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DIOR PURE POISON
I have enjoyed wearing Pure Poison by Dior for many years. I used to like Poison but it got to be too strong for me so my husband bought me this for one of our anniversaries to try.
Pure Poison is spicy. It is very feminine because it is flowery all the time that I can smell it and it lasts for a very long time. The fragrance is very strong like the original Poison but it is not so heavy and that is a very good thing because Poison used to make me cough when I sprayed it on but this one doesn't.
TOP NOTES: Jasmine and Bergamot
These are what you smell when you first spray the perfume on. I can smell both of these fragrances strongly and I think they make it a very adult perfume and very sexy also. I like these 2 fragrances together and think they make it smell like a designer perfume straight away.
MIDDLE NOTES: Orange, Gardenia and White Flowers
It is only after about 1 hour that I start being able to smell the oranges and I think they are very weak and the perfume carries on smelling flowery to me. I like that the bergamot does not disappear and think it reacts very good with the other fragrances in Pure Poison. The middle notes last for quite a long time about 3 hours.
BASE NOTES: Amber, Sandalwood and Musk
The perfume is very musky at the end and I think that is very sexy so I do not apply it again until it has all worn off. I like the smell of Amber very much and I think it matches with the flowery fragrance so that it is not a big and sudden change when the base notes are there instead.
Pure Poison lasts for at least 6 hours on me and sometimes a lot longer. I have had many compliments when I wear it and that makes me feel very proud.
The bottle is very beautiful. It is a round shape and is made from a white pearly glass that I think is very special. This is a spray perfume and the right amount sprays out every time to fragrance me without it being over powering. I do not use it every day so a bottle lasts me for about 4 months.
Pure Poison costs about £60 for a 50ml bottle and I think that is good because it is a luxury perfume that I love with all of my heart.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Eau de Parfum, price ranges online from £45 upwards and £80 upwards for the larger size bottle
I was given a bottle of Poison by my hubby, a gift from the duty free shop on the cross channel ferry! He doesn't know his perfumes, but he does like familiar names, and fortunately for me he had heard me mention Poison in the past.
This, for me, is a night time / evening perfume. It is totally unique and I have known a couple friends who have both complimented the scent of the perfume and also instantly recognised it... is that Poison? Ooh I love it!
The reviews on the perfume stores online have said that it is a woody/cirtus scent - maybe, I am not at all sure how you would describe the scent really, slightly floral, very distinctive and defiantly expensive! which helps, when it costs an arm and a leg. The scent lasts all evening and the next morning too
Defiantly ten out of ten, you get what you pay for
About five years ago I went on holiday for a weekend with a really good friend of mine. I noticed immediately that her perfume was absolutely gorgeous and really strong (in a good way). I borrowed it one day, and could still smell it lingering on my clothes a couple of days later. I had to have it, so I went online and bought it - Christian Dior's Pure Poison.
I managed to buy 100ml for £56 online which is VERY cheap compared to shops where you can expect to pay as much as £80 if not more. It is available in 30ml, 50ml or 100ml. The 30ml size is the cheapest but still around £30 which is a lot more expensive than many other perfumes in 30ml size.
The perfume comes in a pretty purple box with the Dior logo on. It looks really classy yet girly. The bottle itself is short and wide, a bit like an apple shape although it's not intended to be (unlike Red Delicious etc from DKNY). It is a pearlised white colour with 'Pure Poison' and 'Dior' elegantly written in black font on it. The lid is shaped like a white pearl. The bottle looks very elegant and classy, looks lovely on your dressing table. It is quite heavy though, so it's not one you'd want to carry in your handbag!
When I first used the perfume I found it strongly floral, but as it wears off and settles down, I find it is quite musky. It isn't musky like a man's aftershave would be, this perfume is distinctly feminine, but it is a strong, musky scent and very sophisticated.
The main notes are jasmine, Orange Flower, Natural Florals, and White Amber Musk. For me, the musk is what stands out the most when the perfume actually settles, but the florals definitely stand out more when it is first sprayed.
This perfume definitely has lasting power - you can spray a few small squirts and expect to smell it clearly for a whole day and evening, and still have a subtle scent lingering for another day or so. This is a gorgeous perfume, it is strong, bold and sophisticated which means it is perfect for a day fragrance as well as an evening fragrance. The only downside is the price!
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I only started using this perfume after I'd run out of my favourite, and thought I'd give it a go instead of letting it lie around my house without use, I wish now that I'd used it a lot sooner. Not only do I love it, but so does my partner.
This fragrance is a lovely subtle and sophisticated floral scent that always draws in attention and comments.
The fragrance is long lasting, however it is not an overpowering scent even with you first use it, it is seductive yet feminine and gets both males and females asking about it and complimenting it.
The product is fresh and alluring, which makes me feel instantly more sexy when using it.
Pure Poison is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles which are gorgeous yet simple reflecting colours through it, it's only disadvantage is the price of the product. But I would still reccommend it.
I have used this perfume religiously for the last five years. It has a strong, musky smell that is deeply alluring. Whenever I put this on for a night out men comment on it and my boyfriend can't resist it. The minute I spray on just a small amount I feel more confident, I feel like a woman who is ready to take on the world. This perfume makes me feel like a real woman, not just a girl.I wholeheartedly recommend this perfume for women to buy for themselves or for a man to buy the woman he loves. Any woman that recieves this as a gift will be more than pleased. It can be quite expensive but you only need to use a small amount to make an impact and you should save it for special occasions. But beware, this perfume is not for the faint hearted - if you wear it you will get alot of attention. Be prepared!
When it comes to fragrances, I'm usually a sweetly scented type of girl. I'm not a girly girl, but I do tend to suit scents that are fruity and light and...girly. It might come as somewhat of a surprise then that I'm a big fan of Christian Dior's 'Pure Poison' fragrance.
The fragrance is presented in a very smart and simple purple box. It's sleek looking and very elegant. The title of the perfume and the brand name Dior are inscribed on the box in a lavish gold font. The perfume bottle is nestled tightly within the box and is quite a short and squat bottle. It's heavy glass that (very) roughly resembles an apple shape but unlike the DKNY series of fragrances it's not designed to be an apple. The glass is decorated with a shimmery white pearlised print and again the name of the perfume and Dior are elegantly written on the bottle. Around the narrow neck of the bottle is a purple band which effectively ties together the box scheme with the bottle and it is topped with the spray cover lid - a moulded plastic cap in the same pearlised shade as the bottle.
'Pure Poison' is a very sophisticated scent. Upon first application the fragrance is very strongly floral. I find it a little bit overpowering at first (which was off-putting when I first tried this perfume) but the strength of the scent does ease off quite quickly. The floral scents which remind me of gardenias in my grandmother's garden are accompanied by a slightly fruity smell which I find quite difficult to place but I can only liken to oranges. It's not quite oranges, but it's very similar. I also detect slight hints of sandalwood which I find become much stronger as the perfume wears down somewhat.
The initial 'oh my god, that's strong!' scent wears down after about ten minutes to something far more comfortable. The fragrance's very heavy first floral notes last much longer than I've experienced with any other perfume - I can still smell them distinctly after about four hours. At this point however the gardenia scent begins to be less central and sandalwood joins it to create a somewhat musky fragrance. It reminds me very keenly of The Body Shop fragrance 'White Musk' which was very popular when I was a child.
From this point, the perfume is what I would describe as very seductive. It's a 'grown-up' scent and definitely suited to evenings rather than day. It's suited to women of all ages who have enough confidence to carry off such an intense and powerful fragrance. It's certainly not subtle, and I can still smell it on my clothes for days after I wear it.
My 100ml bottle cost about £80 in Boots but it is perfectly possible to find it for considerably less money elsewhere. Try places such as cheapsmells.com, theperfumeshop.com and theperfumesuperstore.co.uk . Bottles are available in sizes that vary from 30ml to 100ml (50ml is the middle size) and a complementary Deodorant spray is available, as is an elixir. In the past I know that skincare options (such as a scented body moisturiser) have been available but I haven't seen them on sale for a noticeable amount of time. See www.dior.com for further product details. The price brings my love for Dior's 'Pure Poison' down to four stars out of five.
There are certain smells that just remind us of people or places. For example the smell of petrol reminds me straight away of an old boyfriend - he was a mechanic and smelt like it all the time but for me the one smell that is instantly noticed by my nose is this 'Dior Pure Poison'. My mom has worn this perfume for as long as I can remember so its a scent I grew up with and that I always knew I would start wearing myself someday - when I could afford a bottle anyway hehe. I was overjoyed a few months back to have saved enough points on one of my freebie sites to get a bottle of this and I have been using it ever since - and I think I will contiue to forever!
Price: 30ml bottle - Around £45
Stockists: Boots, Superdrug, Amazon, The Perfume Shop etc...
Other Info: Also available in 50 & 100ml bottle sizes - for different prices. Dior describe this perfume as 'innocent yet seductive & a mysterious scent that women and men alike wont be able to resist' - a fabulous description in my opinion as wearing this does make me feel very seductive, its just one of those fragrances!
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The bottle is my opinion is simply gorgeous. Its a very simple yet classic design that people will instantly recognise - if your a perfume lover like me anyway and this design goes to show you dont need a lot of bright colours and large lettering to make a stunning impression. The bottle is mainly a lovely irredescant pearl colour and is actually quite chunky despite it being quite small. The bottom is large and circular and reminds me of a flower bulb for some reason as it does have indents all over it - Im not sure if thats what this is supposed to represent but it does look very similar. Around the top of the bottle is a small black ring which leads up to the smaller circular lid on top - Ive read the black ring can be removed and worn as an actual ring but Ive personally never bothered taking it off the bottle. Under the lid is the usual push down nozzle to release the perfume - the lid seem to be very secure and has never fallen off when Im carrying this around loose in my bag - although its not so stiff you will find it hard to remove. The weight of this bottle means it is easy to display as it wont keep falling off your shelf/dressing table but the weight doesnt mean this is difficult to transport as the bottle itself is actually quite small. A gorgeous bottle that look brilliant in my bedroom and is very practical as well.
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Im pretty rubbish when it comes to noticing the individual notes in a perfume so I did do some digging around the net to find this list of ingredients:
Top Notes: Orange, Madarin, Bergamot & Jasmine.
Middle Notes: Orange Blossom & Gardenia.
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cedar & White Amber.
I have to be honest if I had read that list before actually smelling this I wouldnt have bothered buying it I dont think. The list makes it sound as if this will be a run of the mill citrus/floral perfume when it reality it is so much more - it has loads more depth than that list makes out! Now to be honest Id actually say the middle notes are far stronger in this perfume than any others because this is a mainly floral offering - I cant detect any of the citrus scents personally so maybe the middle notes are much stronger. The Orange Blossom & Jasmine Id guess are the 2 strongest scents straight away and all through the wearing of this one really - this as you can imagine smells very floral but its a heavier floral than normal with the musky tones making it much heavier and a much more seductive scent to wear.
It does start off a little light and airy for my tastes - this is coming from someone who hates floral perfume normally. But when the base notes kick in - after about 2 minutes on my skin - this becomes a much darker and heavier perfume which is just the kind I like. The Sandalwood warms this fragrance right up yet the Amber manages to keep it from being too heavy by offering a very slight sweetness right at the end. It has a lot of different levels for just one perfume but I have to say I adore them all - theres no part of wearing this scent that I dont like.
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Probably the best of any perfume Ive ever used which is a massive thing for me to write! This lasts at least 10 hours on my skin which is much longer than anything Ive used before. I dont have to reapply this all the time so my bottle is still more or less full and Ive owned it for nearly 2 months now and wear it all the time. So that justifies the cost a little bit I reckon.
Thats a tough one as Id say this perfume would probably be more suited for mid 20's and upwards. But having said that Im 19 and I wear this regularly so I guess its just down to taste more than anything - try before you buy and you wont be disappointed.
Day or Night? Summer or Winter?
Id say this perfume is more suited to winter wear because of its heaviness but I dont see any reason why most people couldnt wear this in summer time - I just think it would give me a migraine because its a little too heavy for summer for me. And without a shadow of a doubt this is a night perfume - its far too strong for anyone to pull off in daytime!!
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Cannot recommend highly enough. My mom has converted me to this and hopefully my review will make some others want to try this scent out - dont look at the price tag, everything else about this is so great it does make it worth the money in the long run.
Thanks For Reading.
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Christian Dior is one of my Favourite Designer Brands and I love the Clothing even though it is beyond my affordability. I saw an advertisement for the Dior Pure Poison Perfume in the Train Station and I thought it looked really nice because of the colour of the bottle and I figured that buying this perfume would give me a little piece of Dior without a hefty Price tag.
When I was next in my Local Shopping Centre's Department Store I went on a hunt for the Dior Pure Poison Perfume and when I found it I was immediately put off by the price. It was £85 for the 100ml and I decided that was way too much for me to pay for a Perfume, the lady behind the Counter gave me a Tester Strip of the Perfume to try and Persuade me and the Tester did smell nice but I still didn't want to pay £85 so I gave it a miss.
A few Months later it was Christmas time and my Mum surprised me with a bottle of the Dior Pure Poison Perfume, it was a small bottle so it probably cost a little bit less but I was pleased to finally have a bottle of Dior Perfume for myself. On Spritzing the Perfume it did have a very noticeable Floral scent which was Light, Sweet and very Feminine which I liked, it wasn't a Scent I fell in love with but it was still Pleasant. The Fragrance is based on Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Gardenia, Amber and Sandalwood.
But I was quite disappointed to find that the Scent didn't last on me very long at all, I certainly couldn't smell it on myself and I doubt others could either. My Partner said he couldn't smell it on me at all unless I put my wrist right up to his nose. For an Expensive Perfume the main thing I would expect is Durability so that the Smell can be noticed for quite some time and I felt that the Weakness of this Perfume let it down Massively. It is nowhere near worth the Price tag, as I said earlier the initial Scent of it is nice enough but considering how quickly it wears off I would of been really annoyed if I'd paid £85 for it!
I have found so many other much Cheaper Fragrances that last ages and are Briliant value for Money as well as being really nice. This one was so Mediocre and quite frankly Daylight Robbery on my poor Mum's Part! I think the Consumer is paying for the 'Dior' Label with this Product rather than a Quality Perfume. One to give a miss!
Pure Poison, with its suductive and memorable smell, has to be one of my top five favourite perfumes. It has notes of jasmine, bergamot, sandelwood and also orange blossom and the beautiful white musk to create a unique and classic smell. I find this frangrance to be deep and oriental.
About three years ago i brought a set of make up. A small tester of this perfume was included in the make up bag. I tried it and loved it. Although when i first put it i used a bit too much and the smell was quite strong throughout to day it got milder and was lovely. I got compliments on it within no time. I used it every day. When the sample bottle ran out i went to debanhams and it was about £40 for the bottle which i thought would look good on my dressing table because it is so pretty and sparkles like a diamond. I have also tried the elixir of this perfume but i thought that one was too stong.
This perfume i would recommend although, it depends if you like girly frangrances or the more sophisticated sexy ones. For some reason this perfume makes me imagine a posh restuarant with red carpets and a romantic feel, the lady wearing it would look high class and and be wearing black.
Has anyone seem the advert to this perfume? The leopard looked quite scary.
Hope this review was useful and helped with your decision to try this perfume!
Christian Dior is a worldwide, premium fashion and beauty brand. The beauty side of the brand extends to skin care, make up and fine fragrances. The fragrances available usually are available in different collections with matching body products being available. So will you opt for some Miss Dior Cherie for a sweet, heavenly scent or perhaps a delicate floral offering from J'Adore. There is a scent to suit all ages and personal tastes.
One of the fragrance collections on offer from Dior, is Poison. This collection has 4 individual fragrances available each designed to be suited for different uses.
*Poison - an oriental scent with spicy, amber and fruity notes
*Midnight Poison - a sensual scent combining rose, patchouli and amber
*Hypnotic Poison - a bitter sweet scent with almond, jasmine, vanilla and musk.
And then we have Pure Poison. Pure Poison is available in an Eau de Parfum, an Elixir, a perfumed deodorant and a perfumed moisturizer. This scent is described as being seductive, captivatiing but also sincere and innocent. Worn alone or with the matching products, a scent can be built on the skin.
As with many of the Dior fragrance bottles, Pure Poison is attractive and high quality. A curvy, faceted bottle holds the perfume. The bottle is generously coloured to reflect a irridescent design and is completed with a black ring around the neck and a round, white lid clicking into place. Deep, purple writing confirms the Dior brand and Pure Poison name on the front of the bottle.
Pure Poison has been created using 3 different set of fragrance notes. As the scent wears on the skin, the notes develop.
*Top note - Calabrian bergamot from Southern Italy
*Heart note - Orange blossom
*Base note - White musk
The above notes create the body of Pure Poison and are joined with a blend of jasmine, gardenia, amber and sandalwood.
*~*Availability and Price*~*
Dior doesn't come cheap! Nip into your local Debenhams, House of Fraser or look on line for special offers. Pure Poison is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sizes.
www.escentual.com - £42.00-£81.00
www.cheapsmells.com - £54.95-£73.75 (50ml/100ml only)
Debenhams - £44.00-£85.00 (plus beauty club benefits)
I love my perfumes and own many full size and miniature bottles. My Dior collection is steadily growing and the expensive cost of the full size limits my choice to the miniature bottles. I discovered a miniature bottle of Pure Poison in an ebay lot and nabbed it for myself. I have previously used the body moisturizer in this scent and was pleased with the scent it provided me with. My little bottle is an almost identical version of the big one but less irridescent..still very pretty and elegant with class.
I have since ran out of the body moisturizer so will be basing the scent and lasting time on the perfume alone. Being an eau de parfum and judging by the price and brand, I would expect a strong scent with long lasting qualities so how does Pure Poison fair up?
*~*Poison In Its Purest Form*~*
Whilst my preference is for sweet and fruity perfumes, I do often appreciate the complexity of floral base perfumes. Pure Poison takes form with an interesting and limited set of main fragrance notes. These notes produce the most desirable scent and the other, lesser apparent notes, sweep in and take the edge of what could potentially be, an overpowering floral combination.
On dabbing a small amount of this perfume on my wrist and my neck, I am greeted with a suprisingly fresh and generous aroma. It isn't overpowering but a very, well introduced scent. The bergamot comes through clean and delicately sweet. It is very inviting but doesn't sell the scent as being seductive. It is certainly a more grown up opening that many scents due to its sweet, fresh tone. A slight citrus undertone runs through the top notes and progresses to reveal the heart.
The heart of Pure Poison reveals a delightfully deep affair which is based on many different levels. A sumptuous, highly concentrated sweet floral note takes hold of my senses. It offers the perfect blend of floral and sweetness and neither overpowers making it very beautiful. This aroma develops at a consistent pace and is eventually ambused by a sensual jasmine undertone adding another level of depth and purity. It is indulgent, feisty and offers enough strength to envelope those closest to me.
The heart remains pleasant deep on my skin for a good 6-7hours which is superb and it doesn't fray or go subtle at any time. The base of Pure Poison emerges and is ideally blended for a clean, powdery scent. Sniffing closer to my skin, I can pick up a warm, creamy sweetness which again offers a unique depth. There is also a slight, woody and earthy undertone sitting softly at the back of the sweetness just adding another dimension. The base although very close to the skin, is detectable for a further 3-4hours bringing the overall scent time to around 10hours.
The strength and depth of Pure Poison and its sexy nature would suit a mature female. It is a bit heavy for day wear so evening wear or for a special occasion would be ideal. Try before you buy!
Pure Poison is classy, grown up scent which suits me and makes me feel more confident in myself. I may only be 22 (23next week) but according to my darling fiance, I can carry off this sexy, grown up scent. It lasts well on my skin and its high concentrate infuses itself in my scarf and jackets and allows me to relive a subtle version the following day which I enjoy. It is a multi dimensional scent which has no bounderies and is simply divine on so many levels.
Pure Poison may be high priced but only a drop is needed for all day scent and a bottle will last a great amount of time. The scent surrounds me and I feel no need for a top up or a body spray. Its truly pure and gorgeous and I highly recommend it.
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I've built up quite a collection of perfumes over the years, whether as christmas or birthday gifts or from duty free purchases and sales. I do my best to use them as quick as I can as I know you aren't supposed to keep them for too long, but shamefully I'm very fickle and switch from one to the next like a perfume hussie.
Christian Dior Pure Poison is one that I have had in my collection for a couple of years now, and gradually, it has made it's way to the back of my drawer, although I have had plenty of wear out of it.
I'm no perfume expert, so I don't know the difference between different notes etc that make up perfumes, but after a quick search on the internet I can tell you what makes up this perfume, for those who are more clued up on this than myself. The perfume is floral and the top note is Calabrian Bergamot. This brings a sweetness to the fragrance and adds radiance to citrus notes. The heart note is Orange Blossom which emphasises other fruity notes. Finally, the base note is White Musk which gives the fragrance a clean-smelling scent.
Other components of this perfume include Jasmine, Gardenia, Amber and Sandalwood.
The perfume comes in a round glass bottle which has a pearl like shimmer. This catches the light to reveal further purple and blue colours. The lid is made of the same material. This gives the bottle a very attractive and high-end look, as you would expect from Dior. The bottle comes, when purchased, in a purple box and when I purchased mine, there was a sample sachet of the Pure Poison body lotion contained.
Ok, so the most important part when reviewing any perfume is the scent. Who cares if the bottle looks good on your dressing table if it smells watered down (or overpowering) when applied. I really like the scent of this, although I do find it really strong, and it would definitely be overpowering if you apply too much. Less is more ladies!
The smell itself is floral, but with a hint of a smokey undertone. It is certainly seductive - as the blurb on the Dior website indicates is the intention. It is also very distinctive, the minute I smell someone wearing it I know instantly what it is. Seductive and sensual - very sophisticated. I find that the smell actually improves the longer I have been wearing it, so I apply a good hour or two before I go out. This is unusual for me as perfume is usually the last part of my getting ready process, I'm frequently spritzing as I dash for the door. The fragrance is quite heavy so this perfume works best for me for a night out. I don't wear it in the day as I prefer a lighter, fresher scent.
This is a Dior perfume, so as expected a fairly heft price tag. Searching online, it seems to retail at £50-£60 for 50ml. This is quite an outlay, and I would recommend that you sample before buying because it won't be everyones cup of tea. However, if you do like it, then a bottle is a good investment as it lasts such a long time as one or two small sprays are all that are required per application, and the scent will linger on your skin all night (and even beyond!)
A beautifully packaged premium perfume with a distinctive, seductive scent. May be a little overpowering for some.
This is a fragrance that I would have to class as just a little bit special. To me it stands alone, away from the multitude of other fragrances that we might be familiar with. 2004 saw the launch of Christian Dior Pure Poison following the original Poison which was released in 1985 and Hypnotic Poison which was launched in 1998.
One of the things I adore about this is the bottle and it certainly helps to give this fragrance a special feel. It is rather simple but to me, exquisite in design with the round bulbous shape of the bottle interjected with simple white swirls of a slight curve that protrude at 4 regular intervals, almost delivering corners to the round bottle. The almost ethereal colour of the bottle is really what helps to give this design an air of the divine. Reminiscent of the beautiful colours of Mother of Pearl, the colours melt into one and other creating a mirror-like surface to the glass bottle. The words "Pure Poison" in capitals adorn the front of the bottle in what looks like an old English font but with clean, uncomplicated lines. Underneath, we have the Dior logo in the same deep purple colour which complicates the colour and design of the bottle beautifully. The short neck of the bottle is also deep purple in colour and separates the bottle from the semi-transparent white plastic lid which is similar in design and shape to the bottle. This is a beautifully designed bottle, both simple and elegant.
With notes of jasmine, sweet orange, bergamot, mandarin, orange blossom, gardenia, sandalwood, musk and white amber, this can easily be described as a floral, fruity and musky fragrance. It's a distinct scent which when first sprayed onto the skin smells very strong and quite sweet. When left to settle for a little while the musky elements spring to life still holding onto the original sweetness of the earlier stages application. Although somewhat sweet, it is a rather clean fresh scent that has a slightly sharp edge to it bringing it into the realms of modernity. It's an interesting, sophisticated and elegant aroma with great depth and intensity. As this is an Eau de Parfum the lasting power is second to none and I would argue that this is one fragrance that I can depend upon to stay put throughout the night. It is quite a heady, heavy scent so I would really recommend this for evening wear.
The only downfall is the price as it is quite expensive. In some ways this is a good thing in my opinion. It helps to keep the scent special and cultured. It is widely available from various high street stores, department stores and a multitude of online perfume retailers and is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sizes.
30ml - £35.00
50ml - £45.00
100ml - £57.92
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Whilst I have been on the lookout for years for my 'signature' scent, I have yet to find something I really love (although there's a Guerlain one that's definitely leading the field of hopefuls). In the meantime, though, I have a wide range of perfumes that I wear for different occasions. One of the ones I wear most often is 'Pure Poison' by Dior.
Strangely, given how much I like this perfume, I really hate the original Poison. This all stems from a woman named Mrs Gordon, who taught me when I was nine. Mrs Gordon was a lady who had a face like a leather handbag, Crystal Gale-esque hair and a vindictive streak a mile wide. She relentlessly bullied and hounded children she didn't like and, given that it was the eighties, she got away with it. Luckily, I was never on the receiving end of her wrath, but I always hated how mean she was to my classmates. Her favourite trick was to make a child stand up and then bully and harangue them until they wet themselves with fear. She would then make them sit in their soiled clothes for the rest of the day. On a rotational basis she used to drench herself either with Youth Dew (odd how the ladies that use this are never actually young) or Poison. So, for the last twenty one years, I've associated the scent of Poison with old, dried-up, bitter women.
Anyway, enough of mean Mrs Gordon; with any luck, she's in a nursing home being shouted at by the people she used to bully. Pure Poison is a much nicer concoction than the original and the bottle reflects that. It's a large, pearlescent circular shape with a flat base so that it stands securely. Providing a contrast to the rest of the bottle are four raised waves which are spaced around the sides. The only thing I don't like is the lid, which is translucent white plastic and looks a bit cheap.
When first sprayed I get an instant hit of white floral notes. This is very strong and strident, so may be off-putting if you're more inclined to like 'light' florals. It has a very definite presence as soon as it's sprayed and will quickly spread to fill the room (this makes it sound rather like mustard gas, but it's much nicer than that). After five to ten minutes, this intensity dies down although it is still the floral notes which are the most prominent. At this stage I can smell gardenia really strongly. I have a gardenia plant in the kitchen which flowers once in a blue moon and Pure Poison captures the headiness of the scent really well without smelling harsh and chemical-y. I also detect a hint of jasmine in there, but it's not as strong as the gardenia.
After half an hour the fragrance still retains that richness but starts to mellow out. The gardenia is still as prominent and there's a very, very faint undertone which I think smells slightly of chlorine but which others tell me smells of orange zest.
After a couple of hours' wear the perfume is still holding its own - I can detect it in rooms that I've been in and on my clothes. By this stage, the muskiness is starting to come through much more with the floral notes still just about there. Sandalwood also starts to come to the fore.
After 6-8 hours I can still detect the perfume, which is impressive staying power as fragrances don't tend to last more than 4-5 hours on me. The initial blast of gardenia and jasmine has all but disappeared and what remains is like a richer version of The Body Shop's 'White Musk' (which was all the rage when I was a teenager). Whilst this is a clean smell, it manages to avoid being soapy.
This is by far and away the perfume that I receive most compliments about, particularly from men. The downside, though, is the price. No Dior perfume comes cheap, but this one is £55 for 50ml which is enough to make me wince. I suspect a true perfume buff would think that much of that price is for the name and that better musk-based orientals can be found. However, if you like heady, seductive fragrances that won't make you smell like a mean old lady, you could do worse than to give this a go.
When I was much younger I had a very sophisticated older friend who exclusively wore a Dior perfume, I can't remember which one now but at the time my one ambition in life was to find a Dior fragrance to make my own. And to shag Charlie Sheen. While I can't say I had much success with Charlie (after all, I'm not a porn star) I have eventually got around to purchasing my first bottle of Dior, in the shape of Pure Poison.
I'm not impressed, that's the upshot of it. Dior are known for their heady fragrances which combine only the very best scents, and unfortunately Pure Poison just does not deliver.
For a start, the perfume doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. It has floral tones, but these are mixed with a strange citrus smell which lies underneath all the other notes within the perfume. You can never quite put your finger on what is causing the citrus fragrance, and I actually don't think it's any one addition but is a reflection of how badly the other scents have been blended.
There is a hint of jasmine in there, I can pick that out even though it's very faint but only because jasmine is one of my favourite fragrances and I can always tell if it has been added to a perfume or cosmetic product. Apart from that I have read and re-read the information given on different websites but I can't find the gardenia, orange blossom, sandalwood or bergamot which Dior seem so keen to tell us about.
I'm finding it awkward to come up with words to describe the perfume, it's very flat in my opinion and the basic scent doesn't change through the notes as I wear it. Pure Poison does develop a very slightly musky scent after an hour or two, but by then the perfume has faded so much that any changes are barely noticeable.
The perfume doesn't last long, I remember before buying a bottle that I read it would last for at least eight hours but in reality you'll probably find yourself reapplying it after four. I know perfume will react differently to every woman's skin, but a very unscientific poll over the weekend tells me that of the nine women I sprayed with Pure Poison only one of them was complimentary about its staying powder. And that one was Mark's auntie, who is quite mad.
There are two things I like about Pure Poison, and myriad things I don't. I like the clean scent of it, the perfume smells very fresh and definitely is nowhere near as intense as other perfumes (including its big brother, Poison). This is a good thing as it makes this particular perfume very suitable for daytime wear. At one time I couldn't care less about whether a perfume was too strong for the daytime or not, but since having the kids (and growing up!) I'm more considerate about intruding on the noses of other people. My allergy-ridden mother doesn't sneeze when I go near her wearing Pure Poison anyway, a sure sign that it's a very weak perfume which needs beefing up!
The bottle is the other thing I like. It's pretty. I have the 50ml bottle and it looks beautiful with the rest of my collection of perfume bottles. 50ml doesn't last long though as you do need to be quite generous with each spray, and Pure Poison does need topping up regularly. So it's a good job the bottle is so pretty, otherwise I'd be feeling even more exploited.
£45.00 from Boots.
The Bottle: Its really cute. Short, round yet somehow elegant with squared off edges. Its more Fun-Sophisticated than Sophisticated-Grown Up. Really regal lettering on the bottle. The bottle top looks like a pearl, off white and evokes the image of jewellery and expense and lavish styling. The bottle itself resembles mother of pearl and it perfect for the magpie in you - shiny and eye catching. Although its fairly heavy its light and small enough to carry round in your handbag in case you want to top up the scent on a night out. The pretty bottle and the band name means you will pay a little more.
When and Where to wear it:
For me, this perfume is for special occasions. Although this perfume is not musky or heavy the scent really does last. The fragrance itself is quite heavy, its definitely not a delicate summer scent. It's perfect for the late winter nights out. I find on a cold dark winters night out I tend to do my make up slighter heavier, the ccloths tend to be that much darker and this perfume compliments the look and feel perfectly. The fragrances lasts all night so you do not need to carry it with you - unless you wear it through the days and go straight out from work. This perfume was a gift from my boyfriend (though he wasn't at the time and this pressie did the trick! tee hee), so although I personally am mroe inclined to wear this for special occasions I would say that this really is not for every day use. Its a luxury and should be treated as such.
Its about £35-£40 for a 30ml bottle. Quite expensive in my book. Obviously part of it is paying for the name but the other part really is for the quality. I asked the girls in the office (age range 26-32) and they said they would not pay this price, I suggested they smell mine, so I brought it in to work. They agreed the smell was just gorgeous, but one of the girls pointed out that she recently brought a 100ml bottle of Calvin Klein for the same price. So it wasn't a hit in W6.
perfume wither comes in a black, dark purple or maroon coloured box. Its fairly nondescript, rectangular and simple. All the sides are blank bar the front, that simply states "Christian Dior. Pure Poison". Does what it says on the tin. Normally I would think that unless the box has some form of elegance or elaborate lettering its not particularly eye catching, therefore you would not necessarily pick it up as a first time buyer. In this case, the brand speaks for itself. I had already heard of this perfume before I tried it so I think its pretty well known.
My overall opinion and Rating:
I love this scent. I'm not one for spending a weeks worth of food shopping on a perfume but since I received this as a gift I am exceedingly happy! The scent is really long lasting so you do get good quality for your money. I award this perfume 4 out of 5 stars, when its on offer i'll stock up!
Christian Dior Pure Poison is a modern floral scent based on a white flower bouquet infused with fresh amber. A radiant fragrance Pure Posion emits both purity and seduction with a first impression of soft flowers and the lingering allure of woody amber and sexy musks.