Fragrance Friday: YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche
I absolutely love the original YSL Black Opium fragrance, however, it’s definitely more suited to night wear and it’s pretty much the only perfume I reach for when I go on a night out – I actually keep it in my car to ensure that I always have it in easy reach for evening adventures! It’s such a sexy, rich scent that gives me a real boost of confidence, but it is definitely not one for daytime wear, for me anyway. If you feel the same, you love Black Opium, but wish for something a little more suited to daytime wear, let me introduce you to YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche.
A quick Google reveals that “Nuit Blanche” refers to a sleepless night, or an all-nighter – inspired by the Nuit Blanche all night arts festival in Paris – which I realised kind of conflicts with my assessment of Black Opium Nuit Blanche being more suited to the daytime, but it’s a lighter, brighter, more Summery scent that I feel works well as a day time fragrance. OF course, you could say that Black Opium is more of a Winter fragrance and Black Opium Nuit Blanche is more Summery due to it’s lighter finish, but I quite like to wear these together, especially as you can wear Nuit Blanche during the day, then vamp it up with the original at night without any conflict between the scents.
The top notes of YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche are brightening and awakening thanks to bourbon pepper and rice. The heart notes of orange blossom and coffee maintain the brightness whilst adding a more feminine and floral tone, which settles in well with the base notes of vanilla, white musk and sandalwood. I find the vanilla, coffee and orange blossom the most dominant notes when the fragrance settles which make for a perfume that’s just on the right side of feminine; the trademark Opium vampiness is still very much present, but with a lighter, brighter, refreshing finish that is punchy without being overwhelming and strong whilst still maintaining femininity. The YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche EDP starts at £45 for 30ml, £64 for 50ml (pictured) and £84 for 9oml, all of which can be found here – link.