Yves Saint Laurent Belle D’Opium – Much Fuss over Nothing

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Fragrance Review

In the history of perfumery Opium is deemed by everybody as one iconic fragrance. As a result, with this kind of background, you can only presume that every new creation derived in some way or another from Opium, could only be something worth smelling, and ultimately deserving a spot in a “to buy” list. But, unexpectedly, to the chagrin of many fans, Belle D’Opium proves to be nothing more than precisely the type of that renders them a bad reputation.

Introduced in August 2010 as a feminine characterized by a subdued aroma of amber, with respect to the original, Belle D’Opium was developed by perfumers and . Sadly, after testing this feminine scent with the precious help of my wife, everything that remained in my olfactory memory is the sensual dance of French actress , chosen to front this fragrance.

The journey of a “next-generation” version of Opium (because the target audience was clearly stated by YSL) commences with a floral accord that transforms quickly into spicy facet, to finally dry down with a warmer woody note. The official list of notes encompass: Casablanca lily, sandalwood, gardenia, white pepper, jasmine and narguile (hookah in English – a type of waterpipe employed for smoking flavored tobacco, according to the description from ). Moreover, Belle D’Opium is not even sustained by a better persistence, the value of this ranging below the standards.

The flacon that holds the liquid has a quadratic shape, as a reference to the bottle featured with the original Opium, is made from a glass that has a transparent enchanting blue nuance glass and features a golden ring in its middle, over which the brand and the perfume’s name is written. Overall, Belle D’Opium is a fragrance that might appeal to a very young clientele, the type that has not yet defined some distinct landmarks in perfumery.

Yves Saint Laurent Belle D’Opium Perfume Details

  • Belle D’Opium by Yves Saint Laurent is available in 30, 50 and 90 ml Eau de Parfum Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 200 ml Body Lotion and 200 ml Shower Gel; the lasting power is below average (1 to 3 hours) and the sillage is good.
  • Olfactory Group: Oriental Floral
  • For: Women
  • Year Introduced: 2010
  • Perfumers: Honorine Blanc and Alberto Morillas
  • Recommended Wear: Day
  • Dress Code: Casual

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