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Scents That Tell A Story: YSL ‘Black Opium’

YSL Black Opium Scent Story gift set

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At a younger age, I get super excited about Christmas because I knew I would be getting nice gifts from my parents. And not having to worry about getting everyone else gifts, well apart from my mom & dad. I look back and see that I took a lot of things for granted back then, now realizing that the older I get the more responsibility I have especially at Christmas. So Scent Story will literally help you give a gift that just keeps giving!

Christmas is one of the happiest moment of my life (as much as that sound cliché), I enjoy the whole shopping fuss, cooking and simply enjoying the company of family and friends. The best part is buying gifts for friends and family. It’s always nice to let them know that you appreciate them by buying them meaningful gifts.

A personalized gift is something that I like very much. It shows that the person giving it has put much thought about the gift and not just for giving sake but making sure that by going the extra miles to get it personalized, it will be more appreciated.

‘Scents That Tells a Story’ is a platform (an extended service for Christmas) by Boots, that allows you to surprise someone special this Christmas with a personalised fragrance gift. It offers luxurious fragrance for both men and women. You can choose from Diesel ‘BAD‘, Armani ‘Code PROFUMO‘, YSL ‘Mon Paris‘, YSL ‘Black Opium‘, Lancôme ‘La Vie Est Belle‘, and Giorgio Armani ‘Si‘. And have it delivered inside a luxurious book-inspired gift box, with their name and a special message, as well as two beauty or fragrance luxury miniatures.

EXCLUSIVE to Boots UK is the ultimate personalized fragrance gift set. I am a huge fan of fragrances, especially ones that smell really good and comes in a pretty packaging.

My YSL Black Opium #ScentStory gift set arrived just in time for Christmas. It has been personalized with my name ‘Tunrayo’ in the beautiful story inside the book.

Hidden within what looks to be a luxurious book and buried beneath the pages of the story, lies a 50ml bottle of perfume. I picked YSL ‘Black Opium‘ just because it’s one of my favorite scent – as well as two deluxe beauty, a lipstick, and mascara.

It’s so simple to create, you can either order your personalization online or in store (selected Boots U.K store):

Ordering online at Scents That Tell a Story
Step 1
: First choose a fragrance that fits recipient  personality… Bold, Confident, Passionate, Positive, Gentleman or Bad Boy, and then pop it in its matching ‘storybook’ gift box. Every one of the fragrances comes with a specially crafted tale which is told throughout the pages of the book.

Step 2: Choose two deluxe miniatures to add to your gift as an extra treat tailored to your loved one’s taste.
Step 3
: Personalize the gift by getting your loved one’s name printed as part of the inside story. Once done, the gift set will be delivered to the lucky person.

Ordering in store at Boots

Steps 1 & 2 is the same as the online procedure.
Step 3
: Personalize your gift by adding a specially engraved metal plaque to the cover. And your gift set is ready!


 The Scent Story

The clock ticks. She waits for something to happen. Then it does… As she sets off into the night, the reflection of the neon city lights flickers, her black stilettos mirror the towering skyscrapers of this modern and electric city. The allurement of danger excites her. Upon entering a crowded bar, she locks eyes with a cool looking stranger admiring her from afar, he walks over and hands her a key…

The Fragrance YSL Black Opium ‘Rock Chick’

“As addictive as that first shot of caffeine, with electrifying white flowers to tie it all together, this new generation Gourmand Floral is a radical move away from the structure of the classic perfume, and instead is inspired by the artistic movement of the “chiaroscuro”, where the emphasis is on the contrast and tension between light and dark.

Playing on the incongruity between the bitterness of the coffee bean accord, an ingredient never used before in such a high quantity in a feminine fragrance and radiant white flowers, BLACK OPIUM gives a sensation of light-headedness, bordering on ecstasy.

First, there is the wake-up call. The coffee bean note hits you hard, jolting the senses. Next, it becomes softer and more feminine with the white flowers of jasmine sambac and absolute of orange blossom to finish incredibly addictive and emboldened by the ambrosial appeal of vanilla and the woody notes of cedar and patchouli, giving a roundness, depth, and mysterious elegance.

This play on light and dark is instantly subversive, piquing the curiosity of all who come near; inviting them back for more; willing players all in an olfactory game with an intense payoff.

The Bottel

The shape seems strangely familiar: the round, feminine center at the heart of the square iconic OPIUM bottle. Finished in a matt, black glitter, there’s something intensely urban about the BLACK OPIUM bottle as if it could only live in a city. Its diamond-dust finish sparkles gently, a diamond in the rough, yet always subtle. Incongruous in a downtown environment it is the antithesis of “bling”. Subversive, tactile, it belongs in the palm of a hand, feels enjoined. Echoing the three-dimensional appeal of the precious juice it holds within, the bottle is encased in an opulent black box, the famous “Cassandre” symbol magnified in black glitter, the BLACK OPIUM logo in a delicate pink gold.

Discover Black Opium, the new feminine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent – new glam rock fragrance full of mystery and energy. An addictive gourmand floral with notes of Black Coffee – for a shot of adrenaline; White Florals – to instantly seduce, and Vanilla – for sweetness and sensuality.”

Fragrance Notes::

Top Notes: Black Coffee

Heart Notes: White Florals

Base Notes: Vanilla

 YSL Black Opium #ScentStory gift set is available now exclusively at Scentstory  and selected BootsUk stores.

YSL Black Opium 50ml: £66.00 RRP

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