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Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume Review

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume Review

Viktor and Rolf is a well-known ‘Avant-Garde’ fashion house from Holland that was founded back in 1993 by Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren. They have worked together for almost thirty years to add a unique and exciting twist to the world of art and fashion. They have been at the forefront of the industry and are known for creating industry-changing looks and fragrances – and Flowerbomb is just that.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb is a stunning eau de parfum that has become one of the cult favorites amongst fashionistas. In this Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb review, we will look at how it came about, what makes it so special and why it should be at the top of your perfume shopping list.

Viktor and Rolf History

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren graduated from the prestigious Arnhem Academy of Art and Design in Holland and straightaway took the fashion capital of the world, Paris, by storm when they presented their first show back in 1993.

Starting out in fashion, they presented unique ‘reconstructed’ ball gowns – which saw them steal the show at the Salon de Europeen des Jeunes Stylistes, the hot spot for Europe’s most promising upcoming designers, where they won the top prizes.

Just four years later, they had their own show during Paris Fashion Week

It wasn’t long before tickets to their shows were flying off the shelves and they were the must-see designers for fashion watchers. They took their unique branding over the Atlantic to New York, where they made an even bigger splash. They are now synonymous with modern glamour and offer just a slight twist to the conventional. There’s is a fairytale story filled with fairytale designs and fragrances.

Their philosophy? That anything is possible when it comes to fashion. Why do they stand out from the rest? Purely for their combination of old-school Hollywood glamour and The Avant-Garde.

They have a history of combining glamour, style and wot – and through this, they have attracted some of the biggest names in Hollywood that are all fans of their look and scents – Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman and Gwyneth Paltrow have all been photographed in Viktor & Rolf designs. However, their ultimate muse is Tilda Swinton, who was the star of their ‘One Woman Show’ collection, with all models styled to look just like her.

However, fashion was just the start of their journey. They are now famous in all fields of fashion including opulent fragrances.

Perfume History

The beautiful fragrance of Flowerbomb turned the beauty world upside down. This isn’t the traditional top notes and undertones smell, this is a ‘floral explosion’. Created in 2005, the two designers created a sweet aroma that would interact with a person’s pheromones, which will give a distinct scent to each individual, but always sweet, soft, and sensual.

Ever since its launch – in an eye-popping grenade-style bottle, it has remained popular and is now gracing the dressing tables of fashionistas across the world.

Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Story

In 2005, Viktor & Rolf dropped a bomb on the world – literally a flower bomb. This beauty dropped in a grenade-style bottle, which made it stand out from the crowd. However, it was not simply a case of style over substance – the sweet smell inside was just as disruptive.

This scent is described as being ‘unapologetically feminine’ with its unique, musky and sweet floral smells. Here we have a smell that was a world away from the more unisex fashions in the 1990s, such as CK One and the citrusy overtones of L’Eau d’Issey. This made it quite a risky proposition. However, they didn’t care… Viktor & Rolf designed Flowerbomb to disrupt the market and not blend in… and thus we were bestowed with the famous floral scents of the flower bomb.

As it happened, their risks paid off. The original spray was a success as soon as it hit the shelves – and it now has attracted a mass cult audience.

Interestingly, it was the name that came before the scent. They had the word ‘Flowerbomb’ set before the smell. They wanted a floral mixture of smells that reflected an ‘explosion of flowers’.

The move was pretty controversial and there was worry that there would be a backlash against the f ‘bomb’ – but it seemed to prove a colossal hit.

The process wasn’t a quick one, however, and it was three years in development. Although they were used to spending a few months creating their fashion collections the creation of the perfume took years. However, they had the luxury of time and worked on it for three years until they were sure they were finally ready to launch.

However, unlike perfumes such as Chanel No 5, it has never had a ‘celebrity face’ as it was not designed to embody the celebrity. The designers wanted to offer a perfume that any woman could identify with and picture themselves wearing. However, it does have many celebrity fans, with possibly Tori Amos being the biggest.

Despite being over 15 years old, it is still one of the top-rated perfumes in department stores even now. This has been a success that they had hoped for but could never have expected.

This is marketed as a scent that screams positive and strong femininity. This is flower power of a new kind. It’s more than just one-dimensional femininity. Although it is feminine, gorgeous and romantic – it’s also modern and strong.

Perfume Bottle & Presentation

As we have mentioned earlier, the bottle is the perfect representation of the scent and I love it. It’s strong and different.

It is clear that Viktor & Rolf put as much importance on the design and packaging of their perfume as on the scent itself. As such, the creative two came up with an equally creative look to make it stand out.

They didn’t work alone, though. They enlisted the help of Fabien Baron to come up with an iconic design. Baron is one of the most highly respected contributors to French Fashion. He helped them come up with the ‘diamond granite design’ pretty in pink and finished off with a rose gold label placed at the bottle’s centre.

This is topped off with a large stopper which adds to the opulent luxury – as it tops the spray applicator of this sweet and oriental scent.

Our Thoughts

This oriental perfume has long been one of my favourites. I first got a whiff of it as I wandered through Duty-Free and this is one of the few perfumes that has inspired me to purchase it there and then. I am a fan of sweet scents and this fits the bill perfectly. This is now one of my go-to going out-out scents.

The key notes of the Flowerbomb certainly live up to its well-thought-out moniker. It mixes the exotic smells of cattleya orchids and freesia which emerge subtly from the scent.

I find this to be one of the longer-lasting scents out there, partly thanks to its dominant base layer that keeps on giving after the first spray and application. Muskiness breaks through the sweetness and the combination can be heady.

As well as the musk, there is a touch of patchouli to the base notes, which helps to add an air of oriental mystery to it. The use of Patchouli brings the sweet scent to the next level and gives a feel of luxury and money.

How many sprays are required?

The recommended number of sprays for Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb is usually 2-3 sprays, but it can be adjusted depending on the person wearing it and the occasion.

It’s worth noting that the 2-3 sprays are usually used as a general guide. If you prefer a more subtle scent, then maybe just a spray or two, but if you are looking for a stronger one, then 4 or 5 would work. Applying the fragrance to pulse points such as the wrists, neck, and behind ears will help to enhance the scent and increase the longevity of the fragrance.

It’s always recommended to start with a small number of sprays and then adjust to your own preference. Additionally, it’s important to wait a few minutes for the fragrance to settle before determining if more sprays are needed.

Notes

Top notes: Tea, Bergamot and Osmanthus

Middle notes: Cattleya Orchid, Sambac Jasmine, Rose petals, Freesia and African Orange Flower

Base notes: Patchouli, Musk and Vanilla.

Performance

Sillage

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb has a moderate to heavy sillage, which means that the scent will be noticeable within close proximity to the person wearing it, but it will not be overpowering. Some customers have reported that the fragrance can be noticed from a few feet away, but it’s not overwhelming.

Longevity

On average, the fragrance lasts up to 6 to 8 hours on the skin. However, we found that the longevity of a fragrance can depend on various factors, such as skin chemistry, how much fragrance is applied, and the environment. Factors such as humidity and heat can also affect the longevity of a fragrance.

It is also worth noting that how much you apply can affect the longevity of the fragrance, using more sprays will last longer and using the Eau de parfum in combination with matching body cream or shower gel can enhance the longevity of the scent.

Projection

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb is known for having a moderate to high projection, which means that the fragrance can be smelled from a moderate distance away from the person wearing it. The projection of this fragrance is considered to be more prominent when it is first applied and will dissipate with time into a fine hair mist.

The fragrance is not overwhelming. It can be perceived from a few feet away, but it will not be overpowering.

Target Market

This fragrance has been marketed as a powerful, transformative and luxurious scent, which appeals to women who are looking for a scent that makes them feel confident, elegant and feminine. As a woman over 30, I wear it more on special occasions – as it isn’t cheap, and I have had so many compliments on it.

The packaging, presentation, and advertising for Flowerbomb have been designed to convey a sense of luxury and opulence. The fragrance is often presented in a box adorned with a floral print, and the bottle is nestled in a bed of flowers and petals. As soon as you see it, it gives the impression of a high-end product and is perfect for those who are willing to invest in a luxury fragrance.

The Viktor & Rolf brand has a reputation for creating high-end, Avant-Garde fashion and fragrances, which makes this the ideal perfume if you are interested in fashion and luxury brands. It is also marketed as a fragrance for special occasions and as a gift, therefore it may appeal to any man who is looking for a special gift for the woman they love to make her feel special.

When to Wear

This is classed as quite a heavy perfume that has a series of dominant notes that can be noticed throughout its 6 to 8 hours of life. Because of this, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb is more suited to evening events than everyday wear. It is also pretty costly, so you wouldn’t want to waste it doing everyday chores.

With its mix of sweet florals, this is a superb choice for dinner parties and events with friends and colleagues – especially those you are looking to impress. Moreover, because it has a musky base, you can trust that the sweetness won’t be too overpowering.

Individuality

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb is an Eau de parfum, perfect for those looking to stand out from the rest. This unique fragrance has a combination of oriental notes and floral scents that make it different from the rest.

This is a real floral explosion – and its base, middle and top notes of sambac jasmine, patchouli and rose petals help to create a nuanced and complex fragrance that isn’t easy for others to copy. With power. longevity and this is a perfume that is right out there on its own.

Value For Money

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb is not created to be a cheap perfume. This isn’t for the bargain hunters. However, with its uniqueness, longevity, strong sillage and projection, in my opinion, it is worth every penny. Just put it this way, when my bottle runs out I’ll be buying a replacement! I’d give it 10/10.

Pros

As you can tell, I’m a fan, so there are all sorts of pros to buying and wearing this perfume. However, here are some of the main reasons to go out and buy a bottle:

  1. The fragrances are well-crafted and composed of high-quality ingredients, which can make the wearer feel more confident and put together.
  2. The scents are unique and may be a conversation starter, helping the wearer to stand out in a crowd.
  3. The brand has a reputation for luxury and exclusivity, which can make the wearer feel special and glamorous.
  4. The fragrances are long-lasting and may evoke positive memories for the wearer and those around them.

Cons

Looking at it from a balanced perspective, there may be some reasons why you may choose not to buy it, depending on your tastes and preferences:

  1. The fragrance may be too strong for some people, and could potentially cause headaches or allergic reactions.
  2. The scent may not be suitable for all occasions and may be considered too formal or too casual depending on the setting.
  3. The price of the fragrance may be too high for some people, making it an expensive luxury item.
  4. Because it has been a top seller for over 15 years, it could be considered an overused perfume and people could be tired of it.

Similar Perfumes

If you are looking for similar scents, then you may wish to try out these:

  • Marc Jacobs Daisy: This fragrance also features a floral bouquet of notes, including violet, jasmine, and strawberry.
  • Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede: This perfume also has a floral composition, with the peony being the main flower note.
  • Gucci Bloom: This fragrance also features a floral bouquet of notes, including jasmine, tuberose, and osmanthus.

Our Verdict

I love this perfume and for very good reason. There are very few scents that will make me buy it on first smell and this was one of them. It is perfect for an evening out and from the second you put it on, you just feel better… I almost want to go around and put my wrist under people’s noses just to show off. This is expensive, and it makes you feel expensive. In my opinion, this is a must-have for the dressing table of any strong, feminine and fashionable woman.

0/10 Bottle
0/10 Sillage
0/10 Longevity
0/10 Projection
0/10 Price

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