YSL Black Opium, a modern take on sweet fragrances

Si te encantan las fragancias gourmand, YSL Black Opium es un imprescindible en tu colección de perfumes. Encuentra a continuación la reseña completa de esta interpretación moderna y glamurosa de las fragancias dulces que en pocos años se ha convertido en un verdadero icono.

If you love gourmand fragrances, YSL Black Opium is a must-have on your fragrance collection. Find ahead a complete review on this modern and glamorous take on sweet fragrances that has already become a true icon.

Los antecedentes The background

La tendencia de las fragancias gourmand dominaba el sector de los perfumes cuando YSL lanzó Black Opium en 2014. Nathalie Lorson, Marie Salamagne, Olivier Cresp y Honorine Blanc crearon una fragancia dulce poderosa y visionaria que incluso seis años después de su creación no ha perdido ni un ápice de actualidad y sigue acorde a la tendencia de fragancias gourmand con notas florales que tanto predomina actualmente.

The gourmand fragrance trend was dominating the fragrance scene when YSL launched Black Opium in 2014. Nathalie Lorson, Marie Salamagne, Olivier Cresp and Honorine Blanc created a powerful and visionary sweet scent that even six years later is still very much in line with the current trend of gourmand fragrances with floral notes.

Publicidad de YSL Black Opium en 2014 YSL Black Opium 2014 advert

YSL Black Opium retoma el legado de YSL Opium pero dejando atrás sus icónicas notas orientales especiadas para reemplazarlas por acordes predominantemente dulces. En seis años, YSL Black Opium se ha convertido en una fragancia tremendamente popular y uno de los bestsellers de YSL.

YSL Black Opium extends YSL Opium legacy but leaving behind its iconic spicy oriental notes to replace them for very sweet accords. In six years, YSL Black Opium has become an extremely popular fragrance and one of YSL bestsellers.

La fragancia The scent

A qué huele YSL Black Opium?

YSL Black Opium es una fragancia dulce, cálida y rica con el café, las flores blancas y la vainilla como notas principales. Las notas de salida son pera, pimienta rosa y flor de naranjo. Las notas de corazón son café, jazmín, almendra amarga y regaliz. Las notas de fondo son vainilla, cedro y madera de cachemira.

What does YSL Black Opium smell like?

YSL Black Opium is a sweet, warm and rich fragrance with coffee, white flowers and vanilla as main accords. The top notes are pear, pink pepper and orange blossom. The middle notes are coffee, jasmine, bitter almond and licorice. The base notes are vanilla, cedar and cashmere wood.

Como resultado, la dulzura extrema del intoxicante acorde de café mezclado con la sensualidad de la vainilla se atenúa con las flores blancas para crear una fragancia seductora, envolvente y adictiva que es intensa y delicada a partes iguales. YSL Black Opium es un perfume esencialmente dulce pero no de un modo empalagoso, sino sofisticado.

As a result, the extreme sweetness of the intoxicating coffee accord blended with sensual vanilla is toned down with white flowers to unfold a seductive, voluptuous and addictive scent that is equal parts powerful and delicate. YSL Black Opium is essentially a sweet fragrance but not in an overwhelming sense, yet in a sophisticaed one.

El envase The bottle

El envase de YSL Black Opium es una versión actualizada del envase del perfume YSL Opium adaptada al concepto de la nueva fragancia. Cubierto en purpurina de color negro con destellos plateados, el envase de YSL Black Opium es increíblemente moderno e irresistiblemente glamuroso. El singular detalle de la obertura circular por la que se puede ver el tono rosado coral de la fragancia y el nombre del perfume, aporta luz y sofisticación a este icónico envase.

YSL Black Opium bottle is an updated version of the YSL Opium perfume bottle adjusted to the new fragrance concept. Covered in silver black glitter, YSL Black Opium bottle is amazingly modern and irresistibly glamourous. The unique circular window detail through which you get to see the coral pink perfume hue and the fragrance name, brings light and sophistication to this iconic perfume bottle.

Visión general Overview

Increíblemente popular y todo un icono, YSL Black Opium es una fragancia dulce pero no de una manera clásica. Todas las notas dulces se compensan magistraltmente con acordes florales para transformar este perFume gourmand en una declaración moderna. Rico y poderoso, su inicio es intenso, pero una vez que se asienta en la piel, deja una fragancia cálida y sofisticada que no es nada abrumadora. El toque de especias de la nota de pimienta rosa y el acorde de café combinado con vainilla hacen de YSL Black Opium un perfume extremadamente adictivo.

Incredibly popular and already an icon, YSL Black Opium is a sweet fragrance but not in a classic way. All sweet accents are smartly off-set by floral accords to transform this gourmand fragrance into a modern statement. Rich and powerful, it goes on strong, but once it settles on skin it leaves a warm and sophisticated scent that is not overwhelming at all. The touch of spice from the pink pepper note and the unprecedented coffee accord paired with vanilla make of YSL Black Opium an extremely addictive fragrance.

Con una duración excelente, permanece en la piel de 8 a 10 horas y durante días en la ropa, y una estela moderada, es uno de esos perfumes que se perciben y reconocen fácilmente pero sin ser intrusivos. Más apropiado para las estaciones frías, YSL Black Opium es la fragancia perfecta para ocasiones especiales y el complemento ideal para dar un toque de glamour a cualquier look.

Truly long lasting, it stays on skin for 8 to 10 hours and for days on clothes, and with a non-intrusive sillage, is one of those scents that are easily noticed and identified but are not overpowering. More appropriate for cold seasons, YSL Black Opium is the perfect fragrance for special occasions and the ultimate accessory to add a touch of glamour to any look.

YSL Black Opium Eau the Parfum 53€

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10 Comments

  1. Ermagerd it sounds right up my alley! Though I’m probably going to have to spring for Lush’s Sikkim Girls first. Have you tried that one?

    As for vanilla fragrances, I still dream of Dior’s Hypnotic Poison I think it’s called. (red bottle)
    What other vanilla / gourmand / oriental fragrances can you recommend?

    1. I haven’t tried Lush Sikkim Girls, in fact I haven’t tried any Lush fragrances. I should check them out. I’m not a big fan of gourmand fragrances myself, my favorite perfumes are usually green floral scents, but the white flower accords of YSL Black Opium nicely tone down the sweet notes and is one of the few gourmand fragrances I can wear for hours. I also love oriental fragrances, my favorite ones are Dior Addict, Chanel Coco Noir, Calvin Klein Euphoria and Gucci Guilty.

      1. If you like green florals – Lush has a fragrance called Kerbside Violet which is both of these things! 💐

      2. Oh thank you so much! I need to check Lush Kerbside Violet for sure, plus it must be all natural and vegan. Thank you again! I didn’t know Lush were doing fragrances til you told me about it.

      3. Ah right on you’re a clean beauty proponent aren’t you!!

        I swear I don’t get paid for promoting Lush haha even though it may sound like it.

        What I like about Lush is that their fragrances are quite non traditional and interesting. Traditional department store fragrances can smell too… similar to me sometimes, not sure what it is with me.

      4. Yes, I´m very much into clean beauty, I can´t help it! I feel if a product works and it´s also non-toxic, it´s a bonus and if it´s also sustainable, it´s a double bonus. Traditional department stores want to sell what sells and they go with the trends. Now is all about gourmand fragrances and you are right, they actually tend to smell quite similar. I´m sure if you have nice words about Lush fragrances is because they are worth it. I like discovering new beauty products so Lush fragrances are now on my wish list!

  2. I loved this perfume on my friend, but when I tried it myself it was awful! Kinda hate how perfumes are like that. My fave at the moment is either the Chloe Eau de Parfum or Ellie Saab White.

    1. This is the thing with perfumes really. You have to try them on your own skin to see how they evolve with your pH and then value. In the past I threw so many fragrances away beacuse I had only tested them on samples, but not on my actual skin. Chloe Eau de Parfum and Ellie Saab White are both divine!

  3. This has been my go to perfume for the past 2 years. I think it’s smells like candy on me.

    1. Thank you for your comment! I have been using YSL Black Opium since December last year and in my case it starts really sweet, but it slowly tones down and the floral accents become more prominent. That´s why I love so much!

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