The secret to Hypnotic Poison’s potent mix of amber sweetness and drama lies in its notes. Top notes of licorice and almond give the perfume a spicy whiff, while heart notes of jasmine sambac and orange blossom offer a floral and fruity profile. At the bottom, notes of vanilla and tonka bean leave the heady amber trail that the perfume is known for. With such a combination, it is no surprise that Hypnotic Poison is an excellent mix of dramatic and dark.
It is important to note that the perfume’s 1998 Eau de Toilette form is much older than the EDP and features different notes, such as coconut, plum, Brazilian rosewood, and vanilla, for a softer, less forward feel. Hypnotic Poison has earned several loyal fans, from Adele to perfume stores, with some sharing their love for the scent’s sillage and longevity in reviews. A reviewer on Fragrantica described the perfume as “rich, boozy, sensuous, warm, and strangely clean,” while another recommended the scent to emo or goth-inclined perfume lovers for its vampire-like vibe.
However, like all other perfumes, certain reviewers have had mixed feelings about Hypnotic Poison’s scent profile. While some describe it as overpowering, others have mentioned that the fragrance does not project well. Regardless, many agree that it is a solid mix of cohesive, tantalizing notes and is the go-to for lovers of dark yet warm scents.