Product Type: Christian Dior fragrances
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Intense and seductive
Dior Pure Poison Eau de Parfum
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Dior Pure Poison Eau de Parfum
Advantages: Strong, long-lasting fragrance with distincive phases of scent.
Disadvantages: Expensive, quite intense - requires confidence to be able to carry it off properly.
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.
Summary: Really nice scent designed for a wow-impact.
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