On my wishlist
by Ruth Synnove on Jan 25, 2018
I was surprised at how comforting this was. Expected to be attacked with full strength, like Youth-Dew. But this one just floats quietly, wonderful incense, something strikes me as lemon, but I didnt see any citrus in the notes listed. I would describe it as grown up christmas meets yoga studio ;D definietly getting this.
Not the Opium I fell in love with, but . . .
by Leigh on Oct 26, 2017
I loved original Opium. Original Opium was like that bad-boy boyfriend who shoved you up against the brick wall of a seedy alley and kissed you deeply while sliding his hand up your skirt -- never caring who might see you. Original Opium was looking at you best friend and saying, "Hey, didja ever wonder what it would be like to be locked in the trunk of a speeding car?" -- and then doing it. Original Opium was dark and dangerous and sexy and uninhibited, and I loved it. It was a nighttime fragrance, it was a "let's have the dirtiest sex we've ever had" fragrance, it was a "throw caution to the winds" fragrance.
New Opium isn't. New Opium is a trust fund boyfriend who can take you to new places, but whose idea of "exotic" is trying the new Thai-Cameroon fusion restaurant at the strip mall. Rich, but not very imaginative. It's not a *bad* fragrance at all -- very heavy on the spice notes, fading to a sort of dusty back-of-mom's-closet darkness. Not challenging, not "offensive". So -- not as daring, not as creative, not as heady as the original. Still, it's very wearable, and maybe it's been re-formulated for old folks like me who started wearing it decades ago, but have all grown up and have forgotten the days when danger and passion were intertwined. It probably even fools some of them into believing it's the same scent. It's not. But it's as close as we're going to get, so get some, enjoy it, and try to remember the old dark dangerous days when we were young and willing to take some risks.
by Hope on May 17, 2017
Smells rich, balsamic and smoky on me. Moderate sillage and excellent longevity. Old school, mature, lovely fragrance for bold wearers who like depth in their fragrance. Will be purchasing a full bottle to round out my Orientals.
This is not your 80' s moment
by S. on Feb 17, 2017
I seen the name and ran from this for a few years thinking of the strong 80's perfume that every women wore then. I hated that smell. One day on an elevator at work I stood behind a woman who smelled classic but mysterious.... I had to ask and she was happy to tell me "the new OPIUM" I was shocked. What great work. A little goes forever be mindful when spraying. One of my favs.
by KE on Feb 14, 2017
As far as older perfumes go, I really enjoy this one. To me it has held up well over time, an is still very enjoyable today. It's a good old-fashioned perfume in terms of good construction, strength, sillage, and longevity, along with spiciness in just the right proportion. I definitely recommend trying this one if you haven't already.
Great Fall scent
by Johanna on Sep 30, 2016
This is my all time favorite
An "Oriental Spicy" fragrance
by Jeffrey on Sep 16, 2016
I obtained a decant of this thinking I could pull this off but as a man, I can't. It's a real nice fragrance that's spicy and floral. This like other fragrances smells different on each person. I smelled this on 2 different women at work years ago and it smelled nice on both but yet different. I think what sets this one apart from "Cinnabar" and "Youth Dew" is that this one is less spicy and more floral.? I see it has resins in it's notes which would make it balsamic yet I don't pick up on those notes. This fragrance really does give that vibe of being in or of the Orient and yet it's in the Oriental group of fragrances which doesn't necessarily mean something that smells of the Orient.
by Ashley on Jul 15, 2016
I love love love this perfume. It lasts for a long time, it's strong, and it makes a statement. This perfume makes me feel very fierce. It smells like incense and could easily be unisex. Much better than Black Opium.
by Tatyana on Jun 9, 2016
I'm fascinated by this perfume. I am not brave enough to wear it in public yet but at home I keep reaching for it to be transferred into a magical place. It's very spicy and rich, perfect for special occasions.
by Amber on Jun 8, 2016
This perfume is spicy and mysterious. The woman that wears this has secrets.
Retried this classic
by Alishia on May 23, 2016
I knew Opium had been reformulated and I didn't actually care for the original. It smells similar but I find the reformulated went in the wrong direction. The new formula smells more dated than the original. In figured I'd try it because I'm getting older and maybe my nose changed, but no luck. I wish spice smelled good on me but my skin tends to project JUST the spice and the other notes get drowned out.
No longer Opium
by Alicia on Feb 26, 2016
I used Opium for years, so I know it well. This reformulation has little or no similarity to the original. This is a new perfume, which deserves a new name. In the present situation omparisons are unavoidable, and to the disadvantage of this newcomer. Opium was an intoxicating, memorable classic. The present one is a good perfume, above average in quality, but it is not Opium.
by Alicia on Feb 14, 2016
I have worn for many years the older version, and feared that I wouldn't like the new one. They are indeed different perfumes. Perhaps the name should have been changed to avoid disappointments. It is different, indeed, but is good, quite good. Still an spicy oriental, full of character. Seductive and mysterious. Try it with no expectations. You are not going to return to the old Opium, but in all likelihood might enjoy the new journey.
Suitable for a man, too
by Betsy on Jan 13, 2016
I think this 2009 formulation is a similar, but different, scent from the 1977 original. Viewing it as a separate and distinct perfume, and not a butchery, helped me to like the reformulation better.
The original is definitely more feminine, and this newer version is more unisex, and even appropriate for men to wear. In fact, I gave my husband a bottle this Christmas. We both love it.
Smells Like Grandma
by rhapsodii on Jan 11, 2016
Perhaps that is putting it too harshly, but this scent just smells outdated to me. It's incense-heavy with floral notes, and the smell just seems to catch in the back of my throat...
by Taina on Dec 26, 2015
I usually wear strong perfumes, but this is the kind that makes me nauseous. Does not go well with my skin.
I smell like royalty!
by Jessica on Dec 24, 2015
I feel like I am living a luxury life when I wear this perfume. It smells rich and sophisticated. I am only in my 20s and I've heard so much about this, the only down side is I feel this is for a women a little older than me. Maybe 40-55
Old Fashioned Quality
by Kris on Oct 31, 2015
Yves Saint Laurent's Opium is a perfume I have grown up with. It is in my opinion a slightly more mature perfume with its more musky scent. However what I love the most about Opium is it longevity and strength. I only have to use 1 spray for the scent to be clearly in the air. And I find it lasts longer than most other perfumes I have tried. It is all up one of the highest quality perfumes I have tried.
by Kadaffi on Aug 24, 2015
I had to go wash my hand immediately after trying this scent as it was just NO. It's another scent I found to be dated and overpowering, I can't even describe the scent as it was just all around bad in my opinion.
by Robin on Jul 5, 2015
Was a little to mature for me, didn't work with my skin. I did like a little of the spice to it. Reminded me of some of the things my grandmother wore though.
by Sharon on Mar 19, 2015
Judging by the name and gorgeous bottle design, Opium is exactly what I expected it to be: Deep and smoky, ancient and exotic... It immediately evokes imagery of ancient Egypt, Myrrh and Frankincense. Even though I've only just tried Opium for the first time, it's extremely nostalgic for me. It smells exactly like 'Earth Lore' - The smoky, incense-laden shop I frequented as a curious teenager, which was stocked with small Egyptian & Buddhist trinkets, crystals, and books on witchcraft. Opium has the same mystical elements, and is an utterly phenomenal aromatic experience.
Spicy & Comforting
by Nazia on Feb 13, 2015
Something about this scent screams comfort scent to me, even though I think it's meant to be sexy. It definitely is a strong, power-woman kind of a scent. But the incense and spicy notes remind me of winter and warmth - it's a fragrance I snuggle up to on a col day indoors :)
Strong and spicy
by Emily on Dec 31, 2014
A classic that must be sampled by every perfumista. Strong, powerful, earthy, and magical. I think I'll wear this more in my older years, as it takes a mature and experienced woman to really pull off.
Bring back memories.
by Adrienne on May 28, 2014
This scent was made the year I was born. My Mother loves this perfume, and one day my sister and I sprayed the house with the entire bottle. My house smelled like opuim for years after that lol. I love it.
An "Oriental Spicy" frag.
by Jeffrey on Apr 23, 2014
I have smelled this years ago on different women,and it smelled different on each of them. It all has to do with your chemistry and it's "drydown". I ordered a sample of this to see if I could pull off wearing this as a male. And I think I might. So this could be also a unisexual perfume. I tried the "Opium" for men when it first came out and I didn't like it cause it smelled like root beer on me. This on the other hand is a spicy fragrance quite different then "Youth Dew". I do like this frag. cause of it being spicy. This comes on strong at first when I first apply it and is more spicy, and after awhile it mellows out and the spicy-ness goes away.
Comes on strong
by Jennifer on Nov 4, 2013
I've always loved this perfume. My mother wore it and kw so do I. It's not for the faint of heart! It comes in strong but mellows out to a fantastic sexy scent