A lot of people especially those who grew up during the Disco era, claim that Opium is “The Oriental Masterpiece” fragrance, unparalleled with its bold and spicy character. The notes are so well-blended that you can’t single out one note from the other. And for those who appreciate its oft-complained headiness and old lady stigma, the opening is just the beginning.
According to a long-time Opium fragrance user, “Opium is overwhelming at first, then comforting and unforgettable. It shouts, shocks, then whispers and soothes. It is too complex to describe for the uninitiated.” To some, Opium may come off as obnoxious and devoid of the luxurious scent it claims.
Nowadays, people often choose the simplicity of light fragrances over the heavy, crowd-repelling perfumes. For the naysayers, Opium is likened to a perfume belonging to the past. It’s dated, too heavy and demands maturity on someone who wears it. Truth is, only those who can pull off a mature chemistry can don Opium with finesse.
Opium, no matter how vintage it is, is by far one of the stalwarts in the perfumery world. It’s one of the YSL classics that will never go out of style.