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I am pretty picky about the fragrances that I wear, and I tend to test them for quite a while before determining how well each scent works with my body chemistry. That really is the point, isn't it? Each scent commingles with the individual body chemistry differently, and what might smell incredible on one person could instead smell horrendous on someone else. In fact, I remember years ago when a friend, who almost exclusively wore an iconic ultra-luxurious perfume (I wish that I could actually remember which perfume)– and it smelled delightful on her– spritzed it on me en route to an event, and at first it smelled amazing, but soon thereafter it settled into what can only be described as flea powder. I quickly realized the extent to which fragrances wear differently on different people, and the necessity in testing them before debuting them publicly!
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Spray was an unexpected, and pleasant, surprise for me. I thought that it might be a little too mainstream, and perhaps a bit too sweet for my liking, but instead it was far more complex as it mingled with my body chemistry.
The top notes, of bergamot and mandarine, are tempered by the floral middle notes of sambac jasmine, freesia, and centifolia rose. However, it was the base notes of patchouli, vanilla, praline and amber that concerned me. I tend to avoid patchouli, because it tends to be far too pungent for my liking, but somehow the base notes translate into a warm and creamy aroma that adds a little woodsy spice to the citrus and floral notes. When I first spritz Flowerbomb it smells precisely as it does in the bottle, however it is a few minutes later, once the metamorphosis has taken root, that the magic begins. Because this scent is at first quite assertive, I was concerned about its sillage. I prefer fragrances that are more intimate in their ability to sit close to the skin, rather than announcing themselves before you actually enter the room. On me, Flowerbomb sits close to the skin, and transforms into a dreamy warm floral offset by creamy and warmed up citrus notes with a rich undercurrent. It is feminine, but not too girly– and it continues to transform throughout the day. It is a lovely addition to my collection of fragrances, and I will continue to wear it during the fall and winter months.
Viktor & Rolf’s acclaimed first feminine fragrance, Flowerbomb is a floral explosion that makes everything more positive.
Flowerbomb is an explosion of the most luxurious and alluring flowers, with the power to transform the negative into positive. Thousands of flowers give rise to an ultrafeminine, sensual and addictive fragrance. A bouquet of cattleya orchids, sambac jasmine, freesia and rose petals is enriched by the addictive patchouli and vanilla. With just one touch, the power is unleashed, whisking you into a secret garden where your dreams become the new reality. This fragrance comes in a pink diamond grenade-shaped bottle.
Top: bergamot, mandarin.
Middle: sambac jasmine, freesia, centifolia rose, osmanthus.
Base: patchouli, vanilla, praline, amber, woody.
Mood: intoxicating, sensual, dreamy.
Style: Feminine, fresh, floral.
About: "Viktor & Rolf is an avant-garde luxury fashion house founded in 1993 by artists Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren. Widely recognized and respected, the brand is perennially provocative. It's renowned for an addictive catalog of fragrances, including worldwide bestsellers Flowerbomb and Spicebomb."
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