Beautiful bottle, ad campaign, heritage...boring, blah mish mash of a scent on my skin. This is one of those fragrances that was orchestrated to smell wonderful on paper...so much so that I bought it based on that (I had other fragrances on so I did not sample on my actual skin in the store - why can't I ever learn). Later, when I had a chance to properly spray the sample I had (luckily before opening the retail package) - I knew it was going back immediately. No discernable notes...warm and spicy yes, but just a mess of poorly blended perfume sillage on me. If you are lucky and it smells on you like it does on paper, then I would give it a thumbs up...unfortunately as soon as it hit the warmth of my skin, it disintegrated into an uninteresting, pedestrian hodge podge.
I can't say I like this at all. It seems to have an identity crisis as though there are too many notes fighting for dominance and none win, or like when you mix too many colours and end up with a horrible greyish brown. It is nothing in comparison to it's ravishing oriental red sister.
Got this as a sample from Karstadt. The smell is so obnoxious. There are heavy perfumes, which you might dislike personally, but are still somewhat wearable speaking in general (e.g. "Obsession" by Calvin Kline). This one is not wearable at all.
It's cheap and importunate.
I wish, I could write a more differentiated review, but I really don't know, what else to say. I can not even distinguish different notes, it's just one heavy stench.
Belle d'Opium did not really disappoint me, but that's only because the ad campaign provided all the clues I needed to figure out what the scent would be all about. The most I was hoping for was to be pleasantly surprised, and that feeble glimmer of hope was utterly extinguished on first whiff. It is predictably sweet, but surprisingly cheap smelling as well. There was a very off-putting note, like bad fruit, at the very heart of this scent, a twang that didn't quite work. I know plenty of ppl will still like its fruity sweetness, but I'll save my money for the real stuff. No sale, Belle d'Opium to me is an epic fail.
I love the smell of this...on me it smells like incense. It's smoky, spicy, woodsy,dark and sensual. The staying power is amazing, but it gives me a headache. I sadly had to return it
I think this perfume smells beautiful. There's a note that reminds me of something... I'm not sure what it is, I can't place it. But it hits me on a personal level which is why I think I love it so much. It's been six hours since I sprayed it and I can still smell it. Dare I say it, I might even like this more then Opium... Plus the bottle is beautiful.
I absolutely HATED this! Could not wait to scrub off the canned peaches/mandarin smell. Do not like fruity florals and expected more spice from this, I did not get it, just candy sweetnes getting sweter by the minute. Like a 100 other dept store fragrances and certainly does not do justice to the Opium name. This is a shame as I love the original. I see very young girls liking this, trouble is it is not marketed at or priced for young girls.
Hey, why are you so harsh? Is the heritage of this perfume's name really that deeply laden?
Apart from being a distant relative of Opium only and therefore having to be judged as a whole different thing, this is a nice new perfume launch!
Many people were disappointed because thye expected something in the vein of Opium, the super-maga-va-va-voom mistress of perfumes... well... this is a different kind of woman.
She smells of amber, fruity shisha tobacco and soft/sweet woods. Her sillage is not huge but she has a disitinct "come-hither" appeal which makes you suck in her neck's smell.
A perfect autumn/winter scent and a nice and completely new idea on an old but beloved theme: orientalism in perfumery.
I like it a lot. Wish it would last a little bit longer, though.
It's not a terribly classy start for me to say that I found Pretty Idiot via a sample in GLAMOUR magazine is it? Damn.
As a ridiculously fussy perfume wearer (I fall in love with a new scent about once ever four years) I was in absolute bits when I discovered this. It's a voluptuous, delectable scent. The next time I went by a department store, I sprayed a dab on my wrist. Not only did I love it, everyone in my party did too. It's an incredibly rich, spicy scent, like a fabulous woman swathed in cashmere en route to The Wolseley, and, your reaction to it depends entirely on your tastes and how it meshes with your own skin. My boyfriend adored it, which is nice as normally he doesn't really notice what I wear.
Happily for me, it works wonderfully with my skin, and, as an extra treat, I was given it as a present by one of the party the following week. Amazing.
The stunning bottle, the name, the sexy ad, what's not to love? The fragrance. That's what. Do not expect anything like the classic Opium in this bottle. I was hoping this fragrance would do for Opium what Chanel Eau Premiere did for #5. Not even close. This has nothing in common with Opium except the name. That said, judged as a completely new fragrance I still don't like it. Want to know what it smells like? Fruit. And smoke. Enough smoke to choke a pig as my mom would say. A little lily thrown in. I got an instant headache from this and I never get perfume headaches. The only upside is that it doesn't last long. The drydown is so faint I can barely smell it after an hour. Very sad. SAD. I wanted to love this.