Sunday, 3 April 2016

Sickeningly, Simply Sweet: YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche


For the past hour, I've been trying to formulate my thoughts on YSL's latest 'flanker', Black Opium Nuit Blache, which is a new twist on Black Opium, which is itself a twist on Opium.  I've been sitting here, snuffling at my wrist like a fragrance-seeking pig, trying to smell anything other than vanilla, sweetness and a tiny flash of slightly fresh florals.

I'm struggling, I really am.

Unfortunately, on my skin and with my nose, this perfume is nothing but overwhelmingly sweet vanilla - the fragrance notes promise coffee, pepper, rice, white musk, orange blossom, but alas, I cannot smell any of them.  And believe me, I've tried.  I actually feel a bit sick now, having snuffled at this over-sweet scent for so long.

For me, it's too one dimensional, too sickly, and, well... too similar to other sweet vanilla mass market perfumes, particularly given that a 30ml bottle of EDP costs £45.  For eight quid more, you can get a bottle of Tom Ford's Black Orchid, for example, which is a way more subtle, complex scent.

Sadly, this one's not destined to remain in my perfume cache, but if you like your scents gourmand, richly, sweetly vanilla, and generally pretty simple, you may like it.  Just do yourself a favour and sniff it in-store before you buy.

Disclosure:  PR sample

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1 comment:

  1. Oh that's too bad. I was really curious about this perfume. I wonder if my daughter would like it, since she likes sweet scents.

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