Dior, Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle
My bottle of original Hypnotic Poison is down to about it’s last 30% and I’ve been vacillating about whether I wanted to buy it again. I happened to come across a bottle of Eau Sensuelle for a good price so I decided to get that instead. It’s not like the original is going anywhere.
I guess Eau Sensuelle has been discontinued and replaced by Eau Secrete. I haven’t tried Eau Secrete so I can’t comment on it’s similarity to Eau Sensuelle.
Part of the reason for me opting for Eau Sensuelle is that I have a bottle of Keiko Mecheri’s Datura Blanche. Which is not completely similar to HP, but both are narcotic white floral scents laced with almond and bitter myrrh.
Eau Sensuelle is more creamy and less woody. Like Hypnotic Poison infused pastry cream. On my skin it manifests a strong note of something reminiscent of star anise. Coming off like a less young, less brash version of Diesel’s Loverdose.
There is a definite trend in the vanilla scents I can wear and appreciate. Cartier Must, YSL Cinema, Givenchy’s Ange ou Demon, Vivienne Westwood’s Boudoir etc. They all seem to have a certain Oriental spiciness. The more spice, the more I enjoy them. Even Rochas Tocade and Avon’s Far Away are grounded in thick, spicy amber. Then there’s Lolita Lempicka with it’s huge dose of licorice and powder (love!).
Which brings me to a bit of a revelation. I can now put my finger on what exactly it is about most current vanillas that I do not care for. They are not thick. They’re thin and screechy. Hot sugar laid over plastic. But in a sea of vanillas, I have as yet to figure out what separates one vanilla from the other. Madagascar vanilla, Tahitian vanilla, Bourbon vanilla. It doesn’t seem to matter where the vanilla hails from. 90% of the time it’s shrill and awful.
Anyway, I can’t say I love Eau Sensuelle. Not like I once loved the original Hypnotic Poison. But it is so very rare for me to find a wearable vanilla. Also, Diors make good swap currency. Especially discontinued Diors.
I just hope I don’t end up wishing I’d bought Fan di Fendi Extreme instead. It’s such a nice leather+vanilla but I already have Bvlgari Black and Fan di Fendi Leather Essence (swoon).
Notes: rose, ylang-ylang, orange blossom, tuberose, orchid, green notes, vanilla, sandalwood, musk, woody notes