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I hate perfume..but I love this!
Somewhere along the line I bought some perfume, it was Poison by Dior, blame pregnancy for that one. It was around £30 a pop so not the most affordable item in the shop. The name of it was the most appealing aspect of it though I'm not sure why.
Hypnotic poison is not a gentle scented perfume, but it has an addictive smell. Floral deep tones with a warm undertone are encased within this elegantly presented bottle. I love the container, much more attractive than your standard perfume bottle and small enough to hide in your hand bag.
Since my purchase a couple of years ago, four bottles of this stuff have passed through my door. Though I have tried other brands I always seem to return to this one. For someone who has never been particularly fond of perfume, I find myself a born again perfumian..almost!
Released : 1998
Fragrance family : Oriental/woody
'The mystery of Dior's legendary forbidden fruit lives on in a magical, modern philter that blends femininity with boldness'.
Hypnotic Poison is part of the Poison fragrance collection created by Dior. This fragrance is an eau de toilette and there is a matching body lotion and shower gel available to allow the wearer to layer the scent.
The bottle design for Hypnotic Poison adopts the same, round appearance as the other Hypnotic fragrances. In this case, the bottle is a deep red colour with gold writing informing us of the fragrance name and Dior brand. A gold neck and dark coloured lid finish off the look. To me, it looks like a potion type bottle and is quite attractive but not overly modern. It is definitely well made.
Hypnotic Poison EDT has been created using different fragrance notes.
*Top note (the initial scent) - bitter almond and
*Heart note (the main body of the scent) - jasmine
*Base note (the finishing scent) - vanilla
~Price and Availability~
Hypnotic Poison EDT is widely available online and on the highstreet. It is available in 30ml and 50ml sized bottles at the following prices :
*Boots and House of Fraser : £39.00 - £54.00
*www.escentual.com : £33.15 - £45.90
*www.theperfumeshop.com : £38.50 - £53.50
It is fair to say that I am a huge fan of Dior products and in particular, the fragrances. Since they changed the formula of Miss Dior Cherie, it is no longer my favourite Dior fragrance. I absolutely adore Hypnotic Poison and have done since I received a miniature bottle as part of a Dior fragrance gift set last year. Sadly, by bottle is now finished but a full size bottle is on my wishlist for Christmas this year. For now, I am making do with some samples.
In terms of quality, Hypnotic Poison is amazing. The bottle is gorgeous regardless of which size you buy and it is one which any female would be proud to show off or have on display in their bedroom. It is such a unique and stunning scent. I favour this one over the original Poison fragrance. It has so much body and character. I find the 'Hypnotic' title to be very apt as the scent just is just so addictive, intoxicating and simply gorgeous to wear!
Hypnotic Poison is very addictive from the first spray - very warm and luxurious smelling. I don't like the taste of almonds but I do like the smell of them especially in a fragrance. The almond aroma is evident from the beginning and smells divine. There is a rich, warm sweetness with a bitter, nutty undertone. It is rather foody smelling and is flavoursome. There is nothing sickly or heavy about the scent despite being so rich. It is noticeable and distinct but not the strongest fragrance. I wouldn't expect it to be any stronger as it is an EDT rather than a more concentrated EDP.
The sweetness of the almond top notes is still evident on my skin after an hour or so and is still there as the heart note of jasmine starts to come through. Oh my, what a gorgeous smell! The heart of Hypnotic Poison develops well. The jasmine is lightly floral but ultimately very sensual. It mingles with the sweetness and this concoction makes for a rather sexy, indulgent fragrance. I love the strength of the heart notes. It is just right to allow the sweetness of the almond and sensual jasmine to be noticeable but not overtake each other or become too much.
After 2 hours or so, the fragrance loses the jasmine and the sweetness changes to reveal the vanilla. I absolutely adore the smell of vanilla and find that Dior have got it spot on here as the vanilla smells incredibly authentic and not the tiniest bit sickly. It is said that the vanilla plant is matured over 8 to 9 months and then the pods are harvested for a further 34months. The result is a very special, comforting and creamy vanilla aroma which is smells of a high quality. The sweetness of the vanilla smells gorgeous on my skin. After an hour or so, it changes a little and a deeper, sort of spicy sweetness is evident on my skin. The perfect way to round of a perfect scent.
In my opinion, Hypnotic Poison is well suited to being worn in the evening. To me, it is a rich, special fragrance which is too special for wearing for doing the nursery run! It is perfect for an evening out and I favour it for wearing when going out with my fiance as he loves the way it smells on me as much as I do! It may be a little much for warmer days but is perfect for warming up the skin on a cold Autumn or Winter evening. It is a rich scent but it is no way too heavy to not be considered by both younger and maturer wearers.
I can detect the sweetness of Hypnotic Poison EDT on my skin for around 6 hours which I feel is fair for an EDT. It does last longer on clothing. I always feel very confident when wearing this fragrance as it is suits my skin well and the fragrance notes used are perfect for me. I feel this fragrance is well priced for a high quality, Dior scent. I cannot really fault it as it smells so good! Highly recommended!
Thanks for reading :)
Several months ago, I bought a set of Dior fragrance miniatures from the airport, thinking it would be a good way to sample a number of different perfumes. I received five in the box and have tried them all substantially over the last few months. Today I'm going to review Hypnotic Poison.
Hypnotic Poison is a scent in the Poison range, which also contains Pure Poison and the original fragrance. The scents are known for their rich, sensuous qualities. Hypnotic Poison contains bitter almond and carvi, Sambac jasmine, Jacarandra, vanilla and musk.
Like other scents in the Poison family, this one comes in a round bottle with a black top that reminds me of a fruit or an Eastern potion bottle. The Hypnotic Poison bottle is red with a black top.
I haven't tried any of the other Poison scents, so I can't compare this to them, only assess it on its own merits. The combination of ingredients sounded appealing to me, though I wasn't familiar with all of them. I thought it sounded like a rich, luxurious, sensual fragrance. I know vanilla, a sweet comforting scent, and I like it; I also, to a certain extent, like musk, and I am a fan of sensuous, heavy jasmine.
When I first applied this perfume I thought it had a deep, warm scent. It had a heavy floral smell with an undertone of almonds. It was very pleasant, rich and warm and comforting but with a sensual edge from the jasmine.
After a time the floral smell faded slightly and the vanilla and musk began to dominate. Again this was pleasant and comforting, but richer. The perfume lasted around four hours on my skin before I needed to reapply, although I could detect it faintly after this.
I feel Hypnotic Poison is more suited to evening occasions, though I have worn it during the day when out with friends, in the winter only as it is a warming and comforting fragrance. I probably wouldn't wear it in the summer as it is a bit heavy.
***Price and Availability***
The fragrance costs £38.00 for 30ml and £51 for 50ml - a premium price for a premium product. This is certainly expensive but normal for this kind of fragrance. The scent is widely available from department stores and other shops that sell high-end fragrance, such as Boots.
This is a strong vivid scent which won't be to everyone's taste, but I really like it. I have to be in the mood to wear it, but when I do I thoroughly enjoy the scent. It is warming, rich and sensuous and is perfect for more formal occasions, particularly in winter. I would consider purchasing a full-size bottle at some point.
I own a small collection of fragrances and this one is definitely one of my favourites.
I purchased this perfume with the help of a fantastic member of Boots sales staff. I wanted a perfume that smelt vanillary, as I often wear a body spray that is a vanilla scent but wanted something that lasted a bit longer. I was offered a few 'vanilla smelling' perfumes and this was by far my favourite and the sexy little bottle definitely helped.
The bottle is a deep red colour (the picture doesn't do the red justice). It has a black stopper on top to protect the spraying nozzle. The writing on the bottle is gold which is quite subtle on deep red. This bottle complimetns this luxurious perfume perfectly and looks fantastic on any dressing table.
The ingredients used to create this scent are 'Caraway, Bitter Almond, Jasmine Sambac, Moss, Jacarander Wood, Vanilla and Musk'. These ingredients create a beautiful, strong, sensual smell. As you can probably tell from the ingredients Hypnotic Poison is a very eastern smell but still with that beautiful warm vanilla fragrance. The perfume I feel is very distinct and not like anything I have smelt before due to it's spicy yet slightly fruity fragrance.
Now this fragrance is very heavy and strong and this is where I find people are divided by it. It seems many people find it way too over powering and quite sickly. However in contrast to this many people love the scent and I have been complimented on it on several occassions. You really do love it or hate it, so if you are considering purchasing it you MUST go and test it first. Also don't take this perfume at face value because I feel the scent really develops throughout the day.
The cost. Christian Diors Hypnotic Poison isn't the cheapest fragrance. Prices vary across the net from £25- £50 however Boots generally sell it for £38 for a 30ml bottle.
This is my winter perfume and definitely not one for the hot summer months (what are they i hear you ask). It lasts for quite a while but would need to be reapplied if it was to be worn all day.
A unique, yet brilliant fragrance from Christian Dior.
Next up from my little box of fragrant Christian Dior goodies is Hypnotic Poison.
This fragrance apparently should hypnotise you with top notes of almond, caraway and jasmine and middle & base notes of moss, sandalwood, oakmoss, vanilla, musk and cedar.
I'm not a perfumery expert but to me the idea of the smell of moss isn't something that particularly appeals to my imagination.
Hypnotic Poison comes in a round, red bottle with a bulbous lid. The little handbag sized bottle I have has "Dior" brandished on one side and "hypnotic Poison" on the other in gold lettering.
The Poison range takes me right back to the 80's. I remember being fascinated by my aunts bottle of poison thinking it looked forbidden and naughty. Now that I am a little more grown up my views have changed on this. I now think it looks sleazy and tacky for a Dior product and its not one I would pick out in a store.
I tested out the eau de toillette. The 50ml bottle will set you back around £50 and the 30ml £38.
****** My experience of Dior's Hypnotic Poison *******
In my opinion, if this perfume was personified it would be a teenager trying too hard to get laid.
The bottle is garish and the fragrance is STRONG.
I have been wearing this perfume all day. For the purpose of this review I very reluctantly reapplied it to try and re-experience the top notes.
I am not sure it is ever going to come off!
On my skin I found that I could put up with the top notes which are a little lighter but I found that once this fragrance had settled into my skin the smell became intense and sickly. I can detect the vanilla and cedar but I don't enjoy it. I am not sure where the moss fits in but then I am not exactly sure what moss smells like.
I wouldn't recommend you wear this perfume in you are going to indulge on a night out as I don't imagine Hypnotic Poison and a hangover would mix well together at all.
This fragrance is trying very hard to be sexy but personally, for a sexy Dior fragrance I prefer the Miss Dior Cherie which personified might be a demurely dressed lady with a bit of a hidden inner sex goddess about her.
Unfortunately, Hypnotic Poison just makes me feel sick and i cant wait for it to wear off.
Please do not buy this perfume without testing it out and wearing the tester for a while as I found the scent to become more cloying over time.
If it does work better on your skin then I don't imagine you would need to apply very much of it at once so it should last you a long time.
I will not be buying a full bottle of this and won't be wearing it again so I can not recommend this form of hypnosis.
I've never been much of a wine taster. You'll never find me swishing fine wine around my cheeks. You'll never find me spitting into vats declaring what I can taste which is, in my opinion, notes of pretension and hints of bull-sh**tery.
Along similar lines, I am not one to over-analyze my perfumes. I once wandered into luxury perfumer 'Penhaligon's' on Edinburgh's George Street. I was met by a rather posh and well-spoken chap (You know, the type who wears his jumpers tied over his shoulders) who described to me the many complexities of the scents I had sniffed. I came out of there rather intoxicated by the fumes and thoroughly convinced that I wasn't interested in buying anything with jasmine 'at twice the price of gold' (I kid you not).
Early this year, I made one of my rare purchases of perfume. I decided to buy 'Hypnotic Poison' after receiving a sample of it with some Dior foundation I bought last Christmas. It took me a few months to actually bring myself to buy the stuff as it is priced in the region of £30 to £40 for a measly 30ml. I know that this is pretty standard for luxury brands but I do find it difficult to shell out for a little bottle that can sit in the palm of my hand. So why did I?
*~A SEDUCTIVE LITTLE BOTTLE...~*
The 'Hypnotic Poison' fragrance is held within a seductive little bottle which looks fantastic on top of my chest of drawers. The bottle is a romantic rich red, with a dark purple topper, gold writing and a gold ring under the topper. It's such an alluring and attractive design I'll keep it sat on my dresser even when it's empty.
*~A SWEET, ALLURING SCENT~*
As for the fragrance itself, I love it because it is both sweet and somewhat spicy. This warm rich scent evokes images of Far Eastern places and of Arabian nights. This is due to an amalgamation of various exotic ingredients. According to the manufacturers these include 'top fragrance notes' of bitter almond, caraway and jasmine; 'middle notes' of moss, sandalwood and oakmoss as well as vanilla, musk and cedar, which make up the base of the fragrance. The vanilla no doubt accounts for part of that sweet smell that really grabs me. The other ingredients are accountable for the rich scent which is layered on top of that. This is something I enjoy as I am quite a fan of rich sweet scents. I would suggest that if you are looking for a perfume which is light and delicate, this probably is not for you. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that this perfume is particularly heavy. Not long after it's applied, the scent does tone down remarkably leaving a soft lingering scent of what was there originally. I actually think this is the biggest downfall of the product, personally. I think that the longevity of the perfume is rather weak and would prefer something that stuck about for half a day rather than what seems to be an hour.
One way to remedy this is to put on quite a lot of the product but this is not something I necessarily want to do with a pricey product like this. You would think that, with the price tag, 'Hypnotic Poison' would have more staying power.
*~RECOMMENDED FOR ROMANTIC USE, AY?~*
Despite its shortcomings in terms of staying power, I am rather likely to buy this scent again once I finally get round to actually finishing it. I still have the same bottle and due to its cost tend to only ever use it every other day - predominantly on special occasions or when I wish to be particularly good to myself. Sometimes I just wear it for my own personal pleasure although one website I read suggests that it be used for the benefit of another, recommending it for romantic use. Of course, everything about this product suggests sex. Not only does it have a luxurious scent and heart-shaped vial design but the name itself 'Hypnotic Poison' suggests you can lure your man into bed and entrap him with this scent. I'm not particularly sure if this has worked in my case. Earlier tonight I was sitting on my boyfriend's lap and asked him to smell my wrists which I had sprayed the scent on. He stated that it smelt very nice but admitted that even if my wrists were rubbed in cow dung he'd probably still ravish me. Now this is no doubt more information than any reader wishes to hear but it is nice to know that I don't need no 'poison' to snare my man.
As I have already suggested, I adore this perfume. I enjoy its sweet smell and the vial serves as another addition to my collection of pretty things. Furthermore, people have noticed when I have been wearing it and have complimented the aroma. It seems that its appeal does not seem to lie only with me. However, I would definitely recommend trying this perfume before you buy it. I suspect that it may not appeal to some individuals. I have noticed, for example, that many women love the 'Pure Poison' product. I actually cannot stand 'Pure Poison' or anything else from the poison range. I find the scent of 'Pure Poison' far too heady and nauseating. It just seems that this particular concoction is not for me. Hypnotic Poison, on the other hand, is a winner for me. It is certainly one of the most interesting and satisfying perfumes that I have ever bought even if I wish it would last longer.
'Hypnotic Poison' may or may not help you entice your man. However, it is a scent that suggests cosy nights in and warm exotic locations and I would thoroughly recommend this product should you wish to treat yourself or somebody special.
*~Thank you for reading my review : - ) My apologies if I have offended wine tasters out there ;-) I can't say I ever quite appreciated the lingo~*
*~Also published on Ciao - October 2011~*
A warming fragrance that evokes memories of cold autumn nights.
Dior have gone for a heavy, musky scent, unleashing an even darker side to the Poison collection. If you like your fragrances to be light, citrus florals, then this is definitely not for you!
Jasmine and vanilla form a rich, floral base, with all sweetness and light kicked out with the addition of bitter almond. The resulting heavy spice lingers all day, and is a perfect occasion perfume.
For me, the fragrance evokes bonfire night - wood burning, roast chestnuts and mulled wine.
The shape is standard for all Poison perfumes, with the bottle colored a rich claret for Hypnotic Poison. In fact, it looks eerily like the poisoned apple in Snow White!
I personally love the shape of the Poison bottles, and like the way you can cradle the bottle in the palm of your hand. The curved bottle is very elegant and pleasing to look at.
Priced usually around £46 for 50ml
With the wide range of different perfumes out there, from affordable to expensive, fruity to romantic scents, it is not easy to find the right signature frangrance to suit you, without trying and testing many first. Yet everyone's taste is different. If everyone wore the same perfume it would not be so exciting going to Debanhams or going on the journey of finding your own signature perfume, which I still have not yet found. There are just too many to choose from. Having said that I do have a few all-time-favourites which I would like to share. Hypnotic Poison by Dior is one of them.
I am a huge fan of Dior. Especially the perfumes, although some from the Poison range I find to be quite overpowering, I have found a few that I really like. I choose to write this review about Hypnotic Poison because it is one of my favourites by Dior (along with Pure Poison). I first brought this perfume last year in a set called Little Luxuries. Also recently brought the 50ml version. The bottle is red, with gold writing and a black lid. I like the shape of the bottle because it is pretty and looks nice on my dressing table. Red also happens to be a favourite colour of mine. I think the bottle suits the frangrance because red is for romance. I wear it special occasions or evenings out because I usually get many compliments on how nice i smell. You only need one spray and it lasts all day.
This perfume has top notes of jasmine, almonds and coconut, and middle notes of moss and sandalwood. The base notes are vanilla, musk and cedar which altogether create a warm and romantic, yet fruity and oriental scent. The smell mades me think of a winter evening by an open fire, probably because of the warm, oriental, romantic smell. Perfect to wear on a date. This perfume is about £46 from Boots or Debanhams.
You can watch the advert for this perfume on youtube.
I hope this review has been helpful to you. Any comments welcome.
One of my university friends always used to smell absolutely lovely, and leave a trail of scent behind her. It reminded me of a Victoria Plum (I think) scented umbrella-shaped pomander that I'd had when I was little, so her fragrance held a nostaglic sense for me. It was a sort of baby-powder scent, but had a very lasting yet delicate quality, which is not something you may immediately associate with scent of the powdery category.
I was surprised to discover that the perfume was Dior Hypnotic Poison in a dark red bottle; I'd expected it to be a 'pink' scent, somehow. I was also surprised to discover that Hypnotic Poison is classed as an Oriental Vanilla fragrance, and has base notes of vanilla, sandalwood and almond. Its top notes are allspice, apricot, plum and coconut; and middle notes are tuberose, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, rose and brazilian rosewood, according to the perfume website Fragrantica (which is well worth a look if you're at all interested in fragrance).
I decided to treat myself to a couple of sample vials of Hypnotic Poison through eBay, as it is an expensive fragrance, and I didn't want to splash out £36.26 for a 30ml bottle from Boots until I was sure I liked it. Buying fragrance from eBay can be a bit risky; you need to make sure you're getting a genuine product. Sample vials are probably a lot less likely to be fakes, though.
The vials I received were dark red with gold writing and a black spray-nozzle top.
When I tried the fragrance, I could very much understand why it was in the Vanillic category; it smelt very sweet. I could also detect the spiciness. It is perhaps unusual that what smelt so powdery from a short distance was so different up close; my body chemistry may also have been a factor. Although I usually dislike vanilla fragrances, I did enjoy the warmth of this scent. It would be ideal for late autumn, and winter, I think. I couldn't detect the rose, but I could perhaps sense the coconut and plum.
Although I liked this perfume, I didn't like it enough to buy a full bottle of it. The sweetness became a little too heavy for me after wearing it for a while; it's a very strong fragrance, and I started to focus on the coconut, which grated on me slightly. I think it's possible that it reacts very well with some people's body chemistry, producing a delicate yet sweet sillage, and on me, it didn't quite respond so well. It is quite long-lasting on the skin, as you may expect from a strong perfume.
Dior Hypnotic poison
I received this as part of a set for christmas, the set is really gorgeous and the packaging is too. The set is called little luxuries and it is the same set that I reviewed the dior addict 2 from.
*About the product*
It is a miniatures set so this product is 5ml or 0.17 us fl oz, it comes with the dior addict 2, J'adore and also Miss dior cherie. I haven't tried this perfume before and I am glad I tried the miniature version and not the full size!
*My opinion of the product*
I quite like the packaging it is really quite unusual and quirky and I love the colour of the bottle too. I have the mini one so it looks a bit like a deep red apple, which is cute. I have been using this product for the past two days and I have to say...I hate it!
If you have read my other fragrance reviews you will know that I love floral scents and fruity scents and this is not like any of the ones that I like. It is very heavy with deep musky notes and it is really over powering. It also smells really bitter which is not something I have ever come across with other fragrances I have tried.
Top notes: Bitter almond, caraway and jasmine
Middle or heart notes: Sandalwood and oakmoss
Base notes: Vanilla, musk and cedar
The initial scent on my skin is top notes (hense the name) the bitter almond note is just horrible, I don't understand why you would put bitter and musky scents into a perfume. It is really horrible in my opinion, as it is over powering but on the bright side the over powering scent does become more subtle as time passed (but that it not quick enough for me).
It does last quite a while on my skin and it does become less strong over time, which is great but it still has the musky and in my opinion burnt kind of scent to it, which I really don't like. I did not wear this in the day time as it is far too strong and It would be better suited to evening wear if you like it, but for me the only place it is bested suited to is the bin to be honest.
*Price and availability*
I would not recommend this perfume at all! But I really love the dior addict 2 so there is some hope for the brand but I really do not like this perfume, although fragrances and scents are very personal. This perfume can be bought from:
Boots.com - 30ml: £36.26
Boots.com - 50ml: £46
Cheapsmells.com - 100ml: £64.29
*Unusual, quirky packaging/bottle design
*Good brand (usually)
It is very overpowering, in my opinion it is not a young/youthful scent, bitter/musky notes
Thank you for reading my review
Only for the sweet, sweet loving folk... this perfume was introduced to me a few years ago now and it has stayed one of my absolute favourites! Its very sweet with vanilla orchid surrounded with fruity aromas and includes ylang-ylang extract.
I love the deep red bottle aswell... very posh as it is Dior darling! However it comes with a expensive Dior price tag. Although I must say a little really does go along way. I can still smell it on me in the evening without needing to top up throughout the day unlike most sweet smelling perfumes that seem to fade.
Definately a must if you want to treat yourself this christmas perhaps with a beautiful fragrance that will last and if your feeling all flush push the boat out with the Elixir ( the bottle with the poooofff spray on!)
Hypnotic poison will always be my signiture scent :)
I am not a huge fan of perfumes as I tend to find that a lot of scents are really overpowering but I came across this scent while browsing the Dior counter on holiday. Having tried the rest of the Dior collection I must say that this is by far my favourite and smells good enough to eat.
This quirky scent is reminiscent of playdoh and bakewell tart. It is a very sexy and alluring scent and it is not for ladies who prefer a more floral smell.
I personally find it a bit too heavy for summer. It is also a bit too strong to use daily, unless you really like wearing perfume. However, for a fancy evening out, it is the perfect choice. I often get asked what perfume it is that i'm wearing and I get nothing but compliments. Even my hubby who is scent-a-phobic loves the smell.
On the negative, it is quite expensive for people on a budget and the packaging is beginning to look a little dated, but I believe it is well worth the money and i'd be heartbroken if they ever decided to discontinue it.
This perfume makes you smell like cake and everyone knows you can't beat a slice or three of that!
Personally I'm a huge fan of most of the Christian Dior Poison range however, when I got the Hypnotic poison to complete my collection I was very disappointed and will admit that it is still in my cupboard largely untouched.
The bottle looks like most of the others in the Poison range but instead of looking expensive the finish is like a cheap plastic...even though it is glass. The bottle's a really crass bright red definitely not that classy and befitting to the rest of the range! Plus the lid doesn't even match...at all! It looks like you've lost the right one and replaced it with an absolute randomer!
Anyway the perfume.
My boyfriend got it for me as a present to complete my Dior obsession and the first time I wore it he told me I smelt like a nursery/children and as if it couldn't get any weirder and worse he pinpointed the nursery/children smell to the smell to playdoh! In particularly the way your hands tend to smell after touching it! Sadly I had to agree with him, to me and anyone who came into contact with me whilst trying the perfume for the first time I smelt like a jar of children's playdoh!
The other Poison fragrances smell delicious, really sultry and often a little musky. I love them this one though hasn't come out of my cupboard since the playdoh comparisons! As with some perfumes they smell better after you've worn them a while this one didn't if anything the smell went from fresh opened plasticky playdoh to a kind of smelly cooked playdoh smell, if you can imagine that? Without a doubt this is the ONLY Dior perfume I cannot wear due to the wretch-inducing smell so it will not come out of retirement...maybe it'll smell different on you but on me...oh dear. My favourite Dior's are going to remain the Pure Poison Elixir, the classic J'Adore and Midnight Poison. If you've tried these and they smell good on you I'd suggest thinking twice before trying Hypnotic Poison.
My mother wore the original Poison when I was growing up in the eighties - and the overpowering aroma seemed to stick in my nostrils for years after I moved out. I didn't think there was anything in this world that would convince me to wear any variant, until one day I came across a sample of Hypnotic Poison in a magazine.
This little piece of cardboard impregnated in fragrance remained in my wallet for weeks - I kept taking it out and every time I did, I fell more in love with its musky, vanilla notes, and the sweetness of jasmine, which has always been one of my favourite scents. But it was the heavy almond notes which made it so addictive for me. Like marzipan, or even bakewell tart!
I once read that there is a chemical present in almonds and cherries from which only certain people get a rush of endorphins. I am sure I am one of those, as cherries and almonds do more for me than chocolate (!) - and it could be the reason that even when I have run out of Hypnotic Poison and am wearing another scent, I still have the odd sneaky sniff of the empty bottle - until I cave in and buy a new one!
This is a fragrance that not everyone will like, but those who do will love it. I always get compliments from men rather than women when I wear it though - so I suspect its probably quite a sexy smell, rather than a pretty one.
Try it for yourself - you might like it!
I first tried this perfume in my early teens when my mum gave me a sample bottle, and I was instantly hooked.
Hypnotic poison certainly lives up to it's name; I've had so many people stop me and ask me what I'm wearing when I wear this, and all of them say it smells like different things. In my opinion, it smells like a cross between candy, and a woody scent, with sweet floral undertones, and that's the reason I love it so much. It's very hard to pin down and that's what makes it so enchanting. It is quite heavy, which makes it better value for money and as you only need to use it sparingly.
It also comes in a sturdy bottle, so I've never suffered any leaks or breaks with this perfume into my handbag. I also find that this poison is actually quite well priced compared to the others, which is great as it's one of the nicest!
Designed by Christian Dior in 1998, Hypnotic Poison, is a luxurious, oriental, woody fragrance. It's bewitching and provocative scent makes Hypnotic Poison a sensual choice for evening wear.