Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Influenster, YSL Black Opium Perfume Review

First, I feel like I should apologize because I've not taken the time to write a blog post in what feels like forever. I could come up with a long list of excuses about being busy, and life getting in the way, but let's be real........I've just been lazy. I know, I know, shame on me!! 

Now, onto what this post is actually about. I recieved a deluxe sample of YSL(Yves Saint Laurent) fragrance Black Opium from Influenster today. If You're not familiar with Influenster let me tell you a little about them. Influenster is an amazing way to get to try new products for free. There are no catches, and you never have to pay for anything. Influenster sends you products so that you can review them honestly. They can pass your feedback onto the company so they can better meet customer demands. They even have an app now which makes reviewing the products even more simple than it already was. 

If you're interested in giving influenster a try, here is my referal link: 
*I do not receive any monetary compensation when you use that link. It just lets influenster see how many people I refer and helps them know what kind of products to send me.

I was a little nervous when I first heard I would be receiving this fragrance, because I feel like picking fragrances is a very personal choice. First you need to smell them, and then you need to try them on and make sure they work with your body chemistry. Just because it smells great in the bottle doesn't mean it will smell great on you, and not everyone agrees on what smells great. Some people love smelling like a bouquet of flowers while others would rather smell like they rolled around in Willy Wonka's candy factory. I personally like my perfumes to be somewhere in the middle. Too floral and they give me a headache, and too sweet makes me want to gag. I love to have a perfume that is sweet, but love it to have a musky undertone with a just a touch of floral. I know, I'm asking a whole lot out of a fragrance. However, I was also very excited to give YSL Black Opium a try, I mean it's YSL so I thought it had to be great, right?

Here is how YSL describes Black Opium,

"With a glam rock aesthetic, this addictive gourmand floral entices with notes of black coffee for a shot of adrenaline, white florals to instantly seduce, and vanilla for sweetness and sensuality. Playing on the incongruity between the bitterness of the coffee bean accord, an ingredient never used before in such a high quantity in a feminine fragrance and radiant white flowers, BLACK OPIUM gives a sensation of light-headedness, bordering on ecstasy.

First there is the wake-up call. The coffee bean note hits you hard, jolting the senses. Next, it becomes softer and more feminine with the white flowers of jasmine sambac and absolu of fleur d’oranger to finish incredibly addictive and emboldened by the ambrosial appeal of vanilla and the woody notes of cedar and patchouli, giving a roundness, depth, and mysterious elegance.

Audacious? Perhaps. Addictive, electrifying? Definitely."

Coffee Accord, Orange Blossom, Cedar Wood Essence, Patchouli Essense. 

So, what do I think about YSL Black Opium? YSL is a luxury brand, that I really don't have much experience with. With a price tag ranging from $25 for just 0.33 oz  to $115 for 3 oz, my standards are pretty high. So, here is what I have to say about this product. Even though I only have a small sample, the bottle it came in is very beautiful. If this sample goes to show the quality of the full size it's sure to be even more stunning. It's the kind of perfume bottle that will make it to my perfume display shelf for sure. Even the little box my sample came in was beautiful! Now the part I'm sure is why you're even reading my review. How does it smell? First I want to say that I'm not great at describing perfumes, but here goes. It's an amazing scent, and perfect for fall. I find it a very warm, yet sweet scent. My nose isn't sophisticated enough to pick apart the scent and tell you how I feel about each note, but I will say I love it! It's the perfect scent for me. I think Goldilocks would have loved this perfume because  it's not too floral, not too sweet, and not too musky, it's all just right. Corny, I know, but I couldn't help myself. I think YSL has done an amazing job with this fragrance, and I'm looking forward to wearing it for the entirety of Autumn. If You like perfumes that are sweet without being overpoweringly sweet, you should give this one a try for sure. Plus, right now if you go to the YSL website they are offering free samples of Black Opium without any purchase or shipping costs. You can check that out here! So, You have nothing to lose, get your free sample and fall in love with this amazing scent! It will surely become a staple in my perfume collection from this point on!

I want to send a big thank you to influenster and YSL for sending me this sample, I love it!! I would also like to thank you all for taking the time out and reading my review. Give me a comment if you've tried this perfume, let me know what you think! I'd love to hear from everyone, and see what you all have to say about it. Like me on Facebook to see more from me. I'm also on Instagram and Pinterest, and Twitter . Check out my other blog if you'd like to see non nail related blogs.
Have a Blessed day,


  1. Can I be honest? I dont really like it lol, I got a free sample recently from I would never buy it, but I guess thats just my opinion.