I will say "to each his own" but, this can be an excellent fragrance. With this perfume "less is more"; you do have to be respectful of those around you. I feel this fragrance is best described as a berry(only slightly sweet), and yes some amber with a peppery kick to the end. It's lasting power is absolutely excellent. Because of the strength, I recommend spraying it on your person vs. your clothes. When sprayed on your clothes, it doesn't get to evolve as it should and can be overwhelming. It is one of my favorites, and I am trying hard to find the esprit de parfum vs the edt.
Sorry, but one spritz of the EDT is not enough for me. I love this too much so I wear it when I am home alone or when I know I won't be in enclosed spaces with anyone. I wouldn't want to choke anyone to death. The EdP is glorious too, but it has less sillage, and it doesn't have the Opoponax note that I love so much in the EDT. The Espirit de Parfum is spicier and plumier-- and gorgeous. If you love the EDT, you should try the EdP(Espirit de Parfum). It comes in handy for those occasions when nothing but Poison will do but you don't want to walk around in a cloud of Poison Sillage. I prefer the EDT, personally.
The EDT is Opoponax and sweet berries to my nose. The EdP is honeyed berries, plum, spices and amber. The EdP is richer and wears closer to the skin. The EdT can be a dangerous weapon if over-applied.
For those who think Poison is too strong, it is worth seeking out the Esprit de Parfum version. It comes in a small, round bottle with a glass stopper - no spray. It's a totally different experience than the EDT. Just a couple of drops, and it's magic. I think the reason so many people dislike it is because many women overuse it. It can be glorious under the right circumstances, and men love it on me.
I spent a few hours walking around downtown, then I spritzed this on. Then I walked about some more.
For those who refer to this as a man magnet...
It's uncanny. Men would turn around and stare or linger by me, whereas a few hours before this did not happen.
Of course, I do not pick fragrances solely based on their ability to elicit attention from strange men.
This scent is lovely. Perhaps my nose is impaired but I do not find it too strong. It's rather dreamy. And sweet smelling, but not sickly. But with a bit of bite to it, like me ;)
It also smells familiar. Like I'd known it before and was coming home to it now, ahahaha.
My intuition was telling me that this would be the scent for me and it is. This is the only fragrance I will buy from now on, none other compare.
I'm reviewing the toilette as I could not locate the parfum in my area.
Worked next to a gal who wore this all the time --- gave me an asthma attack.
This has to be the ultimate 'Marmite' of the perfume world - you either love it or hate it! And I hate it. Really heady and overpowering - I had the misfortune of still living at home with my mum when she went through her 'Poison' phase when it first came out. I would have to cross the street if someone came the other way wearing it, it gives me blinding headaches.
Definitely an acquired taste in the perfume world.
The fragrance smells like dirt or fresh soil to me. One of the worst ever created. No wonder it's called POISON!
I don't wear this scent much anymore, but I will always have a little bottle about. It is a very nostalgic scent for me. It's a very deep scent, nothing like anything I've ever smelled, and I'm rarely in the mood for it anymore but I just can't part with it. The notes include a blend of amber, honey, berries, and other spices. On me I mainly get berries and spices.
I remember this fragrance from the 1980s and I got a ton of compliments on it. I think this was my holy grail fragrance back then. Fast forward to now. I re-purchased this based on memories of it. I do think this is a "mood" fragrance. I can't wear it except under the perfect circumstances, when I want to feel like a femme fatal. It is certainly an evening fragrance to go along with a little black dress and dripping in diamonds.
This certainly is not the fragrance to wear under casual circumstances. I will hold on to my bottle and spritz on from time to time when the mood is right and the weather is cool.
I do love the rich deep oriental notes in this and if you don't overdo it, the fragrance will draw a lot of positive attention. If you spray on too much, be prepared for it to overwhelm everyone in the room.
I love this perfume! From the first sniff I was hooked. Unfortunately my husband can't stand it.I use to wear this in my twenties and got alot of attention. Anyway, I seriously feel naughty when I wear it. The lasttime my husband smelled it on me, I was wearing the lotion. Maybe it was old or something. I'll have to try the perfume again.Brings back such good memories.