Yves Saint Laurent began his career at age 17 by working as Christian Dior’s assistant. At age 21, he became head of the Dior fashion house when Dior died. He lost his position when he was drafted to fight in the Algerian War in 1960 but started his fashion house after he left the service. He is known for popularizing ready-to-wear and tailoring exquisite women’s suits. The first fragrance, Y for women, was released in 1964, and the cosmetics and perfume lines remain produced by L’Oreal.
Opium Cologne by Yves Saint Laurent, Sharp, spicy accords is prominently featured in Opium cologne. This fragrance was introduced in 1995.Its composition has top notes of star anise and black currant. The middle portion consists of pepper and galanga. The base brings bourbon vanilla, atlas cedar, and tolu balsum into the profile.