Saturday, 9 January 2016

Perfume Review; YSL Black Opium

Perfumes are absolutely wonderful; I love the unique smells they create and how they can enhance to you as an individual. I'm definitely a person who matches my perfumes to my emotional mindset - so I will want my perfume to convey a certain aura and a specific sense to the people around me.

Before I purchased the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume my day to day perfume was the Marc Jacob's Daisy Eau So Fresh which is a wonderfully floral, refreshing and girly perfume and my old work perfume was Ralph Lauren's Ralph (for women) - I decided that I would switch my perfumes up what with starting my new job last September, so I switched my Marc Jacob's Daisy Eau So Fresh to my work perfume, but then I was left with no perfume for when I'm out of work.... So I went to several different places for the shop assistant's opinion as I like to get a different opinion and compare, I then asked a few of my blogger friends and then proceeded to put a status on my Facebook page... The comment that swayed me the most was the lovely Jessica's (from comment on my status!

What was I searching for?
I was searching for a perfume that was very demure, sexy and slightly musky and something with a good staying power. I wanted something romantic (I know, not asking for much was I?) I originally decided on Opium by YSL as after reading comparative reviews of the two Opium's I went for the original Opium. The Black Opium was under very mixed reviews (a bit like Marmite if I'm honest, some loved and the others hated it, there wasn't any in between!). As I had lots of points on my Boots Card I risked buying the Black Opium after my discussion with Jessica... And boy am I relived I bought Black Opium!

Opium arrived and I was disappointed, the smells were lovely and romantic but far too old for me. For someone who has a very young persona, outgoing and rather outwardly seductive, it was a bit too "settled" for me, I decided to gift this to my mother instead and she absolutely adores the perfume and reminds her of when she wore it when she was younger... Happy days! So I waited anxiously for Black Opium to arrive; and boy was I blown away when it did arrive!

What does it smell like?
So I'm going to borrow some of the official information from the YSL website about Black Opium's scent because in my opinion they have summed it up absolutely perfectly...

When the electrifying energy of black coffee meets the assertive femininity of white flowers. A vibrant, sensual and addictive contrast of light and dark. Black coffee accord - Orange blossom - Cedarwood – Patchouli

Oriental floral gourmand"

Black Opium is that perfect contrast of demure, sexy, and romantic as well as the amazing staying power. It has the rich demure smell that is perfect if you want a very strong and powerful perfume, strong smell for a strong woman if you ask me. This perfume pretty much defines me now, everytime I've met up with friends since and they've had a quick sniff of my perfume they pretty much think its a match made in heaven to me, the subtle and strong hints of the fragrance is just me in a complete nutshell, strong, demure, sensual and powerful. 

How much does it cost?
For the 30ml bottle from Boots it is £44
For the 50ml bottle from Boots it is £64
For the 90ml bottle from Boots it is £84

Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette?
I won't buy anything other then EDP for myself, I'm very fussy on this, but I'd recommend asking a fragrance specialist about what they recommend for you and what your personal taste is.

Are you happy?
I'm very happy with this perfume, it has been what I've been searching for for a very long time! I doubt I'll be changing my perfume anytime soon now! I'm in love with this perfume and have already purchased my third bottle (yes, you read correctly my THIRD bottle!!). My boyfriend also loves the perfume on me, which for me says it all!