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Friday, February 20, 2015

Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior c1998

Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior: launched in 1998. Created by Annick Menardo.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an oriental vanilla fragrance for women. 
  • Top notes: caraway, allspice, apricot, plum and coconut
  • Middle notes: tuberose, sambac jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, rose and Brazilian rosewood
  • Base notes: jacaranda wood, musk, sandalwood, bitter almond, and vanilla

Fate of the Fragrance:

Hypnotic Poison appears to have had a reformulation around 2006, then again in 2009 in a new bottle, it was also reformulated and repackaged in 2010.

The original version and the reformulation from 2006 and packaged in the matte red bottles with the "rubbery" coating, topped by a black cap and has a red collar. The Second reformulation in 2009 saw Hypnotic Poison housed in a glossy opaque red bottle without the rubber coating, it still has a black cap, but now sports a gold collar instead of the red. The current reformulation is housed in an opaque burgundy bottle with purple shading at the base, this bottle is topped with a deep purple cap and retains the gold collar of the previous edition.

The many faces of Hypnotic Poison:

Beware of Fakes! Hypnotic Poison has been terribly faked. Here are some photos of a fake bottle and box that I had received in a large lot of Poison perfumes. I have found that the fake Hypnotic Poison boxes are imprinted with the same batch code "6F02" and the bottle has no batch code. Shown in comparison is my own bottle of genuine Hypnotic Poison.

 Notice the slight color difference and the lettering
 Notice the difference in the collars and spray head.

 Another view of the collars and spray heads. Also the fake bottle does not have the rubbery coating on the glass.

 Notice the difference in the labels. On the genuine, the lettering is in a circular design following the shape of the bottle, whereas on the fake, it resembles the type of lettering shown on other Poison bottles. Also, the base on the fake has a strange circular mold line,not present on the genuine bottle, which is smooth.

 On genuine bottles, the batch code will be printed or etched into the glass, on the fakes, they are missing batch codes.

 On the fake, we can see a weird black mark in the glass or on the finish.

 The mold lines on the fake are more pronounced and not smooth as they are on the genuine bottle. Also a slight color change.

 The underside of the caps also have differences, the genuine capis thicker but the top is opaque so you can see light through it, the fake does not display this same property.

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