This is the ORIGINAL fragrance that was introduced by Yves Saint Laurent, Paris in 1977. The fragrance is still in production, but there have been changes in the formulation and packaging over the years. We are offering the original formulation and packaging.
Opium opens with an aldehyde-boosted wave of bay leaf and citrus, but it doesn’t stay there long. Soon come clove, carnation, cinnamon, and pepper, only barely softened by jasmine and ylang ylang. Then comes a tangy herbal quality that lightens the scent. Opium is really about the dry down. Here, every trick in the Oriental fragrance’s book is played: wood, balsam, and resins galore, all steeped in incense, labdanum, and a honey-tea that reminds one of tobacco. Opium has topnotes of mandarin, bergamot, lily of the valley; a heart of jasmine, carnation, myrrh; and a base of vanilla, amber, sweet myrrh, and patchouli. Opium is a thick, spicy, wallop of oriental luxuriance.
- Original Version
- 1 oz