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.
Dawn Purcell-MusgraveDecember 11, 2020 at 11:08 pm
You have not steered me wrong yet. I will be passing on this, its a shame because the bottle is so pretty. I do not enjoy sweet smelling scents. Thank you
Cynthia M SacksDecember 7, 2020 at 3:14 pm
I tried a V&R FlowerBomb scent a while back, being drawn to it because I LOVE Mugler’s Angel and thought it might be similar. FlowerBomb didn’t quite do it for me. Angel is still my signature scent after –what?– nearly 3 decades? I do love your reviews! @cindy_sacks
Catherine YoungDecember 5, 2020 at 9:26 am
I think I will give this a big pass. Why are perfumers overdoing these sweet notes?
Jibralta MerrillDecember 5, 2020 at 12:23 am
When BOTH of you trash a scent it’s got to be 🌋. I don’t mind spices mixed w floral, but this sounds cloyingly sweet like Halloween candy corn. Ugh
I’d no idea Viktor & Rolf were making hybrids of their signature scent. Chanel does this too. Albeit a bit more effectively.
LINDA LDecember 3, 2020 at 7:56 am
A good morning laugh with your humorous and truthful reviews! 👌👌@linlett60
Rhonda StefaniDecember 2, 2020 at 10:10 am
Lolol I so appreciate the Sesame Street visual in my head making me laugh this morning! While I enjoy some gourmand scents, sounds like this is one to skip.
GabrielleDecember 2, 2020 at 1:59 am
I can always “count” on you two to deliver delightfully honest and witty fragrance reviews!
SheilaDecember 1, 2020 at 5:15 pm
Love the review and the refrence to the count 😂
Heather SchellDecember 1, 2020 at 1:24 pm
Soooo, Dave and Nathalie, can I have yours since you don’t like it? 😏
September DeeDecember 1, 2020 at 12:06 pm
Thanks for the review! I will stay far, far away from this one.
MargaretEDecember 1, 2020 at 10:56 am
Two….two….bahahah ….two…..hairy thumbs up for this funny review. @torontoviewer
Sherri GelbartDecember 1, 2020 at 9:11 am
Oh my, I thought it SOUNDED interesting so for some Shopper’s luxury samples picks, I chose 3 of their fragrance samples! They just arrived last night lol! I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet but I think I may try them very cautiously….outdoors…now.
Elizabeth VlugDecember 1, 2020 at 9:00 am
So I guess this is a pass. You both give me a smile on each and every review. Thank you for that!
Urmi JDecember 1, 2020 at 8:33 am
Hahaha, these are the best reviews I have read for this iteration of the Flowerbomb!
Catherine StrongDecember 1, 2020 at 7:25 am
Great Review Love the bottle 💕
Trisha PedrosNovember 30, 2020 at 9:55 am
It is a pretty bottle and packaging though!! Great review!!