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Black or green coffee notes?

Black or green coffee notes? (tell us & win YSL) One of the big fragrance successes of the past two years has been YSL’s Black Opium fragrance. It was an instant sensation in France when it debuted landing at the number one position at launch. This success quickly spread throughout Europe and now North American fragrance enthusiasts are discovering the unique scent. It is the first floral coffee scent with a high percentage of coffee bean notes. The original eau de parfum was the creation of no less than four master perfumers. Nathalie Lorson, Marie Salamagne, Olivier Cresp and Honorine Blanc. (Fragrance houses will often use more than one perfumer to create a scent because each has his or her own specialty and mastery over certain notes)

ysl black opium eau de parfum

YSL Black Opium eau de parfum

The original Black Opium launched in an eau de parfum version with notes of black coffee beans, pink pepper, orange blossom, jasmine, vanilla, patchouli and cedar. It was meant to have a dark, mysterious mood but I find the coffee notes give it a comforting and uplifting feeling.

ysl black opium eau de toilette

YSL Black Opium eau de toilette

In August 2015, YSL unveiled a new interpretion of Black Opium in an eau de toilette version. The new version arrived in the same flacon shape as the original but this time featured green coffee bean notes for a brighter effect. The perfumers used fresher, greener shades of flowers, tea and fruit for an energizing feel. The notes in the eau de toilette include: black currant, pear zest, citrus, green mandarin bark, green coffee beans, jasmine tea, sweet orange blossom, white musk, and white woods.

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Edie Campbell

The face of both scents is British model Edie Campbell. She has also appeared in YSL Beaute makeup collection ads.


The Giveaway: I gave away both scents to one lucky reader. Brenda S from Canada told us her favourite. We drew her name at random from all the entries. Congrats Brenda!

ysl black opium fragrances


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    December 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Black Opium. Happy holidays! @NJA1965

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    Elena T
    December 30, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I think I’d go with the black coffee version.

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    Debbie Browne
    December 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I like both since each one portrays a very specific mood. An evening out would pair well with the Black Opium eau de parfum and a fun, flirty day begs for the eau de tolette.

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    December 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Black opium<3 @icecreamtorrent

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    December 30, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Black all the way @nautanki_D

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    LouLou L.
    December 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Liking the freshness of YSL Black Opium eau de toilette! @happylou12

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    December 30, 2015 at 11:55 am

    It’s difficult to choose…i adore the original version,OPIUM,but these two new scents sound interesting.

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    courtney b
    December 30, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I like the green bean one !

    thank you! ;0 xoxoxo

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    December 30, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I think I would love the original Black Opium more than the eau de toilette ! @herecomesL

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    Sean M
    December 30, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Black Opium for it’s vanilla

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    December 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I love the bottle with the green coffee beans! 🙂 @Tahlia_Flora

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    December 30, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I love the Black one! is so elegant and the intensity is amazing!

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    Alicia Baer
    December 30, 2015 at 10:55 am

    YSL Black Opium eau de parfum appeals to me the most…..you had me at vanilla 🙂 @AliciaMBaer

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    Melek hanem
    December 30, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Black opium

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    Jennifer Carroll
    December 30, 2015 at 10:43 am

    both appeal but green coffee beans slightly more

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    December 30, 2015 at 10:34 am

    The black coffee version sounds the most alluring to me, but both seem like wonderful new iterations of Opium. @velvetwhip

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    December 30, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Black coffee one! ⭐️ @accioscreenname

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    JC Rosen
    December 30, 2015 at 10:17 am

    While I loved the Black Opium with black beans, the green coffee beans and lighter fragrance was a welcome choice as well. I think between the two, I’d go with green.

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    Jennifer R
    December 30, 2015 at 10:17 am

    YSL Black Opium eau de toilette @redfuzzycow

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    tatiana moya
    December 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I like more YSL Black Opium eau de parfum.

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    December 30, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Yes The YSL Black Bean version sounds wonderfull like coffee and I love it 😉 @chucky1012

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    December 30, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I like more YSL Black Opium eau de parfum!!

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    Alison Braidwood
    December 30, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I think black sounds more appealing. Green makes me think of tea, which I don’t really want in a perfume note. @Boomergirlz

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    Michelle L
    December 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

    The YSL Black Bean version sounds divine! @MBerniceLarkam

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