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Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb La Vie En Rose was originally released in 2009, but then there were three slightly different versions released in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
I have the 2012 version although there is very little difference in notes between the three of them.
I don't like the idea of a different fragrance being released over and over again with exactly the same name because it is a really stupid idea.
If I had the 2009 version and had plenty left I would never purchase the 2011, 2012 or 2013 versions and if I smelled the 2011 version and loved it then decided to purchase it in 2012, then it would be a slightly different fragrance to the one I'd really liked.
~ Price ~
This fragrance is available in a 50ml bottle from Selfridges and it costs £55.00.
~ Bottle ~
It comes in a beautiful pink glass, angular bottle, which is designed to resemble a hand grenade. There is a large square on the front with, 'FLOWERBOMB VIKTOR & ROLF' in small black lettering.
The lid of the bottle is silver and cylindrical. The neck of the bottle is also silver and a black rigid plastic tag sticks out of the side of it with 'V&R' stamped onto it.
It is always a worry that if the bottle is dropped this will snap off.
It is a lovely bottle. It fits in your hand perfectly and the smaller 50ml size is very cute.
~ Scent ~
The fragrance isn't very rosy as the name would suggest.
The top notes are mandarin, pink pepper, tea, tangerine and bergamot.
The heart notes are Centifolia rose, freesia and lily-of-the-valley.
The base notes are amber and patchouli.
When first sprayed there is a strong citrusy scent. The bergamot seems very strong in this, but also the notes of pink pepper, mandarin and tangerine give it a fizzy bite. The tea note is also evident and it dulls the stronger sparkling notes down a bit making the scent seem more mature.
There are softer white florals that I can detect as the fragrance wears on, but I would not say that this is a particularly floral fragrance as the name would suggest and a delicate note like rose was never going to be noticed in this thrilling combination.
As the florals are revealed and the citrusy notes wear down the fragrance becomes a bit sweeter and less harsh. I really like the fragrance at this stage.
It has good projection and it lasts on my skin for a good 6 hours before wearing away.
Some people may find this fragrance a bit overpowering like many people do with the original Flowerbomb as it is quite strong and in your face, but I quite like it.
I think this would probably appeal more to more mature women as it is quite strong and mature and some younger women may find it a bit harsh.
I am pleased with this purchase, but it's not my favourite scent and I'm not sure that I would buy it again.
Flowerbomb La Vie En Rose is a fragrance for women created in 2009 / The fragrance is composed of delicate and dominant aromas of mandarin and bergamot as a lighter reinterpretation of the original edition /