So, I finally got to try Opium eau de parfum. What a green thing I am, when it comes to perfume concentrations. Why was I so silly to think that a higher concentration would mean a stronger version of the same scent?
I'm going to explain so that no one else makes the same mistake I did. Being a perfume novice is not bad--but you don't want to spend $60 on something that disappoints.
Eau de parfum is a stronger fragrance than eau de toilette, but not only that--it is a completely different fragrance, at least to my nose. And not the kind of different that I like.
Opium eau de parfum, when first sprayed, is rather heavenly. One can smell the citrus notes and the spicy florals. But dry-down is disappointing, to say the least. What happened to the amber and vanilla notes that make Opium an oriental fragrance? The dry down just smelled like...Soap. I guess I should have listened to my intuition, as I didn't like the bottle much. Looks like a stick of liquorice is stuck in it.
Today I'm going to try to get the eau de toilette. While not as strong as I may like, it actually smells like the Opium I adore, with an addictively sweet dry-down of vanilla and tantalizing amber, and a hint of spice.