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Kenzo Flower by Kenzo Eau de Parfum
Member Name: jodiestokes
Kenzo Flower by Kenzo Eau de Parfum
Date: 02/02/12, updated on 22/04/12 (139 review reads)
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.
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Summary: A beautiful perfume