Hypnôse Homme (2007) Eau de Toilette

Hypnôse Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Lancôme
Bottle Design: Charles Boussiquet
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Hypnôse Homme (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Lancôme for men and was released in 2007. The scent is sweet-oriental. It is being marketed by L'Oréal.

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Perfumer

Maurice Roucel

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Cardamom, Mandarin, Mint
Heart Notes Heart NotesLavender
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Musk, Patchouli

Ratings

Scent

7.4 (318 Ratings)

Longevity

7.2 (223 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (208 Ratings)

Bottle

8.2 (228 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 28.04.2019

Interesting Facts

The face of the advertising campaign is the British actor Clive Owen, set in scene by director Wong Kar Wai.

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DarkbeatDarkbeat 141 days ago

„Beautiful and generic at the same time”


Today I was able to wear this Lancome perfume. It is a good perfume, but, I expected something more complex, anyway, it is a beautiful fragrance...
CoutureguruCoutureguru 7 years ago

„Corporate Boredom”


Meh!! I got a bottle of Hypnôse Homme in a duty free shopping spree some time ago and in a bit of a rush this morning, it was the first thing I grabbed as it was unopened....
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N471v3

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You're fascinated by me! You're fascinated by me! ...
True-blue i really am... :O How... was... why??? :O

Well, I guess the name says it all. I'm hypnotized. ¶)

I've had this sweetheart for a really long time now, one of my first fragrances since I was Parfumo, as far as I can remember...
What also makes hypnosis special is that, although I've had it for so long, I've hardly used it!
Hmm. Probably the first hypnosis lasted so long... ;P

Briefly to the fragrance impression.
For me it is a slightly sweet, slightly fresh, spicy, slightly oriental, and somewhat balsamic lavender scent. If someone can't do so much with lavender now, it's also represented in Le Male, or La Nuit de L'Homme.
Apropops, he has a lot in common with those two. To be exact, with both bergamot, lavender, cardamom, amber, and with Le Male the additional mint!

But although we already have a lot of overlap here, hypnosis is very independent. He could already be a child of both in an abstract way... But it's a little less sweet, less sweet. Like a green Le Male, without the vanilla cloud.
This makes him more mysterious, not so striking, less strong in silage, and a bit headstrong.
I would even say slightly unapproachable, which is probably also the reason that after several tests I let him get dusty in the cupboard for years, and poor "Andi136" had to wait until now for my review.
(Sorry :D)

But I think, to get back to it, this "Edge" makes hypnosis interesting at the same time, but it's not quite so pleasant to smell when you're the carrier yourself. I think, however, that it is perceived as very pleasant in silage. The Drydown also speaks for it, because then it is really sexy, I think.

Now we come to the problem of this perfume:
For me Le Male and also La Nuit de L'Homme are fragrances that do something very similar, but are simply better and more pleasant in all respects:

Le Male is stronger, more maritime, therefore really refreshing / cooling in the summer or during sports, and at the same time better cushioned by the vanilla there sweeter. And probably even more attractive.

La Nuit is sweeter, the cardamom is taken care of more pleasantly, so somehow it smells much better, and it is not so demanding, stubborn. Also more complex and simply better.

I think hypnosis is a good way out for days when you don't want to be so attractive, or in the case of Le Male want to come across as bold, but a little more confident, and more inconspicuous, mysterious, - but still want to wear about this scent DNA!
I'd give him the rating "La Nuit Understatement" or something. You could use it for occasions where you want to wear this fragrance but don't want to create a false impression, such as funerals, business meetings, or job interviews.

By the way, there is another EdT, which I think is very similar to Hypnosis: "Horizon Man" by Esprit. I matched it from memory, but verified it with perfume. Largest note: Lavender.
However, Horizon somehow plays in a different league, is from my memory simply a cheaper entry-level scent. Like a teen version of Hypnosis.
Another fragrance I find similar in the drydown is Viktor & Rolf's "Antidote". It smells like a super-complex, multi-layered, niche, unisex variant of hypnosis. But does the vibe have any.

Last but not least I would like to emphasize the following:
For pragmatists or people with a collection of < 10 perfumes, this is an outdated, mid-range, designer fragrance, and there are just so many more modern and better workhorses out there. The better perform, more pleasing, easier to wear.
Despite everything I find hypnosis independent and special! If, like me, you are a lover, and not just a user of perfumes, you should definitely try it or add it to your collection.
Or, if you love La Nuit de L'Homme hot, and would buy any flanker of it blindly, a hypnosis will probably also appeal very much.

Definitely a gem of perfume history that I greatly appreciate. :)

Not only because it hypnotized me to write so much... or yet? ;)
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TruuMax

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Helpful Review    10
The beginning of everything
My first comment shall be for the fragrance that started everything 2 years ago.

At the age of 16 I got the bottle into my father's hand.

The shape, the colour... Simply the madman.

A few seconds later, the first spray shot was so impressive that I could not tear myself away from it again.

In the following months I rummaged through the first fragrances a teenager could afford.

Dior Sauvage and and and... Everything which had rank and name and somewhere times in the special sale was attainable.

But nothing caused this aha moment again.

My favorite fragrance is Oud Wood from TF, but even this one couldn't break my love of hypnosis. No matter how generic and boring it is in some people's eyes, it has something very special about it.

Like Red Bull, has many similar tastes as competition... Somehow, however, no one ever reaches this special taste, which lies almost imperceptibly hidden somewhere, but still makes up so much.
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Darkbeat

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Beautiful and generic at the same time
Today I was able to wear this Lancome perfume. It is a good perfume, but, I expected something more complex, anyway, it is a beautiful fragrance and easy to dress.

There is a fundamental pillar in this perfume, which is lavender, cardamom and amber, a warm aroma, spicy, sweet and very aromatic. This is the aroma that we will perceive throughout the life of the perfume, only that, at the beginning, it is much sweeter and more fruity, with a touch of precious mint. Then, the aroma lowers in intensity and stabilizes, disappear citrus and mint, to give greater presence to lavender and amber, with a little spicy cardamom, and the addition of patchouli, which gives body and a woody tone very pretty. This is how the aroma stays until it dies flush with skin, and in spite of its monotonous drying, it is a perfume that I like, it is warm, neat, elegant and very sensual.

The perfume from the first moment you smell it, you seem familiar, I'm still slicing my brains to remember what it looks like, although it belongs to that line of fragrances with very generic fragrances and that smell very similar to each other, and therefore, I'm not going to eat my head very much, but at all times I've been thinking that it reminds me of something known, although, its aromatic generality does not mean that this perfume smells phenomenally good.

In my skin the performance has been moderate high in duration, and moderate to dry in projection, remaining in skin for about 7 hours. Its use I see it more appropriate for the night, but it is one of those aromas that are very versatile and you can use it in any season or hour, except for summer, where I think that its sweetness could overwhelm a little, otherwise, I think a good perfume.

Sorry for my bad english.
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Farneon

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Once again a top candidate who falls through my grid
True hymns of praise I read here and also the list of ingredients without woods, leather and flowers sounds interesting for me. There are certainly more experienced noses here than mine, but the lavender I know from my terrace smells different. And by that I mean completely different! Maybe I have less imagination than most of my fellow commentators!? ;-)

I don't want to deny this fragrance its class, I would probably even smell it out among umpteen others. But I'll make it short: "Hypnosis" is not my case! I actually want the scent to please me, but it doesn't get there, not even after an hour. Pretty pompous, albeit softly appearing, quite intrusive and with a strict undertone in my nose provided ... and cursedly sweet, even without vanilla, cinnamon or tonka bean. Sounds weird, but it is!

I compare "Hypnosis" with "Présence" by Montblanc, because this is probably the sweetest fragrance of my collection so far: much more pleasant, much "fresher" and therefore much more wearable for me. But with "hypnosis" I just can't get rid of the feeling that I'm disguised as someone I'm not. From sweet-oriental I leave at any rate soon the fingers ...

No offense: I can understand someone standing on it. Anyway, my hypnosis failed. My subconscious advised me against it and said: "Smelling beautiful" does not apply! :-)
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ColinM

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Half-nice, half-horrible
At the very first sniff, the inner nature if Hypnose is already clear: a half-good work. Perfectly split in two parts: one is completely good, the other completely crap, and the clash is just... err. There are indeed some nice features: the mint note is fresh, green and realistically crunchy, avoiding the toothpaste effect; the spices are vibrant and lively, and overall, it surely catches that mid-2000s “metropolitan” masculine elegance played on amber-warm-sweet notes blended with spices and woods, here also added with a dusty layer of lavender and white musks, clean and classy like a freshly ironed shirt. The family, in broad terms, is the one of Dior Homme or Arpège pour Homme (to which Hypnose resembles a bit, just more pungent and spicier), that type of urban, office-safe, yet somehow feminine elegance which was in fashion some years ago. So far so good: lavender, spices, woods, a balsamic breeze. It would be a good perfume, but... the “but” here is quite a big “but” (sorry for the pun), and it's represented by a completely useless, unrelated, horrid metallic-ozonic-fruity note, or better say “feel”, which smells quite similar to that stuff they use to build tropical-sea notes (I just thought of Azzaro Chrome for instance, but you get it in many other scents as well). Basically some kind of pungent, moldy, metallic and completely weird spicy-calone aftertaste, which is fruity in a way, but warm at the same time. And as I said, completely separated from the rest, just sitting there like an elephant in a room – and I mean a real elephant into an actual room. Without this nuance, which to me is quite bold, it would be a good scent, a bit trendy and conventional but good; but as-is, it's just annoying. Such a shame!

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Miaw2

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Average
I did expect more of Roucel's work.

This is a good scent, but nothing new added.

There are some spices (mostly cardamon) in the opening laying in a cedar/ambery base when dries down.

Longevity is about average, and projection and sillage are low.

Updated August 2013.
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Coutureguru

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Corporate Boredom
Meh!!

I got a bottle of Hypnôse Homme in a duty free shopping spree some time ago and in a bit of a rush this morning, it was the first thing I grabbed as it was unopened. "Time to try it ..." I said to myself. I seem to remember it being a nice Cedar. WRONG ... I must've confused it with something else on my arm.

As fragrances go there is little to redeem this one in the way of being different. Nothing 'hypnotic' here I'm afraid. It's pretty much a bog standard rendition of a generic male fragrance that smells like dozens of others on the men's shelves today. This doesn't smell awful ... it just smells boring!
Synthetic Lavender and Bergamot up top with with a vaguely amber/patch dry down does very little to inspire. Hypnôse Homme also has that 'tinny' Musk note I have no time for.
9 to 5 business suited men in middle of the road corporate jobs would probably have a lot of use for this ... it's inoffensive and smells like deodorant. YAWN ...

It can go to my brother in law, who's an accountant.
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Missk

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Nothing to rock my boat
Hypnose Homme is mostly sweet amber and oranges to my nose. I'm unfortunately not experiencing the spices and rich green accords like everyone else. While I'm not blown away by the scent, I'm not hugely disappointed either.

The scent is pleasant enough with a smooth, resinous feel, but it fails to move me in any way. The opening actually turned me off at first with a strong burst of synthetic lavender and bergamot burning my nose hairs.

The heart was much more settled with a rich ambery-ness, complimented with a touch of mint leaves. The composition remains quite linear from here on out. For some reason this fragrance gives me a headache after a while, so I quickly removed this fragrance from the 'potential gifts for boyfriend' list.

It has the ability to be quite sensual and alluring at times, especially when worn during the colder seasons or out on the town. On some men I don't doubt it could smell devastatingly sexy, but for me it fizzles rather than sizzles.

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