Sniff Test Fragrance Review: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Nectar (eau de parfum spray) 50 ml
In 1992, Thierry Mugler’s game-changing Angel was built around the molecule ethyl maltol, a sweet-smelling food flavourant created in 1969 that had not previously been used in perfume. That blockbuster launched a new ‘gourmand’ foodie fragrance category—and we’ve been paying the price ever since. (At least Mugler’s mouthwatering praline gourmand had patchouli shoulders to add dimension and contrast to all that candy floss.) Viktor & Rolf claim there is an ‘explosive’ gunpowder note, but I think what they mean is saccharine. On the bright side: the day I wore the pungent perfume it cleared every room, elevator and bus I took so I enjoyed more personal space than usual. You’re getting your money’s worth but you’ll need to call the bomb squad. 1.5 out of 4
If “The Count” on Sesame Street ever gets tired of counting bats, sheep and numbers, he could have hours of fun counting Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb flanker scents. I imagine him at a department store fragrance counter saying “Vonnnnnnn….Vonnnnn Flowerbomb fragrance flanker. Twoooooo….. Twoooooo Flowerbomb fragrance flankers. Haaahaaahaaa. (Cue the sound of thunder and a little lightening.) That is because the quirky design duo known for their over-the-top couture fashion shows have launched literally more than a dozen different editions & limited editions of their signature floral fragrance over the past decade. Yes, the original is a nicely blended grand floral scent that boasts good longevity. But how many different “interpretations” of one perfume do we need? Flowerbomb Nectar is a floral gourmand and I can immediately smell the vanilla, tonka bean and benzoin – a sweet syrupy caramel scent. The orange blossom takes center stage here with an assertive jasmine note. The sweet and floral notes are nicely balanced. Unfortunately I don’t smell the “outrageous” ingredient of gunmetal powder which is meant to give the composition a slightly metallic feel. What do I rate this out of 4? Vonnnn…..Vonnn star out of 4.
Sniff Tests are the personal & professional opinions of Nathalie Atkinson and Dave Lackie.