If the YSL Opium Perfume is the classy, well dressed lady that every one adores, the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche Eau De Parfum is her edgy, rock & roll loving sister that doesn’t hold anything back! Personally, I am all about my sweet-smelling fragrances with a mysterious side so the minute I smelt the YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche EDP perfume I knew that I would be moving it across to sit in a prime position in my collection (right next to my Marc Jacobs Decadence and Lancome La Nuit Tresor).
The Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche EDP is inspired by an annual night time arts festival in Paris and since Paris is the city of passion, baguettes and mystery, I can definitely see why YSL would want to release a fragrance that captures the buzz of Paris’ night life.
It has notes of rice, Bourbon pepper, orange blossom absolute, Black Opium coffee, vanilla absolute, sandalwood and white musk. Personally I don’t really smell any coffee – just vanilla, lots and lots of vanilla - but I’m actually quite happy about that I don’t like the smell of coffee
I have to admit that the only thing that I don’t like about this perfume is that the bottle design is SO similar to its predecessors that if you put all three fragrances in a line, it is quite difficult to say which fragrance is which at a quick glance – FYI Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche is the one with the rose-gold cap & silver sequins – but after a quick trip to Selfridges last night to sniff all three perfumes in the YSL Black Opium perfume range, I have come to the conclusion that the Nuit Blanche perfume doesn't smell that much different from the other two BUT it is a bit lighter and a bit sweeter