Exactly two years ago, in June 2009, a new flanker to 2005’s Hypnose was introduced by Lancome. Only the third (until this time!) on the list, Hypnose Senses followed the 2007’s Eau Legere and 2008’s Hypnotizing Elixir and was described on the official website as “a playful sensual fragrance that is worn as a second skin”.
Hypnose Senses belongs to the chypre floral olfactory group and was developed by perfumer Christine Nagel and in keeping on with the labeling, the official press release from that time mentions that the scent “was developed to recruit a younger audience to the brand’s perfumery portfolio”.
Given that I’ve always appreciated Lancome for the majority of its cosmetic products (I wanted to purchase Hypnose Homme after its launch!), I felt that I needed to sample Hypnose Senses in order to have a clear image of the product. A Sephora store provided me with that opportunity and my wife was kind enough (as always!) to help me with the process.
Following the test, my conclusion was that Hypnose Senses is quite close to the appeal perceived in the original fragrance, except its persistence, which could have been better. In the beginning, the spicy pink pepper is the recurrent theme in the top notes, juxtaposed to an accord of mandarin. Then, as the initial notes are vanished, Hypnose Senses turns to a floral facet, structured on the aroma of osmanthus flower and including also honey and rose. The dry down kicks in with a patchouli note that is fighting for prominence, offset by a blend of labdanum, benzoin and Tonka bean.
The flacon that contains Hypnose Senses has the same ingenious whirl shape, except this time the transparent glass reveals a pink shaded liquid. For the advertising campaign, the Ukrainian Canadian model Daria Werbowy was selected, the result being a short film that emphasize on the playful side of the scent.
Lancome Hypnose Senses Perfume Details
- Hypnose Senses by Lancome is available in 30, 50 and 75 ml Eau de Parfum Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 100 ml Shower Gel; the lasting power is below average (1 to 6 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Chypre Floral
- For: Women
- Year Introduced: 2009
- Perfumer: Christine Nagel
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual
Daria Werbowy Video for Lancome Hypnose Senses