In 2022, YSL released a brand new flanker for the ever-popular Black Opium, and it packs an even bigger punch than the original.

For Black Opium’s latest reincarnation, YSL took inspiration from their 1971 Scandal collection, most notably this amazing emerald green fur coat. The impact of this piece can still be seen in outerwear today. In fact, next time you’re in town, count how many brightly coloured teddy fleeces you see.

So, YSL wants a bright green fragrance, who do they call? In a stroke of genius, they get master mixologist Margot Lecarpentier on the phone. She worked with fragrance expert Nathalie Lorson to create a mouth-watering cocktail of bright, gourmand notes.

The Notes

Green fragrances are known for being crisp and mellow – think fresh-cut grass or iced matcha lattes – but Illicit Green turns this scent family on its head with lively, energizing ingredients.

Your journey with Illicit Green begins by stepping into an orchard of fruity top notes. Juicy Pear is layered with zesty Green Mandarin and grassy Fig Leaf.

YSL | Black Opium Illicit Green EDP 30ml | £56.50

Then you enter the heart, with heady Orange Blossom, sensual Jasmine and a creamy Fig Fruit Extract that gives this fragrance a delicious smoothie bowl vibe.

After a few hours, you’ll descend into an intense base where you’ll meet Black Opium’s signature notes. The bitter black coffee bean entwines with spiced patchouli to create an invigorating, peppery trail on your skin. The Vanilla-Bourbon Fusion is our favourite part, creamy and sweet with a fiery kick, it’s equal parts decadent and devilish.

When should you wear it?

Fruity fragrances are usually classified as daytime scents since they’re often quite lightweight. Illicit bucks this trend by pairing breezy, fruit notes with intense, sexy accords. If you’re into high-impact perfumes, this’ll become your signature scent for morning, noon and night. Prefer transitioning your scents? Start out with a lighter EDT (Like Burberry Her) and switch to Illicit Green after 5pm.