Opium EDT, the original Saint Laurent formulation, c. 1990
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Vintage Opium Eau de Toilette (EDT)â those of you who know it can skip the discussion below. When you know the genuine Yves Saint Laurent formulation, you don't need to read about it.
This miniature bottle dates from 1980-1990. It is a sampling size, a 1 1/2â tall bottle with ridges on a flat, lozenge, shape, with the characteristic red lettering: (top) Opium (bottom) YvesSaintLaurent. The glass on the bottom has raised lettering: HP 7.5 ml 16. This is not a spray bottle. No box.
The bottle was opened over ten years ago and yet still carries a hint of the wonders inside. It is a little over 3/4 full. (Alas! Some around me had allergies...)
For those of you who wonder what all the excitement is about, a few words of explanation:
Opium was created by Jean Amic and Jean-Louis Sieruzac for Saint Laurent in 1977, recognized immediately as a fragrance suitable for men as well as women.
It has been reformulated (2009? 2013? perhaps by l'Oreal?). When that happened, Opium devotees agree this was a Bad Thing; they say over and over that the re-formulators âdestroyed itâ. They accuse the new product of having something âplasticâ in it, something âgrimyâ, âbitter and chemicalâ. The consensus is that this results from the elimination of the costly ingredients that gave Opium its distinctive character.
And it was costly. Even when it was created, Opium was recognized as one of the most expensive perfumes to make but Saint Laurent himself called it âThe Greatest of Allâ when he launched it in 1977. It would be in a Perfume Hall of Fame if such a thing existed.
They agree that vintage Opium is a classic, that it stands alone, and lament that it can be found now, if at all, only in vintage stores or auction sites.
Handle with care! This kind of Opium is also addictive...if you can find it.
This item is being sold AS IS with no return due to the nature of the product. Please consider carefully before you bid.
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