Follow Your Senses! – Review: Viktoria Minya Hedonist

I got the opportunity to try the first perfume by Hungarian perfumer Viktoria Minya and I must say that I did not go into this testing unbiased. Actually, I expected not to like this perfume at all. Why? Let’s see…


Hedonist was created by Viktoria Minya in 2013 and includes notes of rum CO2, bergamot, peach, jasmine absolute, orange flower absolute, osmanthus absolute, tobacco, vetyver, cedarwood and vanilla.

hedonist boxI was expecting a perfume that was opulent and assertive or if I were a bit less diplomatic – loud and overbearing. Not my cup of tea, in other words.

All that was of course before I “laid nose” on it. My premature judgements were solely based on the name, the notes and the golden bottle. I put off testing it, since my policy is to never write a bad review about a small brand, I’d rather keep my mouth shut in that case, because it is only my opinion after all, and as such it should not wield any negative power.

Thankfully I did change my mind, tried the sample and it turned out to be just one more incident of me being entirely, and utterly wrong.

Hedonist turned out to be one of those perfumes that render me pretty much speechless.

Not wordless, mind you, since, on the contrary, I immediately started spewing forth a plethora of words, a multitude of phrases and images that crowded my mind and I talked about this perfume to everyone near me, whether they want to listen or not.

But when it came to reviewing it, i.e. putting that wave of emotional blabber into coherent sentences following a logical structure, I had to delare defeat.

Maybe if I took a step back and let my rational mind take over, I could produce a sensible, “objective” (haha) and at least somewhat distanced review. But I tell you what, I don’t want to.

I’m having too much fun just indulging, just swooning, just being there with the golden beauty that is Hedonist, right now, in the moment, without becoming too cerebral.

So indulge me and listen to my inner monologue inspired by Hedonist:

victoria minyaHedonist smells golden, it smells of lush tropical flowers drenched in honey, colibris sussurrating in the air, dew drops on petals, golden rays of sunshine drenching wide open receptive flowers, bees swarming about, drunken on pollen and nectar.

Hedonist smells natural, soft and powerful at the same time. It smells of human skin warmed by the sun. It feels like the surface of white petals, infinitely soft and delicate, but sturdy as well, this is not easily destroyed, it can take on wind and storm and rain, and still smell of the sunshine that is forever captured in its heart…

And I guess that is what Hedonist is all about, what perfume in general is all about. Who cares what note comes when all the time. What we care about is that it takes us with it, it ravishes us, it lures us in, it makes us happy, it makes us laugh, it makes us roll our eyes back in our heads and sigh contentedly. It makes us want it, it makes us chase it, it makes us delight in the fact that we can smell something so good, so delicious, so gorgeous.


Hedonist is stream of consciousness, is flight of fancy, is a wildly beating heart full of joy and laughter.

Hedonist is life and love, here and now. Indulge, give in to your senses.

Rarely has a perfume had a more fitting name.

liquid gold

Hedonist is available through, samples are available as well as international shipping. Viktoria Minya on Facebook is here. Luckyscent also carries it since last week.

Image source:,, Bathed in Gold by ksenkat on, liquid gold via

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66 Responses to Follow Your Senses! – Review: Viktoria Minya Hedonist

  1. Vanessa says:

    The bottle and packaging are looking devine. Tempted …

  2. Sandra says:

    Now I must say I am curious. Thank you for the smile inducing review.

  3. Vanessa says:

    I very much wanted to like this, and thought it had a rich, unctuous, well blended texture comparable to Roja Dove Scandal or Joy, but the honey note combined with the rum? / tobacco? / vetiver? – something earthy – gave it a funny ‘off kilter’ note that didn’t work on me. And I have witnesses! :-(. It does feel very expensive and luxurious, and on the right skin (and yours is magic!) it could be a different proposition altogether.

    • Vanessa says:

      Oh, Kafka also loved it as I recall.

      • Olfactoria says:

        I must read her take now, I didn’t want to be influenced by reading other reviews, before I knew what I tought. 🙂

        • Vanessa says:

          Freddie also reviewed it – and he agreed it was ‘orrible on me ! – though his overall take was more positive. Well, he loved the opening, but also was dogged by a jarring note in the later stages. I was also reminded of Patou’s Que Sais-Je – another peachy boozy number – and of L’Heure Fougueuse if you drenched it in honey. Neither of which agreed with me either, sadly, but I am happy you liked this one so much. Texturally I would rate it highly, just not how it smells. Which may sound like damning with faint praise, but I don’t think I will find anyone who likes it on me. Kafka was wildly enthusiastic though.

      • Undina says:

        It seems like everybody lked it: Kafka, Suzanne, Steven and Lucas. And now Birgit. What am I missing? 😦 And honey in this perfume isn’t even bad on my skin… I’ll be testing more.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I think I know what you mean, honey is always dangerous, but thankfully on me it turns out well.

  4. cookie queen says:

    Just waiting for a sample to arrive in the post.
    Am now interested to try it. Widening my horizons!!! Bis bald. xxx

  5. brie says:

    after hearing Kafka’s take on this one I was extremely tempted to try….B you have set me over the edge…MUST SAMPLE THIS!!!!! And that bottle …..(yes, I am swooning!) Fantastic review….i always love reading about the emotonal effect of perfume….obviously this perfume had just that on you :D!!

  6. poodle says:

    I need to try this. I want it just for the bottle with the crystals in it. If it actually smells as wonderful as everyone says its a bonus.

  7. RuthF says:

    Sounds wonderful! I just ordered a sample, thanks for the tempting review!

  8. lucasai says:

    Isn’t Hedonist magnificent? To me it’s rich composition but at the same time there’s that airy quality to it that causes this perfume to be very pleasant and not overly sweet or cloying!
    I love it’s shiny and shimmering facets.

  9. shellyw says:

    I am waiting for my sample that I ordered after reading another review. It makes me anticpate it more reading this review.

  10. Suzanne says:

    Oh, I’m thrilled to hear that you love this as much as I do! Fantastic review, Birgit – you really captured Hedonist!!

    I truthfully think this is one of the best newly-launched perfumes to come out in ages, and will be buying a bottle before the year is out (and probably sooner than that) – that’s how much I connected with this perfume.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I read your review today (I didn’t want to be influenced before) and I love that we both are so enchanted with Hedonist. But I’m not at all surprised, this is a perfume that has your name all over it! 🙂

  11. Tara says:

    After reading your enticing and beautiful review and Suzanne’s words above, this has really made me sit up and take notice of a brand I hadn’t heard of.

    Hedonist sounds heavenly.

  12. ringthing says:

    Oh, what a mouth watering review! This sounds so good, and the packaging is exquisite. I’ll get around to a sample eventually.

  13. Civava says:

    I hear nothing but good reviews of this perfume so I’ll not resist too much and too long to get a sample.

  14. The collector’s box and the bottle are just too beautiful! Am happy to see the consensus on the fragrance too. Adding it to the to-sniff list!

  15. Undina says:

    It was late yesterday so I’ve just jumped into Vanessa’s branch, but I want to comment now that – as much as I enjoy all your posts – there are some that stand out even by your standards. And this is one of those. You wrote a wonderful review. And regardless of whether this perfumes work for me or not, I think it definitely deserves to be tested. So I’m glad that people get excited about it and are ordering samples based on positive reviews.

  16. Darilyn says:

    Your review of Hedonist is spot on! I have a sample of this beauty,
    and I am in love! I plan to buy a bottle from Luckyscent asap…

  17. Csai says:

    I loooooove this perfume! Your review is so very correct, so beautiful! It is exactly how I feel when wearing Hedonist!!! The liquid gold photo is a perfect match!

  18. Figuier says:

    What a gorgeous review – I’m really quite tempted to sample this now 🙂 Peach is in the perfect note for early summer, isn’t it – I’ve been enjoying the peach-skin aspect of Nasomatto Nuda, and am keen to try Keiko Mecheri’s peach (I think it’s called Peau de Peche). My only fear is that Hedonist might be too sweet.

  19. Eva S says:

    A sample-order it is! 🙂

  20. Lady Jane Grey says:

    I’ve never heard about. As first step : I very much like the bottle !

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  22. Julz says:

    Just finally managed to get my sample of ‘Hedonist’, & am so glad that your review was the one that finally enticed me to do so, coz I totally agree with your review – So thanx B’ ! 🙂 … I almost dismissed it altogether after reading Thomas’ (CPB) rather negative review (which has turned out to probably be his one review I’ve most disagreed with. And thoroughly surprised me too as I imagined it would be just the sort of ‘fume he’d go ‘ga-ga’ for instead. After all he luvs far heavier & more ‘overindulgent’ stuff, yet finds this too much ?? I just don’t get his aversion to it. In fact I think it’s a rather unfair review. After all it almost put me off so will probably do so many others. Which I think is rather unfair to small new labels. Which is why I agree & really respect your views & practice on this matter.) – But I suppose bottom line – everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, so … . I just encourage everyone to never be put off by any review (or notes-list for that matter), coz u might very well be surprised. (as both you & I just were on this occasion.) 🙂

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