Am I right? I mean "flower bomb". A ton of flowers simply exploding in front of me, that's what comes to my mind.
OK, it's an easy thing for me to do, too. Mention almost anything and I can Six-Degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon-it to dessert, too. But if I were to make a sugar-sweet perfume, I'd call it like it is!
At any rate, Flowerbomb smells to me a lot like crème brûlée sitting next to a vase of flowers - but the dessert is closer to my nose and the flowers are on the other side of the table.
Does that sound like I don't like the perfume? I realize it sounds like I'm kvetching, but I'm really not. I actually quite like Flowerbomb!
The crusty melted caramel facet is delicious (I mean...duh!). The florals are not overtly distinct to my nose. Definitely floral, but I can't so much pick out the different flowers, and I don't want to. The mid-point to drydown is my favorite part, which is a lovely floral patchouli on me.
This perfume is strong and lasts quite awhile. I can see where it could be polarizing! A bold gourmand scent with a misleading name... er, not the smartest move. But what do I know?! It's been selling well for 7 years!
A little insight: the juice for this perfume was created by IFF as an option for another brief. When Viktor & Rolf needed a perfume, this one was submitted. The designers named it (it corresponded with their collection of the same name, Spring/Summer '05) and designed the bottle.1
If it sounds like your kinda thing, I will warn you: it's on the pricier side of the department store shelves. One of the pretty hand grenade-shaped bottles of pink juice costs about $100 for 1.7oz. Sephora sells a rollerball for $25 and a "petite" .68oz for $50. There's also a 1oz for $75 and a few body products if you like to layer your caramelized flowers. I will caution you: a little seems to go a long way!
In my opinion, if you're into gourmands and florals, this is a must-try.
Now, if you'll excuse me, please, I've gotta go. I need to go get something sweet to eat!
House: Viktor and Rolf
Noses: Olivier Polge, Carlos Benaim, Domitille Bertier (all of IFF)
Notes: bergamot, tea, jasmine, freesia, orchid, centiflora rose, patchouli
Sample: I've tried sprays from bottles and sample vials
Final Word: Delicious!
Oh, by the way, aren't the Flowerbomb visuals spectacular?!
And one last floral bomb that really bombs...