Review: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

Hi, everyone. Now that it’s summer, my brain tells me it’s alright for me to share my thoughts on the perfume I wore throughout winter.


THE BACKSTORY: One of my acquaintances was going to Paris on a business trip. I asked her to pick up a couple of fragrances for me since I was running out of the ones I was using at the time. She didn’t have the time to hunt down Jo Malone for me but she was so sweet that she bought me 2 other perfumes instead. This YSL perfume is one of them. I used it all through winter last year and only recently stopped wearing it. Spoiler, I don’t think it’s a summer perfume.


Like skincare, fragrances tend to be a very personal thing.


Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium



Top Notes – Black coffee accord, Mandarin, Bergamot

Heart Notes – Orange blossom, Tuberose, Jasmin sambac

Base Notes – White musk, Vanilla beans, Cashmeran


PACKAGING: The perfume comes packaged in a sturdy, square bottle. The bottle has a textured, glitter surface. The glitter doesn’t come off on the palms, thankfully.


Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium


THE PRODUCT: The scent, I feel, is something each one of us will find ourselves to be acquainted with. That being said, I still really do like the scent. It’s sensual, it’s warm… But it’s a little too familiar-smelling, which is why I don’t love it out-and-out.


This is quite a strong scent. You’ll know it’s a gourmand perfume from the first spray itself. It’s got such a powerful punch of vanilla – it was the first note I detected. As it settles down, you get bursts of tuberose, jasmine and white musk. I personally am unable to detect the coffee note but I think that is exactly what makes this perfume slightly more complex. It’s a beautiful, sweet, sweet amalgam.


It’s fabulous for the winter time. It’s such a sweet and warm scent that I think it goes perfectly with warm winter clothes. If you’re not someone who changes perfumes on a seasonal basis, I think it’s a good night-time fragrance. You can wear it to dinner dates, parties, events and so on. I would recommend wearing it when you’re attending more intimate functions/events since it is quite a sensual perfume.


It wears beautifully and the sillage is quite strong. It wears well on the skin but it wears even more beautifully (and for much longer) on clothes!


Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium


PRICE: $69 for 30 ml (4417 INR approx.), $91 for 50 ml (5825 INR approx.), $118 for 90 ml (7554 INR approx.)


AVAILABILITY: Leading perfume outlets, Parcos stores nation-wide, YSL Site, Sephora, Nordstrom

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum









  • It has a long-lasting sillage.
  • It wears well throughout the day. It lasts longer on clothes.
  • The packaging is pretty.
  • It's a nice, sweet, warm fragrance. Why is this a pro? Well, it may be for some.


  • The scent is a little too familiar.
  • It's... expensive. Do I even need to mention that?


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