YSL Belle D'Opium

My Mum is a huge fan of the original YSL Opium fragrance, it's her favourite perfume. I on the other hand am not. I find it far too spicy, heavy and heady for my sensitive snout and I was a little apprehensive about trying Belle D'Opium, the new sister fragrance to this iconic scent.

I'll never forget the day I bought Opium for my Mum knowing how much she loves it. I had a sniff one day and it almost blew my head off! It takes one hell of a woman to rock Opium and Belle D'Opium despite being dubbed as the 'next generation', younger version doesn't quite match up to the original. It still has those woody tones to it, but I find it lighter and easier to wear.

Am I the only one reminded of that those Turkish Delight adverts that used to come on in the 80s when they look at this promo shot? I don't find the image very alluring, despite that clearly being its intention.

Its notes are a combination of casablanca lily, sandalwood, jasmine absolute, white pepper, gardenia and hookah accord, it's less spicy than the original Opium, yet, still a warm scent which compliments this time of year and which I think would bode well as an evening perfume.

I'm a big fan of the bottle, which I think is sexy, unique and looks attractive amongst my other perfume bottles. I am indeed a sucker for pretty packaging!

Love the bottle!

My initial thoughts on the scent itself? It doesn't last very long, it had all but faded away within an hour, leaving a faint trace of amber-like goodness in its wake. I think this will be disappointing for fans of the original as it's basically a watered down version. I don't dislike the scent but it doesn't blow me away. I'd rather keep re-purchasing my beloved Bath & Bodyworks Sensual Amber for a fraction of the price instead, which lasts for hours and dare I say it, smells much nicer!

No doubt my Mum will still love this being the Opium obsessive she is!

Prices start at £39 for 30ml

6 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Imo said...

This sounds right up my street... does the parfum version fade quickly? I love heady 'masculine' scents on me =)

Dani said...

Urgh I'm with you on Opium, it's waaaay too strong, gives me headaches! My mum wore it for years though, but she seems to prefer the really heavy scents...mums eh? Have to say the bottle really is gorgeous on this one, but it's not my kind of scent, oh well!

stells and co. said...

This sounds a bit too strong for me!

PinkSparkle84 said...

I've smelled this at work and I really like it, to me it smells a little bit like Tom Ford black Orchid but a little sweeter.
I love the bottle too!

Sarah said...

Forgive me for lowering the tone Yinka, but the smoke in that promo shot and the way her legs are angled make it look like her crotch is on fire!

VexintheCity said...

@Imo - Well this was the EDP Vapouriser spray and lasted less than an hr ...

Dani - Opium is totally a Mum thing! LOL

@Stells & Co - You may like it, have a sniff x

@Pinksparkle84 - It might grow on me, time will tell ..

@Sarah - LMAO!!! Oh that made me laugh!


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