Opium 2009 Eau de Toilette

Version from 2009
Opium (2009) (Eau de Toilette) by Yves Saint Laurent
Bottle Design Fabien Baron, Stefano Pilati
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Opium (2009) (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Yves Saint Laurent for women and was released in 2009. The scent is oriental-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by L'Oréal.
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Top Notes Top Notes BergamotBergamot Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
Heart Notes Heart Notes MyrrhMyrrh JasmineJasmine
Base Notes Base Notes AmberAmber OpoponaxOpoponax

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8.186 Ratings
Longevity
8.675 Ratings
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8.376 Ratings
Bottle
8.480 Ratings
Value for money
7.520 Ratings
Submitted by Sniffer, last update on 12.11.2022.
Variant of the fragrance concentration
This is a variant of the perfume Opium (2009) (Eau de Parfum) by Yves Saint Laurent, which differs in concentration.
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Top Review 16  
A short visit of the old lady
Just to get it out of the way: I love oriental perfumes - many of them, at least. Not all of them, of course. I'm afraid they'll have to suit me. That means being soft and cuddly, sweet of jasmine, roses and vanilla, mysteriously balsamic, perhaps nuanced with noble wood notes from the eaglewood tree.

In this sense I like Casmir by Chopard, Obsession by Calvin Klein and especially Shalimar. When I received Opium from Yves Saint Laurent as a gift, I was very happy at first because I suspected a similar oriental scent. And then - I was disappointed. I'm sure opium is an oriental scent. But not to my taste. Right from the first spraying I felt it like a perfume from former times, a legendary vintage scent, heavy, loud, intense, one to intrusive.

I refer here to the allegedly "defused" version of the old 1977 fragrance, which was released in 2009.

Opium is surprisingly opulent from the very beginning. At the beginning a citric nuance delights. But unfortunately only briefly and in no way refreshing or sparkling. It's just a delicate touch of bergamot and tangerine - I can't really tell the two apart here - that immediately sinks into a densely woven carpet of lush, intoxicating fragrances, where I can't tell whether this warm sweetness comes from noble woods or exotic flowers.

A dry myrrh, which is a bit scratchy for me, immediately takes the lead and makes the fragrance intense, spicy and dark. The sweetness gets something smoky, tart, resinous. I think of incense, which contributes a lot of sublimity.

I think I feel a confusingly large bouquet of scents. Time to take a closer look at the pyramid of scents. It surprises me. This enormous fragrance is said to consist of only eight notes: Bergamot, tangerine, myrrh, jasmine, clove, amber, opoponax and vanilla. Other descriptions also mention lily of the valley and patchouli as ingredients. I can't sniff both.

I might have gone with sandalwood and incense. Also cinnamon and cardamom would be possible ingredients for me
In my opinion, the scent does not undergo a strong transformation. From the start, it is expansive, beguiling, hypnotic, yet elegant, respectful and dignified. This is how I feel it. I cannot believe it and look again: Yes, it's "only" the eau de toilette ... If it's so intense, how does the more concentrated eau de parfum have to be? I remember those who know the vintage fragrance from the seventies and see the reformulation as a shadow of its former greatness.

The fragrance is strong enough for me even in its current form with its, as they say, above-average sillage and durability. I feel it almost overwhelming on me. It does not underline my personality, but overlays it with something foreign that does not harmonize with me. For me it is a big old lady with a strong presence, elegant and dominant, who meets her jeweled friends for bridge. Already in the afternoon she is wrapped in a cloud of opium. A frigate, I think, is what one calls such self-confident older ladies who do not tolerate contradiction and do not come in, but always appear billowing as if on a stage. With perfectly styled hairstyle, clear make-up, expensive clothes, flowing scarves ... Probably a wealthy widow, probably a smoker. She obviously doesn't think much of understatement
Oriental fragrances usually have something soft, ingratiating, sensual. I miss that here. Unless you find mulled wine spices erotic
I hope that Amber and Opoponax in the base will make everything softer and more balsamic. But opium remains fiery, present and loud. Opoponax, the resin of sweet myrrh, which often smells mild and soothing like fine acacia honey, at best adds a certain animal note here, which certainly goes with this perfume - but not with me.

I must confess that I find little to nothing that I like about this striking fragrance. The name sounds interesting, yes. It deliberately plays on the wickedness of 19th and early 20th century Chinese opium dens. I know the smell of opium from incense sticks and aromatic oils. There's something mystical and mysterious about him that I don't detect in opium from YSL.

Opium has countless flankers, which speaks for the popularity of this perfume. But not every fragrance suits everyone. Opium and I - it doesn't work. I'm just not the type for this - as it seems to me - dominant fragrance, which, as I said, seems like a big old lady to whom I can't develop much sympathy because we have hardly anything in common.

I'm a little surprised that a perfume that seems old-fashioned to me despite reformulation still has so many followers. But that is just my personal opinion.
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Top Review 33  
Is opium actually still opium?
This question has certainly been asked more than once.
What a big outcry went around the world at that time when in 1977 the "real and only" opium was launched on the market. Loved, demonised and cursed, to the point of a huge uproar over the name. Allegations of drug abuse, a committee called the "American Coalition Against Opium and Drug Abuse" was called in to change the name or even prohibit the sale.
However, in most cases such campaigns are more conducive to marketing and push sales figures to undreamt-of heights. And opium became a huge success over many years, albeit with sometimes quite provocative advertising campaigns that also caused controversy.
But those who don't stay in the conversation, will be forgotten at some point.

Opium was the second signature scent of my aunt who died much too early, a fitting antipole to the calm and gentle Musk Oil, which she also loved very much.
He also fitted in very well with her lively and spirited nature. This opulent spicy splendour, straight from 1001 Nights, almost a magic elixir, which one could fall for. Intoxicating, almost addictive.
So the name was probably not so unwise chosen after all.

And then, around 2009, this unique fragrance was suddenly replaced by this version.
Again an outcry went through the fragrance world, the followers were disappointed, the opponents certainly less so.
I dismissed the topic of opium, the new version I did not want to get to know, püüh, not with me. Surely this can't be anything, as slimmed down as the scent comes along, there is almost nothing left in it that once made the scent. No, you can keep it!
But you should always remember that everything is in flux and everything is evolving. Due to many regulations, which are in the meantime inscrutable for us and which are always newly created, some fragrances can no longer be produced in the original recipes. And some raw materials are simply no longer available. As unfortunate as that is Now I am a happier owner of the original opium than EdT and guard it like the crown jewels. From time to time I enjoy this wonderful scent, which even as EdT has a radiance from which many a scent can cut a thick slice.
And as chance would have it, some time ago I came across a sample of the current Opium EdT. Well, give it a chance, it can't be more than stupid But what was that? It's not that bad a smell... Oh, it smells nice, doesn't it? Comparisons can sometimes be pointless and do not really lead anywhere. That's why I don't want to compare too much Opium 2009, which is what this is about, and Opium 1977 with each other.

I see it as a fragrance in its own right, modernised and brought into the present day. And in my opinion, it's very successful.
In more than 40 years, views, tastes, scent preferences, zeitgeist, fashion and so much more have changed. One must not forget that.

Opium 2009 opens with rich citrus fruits and a distinct dryness, which is certainly due to the myrrh, which can also be perceived early, and which does not appear tart and bitter or even "myrrhic" here, but rather gives a nice strong spice. Jasmine contributes a few floral aspects, but does not appear pompous or overloaded. In the further course of the album, amber and opoponax add warm and slightly smoky notes.
The whole thing doesn't seem overly sweet but nicely balanced.
There is a warming fire in the heart of the fragrance, not on a giant flame but still clear enough, the fragrance has an enormous shelf life of at least 10 hours, one is very well perceived with the fragrance, dosage should not be exaggerated.
The right season is clearly the colder one and in the evening the fragrance is certainly better than in the office.
Since tastes and perceptions of fragrances have changed, men could also try this version.
Recently I got hold of the EdT in the 30 ml size for quite little money in a drugstore, I had to take it with me. And I have not regretted the purchase. And the prejudices have been removed.

My conclusion: With the current version, Antoine Maisondieu has succeeded in creating a beautiful transformation of opium, which has lost some of the content and expression of the original version, but when viewed as a fragrance in its own right, it is very beautiful and wearable and might even appeal more to the opponents of the earlier opium. The less lavish composition does this version quite well and one has created a very expressive and long-lasting scent, which is certainly more accessible than the earlier version.
I, for one, am glad to have both opium variants with me. Even though the original version is ahead of the others.
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So far I have tried the current Eau de Parfum, and the vintage, and I find this version quite good. I would actually say that the Eau de Parfum is a smoother and deeper version of this but this version does have a spiciness that reminds me more of the vintage classic fragrances like Cinnabar and the classic Opium etc. I don't feel that this version projects as strongly though, and I think I would recommend the modern Eau de Parfum as a stronger choice. However, I do see this one as a more wearable unisex leaning fragrance, as opposed to the Eau de Parfum.
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Such a beautiful scent, especially amazing after it’s been on clothes for a few days. Perfect for cold weather
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