Product Type: Kenzo fragrances
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Kenzo Flower by Kenzo Eau de Parfum
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Kenzo Flower by Kenzo Eau de Parfum
Date: 22/07/11, updated on 24/07/11 (75 review reads)
Advantages: Sweet, classy perfume, scent lingers well.
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!!
Summary: A nice, sweet perfume which smells bright and fresh
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