Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb
Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Spray ($105, 1.7 oz) is a fragrance I’ve been wanting to try for a long time now, mostly out of curiosity because of it’s large fan base, and was ecstatic when it was offered as a 100 point perk at Sephora recently.
Flowerbomb is quite different than what I expected it to be. I love florals, so I expected nothing other than the name suggests, flowerbomb, to be an intense explosion of different floral notes. Something obvious – like a punch of geraniums, lilac and roses. Maybe even obnoxiously so, but it’s not the case at all.
Notes: Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli.
Upon the first spray, it’s only strong for a moment (maybe a minute or so) before it already starts to mellow. It’s not a punch of flowers as expected, but a soft and sugary sweet (not sickly sweet) tea floral. It’s soft, slightly spicy (like spice tea), and after it has really eased in, you get those subtly sweet chocolatey notes (not imitation cocoa, something more refined). Flowerbomb is shy, flirty and feminine – not too complex, but classy and reserved.
It’s kind of a like a grown-up tea party in cotton candy clouds, where you’re wearing your finest pearls and silk gloves while eating cupcakes and truffles as flower petals fall from the sky. Or the delightful smell of a morning tea latte sprinkled with sugar crystals and a single flower waiting for you on a Victorian tray by your bedside. It isn’t loud or overbearing. It’s very daytime appropriate, as you don’t really notice it’s there (but I suppose that depends on how much you spray).
Regardless, it’s not something I’d particularly choose to wear at night, I’d choose something a little louder and sexier like Narcisco Rodriguez which I can smell on my skin for hours. I prefer a scent that I can smell on myself since I’m the one who wants to enjoy the scent I’m wearing, but it’s nice to wear when you want something subtle, and only very noticeable when someone comes very close. I like to put some on my hand/wrist so I can smell it throughout the day.
I think it’s easy to wear, and those who like sugary sweet scents will like this. Don’t confuse sweet with cheap or adolescent though – it doesn’t have the caramel/vanilla notes that I find can sometimes cheapen a sweet fragrance and it doesn’t make me think of highschool.
Comparisons to Flowerbomb
In comparison to other florals/sweet fragrances, it’s nothing like Prada Candy, which is also sweet, but Candy has strong notes of caramel and vanilla (dare I say cheap?), which are absent in Flowerbomb which is more complex. Coach Poppy Flower is more youthful , fun, fresh and fruity, whereas Flowerbomb is a little more mature and doesn’t contain any fruity notes. Gucci Flora Eau Fraiche is a little more in-your-face citrusy-floral and can be smelt a mile away, while Flowerbomb is so much more sweet, subdued and reserved. It’s often compared to Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber, which is one of my favorites, and although I agree that they are similar, Sensual Amber is a bit younger and much fruitier and less sugary. But they are both light and share some familiar notes. Also, those that tend to like Thierry Mugler Angel seem to like Flowerbomb, but it’s not a fragrance I really care for. They do share the notes of Patchouli and Chocolate, but Angel is much stronger and a much warmer, spicier (almost somewhat masculine) oriental fragrance overall. More of a nighttime fragrance, which Flowerbomb can go either way. The patchouli in Flowerbomb isn’t as earthy, and almost barely there (which is a plus for me). I also read if you like Aquolina Pink Sugar, you might like this.
Have you tried Flowerbomb? What’s your current favorite fragrance?