Perfume is one of my passions. I feel as if there is something missing when I don’t wear a fragrance. And even though I have my favourite stand by’s, I like to have a “wardrobe” of scents. I certainly don’t wear the same clothes everyday, so why shouldn’t I change my fragrance according to my moods?
My very first purchase, with my very first pay of my very first job was a fragrance. A soft, young white floral called Anaïs Anaïs by Cacharel to be exact, and I was in heaven!
The second perfume I remember is Y by Yves Saint Laurent. A gift from a boyfriend. Way too elegant and sophisticated for a young girl from Amsterdam, but I loved it! This has long been discontinued, but I remember it to be a green, woody fragrance.
My passion with fragrance continued throughout my life: you may or not know, many moons ago (before children), I was in the beauty industry. I qualified as a beauty therapist and a make up artist, and fell into a wonderful managerial job for a chain of perfumeries called Paradise Perfumery. I was the group buyer and managed the city store. I knew all about the every fragrance on our shelves, but the variety and range we had back then is nothing like we have today!
We did, however stock the Yves Saint Laurent range of perfumes. Paris, Opium, Rive Gauche and of course the men’s range. My husband was a big Kouros fan.
Two new varieties of two classic YSL fragrances have just been released: Mon Paris, and Black Opium, but I still remember the originals!
Paris Yves Saint Laurent was released in 1984 and was fairly new when I was in that industry. I have to admit, this was not one of my favourites: a fruity, heady floral, heavy on the rose.
Opium Yves Saint Laurent was released in 1977 in the opulent, hedonistic days of Studio 54 and was ahead of its time. A strong, warm oriental and there hasn’t been anything like it since.
I was quite excited to experience the new updated versions of these two iconic fragrances and they didn’t disappoint!
What they say:
A new chapter of vertiginous love where our burning lovers pursue the experience of l’Amour Fou in an upside-down and aerial Paris. Seized by a feeling of ecstasy and freedom they end losing ground suspended in the air. A new bottle dressed only with a plumetis lavalliere for even more sensuality, femininity and coutureness to get high on love.
Enlightened by the sensuality of white musks and an acidulated blackberry accord, the hypnotic Datura, signature of MON PARIS, radiates with an airy peony. A loss of sense in weightlessness.
I have no idea what that means, but it sounds romantic! A little trivia: The same trio of perfumers that developed the original Paris fragrance, created this new updated version too!
My thoughts and interpretation:
So much fresher and modern than the original version! This perfume is a Pretty, Romantic, and Floaty Floral fragrance. Makes me want to run through the streets in Paris wearing a long pink frothy evening dress. I really like it. It makes me feel feminine.
- Top Notes: fruity, airy floral
- Heart Notes: a slightly sweeter white floral version
- Base Notes: my favourite: slightly warm patchouli and powdery musk
What they say:
Energetic, impulsive and addicted to fun, the Black Opium woman lives in the moment, and is always on a quest for the unexpected. She takes her friends on an electrifying journey through the night.
Introducing the new glowing Eau de Toilette, the fragrance of fizzing addiction.
The addiction of sensual coffee, electrified by a dazzling freshness. The energising glow of pear is enhanced by citrus notes to illuminate the new Black Opium Eau de Toilette.
My thoughts and interpretation:
This is a new version of the new version of Opium. Let me explain. Black Opium was released in 2014 as a modern version of the original Opium . The fragrance I am reviewing here, is a brand new release called Black Opium Glow. A much lighter, airier version of the Black Opium. This can be your Summer edition! Top note supposedly has black coffee, but I can not pick it. But it does explain why I love this fragrance! #coffeeaddict
Black Opium is the Grittier sister of the YSL perfume stable – Black Opium Glow is the younger fresh new kid on the block. Still grungy, still wearing boots and jeans, but doesn’t mind a little floaty floral top peeping out from under the biker jacket.
- Top Notes: Sweet, light fruity and fresh
- Heart Notes: white florals like jasmine with a hint of orangeblossom
- Base Notes: This is where the orientals come out: musk, patchouli but still staying light and fresh and never overpowering
Have you tried these fragrances? Do you gravitate to soft pretty romantic fragrances or do you like the headier muskier ones?
Please note, products denoted with an asterisk* have been sent as PR samples for reviewing purposes. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.
Til next time,