Filipinos indulge in the scent of ‘Black Opium’

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Janna Tee and Brent Javier

Janna Tee and Brent Javier

Always at the forefront of fashion and beauty, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) unveiled its first fragrance for women: something daring and addicting, the Black Opium.

Made for young style-seekers moved by their desires, YSL’s latest perfume uses coffee in high doses, the patchouli and vanilla notes as the dark base, and green crispy floral accords. Its full oriental experience entices women to release their inhibitions.

In the Philippines, Black Opium was launched in the newly-opened, sought-after, and hidden Bank Bar of the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Welcoming the much-awaited perfume were press, celebrities and social personalities who were immersed in sensual, rebellious yet elegant installations.

Custom made cocktails—inspired by the notes found in Black Opium: coffee, coconut, vanilla, lemon and mandarin—were served.


DJ Ornussa Cadness set the mood with her emboldened beats, as model and host Sambie Rodriguez welcomed everyone. An introduction on Yves Saint Laurent and Black Opium by L’Oreal Luxury Division General Manager Clarisa Villaflor and YSL Fragrances Brand Manager Karla Almazan then followed.

Jake Cuenca and Tim Yap

Jake Cuenca and Tim Yap

To keep the mood enigmatic and gripping, models wearing glam rock outfits by fashion designer Jerome Lorico brought out bottles of Black Opium for everyone to experience.

Celebrities and influencers such as Jake Cuenca, Victor Basa, Carla Humphries, Brent Javier, Tim Yap, Raymond Gutierrez, Kiana Valenciano, Charina Sarte, Janna Tee, Erica Abello, KallyAraneta, Sara Grace Kelly, Margo Midwinter, Natalia Ortega and Ella Pangilinan joined in the addiction and got hooked on the scent.

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