Hypnotic Poison Christian Dior for women
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Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior is a Oriental Vanilla fragrance for women. Hypnotic Poison was launched in 1998. The nose behind this fragrance is Annick Menardo. Top notes are Coconut, Plum and Apricot; middle notes are Brazilian Rosewood, Jasmine, Caraway, Tuberose, Rose and Lily-of-the-Valley; base notes are Vanilla, Almond, Sandalwood and Musk.
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Perfume longevity: 4.01 out of 5.
Perfume sillage: 2.84 out of 4.
Years ago, I tested this fragrance and it was heavy, suffocating and all encompassing. I felt like I was being smothered, it made me feel sick to my stomach and gave me a horrendous headache. My fragrance journey had really just begun back then and I was a total novice. I wasn't experienced in all the different notes and I stuck to scents that were fairly light with woods or citruses. I tried many fragrances that were best suited for cold weather (Fall and Winter) but my senses had a hard time acclimating to them. I gave up far too quickly and gave away many beautiful bottles of perfume and sank back into my familiar, safe fragrances.
Fast forward to 2019 when I decided that I was going to re-try a bunch of fragrances that I had previously tried and wrote off as being too much for me to handle. So it began. One by one, I started re-visiting all of the scents that I had previously given up on, Hypnotic Poison being one of them.
I wore it today. Let me tell you, this is one incredible fragrance! I've never been so happy. It works for me now. No nausea, no headache, no feeling of being suffocated, instead it was like being hugged by something so special, I can now call myself a huge fan of this. It radiates off of my skin and I can smell that nutty vanilla which I can't get enough of. This fragrance is so well done. It smells expensive, rich, creamy and only slightly sweet. It's perfection in a bottle, a very pretty bottle!
I am going to get a lot of wear out of this going forward and I regret only buying a 30 ml. bottle but I'm sure I'll invest in the biggest bottle that I can get my hands on soon enough.
Lesson to take away from my experience, don't give up on any fragrance that doesn't initially work for you. Never be afraid to come back to it later and try your luck again, you just never know, it can leave a totally different impression on an experienced nose as opposed to a novice one.
I learned that I have come to love the essence of Hypnotic, but the vintages weren't quite right for me. Very unpopular opinion here, yes. I knew there had to be an "in between" stage from oldest to most current formulas. A 2009 bottle passed me by, so I got ahold of a 2014 instead. I'm glad I kept going because this bottle is total perfection and the Hypnotic Poison sweet spot I've been looking for.
This one has everything I love about the first & second formulas without overwhelming me with dusky powderiness. It opens softly spicy & hazy, like root beer. Slight smoky licorice in the mid. I don't smell true almond per se, but what I'd describe as something bitter, aerosol gas-like in a very controlled, addictive way. Every part of the fragrance feels seamlessly woven and smooth. Those who prefer a spikier Hypnotic Poison would love the vintage. The "play-doh" accord is more pronounced there, less so in the 2014, but still perceptible. I appreciate the vintages, but for me Hypnotic Poison benefited by being made to smell a little more modern. Another unpopular opinion here :)
I find it hard to over spray this one. None of the formulas are beastly imo. Liberal application gives moderate projection. It becomes a yummy skin scent about 3 hours after application, which I love. It is very persistent however, radiating warmth and fuzziness in a gentle way, often into the next day. The old juice, I went lighter on the trigger because it is a bit more potent, but still not the 90's powerhouse others experience.
I'm so happy with this version. Dior did a wonderful job not butchering the scent (again, can't speak to newer bottles). I'm glad I went through the process of testing each one because I no longer have FOMO over vintage Hypnotic Poison. I've owned and sold both vintages, now I'm more than happy keeping just the 2014.
Bonus, I love the 2014 bottle design. It still has a somewhat rubbery feel, like a thin coating over the glass. But doesn't attract lint and feels nicer in the hand. I also like the gold rim and beautiful gold sprayer with "CD" on it. I am in the minority here, so take my experience with a grain of salt.
IMO this is one the few fragrances where Dior hasn't compromised on potency and performance in its reformulations - two spritz on the back on my elbow and I get a minimum of 10 hours. Projects pretty well for the first two and I get whiffs of it up until the 6-7 hour mark. This is unheard of in present day EDTs.
Because we have many more really good gourmands on the market (designer and niche), it is easy to take for granted the novelty and complexity of this one. On my skin I don't really get much play-doh. I definitely get the rootbeer-y concoction though. Hypnotic Poison truly develops on my skin over time - starts with the burst of bitter almonds. In about 20 minutes I start to detect the succulence of what is possibly coconut+plum. At some stage it's floral-woodiness (which could be and is a fragrance in itself). And then there's vanilla in the dry down.
Vanilla in dry downs can be floral (like Lancome's Poeme) or sweet or dry. In this case, the dry down is juicy. It is almost as if the almonds from the opening reappear towards the fag end of its life on my skin. That along with vanilla+sandalwood is just so wonderfully comforting! Absolute stunner.
This works fabulously well in winters, of course. But I've noticed it works even on moderately warm days - anything under 80F.
But this exact bottle I sniffed today and it's an amazing perfume ! Of course it helps that it's almost winter and that I'm in my 40's .. so taste changes ! :))) Very rich and complex , stands out in a good way !
On my wishlist for sure !
That’s how HP is for me. Lil’ different.
Sandalwood tends to morph into salty Play-Doh on my skin. I knew this. I KNEW. And yet I was seduced by all the reviews describing this dark, visceral man-magnet of a fragrance. On me, I get no vanilla and no sweetness. Hell, I don’t even get Play-Doh. Instead, I get a charred, ashy, bitter impression of incense that’s been lit at the wrong end. If Pompeii had a fragrance, this would be it.
The worst part: I can’t even scrub it off. Even after two showers and an exorcism, I still smell like a bougie chimney sweep. Looks like my coot-coot’s stuck on the roof ‘til the day manager can come help me get down.
To my nose, it’s a creamy almond/vanilla/coconut cookie dipped in gooey caramel sauce with the slightest hint of freshness (almost like a laundry or freesia note running through even though these notes aren’t listed... maybe it’s the hint of tuberose?) The almonds are definitely a little toasty in this blend. I also smell the deep and dark plum note in the opening, but that doesn’t last long. It’s just present enough that it intrigues me and pulls me in a little closer. I do get a mellow root beer float aroma, too... but it’s an expensive and enchanting root beer float.
Hypnotic Poison makes me feel extra warm and cozy in cold weather. Although it’s a comforting scent, it retains a sexy, smooth and alluring presence. It definitely seduces.
At first, it honestly made me a little nauseous (as many gourmand fragrances do) and I did get subtle whiffs of play-dough as others have noted. However, once my nose adjusted to this sweet and nutty vanilla cookie blend and it melted into my skin, I became possessed by its delicious hex. The lasting power is average on my skin.
It is still very strange that when I first apply it (usually 1-3 sprays is all I use) I cannot really smell it. I get a faint whiff of a semi-generic vanilla and a tiny bit of that Play doh scent many talk about (the Play doh scent does not last on me, thankfully).
But....the magic (on my skin) with Hypnotic Poison begins 20-30 mins after I apply it...I can smell it!! After a bit on my skin, warmed up, the vanilla pops more and I get this incredibly smoky almond scent and the very long lasting dry down on my skin smells like a much warmer, less dry and dusty Atelier Vanille Insensee.
Longevity on my skin is 6+ hours and projection is not a room filler, but those around you will smell it. I think this is a 2-3 spray max kind of fragrance.
I hate masculine and feminine descriptions for fragrance, but I would classify the beginning of Hypnotic Poison as more feminine and the dry down much more masculine. I would easily rate this, by today's standards as Unisex (although in 1998 when launched, this was considered a woman's scent). Btw, "regular" Poison is awesome for us guys too....tons of compliments.
"Hypnotic Poison", I replied.
He smiled knowingly and said "That makes sense..."
So, the decant arrived yesterday and at first (and second and third etc) sniff HP was very appealing. With soft and warm gourmand notes the fragrance is very cozy.
Sillage is modest from a splash application, lasting power is a little better. I feel this fragrance is feminine, maybe a tiny bit unisex.
So far I've no plans to invest more money in a fb. Still, this is a poison I can live with, comfortably.
I’m not saying at all that ‘poison’ indicates that it is a bad scent, in fact, it is one of my favourites. It is beautiful, but at first spray, it is very strong and very intoxicating - in a good way! The exhilarating smell is second to none, it can’t really be compared to any other scent I have ever smelled before. Adaptions of the hypnotic poison range are about as close as you can get to this out of this world scent! This scent, has excellent sillage and lasting power, if you want a powerful out there scent that’ll stay for hours (and hours!), then this is the scent for you!
Anyway on to the review. On me, this smells like warm, divine, almonded coconut vanilla with something grounding it so that it doesn't get too sweet (probably the sandalwood). The first time I sprayed it from the store tester, I could not stop smelling my arm. All day. So much so that my family (weekend trip) started laughing at me because it got so bad I wasn't even aware of smelling myself half the time. My sister decided HP smelled like warm faeries snuggling on my arm. So I bought two bottles. Unfortunately, the bottles I have smell like watered down versions of what is in the store...weaker, notes not as strong. It's like the bottles being sold are an EDT of the EDT in the testers. I still love the scent, but I am frustrated that I cannot get the dense smell from the bottles at home as I do at the store (I literally would go to the store periodically just to spray myself with testers to get the same impact). If anyone has any hints about making it stronger DM me. Unfortunately, I suspect the testers are made stronger for this one because I've not had this problem with any other tester vs. bought bottles of any perfume I have. So I guess I love it, but am sorely disappointed in it.
Definitely something to be mindful of not over spraying, but even wearing too much of this would still be delectable.
I'm so in love with it! The perfect fall/winter fragrance. Bottle reminds me of the shiny red apple Snow White took a bite out of. The scent is incredibly warm and edible, but not Pink Sugar edible. It has a 'poisonous' vibe which makes it a legendary fragrance from the 90's.
EDT is surprisingly long lasting, yet the sillage isn't annoyingly out-there. Suitable for both daytime and nighttime.
Performance is incredible. Longevity = 10 hours on me, projection = moderate to strong. LOOOVE :)
If comfort & Joy had a smell, this would be it!
This fragrance is extremely long-lasting and strong and it projects well. If you love vanilla, then this is for you.
Btw, I don't get any play-dough from this :)
This is the signature perfume of one of my close friends, and she constantly smells like warm vanilla, in a sultry but also day-appropriate way. The perfume gives off vibes of cashmere sweaters, perfect lattes and warm embraces.
She actually inspired me to purchase the perfume for myself, as I love gourmands. Unfortunately on me, Hypnotic Poison smelled waxy. I smelled like a fresh box of crayons rather than fresh baked cookies.
The perfume has good longevity and sillage without projecting too much.
By the time the drydown comes around it starts smelling chemically and its previous charms are lost for me.
I never fail to get compliments wearing this fragrance. To me, it is absolutely beautiful.
It is quite strong on my skin and is pure vanilla, almond & sandalwood through and through. Very sexy, very alluring & very sweet. It lasts all day on me and for couple of days on clothes also. Projection is also heavy.
I will forever purchase this perfume. When you find one that just works its magic on your skin, you hold onto it and you never let it go!
People say that Pegasus is more masculine that Hypnotic Poison. The only thing that makes Pegasus 'appear' more masculine is insanely aggressive projection.
I've tried 2019 formulation of the Hypnotic Poison, and it was very good and rather long lasting. I suppose that older versions were stronger, but I prefer a milder projection.
Also, this scent is VERY similar to the drydown of another masterpiece - Chanel Boy: same musky vanilla/sandalwood with powdery heliotrope.
Smells like a regal women in red with gold jewellery
Winter/night out/or inside fire place perfume
The reformulation is missing a hint of patchouli or some spiky sparky note which elevated the original
Smells like Valentina Poudre by Valentino
Once it starts drying down, powdered vanilla almonds.
Can't speak to longevity since she won't get a proper wear test in 90 degree CA heat. But so far, it's nice! Comforting. My bf likes it. I'll be interested to see how it performs in the winter.
First sniff after spraying on my wrists, “Hmmm, this is odd. I’m not really getting that delicious vanilla or almond note.”
10 minutes later - “This smells like old play doh that has been baking in the sun for hours!”
1 hr later - “...play-doh and root beer.”
And that’s it, that’s all I’ve gotten after wearing this for several hours. Granted, I know this is a winter perfume but I can’t see this changing much. I think I’m always going’s to get that play-doh smell but I’ll try this again in the dead of winter.
Most suited for winter and colder weather, I adore making my sweaters and jackets have the smell of hypnotic poison!
PS if you love it, don’t do the same mistake as I did, and recommend it to your friends... it became my two best friend’s signature scent and I can’t wear it now when I go out with any of them :-D
I have the 2012 and newer versions of this. They smell the same, like a Vanilla Marzipan Cake with some almonds. So beautiful. I do not get the play dough smell that everyone seems to get, neither do I get the root beer. Longevity and Silage are bad. Yesterday I wore both versions with a heavy hand and I still could not smell anything after an hour! So disappointing! On my clothes it lasted a little bit longer, maybe 3 hours, and even that is a stretch! I wish this had monster performance because I’d get rid of all of my collection just to smell like HP for the rest of my life! It truly smells beautiful for that fleeting hour.
Not a safe blind buy IMO because people react differently to this perfume. I find it sexy, yet approachable and inviting. I can see it being beautiful for a 1st date or night out with the girls.
P/S - I’m curious to know if the vintage performed as poorly as the reformulations. I heard that the vintage didn’t project as much but lasted a long time on the skin
I will note that this smells exactly like Fenty makeup (Rihanna) if anyone is wondering what it smells like
After Angel and Hypnotic Poison we started living in Willy Wonka′s world. It′s been over 30 years since this started. How long it will last?
Don′t get me wrong, it is a masterpiece but it is like a science break-throught that ends up being used for evil acts.
Its all true. This is the way to receive this scent sweet, not candy sweet.
This is like flypaper...will kill every fly.
PS keep in mind this is completely different to the Hypnotic poison EDP, as I did not like the EDP at all!
Design of bottle 6/10
I definitely recognise root beer note too, despite being British and the drink not being very common here. There's nothing natural about this fragrance. Hypnotic Poison transports me back to my goth days, when I would wear this a lot. I always, always manage to finish a bottle of this very quickly, and that's rare for me.
It does smell like a root beer float, almost like the Coca-Cola gummy candies, mixed with a salty note. It smells waxy, but light on me and it is such a weird scent. I can totally see how people love it but on my skin chemistry, it doesn't work.
Disclaimer, I am a HUGE gourmand, sweet lover. I wanted this to smell like Amaretto so so badly, but it just didn't. I don't hate it but I will be returning my bottle.
Maybe there is too much going on, but this doesn't vibe with me at all.
Longevity on me is 8-10 hours - it never dries down nicely and I get a very synthetic smell for that long. Not great. Silage is moderate on my skin.
Overall: 5/10 for me - I get the idea of the hype but it really doesn't get me.
The powderiness reminds me a bit of Narciso Poudree, however of course it doesn't have the musk that's present in that one, and it has the addition of vanilla. Prefer this one for sure.
Sprayed it once on my wrist three hours ago and it's leaving the most beautiful sillage each time I move my wrist. Definitely no issues with longevity so far. Also.. I honestly think it has the perfect amount of strength for what it is, any more might be too cloying and make it lose its magic.
The version I bought is 2019, just FYI. Wish I could have compared it to the older versions which almost everyone says is better, but I am very happy with the recent formulation. So I don't think anyone should hold back if they're on the fence for that reason :)
Excited to wear this once the weather starts cooling down again in 6 months, but for now I'll definitely sneak some sprays over the summer just because it's so good. Comfort during these crazy times.
Almondy, warm, cuddly, cosy... Its a hug in a bottle. A big soft cashmere sweater.. A tiny fluffy snuggly kitten... Absolutely fabulous. Guaranteed to get compliments wearing this. Kinda nostalgic too due to a mild resemblance to play-doh. Which I also enjoy the smell of, or even kinda marzipan.. If you like those notes then you will love this. Lasts well, I can still smell this on my scarf days later. If you are a fan of sweet, gourmands/cosy cuddly scents, then this is for you.
Beast of longevity and Sillage !
It’s a masterpiece smells like nothing else
That’s why everyone trying to copy it soooo many years now!
I don’t really like sickenly sweet perfumes or gourmand
But that is very unique it’s a category on its own !
Creamy nutty a very different vanilla ..Very deep deep scent unusual !
But you don’t need much that’s the secret !
Also reminds my mom and my teenage years ohhh those
Memories of careless years !
Mine is the EDT. I didn't see a separate section for EDP vs EDT.
With most perfumes, I have to be in a certain "mood" for them.
But this one...no matter where I am, or what mood I'm in, it smells AMAZING. If I can't decide on a perfume...this is it.
I know people cite a play-doh vibe...but I LOVE the way Play-doh smells! :D This is like magical almond vanilla with a touch of spice.
My only issue is that despite people saying it has great sillage, I personally can't smell it on myself after only a few hours. I am afraid to reapply because I don't want to overdo it for others around me!
OH! And the bottle....the bottle is soooo beautiful. Every time I see it on my vanity I think of something from that show Once Upon A Time. A very gothic snow white apple kind of look. I LOVE the bottle almost as much as the scent!
I couldnt wear either new or vintage last year while I was pregnant, for some reason it just turned to rotten white flower petals and sweat. I thought it was forever tarnished after that and went to sell it on ebay, but just couldnt bring myself to part with it. But I've been wearing it again for a few months and she's back; my sweet, heavy vanilla almond jasmine bomb is everything I ever loved once more.
I just dont get playdough at all lol, I don't know if maybe it's more the texture that makes people think playdough? It's got such a dense thick texture, not a single ounce of freshness in this one. I bought a brand new gift set on ebay with a still sealed 50ml perfume and shimmer body gel, and recently replaced my 2017 formula too, i don't get all the hate with that one really. The old one is sweeter and heavier on the vanilla first up, whereas the new one is a lot less fruity and sweet on first spray and has a slight bitter rubbery note which soon dissapates into pretty much the same scent as the OG formula, the fruity coconutty almond and vanilla, it's all there. So don't be scared away from that one by all the negative reviews (I actually didn't care much for that one in the shiny red bottle with the gold neck and black cap; it had a weird chocolate smell and was not really much like the original).
Im talking about the burgundy ombre coloured bottle too, not the newest bright red one..that one is very very weak.
My bedroom pretty much permanently smells of HP these days lol and it seems to cling to my skin for days, its addictive, so addictive. Polarising I've noticed by the reveiw as well, but for me, this will always be in my top 3 most adored scents.
I live in hope that the elixir or pure parfum will be re released lol.
Ok, update. So at first this just didn’t smell like perfume to me. But I decided to try it again and now I kinda like it. I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me. For example Gourmand Coquin. I did not expect perfume to smell like rising bread! Although that is a lovely smell.. Well this Hypnotic Poison makes me smell like a cross between root beer and playdough- but these are things I never wanted to smell like! But now, thanks to the wild daring of the perfumer, it smells earthy and sensual to me, perhaps with some flower (white) notes in the mid to drydown. Crazy! Gonna keep it!
My realization, this smells exactly like Absinthe mixed with Licor 43. I know this because smelling this made me crave some absinthe in a sweet drink and after some experimentation I landed on Licor 43. Experiment with the proportion you like but I like it 1 part absinthe to three parts 43. For some this might be too herbal, but you’re welcome if you also enjoy this scent. I like it with a little water added as it is more balanced ;)
Needless to say I’m regularly enjoying my bottle of this fragrance during quarantine and also the drink it inspired.
I know it’s an autumnal/ winter choice but I don’t care. I’m wearing it through spring.
It’s sweet and perfectly rounded.
Perfect for a date in the evening on a colder night. I used to wear this all the time and went through multiple bottles; took a break for a few years, and now I'm back to loving it. It's to me, an unbeatable fragrance DNA.
Sweet, vanilla, almond, cozy, seductive. You can't go wrong.
It's a 10/10.
My partner never comments on my perfumes, and I’ve got a heap of them. But he loves this one.. it’s cosy, cuddly heaven.. especially comforting watching Netflix on the couch amidst this period where self isolation is becoming more necessary..
If smelling imitation almond extract with bitter alcohol is your thing, by all means, buy this junk juice. I gave my bottle away, then the person I gave it to gave it away.
PS-I'm envious of those who can wear it, knowing that it really is a classic.
I have it here again, this red potion brought to me from a gorgeous witches hut from the woods, made at the time of full moon, made of vanilla, almonds.
This one is always always on my top 5, winter no. 1, wearing it makes me so damn happy. The smell is almost suffocatingly dense, intense like a fog of vanilla and bitter almonds with all the other notes. It gives you this feeling of being on top of your world. I loooooove it.
Edit: after reading that a huge number of other reviewers also got the playdough (playdo!) vibe, I feel validated in what I thought was an odd way to describe what I was smelling. I need to go check out the new version and see if its still playdough heavy.
It was one of my top 5 favorite fragrances at one time. And really it is a permanent favorite as that I have continually bought bottles since it was relatively release.
The first thing that drew me to this fragrance is its name.
If poison has to be hypnotic ---than yes, it would have almond in it, aniseed notes (fennel), coconut, and sophisticated vanilla. I feel as if I saw in a below comment that it is the fragrance choice of strippers( so who conducted that census???), as well as Madonna. As that it is a favorite of mine, I realize I may have the soul of a stripper myself---well... no maybe about, I know I do.
Anywho, the red apple bottle and its presentation is exactly what it is. Upon smelling Hypnotic Poison the first time in 1999, I was glad the scent match the name/presentation.
Well, I thought it would be more spicy and so I always think I smell an essence of cinnamon on my skin( anise and fennel perhaps). When it was release, I thought it was terribly modern and against the grain. In a time where Estee Lauder Pleasure and Ralph Lauren Romance ruled --this was every bit of that vampish character they used to advertise it and quite retro original.
I recently purchase a bottle as a Christmas present. My last bottle (a 1.7 fl oz) purchased in 2012 miraculously took forever to go through before it was un-miraculously stolen. So hopefully the new rollerball will be sufficient.
So, this look like it will be one of my permanent fragrance ( even though I have tried to replace it with other almond scent. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire was use as a substitute for some reason. However, nothing can really hit Dior Hypnotic Poison originality.
P.S ( 1/19/20) The packaging from Dior Online was exquisite!
You would have thought I bought a gold case fragrance from there couture line with the box it came in and note card(which I wrote to myself) !!!
Nice Work, Dior--and much needed after I felt like I had off service from a dept store--as if they are tired of seeing me.
with a synthetic red lipstick vibe and a hint of sugary sweetness
Its quite youthfull for my taste
I really like this one, it’s like a gourmand for adults. Not sure I’d buy it for myself, but if I had it, I can see some occasions that I’d wear it - especially when I’m craving something comforting and a little sweet. Not sure I see this as super sexy the way some people have described, but there definitely is an alluring aspect to it. Also, I would only wear this as a fall/winter scent.
Edit: I love the dry down so much. Soft, slightly sweet vanilla and woods with a hint of spice. I think I’m going to buy it.
The more you think about its bitterness, the more it butchers you, and you can't really do anything about it, because this perfume is so persistent that there's no way you can make it shut up with a shower.
Why am I here to talk about it, then?
Even if I'm more on the gourmand-fruity-sugary-talc-vanilla side of the spectrum, I indeed love this when I catch it on others, so I tried multiple times to have it on myself.
It just annihilates me, to the point of having stomachache, while I will be happy to smell HP again on someone else.
Projection is really pleasant.
I need to warn you - if you like reassuring, sugary types of vanilla this is NOT for you.
This has personality and it could actually get that Ph.D degree before you do.
i dont find this much more feminine than many of the offerings from armani paco raban, mugler! I dont get the crazy preformance. But a lovely scent. Dont let the bottle scare you.. try it!
I must have tried this fragrance 20-30 times at the store before finally biting the bullet and making the purchase. I hesitated for a while because I find this perfume very, very sweet- I really have to be in the mood for that to wear this. But when I *am* in that mood, I adore it.
This is a classic for a reason!
I do smell the root beer other people smell in it, mostly in the beginning. But no play dough or bandaid.
It projects quite well and lingers for hours. This is the original formula with the plain red band below the cap that I have, an original batch. I don't know why I haven't used it up by now. I prefer it on chilly days and nights though and live in a warm climate, so not many days a year I reach for it. Which makes sense.
Other than that, I LOVE this scent. The vanilla in this one is a masterpiece since it is so dominant, but never takes over completely as many vanilla perfumes tends to do. It is not your typical vanilla but rather a soft and cozy vanilla that always mixes with the almond.
More almond fragrances please! And Dior, please look over the performance on this one. I know many people in love with the scent but that is reluctant to pay the price if it does not last at all on your skin.
Lastly, this is the most cozy perfume I ever smelled!
Got no compliments, just people asking me “why does it smell of play-doh here”
After a couple of hours later it’s actually a bit more bearable.
I can’t say wether I like or dislike this scent.
I’m going to give it a couple more tries and see if my opinion changes because I really do want to like it. I don’t have high hopes though. It’s extremely heavy.
It actually smells identical to Rihanna’s Fenty makeup powder and primer.
What was I thinking? Where I thought it was cloying and simply Play-Doh-like in the past, now I simply cannot get enough of it. What changed? Have I matured? Have my tastes refined? I'm not sure. All I know is this fragrance is DELICIOUS.
I get a ton of compliments wearing this. It's a crowd-pleaser. And I'm not surprised people love it as I, myself, have become a part of the Hypnotic Poison crowd.
-I feel like for the most part this frag is linear. Congrats....I appreciate linear.
at first spray
-vanilla? almond? what is that?...
-I then had my mother smell and she said, "gross! I would never wear that...it smells of root beer. "
-I smelled it again and I can see what she means but she had to point it out. I guess there are a few people on here who agree.
-I don't hate it but not quite sure why it's so adored
-30 minutes later.
-still vanilla, still almond, no root beer, a little coconut maybe ...but also....I suddenly realize the "play-doh" thing people are talking about.
-it DOES kindof resemble the sent of play doh if play doh didn't have that weird chemical smell in it.
-still...I don't hate it but don't get the hype either
-1 hour later.
-still vanilla, still almond, the coconut cuts through the vanilla so it doesn't really smell "sweet". The sweetness it super super faint. It's almost boozy I would say.
-play doh smell is still going strong
I FINALLY understand the hype!.(I think)....I was expecting this frag to remind me of other vanilla frags but it doesn't at all. This is a super unique frag (I wasn't expecting it to be) AND a crowd pleaser (apparently)...meaning it's not really polarizing I guess. It's hard to achieve both those descriptions. Not necessarily niche quality but doesn't really fit in with designer frags either....I feel it deserves better than that title.
I can see why people call this a masterpiece. ...BUUUT...after an hour I've decided it's not really for me. while I have tremendous respect for it I still don't see why everyone loves it so much. I see a particular type of person wearing this and I don't fit the bill.
I know this is sups popular among dudes (though I don't know why) so I'd probably wear it on a first date with a guy i was attracted to.
A few more thoughts:
-I don't really understand why people say this is definitely a night out frag or winter frag. It's complex ...yes...but it's not that intense IMO. Certainly you could wear it on a night out but from beginning to end it has stayed close to the skin on me. Its mainly vanilla folks and while I wouldn't call this a light perfume, it's not rich or heavy either. IMO anyway.
Based on the reviews I loved it, and decided to give it a try.
Went to the shop many times trying to convince myself liking it.. Not sure if I should own it or not!
Yes I repurchased. It’s almost like rekindling an old flame but the only difference is now we’re both grown and mature. Also I wanna say that this is my answer to finding a female version of “Jean Paul Gaultier La male”.....yes their both very different but their both in my opinion have the same vanilla base. Yes I am back in love with H.P. ?? I really am and just in time for my favorite season ??????
It also has a 1 meter sillage for over 7 hours on her.
I think it's the best female perfume out there, the musk, vanilla, woody notes are just fantastic.
Moss in Snow
I have an original 1998 50ml EDT stopper bottle of Hypnotic Poison that I bought in Andorra in the winter of 1998 when I was just leaving my teens. On paper, I was far, far too young for such a scent but something about it just completely arrested me and I fell in love. Because I bought it in winter, surrounded by snowy mountains, it has always held a magical quality for me. It seems in some way mischievous, like a happy secret that a mysterious group of merry elves will lead you through soft twinkling snow to find. For me it is sweet and warm and slightly alcoholic but it retains a cool note of crystalline frost that keeps you on your toes and ensures you keep chasing that mysterious secret.
Most perfumes have terrible longevity on my skin but this one seems to become stronger on my skin instead of fading. A little goes a very long way. It also smells exactly the same on me as it does in the bottle, another minor wonder. I wore it a lot for the first couple of years I bought it... but then had to stop for a while as a guy I was seeing detested it! (As someone who has visceral reactions to many perfumes, I always try to respect when someone close to me dislikes a scent) I never really got in the habit of wearing it again after that interlude and it is pretty unique in my collection in terms of the fragrances I am more normally drawn to these days. Now I rarely wear it - there is probably less than 10ml left in the bottle so I save it just for me for when I want my mind to take a snowy but warmly magical meander through a sweet and spicy winter scene. I haven't tried the newer iterations of the scent yet and I don't think I will until the last drop of the original has left my bottle. I'm still chasing the secret with this one, but enjoying the ride.
All I can smell is rhubarb simmering in its juices (with sugar). A nice enough scent, but could never seduce me.
Everyone says I smell fantastic, and I so so want to love it, but rhubarb!
Enjoy this for me all of you who don't smell rhubarb!
It's a minty coconut vanilla almond scent, a rootbeery marzipany cookie. It's very smooth, creamy and energizing. For those who are wondering, I can't be 100% sure there is coconut or if this is a combination of other notes, but it surely feels and smells coconutty creamy on me. The projection starts heavy, after 1-2 hours it's more moderate, the mint calms down and the almond comes out more, plus a bit of apricot plum and slightly woody. It's softer after 3-5 hours, still sniffable. It's not the best or the worst perfume performance-wise, I wish it lasts better, but it's not a deal breaker