One squirt and I was instantly back in the 80's, dynasty, shoulder pads and power suits ..
I think unless you are a diehard Opium fan you really could not tell it apart from a vintage bottle.
The most prominent at first in this one is the incense and resins, and a dusty, almost old orange (it works here).
Opium 1977 by Yves Saint Laurent is a Oriental Spicy fragrance for women. Opium 1977 was created by Jean Amic and Jean-Louis Sieuzac. Two years ago I had the opportunity to smell the wonderful iteration from the early 80s, warm, comforting, mysterious and animalic, almost oily and round, and had to find one.
Top notes are coriander, plum, citruses, mandarin orange, pepper, jasmine, cloves, west indian bay and bergamot; middle notes are carnation, sandalwood, patchouli, cinnamon, orris root, peach, lily-of-the-valley and rose; base notes are labdanum, tolu balsam, sandalwood, opoponax, musk, coconut, vanilla, benzoin, vetiver, incense, cedar, myrrh, castoreum and amber. I was able to find an affordable one from the mid 90s, similar to the tall bottle above.
This perfume reminded me of youth dew upon first application when wet, but the dry down! This doesn't smell heavy to me at all but my tastes are a bit strange. :) I am very curious about the Eau de Parfume and will look for a decant of that sometime soon. Sorry to leave this on the review section but can't find the info online anywhere.
If anyone has the box/ingredient list can you PLEASE private msg me.
Additionally this formulation looms infinitely large over the softer, sweeter, weaker iteration of the EDP released in 2009.
This perfume is hot to open: fiery cloves that make your upper lip prickle with sweat coupled with a wisp of delicately sweet incense.
To recap: it's a masterpiece, but to me all I smell is a grandmother holding a baby at a grand cathedral during a funeral mass. I tried Coco, Obsession, Cinnabar...nothing gets me like Opium! I'm wearing the vintage formula eau de toilette version from a mini bottle.
I bought this size because I have zero experience with this scent and was a little nervous trying it out after reading some poor reviews. I keep getting these gorgeous wafts of spice-tinged, creamy, almost gourmandish wafts of fragrance.
The sandalwood is soft and rich, lashings of radiant opoponax are hypnotic and spiritual.
The transition has a cooling effect, rather the reverse of a traditional warming on the skin and drydown. Opium is adorned with bushels of soft, spicy carnations in the drydown, accented with seductive jasmine and a hint of rose.
And every time I look at the bottle it makes me sad, even if I wear this perfume only exceptionally. One day I´ll deeply miss this excellent composition of smoky and heavy incense, piquant carnation & plenty of spices and resins. With this characteristic scent I feel myself stronger and determined.