Belle d'Opium 2010Eau de Parfum

Belle d'Opium (Eau de Parfum) by Yves Saint Laurent
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Belle d'Opium (Eau de Parfum) is a perfume by Yves Saint Laurent for women and was released in 2010. The scent is oriental-spicy. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMandarin orange, Peach, White pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesGardenia, Jasmine, Lily, Frankincense
Base Notes Base NotesResins, Patchouli, Sandalwood

Ratings

Scent

7.1 | 241 Ratings

Longevity

7.2 | 171 Ratings

Sillage

6.4 | 158 Ratings

Bottle

8.3 | 176 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 24.01.2021.
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8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
DonJuanDeCat
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Top Review    11  
Powdery-sweet porthole
Hello snoopers, welcome to a new test report from me, this time about Yves Saint Laurent's Belle d'Opium, which unfortunately is no longer produced. Some people are sad about it, others don't care, because not all ladies like the opium scents.

For whatever reason... some of the scents smell really nice. Tasty too, even you mature ladies! STOP! I said that wrong, I meant that even though some of the fragrances smell like more mature women's fragrances, they smell delicious too! Yes, that's right He he he :D

Belle d'Opium, however, has a somewhat strange scent name, at least I think so. Opium-Beauty... that sounds almost sarcastically condescending, as if one would insult people who are drawn by drugs, respectively make fun of them with the term, as opium is mainly used for the production of heroin and drug addicts can look quite drawn from excessive consumption, at least if you look at these drug-face pictures, which are published from time to time, especially in the USA. But well, the name has been a hot topic since the beginning of mankind... uh, or at least when the first scent of opium was released, especially in the USA and China. Well, you can look at it either way. But the controversy has contributed to the fact that the fragrances have become extremely well known and thus, of course, bestsellers.

But good, let's get to the nicer things, because the scent here has nothing to do with drugs, so let's see if another opium flanker smells good (or rather, as I said, it didn't smell good then, but it doesn't exist anymore for 10 years).

The smell:
In the beginning I smell peaches with incense as well as earthy patchouli, whereby the latter makes the fragrance seem more ripe, well, as it is usually the case with patchouli, at least nowadays. And before you beat me: when I write "ripe", I often mean that the fragrance is not something for a 16 to 18 year old, for example. So I don't call you old here, even though most of you are probably much older than me, uh, he he he :D
The sweetish one, however, is somehow more difficult to determine, I think that I smell a mix of fruity-sweet as well as flowery-sweet scents here, whereby the flowery-sweet scents are stronger because of the jasmine.
A little later the patchouli becomes a little weaker. The fragrance still smells both fruity and flowery-sweet, with a soft powdery note.
In the base, a little amber is added to the sweetness of the fragrance. After some back and forth (in terms of intensity), the patchouli finally weakens in the base, making the fragrance even more powdery-sweet. The amber also radiates a nice warmth and the background remains nice and resinous. All in all a very nice scent.

The Sillage and the durability:
The sillage is quite okay, neither very strong nor weak and will therefore be smellable for a while if you don't stand too far away. The shelf life is also good, as you can smell the scent for the typical eight hours and even a little more.
The bottle! The fragrance comes in the usual opium bottles with the porthole and this time it is violet-blueish. The neck is gold-plated and the lid integrated into the spray head is hemispherical. The flacon looks very good and I like it quite a bit.

Conclusion:
Okay guys, so I think Belle d'Opium is one of the very good opium scents. Well, let's just say he'd rather hear it, since, as I mentioned, it's no longer available. I think that the fragrance is a good mix of classic scents with the modern. By this I mean that it has patchouli notes, which sometimes look more like the 90s, but at the same time softer and more powdery notes make the fragrance seem more modern, as many fragrances today have that lovely touch, where a fragrance appears powdery and warm, as if it had iris or vanilla in it.

In addition, there is of course the generally beautiful scent, which is easy to bite into. Or you ladies, as always I could rave endlessly again, argh, I think I urgently need something to cuddle up, apart from the cat :D *sigh*

This makes the fragrance very suitable for going out, even though the sillage could have been even higher. But the durability is right anyway. Since the scent doesn't radiate overwhelmingly heavy a little later, it's almost an all-rounder for me, which should not only be usable in autumn or winter, but also in spring.

Well... and now I'll come to the end. That's it then, have a nice evening everyone and see you all :)
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Wetterhex
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Very helpful Review    26  
My friend Petra- a slightly different obituary
We got to know each other when it was not easy for either of us. Both of us had just separated from our husbands, both of us were now single mothers. You with a teenage daughter, me with a toddler You were always so positive, so powerful and always full of humour. How many times did we talk on the phone for hours until the battery of the phone was empty.
I got a lot of good advice from you, every now and then you put my head in order. Never vicious, but always honest. And I also often enough with you, a good friendship can bear something like that You accompanied me through difficult times when I was at the bottom of the ladder, had to apply for Hartz IV, always stood by me and vice versa, I was there when you had to vacate your apartment because of the landlord's own needs.
We spent New Year's Eve 2012/13 together. 4 days with you in Lower Bavaria, together with your meanwhile grown-up daughter. That belongs to my most beautiful memories At that time I had organized a bottling of your favorite perfume "Belle d' Opium" from the souk here, you were so happy about it and applied it right away.
That smell suited you so well. You were a beautiful woman with dark hair and almost black eyes, the slightly oriental scent emphasized your aura 2016 you married again, of course I was there with my then fiancé and my son, gave you a wedding candle and was allowed to read intercessions in the church.
You were my maid of honor at my wedding in 2017. I never thought it would be the last time I saw you But the fate struck cruelly. In December 2018, after only 2.5 years of marriage, your beloved husband died completely unexpectedly of a brain haemorrhage, he did not even reach 60
Again I was there for you, unfortunately only from a distance, we are separated by more than 200 km. And yet you can also keep a friendship alive at such a distance The next blow was already on the horizon, but unfortunately it was not recognized by the doctors at first. Already since November 2018 you have been treated for an alleged stomach ulcer. This peptic ulcer turned out to be a tumour on the pancreas at the beginning of 2019.
When you told me that back then, the ground was pulling out from under my feet. But you had so much hope, so much desire to get better. You almost halved your weight in chemo. Endured a lot of pain.
Last I heard from you was in February. You sent me some pictures because you had been to the hairdresser and bought a new dress. This photo radiates so much joy of life, humor and fighting spirit.
On Easter Sunday I sent you an unsuspecting Easter greeting. A few hours later came the answer, which changed my life forever.
Your daughter answered me, telling me that you died peacefully and without pain on Good Friday. At just 50 years old. Fucking cancer!!!
Now I can't even say goodbye to you, because of the Corona situation you will be buried in the closest family circle.
The memory will now accompany me. Of a wonderful person. Thanks for everything.
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Ivonneta

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My review :p
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Another one that I'm not sure if I will keep or not, most probably not
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Helpful Review    5  
Floriental, synthetic... just a flanker
A couple of years ago, good old OPIUM was reformulated (which I perceived as a tragedy in itself then, while meanwhile I have managed to come to terms with the reformulation), but the 2010's Opium-flanker, Belle d'Opium, struck me as a very uninventive attempt at producing yet another "floriental" in the style of Lauder's "Sensuous" from 2008 (not a favourite of mine either). "Belle" uses loads of white pepper and mandarine in the top-notes and then morphes into a very powerful flowery gardenia-ladden fragrance on a strong bed of synthetic sandalwood (the key-word is synthetic). I don't even like the bottle it comes in (which is not a piece of art either, btw).
"Belle" was a major disappointment, even worse than "Parisienne".
When will YSL stop producing trashy flankers which only damage the image of the house? I really hope they don't have a flanker of the great "Y" from 1964 somewhere in the pipeline...
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Bottle
Missk

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Missk
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Very helpful Review    4  
Opium's pepper-infused flanker
Belle d'Opium has traded the spices in the original Opium, for pepper instead. If pepper is not your thing, I'd skip this fragrance entirely.

I was so angered by Opium's repackaging and reformulation, that I'd put off testing the flanker Belle d'Opium for a long time so that my anger wouldn't hinder my review of it. I have long since cooled off and have given Belle d'Opium a fair chance to prove itself.

Shortly after smelling Belle d'Opium for the first time, I commented on how musky and peppery the scent was. Pink pepper seems to be the starring note in this composition, followed by musky sandalwood and slightly soapy lily.

The composition is not all that predictable, as it has some elements of complexity, however it is much softer than what I expected. Opium is such a sillage monster than one could be forgiven in believing that a flanker would be just as loud.

The scent is not strictly feminine, I actually think it would wear just as well on a man's skin. The pepper gives it that slightly masculine kick. In all honesty, Belle d'Opium isn't really my cup of tea. It smells a little sharp to me, perhaps even a little fruity at times, even though fruits aren't listed in the scent pyramid.

I absolutely adore the bottle and packaging, easily admitting that it's one of the nicest designs I've seen in the last few years. It's a shame that the scent didn't grab my attention the same way that the bottle did. I wasn't so convinced by the almost non-existent white florals smothered by rich pink pepper accords.

Belle d'Opium lasts for a relatively long time on the skin, however it's not too persistent. I personally find this fragrance to be lacking in some aspects, that I haven't quite managed to figure out. I'm left feeling a little underwhelmed.

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