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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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    January 13, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    would love the black

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    Laura Micele
    January 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Have to say the Black @snowwite72

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    January 13, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    The Black for sure.

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    January 13, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    green for me please
    twitter @MariaSideri

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      January 13, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      the black for me please ! Thank you for another great prize !!

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    January 13, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    the black opium no doubt about this !! thanks a lot for this amazing contest and i wanted to say that Edie Campbell is just gorgeous !
    thanks a lotttttt !
    take care 😉
    twitter : @gunners81

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    Elena B.
    January 13, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    YSL Black Opium eau de toilette – it has a fresher note.

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    Carrie Conley
    January 13, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I think the Black @weeziestoy

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    Abdelrahman Yehia
    January 13, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    YSL Black Opium eau de parfum.


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    Cynthia Richardson
    January 13, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    The original Black Opium appeals most to me.

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    Ron Miller
    January 13, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Black Opium. @sweepstaking

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    tuğçe caner
    January 13, 2016 at 9:50 am

    YSL Black Opium eau de parfum.
    twitter @tugceapla

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    Judy Hewitt
    January 13, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I prefer the dark coffee for nighttime and the green coffee for daytime. I would love to win these two fragrances

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    Leon Daibu
    January 13, 2016 at 8:58 am

    YSL Black Opium eau de parfum.

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    Tamara Lawson
    January 13, 2016 at 8:40 am

    nice giveaway thanks

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    Regina Dethlefsen
    January 13, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I own several Opium/YSL scents and Black Opium is my go-to perfume when I am needing a confidence boost. It’s mixture gives me the assurance I need without being bold or overbearing like many other fragrances tend to do.

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    Chrissy Mcpherson (@Frm1Mom2Another)
    January 13, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Black Opium Sound AMAZING – @Frm1Mom2Another

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    January 13, 2016 at 7:43 am

    green – room to grow xxx

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    Gisela Barrington
    January 13, 2016 at 4:56 am

    The green version sounds more appealing to me, as I have never been a fan of the original. I often tried, but never bought. And I never liked it on other people either. I wonder which ingredient caused such offence in my nose?

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    January 13, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Black Opium suits me best.

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    January 13, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I like the Black Opium

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    Mary Songer
    January 12, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Black Opium for me! I love dark and powerful scents. @LabRat517

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    Allyson Bossie
    January 12, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    black coffee beans for me, baby! I ADORE Black opium YSL Black Opium eau de parfum @AllysonBBossie

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    MaryLynn Hayes
    January 12, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    I prefer the original Black Opium

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    jeanne conner
    January 12, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I like the YSL Black Opium eau de parfum

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    January 12, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I prefer the Black Opium.

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