i love this perfume, yes it is like baby powder at the very beggining, i actually like it in the final notes, the smell that comes after 2 or 3 hours, a musky beautiful sexy warmth scent... i cant wait for winter to come and begin rocking this smell
I really wish I could rock this sweet, wonderful fragrance, as I have been in love with it for years. Unfortunately, it turns to the old scent on me that others describe. I have high regard for Flower, and hence give it 4 lippies, but I know I do this fragrance a huge injustice by wearing it.
This was a skinny; the rest of this review is more of a personal story about Flower in my life, so you should skip it, unless you are interested.
I used to work as a secretary in a credit company in Latvia, where the winters are cool and crisp, with a good bit of snow. Every morning, people would come in to us to drop something off or pick something up, and among them was this young woman who worked as a paralegal. She would come in wearing a winter jacket, her cheeks rosy, bringing the unmistakable winter freshness, and with it this amazing, sweet, soft scent. When I could no longer get over how wonderful it smells, I finally asked her what perfume she was wearing, and that's how I met Flower.
I did not want to wear the same scent while working there, so I held off on buying it, and somehow completely forgot about this scent. Until several years later, while in a restaurant, I caught a whiff of a scent that was unbelievably captivating and one I knew was familiar, but I could not remember what it was. Then I came across a strip of Flower in a magazine, and I was head over heels about this fragrance all over again. The usual rub it on my wrist, can't stop smelling it followed, and it smelled so sweet, warm, and inviting! I finally went and got my very own Flower. Purely authentic EDP, and I felt heavenly wearing this unique fragrance. I wore it for a solid month or two and thought I would get compliments, but I have never received one (not counting when I asked my significant other what he thought, and he said it was nice).
One day things have changed. I was working in a flow hood in the lab and kept getting a whiff of something really old and nauseating. It took me several days to put two and two together - somehow, Flower started to turn very bad on me. "Old scented drawer," as one reviewer clearly put it. I have never had issue where perfume would smell completely different on me, but with this fragrance, it is unmistakable. I am afraid to think that I wore this fragrance all this time smelling like an old bat (that may explain the absence of compliments...). It is a strange scent on me, for sure, one that does not align with my personality at all.
In a bottle, it is the softest, warmest, most delightfully crafted poppy and vanilla scent. Alas, it does not work for me. Out of respect for the fragrance, I am giving it 4 lippies; I just wish it was in the stars for me to enjoy it on me. I ended up pouring it out and recycling the bottle. What a shame!
I am actually quite surprised to see this product didn't rate as well as I thought it would. I absolutely LOVE this perfume!!!
A friend gave me a tiny little sample a few years ago and I was hooked! I usually go for quite sweet perfumes (please see my other perfume reviews on Britney Spears' Fantasy, Paco Rabanne, Vera Wang, Angel), but Kenzo is in a class of its own!
It is bright, floral and fresh without being too 'in your face'. It isn't a citrus kind of floral, and it isn't sharp either. It's soft but unique. It does make quite a statement and friends have complimented me on it before. Plus, I can always smell it on my clothes throughout the day and for a while after, so it has good staying power!
It does smell a little bit like baby wipes, but this didn't put me off at all; it's not a repulsive smell, it actually works. It leans more towards being clean, than being baby wipes if that makes sense.
Maybe it is an acquired smell, or just not for everybody, but it definitely ticked all the boxes for me!
Reminds me of being young, free, happy and all the rest of it (I think I'm just in a really good mood today haha!)
My BF really love this one, not because of the name but he really liked the smell ! He complimented me 3 times on the 1st day that I wore it. It's a strong smell, perfect for the night or for the winter. It's also a feminine-masculine fragrance. I think that some men would rock it too. I however hate the name. I'm not really a feminist but I think that the name is ridiculous... and also that slogan '' Who wants to be a millionaire when you can have a billionaire? Let him spoil you.' I can make my own money... thank you! Anyway.. I would probably try to find something similar, but not this one exactly.
Flower by Kenzo - When I put this on I get a smell of baby powder. At first, it really, really smell like baby powder. It's a little to old-lady-smell for my taste, but I understand why others like it. It's just not for me.. The packaging is really pretty tho.
Anyway.. The search for the HG continue!!!
Many of us dismiss certain powdery fragrances, as being "grandmother"-y, but I don't really see that as a problem. Remember, grandmothers used to be young too, they were at the peak of their beauty during the wondrous 60s and 70s. Anyway, I love Flower By Kenzo. It's balmy and sophisticated, and a refreshing change from the sticky-sweet vanilla-caramel-floral Victoria's Secret concoctions teenage girls tend to veer towards. Despite my saying that this is refreshing, it's definitely not a "fresh" scent. Instead of being citrus-sharp, it cloaks you with an aura of warmth, it's just... beautiful.
Notes (to my nose): Opens with a brash, wild violet, and a puff of powder. Resembles an old compact powder you might find in the attic or an antiques sale. Deepens into a slightly smoky, vanilla-y base, surrounded by a cloud of rose and more powder.
Flower is a perfume for humid climates. In the cold it is a little untraceable, but in the heat, it mingles with your skin's natural scent and really blooms. Perfect for an evening walk through a summer garden, after the rain. Perfection.
I initially bought Kenzo flower in EDP, as much as i wanted to like it, i felt the smell was repulsive, strong and suffocating, i was gasping for air! However, i was curious since the first time i tried it in the store, the smell was so alluring. I tried again, both the EDP and EDT and then i realised that the EDT was totally different, light, floral and fresh. It evolved beautifully although the staying power was much less, but wow what a fantastic fragrance, one of my favourites!
Very light, very ''pretty'', yet also quite strong. I absolutely LOVE the tall, skinny bottle with the flower on the glass. Women tend to associate different fragrances with certain things, and my mother-in-law wears Flower by Kenzo quite a lot, so this alone would put me off :-) I wouldn't buy a bottle of this frangrance, because I don't like the 'light yet Strong' factor of Flower. Very expensive, and rarely seems to go on sale. Hope someone gives me their empty bottle though!
I'm on my fifth bottle of this delightful fragrance. It's strength is clearly in it's staying power. It smells like vanilla so it keeps the senses smart. However, I have noticed that several people tend to be allergic to it. It's such a clean and happy scent. I just adore it! Totally worth the price!
One spray was enough for me to realize that I hate this fragrance. It is definitely an old-lady smell; it's way too powdery. Too bad, I think there are some nice notes buried under that powder. But they're REALLY buried under an avalanche of old-lady powder smell. Ick. This smell is like the exact opposite of what I expected from looking at the very modern bottle.
When I heard that Chloe discontinued my favourite perfume, I set about finding a replacement. I must have tried 50 before I found Flower. It smells lovely on my skin, and I have received many compliments on how nice I smell when I wear it. As with all other perfumes, it doesn't last terribly well on my skin.