A beautiful Opium flanker
I've always been a fan of the original Opium (1977) for its distinguishable, spicy scent. Despite the fact that I found it a little dated and cloying at times, I cannot see myself growing to love nor understand the now reformulated and re-packaged Opium, which is now only a shadow of what it once was, and a complete waste of space, in my opinion. Making the Opium flankers a permanent fixture on the market may have been a better move, because Opium Fleur de Shanghai certainly deserves more recognition.
This flanker is a softer interpretation of Opium, with a touch more citrus in the opening and a smoother, vanillary drydown. The spices are still present in this composition, alongside a delicious, syrupy blend of amber and myrrh.
I don't think I'd wear this during Summer, because let's be honest, Opium Fleur de Shanghai is still a rather heavy scent, but it could be applied on a nice sunny day. It's a somewhat demure oriental, with all the spicy qualities that you'd expect to find, just presented in a much softer and less offensive way.
Opium Fleur de Shanghai is not as dark as its predecessor, instead it smells quite delicate and floral on the skin. My first introduction was an blend of subtle, spiced orange and bergamot, with a refreshing hint of jasmine.
The heart takes some inspiration from the original Opium, with resinous, smoky and ambery accords, blended with rich carnation. Vanilla, both smooth and creamy, envelops the woods and spices in the drydown creating a cuddly oriental feel, nearly gourmand in nature.
Although the sillage may not pack the same punch as the original, Opium Fleur de Shanghai is still relatively strong and should be worn in moderation. However, the scent does soften ever so slightly as the fragrance develops. The longevity is looking good so far, as I write this five hours after application. It's a shame that this was a limited edition, however I believe it's still relatively easy to find online.