Product Type: Kenzo fragrances
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The Kenzo-created fragrance of the humble poppy
Kenzo Flower by Kenzo Eau de Parfum
Member Name: chrisandmark
Kenzo Flower by Kenzo Eau de Parfum
Advantages: Feminine, a beautiful fragrance, good selection of notes used, lasts for hours after application
Disadvantages: None at all!
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.
Summary: A gorgeously feminine perfume - definitely one of my favourites!