By now even your pet has 100% heard of Viktor & Rolf’s ‘Flowerbomb’, a scent so iconic it’s more than likely in the top 5 most popular perfumes in the world, up there together with Chanel’s ‘Coco Mademoiselle’ and Lancome’s more recent hit ‘La Vie Est Belle’. And when you have such success with a perfume launch, you are bound to milk that into over a dozen flankers.
Launched in 2005 and celebrating its recent 10th birthday (in June of last year), Flowerbomb is “a way to escape reality and heal the world” and “it’s about transforming negative into positive” – to quote the two Dutch Designers, Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren.
Olivier Polge (Balenciaga ‘Paris’ / Bvlgari ‘Mon Jasmin Noir’ / Dior ‘Pure Poison’ / Lancome ‘La Vie Est Belle’& MANY other iconic fragrances in his portfolio)
Carlos Benaim (Calvin Klein ‘CK In2U for Her’ / Calvin Klein ‘Euphoria’ / Elizabeth Taylor ‘White Diamonds’ etc.)
Dominique Ropion (Lancome ‘La Vie Est Belle’ / Burberry ‘The Beat’ / Cacharel ‘Amor, Amor’ / Giorgio Armani ‘Acqua di Gioia’ etc. )
Domitille Bertier (Balenciaga ‘B’ / Jimmy Choo ‘Jimmy Choo Exotic’ / The Body Shop ‘White Musk Sun Glow’ etc.)
TOP NOTES: Bergamot, Green Tea
HEART: Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rosa, Freesia
BASE: Musk, Patchouli
Despite it being such a successful and widely popular perfume, I must confess that I personally wasn’t always a fan of this in the past. I used to find it annoying, intoxicating and too sugary sweet for my taste. This however has changed considerably as of late, as I came to appreciate Flowerbomb more these days.
It’s still sweet, don’t get me wrong, but it is so in a more sophisticated manner. It is voluptuous and glamorous. For a perfume belonging to the ‘floriental’ family, I fail at detecting the oriental part of the scent, aside its ‘intoxicating’ facet. I find no powdery or spicy elements in this. And the flowers have definitely a candy like sweetness. I am a huge fan of patchouli and I find this note which is particularly strong and overpowering per general, to be quite ‘hidden’ in this, as all the floral notes take over and run the entire show – and so they should if the scent is called ‘Flowerbomb’ for a reason. The dry down is very warm, enveloping and less ‘aggressive’ after the bomb goes off.
Its longevity and sillage are both very good, Flowerbomb is a well structured perfume and you are sort of getting what you’re paying for, because believe you me this is far from affordable, as you would expect from a designer fragrance of this calibre.