Hypnotic Poison EdT by Annick Menardo for DIOR: 1998 version


Post by Azar


Today’s review and give-away were supposed to have been about the contents of a very large bottle of an historic Italian EdT. I have decided to reserve judgment on this fragrance until I get to know it better. There is plenty of juice to play with. I have been spraying it liberally on myself, on B-Azar, Fender, on the towels and linens and have even considered using it as a room freshener. Needing a substitute victim for this post I began digging around in the chaos of my perfume storage and came upon something red, black and squat, about 50% remained in the 100 ml bottle. Just one spray filled the room with romantic memories. – the original version of Dior Hypnotic Poison, EdT.

Hypnotic Poison EdT by DIOR

Hypnotic Poison by Annick Menardo: 1998 version

Hypnotic Poison Dior FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Apricot, plum, coconut
Heart: Tuberose, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, rose, brazilian rosewood, caraway
Base: Sandalwood, almond, vanilla, musk

The first version of Hypnotic Poison was created for Dior in 1998 by Annick Menardo (responsible for Lolita Lempicka and Bulgari Black among others).

My immediate experience of HP was rich vanilla and a lot of fruit, a not quite edible compote of plum, coconut and vanilla drying down to jasmine and a bouquet of flowers that were too mixed up to sort out. At the heart bitter almond (the scent of cyanide), caraway, various woods and an impression of spices were reminiscent of the original version of Dior Poison. The startling opening and scary sweet vibe of the first Poison were barely noticeable but still obvious enough to make this semi-gourmand sister scent a truly hypnotic contradiction between the delicious and the dangerous. Hypnotic Poison may have been one of the earlier fruity florals but has very little in common with the syrupy concoctions available today.

Hypnotic Poison Dior  Snow White WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

If you happen to have a bottle of this early version gathering dust, resurrect it immediately! I’m sure you will remember, as I did, why you enjoyed it so much. I have no experience with the newer 2008 version – L’Elixir Hypnotic Poison by Francois Demachy. Do you know this one? Does it work for you?

YUM! I am now going to have another spray-bite of this almost poisonous and not really forbidden fruit!

Azar xx

Photo Stolen lavanyasrecipes

Hypnotic Poison EdT GIVEAWAY


This week we will have 2 winners who will each get:
1 x 2 ml spray decant of the 1998 version of Hypnotic Poison EdT
1 x 2ml spray decant of the historic Italian referred to at the beginning of this post
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Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

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Please leave a comment about your favorite re-discovered oldie and/or your take on any version of Poison or Hypnotic Poison.

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Entries Close Thursday 31st July 2014 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
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The winners will have till Sunday 1st August 2014 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.


66 comments on “Hypnotic Poison EdT by Annick Menardo for DIOR: 1998 version

  1. Bianca Rogoveanu says:

    My favorite rediscovered oldie id Givenchy Hot Couture !

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    • Azar says:

      Hello Bianca,
      The old HOT is really good! I’m glad you found it again. I love it too but only have about 20 ml left. It still smells great and such a funky bottle! Thank you for the reminder. Should I use up what I have left? You are in TWICE!
      Azar xx

  2. FeralJasmine says:

    Hi Azar! No need to enter me, but I wanted to throw in a few words on this scent. First, I love it, although I seldom wear it, and the deep red “poisoned apple” bottle is among my favorites. Second, when I do wear it I am always fascinated by how its pronounced jasmine and vanilla and fruit notes add up to anything but a standard “fruity jasnilla.” Third, I would swear that I smell star anise in it, just like the spice that I buy in exquisite flower-shaped seed heads for my red-cooked Chinese stews.
    Your review got me to put it on again, and then I remembered that the reason I don’t wear it much is that, on me at least, it has killer sillage. I can leave a room in it and, when I return ten minutes later, smell my own scent-trail. Not office-appropriate by a long shot. But what a lovely scent to put on when I get home in the evening

    • Azar says:

      Hi FeralJasmine,
      “Fruity Jasnilla” – It really IS that. I don’t get the star anise, though, but I will smell for it again. (Those star shaped, fragrant pods and the seeds within are some of Gomez the parrot’s favorite treats.)
      Regarding the sillage: Yesterday afternoon B and I were sitting out on the lawn under one of the big maples (admiring the progress of the new greenhouse). A light breeze came up. B commented that he could smell my perfume – HP applied 6 hours before! I was about ten feet from him! Outside, at ten feet after 6 hours is indeed monster sillage. Definitely not office appropriate! Thank you for dropping by and for this important caution on the sillage!
      Azar xx

  3. australianperfumejunkies says:

    WOW! Azar I remember all the excitement of the whole Poison line so clearly and each new flanker coming out. Some of the people afraid of the original were struck by one or more of the ensuing cavalcade of releases.
    The heady days of perfume.
    Portia xx

    • Azar says:

      Hi Portia,
      Yes, those were heavy duty and heady days. Everything seemed to be big and IN YOUR FACE! I can’t remember anything that was shy. If there were any shrinking violets they were immediately overcome. Did you like any of the Poisions?
      Azar xx

  4. Jackie b says:

    I have never tried this one and would like to. I remember Poison vividly. Not very fondly I have to say!
    Strangely enough I found a 20 year old bottle of Red by Giorgio today and put a tentative spray on my wrists. Hm…a bit loud but all the better for a long period of absence.
    I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Jackie b,
      Hypnotic Poison is quite different from the original. You might like it.
      I totally agree with your take on Giorgio Red. Absence makes the heart grow fonder! Have you tried the sequel, Red II ? I’ve heard some good things about that one. You are so IN the draw! Thank you for your oldie!
      Azar xx

  5. Patty Pong says:

    I follow by e-mail. I’m all for the 1985 original purple bottle Poison. 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi there Patty Pong! I pulled out my pretty old purple bottle of Poison when I was writing up this post. The first day I tried it I had already sprayed copious amounts of Hypnotic. The first version was lost to the flanker. I tried it again after the Hypnotic had cleared out (it took a couple of days). I really think that the purple Poison was one of the most original/cutting edge fragrances of the period and still works today. Thank you so much for dropping by and you are IN!
      Azar xx

  6. jillie says:

    I have the original Hypnotic Poison, so please don’t enter me for the draw – I just wanted to say that your description is spot on! As usual, the latest version is not too good. You have inspired me to go and spritz myself thoroughly in its sweet loveliness – I am afraid I love big sillage (but there’s only the two cats and me here at the moment, so I am not worrying!!).

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jillie,
      I love big sillage too! My problem with Hypnotic Poison is that when I use it I have little regard for the sensibilities of others. I just spray it on multiple times per day! It seems so yummy to me that I can’t imagine why anyone would object! BTW, have you tried any of the other Poisons?
      Azar xx

      • jillie says:

        The only other Poison I ever tried was the original, when it first launched. I am afraid to say I hated it, and when my boss kindly gave me a bottle for Christmas, I quickly swapped it for something else. But now I reckon I would probably like it!

  7. Kandice says:

    Hi Azar! I loved the original Poison although I always had to spray with caution :-). I never tried any of the flankers but would certainly love to smell the original of this one. Thanks for the opportunity. I follow via email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Kandice,
      Another Poison fan! And you are right – spray with caution! The original poison bottle with the beautiful glass stopper is still one of my favorites. Thanks for joining the draw! You are IN!
      Azar xx

  8. Julie says:

    I subscribe to the RSS feed through Bloglines. I bought Hypnotic Poison around 2002 and adored it. I’ve been meaning to get a new bottle.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Julie,
      Thank you for joining the draw! You are IN! When you get your new bottle make sure it is an older one. I believe Hypnotic was seriously reformulated around 2008 0r 2009. I haven’t tried the new version but have heard it is quite different.
      Azar xx

  9. JMR says:

    An oldie that I recently rediscovered was D&G pour homme. It was a favorite of mine in my teens and although it wouldn’t hold a “fave” spot currently, I enjoy wearing it as it triggers memories from simpler days. It had been collecting dust on my shelf and I decided to revisit it. Come to think of it, I should still have a shower gel and aftershave lying around somewhere…

    Hypnotic Poison has been one that I’ve been wanting to smell for a while, I’ve read all sorts of impressions that from from “this is weird!” to “this is lovely!” and that is one of the aspects to this fragrance that attracts me along with the heart notes, which tick all of my boxes. 🙂

    I follow via email. Thanks so much for the draw!

    • Azar says:

      Hi JMR! Thanks for dropping by. You are IN!
      Yes, the best things about many oldies are the memories they carry with them! Hypnotic Poison, though, works for me right now, almost like something new. No weird vibes or effects, just enticing, almost edible, like some sort of beautiful (but poisonous) red berry. I hear the reformulation is quite different from the original, but not in a bad way.
      Azar xx

  10. Amanda Gorton says:

    Dior and Poison will ALWAYS be classics.
    Although I’ve not had a personal experience with Poison, I have fallen in love with Miss Dior – I remember it as a child on my grandmother (and must admit I wasnt a big fan) but since rediscovering it as an adult Im in love.
    A little bit of trivia I discovered was the scent has actually been altered to move with the times.

    I follow your blog via bloglovin and on Twitter

    • Azar says:

      Thanks for joining the draw, Amanda!
      My daughter Lauren is a Miss Dior lover too – the new version. I remember the old but not the new. Which do you prefer – the current reformulation?
      Azar xx

  11. Joanne says:

    I would love to rediscover Chanel Cristalle – oh, how I loved that in the 80s!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Joanne,
      Is the original Cristalle still around? Has it been reformulated? If you tell us how you follow we will enter your name in the draw!
      Azar xx

  12. Elia says:

    I’m always discovering oldies, I don’t think I’m ever re-discovering them though. Not much of a background there.
    My mom used to wear Opium, I guess re-smelling vtg Opium might count.
    Love vtg Poison, got a partial for my Linda. Really like Hypnotic too. Not smelt the earlier version.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Elia,
      I’ve heard a lot of good things about the new version of Hypnotic Poison. I think I need to try it one of these days. Thank you for entering the draw! You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  13. NennaO says:

    I love my Channel #5. 🙂
    I follow you via bloglovin as NennaO 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hey there NennaO! I’m old enough to remember this ad slogan: “Every woman alive loves Chanel No. 5”. Times change but people still love and want No. 5! Thank you for your oldie. You are so IN the draw!
      Azar xx

  14. Toni Faint says:

    I follow you on bloglovin and wish I found you earlier. I love my perfume. I would wear poison as a teenager started with the fake one that stained my arm but smelt devine then progressed to the real Bobby McGee. It wasn’t till I was at a nightclub in my late twenties when my nose reconized a familiar smell. With it came some great memories. The next day I bought a bottle. I never not have a bottle now plus Pure poisin is my favourite. I always have two bottles. I go to bed with perfume on. Probably why I have sweet dreams

    • Azar says:

      I’m so glad you found us, Toni Faint! Your comments have encouraged me to try ALL of the Poison varieties. Thank you for your Poison filled memories! You are IN the draw!
      Azar xx

  15. poodle says:

    No need to enter me. I love Poison. I spent many years in a cloud of the stuff. I liked the flankers but never fell head over heels for any of them even though they were all really good.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Poodle!
      Poison really was a ground breaking fragrance! Nothing like it before or since. Another thing I like about the vintage Poison is the beautiful glass bottle with the glass stopper (the EDT splash). My daughter convinced me to buy my first bottle of Poison right after it “debuted”. I have never regretted it. Later she gave me a gift set of miniatures, including Poison, Dune, Tendre Poison and Miss Dior. (That girl has great taste in fragrance.)
      Azar xx

  16. Jaybee says:

    Hi Azar! I still have some of the vintage Opium from your good self, and I keep thinking about putting it on now it’s winter here. It’s like having a purring panther lurking in the cupboard. I wish I had an Event to wear it to because that’s what it deserves! I’m an email follower. 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jaybee,
      Enjoy that Opium while the weather is cool down your way! Did I send you some KL too? What did you think of that? I find it not as big as the Opium and easier to wear on a daily basis.
      Right now it is way too hot here for those big, spicy orientals but I find that I can still use Hypnotic Poison, despite the monster sillage.
      You are so IN, Jaybee!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jaybee,
      Enjoy that Opium while the weather is cool down your way! Did I send you some KL too? What did you think of that? I find it not as big as the Opium and easier to wear on a daily basis.
      Right now it is way too hot here for those big, spicy orientals but I find that I can still use Hypnotic Poison, despite the monster sillage.
      You are so IN, Jaybee!
      Azar xx

  17. hotlanta linda says:

    I like! both these Poisons equally! Do need to get a sample proper/mini bottle of the white version :-), and now need to un-drawer the Tender Poison mini too – lol!! We follow a la email, FB, and blog…

    • Azar says:

      Hi Linda,
      Thanks for dropping by and for your comments! I still have not tried the Pure Poison (white), the Midnight Poison (deep blue) or any of the newer versions of Hypnotic. I have my “work” cut out for me! HA!
      You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  18. Nemo says:

    The only version of Poison I remember smelling is Midnight Poison, which is a favorite of a good friend. I myself found the patchouli in the beginning to be a little bit too much! This sounds like it might be a little bit more up my alley 🙂 I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Nemo,
      I used to love all things patchouli (and still do) but lately I think I’ve developed a “sensitivity” to it! Despite that, I still want to try Midnight Poison.
      Hypnotic doesn’t have that edgy, earthy and dark patchouli. I do imagine you WOULD like it better than the Midnight! Thank you for joining the draw, Nemo! You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  19. Ines says:

    So far the only “oldie” I discovered is Shalimar.
    And well, Iris Gris but that one was better left in the past as you cannot get it anymore and I was lucky enough to get a sample to try.
    I’m optimistic though about Dawn’s take on it…
    Ines recently posted…I’m not gone just a bit MIAMy Profile

    • Azar says:

      Hello Ines,
      Thank you so much for taking the time out your life right now to comment!
      Yes, it can be very sad when a favorite is discontinued. I have to admit that I have stockpiled (I don’t like to call it “hoarding”) limited editions from several indies only to have them re-issued! HA! I console myself by calling these back-up bottles “first editions”.
      Have a wonderful vacation and don’t cut any corners. (Don’t you just hate it when drivers cut corners?) BTW do you want to be in this draw?
      Azar xx

  20. Annamaria says:

    Hi Azar, would be lovely to smell the original HP! I’ve smelled the current version but don’t own it, and I’ve always thought it must be pretty good as far as reformulations go, compared to some others. Almost bought it one time, but happened to stumble across Midnight Poison, and couldn’t pass up dark and dirty roses.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Annamarie,
      “Dark and dirty roses” sound like they might be for me too, despite the patchouli. Also, thank you for your take on the reformulation of Hypnotic. Another positive comment encourages me to give it a try. Annamarie, I hate to bug you, but how do you follow APJ (e-mail, BlogLovin, WordPress, RSS…whatever)?
      Azar xx

  21. Barbara says:

    email! and J’adore – my highschool favourite is just as delicious now as it was then

    • Azar says:

      Hello Barbara,
      Yet another beautiful Dior! What a sophisticated and glamourous choice for high school. You were obviously a perfumista even then. Thank you for joining the draw! You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  22. Meg Attwater says:

    Email, Bloglovin and Twitter I fell in love with Christian Dior Poison in my teenage years. They say perfume stays with you for life, and I admit I love it just as much as I did when I first put it on, Christian Dior just keeps getting better, Hypnotic Poison gets me compliments wherever I go!

    • Azar says:

      Hello Meg,
      It is interesting to me how many fell for Poison when they were in their teens! I was in my mid thirties when the original Poison first came out. It seemed perfect for my age then and it works even today. For me there is no “youngish vibe” or “old lady” scent with the first Poison or with Hypnotic. Both are timeless fragrances. I agree (for the most part) that Dior does keep getting better and does a great job (one exception) with the reformulations I’ve tried. Thank you for joining this draw! You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  23. Emma says:

    Hi Portia, I follow via email.
    I tried a more modern HP sometime last year when I was starting out on my perfume journey. I also got a lot of vanilla, with a nice nutty almond and caraway tinge that made it so different from all the other vanillas I’ve tried. It’s definitely a unique scent.

    • Emma says:

      Oh god, Azar**!! Sorry, I’m used to Portia usually writing these posts ^^;

      • Azar says:

        No problem, Emma. I am a Portia wanna-be anyway!
        Now from your comment I am convinced to try the modern HP. It sounds just as good as the original. Thanks so much for entering the draw. You are IN!
        Azar xx

    • Azar says:

      Hello fatma,
      Thank you for your “oldie” and for joining the draw! I don’t know L’eau d’Issey but the notes look lovely and I am curious to try it.
      Azar xx

  24. cristi andreea says:

    My favorite rediscovered oldie is Escada

    • cristi andreea says:

      Follow email

      • Azar says:

        Hello cristi!
        You must be referring to Escada’s best and first in the heart shaped bottle? I like many of the newer ones too but not as much as your oldie! You are IN!
        Azar xx

  25. puhfume says:

    I have only tried the current Hypnotic Poison and I absolutely love it! I don’t normally go for these sweet, gourmand-type perfumes but I fell for HP. That delicious almond, vanilla and jasmine. Dark and tempting. I hope I can try the vintage version. Supposedly it’s even richer and louder than the current one. That can only be a good thing in my book 🙂

    I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi puhfume,
      I have heard only good things here about the current HP! I need to try it and compare it to the original. I wonder if they are fraternal twins? Thanks so much for your take on the new Hypnotic Poison and for entering this draw. Right now I need another spray of the oldie. Just can’t resist!
      Azar xx

  26. Ann-Marie says:

    I follow you by email.

    I recently rediscovered my first ever bottle of Poison. It was my first ever ‘real’ perfume I ever treated myself to and have never been able to finish it all. It hold so many memories both good and bad but I still love it and every now and then I still use it.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Ann-Marie,
      I’m so glad you found your old love! Thank you so much for dropping by and entering the draw.
      Azar xx

  27. Lubka K. says:

    I follow via bloglovin. I ve never tried old Poison. but I own Eau de sensuelle. I tried Midnight Poison and I liked it very much. Thanks

    • Azar says:

      Hi Lubka K,
      Wow! A last minute comment! I was wondering about Eau de Sensuelle. What do you think of that one? Oh yes, and your are IN!
      Azar xx

  28. Allie says:

    Poison was the first perfume I ever bought so it’s rather special to me. I’ve yet to ‘rediscover’ it though after all these years.

    I follow by email.

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