YSL Opium (Uploaded by Magdalena)

3.8

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283 reviews
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3.0
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4 months ago

I'm surprised to discover that a loud, rich, late 70s perfume smells much better in summer.

I get mostly spicy orange, with just a hint of sandalwood, patchouli, and incense. In colder months, I thought it too loud, and felt like it didn't have a composition so much as s bunch of strong things thrown in. I could picturee YSL telling Amic and Sieuzac "Make me one with …
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About reviewer (72 reviews)

Age30-35

SkinVery Dry, Fair, Not Sure

HairBrown, Wavy, Medium

EyesHazel



3.0
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10 months ago

The current Opium doesn’t know what it wants to be. It smells as if the vintage version were sent through a disinfecting chamber to remove all of its character, and then doused with rubbing alcohol. Is this “modernizing”? Smells more like “cheapening” to me. Maybe YSL would have been better off just discontinuing Opium.

As for the vintage— magnificent yes, wearable no. I always found …
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About reviewer (220 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinNormal, Fair, Not Sure

HairRed, Other, Other

EyesBrown


3.0
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Apr/25/2018

This is/was an iconic fragrance that I tried in the early 90's (maybe even the late 80's??).
Super-strong, heady, spicy and amber-ish with notes of clove/nutmeg and sweetness (tonka bean?).

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About reviewer (2407 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinDry, Fair, Cool

HairBrown, Wavy, Fine

EyesGreen


5.0
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Apr/25/2018

I began wearing this in the late 70s, when I was in jr high! It is absolutely addictive. Heavy, warm oriental spice and musk and smoke and vanilla and amber and incense - Opium is spiritual *and* sexy. It is heavenly decadence. Opium transports me to a magical, elegant but comfortable place, where nothing sucks and never has. It's an incense-y room of silk-covered floor cushions, with …Read more

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About reviewer (36 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinCombination, Fair, Warm

HairOther, Other, Medium

EyesOther


2.0
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Jan/13/2018

I hate to give this bad review because I realize this is a very good quality and iconic scent. I'm sure it smells divine on certain people but it just is not for me.
To me, this smells like a dirty head shop. That's all I'm getting from this perfume. It makes me feel unclean, kind of nauseous. Needless to say, I won't be making this my signature scent.

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About reviewer (80 reviews)

Age30-35

SkinAcne-prone, Fair, Neutral

HairBlond, Straight, Fine

EyesBlue


4.0
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Dec/10/2016

I have held off from reviewing this as I remember the original as my Mum liked it. It was a real heavy hitter and one bottle lasted years. So with trepidation, and in desperate need of finding a spicy perfume to gift, I bought a bottle. Firstly it's not half bad. Not the same, what is, but still redolent of the original. For those of you who have been devastated by the reform of …Read more

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About reviewer (325 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinCombination, Fair, Cool

HairBrown, Wavy, Medium

EyesBrown


5.0
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Oct/01/2016

I've worn this scent off and on since I was 17, when my college boyfriend purchased it for me the year it came out. It's rich rich rich... redolent of the late 70's decadence when it first came out, when its creator, the legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent launched it to accompany his wildly acclaimed Russian collections, to mass accolades and skyrocketing sales …Read more

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About reviewer (6 reviews)

Age36-43

SkinCombination, Fair, Cool

HairBrunette, Straight, Fine

EyesHazel


5.0
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Sep/01/2016

Don't own but want to .. I've smelled more than enough times because my grandma wore this and it is a powerhouse and very warm sensual and lasting.. I like the new packaging and I will buy one day .. It is expensive.

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About reviewer (126 reviews)

Age30-35

SkinCombination, Medium, Warm

HairBrown, Wavy, Coarse

EyesBrown


4.0
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Feb/28/2016

YSL Opium was one of my first true love fragrances back in the 80's. I love spicy, lush type perfumes. They evoke a sense of mystery and are exotic in their own way. I find this type of fragrance works well with my personal body chemistry, and the result is quite intoxicating which I have said is also the result I get when wearing CK Euphoria. Just ask my husband, haha. This fragrance …Read more

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About reviewer (894 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinDry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

HairBrunette, Curly, Medium

EyesBlue


5.0
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Jan/25/2016

Back in the day when I was working the fragrance counter at Macy's and hawking it, Opium was flying off the shelves. Everyone was wearing it. People talk of Giorgio and how it created a sensory overload but Opium was right up there in its distinct aroma and how women over-sprayed it. Now, the prices for a vintage bottle are ridiculous. Is it worth it?

Looking at its notes, yes …
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About reviewer (368 reviews)

Age56 & Over

SkinDry, Fair, Cool

HairBlond, Straight, Fine

EyesBlue