Product Review: YSL Belle D’Opium Fragrance

Name: Belle D’Opium
Brand: YSL
Size: 1oz
Price: $49.00

What I liked:
– nice subtle warm floral blend
– wearable for both day and night
– beautiful packaging

What I didn’t like:
– not original
– doesn’t last very long

When Opium by YSL was first released it created quite a controversy and not just for its name. This exotic blend of rich spicy, woody and floral notes is something people either love or hate (I fall in the first category). So when the “next-generation” of this iconic fragrance was launched last year, I was very excited. Even more so, when I saw the bottle: it’s beautiful and elegant, isn’t it?

But what about the fragrance? Belle D’Opium is described as a floral-oriental fragrance with notes of peach, jasmine, gardenia, sandalwood and pepper. In reality, it is a common, abstract but warm floral-woody blend that starts with a peach note mixed with just a hint of mandarin. The heart is floral with a mixture of jasmine and synthetic gardenia that cheapens the fragrance and a drydown of sandalwood, amber and the slightest hint of incense.

However, as the fragrance progresses, the notes do change as I mentioned above, but these changes are really light and subtle. You would have to smell the scent very carefully to detect them. The plus side is that this fragrance is neither overpowering nor cloying so it won’t give you or those near you a headache. But it’s just not original and smells just like a myriad of modern fragrances already on the market.

To make things worse, Belle D’Opium doesn’t last very long. Only four hours on me and then it disappeared. So, while it is a warm and light scent that can be worn both during the daytime and evening, if you wanna wear it for the entire day you’ll have to reapply it a few times.

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YSL Belle D’Opium Fragrance is a light, warm floral-woody blend. The notes change as the fragrance progress but very subtly. And even though, the scent is lovely and perfect for both day and night, there’s just nothing original about it. And it doesn’t even last that long.

Rating: 3/5

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Vonnie, I think it smells good and I’m sure lots of people will like it but there’s just nothing original about it. You could easily find a dupe at a cheaper price. I haven’t tried Purr yet but I will sniff it as soon as I have the chance. :)

  1. says

    That bottle is absolutely gorgeous! I love that deep violet. Shame that the scent is unique enough and that it doesn’t last very long. Have you tried Marc Jacobs Daisy Gio? That lasts all day for me!
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Dee, the bottle is gorgeous indeed! If only the scent were just as good. I think I may have a sample of Daisy lying around somewhere but haven’t tried it yet. Will look for it now. :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Trisha, I agree with you. I don’t see the point in them either. I guess they are ok for when you know you’re gonna spend only 3 or 4 hours outside the house, but then I would rather purchase a fragrance that lasts all day.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      La Bisbetica, it’s a nice scent, although not complex or unique, but the lasting power is very disappointing. :(

      Thanks. I used to find it really hard to write fragrance reviews but I’m getting better with practice. Reading fragrance blogs also helped me a lot. :)

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