Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, when I first read about it, got my heart going a little faster. A darker, more smoky, coffee-infused Opium? OMGOMGOMGZOMG.
Then I read that Hedi Slimane said no to Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium by making it clear he had zero to do with the creative direction of the fragrance. Damn, Hedi, I’m alarmed by this. Early reviews of Black Opium seemed to go in the same sad direction. It was initially released in Europe, and I did find it when I was in Paris. Oh!
I forgot to apologize for the lack of a post last week. Never, ever think you can go to Paris for four days. I spent at least that much time traveling, and I was exhausted from start to finish.
After spending almost 48 hours in airports and on planes, it’s an understatement to say I had some time to browse in the airport duty free. There it was, YSL Black Opium. I sniffed the cap. This was not the dark, smoky perfume in my dreams. This was a slightly sweet, generic concoction that I expect of mainstream perfumes. Sweet. Reeeeeeally sweet. I tried to back out of expectations and wonder what I would think of it if it weren’t named YSL Black Opium, if it didn’t have that legacy behind it. Who cares? The people behind that legacy chose to slap the name on it, so I don’t have to forget its history. I felt the same way about Chanel Coco Noir. Not a terrible fragrance exactly, just forgettable and in no way the heir to the Coco name.
Black Opium is a sad heir to what Opium was. A frothy sweet dessert that would fit better in Paris Hilton’s lineup that YSL’s. Ugh. Why do two great perfume houses decide to double down on some of their best perfumes and do such a horrible job with seemingly no historical connection to the fragrance that lent them their name?
I’m pretty turnt up about the whole situation. Notes of Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Coffee, Vanilla, Patchouli and Sandalwood (not listed, sugar, sugar, maple, candy corn, more sugar and syrup). AND incredible stupidity. Welcome to Chanel’s Stupid Flanker Idea Club, YSL.
I’d offer some samples as a drawing, but everyone would bail on me. Instead, what have you guys been up to the last couple of weeks? Missed you! Have you tried this one yet, do you even want to at this point, even out of curiosity?