YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum review

ysl black opium fragrance review eau de parfum perfume

In today’s blog post I will be reviewing a very popular perfume: YSL Black Opium. This fragrance is one that you see a lot, it’s marketed a lot and it is worn a lot. Maybe that’s why I wanted to try it. I bought it towards the end of 2019 and by the start of 2021… I no longer have this bottle in my possession. Why? Well, because I decluttered it and passed it on to my mom when I last filmed a perfume collection video. In this blog post, I will be going into more detail as to why I chose to no longer wear this fragrance.

Review: YSL Black Opium EdP 30 ml

I bought this perfume towards the end of 2019 with a discount voucher. Every year Dutch beauty store Ici Paris XL has a saving system where if you have enough stamps you get a 30% discount on an item of your choice before a certain date. I usually have one or two of these vouchers and I typically use them towards getting a discount on a perfume. It simply makes it much more affordable. This 30 ml bottle now retailed for around €50 rather than the standard going for rate which is around €75.

What does this fragrance have to offer?

ysl black opium fragrance review eau de parfum perfume

This is one of those perfumes that I think lots of women wear. I remember when this was released it was all over the influencer game and it was heavily promoted. As with many things hot off the press, I usually decide to wait for the first buzz to die down before I decide to buy. With fragrance I then often end up losing interest all together. However, this one kept nagging at the back of my brain. It is one I tried on many times in store and I even had a tester at some point.

Because this fragrance sounds amazing on paper. According to fragrantica this features: Pear, Pink Pepper and Orange Blossom as its top notes, Coffee, Jasmin, Bitter Almond and Licorice as its middle notes and Vanilla, Patchouli, Cedar and Cashmere Wood as its base notes. I love Pink Pepper (it’s one of my favorites) and also cedar and vanilla are some of my favorite fragrance notes. This therefore smelled divine and thus I ended up purchasing it.

Why didn’t this fragrance wow me?

And yet… Once I bought a bottle and got it home I didn’t love it. I used this fragrance less than 5 times and I already knew: nope this isn’t one for me. Even though I had tried it many times before, once I had committed it just didn’t deliver on what to me are some key elements that I look for in a perfume.

First of all, the fragrance has no lasting power on my skin. I am not sure whether it is just this batch or whether it is a common issue, but this fragrance lasts on me for about 1-2 hours and then it is gone. This fragrance is too expensive for it to do that! Secondly, this fragrance smells very nice on me at first (I definitely get a subtle hit of those coffee notes!) but after it sits on the skin and fully develops it just smells bland. My mom said she thinks it smells of cotton candy, I would describe it as marshmellow. It’s soft and sweet and feminine but nothing that makes it stand out and really stick.

My final thoughts

Over time I have found that I prefer perfumes that last on me all day (at least for a full workday) and that have something more unique to them. Be it a unique blend of different notes, or whether it just develops into something that makes my brain tingle (that’s how I would describe what a good perfume does for me), I want my perfumes to have something that makes me go: ooooh. This perfume made me go: meeeeh. There is just nothing special about this one and I think it mainly has to do with how this scent plays with my personal body chemistry. So it’s not the fragrance’s fault, but it definitely shows that fragrance is a very personal thing and that you can’t really tell works for you or not unless you really implement it into your day to day life.

Would I recommend YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum?

I certainly don’t hate this perfume. That it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. There is a reason why this is so popular and that’s probably because it works on so many people. It sadly didn’t work for me. However, if you are looking for a good day to day perfume that is warm, vanilla-y and a bit woodsy with a hint of coffee and something floral than this may be one you can really like.

What was the last fragrance you tried that you didn’t end up liking as much as you’d hoped?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Esther M says:

    Hi Maaike,
    Sorry to hear that Black Opium didn’t last on you. Must have been a bad batch as on me it last the whole day. I like the original Opium as well.
    What I dislike is all the other versions of Black Opium that are around, much too sweet for my taste.
    The last last fragrance that I really liked in the bottle or tester paper but didn’t go with the pH of my skin was Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt. I know Jo Malone is one of your favourites, but on me it doesn’t last at all.

    1. indiequeen84 says:

      Yeah I think it’s got more to do with my PH than with the fragrance itself.

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