Friday, November 30, 2012

A Fragrance Review - Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

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.

The more I wear this fragrance, the more I like it, but I don't think it's something I'll be purchasing myself. I really enjoy it, but for my signature scent, I prefer something slightly less sweet. If I collected perfumes, I'd probably get a bottle. 

A really pretty fragrance, but I'm not sure that it's unique enough to match the price tag. It's a I feel like I can find something similar if I look around Victoria's Secret. It's a luxury perfume and a treat for sure, but $160 for 3.4 oz... ouch!!

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

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.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Have you tried Flowerbomb? What's your current favorite fragrance?


  1. I also smelled Flowerbomb only recently and was really surprised how much I like it...I immediately purchased the roller-ball and wear it frequently. My signature scent is also Her by Narciso. That being said, I'm going through a bit of a fragrance frenzy lately, collecting quite a few new scents. My latest crush is for Lancome's La Vie est Belle. To my nose this and Flowerbomb are dead-ringers...almost identical...only the Lancome scent is slightly more gourmand, with hint more vanilla? In any case, I will def. be picking up a small bottle because it's all I can think of lately! LOL Thanks for the thoughtful review.

    Best, Lisa

  2. Flowerbomb one of my favorite perfumes, and it has amaaaazing staying power! If you like this fragrance, you should also try the Jimmy Choo perfume, it's in a similar bottle and smells heavenly :)

  3. I tried it last week at sephora and thought meeeh nothing special...then I went on shopping around the mall and shazam the perfume melt into my skin to something delicious ! I had to go back and ask for a sample ! Now I am hooked and I think there's just a drop left ...It's already on my Xmas list ;-)

  4. Thanks for the review! :D i blog daily about hair care skin care and beauty care :)

    x ZOe

  5. I agree with AnnaM. Flowerbomb and Jimmy Choo are definitely on my to get list and the smells are pretty similar. I first tried Flowerbomb in the mall and the smell lasted on my wrist for hours and I couldn't stop smelling myself. Jimmy Choo is slightly more affordable so I would probably get that one before FB. Thanks for your in depth review


  6. Flowerbomb is my signature scent! I loooove it, but I don't wear it everyday because of the hefty price tag. There are some good specials on it right now because of the hoildays, and I've already purchased a back up bottle. I'm totally going to the check out the Lancome perfume mentioned above to see how it matches up.

  7. I am looking for a new scent. I am interested in the Narciso, but I see several listed on sephora. Which one do you use? I am looking for a couple scents, one more crisp and clean and another more sweet and seductive. Any other suggestions?

  8. This is hands down one of my top 5 fragrances. I worked at the Macy's fragrance counter and this is the top selling perfume.

  9. I find both flowerbomb and Angel to be hauntingly beautiful and linger on the skin for a long time

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