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My kind of poison
Dior Hypnotic Poison Eau de Toilette
Member Name: Renza_e
Dior Hypnotic Poison Eau de Toilette
Date: 10/10/11, updated on 10/10/11 (87 review reads)
Advantages: Sweet, exotic scent and gorgeous bottle design.
Disadvantages: Lacks staying power and is rather pricey.
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~*
Summary: A luxurious scent which could have more longevity.
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