Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Floral Shock Eau de Parfum

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~~~~~~ ABOUT YVES SAINT LAURENT ~~~~~~

I can’t honestly say I have ever bought a garment from this fashion house and their make up and scents are as close I will ever get to buying from YSL.

This is a French fashion House was started in 1961 by Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent known as Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, industrialist Pierre Bergé. Previously laurent had worked as a designer for Dior so he as known in the fashion industry already. He died in 2008 of cancer but the brand continues.

YSL have a large make up and perfume collection too and if you like high end expensive products then you will find plenty to be tempted by here. I like to look and try but buying is less likely to happen as I do find them expensive.

~~~~~~~ PACKAGING ~~~~~~~~

Yves Saint Laurent brought this new variation to the Black Opium collection out in 2017 so it is pretty new, hence the chance to grab samples.

The bottle is black glass and square looking from the front but kind of oval looking from the top so the edges are rounded. This is the same as the original Black Opium bottle in shape. It is black but transparent and covered with black glitter that thins towards the bottom of the bottle and then you can see the contents – the perfume which is pink in colour.

The box is an attractive grey pink colour with a sheen to it. There are imprinted lines across the box and the YSL letters on the front in large stylized letters. The perfume name is also on the front at the bottom in smaller text. I like the colour and style of the box, it looks classy and elegant.

The campaign adverts feature the model Edie Campbell. The perfume was created by perfumers Nathalie Lorson, Marie Salamagne, Olivier Cresp and Honorine Blanc.

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~~~~~~ THE NOTES IN THIS ~~~~~~

Top notes which are those that you smell on first spray: lemon, bergamot ,pear and freesia

Heart notes are those that develop as the perfume dries down a little: gardenia, orange blossom and a solar floral accord.

Base notes these are the notes that last the longest as the perfume settles on your skin and may last hours :iced coffee, white musk, mineral accord and woody amber

 

~~~~~~~ MY VIEWS ~~~~~

I cannot remember if I have tried others in the Black Opium range but this is said to be “
A fresh and invigorating interpretation of the iconic Black Opium coffee signature. Black Opium Floral Shock hits like that first jolt of espresso when you wake up in the morning. A shot of sensuality.”

Personally I am not mad on the bottle as I feel it is a bit tacky for the consumer this perfume is aimed at considering the price. It looks a bit teeny and glam rock to me and I would have thought the perfume might have been aimed at someone with a bit more sophistication but maybe I am being a bit judgemental!!

On first spray my nose picks out sweet floral so for me the freesia is the most dominant note and then the fresh pear starts to come through which when combined with the lemon and bergamot gives a fresh slightly citrus edge to the floral.

Around half an hour later the perfume has settled onto my skin and I can still smell floral, citrus which is not surprising as the heart notes have orange and gardenia and that floral not is slightly headier than the freesia, and the orange sweeter than bergamot.

After an hour or so and then the net day on my clothes I can enjoy the sweet vanilla and my favourite musk and amber with the other florals still evident. My nose doesn’t pick up the coffee much, maybe slightly sweet coffee just but not in my face at all.

I find that the sillage is good and others can smell my perfume when I wear it and have commented on how nice it is .

It lasts quite well on me too. If I apply it in the morning I can still detect it around six hours later on my pulse points but if I was going out somewhere I would apply a bit more to liven it up.

I really like this perfume, it is sweet and floral and quite heady and sensuous. I would be happy to wear this day or evening. I feel it would appeal to a wide age range too as it isn’t too young and also isn’t too heavy and cloying so a nice fresh floral with a good lasting heart.

This has been described by YSL as “ Between cool seduction and burning exhilaration, Black Opium Floral Shock Eau de Parfum is a deliciously irresistible shock of sensuality. The electrifying signature of Black Opium wrapped in shocking freshness: the warm sensuality of black coffee shaken with bold citrus notes and a cool, mysterious note of white musk. A biting freshness that blows the mind but leaves you wanting more.”

I like the freshness that goes with this floral perfume. It apparently is classified in the family of floral-florientals. Gardenia is one of the florals that I do really like it reminds me of tropical islands and some wonderful holidays.

I have no idea what a solar floral accord is so can’t say if that is noticeable at all, is it sunflower or is it the smell of flowers in the sun? Who knows ?

Anyway this is a nice fresh summery perfume that lasts pretty well and is uplifting and very feminine and the gardenia weighs in very strongly for me. I don’t find it cloying as some heavy florals can be so that is a big plus for me.

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~~~~~~~ BUYING THIS ~~~~~~

The fragrance is available as a 30ml, 50ml and 90 ml Eau de Parfum. Prices as always do vary a lot so as I always say shop around to see where you can find it cheapest.

Escentual sell all three sizes and they range from £42.90, to £60.35 and the largest size is £77.35.

Boots sell all three again and the prices here go from £50.50 to £65.50 and the largest size is £81.00

Personally I feel these prices are quite high and although I do like the perfume I don’t feel it is exciting enough to pay those prices as I get just as much pleasure and lasting scent from perfume oils I buy on Ebay from Middle Eastern perfume shops which are a lot cheaper.

~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED ? ~~~~~

I liked the perfume and found it pleasant, fresh and floral and feminine. I am not sure I would pay the full price for this as it is quite expensive but so are many other high brand perfumes so it depends on how you feel abut spending money on perfumes. I love perfumes and do spend quite a lot on them but also get as many samples of these high end ones as I can. I have a total of five of this one collected through the mail and various shops around town.

If you like fresh florals then this will appeal but if you prefer the more unisex scents this may not be one for you. It isn’t a heavy, classic like Opium but rather lighter and maybe one that would appeal to younger ladies and for wearing in summer.

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Hugo Boss Jour Pour Femme

HUGO BOSSS JOUR POUR FEMME

IMG_2991I love perfumes and while I couldn’t possibly collect full sized bottles of every perfume I am fond of collecting samples which I either get free of buy in bulk lots from ebay.

~~~~~~ ABOUT HUGO BOSS ~~~~~

Hugo Boss was founded by Hugo Boss in 1924 in Germany and originally supplied uniforms to th Nazis!! After the war the company branched away from uniforms. In 1985 the company went public and this was also the year they created their first fragrance. These days it is a huge business with over 1,000 stores world wide.

I can’t say it is a brand that has ever attracted my attention and its fragrances have also never really grabbed me either but always willing to try something new I am happy to accept any free samples going even from a company with a very questionable start!

Sadly their ethics may have improved slightly as thy have moved away from employing forced labour but they do test their fragrances on animals but it seems that most large companies also do the same.

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~~~~~~~ PACKAGING ~~~~~

The box is a silvery gold pale coloured box with minimal text on the box. It just states the brand name and the perfume name.

Inside the perfume is housed in a tall slender straight sided cloudy or frosted glass bottle with a gold collar around the spray dispenser which was covered with a clear lid.

~~~~~~ WHAT HUGO BOSS SAY ~~~~~~~

“The sophisticated fragrance ‘BOSS Jour’ is inspired by the first light of day. This scent encourages its wearer to recognise the opportunities that come their way and that they are the authors of their own destiny, day by day. In a refined composition, this women’s fragrance unites three essential facets of the feminine mystique: serenity, elegance and inspiration, combined in a wonderful interplay of white blossom and invigorating citrus notes.”

~~~~~~ THE NOTES IN THIS ~~~~~~

The top notes in this are lime and grapefruit blossom. These are the notes that you get immediately the perfume is sprayed.

The middle notes are white flowers, freesia, honeysuckle and lily of the valley and these are the notes that develop as the perfume dries down a little and settles on the skin.

The base notes which are the notes that last the longest as the perfume settles on your skin and may last hours and these are birch and amber.

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~~~~~~ MY VIEWS ~~~~

This perfume was released in 2013 and the famous face behind this perfume was Gwyneth Paltrow

This is a distinctly floral in nature but not too sweet and heavy, more light and freshly floral. Hugo Boss say that the perfume is based on three facets “ the light which represents the first ray of sunshine, the inspiring which brings colour to the day and finally the elegance representing the strength of the woman.”

Personally I found the initial scent very light and refreshing; it didn’t make me sneeze as some perfumes do and was a pleasant citrus floral with hint of creaminess.

After just twenty minutes the perfume had settled so well on my skin that it was almost unnoticeable. The sillage was very poor and I would hope that a perfume that costs this much would last a bit better than this.

This is a perfume that is distinctly day wear. It hasn’t got the depth needed for an evening perfume in my opinion. I would also say that it is more a summer than winter because if you wore clothes over wear you applied this perfume you my as well not bother. To me this is about as strong as Soap and Glory body sprays which cost less than £4. In fact I would say that S&G body spray lasts better than this. Considering this is a perfume not an EDT I can’t believe how little it smells and ho short time it lasts on me.

I applied this in the morning and by lunch time I could no longer smell it on me. I did spray some on my sleeve and so I took the top off and left it upstairs for an hour or so . I went back up and had a good sniff of my sleeve to see if I could smell the perfume there and indeed the smell was almost unnoticeable. So this has poor sillage and also poor lasting quality in my humble opinion.

I would say this is pleasant enough, a bit like a cheap body spray and certainly nothing to justify the price tag on this perfume. It is ordinary, generic and nothing original at all. This is the kind of perfume you might choose to wear if you are going for a job interview as it is totally inoffensive and barely noticeable but you will smell clean and pleasant!

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~~~~~~~~ BUYING THIS ~~~~~~

This perfume is available in a 50 ml and 75 ml EDP and also a body lotion and a shower gel which I think I might like better.

This is available in most stores that sell perfumes. Boots have the 75 ml one for £67 as does escentual which also has the 50 ml size for £40. The Perfume shop has the 50 ml for £53.

As always shop around but in this case prices seem to be fairly similar.

~~~~~~~~ MY TIPS FOR WEARING AND KEEPING PERFUMES FRESH ~~~~~

Don’t be tempted to leave your perfumes on your dressing table out of their boxes however pretty they look as the sun light makes perfumes alter their scent and any heat will make them evaporate. I keep mine in a drawer in a cool place and that way the scent lasts well and stays true.

Spray a little perfume on your hair as that way as you walk around it will leave a nice scented trail behind you.

Don’t rub your perfume into pulse points, spray and then let it dry naturally and it will last longer on you.

Spray your scarf and clothes and the scent will last really well on them and you can enjoy the aroma for days.

Pop some perfume down your cleavage and then as you warm up you will be able to enjoy your scent all day long.

~~~~~~~ WOULD YOU BUY THIS ONE? ~~~~~~

No I wouldn’t. This is not because it smells unpleasant but because it is nothing really different and yet still costs a lot of money. Buy a lot of Sap & Glory body prays and they do the same job as this considerably more expensive perfume. I do like perfume oils as they really last well on my skin and on clothes as well and they are also a lot cheaper and more exotic smelling. This has nothing to tempt me to buy it I am afraid.

Thanks for reading
©Catsholiday
16th August 2017