Like Dior Poison, YSL Opium assaults the nose on first contact. Seriously, it reeks of alcohol and poison, and while softer scents take a while to break down, Opium stayed full-strength for a couple hours at least. When it did, it started smelling of cinnamon, almost soft with some bitter on the side (but that might be my skin). It was intruiging, but kind of off-putting at the same time–almost Poison Lite.
Who is this for? Somebody who wants a drastic change from florals, but who doesn’t want to be obnoxious about it. It would be fun to wear this with a frilly dress and mary janes, to balance out any latent girlishness. Opium is formal smelling, so it would probably work best in a structured environment, but you might be able to get away with it for a casual outfit because of the patchouli.
» Breakdown: Mandarin orange, Bergamot, Lily of the valley. Jasmine, Carnation, Myrrh. Vanilla, Patchouli, Opoponaux, Amber.
» Does it pass The Brother Test? Didn’t get a chance to ask him. Doubtful, though.
» Verdict: In the middle between intense and obnoxious, providing you don’t spray on too much. Not my favorite.