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This has been a classic perfume since 1985. It is heady and mysterious, and as the name implies, has a 'femme-fatale' and seductive feel to it. It has a rich blend of spicy, fruity and amber notes warmed by honey and musk, giving it depth and elegance. The bottle is lovely and deep aubergine in colour, much like a jewel, and the rounded shape of it means that it is easy to carry in a bag. It is currently on offer in Boots at £39.50 for a 30ml bottle, and £54.50 for a 50ml bottle. With regards to its composition, its notes are as follows:
Top: coriander, plum, wild berries, anise and Brazilian rosewood
Middle (heart): carnation, jasmine, orange flower, opoponax, tuberose, cinnamon, incense, rose and white honey
Base: vetiver, musk, sandalwood, vanilla, amber, heliotrope and amber
I found that the most prominent notes were that of the plum, tuberose and incense, with the least noticeable being rose, sandalwood and heliotrope. To me it smells like the Cobra perfume for women by Jeanne Arthes - mainly because it has a woody and spicy scent that epitomises seduction and danger. The sillage and longevity of this parfum are by far one of the best: it lasts for an incredibly long time and fills the room with its scent when you walk in. I have found that the perfume lingers on my clothes after many days and bursts pleasantly when I walk. Overall, it is excellent value for money: firstly because the price is great, and secondly because a little goes a very long way.
This is part of their beaufiul POISON range, two words I never thought I'd put together!
This is not my favourite out of the range but it still destined to be a top seller and a classic.
The bottle in itself is stunning! The fusion of red and black is wonderful and almost in the design of an apple.
The scents in this version concentrates on the ABSOLUTES producing the notes. With is a purer form of producing the oils needed which is why it is quite strong.
I would recommend this to anyone with a bold, confident personality that wants to stand out even more.
I'd rather not :) I prefer fruity and floral, this is neither but I received it as a gift and tried it. I did think the scent was nice but not for me.
The scent notes are:
The tonka bean and the licorice notes are the two that really stand out and fuse well together, a little powerfully maybe. I do think they are lovely but when this fragrance settles on your skin it is intense.
This is just as seductive as the range as the others and I would, if I were to, wear this mainly for dinner dates or an evening out.
This cost about £48-68 depending on where you purchase I would recommend looking around and consider getting the gift boxes as sometimes you can get the shower gel or lotions for just the same amount!
This is a gorgeous scent by Dior. It has been round for quite a few years now I think I first tried it in about 2004. The scent is strong and quite sweet / floral. On the downside some people might find this scent too 'heady' however I like it because it is long lasting and you can smell it on your self and other people notice it.
Although there are a lot of other similar quality perfumes for cheaper than this I think it is worth because Dior is a trust-worthy quality brand and you're not going to get anything that smells like this any where else because its very individual. Also because the scent is quite strong you don't need to use a lot of it or keep re-applying it hence it lasts a while. I think this product would make a good birthday or christmas present as it is quite luxurious.
As you can see in the picture the bottle is rounded purple glass with a white bottle top. It is feminine and glamouous looking. It is far from cheap or tacky looking and would look lovely on your dressing table. I think this perfume has a classic image.
Unlike other Dior fragrances such as 'Ma Cherie' Poison has an alluring quality to it that isn't just in the name.
I use this mainly for a night out, a dinner or going to a restaurant. It has a real smoky texture to the fragrance which I love, but know isn't really suitable for day time wear.
-= Advantages =-
From personal experience and an overactive imagination, I always feel somewhat like a secret agent when putting on this fragrance, think female bond 007, not lycra and uncomfortable suits. It helps me prepare to attempt to get my flirty side out, or at least put me in character for the dark mysterious stranger type.
The design is good too, it fits with the image of a curious little potion bottle, capturing the imagination.
-= Disadvantages =-
If too much is used I find the allure becomes a bit husky, and is not suitable for daytime wear.
-= Overall =-
Its a good little potion and if you want to splash out for that little something which is sleek and sexy go for it. Just don't use too much, you don't want to overpower people with the scent. Less is more.
My favourite scent is Chanel no5 but Dior's Poison is my second choice because, in my opinion, it is like nothing else in the world of women's fragrances.
My bottle is as shown in the Dooyoo picture although I have seen different sized EDT bottles with other types of tops so it may well be that the one shown is the 100ml size which costs around £70- £80. Luckily I was bought some a few years ago when we still had good duty-free shops and the smell is just as good now as the day I received it.
It is also available in 30ml and 50ml sizes and can be purchased at places like Debenhams, House of Frazer, Amazon and online perfume stores.
I do not use this very often and keep it stored out of daylight in my bedroom drawer as there is no way I can afford to replace my precious bottle in the foreseeable future! When I DO wear it people have commented on the luxurious smell and asked me what it is or else they have recognised it immediately because Poison is so distinctive. I only use a tiny amount yet it lasts a good few hours and I can still smell it on my clothes for several days afterwards.
I would describe it as being very feminine and suitable for day or evening wear. Although it is often perceived as being only for older women I would dispute this because, in all honesty, I think women of many ages would like the smell because it is so feminine.
Poison is described by Dior as ' heady, mysterious and revolutionary since it's creation' ( in 1985) furthermore Dior states it is a 'weapon of seduction', unsettling, charismatic and unforgettable' - well I'm not sure I would go that far, but it certainly is a sexy scent.
Basically it is a rich blend of fruit, honey, amber and spicy notes which gives the overall impression of an oriental but slightly fruity smell.
- Although I dislike coriander in cooking, it is lovely as the top note in Poison.
- The middle note is tuberose which is an Indian plant which smells of jasmine and fruit.
- Finally, the base note is sweet myrrh and this is the main scent which comes through after about half an hour of using it.
A distinctive, sensual, luxurious EDT which is long lasting and luxurious.
I have always known this fragrance ever since I was a little girl, it really reminds me of my gran because she wore it, my mum used to always wear it too and I even owned this when I was younger! I think its something that will be passed down along us all, because that seems to be how its gone now!
Recently, my mum received this of my brother and it made me want to review it because I remembered how nice it was, I think I have used this more than my mum, I always take cheeky sprays whenever she isn't looking!
The perfume is extremely expensive, its £50.00 for 30ml! I am sure it can be bought cheaper though if you look around ( I am pretty sure my brother said he got it on sale for a lot cheaper than £50.00, what a nice thing to inform my mother of! )
The appearance of the perfume is quite classic, and I think the bottle shape varies in style the bigger sizes you get, because as I remember the bottle I owned years ago was in the style above, a lot more rounded than the smaller version, the smaller version is what I will be reviewing on.
The bottle is a lovely dark and glossy black colour ( although lots of pictures of this show it as purple, all the bottles which I have seen have always been a dark black colour, maybe I am holding it in the wrong light but pretty sure its black? )
Its glass and if I had to say what the shape was, I would say an apple, it fits in your hand like an apple and the shape is not much different than one, neither is the size.
It has a clear glass top which once taken off reveals a gold spray nozzle where the perfume comes out of.
Over the front of it is the words POISON and underneath that is Dior wrote in gold, very simple and understated, I love the look of it.
The box which it comes in is cardboard and is a dark green, it has kind of a marbled effect pattern over it I would say, in an oval shape on the front it has the Christian Dior logo and the name of the perfume.
Wrote over the rest of the box is more useful information ( how much ML, type of perfume ect.. )
The perfume sits in the box perfectly, and you have to open about 3 little pieces until you get to it, and there it is tucked away and it looks so nice.
I think I like this perfume design so much because its something that has known me most of my life, its something which would always be sat on my grans dressing table, in my mums house and something I have owned to, its such a classic looking bottle and I really like it.
If I could describe this perfume in one word, it would be mysterious!
I think this perfume has hints of everything in, its quite sweet but spicy, it also smells quite floral yet the fruits which are in don't make it too overpowering, everything fits together perfectly.
The most powerful of all of the notes, it the fruit, but if this scares you, the fruit isn't extrememely FRUITY, its a lovely mild yet strong fruit smell, which comes across with a spicy kick.
When first sprayed on the smell is so strong, it smells very exotic and seductive.
I find this perfume comes across more fruity than anything else, with lots of hints of spice, it has a very nice aroma to it and is very distinctive, I always know when my mum is wearing it or when my gran was, people always ask too what it is, and once you have told them they dont forget.
I think this perfume is more aimed at older women, just because the result I usually get of people my own age is not really the best, most people my age prefer something more playful and girly, this is a quite serious fragrance, too strong for some.
I think the reason I love it so much is because it reminds me of the people which have been around me my whole life.
The staying power on the perfume is amazing, I have had this on me now for 9 hours and it is still very noticeable on me, maybe not when I walk past but its not disappeared of my wrist, its also a lot stronger too for the first few hours, very noticeable you are wearing it.
I think over the years, the fragrance has changed but not a lot, just a few things, I think years ago it was less fruity smelling and more of a musky smell, but I still love it and it still reminds me of my gran.
Its a perfect balance of everything, all the notes marry together.
Christian Dior introduced Poison in 1985 and since then there have been additions to the range including Midnight Poison, Pure Poison, Hypnotic Poison and Tendre Poison. Just to make it clear - I'm reviewing the original Poison here which is suitable for daytime, evening, romantic, casual or formal use.
This perfume is synonymous of the 80s to some people even today and will evoke memories of shoulder pads, big hair, Duran Duran, the Dallas and Dynasty era, puff ball skirts, etc, I'm sorry if those are not pleasant memories for you *grin*!
My husband persuaded me to try Dior's Poison again recently as I had had an aversion to it from years ago after trying it and finding that it didn't suit me. To cut a long story short, I tried it on in House of Fraser, quite liked it and carried on shopping for an hour or so to see how I felt about the scent after a while. I loved it; so back to HoF we went and picked up a 30ml bottle as they had no larger size in stock.
The Poison bottle is quite feminine in shape, round and easy to hold in the palm of your hand. The bottle itself is a deep purple colour and somewhat see through which makes it easy to see how much you have left. With some perfumes which have an opaque bottle, it's nigh on impossible to tell how much is left. I personally find the Poison bottle to be very attractive personally. The bottle lid is a smaller version of the bottle shape, sometimes it's a clear see through plastic lid which is easy to remove and I've also seen the bottle with a white but fairly translucent plastic lid. The box is a deep green colour which looks quite luxurious to me for some reason.
Poison is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml Eau de Toilette sizes. I have searched in many shops for the EDP and haven't been able to track it down, the department stores I asked in were unsure if Poison was even available as an EDP in the UK. But this review is about the EDT so I can tell you for sure that there are 3 sizes available for the EDT in the UK. I have seen Poison in places like House of Fraser and Debenhams. If you want to purchase online you can try escentual.com or even Amazon. I would advise you to be careful when purchasing this online as you might search for Christian Dior Poison and end up being taken to links for the other versions such as Pure Poison or Midnight Poison.
At the time of writing (May 2010) a 30ml bottle of the EDT will set you back between £28-35.50 with the 50ml bottle costing from £40-£48. The 100ml will cost anything from £70-80. The larger department stores such as House of Fraser and Debenhams do seem to charge the most for the perfume. I have a 30ml bottle (for handbag use) and a 100ml bottle for my dressing table.
THE SCENT ITSELF
Poison is marketed as Dior's "ultimate weapon of seduction". It contains a very rich blend of fruity, spicy and amber notes merged with honey and musk. All of these combined make this an oriental scent that I've recently found irresistible!
The top note for Poison is coriander which most people know of as a cooking herb. The coriander gives Poison a fresh beguiling power. I never imagined I'd find coriander as a perfume ingredient so bewitching. For those who are unaware the top note is the initial scent given off by a perfume which is also referred to sometimes as the head note.
Poison's middle note is tuberose which is a herbaceous plant originally from India. This plant bears highly scented white flowers which give off the aroma of jasmine and fruit. As the scent from the top note starts to disperse this is when the middle note (also known as the heart note) starts to become evident. This part of the scent can be evident within a few minutes of applying the scent.
The base note for Poison is opoponax chironium which is also known as bisabol myrrh or sweet myrrh. Opoponax is a herb generally grown in warm climates. This balsamic scent is the one that forms the base of Poison and is the part of the scent generally not evident until around 30-60 minutes after application.
Poison seems to be a distinctive scent, several times when I've worn this, people have asked me directly if I was wearing Poison, young and older people and I was asked in the smoking area of a pub the other day which was quite surprising as I had sprayed the perfume hours before and generally you can't distinguish much in the way of scents when you're in a room filled with smoke!
I've found when I wear this during the day to work and come home 9 hours or so later my husband will know I went to work wearing Poison. It's fast become a favourite of mine and I know he loves it on me as he tells me all the time how hypnotic it is on me. Maybe I should get him to promise to buy me lots of stuff after I douse myself in this? What do you think?
Overall I rate Poison with a strong 5 out of 5. I can't think of anything to complain about this scent, except that I've got very quickly addicted to it. I've found it very difficult to want to wear any other scent since I've "found" this again after a good 20 years. It might even knock my favourite scent Givenchy's Ysatis off the top spot as my favourite perfume! Imagine that?!
1985 pefume- been around for nearly 25 years now so obviously popular, with a lovely, rich, sexy aroma not too powerful. If the looks of the packaging are important to you: the dark purple bottle with a lovely clear bauble type lid looks expensive and opulent inside an emerald green rectangular box.
I very much agree with other reviewers that this a love or hate fragrance, I'd go as far to say it's the marmite of the perfume world, with me firmly in the love it camp. It's not my favourite fragrance - that spot is reserved for Chanel No 5, but it's in my top 3 along with Dior, Code. Both of these other perfumes I have reviewed on here.
My journey with Poison began when a relative got me a set of 5 mini perfumes for xmas and this was one of them- I loved it and the next year was bought a whole bottle- that was 10 years ago and I get a bottle every year for xmas. I've just had a good look on the internet for you all and from what I can see Boots selling it at 50ml for £45 seems the cheapest option.
It is a very rich scent because of variety of ingredients - be warned you need only one squirt for it to stay on you throughout the night - and that's another point, I believe some perfumes are suited to day, others to night, and this fragrance is definately a night time aroma. It holds it own in busy bars and pubs without being overpowering. I find it rather sexy, I believe that's because of the amber and musk. Now I have sensitive skin, and never squirt perfume directly onto it. I always spritz it onto clothing instead. This scent does linger- but then any perfume does if it's well made and doing its job properly- I mention this as previous reviewers have seen this as a negative, to me it is just perfumes nature! I find if I spritz a decorative scarf with it, it will linger for a couple of wears. I find this with any perfume. A wash cycle and the smell is gone.
No-one has told me they dislike the fragrance on me, and the compliments I have had, and from what I've smelt for myself, the strongest 'notes' are musk and honey. The perfume describes itself as spicy, fruity with amber notes, and that it's an oriental perfume. The amber makes it sexy, the fruit keeps it light and the spicyness gives it a warmth and depth you want to keep sniffing.
With so many fragrances emerging onto the market nowadays it's easy for one to be lost amongst the crowd. Dior's Poison is not one of those perfumes. In fact it's popularity has led to other fragrances in the range like tendre poison and the more recently released midnight poison. For years it has stood out as one of the perfume industry's staple fragrances, a must on every woman's dressing table. My first experience of Dior's Poison came 5 years ago when the bottle was very slim line and expensve looking. Dior has moved with the times and its new look bottle is even more attractive than its predeccessor. The bottle's body remains in the rich deep purple associated with this classic perfume. Its new shape is fatter than previously which makes it look better on a dressing table. Unfortunately it makes it more bulky in your handbag. The perfume inside still smells as gorgeous as always. It's a mixture of oriental and floral notes mixed in with hints of honey, amber and other spices so producing a very distinctive smell. I especially like the fact I can put on a small amount in the morning and still smell lovely in the evening. Although the price can be on the steep side, the fact it doesn't need reapplying means it's not as expensive as it first seems. The benefit of being able to get soap, body lotion and shower gel in the fragrance makes the scent even more appealling as layering makes it last so much longer.
This is one of the few perfumes I know of which, rather like Marmite, you either love or you hate.
I absolutely hate it! It is such a cloying smell, it almost makes me feel physically sick.
And the other thing is that it can smell really nice on one person, but absolutely horrible on me. Other perfumes I have worn, just seem to smell the same on everyone.
Perhaps it is the way the the people I have know have worn it. One friend of mine wore so much of it that you could tell she was coming around corner, because a haze of this perfume would waft down the corridors in front of her.
So if you do choose to buy this perfume, my advice would be to get a small bottle to try at first, and to use it extremely sparingly. That way you won't be doing the equivalent of Bet in the Rovers and wearing outrageous earrings.....
The reviews on this sight seem to fall in two opposing camps. You either love it or hate it. This propably shows how distinctive the fragrance is.
If something was insipid then people would find boring ordinary things to say about it, but this has such diametric opinions that it really must be soemthing different.
I really like it and have done for many years - yes it is heavy and strong but you learn not to put too much on. I think it is also one of those perfumes that can smell quite different on different people.
I'm not sure I associate this perfume with older people I always associate Lavender and floral perfumes with older people.
The bottle is very distinctive and has become iconic in its own right. It propably wouldn'tgrace evryones dressing table as it is s deep purple colour but as I tend to keep my perfume in its bottle it doesn't really bother me too much.
I love the subtle mystical smell of the perfume it is heady and spicy. I think this is one perfume you need to go and try in the shop go away for an hour check your wrist and see if you like it then - don't make your decision as soon as you put it on your wrist - you need to give the perfume time to develop with teh oils on your skin
Some fragrances are eternal and in 1985 Edouard Fletchier created `Poison` for the House of Dior, a potent, powerful and confident perfume that exudes sex appeal.
A Poison Eau De Toilette Spray would be top of my Christmas wishlist. The unmistakable fragrance is heady and magical and it has an aroma that is unforgettable.
Anyone who loves soft feminine, floral fragrances may find Poison far too intense. The merest hint of a spray will last for hours.
I wouldn't use it as a daytime fragrance the captivating smell is strictly for evening use. I wouldn't maybe choose Poison as a perfume for a young woman, it seems to shriek maturity to me!
Dior thought that perfume was the finishing touch for any outfit and in late 1940`s he was considering creating his first perfume.
Lily of the Valley was Dior's most favoured flower and the fragrance was captivated in his 1950s perfume `Diorissimo`.
Christian Dior went on to create a wealth of highly popular perfumes that were loved all around the world
There is no doubt about it, Poison is a complicated recipe, so many different yet beautiful fragrance notes all vying for position, but though many would totally disagree with me I think it works extremely well.
Russian coriander mingles with citrus and the herbaceous plant tuberose, which has hints of both jasmine and fruit. Opopanax is a resin which seeps from an African tree and that adds the balsamic note to the fragrance.
Dior himself describes Poison as mysterious and revolutionary.
A rich blend of spice, fruit and amber warmed with honey and musk.
So if you imagine lifting the stopper from a bottle that contains so many herb and spices you would accept that something completely knockout is inside.
A 30ml Eau De Toilette spray retails at around £40, so for me it has to be a present or a perfume that I would buy for an exceptional special occasion.
A friend got me a set of mini perfumes for Christmas and this Dior Poison was one of them. I love my fragrances light and breezy and never really go for heavy scents as it tends to smell too overpowering and causes my head to ache.
So anyway, I thought I'd put some of this perfume on my wrist and wear it for a few hours, so I could test out whether I would actually be able to wear of properly or not. The bottle (full size) looks quite nice and I think it comes with a little spray attachment you have to squeeze. This gives it the classic perfume look that you'd see in old movies. I haven't actually seen many perfumes with this spray attachment on and thought it looked quite cute.
I decided that if I ended up liking this scent, I would love to get the full size bottle as it just looked like nothing that I'd already owned before and I do love my novelty and unusual stuff.
After applying this perfume to my wrist, I already noticed that it was very strong and too heavy smelling for my liking. It made my head spin and I was hoping that the scent would become less overpowering as the day went on.
Unfortunately for me, the heavy scent wouldn't fade and I even tried washing it off. It just wouldn't come off! When I woke up the next day and after a long bath, I could still smell if on my skin! it was as if it was imbedded underneath all my skin layers and it wouldn't come off!
So decided that this perfume is no good for me. It's way too heavy in my opinion and for girls who like their scents light and breezy, this one is just way too heavy and over powering.
Christian Dior Poison is to this day my favourite perfume. My wife has used it for many years and the fragrance never fails to please me. The suttle hint of blackberry comes through and without being overpowering it is a delight to both wearer and those who are close by! A timeless classic that will be hard to beat.
Christian Dior Poison is an interesting scent because it always seems to evoke a strong reaction when its name is mentioned. its a real love it or hate it fragrance and I fall into the hate it category. The perfume has been around since the eighties which is testament to its appeal to the masses but i cant for the life of me comprehend who those masses can be. Its expensive. It does come in a rather attractive purple bottle but the beauty of the capsule hides the evil that lurks within.
I can best describe the smell as "cloying". It is seriously overpowering and it doesnt seem to matter how little you apply it absolutely engulfs the wearer and emits a cloud of fragrance that quite literally suffocates anyone within a 5 metre radius. I did a straw pole of friends and my mum made me laugh when she said if she smelt it on anyone it made her want to kill somebody. Now thats a bit stong i know but I kind of knew where she was coming from. All others I spoke to had similarly negative comments to make but interestingly many had had a bottle at some stage although even more interestingly it had always been bought for them, never chosen by them.
It is musky, it has amber as its base note. Some may describe the headiness of the scent as sexy, I describe it as sickening. And you cannot get it out of your nose no matter how hard you try. Perfume is such a subjective thing which must explain why despite the seemingly large anti poison sentiment there are still large sales of the evil scent. Try it before you buy it but do not spray it on you, spray it on a piece of card and stand well back. Poison by name and poison by nature in my humble opinion.
Classified as a luxurious, oriental, floral fragrance / A feminine scent which contains honey, amber, berries and other spices