Black Opium


Black Opium (Yves Saint Laurent 2014) is incredibly sweet and beautifully sharp.  On my skin the notes of coffee, orange blossom, pink pepper and a very strong vanilla are easiest to decipher… It’s a very modern fragrance, and in my humble estimation (and I mean that sincerely) I can’t easily connect the olfactory DNA of this Yves Saint Laurent fragrance with their iconic Opium of decades past (it is supposed to be an interpretation of the original Opium)…  I’ll find my bottle of vintage Opium, do more sleuthing and provide an update later.

Yet, I hasten to add that the fact that I can’t easily see the relation to the old Opium doesn’t mean this isn’t a lovely fragrance.  This is the sort of sexy, bold and fun scent  that I think a lot of people might enjoy wearing on a date.  That is, if this suited one’s taste and skin chemistry of course…  It definitely isn’t a shy beauty.

Top notes: pink pepper, orange blossom, and pear.  Middle notes: coffee and jasmine.  Base notes: vanilla, patchouli and cedar

It’s been a long week.  For a good portion of it I haven’t been able to breathe out of my nose and obviously that’s not pleasant.

I drank a cup of hot water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and raw honey and that did wonders.  It was the first time I could truly breathe.

How was your week?  I honestly hope it was at least ok…

I wore leather pants, pearls and a men’s sweater yesterday.  It felt good to wear what I normally never would (leather pants) but secretly want to…  I’m going to keep doing it.

I hope your weekend goes well…  I’ll post a photo later of what I decided to wear today.


Hmm… Well, I don’t remember these sunglasses looking so large in person but…  Anyway.  And I clearly need to smile.

I’m truly not good at taking photos of myself.  I’m getting a little better with practice though…



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