I just need to know if the original perfume has dyes in it and if so which ones? I am not, at this moment in time au fait with the ways of writing about fragrance in a manner that is helpfully descriptive as well as succinct. I grew up in house where Opium was sprayed for any occasion on all females in the family.
Its the perfume that I compare every other perfume to. The other OPIUM's are not bad, but that's not it, something is missing.
Additionally this formulation looms infinitely large over the softer, sweeter, weaker iteration of the EDP released in 2009.
This perfume is hot to open: fiery cloves that make your upper lip prickle with sweat coupled with a wisp of delicately sweet incense.
Now everytime I see these plasticy fakey fake impostor "Opium" bottles I get visibly angry. This one is feminine, strong, spicy, i smell clove, pepper and other spices, incense, sandalwood... I hadn't worn this since the early 80's and was recently brought a bottle and I am happy to say it has lost none of its charm.
The transition has a cooling effect, rather the reverse of a traditional warming on the skin and drydown. Opium is adorned with bushels of soft, spicy carnations in the drydown, accented with seductive jasmine and a hint of rose.
Opium EDT is hot to open but then undulates with waves of sensual, mellow ecstasy that feel like a cool rush. Clove does indeed have a therapeutic cooling, anti inflammatory effect and is used medicinally to numb the body. Some fleshy peach tones linger in the bottom with tomes of superbly smooth sandalwood and the aroma of darkly spiced woody vanilla and musky labdanum.
Indeed it has this effect in Opium where the aroma is completely arresting. The quality and purity of ingredients are well preserved even in this quarter century old bottle. For a spellbinding theatrical review of Opium as performed by Salome, please read Kafkaesque's tribute -- the essence of Opium. In order to represent, you must be "of a certain age", you should be affluent or at least able to appear so.
Oh my God, what is that, is this created by a human being? This is just beautiful, the most wonderful Oriental I have ever smelled.
:) two different smell, when I smell up close you get kinda harsh carnation but what it comes to your nose from a distance is unexplainable for me, well blended coconutty oriental madness. Two years ago I had the opportunity to smell the wonderful iteration from the early 80s, warm, comforting, mysterious and animalic, almost oily and round, and had to find one.