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I am coming up to my more mature years now and although it seems impossible that I was once young, felt sexy, glamour and exciting, certain things recapture the spirit of youth while retaining the allure of a real woman. Of course Perfume, not eau de toilette, plays a real part in this as women have been using some forms of scent since long before we had shops, TV and advertising to inspire us.
My favourite perfume of all time is Opium and although I might try others, I always come back to this particular one for many reasons. I first tried it in my mid thirties, which I’ll only say was over twenty years ago and it has stood the test of time, as do most fragrances from the House of Yves St Laurent.
The Jewel in the Crown
The very name OPIUM suggests Eastern regions, opulent palaces in the sun-drenched countries we like to imagine in our dreams. The bottles this perfume come in have changed over the years from smooth and sleek to rich, dark and jewel-shaped, but the perfume itself stays the same, a rich aroma that seeps into the pores of your skin and remains as a lingering reminder throughout the day and well into the early hours of morning.
A Heady Mixture.
On opening the top, whichever bottle you might own, you will get a hint of very special mixture that makes this perfume so unique. Spray a little on your pulse points and allow your nose to pix up the warm, rich mixture of citrus, floral and oriental. For this mixes the best of all three to make a perfume you cannot resist.
Top notes of carnation, mandarin and bergamot play like summer breezes across the senses, while the middle notes of myrrh and jasmine bring in the mystic allure of the souk, while the final accord waits to deepen and finalise the perfection that is yours with deep amber and vanilla depths.
This perfume has changed slightly with the times, but the fragrance is timeless so you may find your current bottle has a slightly different make-up, but its still a gorgeous mixture even if you choose the slightly younger and less heady make.
Beware the temptress is a minx.
Yes, I’m afraid that once you’ve sampled the delights of this perfume you won’t wish to go back to anything else. This is a mature woman’s perfume, though young ladies might be tempted to play, this is a minx, light and playful one moment then all woman the next.
I have been using this for most of my adult life and it still stays as addictive as the name it carries. But it’s far less dangerous, though expensive on the pocket, unless you use its charms with yours to tempt your valentine to buy this for you. If so then be careful of what you wish for, it will probably come true. Down to Earth.
This is a really lovely perfume and although it was nearly banned for its name, it’s been around since the late 1970’s and although the formula does adjust slightly you can bank on it being a winner for most people. I find it lingers on my skin for ages and can’t wear it in the day unless I’m going out later, which sadly I don’t do so much now. In my twenties it took me from work to play and as I got older I would keep it for the evening. Now I’m over the hill I wear it on the rare evening out and remember when it honestly did make me feel every bit as alluring as a screen siren.
You can buy it in most good department stores for about £39 per 30mls. Do shop around though.