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Perfume to many is a very personal choice, peoples likes and dislikes vary massively depending on personal taste. As a result I have never given, nor received perfume as a gift, unless specifically requested. Fragrances as we all know can vary massively in strength and I prefer more subtle scents that arent too sweet or overpowering.
Enter "flower" by Kenzo.
This perfume was designed as one of the original products by a japenese fashion designer by the name of Kenzo Takada. Kenzo has now expanded his range massively to incorporate all manners of scents, but "flower" has resolutely remained my favourite.
I first purchased this perfume on a slightly naive wing and a prayer during a flight abroad because it "looked nice" clearly in my spendthrift devil may care days! However I have to say it has been a good choice as I have had a bottle in my bag everyday since!
The product appears in a clear (and from the way i've thrown it around, amazingly robust) glass bottle with the image of a single poppy thereon.
Kenzo, on designing this perfume wanted to base it around a flower that could take route anywhere, be an individual and fit into any situation, described by the Kenzo empire as "the power of a singular, strong, pure and sensual flower. A nomadic flower, taking root in the asphalt. A flower in the city". The only flower that is able to freely root is the poppy, hence the image on the bottle. Oddly though the poppy does not have a scent, so Kenzo was on a bit of a wing and a prayer to create one for it, as was I in my first purchase!
***How does it smell?***
The scent of Flower is very hard to describe, initially starting quite strong it fades into a gentle, powdery scent that is subtle but noticeable. The rose ingredient is firmly present whilst mixed with a gentle scent of parma violet. I have to say that my reason for loving this perfume so much that I rave about it really is the subtlelty. Its a scent that people walking past you just catch and cant help but to ask you about. The scent isnt quite strong enough to stand out in a crowded pub in the evening but is perfect for daytime wear and romantic meals out.
***How flowery is the price?***
Flower comes in sizes of 30ml, 50 ml, 100ml and a collection of 5 12oz smaller bottles as a gift set. As for all perfumes the quality varies with the price you pay, and bought from a market or street for £15 so quality will be awful, therefore it is hard to quantify what a "regular" price would be. Boots currently quote £33 for a 30ml bottle, £46.50 for 50 ml and £63.50 for 100ml. However my advice would be shop around, go for duty free or look out for special offers.
***Other Bits and Bobs***
Kenzo comes with complimentary products of shower gels and body lotion. I've not tried these so cant comment on them, but didnt want to make them fee left out!
So, In short. This product would come highly recommended from me. But be warned, as soon as you have bought a bottle you will be a floweraholic, so save your dooyoo funds for the next bottle you buy!!
I had previously tried the normal Kenzo Flower in a magazine and then again in a department store. I had owned and used several bottles and needed a new one so when I was in France last summer in the giant perfume shop I was attracted to this one as it was different and new. Oriental is darker, woodier and more deep than normal Flower is. I personally prefer this one as it is less sweet and summery than Flower. It isn't as girly and feminine either.
The packaging is much the same, but you get a piece of paper with Chinese characters on it wrapped around your bottle of perfume and the poppy on the bottle is black rather than red. I love the way this perfume smells and it does last all day, even though it's more of an evening scent than a daytime one - but who cares when you're being comlimented on your smell?