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COFFEE ACCORD

Botanical name : Pogostemon cablin



INSPIRATION
The aroma of black coffee

COMPOSITION
Blend of natural and man-made materials





Fierce. Addictive. Rock chic. It’s the aroma of a shot of black coffee, fresh from the espresso machine. A surge of pure energy captured directly from to the cup and reinvented as a fragrance note, exclusively for YSL BEAUTY.

Fierce. Addictive. Rock chic. It’s the aroma of a shot of black coffee, fresh from the espresso machine. A surge of pure energy captured directly from to the cup and reinvented as a fragrance note, exclusively for YSL BEAUTY.

CAPTURING THE PERFECT SHOT OF COFFEE



Perfumers are forever nosing around the world in search of new notes to add to their palettes. And sometimes, even the simplest of daily pleasures can turn into a fragrant epiphany. Like taking in the deep aroma of coffee just before you savor a sip. But you can’t just pour a shot of espresso into a perfume bottle, can you? So, how do you capture the fleeting aroma? That is when the perfumers’ art steps in…

CAPTURING THE PERFECT SHOT OF COFFEE

Perfumers are forever nosing around the world in search of new notes to add to their palettes. And sometimes, even the simplest of daily pleasures can turn into a fragrant epiphany. Like taking in the deep aroma of coffee just before you savor a sip. But you can’t just pour a shot of espresso into a perfume bottle, can you? So, how do you capture the fleeting aroma? That is when the perfumers’ art steps in…



“I wanted to reproduce the energizing aroma of strong black coffee when you lean into the cup. To achieve this, I worked with our flavorist colleagues to analyze the aromatic molecules given off by that fresh cup of coffee. Then I reconstructed the aroma around coffee absolute, a very rich material with liqueur facets and tobacco accents. I perfected this reproduction to create the addictive black coffee accord of BLACK OPIUM.”

Nathalie Lorson, Master Perfumer, BLACK OPIUM

SOURCING

“I wanted to reproduce the energizing aroma of strong black coffee when you lean into the cup. To achieve this, I worked with our flavorist colleagues to analyze the aromatic molecules given off by that fresh cup of coffee. Then I reconstructed the aroma around coffee absolute, a very rich material with liqueur facets and tobacco accents. I perfected this reproduction to create the addictive black coffee accord of BLACK OPIUM.”

Nathalie Lorson, Master Perfumer, BLACK OPIUM

HARVEST



From May to December, the fields of India are fragrant with blooming jasmine, but the main season for the harvest is from July to September. Since the scent of jasmine is at its fullest at dawn, before the sun can alter its power, the harvest takes place in the early hours of the morning. Each flower is plucked one by one to avoid damaging the delicate petals, by the deft, delicate fingers of women in colorful saris.

HARVEST

From May to December, the fields of India are fragrant with blooming jasmine, but the main season for the harvest is from July to September. Since the scent of jasmine is at its fullest at dawn, before the sun can alter its power, the harvest takes place in the early hours of the morning. Each flower is plucked one by one to avoid damaging the delicate petals, by the deft, delicate fingers of women in colorful saris.

PROCESS



As soon as they are collected, the tiny blooms are locally processed by volatile solvent extraction, which yields a waxy substance, the concrete. The material is then macerated in alcohol in order to develop its optimal qualities, for a duration normally determined by the perfumer.
Known for millennia, this process, called infusion, is one of the oldest forms of extraction of odorant materials. Revived and finetuned into a cutting-edge process in the 21st century, super-infusion imparts a fresher and more harmonious floral profile, the truest to the natural scent of jasmine in full blossom.
The exclusive Jasmine grandiflorum Superinfusion crafted for YSL Beauty reveals a modern jasmine, both fruity and petally, with a clean, creamy softness highlighting the flower’s radiance. A natural effect for an elegant and enveloping florality, combining volume and a uniquely powerful trail.

PROCESS

As soon as they are collected, the tiny blooms are locally processed by volatile solvent extraction, which yields a waxy substance, the concrete. The material is then macerated in alcohol in order to develop its optimal qualities, for a duration normally determined by the perfumer.
Known for millennia, this process, called infusion, is one of the oldest forms of extraction of odorant materials. Revived and finetuned into a cutting-edge process in the 21st century, super-infusion imparts a fresher and more harmonious floral profile, the truest to the natural scent of jasmine in full blossom.
The exclusive Jasmine grandiflorum Superinfusion crafted for YSL Beauty reveals a modern jasmine, both fruity and petally, with a clean, creamy softness highlighting the flower’s radiance. A natural effect for an elegant and enveloping florality, combining volume and a uniquely powerful trail.

WHERE TO FIND IT:
BLACK OPIUM,
THE EAU DE PARFUM
BY YVES SAINT LAURENT


In YSL Beauty’s iconic BLACK OPIUM, the rich, dark aroma of coffee cuts like a shaft of black light, straight through the sexy white floral heart of the perfume.
The first ever overdose of coffee in a feminine perfume, the visionary accord acts from top to base notes much like patchouli does in the original OPIUM (1977). A deep nocturnal backdrop wrapped in ambrosial vanilla that gives the scent its rock chic vibe. An addictive surge of pure energy for an instinct-driven urban heroine. Ride it to the end of the night.



WHERE TO FIND IT:
BLACK OPIUM,
THE EAU DE PARFUM
BY YVES SAINT LAURENT



In YSL Beauty’s iconic BLACK OPIUM, the rich, dark aroma of coffee cuts like a shaft of black light, straight through the sexy white floral heart of the perfume.
The first ever overdose of coffee in a feminine perfume, the visionary accord acts from top to base notes much like patchouli does in the original OPIUM (1977). A deep nocturnal backdrop wrapped in ambrosial vanilla that gives the scent its rock chic vibe. An addictive surge of pure energy for an instinct-driven urban heroine. Ride it to the end of the night.




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