Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle by Dior (EDT)
Perfume Review: Let's Cuddle!

Perfume Review

Name: Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle
Perfume type/Volume: Eau de Toilette (EDT): 1.7 fl. oz. (50 ml), 3.4 fl. oz. (100 ml)
Designer: Christian Dior
Perfumer: François Demachy
Launched: 2010
Perfume ad/spokesmodel: Director of advertising campaign: Tyen / Monica Bellucci, surrounded with the heavenly voice of Maria Callas, singing a piece from La Wally Opera (by Alfredo Catalani)

Olfactory group: Oriental-Floral

Notes (osmoz.com):
Top: Rose, Ylang Ylang, Orange Blossom
Middle: Orchid, Tuberose, Green Notes
Base: Vanilla, Sandalwood, Woody Notes, Musk


Inspired by the bestselling ultimate love potion Hypnotic Poison perfume by Dior (EDT) launched in 1998, perfumer François Demachy created its softer, more floral re-interpretation, Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle (EDT). Eau Sensuelle was launched in September 2010 and is in essence a scent of vanilla orchid, the origin of vanilla, which was one of the strongest facets of the original Hypnotic Poison perfume (EDT). Despite the obvious vanilla link to Hypnotic Poison (HP), HP Eau Sensuelle is softer and quieter, and explores feminine sensuality deeper by focusing more on floral notes.

Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle by Dior (EDT) is incarnated by voluptuous femme fatale Monica Belluci, who looks mesmerizing in TV perfume advertisement. Her eyes speak of a voluptuous desires and her body moves in the seductive rhythm of vanilla orchid, which transforms itself into the essence of Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle. The gorgeous perfume, the magic orchid nectar in the palm of her hand has a power to entrance and make you fall in love with the Temptress.

Monica Bellucci: a mysterious magnetic Temptress, bewitching with vanilla orchid love potion,
Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle by Dior (EDT)

Flashing a sparkle when struck by light, the elegant translucent bottle veils this magic perfume in a mysterious aura. The striking ruby colour makes it look like another forbidden, hypnotic poisonous apple from the Garden of Eden, while the curvaceous cut is an ode to tempting feminine silhouette and magnetic mysteriousness.


True to its name, Hypnotic Poison Eau de Sensuelle by Dior opens with the magnetic floral scents of ylang ylang, tender rose and orange blossom. Your olfactory senses will be swept by the lushness of the opening notes. Ylang ylang extract gives it a bit of oriental touch while the orange blossom enlivens its seductive appeal. Heart notes are composed of luminous orchid, tuberose and touch of fresh green notes. A perfect combination of floral notes, the heart notes convey feminine tenderness and softly introduce base notes. The base completes perfume's sensuality and seductiveness; they are enthralling sweet vanilla, sandalwood, and woodsy notes. The creaminess of the sandalwood and musk makes the perfume seductive and sexy. Hypnotizing power of the base permeates through these very last notes.

Eau Sensuelle is by many, especially by original Hypnotic Poison lovers, perceived as a paler version of the original HP perfume, with less spice, less vanilla and almonds, less darkness - less sex, so to speak... It is true, that Eau Sensuelle is softer and quiter due to floral accent, but still, it remains rich, dark (in a way also heavy, if you want) and it preserves vanilla link to the original. If HP was hot, Eau Sensuelle is warm and sunny.

Lady & Feelings

Hypnotic Poison Eau de Sensuelle by Dior makes a woman feel bolder, more sensual and simply more beautiful. It accentuates her natural feminine seductiveness and magnetic mysteriousness, her hidden desires... Like the original Hypnotic Poison perfume (EDT), Eau Sensuelle is a flirty fragrance, however stronger floral character somehow makes the whole composition more gentle, softer and less explicit. If Hypnotic Poison perfume screams explicitly: "Take me, I'm yours!", Eau Sensuelle whispers: "Let's cuddle first."

Despite being shyer than the original HP, Eau Sensuelle should have a permanent place in a perfume nook of a modern Temptress.

Occasions & Seasons

The creator of Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle, François Demachy, succeeded in reinterpreting the original Hypnotic Poison perfume into a more widely acceptable and wearable perfume. Regarding the age group of women, I'd say, it's targeted mainly at mature women, meant in character and not necessarily in years. In any case, I wouldn't recommend this fragrance for teenagers and young women.

Like the original HP, Eau Sensuelle is in my opinion an evening & night juice, most appropriate for romantic and special occasions and colder seasons (fall, winter). It is the fragrance that excellently complements formal and elegant wear. Due to a softer, more floral and less audacious character it can be conditionally worn also during the day for office wear, but PLEASE use sparingly!

The perfume has an excellent staying power for most of the skin types and is not light, so be sure to use sparingly, whatever the occasion.

As a Gift?

When Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle by Dior was launched in September 2010, I immediately headed to the first mall to get the perfume sample, since I am big fan of its hot sexy predecessor, Hypnotic Poison perfume (EDT), which has become one of my favourite perfumes. And guess what, instead of getting a sample, I ended up buying this enthralling fragrance.

Monica Bellucci for Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle by Dior (EDT)

I get a lot more of (direct) compliments when wearing Eau Sensuelle compared to the original HP, so this might be another proof that Eau Sensuelle is much more 'acceptable'...

While the original HP perfume by Dior (EDT) can be considered as a perfume gift with a BEWARE sign upon it (too explicit and could be perceived as too offensive), is Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle (EDT) due to its softer and shyer character much more neutral choice for a perfume gift.

In fact this enchanting perfume makes an excellent perfume gift for mature women for colder seasons (fall, winter) and related holidays, especially Christmas. So why not gift it to your mother or aunt as a Christmas perfume gift this year?

Usually the prices of Eau Sensuelle vary between $70-80 for the 1.7 fl. oz. bottle and $90-100 for the 3.4 fl. oz. bottle. It is worth taking some time to check online stores, which can be especially generous with special holiday discounts for the perfume, but as well for different perfume gift sets.

Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle by Dior (EDT) is a flirty signature fragrance of a modern Temptress, who is more shy and romantic than her older and bolder sister, the original Hynotic Poison perfume (EDT). It is original's softer and more floral re-interpretation, yet still very rich, feminine, seductive and sensual. Still hypnotic, but in a gentler way...

Tenderly bewitching Eau Sensuelle invites to cuddle at the fireplace on a cold evening - just what almost every woman loves!

Quick Summary

Suitable for:

  • Evenings and nights.
  • Romantic and special occasions (like night at the opera).
  • Colder seasons (fall, winter).
  • Conditionally also for office wear (use sparingly).


  • Mature women.
  • A bit shy femme fatale, true or wannabe.
  • Modern.
  • Classy.
  • Romantic.


  • Feminine. Sensual.
  • Flirty, seductive & magnetic, but not audacious.
  • Less explicit than original Hypnotic Poison perfume.
  • Draws many compliments.
  • Excellent staying power.
  • Excellent as a perfume gift for mature women.


  • Can be too heavy & heady.
  • Can be too soft and pale for the Hypnotic Poison (EDT) junkies.
  • Some say it's just another flanker of a flanker (Hypnotic Poison, EDT).

Rating: 9.0/10

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