Queridos, the first two perfumes in this very sexy series have, for the most part, been on the darker end of the sexy spectrum. Today we will explore the lighter side of sexy, something I like to call “pink sexy”. Pink sexy is not particularly sensual. It’s more Barbie than Bardot. Where MV3 was a leather dress, a “pink sexy” perfume would be a Juicy Couture tracksuit. Pink sexy means Cher Horowitz inClueless, Regina George in Mean Girls, Kirsten Dunst in Bring It On. The prettiest girls at your high school, the ones who straighten their blonde hair every morning and always frame their blindingly white smiles with the perfect pink lipgloss. They could steal your boyfriend with ease, if they even knew who you were. The prom queens, the sorority girls, the cheerleaders. Love them or hate them, you can’t help but want to be like them.
Oh, ’90s fashion.
Flowerbomb, created in 2004, exemplifies this perky, girly type of sexiness. Flowerbomb is a bit of a misnomer; “Sugarbomb” would have been more appropriate. Flowerbomb is sweet beyond belief and is very closely related to Aquolina Pink Sugar, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, and Philosophy Falling In Love. Now, I have repeatedly established myself as an enemy of Pink Sugar on this blog, and in general I do not find such sugary fare particularly sexy. However, I acknowledge that the reason that there are so very many overly sweet perfumes on the market today is because many women love them. Study after study has shown that men also prefer sweet smells, such as vanilla (they are also fond of bacon). I would be remiss if I did not include a perfume from the sugary genre, and Flowerbomb is probably the best of its kind.
One of the reasons that I hate Pink Sugar so much is that I actually had very high hopes for it. A perfume that smells like cotton candy? Who doesn’t like cotton candy? But then Pink Sugar just smelled like licorice, and it broke my heart, and then she slept with like three of my bros, just don’t even talk to me about her, man. Flowerbomb actually achieves the cotton candy effect that Pink Sugar promised but never delivered. The opening stage of Flowerbomb is juicy (bergamot) and sweet. It makes me imagine a room in Willy Wonka’s factory, perhaps a cave made entirely of pink rock candy.
After a few minutes I could smell something that my nose registered as strawberries. Since there are actually no fruits at all in Flowerbomb, I am forced to conclude that this is instead the lightest jasmine that I have ever smelled. Flowerbomb stumbles once the patchouli appears. Something about the combination of sugar and patchouli, a notoriously earthy note, seems rather off. I also do not care for this effect in another sugar-patchouli perfume, Dior Miss Dior Cherie.
Flowerbomb bears a startling resemblance to Thierry Mugler’s Angel; it could pass for Angel’s shy little sister. Like Angel, Flowerbomb can be a little scary, reminiscent of how the Regina Georges of the world are often feared as much as they are loved. Pink sexy can and often does deteriorate into “bitchy sexy”. At its best, however, Flowerbomb is pleasant, flirty fun.
When Regina George makes this face, you RUN AWAY.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of Flowerbomb from a SA at Saks Fifth Avenue. I would never, ever buy this, as it is outrageously expensive- $150 for 3.4 ounces. It’s not THAT different from Pink Sugar, y’all.
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A confession: I wear Pink Sugar in secret, and FlowerBomb is my go-to frag on bad days. Since I don’t eat sweets, I get my secret sugar crack fix with these 2 silly girls.
When I worked in Fragrance, we had a running list of Top Ten DB Frags… both were usually at the top.
Thank you!! =)
Lolita Lempicka is my Pink Sugar- I don’t smell that damn licorice note quite as much.
Now I’m curious! What were the rest of the top ten?
Okay, don’t take offense if any are faves…
Top Ten for women:
D&G Light Blue
Juicy Couture (the original)
Ed Hardy – all flankers
Escada – all the EdT destination flankers
MK Island series – all flankers
Hahahahaha! Armani Code was a recent impulse buy at Sephora, actually, and it’s going right back there as soon as this Maryland snow clears up. I really do like that ginger burst at the beginning (it reminds me of my beloved Japanese food), but it ultimately doesn’t hold a candle to JPG Classique, which I already own. I have never smelled True Religion, but that bottle is singularly ugly, isn’t it???
now, I haven’t tried Flowerbomb so far but from everything you write I am absolutely positive I will like it :). And yes, it is damn expensive for a new name in fashion…
p.s. I haven’t the faintest ideea who regina george is but she does not seem to be that spooky ( at least in that particular photo).
I HATE everyone of these Top Ten
That list makes me feel a lot better now. I’m saved!
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This is one of few perfumes that smell good on me. I don’t like it so much because I smell it almost everywhere I go. It’s too popular. I love fruity fragrances like Live Colorfully and Rockin Rio, but they don’t smell nearly as good on me as they do in the bottle.