Yves Saint Laurent launched Black Opium in September 2014, the new fragrance announced as the rock and roll interpretation of the classic, celebrating the dark, mysterious side of the YSL brand. In late August 2015, was presented the Black Opium Eau de Toilette. In early 2016, appears the third edition called Black Opium Nuit Blanche which is special edition from the spicy oriental category. The designer of the composition is Stefano Pilati.
The name of the Black Opium Nuit Blanche is inspired by the synonym Nuit Blanche, an artistic, cultural festival in Paris. Wishing to bring to life the atmosphere of this thrilling evening, in which every desire becomes possible, Nuit Blanche portrays the unusual meeting of spicy arrangements of a young, radiant and pastel peony. Artistically and passionately, the floral landscape is complemented by the oriental base, made up of vanilla, a precious santal extract, and a musk trail.
At the boundary between sensuality and innocence, rice and coffee beans blend into a game of the unknown, which idealizes both the gentleness and boldness of the modern woman. The vitality of black pepper, coriander and caramel is tempered by the softness of the floral bouquet painted in pink shades and creamy rice grains.
- Top notes: rice, pepper
- Heart: orange blossom, coffee
- Base: vanilla, sandalwood, white musk
Nuit Blanche Qualities
Unlike the classic version which is a white flower dressed in a sober coffee cell, Black Opium Nuit Blanche evokes an artistic interpretation of the classic gourmet ingredients: sandalwood, white musk, and absolute vanilla, the dry being hidden under a spicy floral wave. The women who choose the smell of Black Opium Nuit Blanche as the signature is elegant and always well dressed, showing a fierce affinity for accessories touched by a rock&roll breath. A note of dark coffee is well connected with sandalwood in order to provide a dark raw undertone although the coffee note plays mostly a rounding role ( side by side with vanilla) so, the aroma doesn’t become ‘’properly’ dark.
Nuit Blanche is a perfume suitable for the springtime and for the summer evenings. The fragrance is sweet, modern and it has a good longevity and projection, being very versatile. The bottle design is very similar to the original one. The difference is in the details like the color of the cap, which is in rose-gold, and white sequins.
I find this version softer, creamier and more floral compared to the original. The opening is pretty with a strong anise note. The soft rice compliments the sharpness of the anise. The pepper isn’t tingly at all, it’s warm. I can smell the coffee very well on my skin. It’s well complemented by the vanilla and caramel notes. A sexy base is created by the musk and sandalwood. I can sense a light innocent floral skipping between the notes, the peony. However, my personal pick would definitely be the original, Black Opium, but I can imagine many people preferring this one. The fragrance is available as 30, 50, and 90 ml Eau de Parfum.