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If you need a nice humming....
I have known Opium pour Homme since its appearance in 1995.
I sniffed it for the first time on a friend and was thrilled. He must have been on sale for only a few days back then and my friend was always the first one everywhere and well informed about new releases.
They let me try it and sprayed the fragrance generously on me. And generous can be enormous with a fragrance of this caliber But in the 90s, people still liked to have a good time, even though the scents of the 90s were mostly very subdued compared to the very expansive 80s. Exceptions like Le Male or Opium pour Homme confirm the rule. And this fragrance is definitely not a light water On the contrary, the fragrance has its appearance and you are noticed.
Since I own both the Eau de Parfum and the Eau de Toilette, I can compare both variants nicely. And there are significant differences, not only in the concentration.
These differences are already noticeable in the beginning.
The EdP starts right away with the lush vanilla-amber bed, which gives the fragrance its warm and sweet-spicy character.
The EdT begins with a very clearly recognizable black currant (I would almost like to say cassis liqueur) with star anise, vanilla can only be perceived in the background
In the further course, which is not quite as complex with the EdP, this warm and spicy note becomes broader, but the black currant remains more in the background, I still think that something balmy and a little bit of wood smells out, even if only very hinted at.
With EdT it remains fruitier, a hint of ginger gives some warmth (missing with EdP), star anise remains present. I don't smell pepper (thank god), it would have been disturbing here, too.
Towards the base not too much happens with both scents, only that both sit down and retreat a little. The EdT is a little brighter and sweeter than the EdP towards the base, while the EdP is a little more fruity and balsamic towards the vanilla-amber bed.
Both variants have their fans.
I myself like both variations, each has its merits.
The EdT is a little more complex in the course of the course, has quite a radiance and endurance, but seems to me a little brighter and more suitable for everyday use and a little more accessible.
The EdP seems to me more concentrated, condensed, darker and richer, with an equally great durability and projection. Because of the shift to the darker and denser, it is more "for good", it may be used for parties and other nice occasions in the evening.
As far as durability is concerned, both variants do not take anything, they are easily 8-9 hours in each case, on clothes is also the next day still clearly something to smell.
Both variants distribute a proper scent veil, you should be careful, because too much could be quickly killed.
The flacons, well, they're not the most beautiful. The earlier ones with the peephole were still quite pretty. But it's the content that counts. The sprayers are very good for that. Targeted and well distributed
Opium pour Homme, whether as EdP or EdT, in my opinion needs cold outside temperatures, that's when it comes into its own. I like to wear Opium pour Homme from +5 degrees and colder.
The scent has a lot of bounce, it has something warming around it, it envelops the wearer like a soft flowing coat and I can hardly think of any other scent that could be better suited to such beautiful holidays as Christmas. I'm sure I will wear the EdP on one of the two Christmas days.
Furthermore, Opium pour Homme comes from Mr. Belletrud, who has created some fragrances that I like very much.
This fragrance from the house of Yves Saint Laurent has a high recognition value in any case, as the women's version at that time was already a masterpiece, which I also appreciate very much. Unfortunately, hardly anything earth-shattering has been created under this name in recent times. The fragrances of the modern age are almost only flankers of former bestsellers or mass-suited fresh water, but there are more than numerous.
One would like to bang one's fist on the table and shout "People have the A. in their pants again and develop a fragrance that really gets into your head! That can't be so difficult!"
The potential is there... And we would be very happy about a really big litter from YSL or ?