There is just something about fragrance in the Holiday season that I feel just fits. Is it just me or are we simply buying more fragrances during the festive season? I know I am certainly more intrigued for sure.
That’s why today I have another fragrance review for you. This is for the YSL Black Opium Illicit Green. I tried an reviewed the original version a few years ago and didn’t love it. It just didn’t last on me so I gave it to my mom instead.
Perfume review: YSL Black Opium Illicit Green
This comes in a few sizes. Because I wasn’t sure how much I’d like this, I bought it in the 30 ml which retails for around €80. I always by high street fragrances when they are discounted and/ or when I have a gift voucher available to me. So I know I didn’t pay that amount for this.
The idea of the Black Opium fragrance family by YSL has always intrigued me. The sweet scent combined with some warmth has always drawn me in. Illicit Green has some green notes in as the name suggests. These are the notes according to Fragrantica:
- Top: pear, fig leaf, green mandarin
- Middle: fig, orange blossom, jasmin
- Base: bourbon vanilla, coffee, patchouli
What appealed to me here was the promise of fig and that is definitely what I pick up on. What’s more: this lasts so much longer on me than the original. So now I am wondering: did I just get a faulty bottle before? Because this lasts all day on me.
It starts off quite sweet and fresh but then warms up as it develops on the skin. I wouldn’t call this a groundbreaking fig fragrance: it is nice, but it isn’t overly special. However if you like the idea of fig and you want it blended in with some easier scent notes, then this may be a good one. It’s a green fragrance for people who prefer more gourmande. It’s not too complex, nor too simple and it keeps a nice middle ground.
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