This perfume has a great aroma, but clings to my nose hairs and gives me a headache. Has a slightly gourmand scent to it, like very strong cinnamon. Best when sprayed on just the wrists at an arm's length away, or else you will be too assaulting to the senses and people will be passing out from a mile away.
This, and Pure Poison, are hands down the sexiest fragrances I own. I can't wear this to work or grocery shopping or stuff like that, but for a night out on the town, this fits the bill. I do like Addict more than Pure Poison solely for the fact that I bought it on vacation in Paris about seven years ago (it was just so fitting to buy Dior in Paris). It is a very strong scent and it doesn't work on everyone (my mom, for example), but when it works, boy, does it work!
Interesting in its melange of unusual notes, but unfortunately doesn't work on me. I get a shrill plasticky note at the fore, and then the drydown is a flat cardamom. With the right chemistry I'm sure this is wonderful.
HG -- this is my scent. Love the bottle, too, because you can turn the pump to make it lock if you travel with it and it won't spray in your bag. Is DIVINE after it's been on my skin after a few hours, but can be strong and sweet at first.
To be frank, I didn't even bothered to give Addict a second glance as I has almost lost all confidence and interest with Dior as am extremely dissapointed with their recent offerings from Miss Dior Mon Cherie and all its other flankers as well as their recent Poison flankers such as Pure Poison and Midnight Poison which are too me, utterly cheap smelling, plain boring and not to mention, totally not outstanding and without a single hint of individual identity with the exception of Jadore, Jadore Absolute and Dior Homme.
Put it plainly, totally common smelling where we could easily obtain very similar smelling body sprays from the supermarket shelves.
Gone were the days where they could create so much hypes, excitements and interests in both the industry and the public alike when a new fragrance of theirs was launched such as The Original Poison, Tendre Poison, Hypnotic Poison, Dune, Fahrenheit, etc as each has its own outstanding identity to stand-up above the rest and were instantly recognisable with just a sniff where some has even attained classic status with their own cult followings.
Even though this may be a different era where competitions are so stiff but the newer common smelling juices that were produced just to keep up with the rest of the Joneses should not be a valid excuse for a prestigious house like Dior to disgard quality for quantity.
Now back to Addict.....
I and a pal were ushered to the Dior counter to browse for some possible bargains as well as out of curiousity as they were closing down their counter and will be relocating to a newer and bigger department store.
While waiting to be served by the very busy SA, we were free to test out all their skincare, makeup and fragrances that were neatly and attractively laid out around the counter and boy, what a pleasant suprised when I splitz on Addict.
I personally found it...fantastic!!! It is rich, intense and unique, so unlike the bunch of common Janes as I've mentioned earlier.
It is so creamy, sweet and yet not overly so and is so complex and full bodied.
There are tons of vanilla and tonka beans accords detected but I could not really make up the floral notes as listed in their website as they were all folded in so nicely and seamlessly as a whole.
I find the fragrance is on the linear end such as Guerlain's Insolence as it stays almost the same without much changes before fading out after hours and hours or until you wash-up as compared with the normal traditional fragrance compositions with the structure of top notes, middle notes and base notes developments.
Both the lasting power and sillage are fantastic but since this is such a strong and heavy perfume, a word of caution is not to over splitz or else it may be nauseating to some and also to give others around you a thought or two especially if you share the same elevator where I'm certain, most of us have had our share of similar experience in our lives.
With just the correct dosage though, this will be a very beautiful fragrance to wear.
On the realisitic end, as with all fragrances, our body chemistry has the biggest part to play whether the juice works for you or not and of course the ultimate bottom line is no matter what others say, it is whether do you like it personally or not that is most important.
After years of trial and error, I have learnt not to believe a single word what the PR team of the fragrance houses conjured up such as the images and the flowery tag lines attached to the marketing of a fragrance that too include the packaging and the bottle which are of course, almost always, are extremely attractive.
For Addict, I think many will be initially turned off by it as it is very loud and heavy but give it a little time and it will weave its magic.
It works splendidly well for me and will definitely buy it again.
I am in love with this scent. It smells soooo good, I can't even begin to describe it. I get so many compliments on it, I have had people stop me as I'm walking by just to tell me how good my perfume smells. It is a very sexy scent, I can see how some people might think its just for nighttime, or for special occasions, but I don't care! I wear this stuff 24/7, even to bed! It makes me feel just as sexy as it smells, and for that, I am...addicted.
love this!....had to buy a 2nd bottle...sexy sexy...for the winter...its so lasting and sultry...not fruity, or cheap watery type scent...worth it.
This is the best perfume that i have ever smelled.Highly recomended...
EDITED..Had to change my post it was too long and actually still is...:( but it was way too complicated and confusing...
Not everyone will experience Dior Addict the way I did. The first time...was scary with my body chemistry.
It went through many different stages... starting off a bit strong and pretty...too intense and a bit disturbing. I felt anxious. Like I had come home from my boyfriends house after being intimate and having to speak to my parents. You never ever want your parents to smell 'sex' on you or know you just had sex. This is obvious in a 'non obvious' way. The sex is almost disguised by soo many other scents.
The 2nd time that day(after a shower) was a little better but still over whelming. It made me feel like walking sex... in an odd dangerous sexy way. Which some may like...but I felt like a slut. But after an hour or so it tames. And your left with a softer nicer scent. My friend liked the way it smelled on me she said it was flowery and sweet. I didn't really smell what she smelled. To me It varied from something unusual and pretty, to clinic room like and plastic with something alluring, to vanilla and flowery. The next day after a shower It smelled like vanilla and powder. Not so bad...but a bit 'mature' smelling.
People around you may like this smell on you or not..most of the positive reviews on here are how other people like it. To be honest it did turn me on at one point.
The first time I wore it(more described)...It was after work...and I accidentally sprayed it on my hands at Sephora which were a bit clammy from the hot day. The scent over powered me intensely. It felt possessive of me. It was like the scent of a powerful, cruel and very sexually aggressive women almost like something suited for a business women by day and dominatrix by night. My first thought was 'whore!' but ....no this is a strong controlling women...intimidating... I felt very lost in this scent...I was not this women.
If I could name women who would suit this scent perfectly ....from the top of my head I would say Drew - Poisen Ivy, Sarah - Cruel Intentions, Rebecca - Femme Fatal and like someone else mentioned on here which is by the way very true!! Sharon in Basic instinct. Maybe even Angelina Jolie.
But the 2nd time I applied after a shower and more lightly. It smelled a little less harsh but still powerful like something I can see a siren wearing. Like the beautiful yet evil mermaid sirens that sailors would follow into the sea only to drown, or the powerful seductive queen of Egypt Cleopatra using sex to her advantage to fool and over power men.
Its dark, sexual, and power in a bottle if worn correctly. The smell its self doesn't seem to be amazing enough to be addicting. Its more like a hidden scent ....animalistic...the unnaturalness almost alien part you may hate that probably acts as the 'man magnet' people are talking about and the vanilla probably brings it out better.
To be completely honest...I will not be wearing this scent around places..that I feel unsafe in or around men I don't like. I feel like I'm exposing my self and asking for trouble. I'll wear on special occasions with friends NOT FAMILY. I also can't wait to see what my boyfriend thinks! I'll update on that later.
So do I love it overall?....not to sure...its a bit offensive and in your face 'sex' and 'power'. But its interesting and alluring so I'll keep it just because I've never had a fragrance that made me think so much and played so many tricks on my mind. I think for the 'good girl' this scent will make you mysterious with edge and for the 'bad girl' maybe more intensity in a sexy way and more power. I have smelled more 'beautiful' scents then this but nothing this addicting. Kind of like women and men...they can be very attractive or not...but its something about the personality and mystery that lures you in deeper and makes them more attractive, leaving you wanting more.
As a long-time perfume lover, I am obsessed with the unusual and the niche, and don't like to base my choices on male opinion. However, I appreciate having a few in my arsenal that are purely sexy and unchallenging--my seduction stand-bys. This is one of those perfumes. It's vanilla, it's spicy, it has that musky/skin quality. Check. If you have skin that creates sillage (I don't), I would dab rather than spray, since it loses all sense of mystery and sex appeal if it's worn too loudly or obviously. Young men seem to enjoy those cupcake smells, and this is a darker version of that.