Black Opium Eau de Toilette, or how to stir our senses
Yves Saint Laurent knew how to invent the modern woman, by reinterpreting the classics of men’s clothing. Her first perfume “Rive Gauche”, released in 1971, is a real incitement to feminine freedom. Yves Saint Laurent is a provocateur and causes a scandal on several occasions, during his perfume “Collection 40”, but also when he poses naked for the publicity of this one… In 2015, YSL presents “Black Opium, Eau de toilet”, a component from the “Black Opium” saga.
Black Opium or the revisiting of a legend
It was in 2014 that Yves Saint Laurent imagined “Black Opium”. Barely 6 months after its release, “Black Opium” was already in the “Top 10” of the best-selling perfumes in the world… In fact, “Black Opium” is the perfume of a revisited legend. . In 1977, when YSL unveiled “Opium”, the fragrance was as much adored as it was criticized. “Black Opium” wants to be more rock and especially more sensual than its elder. Vibrant with sensuality, “Black Opium” blows like a wind of modernity and charisma on the women of the 2000s. Building on this success, the brand offers us a year later, “Black Opium, Eau de toilette“. If the latter always flirts with the forbidden, the Eau de toilette is nevertheless lighter, more aerial. As addictive as a sip of caffeine and as luminous as a beautiful bouquet of white flowers, “Black Opium, Eau de Toilette” shakes up the codes of seduction… For our greatest pleasure!
The sparkling “coffee- floral “notes of Black Opium
It took no less than 4 talented perfumers to create a unique fragrance, namely Olivier Cresp, Nathalie Lorson, Marie Salamagne and Honorine Blanc. They decided to imagine a fragrance that plays between an extreme intensity resulting from the meeting between darkness and soft luminescence. “Black Opium, Eau de Toilette” is defined as a gourmet oriental of a new generation, thus marking a break with traditional perfumery. “Black Opium” takes off on ultra fruity notes with pear, green mandarin and blackcurrant buds. The heart evolves towards the key ingredient, coffee, associated with floral notes, orange blossom, but also an infusion of jasmine tea. The background will be very sensual. Always full of coffee, it is also composed of white musks and white wood. As for the bottle, it remains very feminine since it uses the codes of its elder. Eminently sensual, the bottle is dressed in lacquered black, and electrified with sparkling sequins. The center of the bottle is tinted for the occasion of a soft pink. It is still the London model, and no less iconic of rock fashion, Edie Campbell, who represents the revolutionary character of “Black Opium”.
“Black Opium, Eau de Toilette” follows on from the immense success of Eau de Parfum. The latter is a real upheaval in the world of traditional perfumery. Powerful, sensual and totally addict, “Black Opium, Eau de Toilette” will intoxicate you with a very special magic.
Released in 2014, Black Opium Eau de Toilette follows the Opium saga that began in 1977. Upon its release, Black Opium Eau de Toilette ranks among the 5 best-selling perfumes in the world. Still as enigmatic as ever, Black Opium Eau de Toilette is nevertheless more modern and more seductive than its predecessor. Both seductive and nonchalant, the Black Opium Eau de Toilette fragrance exudes its power in small touches until total bewitchment … Intended for today’s rock and contemporary woman, Black Opium Eau de Toilette, which is considered an adrenaline rush, has undoubtedly kept its power of seduction intact!
Black Opium, the collaboration of 4 perfumers for a most addictive fragrance
In order to achieve this fragrance full of charm and mystery, the Yves Saint Laurent house called on 4 perfumers, Nathalie Lorson, Marie Salamagne, Olivier Cresp and Honorine Blanc. Nathalie Lorson was born in Grasse. She began her career at IFF (International Flavors & amp; Fragrances), and quickly became a talented, sensitive and creative perfumer. We owe him magnificent fragrances such as “Place Vendôme” by Boucheron or “Gentleman Only” by Givenchy. Marie Salamagne graduated from the prestigious school of perfumery, ISIPCA. Humble and discreet, Marie Salamagne is known for her mineral and salty scents. We owe him “Luna” by Nina Ricci or “Alaïa Paris Blanche” by Azzedine Alaïa. Olivier Cresp is considered a very talented perfumer, even a genius. It is indeed Olivier Cresp who is at the origin of the composition of the first gourmet perfume “Angel” by Thierry Mugler. As for Honorine Blanc, she is also a graduate of ISIPCA and works for Firmenich. She directed Diesel’s “Loverdose” or Calvin Klein’s “Encounter”.
Black Opium and its unexpected combination of coffee and white flowers
Black Opium Eau de Toilette opens with daring coffee notes that blend harmoniously with pear, all of which is enhanced by the rose berries. Native to Ethiopia and tropical Africa, the coffee tree is an evergreen shrub. Its culture spreads to Yemen and Arab provinces where it is called “K’hawah”, which means “invigorating” in Arabic. In the 15th century, the Arabs introduced coffee to Persia, Egypt, and North Africa. Coffee arrived in Europe around 1600, thanks to Venetian merchants. In perfumery, we use coffee absolute. This is obtained by extraction with volatile solvents from the seeds of the fruits of the coffee tree. It gives off powerful and full-bodied tones. Then, the heart of Black Opium Eau de Toilette is loaded with a sumptuous bouquet of white flowers, mainly composed of jasmine and orange blossom. The base of Black Opium Eau de Toilette is sensual and oriental, because it combines vanilla, patchouli and cedarwood. Current and sassy, the composition of Black Opium Eau de Toilette leaves an unforgettable trail. As for the bottle, it draws on the main codes of its predecessor, taking the form of Japanese Inro. Here it is covered in glitter black for maximum modernity, with a candy pink heart, resolutely feminine.