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Fragrances - Yves Saint Laurent - Opium

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 10/11/2014 11:49:00 AM More reviews by gmstrack

Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel

Opium by Yves Saint Laurent is not a sweet, rich contemporary oriental a la Serge Lutens. It opens with a heavy dose of aldehydes, sweet florals—ylang ylang and jasmine—and a touch of citrus. The sweet floral/aldehyde combination, also found in Chanel No. 5, is just enough to add a “perfume-y” touch. Next, myrrh, resins, and spices add warmth that balances the cold opening. I love how earthy patchouli is offset by soapy florals; Opium smells very “70s”, but I think that one or two sprays after a shower could produce an elegant and freshly scrubbed effect. Four or five sprays could be a little bingo hall. Also, men really need to try Opium.

Retro, unisex, perfume-y, elegant

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rated 5 of 5 on 10/10/2014 10:29:00 AM More reviews by maevespeed

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Silver, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

This is my mums holy grail perfume, it's just like, her scent. I think this perfume is soooo gorgeous and it smells classy. Gorgeous warm scent. I like to use it when I go out :-) the packaging is really nice too! I do like a pretty perfume bottle. I want to purchase black opium, purely because the packaging is so pretty - I'm terrible!! But really, if you like long lasting perfume that will get lots of people saying you smell good you need to invest in this! It's just an absolute timeless classic.

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rated 4 of 5 on 6/12/2014 8:35:00 PM More reviews by kbono23

Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Black

love this fragrance, really strong deep and sensual sent that really lasts! find myself coming back to this time and time again. love

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rated 5 of 5 on 4/9/2014 3:32:00 PM More reviews by jeane519

Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Red, Other, Other Eyes: Green

Loved the original from the 80's, haven't smelled the newer versions. I will check them out. Even though most of the 80's perfumes were heavy, they remind me of such a good period of my life :)

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rated 1 of 5 on 1/25/2014 7:05:00 AM More reviews by ninanina

Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

Funny how something can smell soooo wonderful on someone else and not on you...that would be Opium for me.I have stopped 3 women who are wearing this because it smells so good..finally sprayed some last time at Saks...within one hour a migraine. Too bad too because it is lovely...I'll stick with Dior Addict.

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rated 5 of 5 on 1/11/2014 1:56:00 PM More reviews by ncashen

Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I have never tried the legendary vintage version of YSL's Opium, but my love for the current version makes me curious. This designer classic is a sophisticated oriental that lingers around the wearer. One of my top fragrances if all time.

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rated 2 of 5 on 1/7/2014 8:49:00 AM More reviews by FelisCatus

Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Olive, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Black

Too strong for me.I love sweet and light scents and this is definitely not one of them.

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rated 5 of 5 on 1/5/2014 3:34:00 PM More reviews by prettygeeky

Age: Unknown Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

Dark. Sensual. Serious. So glad that I found this, it suits me perfectly. HG!

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 12/6/2013 10:11:00 AM More reviews by UrbanObsession

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium Eyes: Blue

This isn't a fragrance for the faint of heart! One spritz of Opium surrounds its wearer with musky woods and sharp orientals that dry down to a sensual cinnamon-amber(the best part). It's intoxicating and invites compliments, I've never had so many people ask me, "what are you wearing?" Or they tell me I smell good! Wears close to the skin and lasts all day! 12 hours later, I can smell it on my scarf :) Because of all the positive feedback and sex appeal I feel while wearing Opium, this has quickly become my signature HG scent.

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rated 2 of 5 top reviewer on 11/5/2013 10:45:00 AM More reviews by sillage

Age: Unknown Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown

I was never an Opium fan -- mostly because of its absence of prominent vanilla. I love orientals, but mostly just the ones with a noticeable warm vanilla note (like Dior Addict, Dior Hypnotic Poison, Must de Cartier, or Givenchy Organza Indecence, for example).

Opium was all woods & spice, and I thought it was too tough & stern, sort of, not softly sensuous enough. My sister wore Opium a lot when it first launched, and when she'd walk past me with it on, I never really loved it (what I loved on my sister was Jovan Musk for Women spray, the 70's version).

And THEN ... about 10 years ago, or more ... I was walking through the center of the perfume department at Dillard. And a whiff hit me -- and I literally stopped dead in my tracks -- sniffed some more -- and backed up. And stood there sniffing & trying to guess what it was. Mmmmmm!

What hit my nose was soft & warm & musky -- just that -- a soft warm delicious musk -- and I thought it was *awesome*! Then, after I backed up and was standing there sniffing and trying to figure it out myself -- yes, it was soft, warm, & musky -- but it also seemed to have a bit of fruit to it -- it was a little bit delicious, with the fruit note, as well as being warmly musky.

Then I asked the sales associates, "What am I smelling that smells so GOOD?" And this very young 22-ish sales associate said she had just sprayed the tester of Opium EDT (in tall clear oval-shaped bottle with russet cap) all up and down her clothing, and that must be what I was smelling.

Opium EDT? Well, I was shocked. It wasn't uber-spicy or woody -- it just gave off a soft light warm musk, for the most part -- and it worked very nicely on that young girl, even though it hadn't touched her skin, just her clothing. That wonderful whiff gave me a whole new impression of Opium, since I'm a huge fan of warm musky scents.

Opium launched in 1977, and here are the notes, per parfumo.net

Top Notes: Bergamot, Clove, Jasmine, Coriander, Laurel, Mandarin, Pepper, Plum, Citruses
Heart Notes: Orris root, Lily-of-the-valley, Carnation, Patchouli, Peach, Rose, Sandalwood, Cinnamon
Base Notes: Amber, Benzoin, Coconut, Musk, Myrrh, Opoponax, Sandalwood, Tolu balsam, Vanilla, Vetiver, Frankincense, Cedar, Cistus

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