Yves Saint Laurent Opium Vapeurs de Parfum

Yves Saint Laurent Opium Vapeurs de Parfum

Red lips, strong brows, jewel tones: the coming fall season celebrates classic beauty—with a modern twist, of course.

The recent release of Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium Vapeurs de Parfum follows a similar thinking.

The fragrance—a combo of mandarin and pink pepper, orange flower, sambac jasmine and nutmeg, amber wood and vanilla—hints at the powerful oriental trendsetter that set the style world abuzz in the Seventies. It, however, targets a next generation of scent seekers with a lighter, fresher formula that’s still sultry and spicy, but more everyday-wearable than that heady and voluptuous YSL original.

Yves Saint Laurent Opium Vapeurs de Parfum, $60 (50 ml), www.ysl.com

The original 1977 ad for Yves Saint Laurent Opium, starring Jerry Hall (below).


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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.