A 1977 classic, Opium is an oriental spicy fragrance for women from Yves Saint Laurent that was developed by perfumers Jean Amic and Jean-Louis Sieuzac. As described on the official website Opium is “a window into an imaginary world. A spicy oriental harmony for extreme sensuality”.
At the moment of its introduction, Opium represented an infusion of originality for the olfactory group of oriental perfumes and reflected Yves Saint Laurent’s intention to capture the world of Orient in a bottle. Moreover, Opium was the first French fragrance with an unusual high concentration of alcohol, a feature that, before Opium, was employed exclusively in the American perfumery.
I discovered Opium very late, but the encounter with this classic scent worth the entire wait. The structure on which Opium is based belongs to the old school of perfumery, an art which is almost extinct these days, and for being allowed to participate in this olfactory feast we should thank to its creators and Yves Saint Laurent as well. Opium opens stingy in a mix of pepper and coriander, sustained by the citrus notes of bergamot and Mandarin orange and adding plum, jasmine, West Indian bay and cloves. The mid development unveils after the vanishing of initial accords, in a combination of cinnamon, orris root, rose, carnation, peach, sandalwood, Lily-of-the-Valley and patchouli. The elegant dry down features myrrh, cedar, incense, vetiver, benzoin, vanilla, coconut, white musk, opoponax, amber, sandalwood, tolu balsam and labdanum.
All these are fine ingredients with the confirmed purpose of making you addicted to the power of Opium, one of the most powerful olfactory experiences in the history of perfumery. The scent is presented in a bottle that brings homage to the exotic spirit of the Far East, using brown and amber like shades for a guaranteed effect.
Throughout the years, the video advertisement for Opium benefited from several versions, the one from 1986 with supermodel Linda Evangelista was followed by the 1992’s edition, directed by David Lynch and the most recent one, from 2011, which features the British actress Emily Blunt in a captivating story, having as soundtrack “Requiem in Ré Minor III: Lacrimosa” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Opium Yves Saint Laurent Perfume Details
- Opium is available in 7.5, 15 and 30 ml Parfum Bottle, 30 and 50 ml Eau de Parfum Spray, 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 200 ml Rich Body Cream, 200 ml Body Moisturizer, 200 ml Luscious Shower Gel and 100 ml Deodorant Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Spicy
- For: Women
- Year Introduced: 1977
- Perfumers: Jean Amic and Jean-Louis Sieuzac
- Recommended Wear: Evening
- Dress Code: Casual
Linda Evangelista Video for Opium Yves Saint Laurent
David Lynch 1992 Video for Opium Yves Saint Laurent
Emily Blunt 2011 Video for Opium Yves Saint Laurent