Perfume Review: Christian Dior Midnight Poison
Perfume Gods know that I wanted to love Midnight Poison! That I eagerly looked forward to trying it. That I almost bought it unsniffed (thank you, Perfume Gods, for somehow stopping me from doing that!). The original Poison is one of my true undying fragrance loves. I adore Eva Green and thought the advertisement was an exquisitely gothic delight. And, of course, I wanted to love the new scent Because It Is Dior...like I have been striving to love all of their new releases for the last ...oh, gosh...for more years than I care to remember. But as with practically all feminine Dior fragrances of the last decade, I was bitterly disappointed.
The alarm bells started to sound when I first saw the list of notes: mandarin, bergamot, rose, amber, patchouli, vanilla. To me, that spelled A n g e l. Unfortunately, my intuition was spot on. As far as my nose and my skin are concerned, Midnight Poison is indeed yet another Angel clone, only much drier, slightly less fruity and sweet, and much harsher than Mugler's mighty creation. I will not waste yours and my time describing the development of the scent, such as it is, because if you have ever smelled Angel, and, unless you have been living on another planet since year 1992, you have smelled Angel (come to think of it, the ubiquitous aroma has probably found it way to other worlds by now), and that means that you can easily imagine what Dior's new Poison is like as well. Of all the Poison offspring, the Midnight one strikes me as the least interesting (I find Hyptonic Poison unbearable, however, objectively speaking, its warm comfort blend is unquestionably attractive).
The Poison line now consists of five fragrances, a nice number at which to put a stop to the creation of flankers and the capitalization on the name of the wonderful original Poison. Dior Parfums now also have their own Angel. I hope they are satisfied and ready to move on, to create something staggeringly original for their female audience...or if that is too much to ask, to simply re-release for a wider distribution Diorling and Diorama and to bring Dior-Dior from the dead. Dixi.
Midnight Poison is available at Sephora, $45.00-$82.00.
The image is by Bradford Noble.