For some reason, I had the bonkers idea to sniff, sample and review as many perfumes as I can in 2010....

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Review - Flower (Kenzo)

IOriginally posted at Dreamwidth January 15, 2010

Kenzo introduced KENZO FLOWER in 2000. Kenzo Flower is a soft floral fragrance with hints of violet, vanilla and rose. Notes of Wild Hawthorne, Bulgarian Rose, Parma Violet, Cassia, Hedione, Cyclosal, Opoponax, White Musk, and Vanilla.

First hit, powdery floral, a blend of violet and rose. Faun, on smelling it after about 10 minute said I smelt like Parma Violet sweets and she's not far wrong. Question is do I *want* to smell of parma violets?

Throughout the first part of the morning it seemed very strong, lots of violets, a bit of rose, lots of powder. Then at some point that all drifted off and what remains shock... vanilla musk. But don't be put off, that musk is really good. The transition between the two is very subtle, its only now after a couple of hours, that I realised what had happened. This goes from being a very pretty scent with, I suspect, good sillage, to something more sensual. I imagine this would be a very good date fragrance, for when you're hoping to get "up close and personal" at the end of the evening.

I'm torn on this one I have to say. Faun loved it on me, but I think Matt was less approving (not being a big violet fan). I think it's more "me" at the end of the day, and that's probably not enough to justify a purchase when I have lots of vanilla/musk/opoponax/woody scents already. I'm not a great fan of foodie/sweetie scents either, and for me this is a tad too sweet.

Don't let my reticence turn you off though, it's a very well-crafted scent.
Best price here, samples should be readily available.

1 comment:

  1. This was the biggest perfume at Sephora when I worked there in 2001- and I still don't get it. To me, it truly smells like powder on everyone. Every note seems to be dusted in cheap talc, there's nothing organic or interesting about it to me. Much like there are so many women who like anything with gardenia, there seems to be a market for baby powder scents too.