Fragrance File: YSL’s Black Opium Glow Review

As far as French fashion house go, Yves Saint Laurent continues to reign as one of the most influential and inspired designers in the world. From his early days in the studio of Christian Dior to his acclaimed haute couture collections of today, YSL’s style remains unmistakable.

The Yves Saint Lauren style is reflected across accessories, jewellery, ready-to-wear fashion, cosmetics and fragrance. One of the most iconic YSL scents is Black Opium.

The fashion house has recently launched a brand new take on this icon… Black Opium Glow.

The Scent

The iconic Black Coffee Signature accord is electrified by a dazzling freshness of fizzing citrus notes and enhanced by an energizing radiance of pear.

The composition is zesty and sweet with a gourmand accord and heart of white flowers.

The Bottle

Like a beating heart in a night of darkness, the glowing essence of the Black Opium Glowing Bottle beams positive vibes from its core – a circle of light!

The signature square bottle of Black Opium is now transparen which expresses the light, fresh scent, it is also covered in pink and black glitter with the iconic circle at the centre  illuminated.

Eminently collectable, immediately desirable, the bottle is symbolic of the sensual tension between light and shadow.


The Campaign

No experience is worth living if not shared. Edie Campbell, the YSL Beauty ambassador, and face of Black Opium, stars in the advertising campaign, her black hair and kohl-lined eyes and nude lips portraying the perfect rock star image for the futuristic film directed by BRTHR.

Friends, new and old, line up in a neon night, somewhere in South East Asia. Pulsating neon lights, the roar of a motorbike, a neon-lit club door.

As Edie jumps on the bike and roars into the night, through a neon tunnel and into the unknown, she leads her girl squad out on a night of adventures, passing from a circle of trust into a circle of light, and sharing her addiction to the fragrance.

The electrifying bottle of Black Opium Glowing Eau de Toilette is passed from girl to girl, woman to woman – and even to boy – hand over hand. Experienced differently; the emotion – that sense of exhilaration and excitement – is what they have in common.


You are also able to view the movies for the fragrance here


Who Wears Black Opium ?

Energetic, impulsive, and addicted to fun, the new Black Opium woman enjoys trying new experiences with her friends. She lives in the moment and emanates a glow from her centre. She stands out from the crowd like the star she is!

My thoughts

Easy to wear, the light and subtle blend has an illuminating, feminine touch, perfect for spreading your light around!

New Face of Black Opium

Black Opium has a new global spokesperson. A woman who speaks as she finds. Is imbued with an innate magnetism, mystery and charisma.

Zoė Kravitz
Zoė Kravitz

Expanding her existing role as Global Makeup Ambassador, YSL Beauté is proud to announce the appointment of Zoė Kravitz as the new international face and spokesperson for its iconic fragrance, Black Opium. Zoė’s first engagement with the fragrance will see her in a new eye-catching campaign that promises to entice a new audience and delight existing fans. This new chapter is set in a steamy urban cityscape somewhere within Asia, synonymous with a world of adventure and addiction that is Black Opium. The new Black Opium campaign starring Zoė Kravitz will be revealed on August 18th worldwide so keep your eyes peeled!




Name of Scent: Black Opium Glow

Fragrance House: Yves Saint Laurent

Type of Scent: Eau de Toilette

Scent Family: Oriental Vanilla

Top Notes: Black Coffee Accord, Bergamot, Pear

Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine Sambac

Base Notes: Cedarwood, Patchouli, Musk

Price: R 1 224 (50ml) ; R 1 629 (90ml)

Stockists: Available at the YSL Boutique in Sandton City Johannesburg, Selected, Edgars, Red Square, Foschini, Woolworths and Truworths stores now.

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. Loshineemunsamy1 is my instagram handle. I wil luv to win this sexy fragrance this womans month. ?????

  2. Wearing this gorgeous YSL Fragrance will certainly bring out my energetic side – Perfect for Spring!!

  3. Ohhhhhhh what a lovely giveaway. I would really love to win and have. A fancy amazing fragrance in my collection please make my year. Holding thumbs

  4. Please pick me , I am currently paying for my tuition fees and the state of being broke has led me not to buy myself a nice fragrance like this one. This signature definitely describes me i enjoy trying new experiences with my friends. I live in the moment and emanates a glow from my center. I stands out from the crowd like the star. I am Black Opium Glow. Praying that i win.

  5. Entered. Crossing fingers. Now i would be the lucky person to this signature. Perfect gift for Spring.

  6. Wow, I would love to win a fragrance for myself….. Only way I could own a gorgeous fragrance if I’m a winner….. Can’t afford to buy it for myself….

  7. Opium is the smell of my mother, my mother that passed away when i was 21, she use to wear the original Opium – Opium will always remind me of her.. i miss her.

  8. Perfume for me is a statement about who I am. I love to smell good. I would love to experience a new and exciting fragrance.

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