Opium by Yves Saint Laurent arrived to the market in a new flacon in autumn 2009. Design of the flacon was developed by art director YSL Fabien Baron and Stefano Pilati. The new flacon features a sprinkle integrated inside its stopper.
Notes of this edition are bergamot, mandarin, jasmine and myrrh. This new bottle is accompanied with advertising campaign the face of which is Karen Elson.
It mellows significantly, while maintaining depth and interest. It becomes vanilla and wood and gentle spice, but with a twist utterly unique to Opium.
You can use this very sparingly; just a dab beneath the hair will do. OR, you can spray more liberally and command a room with it.
I could wear this to an opera, or to a heavy metal festival. It’s classy and complex, not in any way girly. It’s also brave, and would do well rubbed off on a black leather jacket – a man’s or a woman’s.