YSL Black Opium Extreme

The newest flanker of Black Opium features top notes of Coffee and Cacao; middle notes are Jasmine Sambac and Orange Blossom; base notes are Bourbon Vanilla and Patchouli.

I have and love the original Black Opium. I also have and love Black Opium Nuit Blanche. So, naturally, when I saw the newest flanker I knew I had to try it. That being said it would be very hard to review this perfume without comparing it to previous releases. I also feel that most people will be familiar with the scent of the original so I do find the best way to describe this scent is the comparison method. This release is very similar to the original in a sense that it has the unmistakable DNA of its predecessor. It is still Black Opium in its heart but this is a little richer, darker, deeper and a little less sweet. You really get the coffee note in the opening and the cacao here is slightly reminiscent of chocolate giving it a cozy, warm, autumn feel. It is beautifully done. If you didn’t get any coffee in the original version, the chances are you will find it here! The middle notes of white florals are not as pronounced as they are in the original but are still definitely there. Vanilla and patchouli in the base sweeten and ground the composition as it settles down. The entire composition is warm, sweet, seductive and balanced. Is it a safe blind buy? Yes if you are familiar with this scent profile and you usually enjoy it. Is it a safe blind buy if you didn’t like the OG? I wouldn’t say so, but it is worth a try. You might find yourself liking this version more if you found the original too sweet and straightforward. When it comes to the longevity and projection, they are moderate, as they are with the OG, I didn’t notice any improvement with this release in tha area.

Overall, I do feel that this is an improved and more balanced version of the original Black Opium and possibly my favorite flanker to date.

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