Originally Posted by Larwiz
It's funny though: we often see threads asking for inexpensive versions of fragrances we adore, but at the end of the day, chances are: you're not gonna find a near carbon copy of your favorite fragrance at a fraction of the cost. Now the GIT fans lucked up with Cool Water, lol, but other than that, this kind of resemblance is hard to find. And even if you find something close, if you can detect the difference, and the inexpensive fragrance is lacking a note or two that you do care for in the other fragrance, then on some level, you will feel like you are settling, and that won't sit right with most...
I agree with all of that.
I tend to view Reflection
as a vanilla-woody fragrance chiefly of interest for being much drier and less sweet than it might have been. If this aspect is what sets it apart for you, then Hypnotic Poison
's more gourmand, come-hither approach will be a disappointment. The thing with HP
was that I sat there sniffing and thinking, "I know
I have smelled the accord at the center of this drydown somewhere before..."
I'll have to check it out again but at this point, I would cautiously endorse the notion the two are related. Which, as you say, is really only about as good as it gets.