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This is my favourite perfume in the whole entier world! I actually first smelt this when I was christmas shopping in Manchesters Trafford Centre back in 2012. Originally only Selfridges actually sold this but it soon expanded to boots and other high street stores (all this I was told by the boots sales representitive - also this perfume is a favourie of Cheryl Cole). So as I was chatting to the women in boots i fell in love with the scent and she game me the tester on the piece of cardboard but then i noticed the price and thought I might have to ask for this for christmas as I wouldnt usually spend so much on a perfum for myself. I dropped a couple of hints to my mum but didnt think she would actually buy it for me. Then christmas 2012 came and I was opening my presents and there it was the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb gift set with the perfume, shower gel and body lotion. I would acually suggest buying the shower gel and body lotion if you are buying the perfume as there is nothing better when you are going on a night out to use the shower gel and body lotion then the perfume and it stays on you until the next day. I now get this every year but only use it for special occasions and it will last me all year! I have receintly got the Flowerbomb hair mist also which is also good for a night out and would highly reccomend this.
Flowerbomb is one of my favourite perfumes, it's definitely a fresh floral which is slightly familiar but packs a punch making it comforting but unique. This smell is very feminine but what I would call girly, it's delicate but not breakable, so if you like fresh scents but don't like being described as fresh as a flower you will probably like this. There are a lot of floral notes in this particularly in the middle notes (5 floral scents) which mix perfectly to create this delicate bomb. The bottle, unlike the perfume is simplistically beautifully but slightly boring, there is nothing really creative about this bottle but i would not throw it away as it is still very pretty. I would definitely not recommend this bottle for travel though as the little V&R stamp it so delicate it would probably snap off, it's also become quite a common fragrance now so if your looking for something unique to you, I would not recommend this.
Now, we all love perfume, it makes us feel dainty, feminine and fresh! This perfume comes in very understated and demure packaging but don't worry it doesnt smell boring! Its a lovely floral sweet smell, that always earns me plenty of compliments when i go out! I have very sensitive skin but have not ever reacted to this perfume, nor has my mother who is even more sensitive skinned than me!(if thats possible!) Its got the perfect balance, it isnt too subtle but it is in no way overpowering, smell-wise. I think this perfume has the potential to be a real classic, like Chanel no5! Its sweet and fun but doesnt smell like a giggling school girl if you know what I mean! It doesnt smell cheap or remind you of a faddy celebrity perfume either! I am aware that its quite expensive but I personally think its definitely worth a little extra compared to some perfumes on the market that are just glorified tap water! I think the bottle is nice in an understated way too, which makes it seem even more classic. Its definitely a very on trend perfume choice right now that seems to be a hit with everyone whenever i wear it! Its my new go-to perfume, I couldn't go without it!
Whenever I go away somewhere or my parents are off on another holiday I almost always find myself thinking about buying a duty free perfume. I'm not somebody who gets through perfume very quickly so it is nice to have a new bottle once a year to keep my going whilst I use my favourite perfumes too. This is something my parents picked up for me on their most recent trip and it wasn't something I would necessarily choose for myself so I was exciting to try it. I was also pretty pleased because this towards the more expensive end of the perfume spectrum with a 30ml bottle retailing at around £50. My parents obviously got it for less than that but even so I was excited to try a relatively expensive perfume. The bottle is really quite beautiful and very clever and witty too. Like the name would suggest this perfume bottle is designed to look like a hand grenade. It is made from cut glass which is shaped like the outside of a grenade, with many faces. The top is a coppery coloured metal cap and on the side a little black plastic tag which is made to look like the tag you pull to set off a grenade. The bottle is very humorous and an interesting take on a classic floral perfume. I love how they've made a little joke with the bottle and yet somehow still made it so very stylish. The pink perfume inside beautifully sets it off and makes it looks uber girly but with a hard edge which I think is just fantastic for a young modern woman. The perfume lives up to the name, it really is an explosion of florals. The notes in this perfume are rose, osmanthus, orchid and jasmine. All these beautiful flowers combine to make a sumptuous and rich floral scent which is the ultimate evocation of a beautiful summers day. The scent smells very English to me, almost as though you are sat in a beautiful garden in the height of and English summer. There are also some quite mysterious, deep and sexy notes which have a real sensuality to them and adds a sexiness which deepens the scent and gives it a slightly more mature edge. Floral scents can often fall into the realm of being a little powdery and old. Personally I love a floral scent but this one does have a really clean, fresh smell to it which stops it from becoming old ladyish. It feels young, it feels exciting and most of all it feels very chic. Due to the price I have to say this isn't something I would dash out to pick up for myself. That said, I've loved having it as a gift and wouldn't hesitate to ask for it again as it really is a stunning perfume. Overall, a beautiful floral scent but beware the price explosion.
*** PLEASE NOTE I AM REVIEWING THE EAU DE PERFUME VERSION AND NOT THE EDT AS MENTIONED IN THE LISTING *** ~~~Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum ~~~ Flowerbomb is from the perfume house of the couture fashion brand Viktor and Rolf and is described by them as being 'Full-bodied and opulent, the Eau de Parfum explodes in a bouquet of sensations which leave their trail, like a whirlwind that is distinctly couture'. The floral explosion I agree with, the couture I don't quite get, being an ordinary Mum and housewife who buys her clothes from Next. :) This review discusses my opinions and thoughts about this intensely floral fragrance. I have a vast collection of perfumes, but after seeing the price of this in store it never even entered my head that I would ever be as lucky as to actually own it myself. I'm always searching for new fragrances and after I was offered a sample spray of this in House of Fraser; I knew this would be that elusive fragrance that I could only dream about. My family often buy me expensive perfumes for Christmas' and birthdays, but I think of the £30-£40 mark as expensive, yet this perfume is priced upwards of £55 for the smallest version available - the 50ml Eau de Toilette, and escalates with a larger size, and better quality. I am so lucky to be reviewing the 100 ml Eau de Parfum (wowzers), which retails at the absolutely shocking price of £90 per bottle. It's worth every penny though. This perfume comes in a very heavy glass bottle that has the familiar shape of a hand grenade - that'll be where they got the bomb bit from then! The bit where the fuse would be (sorry I'm not into hand grenades and things) is fashioned from black plastic and features their tell-tale logo which is the melted wax splodge and V&R in the centre. A metal plate to the fore of the bottle states the perfume name and brand. The metal is rose gold coloured and this detail is followed through on the metal lid and spray nozzle. Being rose gold, it adds a touch of femininity and sophistication as yellow gold can look rather brash and tacky. This fragrance comes in a whole range of sizes in both eau de toilette and eau de parfum formats, with gift sets containing a range of products thrown into the mix. For layering purposes a body lotion and foam bath is also available, which rather confusingly goes under the name of 'Bombilicious'. I always recommend layering if you can, as this makes the whole fragrance not only last longer, but it gives it more depth all round. I am always aware that other people are interested in the actual scents that make up the whole fragrance, though this is of no consequence to me, if I like it, I like it. After some quick research I can confirm the following: Top notes: orange, tangerine, and pink pepper. Middle notes: osmanthus, jasmine, freesia and rose Base notes: amber, cashmere wood and patchouli As you can see this is a very citrusy floral, with warming undertones. The Versace Versus perfume I reviewed yesterday followed in the same vein, but with that, the floral was a mild hue almost, where this the florals are intense and vivid, and absolutely eager to burst into bloom. The initial scent although quite strong, and is mouth-watering in its sweet and fruitiness. The citrusy notes stay with me for a good few minutes. It's sweet and orangey, and feels fresh and girly, but not in the way that cheap celebrity scents do; for instance Britney Spears ones are all sugary sweet. This is more refined, a grown up fragrance even from the start. After this the fragrance evolves as it begins to settle and the more complex middle notes begin to develop. I usually find Jasmine too heady and intense, but here it's subtle and sophisticated. Although there is no mention of Violets, I think I can detect them in here. As the citrus dies down, the whole floralness comes through literally as if a floral explosion has happened. It's a beautiful scent, you can't easily define the rose or the freesia predominately but rather it's a combination of the flowers swirling and dancing a ballet with the green aspect of the osmanthus. Finally, the scent transforms into a soft smooth scent, still with the flowers, but the warmth of the amber comes through. This adds an oriental touch. The green notes of the patchouli rounds the whole thing off nicely. Although similar, the Versace Versus perfume I reviewed earlier I would class as a simple perfume, but Flowerbomb is complex, there is a lot going on, and for me, it's a pleasure and a delight to the senses. I love this scent and wear it often. As usual though, I tend to find I wear this on specific occasions. It would suit a special evening out or a daytime wedding, this perfume is far too special and dynamic to be wearing down Tesco's or the school run, and as such I still have half of my treasured bottle remaining, despite a years' worth of use. I do feel that this is a rather heavy floral for summer use being EDP. You might prefer to wear something a little lighter and fresher, or even the EDT version during the height of summer. The silage from this scent is outstanding. If you weren't aware, the silage is the effect of the perfume as it wafts around the room, as opposed to the scent actually on your skin. I always get comments from other people when I wear this, both men and women, and I'm often asked what I am wearing. This effect lasts all day, and I never find I need to re-apply, in fact it smells just as delicious when I take my clothes off, as it did when I put them on. It always surprises me when I get a powdery floral waft at the end of the evening, especially as I have obviously gotten used to the scent having worn it all day. There's something really special about that. It's almost like being a kid in a sweet shop and not knowing what to choose - there is excitement and anticipation, and then finally ahhh, the bliss of getting what you want. Would I buy this again? Most definitely. I probably would never be able to afford (or want) to spend almost £100 on a perfume again. Thank goodness I got this on promotion; I seriously doubt I'd be able to find it for £37 that I paid, again though sadly. I felt like I won the lottery that day, I can tell you. When this runs out, I'll have to look into getting the Eau de Toilette versions or a purse sized spray. Due to the longevity it does last a very long time; that's the best bit about not having to re-apply, your bottle stays fuller longer. I wholeheartedly recommend this scent to you if you are a fan of flowery, heavy, blousy perfumes, but even if you are not, I expect you will love the oriental tones that remain when the explosion has ended and the calmness returns. A citrusy, heavily floral scent with a warming oriental after tone - An extremely long lasting scent that will remain with you all day. Recommended? ABSOLUTELY!!! 10 stars from me, and I can only give five. :)
Full bodied and opulent Flowerbomb is a floral explosion a profusion of flowers that has the power to make everything seem more positive / Top notes Tea and bergamot / Middle notes Sambac jasmine orchid freesia rose / Base note Patchouli /