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Hypnotique (1958)
by Max Factor

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Hypnotique information

Year of Launch1958
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityDiscontinued
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HouseMax Factor
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc

About Hypnotique

Hypnotique is a feminine perfume by Max Factor. The scent was launched in 1958

Reviews of Hypnotique

This vintage fragrance is billed as a floral chypre, with top notes of aldehydes, citrus & spice. It certainly has a retro feel, & I think the top notes must have broken down over time. I don't get citrus or spice here, & only a hint of the "snuffed candle" variety of aldehydes in the opening phase. It's warm & mellow, with a savoury base of oakmoss humming along beneath. The floral notes are difficult to pick out, but I am reminded of an E. Coudray Jacinthe et Rose body cream that I have, which makes me think there must be some hyacinth here. Three hours in, the florals fade, leaving the oakmoss to murmur along by itself. Apparently there are animalic notes here, but they are not obvious to me. Twelve hours in, it's faded to a soft floral base.
Aldehydes & oakmoss are not favourite notes of mine, & so this one isn't really my style, but I'd say it's definitely worth a try if floral chypres are your thing.
16th May, 2017
Barbara Herman notes that this was one of the most popular drugstore scents of the 1950s-1960s.

She describes it as a floral chypre with animalic and balsamic notes in the dry down.

Its packaging was in a bottle shaped like a cat with rhinestone eyes.

My vintage 1/3 oz. bottle of pure parfum reveals a pleasant smelling chypre of no particular significance. It is slightly floral, warm and definitely balsamic. One of the last chypres of this genre produced before the scent fashions of the 1960s swept it away for good.
31st March, 2014

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