Yves Saint Laurent • Opium • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||62%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond, Curly 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.
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. 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
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Ohh this reminds me of golden brown, and i am golden brown, the bottle is golden brown, it fits me so well, i love this soooooo much ohhh...
first time i smelled it on my grandma as a little child and i adored it until i was 13 or so and asked her if i could have it so she gave it to me... i like the new formulation more though and also the bottle but sadly my bottle broke :( and a lot of it dripped out its only half full now i am so sad about that but i will definetly buy a new one when this is completely empty. love love love love it i feel like a diva, like a sexy queen when i wear this.
va va voom effect. and its not for old women i am only 18 ;)
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
This review is for the original formula- yes, there is a difference...
Opium is the only fragrance I've worn for almost 15 years and I love it! It works so well with my chemistry- which is a huge deal for finding a fragrance you love. Countless times people have told me how amazing I smell. I use the EDP and parfum and it has never been overpowering- but I only use a tiny bit as it goes a long way. (I believe that if people wear fragrance, the amount of fragrance should be subtle enough that it should only be smelled by others within close parameters- such as when hugging. IMO this is very elegant and sexy. I can't stand it when I smell someone from several feet away.) Opium is very oriental, woodsy and rich. I tend to be attracted to the oriental, spicy scents like this. I received a new bottle of EDP for Christmas and am disappointed in the new version. I didn't even realize there had been a change until I wore it the other day. Thinking I had received a bad batch I went online to see if anyone else had left a review describing a similar experience and that's when I found out that YSL had changed their formulation. The original Opium that I've been using the past several years is almost gone so I'm not sure what I'm going to do. Opium is that amazing of a fragrance for me. This new version doesn't seem as classy, rich and pure (it's very difficult to describe the difference but it just seems cheaper or perhaps a tad bit more floral?). Over the years I've checked out other oriental spicy fragrances so that I could wear something else once in a while for a change but have never found anything I like as much as Opium. And, being the sentimental (no pun intended) person that I am, the formula change is even more disappointing for me because after I started wearing Opium I found out that my grandmother had worn it too (she passed away when I was four years old and I apparently inherited many of her traits and tendencies). I will probably still wear the new version as it still is a nice scent.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I wanted to love this. It's just way, WAY too strong for me. I think it may be the cinnamon? I love woody/oriental/chypre scents. I was disappointed. It's a strong scent for a strong woman. I don't know many people that could pull this off but I applaud those that can. I had a girlfriend that used to wear it and I couldn't be around her when she wore it.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I have worn Opium since it came out, never tire of it and dh loves it, I have everything they make and all the summer ones which I adore, I think people have written he notes, and I do not know if they made it different, I still love it and it lasts and lasts, amazing fragrance, I fell in love with it from the ads , the ships in NY harbor and adored it from first sniff, that is a long time, amazing and lasting fragrance %heartsl
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I didn't discover Opium until recently. That is, I didn't properly smell and appreciate it in its pre-2009 formulation. It just never appealed to me before then. As it is, I cannot say that I am familiar with pre-2009 Opium, since it apparently became reformulated beyond all recognition.
First of all, I'm not sure if this is mainly hysteria or if it really is THAT different. I used to occasionally test Opium in airport duty-frees (pre-2009) and never cared for it - my current appreciation is a result of my developing tastes, I think. So I can't speak to this difference between this and previous formulations.
Opium immediately appeals to me because of its spices. I have the EDT, which is a little more subdued than the EDP. The EDP, at first sniff, really does smell to me like masala chai. The first couple of whiffs are of spice - cloves, cardamom, cinnamon - settling down to a beautifully fragrant, spicy exotic floral. I'm a big fan of Shalimar, and to me Opium is reminiscent of that, minus the vanilla. Opium has all that spiciness, all that exoticness, minus the beauty and warmth of Shalimar. That's where Opium falls flat to me. It has these wonderful spicy notes, but beneath that it lacks something. It can become stale on my skin, a fragment of what I imagine it should be. It is at this point that I can envisage what Opium used to be. Still, I'm in love with those spicy notes - it's not what you expect of a perfume nowadays, so while it is very well known I still feel that it contrasts greatly with most new perfumes, which is what I love about it. It's a well-known perfume, but at the same time it is unusual. It's also very long-lasting. I'm always a little afraid to go out in public for the first half hour or so after applying because it's pretty overpowering. Even after nine or ten hours of wear, I'm very aware of the perfume. This is not for fans of subtle scents! The drydown, as I stated, sometimes turns a little sour on my skin, and to me starts to smell like tobacco - but not cigarettes so much as pipe smoke. It's not unpleasant, just a little strange.
On its own, Opium, even in its current formulation, is a lovely spicy and exotic scent. I cannot speak to its authenticity compared to the original, but I do enjoy this version. The drydown doesn't leave me in awe as Shalimar does, but it is reminiscent of that and I think it's a scent to be remembered by! I cannot speak to this fuss surrounding the current vs. vintage formulations, but even the current version provides something you're otherwise hard pressed to find in the current market.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Dark Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This is one of those fragrances you don't forget. For me it instantly takes me back to the early 90's when the Gulf War was going on - that's when I first smelled it. It's a bit too strong and heavy for hot climates but I would go back to it if I lived in colder climes.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Y.S.L Opium has many identities A glamorous spy
for the Japanese intelligence in ww2,
A faded movie diva or a world-renowned
Opera singer with some dirty little secret
that She is really a He and his British
diplomat lover hasn't got a clue.
Opium despite it's sheer beauty hides
a lot of naughty
secrets, we well discuss
The notes to my senses the bottom of the basenotes seem to be more dominate for me then the top and middle section the opening starts with spicy coriander with it's dryness shifts to an scent semi-sweet aroma of cloves and of black pepper dries to a scent of bitter bergamot and citruses.
delicate jasmine makes a nice entrance
in the middle balance IMHO the
jasmine are in the middle not the top
then the sweet dry intoxicating scent
of cinnamon and the spicy nuances of
carnation adds to the delectable sensibility.
The succulent notes of plum and peach
makes it's presence know and adds a primal
sexuality to the already complex scent if there's a
Lily of the valley
note in here i think there's no evidence of it or it's
hiding because it hasn't got a chance against the
it's the shyest of the opium family,
The drydown is the best part of the fragrance
Coconut starts the drydown
with it's tropical sweetness then it becomes
dark and woody with tolu balsam
dry sandalwood with it's fiery aspects
makes it assertive and the deepest most
finest Resinous woods of Frankincense
and myrrh Opoponox and benzoin.
an earthy drydown of Patchouli
Warm Amber civet for the animalistic qualities and patches of musk for a bit
of masculine undertones and a wisp of mysterious incense.
Opium conjures an image of an 1930's
Shanghai speakeasy with half circular doors Burgundy in color and inside are gold beaded curtains hanging nonchalant
from the celling the lighting is of dark red like your in a boudoir everyone is
half lidded from the smoke of opium
hallucination and laughing American Sailors leaning towards the table while
an attractive girl dances to an sad ballad of Billie Holliday while the
gangters mistresses and them do some illegal bribes.
Opium is not a Ingénue scent or a scent
for good girls this is an scent if you want to walk on the wild side.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
I always keep a mini of this around for when I'm in the mood to put some on and cozy down on the couch with this scent floating around me, but I don't wear it that often and I almost never wear this out of the house. I like the scent of this very much, it's lovely, but I don't really like to wear it. I love incensey woody orientals, but for whatever reason, this is not one of my favorites in this genre. I don't really have any complaints about it, it's well formulated, it has all the notes I like in a oriental, musk, incense, amber, and various woods and spices, and it has amazing lasting power and silage. But, I prefer Obsession and Aromatics Elixir to this, I wear these often in cool weather. I have stopped women on the street to ask them what they're wearing and they say "opium" and I think "jeez, it smells so lovely on them, why don't I wear it." Then I go home and put some on and snuggle down on the couch and enjoy it for a night and don't touch it again for quite a while. I wish I could explain why I reach for other, similar frags more, but I can't, I guess this one just isn't really me. But it is a beautiful fragrance.