It’s always a special thing to have a new fragrance to remind you of those special occasions. Welcome to Blogmas Day 10!
I always like to take a new perfume on holiday, and I know if I have an important event it’s always extra special to have a new scent. That way, whenever you wear it again you always remember that special moment.
When I got married, I wore Gucci Guilty because it was what I was first wearing when Rob and I got together, and he always says the perfume reminds him of those early months in our relationship.
When I graduated – on both occasions – I wore Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel, so I’m instantly transported back to that moment when I wear it now.
This Christmas, I’ll be wearing YSL Black Opium. I picked up a bottle in Duty Free when I was on my way back from Ibiza in October, and I’ve been saving it for that right moment. I know it’s very similar to Chanel’s Cocoa Noir or Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, but I find this one so much more musky and sexy than the previous two.
I always have a soft spot for the Original Opium, as it’s one that both my mom and Nan used to wear, but I’ve always found it a little too cloying for me. It’s very strong and quite mature, and I never felt that it sat right with me.
That being said, Black Opium is still a bold scent but a little more dark and musky; it has traces of coffee and vanilla, undertones of pink pepper… The comparison to the original ends there. There’s a woody coffee, musk and patchouli hit mixed with a warmer (and sweeter) vanilla, pear and orange blossom undertone. It’s both sensual and light in equal measure. Perfect for those dark Winter nights.
Fans of the original Opium might struggle to enjoy their newer version under the L’Oreal umbrella, but I have to say I’m a fan of their latest offering. I love the longevity, I love how it fades into something more floral and I especially love the youthful edge they’ve added with this. Bravo.