[ Perfume ] : YSL Black Opium

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Another week another perfume review!
I hope you're liking this perfume reviews that I've been writing lately on this blog, because I'm having a "perfume-mania" moment right now so my focus is on perfume and scents right now more than ever. 

Anyway, I want to do another perfume review today and it is from my mini perfume collection. Perfumes are not cheap so I don't always buy the full size one unless I really really like it or if it was on sale. Some other times I also like to buy the mini sized ones because they look just like their full size brother/sister 😜 Especially when I want to try them out first before investing on the full bottle. So I have a few collection of minis in my perfume rack, and this is one of them.

Also, buying minis and vials are another way to test out perfumes. Because if it doesn't last on me then why would I spend money to purchase the full bottle, right? It's like a waste of money, and perfumes aren't a cheap thing.

Anyway, this particular perfume is rather popular so if you're interested in buying it, then you might want to read on below for my version of the YSL Black Opium eau de parfum review ...

YSL Black Opium edp
(info via Fragrantica)
Nose | Perfumer : Nathalie Lorson & Marie Salamagne - in collaboration with Olivier Cresp & Honorine Blanc.

Notes :
Top - Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom, Pear
Middle - Cofee, Jasmine, Bitter Almond, Licorice
Bottom - Vanilla, Patchouli, Cedar, Cashmere Wood


The Scent
The Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume is a flanker for the original YSL Opium perfume that was very popular ever since it's initial birth during the 70s - 80s. The bottle is also very nice to look at, with those sparkly little tiny specks of matte glitters.

My first initial spray on this perfume? Mmm... Caramel and Vanilla Gourmand.
It smells sweet with something sparkling / fizzy in it... maybe its the coffee that makes it fizzy? Or maybe it's the pink pepper?

Anyway, that sharp distinctive notes that I cant figured out was slightly heady and dizzy for me especially if I spray too much. But that strong sharp notes is quickly blanketed with that sweet caramel-ish / vanilla scent.

After a longlasting top notes (which was unusual for me because usually any other perfume would have very short appearance of top notes), came the second tier or middle notes where it loses it's gourmand scent and changed into a fruity floral scent.

Then after a while it dries down to a base notes of soft patchouli and something cashmere and velvety-soft white musk underneath.

It's a sweet and very yummy scent.

Oh, I would also like to mention that lots of people say that this perfume has a coffee smell in it, but it doesn't smell like coffee to my nose though... I mean I love coffee, I drink them everyday, and I love the smell of coffee, but I just can't smell the coffee notes in this perfume like everyone says.

Sillage & Projection
Longevity : Low to moderate.
On my skin (despite the strong and longlasting top notes) it lasts about 4-5 hours before it starts to really fades away and I need to reapply.

Sillage : Strong opening, with projection that lasts 1-2 hours on me. Then the strength dissipates rather quickly after that.

Overall, I can say that it is a lovely perfume. The opening smells like vanilla and caramel but mixed with something fresh and a little bit fruity. Ohh I can't describe it but it IS one of the BEST scent I have in my perfume collection right now. Too bad this doesn't last long on my skin :(

If you are "a grown up woman who knows what she wants and knows how to have fun and still have that playful little girl personality inside of you", then this could be your scent.

As I said before, I like the scent of this fragrance, but unfortunately it didn't last long on me so I think I would stick with this miniature version instead of buying the full size.

Hugs n' Kissies,

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