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opium gold bottle edition

Yves Saint Laurent have super-swished two of their most iconic products; the Touche Éclat pen and their fragrance classic that for many of us is perfume “marmite”: Opium. For me, Opium has incredibly warming associations; my Mum wore it from when I was very little and I remember clearly the palm-leaf packaging on her dressing table. It’s a strong, heady fragrance and not one that I could personally douse myself in but I know that it is extremely popular – it must be! I can’t imagine YSL are selling all those bottles of it for them to just sit, unopened, in people’s knicker drawers.

There will be some pleased faces this Christmas, I imagine, when Opium fans discover these limited edition bottles under the tree. Very glamorous, very timeless – to me they’re a cross between an antique hip flask and some priceless piece of Aladdin’s Cave treasure. The limited edition bottle is £66 at Selfridges.com

touche eclat christmas wrapped

The Touche Éclat hasn’t had quite the same level of makeover but the casing is beautiful – it looks as though it has been speckled with tiny raindrops – and it comes boxed with tissue and a bow. You’d never normally think of gifting a Touche Éclat, but presented like this I think that it makes quite a gesture. It’s the same price as usual, £25, and available at YSL Counters. However, I’ve just spotted a lovely gold boxed one at Selfridges.com and it comes with a mini mascara too! Well worth a look – it’s here.

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