Black Opium Perfume

Black Opium Perfume

Welcome to Perfume and Aftershave reviews. This Black Opium Perfume is part of a huge collection of perfumes from the Yves Saint Laurent fragrance Labs which I’m sure will wet your appetite for more. On this article, we researched  Black Opium perfume, the History of the company and more importantly how do they smell. We test the product to give you our honest opinion on how the fragrance and was it worth the money that you could be about to invest.

We have split this article into different catagories beginning with the; 

  • History
  • Perfumer
  • Notes
  • Description of Notes
  • What was our Findings
  • Public Reviews
  • Reasons to consider when purchasing your product
  • Description of different types of Perfumes
  • Where to store your fragrance
  • Media Section
  • Conclusion

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Yves Saint Laurent

Picture of YSL

Yves Saint Laurent was born on 1 August 1936, in Oran, French Algeria, to French parents, Charles and Lucienne Andrée Mathieu-Saint-Laurent. He grew up in a villa by the Mediterranean with his two younger sisters, Michèle and Brigitte. Saint Laurent liked to create intricate paper dolls, and by his early teen years he was designing dresses for his mother and sisters.

At the age of 17, Saint Laurent moved to Paris and enrolled at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, where his designs quickly gained notice. Michel De Brunhoff, the editor of French Vogue, introduced Saint Laurent to designer Christian Dior, a giant in the fashion world. “Dior fascinated me,” Saint Laurent later recalled. “I couldn’t speak in front of him.

He taught me the basis of my art. Whatever was to happen next, I never forgot the years I spent at his side.” Under Dior’s tutelage, Saint Laurent’s style continued to mature and gain even more notice.

At House of Dior

Dior recognized his talent immediately, Saint Laurent spent his first year at the House of Dior on mundane tasks, such as decorating the studio and designing accessories.

Eventually, however, he was allowed to submit sketches for the couture collection; with every passing season, more of his sketches were accepted by Dior. In August 1957, Dior met with Saint Laurent’s mother to tell her that he had chosen Saint Laurent to succeed him as designer.

His mother later said that she had been confused by the remark, as Dior was only 52 years old at the time. Both she and her son were surprised when in October of that year Dior died at a health spa in northern Italy of a massive heart attack.

In 1957, Saint Laurent found himself at age 21 the head designer of the House of Dior. His spring 1958 collection almost certainly saved the enterprise from financial ruin; the straight line of his creations, a softer version of Dior’s New Look, catapulted him to international stardom with what would later be known as the “trapeze dress”.

Others included in the collection were dresses with a narrow shoulder and flared gently at the bottom. At this time, he shortened his surname to Saint Laurent because the international press found his hyphenated triple name difficult to spell.


Jean Amic and Jean-Louis Sieuzac

Picture of Jean Ammic
Jean Ammic
Picture of Jean Louis Sieuzac
Jean-Louis Sieuzac


Top Notes – Pink Pepper, Coffee

Middle Notes – Vanilla, Jasmine and Orange blossom

Base Notes – Patchouli and Cedar

Fragrance Wheel

Description of Notes

  • Top notes: Also called the head notes. The scents that are perceived immediately on application of a perfume. Top notes consist of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. They form a person’s initial impression of a perfume and thus are very important in the selling of a perfume. Examples of top notes include mint, lavender and coriander.
  • Middle notes: Also referred to as heart notes. The scent of a perfume that emerges just prior to the dissipation of the top note. The middle note compounds form the “heart” or main body of a perfume and act to mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes, which become more pleasant with time. Examples of middle notes include seawater, sandalwood and jasmine.
  • Base notes: The scent of a perfume that appears close to the departure of the middle notes. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume. Compounds of this class of scents are typically rich and “deep” and are usually not perceived until 30 minutes after application. Examples of base notes include tobacco, amber and musk.

What was our Findings

Well for me personally this perfume is not my cup of tea, saying this, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad perfume, it’s just not my preference and as 95% of the public reviews loved it, they can’t all be wrong.

On first application you get to smell the fragrance of coffee and Pepper, but not for long so don’t worry as the scent of flowers soon take control and over time a woody scent climbs through.

With a price of roughly about £55.00 upwards for a 50ml, it’s not expensive at all and it should last you at least 6 hours on one application.

Romance is in the air!

Public Reviews

  • I very rarely wear perfume and have never actually bought my own bottle. Typically, I smell the free samples and don’t come across any that make me want to buy the full size. However When I smelled this one I instantly fell in love with the scent! Although I have smelled so many perfumes and none of them had that effect me like this one did. I asked for it for my birthday and now wear very often. I love the vanilla scent to it!
  • Hands down one of my favourite perfumes ever. It has become one of my signature scent that everyone is always complementing me on. Worth every single penny. Simply love it!
  • I love the smell of this perfume! I am quite sensitive to smells, and can become nauseous if it’s overpowering, but this perfume is just a perfect amount. Unfortunately the only downside is I find the aroma does not stay for long. I usually put on 2 full pumps in the morning and by noon, it’s barely noticeable anymore. 

Romance is in the air!

Reasons to consider when purchasing your perfume

Reason why some perfumes are expensive really depends on what ingredients it contains which is why fake perfumes are cheaper.

Because of this, the products are not natural but man made, to actually copy the scent, which is really a false saving because over time you will use twice the amount of the fake product for it to smell for the same time period as the original.

There are lots of reasons to consider when purchasing your perfume as the following will explain;

Description of Types of Perfume

    • Perfume or Extrait –  in English is known as perfume extract, pure perfume, or simply perfume: 15–40% aromatic compounds. 
    • Esprit of Parfum (ESDP) –  15–30% aromatic compounds, a seldom used strength concentration in between EDP and perfume.
    • Eau de parfum (EdP) or parfum de toilette (PdT) –  10–20% aromatic compounds (typically ~15%). Sometimes called “eau de parfum” or “millésime”; parfum de toilette is a less common term, most popular in the 1980s. That is generally analogous to eau de parfum.
    • Eau de toilette (EDT) –  5–15% aromatic compounds (typically ~10%); This is the staple for most masculine perfumes.
    • Eau de Cologne ( EDC ) –  Often simply called cologne: 3–8% aromatic compounds (typically ~5%).
    • Eau fraiche – Products sold as “splashes”, “mists”, “veils” and other imprecise terms. Generally these products contain 3% or less aromatic compounds and are diluted with water rather than oil or alcohol.
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Once you have purchased your product, where do you store it?.

Well most people will put their perfume in the bathroom or on their bedside cabinet by the window, but this couldn’t be worse for your perfume.

Perfumes hate direct sunshine and damp places like a typical bathroom, so my advice would be to store it in a dark corner of your bedroom and it will last as long as the manufacturer specifications.

Media Section

Black Opium Marketing Video

Black Opium Video


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