While YSL’s Opium is an undisputed classic, I tend to consider it an elixer for an older generation. A recent flanker, however, Belle d’Opium, was intended for a younger market but kind of flew under my radar. The most recent addition to the Opium den, however, has definitely got my attention:
Created to be a lighter, fresher version of the original, Opium Vapeurs de Parfum is very different in that it’s not merely a less potent juice but a whole new scent.
Note-wise, you’re looking at a sheer, soft floriental that opens with mandarin and pink pepper oil resting on a heart of orange flower and sambac jasmine with a teensy dash of spicy nutmeg oil. The base notes are incense (just a hint), amber, light woods and vanilla.
On me, I get gorgeous sparkling citrus top notes that soon settle into a light, slightly powdery-woody-vanilla veil with the teensiest dash of spice that gently drapes across your skin. Something about it reminds me a little bit of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique (you know, the original one that comes in a bottle that looks like a female dress dummy?) except its much softer, more wearable and invigorated by the citrus notes. Also, something about it that makes me think of Eli Saab’s new lighter, fresher EDT as well as Lancome’s Tresor. (As it turns out, both of these scents are florientals and share a lot of the same notes.)
To me, it’s the fragrance equivalent of a soft, uber-comfy Angora jersey; perfectly suited to a day time, but when the weather’s a little bit in between. Think slightly overcast weather or in autumn.
While some diehard Opium fans have been disappointed by Vapeurs de Parfum as they thought it was far too different to the original, for me, that’s exactly what I like about it.
Intrigued? Yves Saint Laurent Opium Vapeurs de Parfum is in stores now and a 50ml bottle of EDP is R795.