I had heard this was very strong, so I managed to get a tiny dab on the inside of my wrists. My initial reaction was "yum yum yum yum YUM!" Luscious smoky vanilla and sandalwood, oh my! But the fragrance became stronger and spicier and began to make me dizzy! Too heady for me! I imagine a gorgeous femme fatale walking down the street in a skintight black dress, making people faint as she passes by.
This scent is absolutely gorgeous! Soft, feminine and sexy.
Notes: Silk Tree Flower, Mandarin Leaf, Orange Blossom, Night Queen Flower, Bulgarian Rose, Bourbon Vanilla Absolute, Mysore Sandalwood, Tonka Bean
On me, this fragrance makes me think of a grandma. It just didn't do it for me, but I have smelled it on others and loved it. Guess it doesn't work w/ my body chemistry :(
I love Addict! This is probably my favorite Fall/Winter scent and my favorite "sexy" scent (well, either this or Must de Cartier, it's a toss-up, love 'em both!). Addict is a deep rich floriental with an absolutely delicious vanilla drydown. Too heavy for Spring and Summer, I think - best reserved for cooler weather. A very satisfying scent - one of my top favorites.
I bought a purse spray of this just to try it and the first time I used it I thought it smelled terrible. Way to strong! The other day, just for the heck of it, I saw the spray sitting there and I sprayed it into the lid of my deodorant, just so I could take a whiff without putting it on. Once again I thought TOO STRONG! Then, every time I would walk by my dresser for the next 3 days I would smell this wonderful fragrance, pick up the lid and sniff it, and say, hummmm maybe. So, I put it on to go to work one day. Now, I love it. Once you let the initial (strong) smell wear off, it actually smells really nice and pretty. I am the type of person who likes a perfume to last all day, but not be so overpowering that you smell up a room, this one is quite nice. I suggest putting it on an hour before you plan on leaving the house though.
I like this scent but everyone around me doesn't. It has a nice vanilla/powder smell but you have to admit, it is quite strong. It carries that Obsession "cloying" quality to it. I have to spray once and not wear it to work because it smells up the whole office. Edit: I really can't stand the smell anymore. I try to wear but end up with a headache. Too spicy, not too far from the smell of Obsession IMO.
I LOVE this scent! It is the only perfume that I wear right now. I tried it on at the store once while shoppping and got a compliment from the cashier, and 2 more on the way home. I bought it the next week.
It has a nice mellow vanilla scent to it and is not at all overpowering. I get compliments all the time.
I really like this perfume and I get compliments when I wear it. I think it's good for fall and winter-- it's a little heavy for hotter days. I love powdery perfumes, and I think Addict has a nice powdery/spicy combination.
I love this fragrance on me!! I havent smelled it on anyone else so I cant say it's ever seemed old lady smelling to me- but whenever I wear this I get endless compliments. Its a warm sexy vanilla with some spice when I wear it; if I had to compare it with another perfume, I'd say it has the cherry notes of Hugo Boss Deep Red, the vanilla notes of Burberry Brit and comes off smelling exactly like Boucheron Trouble, which happens to be twice the price of Addict! I dont understand how anyone is smelling any floral/old lady stuff from this- but everyone's chemistry is different. Everybody who has sniffed this on me says the same thing- its a sexy, warm, sweet, cherry vanilla and suits me perfectly.
I'll have to second, third, fourth, and fifth the remarks below about "grandma's closet" without using those exact assocations myself. Addict has a striking and unmistakable sort of retro-floral feel lying as a vintage bias-cut satin dress over the vanilla underskirt and lining. These florals are reminiscent of scents favored in prior decades, for certain, and this is, I suspect, the reason for the intense and immediate dislike (and misunderstanding) of this fragrance. If one were merely to sniff at the top stages only, one would misapprehend Addict as a closeted-off wardrobe of poor vintage quality, in an age when such antediluvian scents appear as the scourge of modern perfume civilization. I accept that; someone who avoids classic perfumery might be quick to dismiss Addict as unmodern, when, in fact, it probably should not be compared in side-by-side tests with Tommy, Happy, and Smack Me Silly with Sunshine. I too failed to appreciate it at first, but only because I was staunchly a non-floral woodswoman and because I was in a spice and herb phase. In fact it was the spice fixation that led me to revisit Addict. I had loved CSP Vanille Canelle, a fragrance I refused to purchase merely because of the ghastly lasting power, but I regretted not being able to find another fragrance that contained the same luscious warmth, until I gave Addict another chance, at length. Beneath that allegedly aging floral is precisely the underpinning I had been seeking--a dry bite of spice simmering over a creamy custard. Since Addict seems to retain a stitching of green floral at the base, the entire pattern is sewn into a seamless fluidity of motion and reflection, in a far more sophisticated sense than, say, a true "foodie" vanilla scent. Addict seems to call on the idea and aesthetic of classic perfumery to create a scent that is at once a nod to traditional scent development as well as an interpretation of the modern trend. Not a love-it-or-leave-it scent, Addict requires patience and acceptance to appreciate.