Yves Saint Lauren Black Opium Eau de Toilette* (from £39) | available from Boots
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the beautiful packaging of this new fragrance from YSL?! Its opulence and rose-gold glitter exterior would be fit to adorn any Christmas Tree this winter. This is the new Black Opium Eau de Toilette from Yves Saint Laurent, markedly different to their Eau de Parfum which was released this time last year. It is described as mysterious, but sensual. Vibrant, yet with a new femininity at its heart.
Now this is truly the perfect Winter scent and it had me addicted at the very first spritz. The beautiful yet edgy combination of notes and accords give this fragrance a truly unique scent. The first notes that break through are fruity – a mix of zingy blackcurrant, juicy pear and bitter-sweet mandarin peel. These are closely followed by a fragrant, floral blend of jasmine tea and passionate orange blossom which gives the fragrance an invigorating heart and depth.
So far you would be right to believe that this sounds like your average, pretty floral/fruity fragrance…but then YSL surprise us with the breakthrough addition of coffee bean notes which shock and exhilarate your senses at first inhalation. Strong, flavoursome and rich coffee notes are teamed with creamy white musk, all underpinned with a white wood accord. It may sound odd but it really does work and gives the whole fragrance a deep, mysterious, daring scent combined with the lightness of florals and fruits. So if you need a wake-up call in the morning then put down your double espresso and just reach for this new scent!
Are you intrigued to take a sniff?