YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum

YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum review
YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum review
YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum review


Oh my, say hello to my new signature scent. I had read that black coffee was one of the notes and coffee isn’t a pleasant scent for me (I don’t like coffee in general) but was intrigued as to how it comes together. I had the chance to sniff it when I had spare time whilst visiting Nottingham. Instantly fell in love with it’s alluring, gourmand fragrance. If the black coffee note wasn’t there, the perfume would have generic sweet, floral, oriental smell but instead, the coffee gives it a warm and spicy kick. Once the scent has settled, you can definitely smell the vanilla base note coming through, enveloping the other notes.

Here are the full notes:
Top notes: pink pepper, orange blossom, pear.
Middle notes: coffee, jasmine.
Base notes: vanilla, patchouli, cedar.

I would definitely consider the concoction as edgy, dark, mysterious and sexy, perfect for the night. It is also suitable for day wear. I spray this in the morning then throughout the day, I get whiffs of it and ah, intoxicating. After working an 8 hour shift, it still lingers on my skin. The lasting power had surprised me. This is the first perfume that makes me feel good about myself. Maybe it’s a psychological effect but I feel more confident when I wear this. The packaging is lush. It has that glam rock look, standing out from my white furnishing.

I will definitely be repurchasing this. It’s an upgrade from my previous perfume, Nina Ricci – Ricci Ricci. Next time, it’ll be the 90ml (£80.50) instead of the 50ml. There is a 30ml for £43.50. It definitely is on the pricey side but hey, love makes you do crazy things. I’ve never smelt the original opium fragrance so I cannot compare. If you like a sweet, floral, oriental scent with a warm and spicy kick, this is the one for you. This is also one for the vanilla fans.

Have you tried any YSL perfumes?


  1. Storybook Apothecary
    10th February 2015 / 10:21 pm

    wow ! I don't know if a lot of brands are working to come out with new fragrances with really unique notes in them or what, but this one sounds lovely! Who would have thought of coffee as a note? It sounds amazing, though and I love the other notes in as well. I will have to stop by a counter and give this a smell haha – thanks for this!

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  2. WhatLauraLoves
    10th February 2015 / 10:29 pm

    I love the smell of this perfume, its a much more modern take on the old opium which reminds me of my Nana who used to wear it a lot! I love the YSL Elle perfume.

    Laura xxx

  3. Paola Cioppi
    10th February 2015 / 11:09 pm

    No I havent´t.
    The scent mixture sounds quite interesting.


  4. Hayley Warren
    10th February 2015 / 11:55 pm

    I keep meaning to go and try this in Debenhams – it sounds amazing and I love coffee!

  5. Angeline Lee
    11th February 2015 / 12:07 am

    This sounds so sexy!!

  6. Michelle / Daisybutter
    11th February 2015 / 1:22 am

    I adore Black Opium! I don't have the fragrance but I use the Black Opium scented candles in my apartment and it is insanely… evening-ready. Hahahahaha GOD oops xx

  7. beautyqueenuk
    11th February 2015 / 9:27 am

    I absolutely love this and really want to get my hands on it, it is so so lovely x

  8. Heena Shah-Dhedhi
    11th February 2015 / 10:07 am

    YSL has always been a favorite, and this seems like a winner too. GIGLove
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  9. Zubaida Rasool
    11th February 2015 / 10:09 am

    The packaging is really lush and the sound of scent from your words feels tempting 🙂

  10. Leeshastarr
    11th February 2015 / 11:26 am

    Wow, I really love the bottle but I have a 'thing' for perfume bottles. I'll have to try it out when I next see it. I've never tried YSL perfumes before but one of my friends wear them all the time.

    GIG LOVE | The Life of Leeshastarr

  11. Kumiko Mae
    11th February 2015 / 12:29 pm

    First, you're the only person i "know" to admit slight hesitation towards the smell of coffee! second, ahhh i want to try that because it's coffee! Haha

  12. R Burden
    11th February 2015 / 2:55 pm

    I got this perfume for Christmas and love it. Such a warm and sexy scent. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  13. Popiah Cher
    11th February 2015 / 2:58 pm

    the packaging and the name of the product doesn't excite me. but maybe the coffee might wake me up hahahah

  14. Esha
    11th February 2015 / 4:06 pm

    Omg! I need this!

    11th February 2015 / 4:38 pm

    This perfume smells divine. I love it! X


  16. Jess | Just Jesss
    11th February 2015 / 9:39 pm

    Oh man, I keep seeing posts about this perfume and it sounds beautiful, I'm going to have to track down a tester and have a sniff! 🙂

    Jess xo

  17. Laura - Alagoz
    12th February 2015 / 10:44 am

    When I first smelled it in the store I couldn't walk out with out it. It so good! <3

    Pink Frenzy

  18. jessica ie
    12th February 2015 / 12:29 pm

    The container looks unique 😀
    Never seen it before 😀
    Looks tempting xD
    Thanks for sharing <3


  19. Rachel Razo
    12th February 2015 / 3:23 pm

    This looks so amazing I want to try it!

    XO, Rachel

  20. Charli Bruce
    12th February 2015 / 8:45 pm

    I've heard so many great things about this but I am yet to smell it, sounds so good! xxx

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

  21. Karis Brelsford
    13th February 2015 / 11:42 am

    YSL Elle, is one of my favourites. I havent tried any other YSL perfumes but like the sound of this one and the bottle. KBxx


  22. Michelle K
    14th February 2015 / 9:24 am

    I have this, it's a gorgeous fragrance xxx Thou Shalt Not Covet

  23. Mia Foo
    14th February 2015 / 6:14 pm

    the bottle is amazingly gorgeous! and i find the scents you listed interesting. i cannot imagine how all those scents can come together.

  24. 15th February 2015 / 3:10 am

    Sounds great and I love the look of the botle. I have to try it out. 🙂

  25. Agata Pokutycka
    15th February 2015 / 8:09 pm

    Coffee in mid note sounds amazing. Lately I am fascinated with Etat Libre D'Orange selection; they have very unusual perfumes.

  26. Maria Clara Novita Kusumahati
    16th February 2015 / 1:07 am

    the packaging and the theme is so match. i dont surprise anymore to see the cost so much more for ysl parfume. XD

  27. Miss Ika
    16th February 2015 / 11:58 am

    The new fragrance?I wonder how it scent .black and sexy with mystery … Love the concept
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  28. ♥Sarah♥
    16th February 2015 / 3:06 pm

    The packaging is so mysterious and cool. Would love to try out the scent! =)

  29. Cindy Tong
    16th February 2015 / 4:44 pm

    loving the bottle but the scent not really for me i guess…too sharp!

  30. 17th February 2015 / 1:48 am

    What beautiful packaging, so stunning. I love Opium but haven't tried Black Opium – Sounds divine! <3 GIGLove

  31. Khushboo Motihar
    17th February 2015 / 4:30 am

    I love its notes and I think it would be perfect for first date 🙂 Will add a mysterious touch don't you think? GIG love 🙂

  32. Sana Sadiq
    10th March 2015 / 1:26 pm

    I smelled it at duty free sometime back and I love it… Looking forward to try it out. Thanks for sharing x

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