Perfume is a very hard thing to review because it will smell different on everyone. Because everyone's natural body oils are different and when mixed with Belle D'Opium will smell unique. If you are interested in the perfume I would suggest going to the store and trying it on yourself and it may smell wonderful on you and horrible on someone else. I personally would not read perfume reviews because they are extremely personal and tailored to every person's individual smell.
I love this perfume but I agree with the other reviews that it isn't as good as the 1980's Opium that I remember. I have to say I adore the bottle. The bottle sold me (who can resist a pump that looks like red licorice)? This fragrance is a little on the floriental/fruity side and it really strong and a bit cloying on me..but it is growing on me in a good way. I would buy another bottle of this again.
If you like the original Opium, you will be very disappointed with this. All it shares with the original is the name; instead of a unique and beautiful spicy Oriental, it's a cheap fruity-floral mass-market fragrance. Shame on whoever decided to cash in on the name and reputation of Opium to lure unsuspecting consumers into buying this.
I used to adore the original Opium in the 80's. But I have gone through phases in what I liked in fragrance. I haven't worn Opium in years and tried it on a few days ago- and whew! Strong and overpowering!! Now don't get me wrong, I adore strong statement perfumes-but this was almost a totally chemical smell. So I thought the Belle form might be better-sadly it wasn't. Smells like toxic chemicals all mixed together. I wouldn't spend a dime on this one! also, my tastes have changed-I detest Opium-it's almost sour and waay too spicy. I can't see how it could be attractive to a man. I spritzed a tiny bit on and went into my husband's office and he wrinkled his nose and said"What in the hell is that smell??" Case closed!
In these "sensitive" days, perfume is expected to be non-invasive, non-offensive, non-in-your-face, etc. In short, non-perfume. Also, there are women who seem to be absolutely TERRIFIED of looking, dressing, sounding, and even smelling older than 20. Hence, the worst, most damning criticism you can make of a scent is to say "Smells like a little old lady." Sends the Young-at-Any-Cost Crowd scrambling for cover, like cockroaches hiding from the light. And then there are the terminally sensitive ... let's not even go there.
In other words, gone are the days when perfume was the result of creativeness, imagination, daring, even love. When it brought to mind mystery, allure, romance, sensuality. The Forbidden Fruit. Oh, there's is plenty of fruit in scents these days. But rather than conjuring images of precious ingredients and of Mata Hari, they remind you of candies and Minute Maid.
Which brings me to Belle d'Opium. This is nothing but a fresh flanker of the majestic original. I cannot write the fantastic - almost hallucinatory - descriptions some people are able to compose when describing scents. All I'm going to say is that I was bitterly disappointed when I tried the sample I was given of Belle d'Opium. It's not bad, mind you. But neither are thousands of other mass-market scents. Like them, Belle d'Opium is nice, fresh. But it's generic. It lacks the character, the personality, the uniqueness of the original. This one is indistinguishable from so many other scents. And that is a shame. In spite of it's name, Belle d'Opium is Opium's plain, insignificant little sister.
Personally, I hate flankers. The manufacturers found a clever way to overcharge clients using a minimum of work and a total lack of imagination. Just dilute the original, add/remove a couple of ingredients, make some basic changes to the package, et voilą! A "new" fragrance. There ought to be a law against such rip-offs. Then again, there seems to be enough demand for them. I guess as long as they are marketed "for the young ..."
I took a trip to Kicks after I'd spent 25 relaxing minutes tanning. There I found this Belle d'Opium and fell in love straight away. I hate fruity, girly, icky-sweet scents like most celebrities seem to love when they launch their own personal perfume and this isn't at all like that. No surprise really, since it belongs to the 'Opium-family' YSL has created.
All in all a great perfume, the scent is exciting and really suits us younger girls since most of us find the the good old Opiums from the 80's to be way too heady.
I actually really like this; I've never cared for the original Opium, and this is like a breath of fresh air for me. Sultry but not overpowering. Mysterious and sexy but not cloying. The only drawback for me is it lacks the staying power I expect from top name perfumes. I would likely buy again, if not ask for it as a gift sometime.
I have loved Opium since it came out and have all the Opiums, the summer ones are nice and a little lighter, I got this one because it was in the Opium family, pretty bottle others list the notes, it is nice I wear it but since I have all the other Opiums and the edt and edp, this is different and one bottle is enough, half finished already, just does not really smell like Opium, which is strange, worth a try not the real original Opium,
First of all, I want to say that I will judge this perfume on its own merit and not in comparison to the original Opium.
It is not a bad perfume. Incense and pepper is what I mostly get with regard to the individual notes. I can describe it as dark and mysterious. Average staying power. Nothing groundbreaking and I wouldn't buy a full bottle, but if someone gave me this as a present I would gladly wear it as a night perfume.
Beautiful bottle but what a boring smell. I've tested it a few times, trying to force myself to like it but alas I cannot. It doesn't seem to have any top notes, it's all base - somewhat warm and spicy. It is not unpleasant - it's just not interesting, especially for the price. I would write a better description but in all honesty I can't remember it. Disappointing.