A fragrance called ‘Flowerbomb’ ($110 for 1.7 ounces) is definitely not one that would potentially catch me by name. Florals are tricky for me; I don’t like when they’re too strong or overwhelming. I like notes of orchid and lotus, whereas gardenia seems to strangle me, as I find the scent cloying and heavy. Flowerbomb is unexpectedly delicious to me, and invokes a surprising memory as well.
This floral explosion releases a profusion of flowers that has the power to make everything seem more positive. Magically evocative notes immediately awaken your deepest senses, giving you the impression of living life in your own secret garden, away from reality. Sambac jasmine, centifolia rose, cattleya orchid, and ballerina freesia bloom on a base of patchouli.
Since this is so popular, I was curious as to how this fragrance would settle and work with my body chemistry. On me, it certainly translates to a gourmand scent, but not in a cheap, overly synthetic way. It’s sweet and sultry; the patchouli is very subtle and provides a bit of spice that mingles with roses; though there are no vanilla notes it has the warmth that vanilla carries. It is not unlike a spiced tea. It is sweet, but not childish. It is very feminine, perhaps for someone who is more reserved and enjoys the closeness of one person rather than an attention getter type. It is softer on the skin than it is on the first burst, which is quite bitter from bergamot.
Now to interject what this scent reminds me of. A prominent smell from my life as a child in the 80s is the scent of vanilla air fresheners mixed with tobacco. That doesn’t sound very good, does it? Well, the scent was very soft with a hint of spice, and I think that is why Flowerbomb brings me back to that time.
The verdict: I have joined the ranks of people that love this fragrance and would love to have a bottle! If you like sweeter scents, I recommend getting a sample if you can.