Friday, March 11, 2011
Dior Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle
What does it smell like you ask? Does it really matter? Yes, of course it matters….( I mutter). Here’s the quick and dirty description: take original HP and keep the almondy/vanilla base but envelope it in an orchid/jasmine/ylang type floriental with a more prominent ambery/vanilla vibe. HPeS is easily recognized as a relative of original HP but it has more floralcy and it’s less sweet and oddly it’s mellower. I loved the original HP from about 1998-2004 but then it started to wear too sweet and plasticky on me. I’m not sure if I changed or if it was reformulated but I still can’t wear original HP for an entire day without wanting to wash it off and change about 90 minutes in. Original HP is a nice memory for me but something I’ve grown out of. HPeS, on the other hand, is something I’ve been able to wear numerous times this past winter. It feels familiar, because it’s a cousin of original HP, but after an initially sharp medicinal floral quality HPeS settles down and becomes a pleasant almondy floriental skin scent. Is it groundbreaking or astonishing? Nope. But is it nice enough that I’ve worn it several times, enjoyed it, and still love to stare at the bottle? Yup.
I've read that HPeS will not be distributed in the United States. Same with another HP flanker, called HP Elixir, these are Europe-only launches. No matter, this past week I see HPeS available at some of the online discounters such as FragranceNet...so it's around.