I wore Hypnotic Poison exclusively for years and years. It is a weird scent; many people note a comparison to rootbeer, but I always thought it smelled like an otherworldly confection comprised of bitter almonds, laced with anisette.
This new version is very similar, but in the opening notes there seem to be some airy florals floating about that lighten it up somewhat. After that it is exactly the same scent as the previous Hypnotic Poison.
Other reviewers mention that this version seems to be "lighter" or "less potent", but I don't find that at all. I never found the Hypnotic Poison to be overwhelming though, so perhaps I am a poor judge as to that aspect of it.
Overall, it's a lovely, unusual scent - but I would think it's no more or less so than the original.
I bought this perfume today.....if not the beautiful lady at the Dior counter being so helpful and showing this to me, i would never even come across smelling this divine, warm and seductive perfume........the first impression of the fragrance was so good that i got suspicious - having learnt in the past that the first notes can lie, i walked around....and walked around more smelling it.....yes it changed - the smell got warmer, less sweet - more deep and floral , but it was still something my picky nose Loved.....so yes eventually i picked it up (bear in mind i went to buy a completely new fragrance.......which i still did....after )))) but it is just...sooo.....good.
Monica Belucci really suits the ad too)))))
This is a new version of Hypnotic Poison, it is heavier than the EDT (which I found to be a bit heavy too, but beautiful). Velvety soft petals of vanilla orchid surrounded with fruity aromas revive the scent of vanilla and add a lively frame which is not complete without Damascus rose. Instead of Sambac jasmine, Demachy includes ylang-ylang extract, while orange blossom absolute adds a full and gorgeous sensual note. To create impression of tasty fruit notes, this composition uses tuberose and vanilla, while green leaves and stem carry the scent of freshness. Also has sandlewood and musk.
This perfume is heavy, very heavy! It has a heavy component in top, middle and base notes...I can smell tuberose, vanilla and ylang ylang all at the same time, not a good combination!! I like when those notes are diluted by lighter and fresher smells.
The bottle it beutiful though, luckily I only got a mini size of this perfume. I applied a bit on my wrist and after few minues asked my BF if he likes it...and he said "No!". I don't like it either. Not worth hefty price tag too.
I really enjoyed it wearing this fragrance. This turned out a beautiful surprise rather than a boring flanker. I think people are being harsh in comparing it to her older more voluptuous sister. I thought about giving this perfume four stars, but I enjoyed it too much. I actually haven't enjoyed a perfume this much in a while and here is why- While I was almost certain that spritzing this on me had been a mistake, I was already too late for work and had to head out the door. The first hit was very sweet. My first thought was "what are you thinking? you hated the original for being tooth-achinly sweet. This isn't going to go well" Well, I headed out the door smelling of very sweet vanilla musk (tempered down by some synthetic smelling white flower poorly resembling ylang ylang). This facet lasted a good half an hour, but it became more bearable. I don't know where you work, but since I work in hell the temperature is always kept at a nice warm and cozy 80 degrees during winter. It seems like they hate us as much as I hate it there, and they have figured out yet another way to torture us. Back to perfume! I found myself sniffing around trying to find out what smelled so good around me, only to find out it was my perfume! This developed into a very pretty floral-vanilla-musk that I enjoyed for hours at work and beyond. As you can imagine, anything that can make 8.5 hours of paperwork in 80 degree temperature (while wearing a sweater) deserves five stars. This is a little bit woody, sweet, vanillic, and not too floral. The almond note is faint, but present. It's as if it was only there to impart a dry note to contrast and temper down the sweet vanilla musk rather than to make it powdery. At some point during the day I could swear I smelled a bit of suede here.
This version of Hypnotic Poison is very beautiful in that it presents a softer side of the fragrance which is more wearable for daytime. While the original HP became stale by days end and was cloying this one is a bit more vibrant. In today's society where so many people are sensitive or intolerant to perfume, this version is more versatile and I can wear it in the office with no problems.
My score is actually 3.5. I wish the bottle was a bit different from the original. It is very easy to miss this fragrance on the shelf as it looks exactly like the original with the exception of the small wording Eau Sensuelle across the bottle. Zero points for originality.
As much as I disliked the original Hypnotic Poison, I like its new flanker, Eau Sensuelle.
Fans of the original HP will say this new one is a watered down version, a faded memory, but to me, yay! it is finally wearable!
Subdued and not overpowering, it's the refined, classy version of its elder brother.
I could never wear the original HP because of its boldness, in-your-face wood-gourmand smash.
And I recognize on the spot , even in a crowd, when a lady is or was wearing that. Too heady, cloying, overpowering and anesthetizing everybody's else's nostrils. I could never stand it... :o)
But HP Eau sensuelle is different, in the same way Chanel #5 Eau Première is different from the orignal Chanel #5. (I like both, you can smell they are family but they're different frags!).
Even in the notes (pls see below) HP Eau Sensuelle is different from HP.
It starts off fresher ...flowery fresh start with rose and orange blossom...a femine floral heart (sweet) with Ylang ylang and a quite pleasant drydown with musk, sandalwood and vanilla ....this vanilla is softer, caramel like, less sweet than the HP one, and very enticing.
Lovley silalge a nd great staying power (not cloying , though!).
A Must try if you found that the original HP was not for you.
Notes as per Osmoz:
top note Rose, Ylang Ylang, Orange Blossom
middle note Orchid, Tuberose, Green Notes
base note Vanilla, Sandalwood, Woodsy Notes, Musk
First thing with this is the box the purfume comes in . . .I thought i was buying the normal HP because the box is EXACTLY the same, besides from some very small print saying 'eau sensuelle' on the front.
didnt realise till i got home and i couldnt exchange it! DAM. . . . .!! Other then that its smells ok, still different from the original more flowery less vanilla. . . . sad to say it just doesnt beat the original :(
I am really in love with this perfume! It s far more nice than the original, in my opinion... it is delicate, feminine, tender, almost fragile..not so aggressive as theEDT HP. It has a really high quality, it is lighter, for all day
use...maybe for the nights, for a more powerful "entrance", the original is
better but if you want to vary from day and night,buy this one... the sillage is really great, more discrete, the power satisfying and i find it more sophisticated and uncommon... it s really what i wanted...vanillia yes, with
a little touch of flowers and not only vanilia which makes you choke. I also think that the EDT HP is a little "cheep" , while the Eau is made for tasteful
and chic women. i highly recommend it. I must not forget to say that the bottle is exceptionnal, a winner here among all poisons!
This is slightly reminiscent of the original Hypnotic Poison. It's like a faded memory of it. At first I thought that it's exactly the same, but a lighter version. After a while this smells more of flowers than vanilla. It sure has an underlying sweet vanilla tone which appears from time to time - I have to keep smelling my wrist in order to detect it. Overall on me it is a mix of narcotic-smelling flowers (ylang-ylang is quite prominent) on a slightly sweet base. It is not bad as a perfume per se, but I prefer the original Hypnotic Poison, which melted with my skin and became "me"; this one doesn't. It just sits on my skin and it's very "perfumey". It's like holding an expensive accessory which you bought for a purpose (i.e. a Chanel bag), and just sits on your hand, unchanged, and never becomes really "you".