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.
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? ;)