Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fragrance of the Moment: Flower by Kenzo

A lovely stalk of poppy flower encased in a transparent glass bottle... that was what attracted me to Flower by Kenzo.

Interestingly, prints of the poppy flower in different stages was printed on the bottle for various sizes (30ml, 50ml (what i bought) and 100ml.

Created in 2000 by Alberto Morillas for Kenzo, this is a scent that i would associate with Estee Lauder's Pleasures, not that these 2 are the same thing, they are not even close. It is the feeling that these 2 gives me whenever i wear them.

Flower by Kenzo started with a clean, bright and feminine floral note that doesn't seem to be strong but don't be deceived by it. As time passes by, it gets stronger and some component of the fragrance actually stood out among the rest (i can't really identify the ingredient) and then it stays on until the drydown which has a hint of something woody and powdery.

Estee Lauder's Pleasures on the otherhand is more of a clean green floral without the powdery drydown that one can detect in Flower by Kenzo.

Both fragrances are lovely in their own rights, however both shared the common trait of giving me (the wearer), the feeling of smelling clean (not that smelling clean has any particular scent, its a personal opinion) and bright (no pun intended here), just picture a girl wearing a white dress in the field on a sunny breezy day. : )

Personally i felt that for a EDT, Flower by Kenzo is actually quite strong and it wears nicely for approxiamtely 6 hours on me (4 sprays- neck, both wrists and back), one should exercise caution when putting it on. On the whole, it is a pleasant, clean and feminine floral that is quite impossible for me to hate, just that the drydown towards the end has a slight baby powder like scent that might make or break the deal for some people.

I can picture anyone from 18 to their early 30s wearing this fragrance comfortably, and of course anyone who needs a subtle touch of feminine and cheerfulness.

At the moment, i just can't find anything to dislike about Flower by Kenzo (even the slight baby powder like drydown). : )

The delicate poppy flower.

Top Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Wild Hawthorn, Cassie, Parma Violet.

Middle Notes: Opopanax, White Musk.

Base Notes: Hedione, Cyclosal.

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