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Choosing a new perfume is never easy! I remember when I discovered kenzo flower I had been walking around the perfume section of the store smelling all these different perfumes for so long my sense of smell had begun to diminish and all the perfumes just smelt the same, none of which I fell in love with.
However eventually I did stumble across kenzo flower, at first I thought 'oo that bottle is pretty' as the poppy is quite an iconic symbol and looks really elegant on the tall perfume bottled glass. I then smelt the perfume which on first impressions is quite a deep floral smell but with a freshness about it that is really hard to describe but still light and not musky in the slightest.
I decided to buy the perfume and two and a half years later I am still asking for bottles for Christmas and birthdays! I am in dire need of a change of perfume now just because I need a new scent, but other than that this perfume I believe is beautiful and a lasting scent that goes well with any occasion. The lightness of the perfume means you can spray it quickly before you pop to the shops and not feel over-dressed but then on a night out the deeper undertones of the perfume means it lives up to expectations and compliments also.
The perfume lasts a long time when on, perhaps a few hours and on clothing you can still smell the smell for days, for example my favourite scarf forever will now smell of kenzo flower! The bottles are pretty and I am reluctant to chuck any of mine! The different mls come with different stages of the growing poppy illustration on from the little bottle with a bent over poppy head just growing to the biggest bottle with a fully grown poppy, which is a nice touch and makes for a cute dressing table collection.
I will be reluctant to depart with my kenzo perfume when I do move on and will possibly keep a bottle...or two..in case I just fancy a summery kenzo day. People always compliment when I wear this perfume and say it smells gorgeous for hours after you first spray it, I have even converted two of my best friends to the kenzo addiction! A great perfume, you will be pleased.
What first attracted me to this fragrance was the bottle; it is tall, thin and slightly curved and from clear glass, running though the centre of the glass poppy. The packaging is quite simple too, a plain white box, again with a picture of a poppy running the length of it.
The fragrance can be a little on the steep side, looking at Debenhams, it retails at around £40 for a 30ml bottle, £57 for a 50ml and £78 for a 100ml bottle. This is one fragrance where I find the prices varies quite a bit, I have spotted in places such as Home Bargains, WIlko's & Matalan for half the prices listed above so I would always recommend shopping around if you are looking to purchase. The EDT is also available and the price of this is a bit cheaper than the EDP.
According to basenotes.com, the fragrance is described as follows:
Top Notes - Bulgarian Rose, Wild Hawthorn, Cassie, Palma Violets
Middle Notes - Opopanax, White Musk
Base Notes - Hedione, Cyclosal
Compared to other fragrances on the market, this one sounds quite basic and to be honest, smells simple too - I mean this in a good way, the fragrance is simple, as I can clearly detect the different notes and it isn't too 'busy' like some other fragrances can be. When first sprayed, the rose is quite dominant, yet balanced out nicely by a sweet smell of the palma violets, this gives way to the warmth of the musk. Although it doesn't state vanilla is one of the notes, I can definitely pick it out along with the musk. I would describe this as a summer fragrance as the fresh flowers mixed with the vanilla just reminds me of a hot summer's day.
At the full RRP, I think this is a little steep, especially for a larger bottle, what I will say about this fragrance is that although it isn't very strong, it does last for quite a long time, if I spray first thing, I can still smell on my skin at the end of an eight hour shift!
I haven't worn this in what seems like ages because I had forgotten I had it, these last couple of days I have worn for work a few people have complimented me on it.
Overall, I would recommend this fragrance and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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Eau de parfum which comes in 4 ml mini and 30, 50 100 ml bottles.
Tall sleek glass bottle.
30ml is £32.50 at Boots.
£21.35 at www.cheapsmells.com
Fragrantica.com state - 'This powdery floral scent is built on three basic notes. Floral note revolves around parma violet, gentle wild hawthorne, cassis and Bulgarian rose. Its powdery note is composed of voluptuous vanilla, white musk and opoponax with a gentle woody touch. It was created in 2000. Flower is created by Alberto Morillas. This perfume also won a 2001 and 2003 Fifi award'.
Well I must admit that what drew me to this fragrance first was the sleek lines of the graceful bottle. I had admired it for a good while before I actually got around to sampling the perfume - I am not fool enough to buy a perfume of this price just for the bottle! Anyway I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely quality of the perfume as well so decided to buy it.
The bottle is tall and slim and curved to represent a a flower stem. The bottle is clear glass and the cap is clear plastic. The only decoration on the bottle is a flower stem running up the side of the bottle and a red poppy flower on the lid. This has been my favourite bottle style to date and it would grace any dressing table. I love all things clear and acrylic so the pretty lid of this bottle definitely appealed to me.
However turning to the fragrance itself - this was the first Kenzo product I had bought so had no idea really what to expect - but the quality and longevity of the perfume is superb. As from the title of the fragrance 'Flower' it is a floral scent - but also quite sophisticated. It is floral without being old fashioned or sickly. Sophisticated enough for evening but in my opinion not too heavy to wear in the day time as well - so long as you use it sparingly. I have often worn it through the day and even my husband has not complained about it being heavy or sickly - something which he constantly does if I wear my favourite 'Angel' perfume.
This is definitely floral but overly powdery. It has fantastic staying power even when only a little is used. Personally I could not detect single notes such as violets, vanilla or white musk but the overall blended effect is lovely, floral and feminine, without being too 'twee'. Definitely a modern fragrance but one that many people would like I think.
As with all fragrances it pays to test it first but you can always buy the small trial sized bottle of 4 mls which will also then be a great handbag sized bottle to carry with you.
===Would I Recommend?===
Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Linalool, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Farnesol, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Benzyl Salicylate, Methyl 2-Octynoate, Eugenol.
I love perfume and really don't feel dressed without it. For my birthday recently I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of a perfume I had not tried before; Kenzo flower eau de parfam. I now absolutely love this scent and will be buying it again!
The perfume comes in a beautiful bottle that is made to look like a vase containing a single wild poppy. The bottle is shaped with a contemporary looking twist to give it extra style. The bottle has ca spray nozzle, ensuring I don't use too much. This is an expensive perfume and a 100 ml bottle from John Lewis will set you back by £77.50. I was given a smaller 30 ml bottle and I see that this size is available from Asda for £25 or from Boots for £32. There is also a 50 ml bottle available from Amazon for £34.95.
This is a very light perfume that really reminds me of summer. It has a sweet, floral scent that is lovely to wear during the day as it is not too heavy. It has top notes of black currant, hawthorn and Bulgarian rose with base notes of vanilla and white musk. I can definitely detect the vanilla; a scent I love!
I like to spray this perfume on in the morning and am delighted by how long it lasts for. I can still smell it at the end of the day, meaning my bottle should last me for ages. Although I would say this is a daytime perfume, I have also worn it when going out for a meal. I have been given lots of compliments and asked what it is I am wearing.
My friend did take a chance in buying me a perfume I had never tried before. However I really love this scent and will definitely be buying it again!
Kenzo Flower is a very feminine perfume. It is absolutely floral and I expected it to be when I first bought the fragrance online without ever smelling it. I knew that I would like it from the notes but I did not think they would be as beautiful and natural as they are. I like how sparkly the perfume is and think it does not take itself seriously, it is fun I think and I like to wear it in the summer because it is bright and feminine.
Every review I have read about Kenzo Flower has said how beautiful the bottle is but I do not like it very much. It is very thin and I know someone who has broken one before by not being careful and I think perfume bottles should be stronger than this. I like how the poppy is printed on to the bottle but I do not think it is as special as it looks in photographs.
TOP NOTES: BULGARIAN ROSE, WILD HAWTHORN, CASSIE, PALMA VIOLETS
Kenzo Flower is very flowery as soon as you spray it on and the top notes show this to be true. I can smell Palma Violets even though that sounds like a fragrance that you would not smell very well in such a floral perfume. That makes the perfume sweet but it is not sickly ever because the flowery smell does not let it get too sweet.
MIDDLE NOTES: OPAPANAX, WHITE MUSK
I do not know what Opapanax smells like but I think the whole of Kenzo Flower is musky. It is sexy because of this but the musk is not very strong so it is still very feminine and pretty instead of being sexual in the scent. The middle notes do not last for very long but they are very fresh smelling I think and make it a beautiful perfume.
BASE NOTES: HEDIONE, CYCLOSAL
I like the base notes of Kenzo Flower very much because it is sweet and woody at all the same time. It is very attractive and the fragrance is a lot stronger than you think it will be because of the top and middle notes being so light and feminine.
WHAT I THINK
I like Kenzo Flower very much and I will use it again probably in the summer because I think it is right for warm weather. It lasts for quite a long time on my skin and the smell changes regular so that it always is developing and showing me something new.
I think any lady could wear this perfume because it is so feminine and it is not strong or over powering.
Kenzo Flower costs about £30 for a 30ml bottle.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I have used Flowers by Kenzo for many years, absolutely loving it from the first moment I smelled it.
This perfume comes in a tall slender bottle with a poppy on the front, the poppy is of varying degrees of opening dependent on the size of the bottle you have, the smallest having a closed head, the biggest having an open head on the poppy. I have found that this bottle although very distinctive is not the strongest of bottle designs and can be rather fragile so not one to be carried around in a handbag which gets knocked about a great deal.
Flowers has a very sweet smell and can sometimes be a little overpowering when you first put it on, this is the main reason I have recently changed my perfume. For many years I have enjoyed wearing this perfume but recently I feel it has become a little too overpowering when applying. After a couple of moments the smell dies down and it becomes a pleasant sweet smelling perfume though. The key smelling ingredients in this perfume are of a floral nature, including Bulgarian rose, wild hawthorn and vanilla. To me it is the sweet vanilla fragrance which brings about the sweet element, with the rose bringing out the floral element, being the lasting undertone of the perfume. This is a relatively long lasting perfume as it rarely needs reapplication throughout the day.
This perfume retails at around £20 to £30 for a 30ml bottle depending on where you buy it and is relatively cheap for a bottle of this size and fragrance. I feel this is not badly priced for a perfume which is long wearing and perfect for anyone who enjoys wearing sweet smelling perfumes with a floral hint to them.
Flower by Kenzo definitely seems to be a fragrance which splits opinion and makes people either love it or hate it. Before I ever tried this perfume I was quite drawn to it as I really liked the packaging design, with a single bold poppy on a nice bright white background. I think the packaging looks fresh, clean, modern and zingy, which is how I expected the perfume to be. Unfortunately in my opinion the actual scent did not match up to my expectation at all!
The Kenzo Flower scent in my opinion smells very very sweet, cloying old fashioned and a bit sickly. Apparently poppies do not have any scent, and this perfume is how Kenzo thinks they should smell, hence the poppy on the packaging. This is a cute concept but it does not make sense to me as the overwhelming thing I get from this perfume is Parma violet, which I wouldn't associate with poppies. It also has a vanilla sweet baby powder vibe going on.
According to BaseNotes.com the notes are as follows, for those who want the full details:
Bulgarian rose, wild hawthorn, cassie (not sure what this is - they might mean cassis?), Palma violet
Opoponax (no clue what this is) and white musk
Hedione, cyclosal (I don't know what these are either!)
I don't make out half of these, which is not surprising since I don't know what some of them even are. As I said, I get mainly Palma violet, vanilla and baby powder from it.
As is often the case with perfumes I don't like, it does seem to stick around for a while and has a decent strength and sillage, as I would expect from a musky perfume.
For those who do like it, I would say the powder and musk makes it seem more of a wintery scent. It seems a bit too cloying for summer in my opinion.
I would say this is definitely one to try before you buy, as it is quite unusual and you will probably love it or hate it.
When my Mother-in-Law asked what I'd like for Christmas I decided to browse the perfume counter in Boots, originally thinking to choose something I hadn't used before - unfortunately after a spray of the beautiful Kenzo Flower (which I've owned in the past) I decided not to try something different this time and return to a previous favourite.
Kenzo Flower is available in a range of sizes and formats; including 30ml Eau de Parfum bottles, 90ml bottles of Cologne, body lotion, deodorant and gift sets - plus limited edition and otherwise 'different' variations on a Kenzo Flower theme.
I chose the 30ml Eau de Parfum, I could have had a larger bottle of Eau de Toilette for roughly the same price (£29) but Kenzo Flower always works best in the stronger Parfum format. The bottle is exactly as you can see above; a simple curved glass design with a beautiful poppy painted the length of the bottle, the lid pulls off and clicks back into place easily - I'd feel comfortable travelling with this bottle of perfume as I'm confident the lid wouldn't fail and leave the contents of my bag/case smelling of Kenzo.
The fragrance itself is amazingly feminine; it's light and pretty, but manages to be strong with excellent longevity at the same time. To begin with it's naturally quite floral in tones, there's an effective burst of rose which comes through and mingles with a robust variety of other florals (a bouquet, I can't honestly say I can pick any other singular floral scent from the top notes). This is beautiful, truly stunning - within five minutes of spraying myself for the first time I was struck with the question as to why I'd not re-purchased my original bottle when I ran out a couple of years ago as this is seriously one of the nicest perfumes I've ever used!
After a while the rose loses it's freshness, always remaining in the overall fragrance but allowing other scents to work their way to the fore. Checking on the Kenzo website, the middle note is Parma Violet. Now I know this I can smell it, but before that I was unsure as to what the fragrance was trying to do - the perfume begins to get sweeter at this point and also takes on a very baby powder-like aroma, something that lasts for the duration of the perfume's life. Which is fantastic as the sweet powdery fragrance follows you around in a cloud and is something that lots of people have commented on while I'm wearing Flower.
The final Flower experience is lightly musky, so I wasn't surprised to read that it's actually White musk. This is a very sensual fragrance and adds a hint of sophistication to what could otherwise be described as a 'fun' perfume. The musk compliments the still evident baby powder tones beautifully and leaves me with a dry, almost heady fragrance which lingers for at least eight hours after spraying. I tend to be quite generous with my spritzing and this suits Kenzo Flower perfectly as it doesn't become overwhelming if I 'overdo' it, but just increases it's overall fragrance to a stronger version than if I were being stingy with application. It's just the perfect perfume.
I would recommend this to any woman who wants to smell feminine and pretty, those of you who prefer a heavy Opium-type perfume will probably not be as impressed as I've been - I'd say any age of woman could get away with this fragrance, making it the ideal Christmas/Birthday/Valentines present if you're stuck for ideas.
~~A little bit of history.~~
Alberto Morillas, world renowned perfumer, formulised and unleashed Kenzo Flower at the turn the century to wowing the noses of an insistantly adouring public. Predominantly self taught, Morillas displayed an exceptional gift when it came to the art of 'scent manipulation' early in the beginings of a career that began in the 1970's. Experimental and spontaneous in both style and approach he readily acknowledges that he is often dismissive of the usual set of rules or methodology behind scent composition and prefers to work more freely and without constriction in regards to his materials.
There is certain something in the Morillas craftsmanship that often indentifies his fragrances from other perfumers, a signature somewhere in his formulae that link each together as his own despite every composition being so very different. Kenzo Flower is no exception, unique un yet a typical example of his own personal style and creative flare it's a scent that appeals to the masses and is a generally revered crowd pleaser, unlike some of his other compositions that I would perhaps term a little more 'niche' and as such, not as favourable. Morillas has crafted many scents throughout the course of his career, some for the art world and some more readily accepted classics like CK1 as well as more modern hits like Marc Jacobs Daisy. Kenzo Flower, however, still remains one of my firm imaginative favourites.
~~Packaging and pricing.~~
The bottle is elegant, a clear glass curvature that mimics a stem in the breeze. It's a simple yet classy design if not a fraction on the fragile side (I wasn't best pleased when my bottle smashed with relative ease) and thus perhaps consequently not a suitable handbag item but more of a miniture scuplture to casually admire in a well placed spot. The side boasts the Kenzo trademark, a splash of colour in the form of a carefully placed poppy that runs the stretch of the bottle and is fitting to the overall feminine design, undoubtably echoing the floral theme of the fragrance beautifully. It's a delicate treasure but never the less, an eye catching piece in my opinion.
Depending on where you go, Kenzo Flower retails at around £25 for a 30ml bottle, £30 for 50ml and £45 for a 100ml bottle. Expensive, but only a small amount is required for optimum results and the bottled scent lasts.
~~The waft. The opinion.~~
Flower was released back in the year 2000 and still remains one of the top selling fragrances throughout Europe. With top notes of Bulgarian Rose, Wild Hawthorn, Cassie, and Palma Violets, it is an undeniably floral composition and one that the artsy 'hard to please' perfume critiques may have even initially snubbed as outdated or indeed old fashioned when visualised only on paper, never the less, you cannot deny its modernity, it's a quintessential abstract and oriental take on an old fashioned way of doing things. Flower is also unmistakably (though not overlly) powdery, which is another element of the composition potentially open to criticism as powdery perfumes are often deemed as 'last season' and once again have that old fashoined reputation. However, that doesn't detract from the overall uniqueness and style conscious impression of the fragrance in my opinion, and perhaps why Flower is still so very popular, appealing the the broadest possible spectrum of people with its mix of old and new.
An initial blast, may have had those same critiques again dismiss the composition as one dimensional, may be even out right Soliflore (a perfume that's scent mimics only one single flower), for it does momentarily shout "violets" at you in an intense and unforgiving manner that borders on sensory domination which is surprisingly quite seductive, though thankfully, not accurately depictive of the overall more gratifying and subtle end result. It can at first seem a touch 'overpowering' for want of a better word. Allow to settle, each note becomes fine tuned and well balanced, in sync and all round harmoniously complimentary of one another, uniting in the common denomintor of femininity. Picture a homage to every likable flower you have ever pleasurably sniffed, colliding together and morphing into one spectacular smelly hybrid, it's actually quite difficult to identify any one particular flower when the composition reaches that note perfect balance it's like a thousand flowers and way beyond. To my mind, this is what is so beautiful about this perfume, it's subtly dramatic and full of life. In essence, to bracket this perfume as simply 'floral' just isn't accurate or fair enough; it's more a burst of the finest oriental garden.
With heart and bass notes of Opopanax, White Musk, Hedione and Cyclosal, the fragrance takes on an all together more seductive quality. There is something quite special about the inclusion of White Musk in this fragrance; it's comforting and depth giving, almost sensual, and at the very heart of the composition. There are hints of vanilla and a sprinkling of pepper that both rekindle and embellish the sense of smell, as if it were a taste bud in the midst of a fine dining extravaganza. All the notes in play, this truley is a work of sensory abstract art with an impressive silage (sillage meaning trail) that is by no means sickly sweet, and beautifully contradictive by nature of the perfumes overall subtly. Flower is a perfume that catches the breeze, gently reminding you of its existence without resting heavily on a tired mind.
In all, Kenzo Flower is a fine example of a contemporary and vintage fusion success, proving that old scents can be revitalised, renewed and modernised given a thoughtful and inspired approach.
~~Also on Ciao under the same user name~~
I was given a bottle of this perfume for my Birthday last year, and although I had not tried it in the past I was instantly drawn to the contemporary and classic bottle design and the soft fragrance within. I do not consider myself particularly fussy when it comes to the fragrance of perfumes, all be it I do not like fragrances that are too strong or that create a dense musk, however this perfume suited me perfectly and was good for both day to day usage and special occasions.
About the Product ~
This perfume was launched by Kenzo in 2005 and is considered by many to be a fragrance which suits all age ranges as a result of the soft feminine fragrance and the bottle design. The perfume comes packaged in a plain white box which is illustrated with a single poppy up the side. Upon opening the box lid the perfume within is beautifully presented in a tall and slightly arced glass bottle which is transparent in colour and again features the single poppy up the side. The green poppy stem runs up the side of the bottle whilst the transparent plastic clip top lid features the red head of the poppy which in my opinion is a clever use of incorporating the lid and the design bottle together.
Upon clipping off the lid of the bottle there is a silver spritzer to distribute the perfume. This is a good quality spritzer and produces a good squirt of perfume rather than doing a pathetic squirt which dribbles out the end of the bottle.
The Fragrance ~
Kenzo claim that this perfume features fragrances of parma violet, hawthorne, cassis and Bulgarian rose with notes of vanilla, white musk and opoponax. In my opinion this is a very light scent that lingers on the skin the most notable smell being that of the floral smells of violet and rose. This fragrance will not blow you away in terms of being really strong and noticeable, however it is light and summery and will create lovely wafts of perfume throughout the day.
The Price ~
As with all perfumes this one comes in three different sizes which are 30ml, 50ml and 100ml. I have the 30ml bottle and upon looking for it in the perfume store discovered that it can currently be bought for £25.99. It therefore makes a good gift.
My Summary ~
This is a lovely feminine fragrance the beauty of which is that a little goes a long way. I have had mine for a year now and am only half way through the contents. In my opinion this is a lovely soft and feminine scent which does not fit into any particular category of perfume and would therefore make a perfect gift for all age groups. I received mine as a gift and was only too pleased to have it. It also comes packaged in a classic bottle which due to the thin design fits well into any bag when travelling.
This is a lovely product which looks gorgeous on my dressing table, I have therefore scored it 5 stars out of 5.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review.
a sweet and floral fragrance
10 years ago i purchased my first ever bottle of this perfume and i have had a bottle nearly every year since. This is how much i liked it .It comes in a pretty bottle and looks very chic. Recently though my thoughts about how much i like the perfume have changed from loving it so much to thinking its ok. I know the perfume smells the same so i have been trying to work out why i dont love it as much. My concluesion is its a very young girls perfume.
I don't feel that its at all sexy or intresting its sweet, happy and pure.Its not light and airy nor heavy and sufficating. I think it suits teenage girls and women in their early twenty's its natural with a hint of chic.
I do have to say it still is a lovely perfume and is great value for money you can pick up 50ml bottle for about £25 which i think is great and they come in some nice gift sets too.
when i wore this perfume i had lots of people ask what it was and told me they really liked it. A few even got it for themselves. So to sum up kenzo's flower perfume its young, happy sweet, and floral. I would reccomend it to a friend because i have loved it for so long.
I bought his for my auntie a a birthday several years ago, I loved it myself but couldn't afford to buy it as an personal indulgence. Recently my daughter bought a little set of miniature Kenzo Flowers perfumes, handbag sized versions of the full size product right down to the (I think) pretty and classy bottle. The curve of the bottle is reminiscent of the curve of a real flower, nestled in a green field leaning to follow the sun. Kenzo is relatively new name to classic perfumes, and comes from the Kenzo fashion house founded in 1970 by Takada Kenzo in Paris, the perfume Flowers being launched in 2000.
Despite the name of the perfume being 'Flowers' this scent has a fairly pared down layer of 'notes' so certainly not an in your face full bouquet. The primary notes being Bulgarian Rose derived from Damask Rose, according to Kenzo this is the finest Rose oil in the world, Parma Violet, I was a bit taken aback at this as it brings back memories of the spoils of my grannys trips to visit family in Devon, she always gave us a bottle of Devon Parma Violet perfume which though lovely was a little sickly for me and set my sister immediately spiralling into a massive asthma so doesn't have pleasant associations for me, I'm glad to be reaquainted with it in a form I can enjoy. The floral list continues with Cassis, 'gentle' wild hawthorn. White musk, and opopanax (or sweet myrrh) give a woody note, and smooth vanilla creates a powdery 'note'.
Notice there is no mention of poppy here. When I first came across the bottle depicting a beautiful single long stemmed poppy flower I was curious as to what the scent would be. As if you are a gardener you will know that to the human nose the big blousey red poppy has no real scent. I think that Kenzo have created an aroma that they think might be depictive of the poppy, evocative of a beautiful single flower.
The scent is instantly floral, and has a summery feel for me. I find that on me it dries down fairly quickly to a light musk scent, lighter than other musky aromas with a happy floral feel still being apparent. I think it's one of those rare scents that would be equally at home on any age group, fresh and modern enough for the youngest, with a core of something more substantial and sophisticated for those that prefer this style of fragrance. It's feminine without being sickly or too girly girly.
This has become my current favourite perfume, which I automatically reach for whether I'm going to the dentist or for an evening out. Flowers is appropriate whatever the occasion, I don't feel over powered by this fragrance, and the people I'm with certainly wouldn't find themselves assaulted by the scent. Some perfumes envelope you in a cloud of fragrance which enters the room before you do, Flowers is more subtle than that and stays closer to the skin encouraging people to lean in to appreciate the scent, and leaving just a subtle waft of yumminess as you pass by. Although the scent is fresh, floral and light it has enough oomph to last all day, I quickly become unaware of it, but am surprised by the nice comments I've had after having the perfume on all day without adding another splosh. I don't use a huge amount of the perfume at each use and would judge that over the course of a year I've used just under half of a 50ml bottles worth.
Eating out is not a problem while wearing this unlike with some of the heavier woody oriental scents, such as 'Opium' which tend to inveigle their way into every mouthful of food you take. This is a perfume that I have often been complimented on, when my sister came in for a hug recently she took a deep whiff and immediately commented on the lovely smell and wanted to know what I was wearing.
I love this perfume and will certainly try and get my hands on more when my current stash is depleted.
Kenzo regularly bring out reinterpretations of the classic Flowers fragrance in limited editions for the summer. The classic Flowers perfume is widely available on the high street where it is fairly regularly on offer, and on the internet it can vary widely in price and is now available in refillable bottles. One example is £24.45 for 30ml at the moment from 'cheapsmells'
REASONS FOR PURCHASING
I didn't actually purchase this perfume initially. I am a member of a swapping website (www.bigwardrobe.com) and swapped something of mine that I no longer use, for a 30ml bottle of this Eau de Parfum. It isn't a perfume I'd tried before, so knew I was taking a bit of a risk! But then again, how much of a risk is it when you're getting something for free! :)
My reasons for choosing this were purely down to the hype (it's a popular scent that I know a lot of people rave about) and the prettiness of the bottle. With it's tall, slim, curved bottle and pretty but simple flower image, it really is a work of art in itself!
PRODUCT WRITE UP
I had a little read on The Perfume Shop's website before my perfume arrived in the post. This is what they had to say:
"A vibrant, fresh & sensual fragrance, Kenzo Flower belongs to the floral family of fragrances. The key ingredients are Bulgarian Rose, wild hawthorn and vanilla."
Opopanax, White Musk
Bulgarian Rose, Wild Hawthorn, Cassie, Palma Violets
Feminine, Individual, Spontaneous"
This bottle arrived in a neat white, matte cardboard box. Nothing too showy or flash. The bottle was pretty much as I was expecting, stylish and simple. I didn't think the lid fitted quite as securely to the bottle as it could do, but this was only a minor flaw.
As someone with a lot of perfumes, I was pleased that this tall and slim design didn't take up much room on my dressing table!
Now, on first impressions I 100% agree with the perfume's write up! This is overwhelmingly floral! The scent brings up images of the flower on the bottle itself, and nothing else! You can definitely smell the parma violet notes, even if you're not the sort of person who can analyze scents (like me!).
To be honest, I didn't like this at first at all. I'm a big fan of unusual statement scents and wear Thierry Mugler's Alien or Angel or Dior Addict of an evening, and a nice Jo Malone scent for the day time.
This perfume struck me as very 'safe' at first, which is not a bad thing in itself, just not my cup of tea.
As the day went on, the floral notes died down and I was left with a sweet but clean scent that lasted the rest of the day. I did not expect this perfume to last more than an hour or so, so I was very impressed!
I would agree with The Perfume Shop's write up that this perfume is indeed feminine and fresh!
The RRP for 30ml of Eau de parfum is £38.
Now, this is a popular fragrance, available in most department stores, perfume shops, department store websites, and so on. It is worth shopping around as this could be cheaper in one place than another.
Steer clear of eBay for this perfume, unless you really know what the product should look like. With popular perfumes that have been around for a while, fakes can often appear. A fake perfume is never a bargain. The scent and longevity can never be recreated.
OVER ALL THOUGHTS
If you're one for your floral and fresh scents, you won't go too far wrong with Flowers by Kenzo. If you're one for pretty bottles on your dressing table, you'll love this even more!
If you like your statement scents, still give this one a try. You might be pleasantly surprised, especially by the longevity of this scent. Definitely try this before purchasing though, if you don't like floral, chances are you won't like this one!
This is one of my absolute favourite perfumes. I remember standing in the uni union waiting to buy my coffee (on the last day before us broke up for exams and summer) and I could smell this amaaaazing perfume. It was coming from my friend so I asked her what she was wearing. Turned out, she was wearing her sister's perfume. "Flower" by Kenzo.
So, needless to say, I bought it! I asked her if she would mind - I know some folk can be a little bit precious about the perfumes they wear and don't like if other people have them. Anyway, my friend didn't mind and I promptly went out and bought a 100ml bottle of it at the airport. I intended to make sure this perfume reminded me of my holiday, and it really did. I bought it on the way there and wore it for an entire two weeks without getting sick of it. I finished the bottle around Christmas time and was lucky enough to receive another TWO as by this point I had told everyone how much I loved this perfume!
It is definitely one of my favourites.
~~~ The bottle, the box, the lid, the price ~~~
Kenzo comes in a tall, thin, elegantly curved clear glass bottle. The base is a kind of oval shape and the glass on the base is quite thick - so thick infact, that my bottle of Kenzo Flower survived being dropped onto the patio and a trip through the washing machine!
When buying this perfume, you will find it in a white cuboid shaped box with a bright red poppy on it with a long stem. This same poppy is also on the lid of the bottle with the stem painted in green down the side of the bottle. It looks really pretty and classy.
One of my slight little niggles is that the lid of this perfume is not brilliant. I tend to throw the bottle into my bag and the lid can have a tendency to fall off. It's made of plastic and is oval shaped like the base of the bottle. I think it slackens over time. However, it's not a reason not to buy the perfume.
The perfume comes in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sizes. It also comes in eau de toilette, but this review is for the eau de parfum.
The eau de parfum is slightly more expensive than the eau de toilette but you are paying extra for the better quality ingredients and the staying power of a parfum. The price varies between retailers, with the small 30ml size costing roughly £18; 50ml around £30 and 100ml around £40. Admittedly, I usually go for the bigger bottle simply because I love the perfume and it's better value this way, but the smaller bottles are much better for keeping in a handbag etc. The 100ml bottle is quite tall and heavy.
I like the overall look of the bottle; it's clean, classy and elegant. The red poppy on the bottle is a nice splash of colour and the bottle feels nice to use and hold.
~~~ The scent ~~~
As I have said, Flower by Kenzo is one of my all time favourite perfumes. I always go for sweet, powdery, slightly floral scents; this really is the epitome of that!
Perfumes are made up from a variety of fragrances which can usually be separated into top notes, heart notes and base notes.
Top Notes: These are the first, instant scents which appear as soon as the perfume is applied. They are small moleculed and due to this, the dissipate quickly. However, they do much to inform people's initial impressions of a fragrance as they are the "first impression"
Heart Notes: These are the fragrances which form the main scent of the perfume. Usually when you smell a perfume from someone else, it will be the heart notes and to some extent the base notes which form your overall impression of the scent. The heart notes begin to become apparent just as the top notes die off. This is why you might spray a perfume in a shop, smell it, not particularly like it, then sniff your wrist again a short time later and suddenly feel the the scent is much nicer! They are also a helpful adjustment between the bright, sometimes harsh top notes and the deeper, often earthier base notes.
Base Notes: As I said, the middle notes begin to mingle with the base notes which is usually what you smell when someone else walks past you wearing a perfume. The base notes help to form the overall impression of the perfume along with the heart notes. The base notes give the perfume depth and texture. They can tend to be earthy or musky scents and are not usually smelled until about half an hour after first application. Take our perfume shop scenario, you sprayed and did not like the initial scent...you leave the shop and realise that the scent has "settled" and now you find it quite pleasant...that is not the end, as the heart notes begin to dissipate, the base notes mingle through them and the scent continues to evolve!
The top notes in Flower are Bulgarian Rose, Wild Hawthorn, Cassie and Violets. I have to admit that the rose and violet are the more powerful of the top notes and seem to linger for quite a while. Flower also contains hedisone which helps the perfume to disperse and maintains that lingering fragrance of the perfume.
When you first smell Flower you will notice the light, sweet top notes of rose and violet. I feel that the heart notes very quickly set in and you notice the slightly powdery scent rather quickly; this comes from one of the heart notes - white musk. However, I would not say that the perfume smells particularly musky; it just has a little suggestion which gives that powdery scent. Other heart notes include opopanax (sweet myrrh). This gives the perfume a warmth and a steadiness; as does the main basenotes of amber and vanilla. Vanilla can be very sickly, however, in Kenzo it just seems to add a delicate sweetness and a warm to the scent.
I would describe the scent as bright, sweet, innocent and modern. It is not a sickly sweetness, more a fresh, vibrant sweetness. It's quite a sophisticated fragrance and a very recognizable one. Some have described it as slightly oriental, I suppose I can see what the mean, although, it is really just a sweet, fresh perfume!
~~~ Conclusion ~~~
Kenzo is one of those perfumes which lingers all day. If you put a few sprays on in the morning, it's still there hours later, although to be fair, I like it so much that I carry it with me and douse myself in it at every given opportunity!
It's a sweet smelling perfume which is great for general day wear or special occasions. Its light enough to be modern and youthful and yet sweet and just delicious!
I think that the pricing of it is quite reasonable for the quality of the product. It lasts ages as it's an eau de parfum and also because the scent does linger. In my opinion it's one of the nicer perfumes around at the moment, it also benefits from looking quite classy. It would make an excellent gift (or just a wee treat for yourself!). The 30ml is brilliant handbag size and the 100ml is for more hard core fans (with giant handbags!)
Thanks for reading!!
I had never heard of Kenzo when I saw the bottle of Flower by Kenzo in Debenhams a few years ago, and to be honest I still don't know a great deal about them. I certainly didn't know them as a brand, and even now I only really think of them as a perfume than anything else. You can't miss this bottle - it's gorgeous, like a piece of art. Tall and slim in clear glass with a red poppy in the chunky lid and a green stem trailing to the base of the bottle. Gorgeous. I happily display the bottle, now I own it, in my bathroom where it looks lovely.
It's certainly not a cheap perfume, but in my opinion, it's worth every penny. It costs around £35 for a 50ml bottle but this will last you - especially if you use this like I do as a special occasion scent and not as an every day scent. It's not that it's unsuitable for every day, no, it's actually a gorgeous scent, one I like to keep for evenings out, special occasions and so on, to mark a change - much like wearing a best dress or lipstick. You can sometimes pay a bit less online but it is almost never discounted on the high street (or if it is it is snapped up so fast I don't see it).
The scent is billed as: Wild Hawthorne, Bulgarian Rose, Parma Violet, Cassia, Hedione, Cyclosal, Opoponax, White Musk and Vanilla. Certainly it is a sweet smell but it is complimented by a rich musk which gives a very adult, contemporary scent. Due to the different layers in the scent it is also very long lasting - ideal for a night out or special occasion. I love it. The scent is suitable for all, I've yet to meet anyone that didn't like it. It smells different on everyone like all scents tend to, but you always get that hit of sweetness which makes you think - ahh, that's Flower by Kenzo.
I can't recommend this scent enough - if you only buy one, buy this one. It looks good, it smells good and it lasts a long time. It's a brilliant gift and every woman I know would be very very happy to receive it - and keep on using it, too.
A very well deserved five out of five stars for a lovely perfume, a signature scent I will always love.
Key Ingredients: the romantic Bulgarian Rose, wild hawthorn and creamy vanilla notes blended together seamlessly to create this delicate, sensual scent. / Kenzo Flower EDP; is the power of a singular, strong, pure and sensual flower; the nomadic flower, taking root in the asphalt / A vibrant, fresh & sensual fragrance, Kenzo Flower has a floral fragrance that is ideal for day time and casual wear / The