Poison 1985 Esprit de Parfum

Poison (Esprit de Parfum) by Dior
Bottle Design Véronique Monod
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Poison (Esprit de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Dior for women and was released in 1985. The scent is oriental-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It was last marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Oriental
Spicy
Sweet
Floral
Fruity

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
Orange honeyOrange honey CorianderCoriander PlumPlum RosewoodRosewood Wild berriesWild berries AniseedAniseed PimentoPimento
Heart Notes Heart Notes
TuberoseTuberose CarnationCarnation OpoponaxOpoponax CinnamonCinnamon FrankincenseFrankincense JasmineJasmine NeroliNeroli RoseRose
Base Notes Base Notes
HeliotropeHeliotrope VanillaVanilla AmberAmber CedarCedar MuskMusk SandalwoodSandalwood VetiverVetiver

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7.9487 Ratings
Longevity
9.2380 Ratings
Sillage
9.1362 Ratings
Bottle
8.3387 Ratings
Value for money
7.958 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 30.03.2024.
Interesting Facts
The fragrance won a FiFi Award in 1987 in the category: Women's Fragrance of the Year - Luxe.

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Ulli2

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Ulli2
Ulli2
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Poison to fall in love ♥️
Guys, I'm sooo proud !
Shortly after that of this substance , the light of
Sensuality, it came from the Duty free Shop
From an America trip to me!
This packaging and then the plug...
lightly I dabbed myself with it on my pulse at the hand and it unfolded an intoxicating ...
heavenly scent and a radiance in my face! That always comes back when I give little
Rest, from which still today, not changed fragrance composition, a droplet takes out.
Sooo something wonderful, not tilted, with same
powerful appearance, but picturesquely beautiful in the smell picture.
Oriental spice, never again reached in another container!
That's why I'm proud, a few of them still, a few
Milliliter to besitzen♥️

You can read about the fragrances at the presentation of the fragrance!
But experience only in the reality, with the use
of this poison ;-))

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GothicHeart

86 Reviews
GothicHeart
GothicHeart
Top Review 16  
Deleterious dilettante...
The only thing distinguishing whether any given substance is either a poison or a remedy is the quantity taken. And the only exception to this rule I've met thus far is Dior's purple chem grenade. Warnings like "Beware! I saw Poison in her toiletries!" before visiting some girl's private chambers were not uncommon at all during its reign of terror. And I've seen many a tough guy being on the slave end of a leash as soon as they managed to get on their feet again, after being floored by Poison which had viciously bitch-slapped them to submission a few moments ago. And their mullets didn't save them. On a second thought, I believe that nothing could save them.

Although one of the most desirable traits of poisons is nontraceability, this one had none. It could be traced from two blocks away and linger like forever in the crime scene after the job was done. Had someone splashed it in 1985, it would have probably been there till the early '90s.

Poison fell like a bomb on our unsuspecting world and burned it to a cinder. The aftermath could be described with just one word. Pandemonium. For a couple of years after it entered our reality (bending it beyond repair), my small city was reeking with it 24/7, to the point of rendering almost impossible to recognise a woman's presence by her perfume anymore.
But its huge (and more than often abusive) overuse is not the reason behind considering it the most important perfume of the '80s. No, it's the fact that I can hardly imagine any other perfume from that decade deserving the title of "cornerstone" that much.
And I'm still more than eager to marry any woman who has a vintage bottle of it, along with Loulou and Byzance, on her dressing table. For these three sentinels guarding her inner sanctum would surely be an irrefutable proof that living by her side would be a perpetual roller coaster. And how could it be any different when the triptych of her woomanhood would speak through Loulou's guile innocence, Byzance's despotic dominance and Poison's mesmerising witchery?

There's not even a single thing even remotely reminding of light whenever Poison enters the stage. If you're looking for some bright and sprigthly mooded perfume, spare yourselves the shock and don't bother trying it.
Just try to imagine a tall, lithe woman, with her long raven narcotic hair being the only thing covering her alabaster body. Now put her in front of an altar made of purple marble, uttering strange arcane chants and gesturing fluidly to the void. You don't know what the crimson liquid trickling from the corner of her mouth is...
Still don't get it? Run!

Last year, my mother, who knows that I'm a perfume junkie threefold the way she was in her prime, presented me with a full 50ml splash bottle which she had been keeping for nearly 30 years. The cabochon glass stopper strummed immediately some half-forgotten '80s tune, hidden in the depths of my heart. I guess it was something coming from an era when cheap plastic gimmicks were treated exactly the way they deserved. Like cheap plastic gimmicks. Its sentimental value aside, I was expecting nothing less than it would have turned into something despicable, if not to dust. Well matey, think again! The bloody hellcat smelled as if she was vialled just yesterday! All her stupendous eminence and glory was there, completely unaltered and still hollering for obedience. And who was I to deny it?
Having not experienced Poison for over a decade, I had almost forgot the facts verifying the theory and the actions triggering the mood. Poison, the way I remember it, was never negotiable or forgiving.

Sillage? If you were standing on the Equator having just damped some and you felt a light tap on your back, you shouldn't be worried. It would be Poison having already circled the Earth.
Longevity? You could spray it on the plaque on Pioneer 10 and see how aliens would deal with it after n years.
Smell? No fancy metaphors here. It smells like Poison and that's it. Period.

Given all that, I overlook the fact that its box's malachite pattern and general layout is shamelessly stolen from Jean Couturier's Coriandre from 1973. I love malachite, and for some strange reason, if someone would ask me what colour should a poison have, I'd answer "green". So according to this abstruse linkage, Poison's box fits its content perfectly.

Aye, the '80s were surely a time when "big hair, big shoulders, big perfume" was the newfound Holy Trinity of voguish mods worldwide, but Poison's irreverent mouth was even bigger. Thus swallowing everything coming its way was rather inevitable back then. The only limited thing about it was the diction it used, since two out of three words it usually spat out were "screw" and "you". The third was always something like "sucker", "loser" or "dreg".
But I never really detested its unapologetic egotism, cause when it comes to perfumes, what we all ardently crave is not them screwing around, but screwing with our minds. And for some 30 years now, Poison still brandishes one of the biggest bloody screwdrivers I've ever seen...
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Drella

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Drella
Drella
Very helpful Review 13  
Greetings from another time
One drop on the left side of the neck, one drop on the right side, one drop carefully on the wrists and please do not rub.
And now the play may begin...
At the beginning still soft, but within five minutes a gentle cloud of valuable heat spreads around you. Oriental, but not bitter. Gently sweetly beguiling, but not cotton candy. Floral, but not pungent flowery.
Elegant.
You feel like you've climbed out of a black and white film.
Noble.
And although one finds these fragrances more often among somewhat older ladies, it seems to me that it is also suitable for younger women from the age of 20 onwards.
This fragrance is timeless and lasts incredibly well.
Like a soft hug.
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Missk

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Missk
Missk
Top Review 8  
The original and the best
Such an enchanting fragrance! Truly captivating.

Poison is dark, gothic, mysterious and wicked, yet strangely inviting and soothing.

The scent itself is quite dusty, smokey and powdery but with such beautiful intensity. This fragrance is an amazing composition of both spices, florals and sweet vanilla.

At this present time I have been reading Philippa Gregory's "The Other Boleyn Girl", and since Poison reminds me of ancient gothic and medieval times, I can imagine this fragrance suiting such infamous women in history like Anne Boleyn.

Poison is so bold and almost potent, yet strangely and exquisitely beautiful. The scent settles so well on the skin with powdery and spicy bursts of plum, pepper, jasmine, tuberose and smokey incense.

Be wary that this fragrance isn't for the light-hearted. Poison requires its wearer to be strong willed and self-confident. The woman that wears Poison is mysterious, proud, sensuously captivating and intense.
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AmySourbutts

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AmySourbutts
AmySourbutts
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Dangerous Beauty
This likely makes me a hypocrite, but I love this perfume (along with Lou Lou and a few other 80's and 90's sillage monsters) while I can't stand some of the older ones like Tabu and Youth Dew. It's probably because it was popular when I was starting to notice perfumes, cosmetics and fashion because I fell in love with this when I smelled a perfume sample in one of my mother's magazines sometime in the late 80's. (I was ten when this was released, but it might've been later.) It was exactly what I wanted to smell like when I got older.

I know to many people it smells quintessentially 80's, but to me it's timeless. Like MissK, I think it smells medieval, but I also think it smells fresh and current at the same time. It's as if it has always existed, and it smells like nothing else. That's my definition of a classic.

This smells more like the work of an alchemist than a perfumer. It can take me to all sorts of places, and I think this perfume made me fall in love with aniseed notes because I hate eating aniseed or licorice. Like Diane1953, I think the woody, animistic and spicy notes alter the floral and sweet notes mysteriously and dramatically. They no longer smell nectarous, and there's even honey in this!

I also never apply more than a couple of sprays of this, so with that light application, it's not nearly as strong as it would be with normal application (by my definition, about three to five spritzes).

Love it or hate it, this is a true original. Perfumes before this had been sultry, but none had smelled so viperous, beautiful and otherworldly. While I love its "sequel" perfumes, they're Poison light. They kill softly, and this kills swiftly. Sometimes, I prefer my Poison neat.
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Lillil13Lillil13 10 months ago
Hate it, smells like pickle juice, pepper and floral after-note
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HugoMontezHugoMontez 2 years ago
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An iconic fragrance that mixes plum, incense, tuberose and sandalwood. Divine and sexy.
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Jazzy76Jazzy76 6 years ago
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Bitter, strong like a love potion :this is the character of Poison. My mother wore this scent in winter and I didn't like it. Now I adore It
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