Perfume review: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

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Flowerbomb is the debut fragrance from Amsterdam-based design team Viktor & Rolf. It was created by perfumers Olivier Polge, Carlos Benaim and Domitille Bertier, and has notes of tea, bergamot, sambac jasmine, orange tree, catleya orchid, freesia, rose, and amber, musk, and patchouli.

Before it was released, I read somewhere or another that Flowerbomb was designed to evoke an explosion of flowers, and so I rather foolishly expected that it would be a big white floral. I like a big white floral, but that is not what Flowerbomb is.

It starts with lots of sugar candy and a bit of citrus, and dries down to a sweet, slightly vanillic dessert of amber and patchouli. It is very smooth and creamy, with no hard edges. There are some flowers along the way, but they are not assertive. I should not think you would have to like flowers to like Flowerbomb.

For that matter, you won't necessarily need to like patchouli. It apparently uses a "purified" patchouli that is exclusive to IFF, the company that developed the fragrance, and in fact it smells very clean, and largely devoid of the earthy notes that tend to conjure up 1960s head-shops. I am not a patchouli fan, but one of the lessons that Flowerbomb taught me is that I like it even less without the earthy part.

Viktor & Rolf made it clear from the onset that they were not looking for an unusual, edgy scent in keeping with their design aesthetic, and they have succeeded in creating an easy to wear perfume that is likely to have widespread appeal to fans of sweet florientals. It is perhaps no surprise that almost every review of Flowerbomb I have seen mentions another fragrance that smells just like it. The prime candidate seems to be Angel, but Flowerbomb is a considerably more demure, well-behaved fragrance than Angel.

I believe Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb is still exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue (someone please correct me if I am wrong). It is $95 for 50 ml of Eau de Parfum.

Update: in 2007, Viktor and Rolf introduced a new Eau de Toilette version of Flowerbomb.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Great perfume writing, as always, R, but I have to say that this just does not sound appealing. The moment I hear pleasant, meant to appeal to all, etc., I envision something unoffensive and forgettable.

    On the other hand, I agree that the best part of patchouli is the earthy aspect. However, it has be blended in a certain way for me to like it. I have no headshop associations with patchouli (actually, none at all other than the smell of my mother's Indian pashminas, which you could purchase in the USSR with patchouli leaves intact), but for ages I for some reason thought that I do not like it. Then I discovered so many fragrances I loved and I figured out that the reason I do like them is patchouli. On the other hand, there is an incredible variety of patchouli on the market. Some patchouli is expressed dry, other when it is still green, yet other when it is aged. Therefore, the scent characteristics can vary a lot.

  2. Anonymous says:

    V, I know what you mean! But I do have a few favorites that fall into the “pleasant” category (La Perla Eclix & Molinard Tendre Friandise come to mind) so I can't knock the appeal. But Flowerbomb doesn't do anything for me. I rarely like a sweet floriental regardless of how interesting it is.

    Montale Patchouli Leaves is the closest I've come to liking a fragrance with lots of patchouli, and it is very earthy and dry. Have you tried it? I have been wondering if the fact that I like it means that it would have little appeal for a real patchouli fan.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I would not classify myself as a diehard patchouli fan, but I do like it in the base notes and sometimes with more presence like Angel. I have a sample of Patchouli Leaves, but I have not gotten around to trying it yet. It smells nice from the vial though. I will let you know what I think once I sample it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hello R! This one did nothing for me. The patchouli annoyed me – but I am not a patchouli fan unless superbly done. I do seem to like some frags with patchouli just not this one which reminded me of Coco Mlle and POTL!

    Lovely review R and have a super duper weekend.

    xoxo

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi N, Coco Mlle comes up frequently in reviews also, but you are the first to mention POTL. Have to admit I don't see any connection — do you smell patchouli in POTL?

    • Butterscotch says:

      shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh leave coco out of this!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    No but the perfume reminds me of a mix of the two!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi R! Another great review of an average perfume. I found a similarity to Bond's Nuits de Noho which I like (actually the only Bond I have found that works for me). Flowerbomb left me flat with nothing bold, feminine nor original about it. I am always a bit put off when I can describe one fragrance by naming another – I think why bother then? Have a lovely weekend.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Interesting! I might have to try layering them.

  9. Anonymous says:

    True enough, F. It was also compared to Bond So New York. I think the appeal here might be for someone who likes all those scents but wants something softer & sweeter & less earthy. Since I generally want drier & earthier, it isn't for me ;-)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Dear R, your review is great to read as always :) I can´t say anything about “Flowerbomb”. Though it´s available over here I´ve never tested it. Perhaps I´m a snob ;) but if I can get it in our perfumery which carries almost no interesting scents (with the exception of Serge Lutens, Annick Goutal, Aqua di Parma & CSP – which I personally don´t like too much) I thought it can´t be very captivating. After reading your review I think I´m right! So far I haven´t found any Patchouli scent I like (Same thing as with the Jasmin – seems to me that I´m a bit picky…) I have a sample of Montale “Patchouli Leaves” perhaps I should give it another try! I got a tiny sample of Bagutta Life (or Jalaine, but I´m sure it has the old name) “Patchouli”, but haven´t had time to test it. KM “Patchoulissimi” (That´s the name, or am I wrong?) did nothing for me. To me it didn´t even smell like Patchouli…

  11. Anonymous says:

    I rushed out of work to Saks one morning, all stressed out over the latest controversy at work, to pick up a bottle of this stuff. I just had to have it! And, truth be told, my husband rather liked it. :):)

    No matter: I sent it to another fragrance friend a couple of weeks ago. The bottle was over 95% full.

    I kept wanting to like it, but at the end of the day, it didn't smell like Angel or Coco Mlle. or any of those other comparisons. It just smelled like candied- patchouli-overpowering-cloud-of-god-knows-what.

    I hope my bottle, and the box that I saved to go with it, found a good home.

    See, this is what happens when you buy into the hype, and need some fragrance relief from the grind of the day.

    I need to remember to stop buying perfumes when I'm stressed! :(:(

  12. Anonymous says:

    My tastes must be mainstream and commercial because I like Flowerbomb. Yes, it's a derivative, more wearable version of Angel. Angel is too bold and distinctive for an everyday, casual scent. I like Flowerbomb for that.

    One of the appeals of Flowerbomb for me is the clean smelling patchouli. I like patchouli in general as long as it's not too earthy.

    It's no surprise that I like Flowerbomb since I also like and own the fragrances mentioned in the comments: Angel, Coco Mademoiselle, POTL and Bond So New York!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I still haven't found any of this to test! Frustrating. I need to wait until there are a few I haven't sniffed, and then try Harrods or Harvery Nicks. The patchouli puts me off – the only patchouli I like is Voleur de Roses. I really dislike the patchouli in Coco MMselle and Chance. I wonder why they called it Flowerbomb, if it's not really a floral?

  14. Anonymous says:

    S, I can be a snob too — but you should try it, you never know! Everyone needs a few sweet comfort scents in their collection ;-)

    Haven't tried the KM. I know I tried the Jalaine, but it must not have captivated me because I hardly remember it. Let me know what you think of Patchouli Leaves!

  15. Anonymous says:

    R, this is one of the reasons I suppose I should be thankful that there are no perfume stores nearby. I cannot really buy as a stress-reducer unless I go online, and that doesn't give the same immediate gratification.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hi Iris! As I said in the comments above, I have my own “mainstream commercial” favorites, so you won't get any arguments from me! I just don't like the whole category of sweet florientals so don't have Angel, Coco Mademoiselle or So New York either. POTL is another matter entirely ;-)

  17. Anonymous says:

    N, We may have very different tastes in patchouli. Voleur de Roses is an absolute scrubber for me (e.g., requires immediate removal). Coco Mlle doesn't bother me so much, I just don't care to wear it.

    I find the name puzzling. I would think it would work against them in terms of attracting the right kind of casual shopper, but then, what I know about marketing is very, very little.

  18. Anonymous says:

    R, well, I do like sweet comforting scents, too. At the moment my personal favourite is “Vocalise” from MPG. According to lusciouscargo the notes are red fruits, preciuos woods, vanilla, blackcurrant & rose. But it isn´t one of these typical mure & musk scents which I find too sweet. It´s creamy & sweet, but not too sweet & kind of melts into the skin. But I generally adore most of the MPG scents, so perhaps I´m biassed ;) A scent that to me has a certain “patchouli feeling” is L´Artisan´s “Passage d´Enfer”, though there´s no patchouli in it. (The notes are incense, lily & musk). It´s kind of mysterious & unusual.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Hello R: I'm always interested in these fragrances that claim multiple creators (in this case three perfumers). It would be interesting to know the history: No. 1 starts, fails, No. 2 takes over, No. 3 advises and reshuffles the deck, etc. Just like I'd find the idea of a novel or screenplay or painting being created by lots of people strange, I wonder about a fragrance with so many fingers (and noses) in the pot. Do you know of any great, ORIGINAL scents that were created by three or more perfumers? (Many of the famous duos — at Serge Lutens and Annick Goutal these days — seem to rely on a pefumer and a person with creative ideas who wants to recapture a time, place, moment via a great title/name of the scent.) Please correct me if I'm completely off base!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Ach, I cannot wait to try this one… someone has promised to send me a sample of it when she gets a chance, and now I'm anxious to see what I think of it. One of my favorite “pleasant” scents is Maybe Baby, and while it's not the most innovative perfume, it does have a certain charm to it.

  21. Anonymous says:

    K, This is not really an area I know much about, but I have been given to understand that the vast majority of fragrances are in fact created by teams, and that most of the people on the team just don't get credit for their work. Many of the fragrances attributed to Jean Paul Guerlain, for instance, have at one time or another been attributed to others…so I assume that it is common practice to have several people work on something, and to credit the “big name”.

  22. Anonymous says:

    K, It has way more fans on the fragrance forums than it does in these comment ;-)

    Haven't even tried Maybe Baby, will have to look for that too — the list never ends!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Love Passage d'Enfer! Haven't tried Vocalise yet.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I love Flowerbomb – can't wear Angel, Nuits de Noho or Coco Mlle. I am a floriental girl at heart and this one just does it for me – nice and sweet, it's comforting to me, kind of like POTL.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Not my type of fragrance at all, too sweet and feminine, little character, not bold at all for a “bomb”, just an outrageously expensive smell good commercial trendy girly mainstream generic ultra-synthetic fragrance.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I tried that one at Harrods a couple of months ago at the same time as La Prairie Silver Rain and I could hardly tell the difference between the two. They both reminded me of Angel. Definitely not my kind of thing.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Glad you've found a winner, and hope for your sake that it makes its way to the online discounters soon ;-)

  28. Anonymous says:

    LOL, no need to mince words — say what you really think!

  29. Anonymous says:

    J, I almost forgot about Silver Rain. I only tried on a test strip, but as I remember it was another floriental, maybe even sweeter than Flowerbomb? Not my cup of tea either.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Hi, R! Iris–I love Angel (and the DH does, too), but iI think it's too forceful for summer, and for the workplace, if I'm honest. One of my team members wears it, and I immediately know when she's nearby. Flowerbomb is pleasant, innocuous, and another fave of my DH. I can wear this as an everyday fragrance, and Angel as an evening fragrance.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Waves to B!! Completely agree that Angel should not be worn in an office. Been there, smelled that. Flowerbomb would be fine.

    Wondering if you have tried the Miss Dior Cherie? I haven't yet, but it sounds like another in the same category.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Wow, so they weren't looking to do edgy! That would explain why a perfume expert pal o' mine said it's like Tocade, what she calls “5th Avenue poodle”, as in zero edge. Well, I like it because to me it's a gourmand, and it manages to not be as sweet as many others. Interesting about the patchouli, too, that you don't like the new synth patch (that's exactly what I call a keyboard program sound–synth patch!). I don't smell much patchouli in Flowerbomb, either, but the little I smell reminds me of MAC MV2 with the same clean synth patch. FB is like MV2 + MJ Blush to me (I smell the same watery jasmine as this).

  33. Anonymous says:

    S, Just back from a day of mall perfume-smelling, and you are right, it is not nearly as sweet as many new releases.

    I have smelled Blush but not MV2 (MAC is supposed to re-release it in August, meanwhile, none of the MAC stores I've been to have it).

  34. Anonymous says:

    Please let me know if I can send some MV2 your way–anytime, and that goes for any scent I have.

  35. Anonymous says:

    i have been looking forward to flowerbomb, but as victoriaf put it, it just sounds lackluster. still, i will give it a go if i get a sample. so. . . .very very interesting about the patchouli. the same thing was done to lush's karma. there are no lush stores where i live, so on a trip to holland i eagerly went to replace my bottle. while in the lush store, i noticed the color of the juice was lighter. then i smelled it and the whole thing smelt less intense, and there was this effervescent edge to it- – almost like it was carbonated. i did not buy it, and wrote to lush asking if they'd changed it. they wrote back saying they had changed their patchouli supplier, and that this one was more “clean”. ech! who asked ya to?

  36. Anonymous says:

    Thank you S! They are supposed to re-release all the MV scents in August, which is soon enough for me as I am actually drowning in perfume samples at the moment. But I'll get in touch if I can't find any :-)

  37. Anonymous says:

    Interesting, would not have thought Lush would mess with such a popular fragrance!

  38. Anonymous says:

    I was so delighted by the name, I had to try it (also being a fan of interesting or intense florals of a special kind) and I was competely underwhelmed by the non-scent of this wonderfully titled scent. They just came up with a fabulous name and had to use it, without actually using it for any kind of communication, it's a shame, and a waste of a great moniker!

  39. Anonymous says:

    I actually came across this review as I was researching Annick Goutal's new scent Mandragore (which my husband flipped over after I dabbed some from a tester that came with Flowerbomb). Needless to say, it's in the mail. I know this is an old post but I just wanted to add that I now wished I hadn't wasted the $100 on Flowerbomb as I don't believe it lived up to its height. I was even browsing thru men's parfum one day and come across the almost exact same scent as Flowerbomb: it's called Hanae More and it is Flowerbomb's cheaper twin. Thanks for the info – on Mandragore!

  40. Anonymous says:

    Hi Sharon, I am so sorry you like the “free samples” better than your original purchase, that is always a disappointment, but at least you found something you will love! AG Mandragore is a gorgeous bottle and I'd love to have it on my dresser.

    I will have to pull out my sample of Hanae Mori for men and try it next to the Flowerbomb now!

  41. Anonymous says:

    I found this to be an unusually “classic” smelling fragrance. It seems like something much older than it's time in finery's terms; yet, “Flowerbomb” remains a scent that has been (ever-so-slightly) tweaked to evoke the modern.

    There is still that distinctly up-to-date thread running throughout it–the kind you can also smell in Guerlain's “Insolence”. However; thankfully, there is not an overly gourmande/sugary-amber note engulfing the base, like that which can be found in nearly every scent released from 2004-present. “Flowerbomb” is interesting, worth smelling twice and stands apart from its peers.

  42. Anonymous says:

    It is very nicely done, and while I don't love it, a year later, it does stand out as a much better release than many others.

  43. Anonymous says:

    I know what you mean; I can appreciate this but I don't see myself ever wearing it. It's nice to have something slightly different out there…compared to the masses of non-descript new releases!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Ain't it the truth!

  45. Anonymous says:

    flowerbomb is a carbon copy of the more affordably prices her destiny by harley davidson fragrances/loreal.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, I've never tried that one & will have to look for it.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Recently I begged half a dozen samples of various scents from Macy's, ordered a dozen interesting samples on line, tried Flowerbomb out of the bottle at a smaller department store, and got the sales clerk to give me a sample which she made by spritzing from the tester into a small atomizer bottle. I haven't yet had time to sample all that I ordered, but of the 8-10 I've tried, I keep coming back to Flowerbomb for an everyday fragrance. I like every aspect of it from start to finish.

    Easily 90% of department store scents disappoint me or offend, so I'm pleasantly surprised by Flowerbomb.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Do see if you can get a sample of the Flowerbomb Extreme for this year, then — the one in the purple bottle. Very nicely done.

  49. Anonymous says:

    I've had this perfume since December 2006, and this past weekend, I was looking at it on the bathroom counter, and realized it had lost its color. Lost its color! Has this happened to anyone else? It was once light and pink and girly, now it's a yellowed, non-distinct organic-looking neutral shade. Does anyone know why this happens?
    It smells the same, thank goodness.

  50. Anonymous says:

    I have had several scents change color (either lose color, or more alarmingly, gain a very new color). Assume it is a chemical reaction of one sort or another. If the scent still smells good, I wouldn't worry about it.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Yes I've heard that it's very hard to make colours stick around in fine fragrances, especially red/pink.

    I smelled Flowerbomb a long time ago, all I remember is thinking it was a very gratuitous use of ethyl vanillin!!! This could explain its yellowing over time.

  52. Anonymous says:

    The smell of patchouli has made me shudder since spening my teen years in a hippie-friendly town. But I find that I love Coco Mlle and I also used to love Paloma Picasso, so perhaps I DO like patchouli… ?

    Can someone let me know what POTL stands for? And while we're at it, what is sillage?

    Signed,

    Perfume Newbie

  53. Anonymous says:

    Probably, like me, you like *some* patchouli but not tons of it :-)

    POTL = The People of the Labyrinths, and the abbreviation usually refers to their first perfume, Luctor et Emergo. You can find a review under “Perfume Reviews”, on the top menu.

    You can also find the glossary if you click on “Resources” on the top menu. Sillage is the trail of scent you leave behind you — so refers to how well your perfume “carries” through the air, so to speak.

  54. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much! I appreciate it. :)

  55. Anonymous says:

    I just would like to point out that Flowerbomb is now available at Bloomingdales as well.

    Additionally, I love the scent of Flowerbomb but it is, unfortunately, a bit out of my price range. I was wondering if anyone could recommend something similar? I've been a devoted wearer of Beautiful by Estee Lauder, but am now looking to mix things up a bit. I've even considered something along the lines of a lighter cologne but there are just so many choices. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  56. Anonymous says:

    Have you tried Jessica Simpson's new scent, Fancy? It isn't all that different, and much cheaper. Or Miss Dior Cherie, perhaps?

  57. Anonymous says:

    I find “Allure” to be too vanilly and “Coco Madamoiselle” way to dry patchouli-”Flowerbomb” is much sexier, softer and prettier than the two…

  58. Anonymous says:

    this has to be my all time favorite scent!!! i just love it. both the scent and packaging are just fun and beautiful! call me crazy but i find that the closest scent to it is can can by paris hilton. that was for Lola. i know its really really late. i cant believe its been 4 yrs. since its release! ive been dying for viktor & rolf to release a new scent! i dont think its ever going to happen! ive heard no news what so ever!! i dont know how they can outdo flowerbomb but i would like them to give it a try really really soon!

  59. Anonymous says:

    It does seem very odd to me that they haven't done a new one for women, at least. Maybe they've got one in the works? Or maybe this didn't sell as well as I assumed it did?

  60. Bluepearl says:

    Just bought 50 ml EDT sold exclusively on a Thompson flight. Never heard of it before. Really liked it but fragrance did not seem to last long. Looked at all the large perfumeries in Tenefife to compare prices and nobody sold it or had heard of it! Disappointed that I may have bought a unknown rubbish fragrance that nobody had heard of. I am from England, where can you buy it from? Why does Flowerbomb seem to so badly advertised here. Perhaps it does not sell well but might if it had better publicity.

    • Robin says:

      Hi Bluepearl, Flowerbomb is reasonably well known in the US, I think. Here it is mostly distributed in high end stores, like Saks Fifth Avenue.

    • Owen says:

      oh Ino what you mean, on the flight.
      and it doesnt last long because it’s eau de toillette, I thought it didnt last long either when I tested it.

      get the eau de parfum, it’s a little more expensive but lasts ALL day.

      and I go to Tenerife this year, third year in a row, we stay in Las Americas and there is a perfume shop on every corner.
      all the big ones sell Viktor & Rolf, but they rip you off over in Tenerife.

      get it at home in UK. Debenhams and Harvey Nichols, sell it in nearly all their stores. House Of Fraser sell it in a few stores. Boots now sell it but hardly any stores stock it. So Debs or HN is the best, also HN is a few pounds cheaper than everywhere else :)

      • Gia305 says:

        Layer it baby. They have a lotion, creme, hair mist, oil & more. A touch of even the lotion then a spray of the perfume, it will last.

        • Owen says:

          I know Flowerbomb is over priced – makes it kind of exclusive.
          but the body products prices aren’t far behind.

          a couple of sprays of the eau de parfum is enough to last me all day.
          the body products might smell just as good but I think they’re a scam if the perfume is long-lasting enough. I think the body cream at one point was more expensive than the perfume! it’s nearing on £80. the shower gel and body lotion are both £40. I pay about £4 for body wash and just over £5 for cocoa butter= Jergens. so I could get nearly 10 bottles of each for the price of one Flowerbomb body product.

          take Black Orchid by Tom Ford for example. I sprayed it twice/three times when testing it on my arm and couldn’t get it off for about 3 days, now that’s lasting power.
          Black Orchid also comes with it’s over-priced body products, which are even more useless because the perfume lasts for 3days surely thats plenty enough without the body products.

          Thierry Mugler Angel is the same, that lasts about one to two days and has the widest product range I think ever. hand cream, exfoliator, I’m sure they have a foot cream aswell.

          my point is, if your perfume is strong enough already, then you don’t need the matching body products. don’t throw more money away.

  61. ceelouise says:

    Sanchez and Turin panned this scent in their book but I think it’s a wondefully young fruity floral.

    • Robin says:

      It is not my sort of thing, but I’d agree that it’s very well done!

  62. Serafima says:

    I have the 50 ml EDP and it is really pleasant sexy floriental (reminds me candied Kapsule Floriental),but I think Flowerbomb Extreme is totally more mine- it is like blast of notes at first. EDT I find a bit too sour at the beginning, the Extreme Sparkle is more ‘close to skin’ and reminded me of Dior Addict. The new La Vie En Rose is more softer and creamy, light. From this lot I like Extreme or EDP.

    • Robin says:

      I liked the Extreme better too…haven’t yet tried the La Vie En Rose stuff.

  63. jonr951 says:

    R Viktor & Rolf really FINALLY coming out with a NEW perfume in JULY!!! O gosh if this is really happening i couldnt be more happier and excited!!! Flowerbomb is my one true love and i cant wait to see what those 2 have come up with!!! I hope its brilliant and something im just going to adore just as much as i do Flowerbomb! Has it really been 5 yrs!!! I cant wait!!! Im losing my mind over it!!! True excitement!!!

    • Robin says:

      Yes, I know…and don’t worry, it’s definitely happening!

  64. Melbourne Girl says:

    I discovered Flowerbomb late last year and instantly fell in love. So much so that since then I have gifted it to three different ladies and they have all enjoyed it immensly. Such a delicate sweetness. Upon smelling it for the first time, one them said it reminded her of being straight in Paris! It is a feminine fragrance that can be worn during the daytime, unlike say, Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique (which I also adore) but is far too heavy. Covet, by Sarah Jessica Parker, also has that versatility as does Bvlgari, which really is fully floral. I like Viva La Juicy but it seems to evoke girly teenage fruity sweetness and Badgley Mischka Couture is ‘nice’ but rather dull – so I would definitely choose Flowerbomb over these – it really is beautiful!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks for the nice review :-)

  65. Brooklynn T. says:

    The first time that I smelled V&R Flowerbomb I was sitting in a classroom with a rotating fan on. Every time the fan blew past the girl sitting next to me I was enveloped in the scent of heaven, it literally transported me. Maybe perfume-induced out-of-body experience? :) I was hooked, that was all I wanted for Christmas which was rapidly approaching. Flowerbomb was my introduction into the world of perfume. After trying it on myself, while I still love it, I understand how perfumes smell differently on different people. I don’t get that same rush as I did sitting in a hot classroom w/ a fan wafting it in my face, but Flowerbomb is still a beautiful experience for me.

  66. jonr951 says:

    So I was at Bath&BodyWorks 2day and I was looking at candles. I smelled and bought a candle called Sensual Amber and I swear it smells just like Flowerbomb! Thats why I chose to get it! Dummy me didnt bother to try the spray! Ill have to test it to see if Im right about it. The candle smells just like it! Am I crazy?!

    • Robin says:

      I don’t know if you’re crazy…I know I smelled SA very quickly once on a card, but I hardly remember it except that it was very sweet — which would fit with Flowerbomb!

  67. parfumliefhebber says:

    Flowerbomb is a nice smell (to me), but I can only wear it in the winter time. During warmer days it is too much to me.

    • Robin says:

      It can be heavy in hot weather.

  68. APassionateJourney says:

    I just smelled this today!!! Well, yesterday! Mmmmmm! I want it!!!!! Why does it have to be sooooo hiigh????? I can’t stand these darn designer scents! This is like a sweet teenager scent! Why would a fruity sweet teenager scent be so darn high???

    • Robin says:

      It is surprisingly expensive. You can find it much cheaper at the discounters though!

      • APassionateJourney says:

        Robin, how do I know which discounters to trust? What are some good ones, and do they come in the original retail boxes?

        • Robin says:

          They don’t always come in retail boxes, but they’ll usually say so (and usually only box-less if they’re testers). I have ordered from beautyencounter, scentiments, 99perfume, perfume.com, fragrancenet, fragrancex, parfum1. A good way to check out a store is to go to makeupalley and do a board search on the store name.

      • Owen says:

        and to @APassionateJourney

        it’s not designed to be a teenagers scent. all the old ladies in Debenhams are there everytime I go in gassing about it lol.

        and it’s expensive because they a very high fashion brand, so their dresses are probably prices a little higher than the usual ridiculously priced designer dresses, I don’t know I’ve never been to a V&R fashion shop.

        so they do the same thing as Dior, they target a huge wide audience, because they are something desirable knowing that only a select few will pay their prices.

        and Robin is right, discount online stores sometimes charge more, so be careful. and remember how much the proper stores like Macy’s and Saks charge, and browse accordingly.

  69. natty2277 says:

    I just discovered flowerbomb this year and i just love it – however i wish i could find other great gourmand scents i could wear.
    I love lush karma also
    This is a great blog and i keep coming back every day!

    • Robin says:

      So glad you like NST! What other gourmands have you tried?

  70. APassionateJourney says:

    I bought a FlowerBomb off of EBAY FOR 69 BUCKS AND FREE SHIPPING! Mmmmm! Beautiful box and a beautiful scent! I felt so good registering my bottle on V&R’s website! $96 bucks saved! I can’t believe it’s real!!!!! I won’t take a chance like that again, though

  71. Owen says:

    flowerbomb is my FAVOURITE ever perfume, purely because it’s somewhat over the top, long lasting and unique.

    I’ve only been interested in perfume for about two years and have already found my “signature scent”. I could stop being a “perfumista” and give up smelling anything else and die happy because I know no one else will come up with a fragrance as good as flowerbomb.

    though I struggle to see the link to Angel. they are both creamy true, but different kinds of creamy. flowerbomb is smooth like creamy silk , whereas Angel has a few spikes. I prefer Alien to Angel anyway. :)

    • Robin says:

      Congrats on finding your signature!

      • Owen says:

        well I’m no where near a perfumista really aha

        and thanks :) got another aswell now, Alien
        got both refillables too :)

  72. jayne fletcher says:

    At first I just Loved the scent, bought it immediately. After the $110.00 purchase I took the perfume home to wear the next day, yet shortly after I began my shift at work I couldn’t smell my expensive perfume anymore. I will stick with Spell Bound & Beautiful! They last ALL DAY:)

    • Robin says:

      It is quite true that lasting power is in no way related to the amount of money you spend (and many people assume it costs more for a company to make a long-lived perfume, but that is not at all true; there are very cheap aromachemicals that last for ages on skin)…I did not find Flowerbomb nearly as short lived as you did though.

      • Owen says:

        flowerbomb does last a long time though, about 8hours on me :)
        and I sometimes can’t smell it as it’s my signature I have it on just about all the time.

        AND look what Selfridges brought out for Christmas: http://www.selfridges.com/en/Beauty/Flowerbomb-Tutu-eau-de-parfum-50ml_208-77011643-L1844700/

        50ml and they charge nearly the price of a 100ml bottle :/ I have the refillable so I I don’t need it but it looks amazing. you pay £20 for the little ruffles and the frosting on the bottle :/.

  73. Gia305 says:

    I can’t for the life of me fathom someone trying Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb perfume, creme, lotion, etc. & not loving it. I have very expensive perfumes sitting on my dresser & I like them, but Flowebomb OMG! There’s no such thing as not liking it & for the comment about it being an “old lady’s fragrance” unbelievable. I was in Sephora’s the other day & 3 teen agers came in, made a beehive to the flowebomb section. I have never felt this way about a fragrance. It rocks!!!!

    • Owen says:

      I think that might have been me mentioning the old ladys.
      I didnt mean it like that, it’s not an old ladies scent but there are old ladies that gather around the Flowerbomb stand and say how lovely it is.

      I meant that it appeals to a wide range of ages, I thought it was aimed at 20-30 year olds or whoever’s got the money but every age seems to like it :)

  74. jonr951 says:

    I just heard from Nordstrom that they’re getting in a .67 oz pure pafum of Flowerbomb. Wanna know the price? Do you really want to know?! I’m scared to say it! $350! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! That’s scary. You know I want it though! Haha!

    • Robin says:

      That’s spendy…can only assume it’s a special collector bottle, right?

      • jonr951 says:

        It BETTER be! Ha! : )

  75. jonr951 says:

    Here’s the extrait! Oh my! I might have to sell a kidney. Ha! : ) http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/viktor-rolf-flowerbomb-extrait-de-parfum/3238377?origin=category&resultback=0

    • Robin says:

      Ooooh, that *is* pretty. Hide those kidneys!

      • jonr951 says:

        LOL! MUST FIGHT TEMPTATION!

  76. jonr951 says:

    Didn’t know where else to post this but there’s a new Flowerbomb! Flowerbomb Rose Explosion! I’m EXCITED! Haha!

    “The juice features both Turkish Rose Absolute and Moroccan Rose Absolute. Other ingredients include mandarin, bergamot, saffron, pink pepper, olive, jasmine, amber, vanilla, patchouli and agarwood.”

    http://www.moodiereport.com/document.php?c_id=29&doc_id=35692

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