjoy wearing Black Opium very much but I need something to improve longevity on me after a couple of hours it becomes just a skin scent.
Does anybody know if there is aline of matching body products?I have not seen any in my store yet.Thanks

Sep
29
2014
ellina1984
ellina1984

I just smelt a scented blotter:
Beautiful, lusciously deep, burnished caramel. Truly gorgeous.
P.S. This could be a sultrier, more underground version of flowerbomb.

Sep
29
2014
Afo2208
Afo2208

not so succesful. I don't get any fruit in the topnote. They used coffee in the middle note, I think thats the main problem with this scent. Longevity is very poor.

Sep
29
2014
framorena
framorena

Don' t know if you have ever smelled the mou-candy called Alpenliebe... that is.

Sep
28
2014
anjazmuda
anjazmuda

Good mix of latest perfums bestsellers : Flowerbomb, Bonbon, Petite Robe Noire, Hypnotic Poision. But come on: Black opium? I would say: Black Flowerbomb. If you like Flowerbombish scents you will love it! No opium in it. It smells like mix of Flowerbomb and Petite Robe Noire in the opening with sweet hint to it. After two hours it feels like Bonbon and Hypnotic Poision. Heavily sweet and gourmand not oriental as YSL said. Why did they call it Black opium if there's nothing black and mysteriuos in it. Smells like many others perfumes. However, the bottle is a real eye-catcher, i really like it. I wouldn't buy it personally because it's too boring for me but I'm sure it would work perfect in the winter.

Sep
28
2014
LadyMaverick
LadyMaverick

This is a nice, feminine, easy to wear scent. It smells to me like Viva La Juicy Noir with a hint of coffee. Yeah, it is nice, but it is also lacking depth and personality. Will I buy a bottle? Maybe.... When it hits discount sites ;)

Sep
25
2014
szilvihorv
szilvihorv

A badly crafted coffee latte with way too much vanilla syrup and sweetener, that's what Black Opium smells like to me. I'm so sorry to say this, I was actually very hopeful about this scent. Coffee beans is such an interesting note and if used thoughtfully, some very unique fragrance can be created. But somehow my skin amplifies the sweetness and the coffee, while the notes that would make it more interesting (pink pepper, cedar, patchouli) remain barely noticeable. They're there and then they're not, they come back time to time but the problem really is that vanilla, jasmine and coffee are stomping all the art that could be going on in here. I wish the rest of you better luck testing Black Opium.
On the brighter side, if you like Black Opium you'll definitely be content with the lasting power. After 8 hours it was still going strong, and only vanished from my skin after a throughout shower in the evening.

Sep
25
2014
cleo cupcake
cleo cupcake

My first reaction was: Petite Robe Noir 2 - with a cup of espresso thrown over it and thought well, that stain would never come out! But a little later I realised Loverdose was a much better match. Licorice and sugar - it smells cheap and loud with extraordinary longevity...unfortunately. I am disappointed in this - the use of the Opium name is ridiculous and pointless as it bears no relation to the original at all or the pale shadow of it's current reformulation. This should have had another name - by all means call it black but let's be real, it's Licorice Candy not Opium.

Sep
25
2014
Curly Sherly
Curly Sherly

Light, creamy vanilla-coffee with some white flowers... Not impressed!! It's Opium after all! Silage and longevity not impressive on me either - moderate the first 2-3 hours, after that - a skin scent. After Opium Vapeurs de Parfum - which I really like, I was expecting something much more, especially with the word 'black' in it's name, too mainstream, wearable, unoffensive, safe and a bit boring.

Sep
22
2014
Antares811
Antares811

It's a sweet, spicy, youthful, floral-vanilla-patchouli scent. Not extremely powerful, a soft and warm skin scent.
If you like Flowerbomb with a hint of Hypnotic Poison, try this.
A modern gourmand fragrance. Lovely, alluring, sexy and feminine.
Men love it. ;-)

Sep
20
2014
Arabian Knight
Arabian Knight

I didn't spend too much time with "Black Opium". One quick spray on a card was all I needed to tell this was an underwhelming, run-of-the-mill fruity floral.

Pleasant, girly, wearable, but nothing whatsoever like the original 'Opium', so I can't understand the title really.
They probably just used the name to lure fans of the original into trying it out, but I wouldn't even class this an oriental. It's a gourmand pear and vanilla all the way. Definitely for a younger market.

Doesn't hold a candle to "Cinema".

Sep
20
2014
Claire84
Claire84

I cannot stand the original Opium. At all. But when I read the write-up for this one and saw 'black coffee' mentioned I knew I had to at least try it, and I'm so glad I did!

This has instantly become my new favourite, maybe even my new signature, scent. I love everything about it. The vanilla is creamy and sweet, the coffee is rich, and the floral is subtle. It's just perfect and it lasts all day long.

This should be a pretty big hit, as it's pretty much made for the colder months. It's perfect for Christmas too!

The only thing that puzzles me is why YSL have linked it with the Opium range because it's nothing like the others.

Sep
20
2014
auroramaria
auroramaria

This is a very beautiful and highly addictive fragrance and I love it very much and enjoy wearing it every day however I find that after a couple of hours I need to re spray because it becomes pretty much a skin scent.
I crave it when I don't wear it but longevity could be a lot better.
I still haven't seen any matching body products out but I'm sure there must be a body lotio or creme at some point and that might help longevity

Sep
17
2014
diamondsr4ever
diamondsr4ever

Ooooh, it's so NOT FAIR. I sprayed both wrists and decolletage. The first 10 minutes I was transfixed. Literally putting my wrists to my nose every few minutes. The vanilla smelt like I think vanilla should, not waxy or synthetic, just real vanilla. I got the coffee, darkish and deep.I walked around the store, out into the open air, back into the store and a soft floral floated up my nostrils. OMG. Orange blossom, not too strong but noticeable enough to know exactly what it was.
I looked at my watch - 15 minutes, not too shabby considering my skin eats fragrance like it hasn't been fed for 48 hours. And then it was almost like someone had covered me up in clingfilm from waist to neck. Absolutely nothing filtered upwards, nothing.
But to my amazement the assistant walked up to me and asked how I was getting on with it. I told her I was getting nothing, just a general awareness that I was wearing a fragrance.
To add to my misery she came a little closer, maybe 24" or so, looked me straight in the eye and said "you smell divine". How can I warrant paying that much money for something I can only smell within the first 15 minutes? Short answer is, I can't.
All I can be sure of is that 15 minutes made me a very happy lady.
Edit: Sorry I should have written coffee........I was thinking about cocoa when I was writing, have changed it.
Edit No.2.
When I woke up this morning I spritzed myself with Samsara. Same thing happened. I also couldn't smell the coffee roasting so I have come to the conclusion that my nasal passages are blocked. (and very sore as well!) Will give it a couple of days for the old passages to clear and will re-try.
Fingers crossed.
Edit 3: Same happened today as well (3 days later than first tried)

Sep
17
2014
zalc
zalc

I love this, its sooo sexy and feminine. I really do not get the similarity to la vie est belle? I think the only thing these two fragrances have in common is the fact that they are both very sweet other than that they completely different....to my nose anyway. I do think that the opening smells very similar to Loverdose though minus the licorice, another fragrance that I really like. This is a sexy flirty fun and girly fragrance that is perfect for a night out and suited more to the colder months in my opimium ;) I do agree with the other reviewers with regards to the title though, there is nothing dark or black about this fragrance as the name suggests and is absolutely nothing at all like the other Opium's but is still a very nice fragrance. Silage and longevity are not too bad but could be better and the bottle doesn't look like the one at the top of this page. Its not jet black and glittery its more like a very dark blue and the texture is lumpy and shiny, if im honest it looks a bit of a mess to me :( sorry YSL but it isn't as nice as your other bottles. Other than that im completely happy with it and will probably use up my bottle in no time now that the colder months are almost here. Oh...and men do seem to love this, the compliments ive had so far have all been from men.

Sep
17
2014
Lisa290872
Lisa290872

Wow. How much do I love this. A lovely oriental vanilla and I agree that the first spray is very like la vie est belle but not as sweet. But the dry down is even more gorgeous when the spicy coffee comes through. I can now smell a hint of the original opium. Lush and is definitely close to the skin.

Sep
16
2014
Scentmad
Scentmad

No bad, sweet, strong - so it would be easy to overspray and get caught in a candyfloss fog. I don't get the coffee note but I have to say it's inoffensive, not what I expected at all as it's far more conventional than I imagined. I think the biggest error for this perfume is the name, it is neither dark nor as daring as I had hoped Black Opium to be. Perhaps "Sweet Opium" would have been better if YSL had been so wedded to having another Opium flanker. But having said all that, I think it will be pretty popular anyway regardless of the name - a rose by any other and all that, and this is certainly sweet.

Sep
15
2014
katmo
katmo

I like it! I don't know why but it brings me back to the good old times, there's something nostalgic about it.
It's smooth, creamy and comforting. Perfect for autumn/winter, lasting power was up to 10 hours.

I can smell this is going to be a very popular fragrance. A future bestseller for sure.

Sep
15
2014
Bruno57
Bruno57

Why called this fragrance BLACK OPIUM ?
It's not "black" (coffee and vanilla look like a Starbucks in spray but not like something black/dark)
And it is certainly NOT the masterpiece Opium which isn't anywhere in this easy girly scent

Sep
15
2014
Sophie.love
Sophie.love

Creamy sweet .... how can I describe it ? hmmm , maybe it's like a hot coffe-latte smell and butter cookies.
Medium sillage and longevity on my skin ( 4 hours longevity )

Sep
15
2014
Islandaromatika
Islandaromatika

Does anyone know when/ where this will be available in the States?

Sep
14
2014
carlsx
carlsx

I love this. It reminds me of La Vie Est Bella and Si. Very nice :)

Sep
14
2014
shamila10
shamila10

OMG i loove this perfume... as i hated the original opium i was suprised when i smelt this. not typical smething different.. edgy but classy. lasted agess on me and definatly worth the price.

Sep
14
2014
Decodawn
Decodawn

On Saturday 13th September 2014 the Beauty Consultant in YSL in Beales of Bournemouth offered me the opportunity to experience the new Black Opium. It does not resemble the original Opium at all. Coffee, chocolate, very sweet gourmand fragrance that does smell very similiar to Amen Coffee Aftershave. The fragrance very quickly faded on me and I could not smell it within half an hour. A beautiful bottle prices 42 pound for 30 ml 50 quid for a 50 ml. This fragrance is aimed at the younger end of the market I have always adored the original Opium and my Mother age 68 wore the Original Fragrance when first launched in the 70's. This is not a 'Classic' by any means and does not have the trademark YSL smell as with all the other fragrances that linger and have a powdery drydown. Thumbs down I'm afraid. Sorry. Dawn

Sep
14
2014
moniote
moniote

The best perfume on earth ! Gorgeous And différent ! An YSL NEW masterpiece ! I love it !! Beautiful gourmand ! The Cofee note IS exquisite on my skin ! A WONDERFUĹ classic ! Like opium its prédécessor !

Sep
14
2014
nitschevo
nitschevo

This just came out in Germany. The promoter saw me steal a spritz of the original Opium and offered me a sample of Black Opium. Well, of course this has nothing to do with the original and I wonder why they do not let this scent stand on its own feet and give it its own packaging and name. Very strange. Belle d'Opium was at least somehow in the line. But that's another story :)

Black is not my type of scent. For me it's too sweet (I own Pink Sugar and YSL Manifesto Elixir - that's enough sweetness for a while). I was expecting the coffee note to give the scent a bit more rawness, more rock'n'roll as suggested in the ad. The patchouli is sweet as in Flowerbomb and La Vie est Belle not dry or mouldy - which would've fit the campaign I think. After around 2 hours the scent becomes more powdery but all in all this is just not my cup of tea and I'm a little disappointed with the direction YSL has taken lately. But of course that's just my opinion and skin chemistry :)

Sep
14
2014
miZZpuRRfect
miZZpuRRfect

it is dark sexy mysterious powdery gourmand patchouli, no flowerbomb at all. bad rating people are crazy. i m in love with this scent. reminds me a lot to my other fave scent trussardi inside but it s definitely darker this one.

Sep
13
2014
genny17
genny17

Vapeur d' Opium is not discontinued, at least not in France, those flankers have their own character, I like them, the original Opium is a masterpiece, but I can't wear it, not everybody can..Black opium is smooth, interesting , addictive, it is a new version of a classic stuck in the eighties.The eighties were good for lots of things, doesn't mean in 2014 I want to smell like a classic from that era!!!
Black Opium is selling great in France, it is taken for what it is. A wonderful gourmand!!!
Nobody has to wear it if they don't want to !!!

Sep
11
2014
lolagizmo5
lolagizmo5

Fell for the brilliant advert, loved the look & the music, the bottle... wow Love it!!!! though I do like Black bottles. Anyway it does remind me of Lancome, of Fatale by AP, of so many perfumes out there but it just has an extra something. The Coffee note is fleeting but does give it so oommmpphh!!! The dry down is soft but sexy. A perfect fragrance for a night with the girls or a Date night. Try it, don't let the comparisons put you of this gem.

Sep
11
2014
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

Put this on at 8 a.m. and it's now 10 p.m. Can still smell it! Lasting power is great! Very long lasting on my dry skin! Very positive!

Sep
10
2014
moniote
moniote

The Pear of Repetto ...the sillage of La Vie est belle....
Just stick to the originals ! Stay away from the copy ...
All the YSL /L OREAL Flankers have been failures ..in terms of sales : Belle d Opium, Vapeur d Opium eau légère which IS already discontinued..
And in France the sales of Black Opium are NOT that good ...so store this one girls ! Because in two years..there Will Be no more ;-)

Sep
09
2014
Germany
Germany

I agree, the add is super odd. And very 80 s how the girl looks. Very funny! That's the haircut I had in the late 80 s and I died it black lol went through a rebel phase ! Looking at this makes me laugh.
Fragrance is outstanding. I just received my full bottle and I am in heaven. Ok I reviewed this a few times now , I am so hooked on it. Its funny the first time I got my sample I thought ok yeah, so so , it is a little generic in a way but good. ,,,, it changes right away to very unique after it hits the skin. ,,it took a little time and a few good sprays to really smell that floral vanilla coffee in there. Its incredible and I am now so addicted to this that I need my second bottle. Its one of those fragrances that develop fantastic on your skin and just make you want to smell it all day. And then again all night ,,,,
Warm alluring , young daring , energetic , its sweet yes but the coffee and ceder ground it so amazing! Nothing like la vie est belle and other fragrances mentioned here. It stands on its own and is awesome ! I think this will be a hit ! Not here on fragrantica for some reason but here in my city it will be loved , This is one of those fragrances that will fly of the shelves like hot java !

In addition I am surprised why people think that smell should not move on with trends. Where is the sense of change and open mind? That's the fun part ! How boring otherwise would this world be ? Fashion has changed since the 80 s too, so has music and so have trends and people. Things can't stay the same or otherwise things won't sell , that's right. So if you still love the old opium then buy it ! Good for you :) I like it too! But I can also appreciate the new things. Just like I love old music and don't mind the new stuff either. Just like I love DOWNTON Abbey as much as I enjoyed Dexter. I have an open mind and I am thankful for this.

Sep
09
2014
rue_de_la_roux
rue_de_la_roux

Is it me or does the woman in these ads act like she's about to go into withdrawal? She's got this disheveled look about her, and her movements in the ads seem off? I supopose its' part of the advertising, her looking for her perfume fix but I thought that junkie chic fell out of favor years ago. I don't find these ads glamourous at all and they kind of make me feel like NOT trying this scent out, it's a turn off. But I love coffee notes so if I see this gorgeous glittery bottle sitting on the counter in the store I'll try it.

Sep
09
2014
Aamu
Aamu

This is my new favourite. I love it!

Sep
09
2014
Shwets
Shwets

I have to say considering i cant stand FB and find Vie Est Belle too much, Black Opium (scent nothing like the name suggests), is lovely well crafted without the harsh edges. Its smooth and the patch is lighter without that tanginess which i cannot stand.

It seems to be magic on my skin. I need to re-test tomorrow to confirm my feelings for this.

Overall i am impressed so glad i tried - i was going to overlook this one.

Sep
08
2014
black_orchid
black_orchid

There are many copies of Flowerbomb in the market. Why it name is Black Opium? What's connection? This is not Opium. Stupid name and boring perfume!

Sep
07
2014
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

@Amv10 I am over 35 and I enjoy Black Opium very much. In my humble opinion Black opium is great.

Sep
06
2014
Amv10
Amv10

This is not Opium. Period. Neither Black nor any other colour. Whatever it is, this is as far from Opium as it can be. Did the people in YSL get out of names, or do they know that this is such a plain common fragrance that unless it has Opium written on it to attract some attention, nobody above 16 years old will really buy and wear this?

Sep
06
2014
Hellita
Hellita

I tried this yesterday and even though this was an ok smelling fragrance, it's nothing special to me. It smells like a more mellow cross between L'est Belle and Flowerbomb to me. If I had to choose, I would prefer this one, but I have too much sweetness in my collection already and I have no intention of buying this. I'm sure it will delight many, but I'll pass.

Update: I sat next to a woman on the bus yesterday and I think she was wearing BO (at least it smelt like it to me as I sat there *sniff, sniff* in the air like a dog sniffing for treats). She smelt YUMMY... I'll have to re-test this someday and see if this is what I smelt on her. In that case, it's way better than I initially thought... go figure.

PS! Yes it is called Black Opium but it's nothing like the original Opium. But so what? I say screw the name, go for the juice if you like it and NOT the name or the lookalike-bottle. Flanker schmanker...Be open minded.

Sep
05
2014
fiouu
fiouu

Why am I not surprised olivier cresp had a heavy hand in this perfume. Flowerbomb much? Yeah. No thanks, I'll stick to my old bottle of Victor & rolf and pass on this and la vie est belle. That whole chocolate melting in the sun, lactonic undercurrent makes me fidgety. Too much no

Sep
04
2014
Etalb1111
Etalb1111

Oh I'm so disappointed! Just tested this and it's so sweet. Yes very like lancomes big hit. There is coffee but it's fleeting and then it's all over. Nothing mysterious or enticing - smells quite generic not at all standout. I enjoy all the other opium offerings each individual with lasting power. If you enjoy flowerbomb, and La vie you will enjoy this. As for me at least I've saved some money! Ps - nice bottle!

Sep
04
2014
teenspirit
teenspirit

I am growing to love it more and more but was initially disappointed that the opening on me seemed almost identical to La Vie Est Belle. I don't really get the coffee, it's very sweet and floral but after wearing LVEB all week and then switching to this in dry down they are very different, Black Opium is the sexier older sister. As with LVEB It lasts for hours, I can still smell it the next day. But as YSL and Lancome are both part of the L'Oreal group it is a little annoying that they seem to have just put another version of the LVEB school of scent out in a different bottle and called it Black Opium..I get nothing of the original Opium from this although I do get a hint of the flanker Opium Vapeurs ...don't get me wrong I think it smells divine and I bought a bottle and will be wearing it, and it continues to grow on me and in cooler weather even more so. It just mislead initially, I love the name but yet it disappointed me, as i expected some dark new twist on the original; darker, sexier and even more EXCITING...oh and maybe even as original as the original Opium still is today. I thought YSL already tried to compete with LVEB & Flowerbomb with Manifesto, another sugary sweet fragrance (which I get a hint of actually somewhere in the middle of Black Opium) so as someone said below why just make another clone, why oh why!?!? The answer is clearly $$£€¥£€££€$$!! That said if I discount the expectations the name portrays this is a sexy little number in its own right, beautifully packaged and a thick rose pink heady scent and I do love it. In someways it reminds me of Chanel's Coco Noir; a combination of Coco and Coco Mademoiselle ... Maybe this is the YSL version blending Opium Vapeurs & Manifesto...

Sep
02
2014
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

If you like lady million, or LVEB, Si, Flowerbomb and the sweeter fragrances you will most likely enjoy this one. It seems all brands have made a their own sweet fragrance and this is the version from YSL. I love it and enjoy wearing this and the coffee is an extra twist on this style of fragrance. If you like the fragrances I mentioned give it a try.

Sep
02
2014
WhiteFlowerGirl
WhiteFlowerGirl

I was looking forward to this scent.

A disappointment, reminiscent of the reformulation of Hypnotic Poison as on my skin I get a weak scent with a play-dough/plastic note.

I would recommend testing. In my opinion not a safe blind buy.

Alternatively, try Opium' s previous limited edition (gold bottle) which was great or if you like coffee, you may like to try Valentino Uomo.

Sep
02
2014
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

This is a very feminine fragrance, nothing earth shattering, it is sweet . The patchouli is way in the background . I get more vanilla. The coffee gives it a little edge but its not black or dark. It's cozy and a little edgy.

Sep
01
2014
AmazonGrace
AmazonGrace

I looked at the notes in Black Opium and thought to myself: "Ah, at last! This could be my first ever signature scent!" I suppose it's still a possibility if the coffee note makes it's (hopefully dark) presence known and yet ceases to overwhelm the other lovely notes. Cedar, patchouli, coffee, orange blossom, and the few other notes sound cosy, classic, and very wearable/versatile as a whole if the composition is of good quality. I'm anxious to receive a sample of it!

Sep
01
2014
Germany
Germany

In my opinion it's really nice. Its a little generic but in the same sense it also resembles some beautiful niche fragrances. It's very long lashing. Not a fruitchouli no !!!!,,,, an oriental gourmand I would say. In the same category as angel and other gourmands with vanilla and chocolate and patch. In this case, coffee.
It smells like a weak sugared milk coffee. ( I say weak because the coffee is weak in here. I would appreciate a cappuccino over a thin late ! I suppose it is though how many people like their coffee. I however like mine strong !)

It's very pleasant and I can't wait to receive my bottle soon :)
I like the original Opium and its spice and appreciate it as a masterpiece of the past but wouldn't necessarily run out and get it, although never say never, the EDP is quite nice although for my particular taste a little incency.

Black opium is geared towards the younger crowed for sure. Most mature women would likely laugh at it. I am mature I suppose ,,,,or fall in the middle of young and old. So many times I love new stuff but I often find myself love " old fashioned " smells or things ( including people ) much more than modern things ,,,,,
,,, anyways this is a foody smell, I love gourmands and I love patchouli, what's not to like? This has many bad reviews , likely from people that expect this to be somewhat closer to the orig 80 s opium? I left many reviews on this now. I always feel compelled to put my two cents into it when I read other reviews that leave me puzzled.

For a man? Well I find it feminine and sweet. So I think there are better choices for a man, but again I don't think smell comes with gender.

Sep
01
2014
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

This is not a fruitchouli, I get no fruit! Wow lot of different opinions. There is coffee in it.

Sep
01
2014
genny17
genny17

I had Cacharel Forbidden Kiss, and Black Opium is so much more than it, I didn't think of Forbidden Kiss when I smelled Black Opium, the YSL has orange blossom mixed in with the sweet coffee notes, it is richer, more complex, sophisticated too... Forbidden Kiss is more flat, discreet, and a lot less exciting. But they have the same vibe indeed, one can't deny they kind of smell in the same direction!!!

Sep
01
2014
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

To me this smells nothing like Amor Amor! Like miles from it ! It smells like coffee, white florals and vanilla . It's very addictive smelling! It is sophisticated and modern! LOVE IT AND HAPPY I BOUGHT IT!

Sep
01
2014
Jasminalia
Jasminalia

Same notes (coffee, gourmand), close concept (danger, seduction), same fragrance company, same face (Edie Campbell) than Amor Amor Forbidden Kiss.
After the sost coffee notre in the top, you'll find some resemblances with Vapeurs de Parfums in the heart... but also with the original Amor Amor.

Sep
01
2014
Mistressvoodoodolly
Mistressvoodoodolly

Being an Opium addict I don't understand the name but want to try it. I love YSL perfumes. Damn that Edie Cambell for pulling off that 'do. I tried that cut and shags do not work on me. Love the commercial and her blonde hair dyed black.

Sep
01
2014
ImAddicted
ImAddicted

Just tried this at Brussels Airport. SUPERB! I never thought coffee could make such a great scent. The coffee is so soft and well blended with the vanilla note. Then a light veil of orange blossom wraps it all into a sofisticated beautiful smell.

Sep
01
2014
blueviolet
blueviolet

Beautiful flowery with a hint of creamy coffee. Just a hint tho, you won't smell like a Starbucks.
It reminds me of something, but can't figure out what.
Don't let the name fool you, it's not very noir or dark. I find it quite cheerful.
It has nothing to do with the other opiums, totally different vein.
To me orange blossom is most dominant on a bed of vanilla .
Try it! I will again!

Aug
31
2014
auroramaria
auroramaria

Just tried this and i am loving it! It opens with a milky coffee note which i find very attractive vanilla is quite prominent at this stage too. It dries downi with jasmine and patchouly. This flanker haa absolutely nothing in common with original opium but it is just gorgeous the way it is. Sweet and warm. It kacks a little longevity on my skin but it still goes on my want list
Edit as much as i love it the longevity is really poor and to get the sweetness aura effect i have to top up every couple of hours it is just a skin scent

Aug
30
2014
Oslogirl
Oslogirl

I just tried this perfume (i'm wearing it as I type), and I love it! It is very feminine, warm, I would say sexy, but not overly so. The first blast of coffee and sugary vanilla was very intriguing, but now after 1-2 hours it has setteled into a softer, more flowery, warm scent. It is in a wierd way sexy and comforting at the same time. The vanilla is still prominent, but I get more of the jasmin and cedar. First this perfume seems very sweet and loud, but it is acctually more of a skin-scent - still noticable though. I can smell it around me (and I'm wearing it on my wrist - and only 1 spray). Some people might not like this, but I think it is perfect. If you spray maybe 2 sprays on your chest the scent would proberly be great for a night out, but with 1 spray it could work for daytime.

The scent has nothing to do with the original Opium though, which I can't stand. This is something completely different, much younger and much more wearable. I also does not think it has any similarities with Lancomes L'est Belle, which I also don't like. This one is in my opinion much better balanced. softer and does not have that horrible synthetic blast. Opium Black is also in a way deeper, warmer and less sharp than Armani Si, which for some reason makes me a little dizzy. So, as you might quess, you might not like Opium Black if you like stronger, more heady perfumes.

This is the type of fragrance I would wear to a date, a night out, or any day really. To the office I might wear just a little bit.

I will definetly buy this, and think that I have found a new favourite! Just have to wait for the launch...

Aug
28
2014
genny17
genny17

yeah Opium is a masterpiece, from the past, I cant handle it although I recognize the beauty of the creation..Black Opium isnt like la vie est belle, I can close my eyes and distinguish beween them easily.,.of course Black Opium is more casual, and nothing wrong with it..the original Opium could wake up the dead, not everybody looks for that effect in a fragrance..I like Black opium, lots, it is complex, nicely constructed, lovely scent , lovely bottle..!
it was excpected that the lovers of the original would look down on that new version, forgetting how nice it really is!

Aug
27
2014
auroramaria
auroramaria

I haven't tried this yet but I can't wait too.
However I know what not to expect.
This new flanker rmight have been called something else since based on your reviews there's no trace of original Opium here.
I think we must keep an open mind about flankers we all know most of the time they have nothing of the original.
I love the notes in Black Opium and love your reviews
about it.
Hope I can give mine soon

Aug
27
2014
Musky4
Musky4

Okay, here is my second review of Black Opium. I have been wearing this for a few days now and love that initial spray, that burst of rich, sweet fragrance. However, and this is a BIG however… it lasts on me for a matter of minutes, literally, before fading to a very weak, nondescript skin-scent and disappearing altogether. It reminds me of the experience I had with Hugo Deep Red, where the beautiful scent I got initially just faded into a watery nothingness within minutes. I have other perfumes which to me have a similar 'feel' or vibe as Black Opium, such as Black XS for example, but that have much better lasting power on me. So I'm glad I got a sample of this to try out, but because of my disappointment I now think it's unlikely I'd shell out for a full bottle. What a shame, so much potential but such poor quality it would seem. At least with LVEB you get tremendous quality, sillage and longevity.

Aug
27
2014
Germany
Germany

Ok , ok you girls have a point,,,, compared to the orig opium this is a different type of scent and I do agree YSL should have given it a different name and not to be associated with opium because I believe it would get a lot more love that way.
It truly is a great scent girls, have you worn it for an entire day? I believe some of you wrote it right off because it doesn't have that classic feel of the original let alone anything in common with the original classic spice bomb of the 80 s ! This one is geared to the younger crowed for sure.
I totally love it and I am getting it all the way from Spain,,,, that's HOW much I like it.
But in defense of your reviews I do agree its odd to have this as an Opium flanker, as it should be called YSL Café Ole or cafe lait something rather ,,,, I love it as you see in my previous review but I also agree and knew it would get bad reviews due to its name associated to Opium !
I really like the black bottle :) but I wish they had added musk to the scent to amplify that cedar note to make this a creamy coffee rather than a milky one, that's my only complaint! Maybe next year the intense version has that added feature ;) I would love it !

Aug
27
2014
meama
meama

Ha extraordinary Opium, it was a wonderful perfume before passing by L'Oreal. Make a flanker to a perfume that stay mythical is a really tricky thing and I was intrigued. The result? It's just sad ... this is the zero level of creation, a copy of La Vie est Belle with coffee usurping a legendary name. It is appalling of uninhibited mediocrity. I know that lVeB is their Bestseller but are reason enough to use the name of YSL and massacred his credibility? All this just to avoid having to pay again Julia Roberts and her dentist?
So here, in a cheap black plastic bottle with straw (I invent nothing) you have a flanker of La vie est Belle. It holds very well and disseminates widely, it is a common unfortunate characteristic to this kind of horror. A radioactive jam able to knock out an entire subway car.
He who loved make women beautiful.
RIP dear Yves (even if they spit on your grave).

Aug
27
2014
IsabelVerh
IsabelVerh

Opium is one of my all-time favorite fragrances. I understand why Vapeurs d'Opium came into existence, and although I think Belle d'Opium turns acidic on me, I think it's a worthy flanker.

This smells like vanillic disappointment. With a name like this, I expected a magnificent, naughty, dark sillage monster. It's like all the unique characteristics of opium have been stripped down and replaced with easy-to-like vanilla and cheap jasmine. On me, there's not even a hint of coffee. At most, a lukewarm hazelnut frappucino that's not worth the high-end pricetag.

If this wasn't marketed as a flanker to opium, I might have liked it. But to try and sell this as a more noir version of one of the most sophisticated fragrances ever to come out of Paris... It's a watered down interpretation of it, adapted to a younger audience.

Save yourself the trouble and just get a bottle of Hypnotic Poison, which is at least somewhat unique and well-composed. It's too bad, because the ad campaign and glitter-encrusted bottle look amazing.

EDIT: after scrubbing it off, I'm left with a surprisingly nice jasmine that reminds me a lot of Dior J'Adore. You know you're in bad company if you have to scrub it off to make it smell good - and even worse, like an entirely different perfume...

Aug
27
2014
Germany
Germany

A FLAVORED SWEET VANILLA HAZELNUT COFFE
Yes this one is indeed really nice and it will please many I believe. It may be a little generic to some but I can't imagine this not becoming a hit amongst the younger and middle aged crowed , at least in my city.
First I thought ,,,where is the coffee??? But now I get it , it's because I don't put sugar in my coffee so my coffee doesn't smell creamy nor sweet. But when I prepared my girlfriends coffee the other day when she was over, I mixed our coffees up by mistake and took a sip from her "double double " and bingoooo I thought of 'black opium' . ...Ahhhh that's where the coffee note was hidden , in a sweet milkey coffee, not a dry black one ,
I still don't want my coffee sweet , no way, but I want a bottle of black opium anytime :) smelling and tasting are in the end two different senses after all.
Love it!!!!
Update , September 8 th , Absolute Love for me. Top shelf!

Aug
26
2014
Musky4
Musky4

Even though this isn't being launched in the UK until 17th September, I managed to find a store that already had a tester bottle and so was able to try it today. It was love at first sniff! You get an initial blast of coffee which mellows very quickly to a dreamy vanilla scent. This is very gourmand, feminine and seductive, in a not-trying-to-be-sexy kind of way. The coffee gives it an unusual twist, yet is blended so well with the other notes that the whole thing just seems so effortless, beautiful and creative. For those fans of the original Opium who may be unsure about this one, I'd recommend you consider Black Opium as a completely different perfume rather than a flanker, as it really bears no resemblance whatsoever to Opium or Belle d'Opium. I fully intend purchasing a bottle for autumn/winter.
I just want to add that this actually becomes a very soft fragrance, that unfortunately doesn't seem to last very long on me or have much (if any) projection. It's really more of a skin-scent so may need to be re-applied fairly frequently.

Aug
24
2014
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

I tried it today and I think it will be very successful! Sweet floral coffee on a patchouli vanilla base = win! Great winter fragrance!

OMG great lasting power! I have to get a bottle of this! Excellent !

Aug
22
2014
maen
maen

I am in love with this scent!!. I found it at the UK's duty free some days ago.
Is really a unique fragrance, outstanding, very very contrasted from regular Opium or Belle, could be named differently.
The coffee note is well blended with the vanilla, making it soo beautiful and alluring!.
I can notice the floral notes in the middle stage, which are very attractive and gives an interesting twist, is a real complex scent.
Is very feminine, a modern vision (but keeping the brand's soigné), also elegant, with personality, the pleasant coffee mixed with florals compose this distinctive womanly aura.
Lasting power is good, You can feel it for a long without being overpowering, can be wear all time.
Very YSL!!.

Aug
22
2014
aleksylvester
aleksylvester

Recently I had the opportunity to try this new fragrance, although it will be first available for sale in september.

I'm surprised, because Black Opium more reminds Angel of Thierry Mugler than the original Opium.

This fragrance can be seen as unisex...BUT! the longevity is quite poor....and sillage very soft

So, it's NO-NO

Aug
22
2014
genny17
genny17

What a warm, cozy enveloping delightful fragrance!!! I personally don't detect a lot of coffee, the vibe would be more hazelnut than coffee, with the orange blossom bringing a hint of lightness. This is a great combination of a luminous orange blossom with a warmer sweeter coffee edge.This has nothing in common with the original. Or Belle d' Opium...Black Opium isn't spicy , it has no incense, it is a gourmand done with finesse, not a candy bomb, it is so warm on the skin. It isn't very strong, so I wonder why Black Opium!? Probably in reference to the coffee I would think!?
It lingers nicely around me, it is rich yet not boozy, all in subtleties, wonderful scent!! Like being surrounded by warm aromas, and also a crowd pleaser , in a great way!

Aug
08
2014
Enye
Enye

(I work as a beautyadviser and a spokesman from YSL visited us today at work. So my review is real and honest.) This is going to be a hit! Seriously. I really, really liked this one. After few hours it's so soft on my skin. At first you can really smell the coffee, but it's not a bad coffee. (And I don't even drink it!) It really smellt delicious and sultry at the same time. Perfect for winter. Vanilla and coffee together in a perfume, who would have thought? :) LOVE. (And I'm from Finland - if anyone is wondering!)

Aug
07
2014
quackadoodle
quackadoodle

This looks interesting. Coffee, jasmine, and patchouli. And pink pepper. I really want to try this.
That said, the name "black opium" leaves something to be desired. Opium Noir would have sounded nicer, in my opinion. But, the name isn't the juice in the bottle. THAT is what I am interested in.

Jun
27
2014
aderesse
aderesse

Opium is an "Andre The Giant" of perfumes. Original & distinct it is a rebel in the world of perfumery. As long as YSL continues to make and sell the original Opium, why shouldn't perfumers experiment with renditions of the formula? It's like asking an artist to make THE MASTERPIECE, retire and move to Florida. Designers/Perfumers are artists and should continue to push the boundaries, taking risks even if it fails.

In the end everything is subjective...depending on where you live in the world could have a profound influence with your preference in smells. The very audience who can not understand Opium may relate to Black, which could lead to an appreciation for the original YSL Opium. Although I do not wear Opium, I am really curious about Black Opium because some of my favorite notes are listed. I look forward to its debut :)

May
31
2014
Sherihan
Sherihan

No no no
And I will not even bother test it, I'm saying no to the concept, If there is a commercial need for a rock and roll theme,why not invent a new name with more creative bottle away from Opium's comfort zone!

May
12
2014
invaderlark
invaderlark

Coffee, Patchouli, Pink Pepper, and Vanilla? Sounds more like Thierry Mugler's Taste Of Fragrance rather than Opium.

May
09
2014

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