Opium pour Homme 1995 Eau de Toilette

Opium pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Yves Saint Laurent
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Opium pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Yves Saint Laurent for men and was released in 1995. The scent is spicy-oriental. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by L'Oréal. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Spicy
Oriental
Sweet
Woody
Fruity

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
BlackcurrantBlackcurrant Star aniseStar anise
Heart Notes Heart Notes
GalangalGalangal PepperPepper
Base Notes Base Notes
Bourbon vanillaBourbon vanilla Tolu balmTolu balm Atlas cedarAtlas cedar

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8.1658 Ratings
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8.4521 Ratings
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7.9506 Ratings
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Value for money
7.7188 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 23.02.2024.

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Salva

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Salva
Salva
Top Review 45  
A feast for Orient lovers
Opium Pour Homme EdT

Published in the mid-90s of the last century's, more precisely in 1995. A decade that shaped me very much. School enrollment, first consciously perceived World Cup (1994 in the U.S.), first kiss / first "girlfriend", for the first time by an accident very close to death came... Many first times...

Perfume technically it is also the decade with which I associate the first intense and very most private experiences. Be it "Hugo Boss Bottled", "Armani Acqua di Gio", or "Kenzo Pour Homme". All of them fragrances that I constantly noticed as a child and teenager at the time of their new releases in my environment on relatives, acquaintances, etc.. For that reason alone, I still like them so much. The only thing I never came into contact with was the "YSL Opium Pour Homme". There was no one in my environment who used this perfume.

I was able to get to know it myself last year, but it only moved in some time ago. And what a terrific perfume this is nevertheless...
[...]

Behind the brand - as is usual with designer fragrances - is a fashion designer. Born in Algeria in 1936, the company's founder Yves Mathieu Saint Laurent was considered one of the great exceptional talents in the world of beauty at a young age and was supported on his way especially by his mother. Before opening his own haute couture house in Paris in 1961, he became the youngest ever head designer in 1957 at the age of just 21.

The world of the Yves Saint Laurent brand is marked by extraordinary passion, creativity and imagination. In the fashion world, he had a style-invigorating effect many times and is still considered a luminary today - after his death - especially in the elegant and upscale fashion for the ladies. The success story of the house continues consequently until today...

[...]

Its first fragrance was launched in 1964 with the name "Y" as a women's perfume.

"Opium Pour Homme" on the other hand is in the men's segment Saint Laurent's for me probably one of the best (if not the best) ever and one of those treasures, where I can smell out almost all the notes and recognize a real course.

At the beginning you smell quite clearly the anise note, which is often said to have a licorice-like aroma. And yes, partly I would confirm this. In conjunction with the currant, however, which is perceived quite discreetly in the background, this duo of the top note makes a fresh-spicy aromatic prelude.

The intense spices let the fruity nuance of the currant, however, hardly appear, because they retain the upper hand with the spicy ginger and black pepper in the further course.

To the base, the perfume gets with the so-called. Bourbon vanilla its oriental chord. The name owes the usually known spice vanilla of the island "La Réunion", an overseas department of France's located east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, where it comes from and is cultivated. Until 1848, the island was called "Île Bourbon" This vanilla makes the "Opium pH EdT" a beguiling seducer. Too sweet is the base I find not, because a slightly resinous-woody note I perceive as well, which I attribute to the tolu balsam and cedar.

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Since the weather conditions are now reasonably in line with the season, it is currently often used. Because especially in dingy, wet-cold weather, this perfume gives me a very pleasant protective Wohlfühlaura.

So for the current colder season, I think it is perfectly suited. This kind of fragrances unfold mMn especially in cooler temperatures excellent and fully exploit their potential.

Older versions I have not met until now, so I can not draw any serious comparisons to those. However, the current version is so strong in the durability (9-10 h on my skin) as well as in the sillage, so I assume that this perfume fortunately has probably not fallen victim to any or hardly any reformulations so far.

Except for the cap made of plastic, which comes across a little cheap for my perception, I find the bottle in its narrow elongated shape and generally slightly old-fashioned appearance very nice, which also lies well in the hand. The sprayer is excellent and leaves an excellent scent jet when spraying.

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Conclusion:

Probably very many users already know the fragrance. But those who are very inclined to spicy Orientals with a slight 'oldschool vibe' and have not yet had him under the nose, I would highly recommend this ingenious perfume.

One can expect a distinctive and unique fragrance, which is equipped mMn with a pronounced recognition value and has no equal.
I claim namely that you would always recognize him after the first acquaintance.

An immensely attractive and sensual perfume, which bristles with loud self-confidence only so.

[...]
Thank you to everyone who has followed my words!
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Siebenkäs

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Siebenkäs
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It came from...
His heart was still beating.
Quietly and undaunted, it chugged its way to itself.
Far, so far, so inconceivable, terrible, inconceivable far
was the path it had taken.
Further than a poor little human creature
it could ever imagine.
But now it was there.
His energy was there and she was alive.
And so it had a very, very tiny little bit
of all the unheard-of, never seen, odourless things
across the abysses of many galaxies.
To finally pass it on.
For it had found a host by whom it took shape
could. A human child named Belletrud.
Now it could spread.
Now they could also give it a name,
one that perhaps reminded a little of the
who, like herself, had seen things you can't name.
Like Jimi Hendrix or Syd Barret or Ian Curtis. And a few others.
Opium.
Not an easy name. More like a makeshift.
But better than none.
And now they could also find words for the elements,
that worked in him.
They might call it an anise. Jojannesberry. Vanilla.
Would it compare to their kitchen spices.
Would use words like "Orient".
Would discover an aura in it that one partly spicy,
can call it partly soft and also sweet.
Maybe they'd find it "strong," too.
On some days.
She'd be surprised it didn't always seem the same.
Some might like exactly that.
Also something balsamic, comforting and pleasantly foreign
they would perceive, at the same time an amazing
Contradiction of childlike fruitfulness and a certain
Strictness of strange woods, strange resins.
And a strange, ambiguous, mysterious mysticism,
but also a curious freshness.
All at once and yet not confused.
How sorted and brought into harmony by an incomprehensible
ordering power.
Perhaps this power was also in the fact that each individual
its uniqueness, its uniqueness.
The complete superfluousness of any adjustment.
Or maybe in letting strange questions sprout up.
"Might a great part of the misfortune be in the fact when you're happy?"
"Why are the holes the main thing on a sieve?"
All over it would reveal its secret but never.
Maybe that was his secret.
Or a part of it.
And a part of you.
His heart's still beating.
Quietly and fearlessly it chugs along.
(Like yours.)
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Basti87

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My Sunday scent
I own Opium pour Homme for 2-3 years. The EDP is praised even more here, but I bought the EDT. 50ml of this classic from 1995. My bottle is still very well filled, because he never really made it to the use. Nevertheless: Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud has created a great fragrance here.

One at a time: The bottle is quite oldschool and suggests a vintage scent. At 23, he's also more of an oldie. The fragrance has a strong 90s touch, if not 80s touch. Even though I am anything but a vintage fan I like this fragrance very much. A great fragrance description with fragrances I can not give here so much. It's one of those scents where I barely smell scents. From the pyramid I only perceive anise, which is very present at the start. Also the Tolu balm from the base provides a cultivated pleasant touch. Otherwise I feel this fragrance rather consistently oriental with strong spice paired with an ethereal touch. I don't see the capital bourbon vanilla. Possibly a subtle sweetness that rounds off the base well.
All in all a beautiful fragrance, especially for mature men and vintage fans. I also like this creation, but I have never worn it outside the house. The desire and the mood was never there. Especially since this fragrance is also very intrusive and I have difficulties to find a suitable occasion. Everyday/job? No. Nightlife? No. Free time? No. And I can't think of any other occasion like this. I like to wear it on Sundays or evenings when I'm not up to anything great. But everyone has such scents, which he likes but rather wears for himself. He definitely has style and elegance.

As already mentioned, the performance is terrific. Almost too good, the Sillage. The shelf life is also very good here. You should be careful for all indoor activities. And you should keep in mind that this is rather a scent for cold days.

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Volker1964

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Wonderful winter scent in the past and today
After all, this fragrance has been on the market for over 20 years. It was certainly already revised, that is, modernized. It didn't hurt him. It became a modern classic that is still convincing today. About the fragrance itself:
Top note
It begins fresh, spicy, slightly powdery and elegant. Well balanced and pleasant to look at.
Heart note
Here it becomes drier/powdery . It's getting heavier too. I also perceive a pepper note, not too strong. Ginger rounds here, angehm and not overdone.
Base
Vanilla is added and skilfully balances the fragrance. It becomes somewhat drier and more intense. Pleasant spice remains until the end. It does not weaken and does not become too dry. Very pleasant in my nose,
Conclusion
Modernization has definitely not harmed this fragrance. On the contrary. In the original version it was clearly heavier, more powdery and drier.
It develops very pleasantly from beginning to end, always accompanied by a solid depth and power. It is quite complex and very rich in content. It contains more ingredients, as I can describe here. Whenever I wear/use it, I discover new things. For me an absolute winter scent. Of course I like to wear it in winter, in my free time. He still convinces me today. The shelf life is easily 10-12 hours for me. A welcome / fragrant regular in my collection.

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Jannik200999

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My entry
As a child, I often smelled my father's perfumes and discovered my passion for them early on. At some point, I guess I was 11 or 12, I bought a cheap Playboy perfume at Rossmann. Today I would demand compensation if I had to smell it again. Anyway, one day my father had bought "Opium pour homme". When he went out on Saturday night, I would often sneak up to his closet and spray it on myself. I would then sit in my room all evening and enjoy the scent.

About the scent:
Everything begins with a sweet, black currant and clearly recognizable star anise.
Later then joins a small touch of pepper, which I myself but only very weakly perceive.
Then the real star comes into play, namely the bourbon vanilla. Warm, sweet and creamy it embeds everything in itself and lifts every time anew my mood.

Opium pour homme by YSL was then also my first own bottle of a serious perfume. 2 bottles are now empty, whether a 3rd comes I do not know yet. Since so many emotions and thoughts of me hang on this fragrance, I will probably not get along for a long time without him.

The durability and sillage is really good, it brings one well through the day. For me, one of the few fragrances that can / should really be worn exclusively on cold days, otherwise it could quickly become too much.

YSL has brought here a great fragrance on the market, in which, if at all, only little is to be criticized: the bottle is really not "se yellow from se egg" ;)
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HugoMontezHugoMontez 3 years ago
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A great oriental spicy fragrance. A unique combination between black pepper, vanilla, cedar and blackcurrant. Masculine and addictive!
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 4 years ago
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The blackcurrant with the Bourbon vanilla is so addictive. It's spicy, sweet, cozy, manly and long lasting.
One of the designer perfumes.
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Ineed1936Ineed1936 11 months ago
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Opium pour homme its a perfect oriental!Cavallier manages to create a perfume in which amber, vanilla, and sweet resins intertwine perfectly
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Finerthings8Finerthings8 3 years ago
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Still one of the best vanilla scent out there.It is better than many so called niche parfums.Iconic fragrance,still enjoying after 15 years
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JFmusJFmus 8 months ago
20 years ago was my signature scent for a year, and this year got a 2023 batch bottle. For my taste, the present formulation is amazing.
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