Product Type: Christian fragrances
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Poison For My Birthday
Dior Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle Eau de Toilette
Member Name: Ayesha-`
Dior Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle Eau de Toilette
Advantages: Very lovely scent, not too strong
Disadvantages: Very expensive, weakens but this is probably not a bad thing
So I mentioned in one of my previous reviews recently that my boyfriend had bought me a Dior perfume as a birthday gift, but I had yet to review it. Part of the reason it took me a while to get onto it is that while I use and remember the fragrances well enough, I like to do one whole day's test just before I review, so I feel a bit more confident about what I'm saying. However, this is not an everyday perfume for me and so I was waiting for the next opportunity to use it for a special occasion. With the boyfriend visiting and us going for a nice meal, this seemed the time.
This perfume's range is packaged in my favourite colour, a kind of ruby red. Unlike some of the other perfumes I've talked about, some more attention to detail and effort has gone into the design of the box, as well as the bottle. It is very attractive, even stored away inside its box, which works well for me because I keep my perfumes boxed away, out of sunlight to avoid them being spoiled. The box is deep red, with a reddish brown shaded oval containing the name of the perfume and the brand 'Dior' beneath, all text in fancy gold.
Inside, the bottle is glass, semi-transparent, with a deep ruby red colouring that gets darker toward the top of the bottle. The bottom, which is clear, is thicker and gives the bottle a bit of weight that probably helps to keep it balanced and makes it feel better quality. The shape is round, not really spherical but that's the only word I can think of, but it kind of makes me think it is as though it is the centre part of a heart shape. The lid is proportionately large and also round, and although it feels more plastic-like and doesn't have as much of the weight we associate with quality it is not unattractive and is easy to remove but secure when on. It also has a gold rim.
I have to admit I find these types of bottles a little trickier to use because getting a good grip to control how hard to press the spray is awkward with a near-spherical shape. Nonetheless I was able to spray a small amount at a time by gently pressing the pump. If anything it was easier to press it too lightly rather than too hard. A reasonable amount comes out, although the mist is not particularly thin. I always spray once and rub my wrists together first then rub some on the neck, rather than spraying several times and finding it is too much. You can always reapply if needed.
When my boyfriend gave me this perfume, he admitted that he was not sure he had bought the right one. I hadn't heard of this version yet, and it was in fact the original that I had fallen for. I too could not tell just from the packaging, as when they are in front of you, you can easily tell but by memory I just knew roughly the shape and colour. We therefore agreed to pop into the shops again and try the tasters again just to be sure, and if it was wrong, the shop assistant had kindly agreed to exchange the unopened perfume.
When I first tried the tasters I knew straight away my other half had gone for the wrong one. The original was more subtle and had a stronger touch of vanilla, whereas this one was more tangy and orangey. Initially I was tempted to point this out, but I thought about it and decided that this was the bottle he had picked out for me and this was what I wanted, because he'd chosen it for me. I purposefully delayed the decision although admitting I was doubtful myself. As it was, I liked the way this perfume developed, and as the day went on, the sweetness started to blossom and the tangy edge to soften. Actually this one was quite pleasant in its own right, and I made the decision to tell him that right or wrong, I wanted to keep it. Now it sits alongside 'Poeme' in its box on my dresser as one of my two top perfumes for only the most important occasions, always involving the man.
With a slightly more fruity tone to it, but still a warming and sweet essence, I found this perfume to tick two boxes in one. It is noticeable and a little rejuvenating to start with, but as you wear it through the day it is also classy, probably not intended for the younger ladies but attractive to most people. A small amount of the fragrance is very subtle and a lot will get you noticed, but probably it would take quite a bit before I'd get those infamous perfume headaches mum warned me about years ago.
This perfume does indeed last very well, and for example I wore it for a day when my boyfriend visited and we went to lunch. From morning to late afternoon he was still commenting, when sat at a fair distance, on how nice I smelt. I could still smell the fragrance on myself later in the evening before showering, but it was by then very weak. I was a little mean on the spraying to be fair, so I would say that with a more generous spray this would probably last quite well.
The perfume would probably last better indoors as it did weaken pretty fast while we were out and about, but it lasts quite long and never gets too much. In fact, it would work well on a wide range of occasions, but it really comes down to this: if you just spent 60 quid on a small bottle of the stuff, would you want to use it all up too quick? Of course not, and being a very special fragrance to me, I would only want to use it on special occasions so that it remains a rare treat and not just an everyday thing. Mine I expect will last literally years, and whatever it says on the bottle, I think it should last years.
I am pretty biased, given that this (and the original) are amongst my favourites already and this particular perfume was given to me as a birthday present. I was shocked when I found out it cost my other half something in the region of £60 (thought you weren't meant to tell us that!) and to be honest that would probably have been the thing that would have stopped a spend-conscious person like me from opening my own purse. No matter how much I like it, I can't seem to convince myself that I should buy it for myself, so I would probably never have had the pleasure. That said, I'm really happy to own this fragrance. I love the smell, it lasts ages and is never overpowering or sickly so it is basically perfect for me. If the price doesn't put you off, I don't think you'd regret buying this one.
Summary: A very beautiful fragrance suitable for any occasion but best saved only for special occasions!
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