When Bombing Semi-Stinks: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Flowerbomb!!  I almost didn’t get this in before this week bled into the next. Life can be tough kids and it takes time to stop and smell the flowerbombs.

So, check it out – another sample in a plastic podbag:


I went straight to the source for more info – Viktor & Rolf’s site – turns out they have a whole story (well, most fragrances do but let’s pretend to be awed):

When working on the Flowerbomb fragrance, Viktor&Rolf wanted to create something new. They dreamt of a fragrance that had the power to spread a positive message. 
A profusion of flowers as a weapon to spread the world with beauty and fantasy and to transform the negative into positive.

A profusion of flowers as a weapon to spread the world with beauty and fantasy and to transform the negative into positive!

So naturally I used the sample to spread some positive beauty on the Dodgers during the World Series:


And to hex the Astros pitcher:


It worked. I hope it continues to work.  I may mail this sample to Kikè and see if it helps him break his own playoff homerun record.

Truth is, he can have it. Despite the fragrance having the very best name I can think of – combining my two favorite things: explosives and flowers, I really didn’t love this one. In case you have been reading this blog, that makes two fragrance samples in a row that  I didn’t dig!  Come on sample bag! Give me something I can work with

The fragrance profile from Sephora gave me a few clues as to why the flower explosion didn’t work for me:

Fragrance Family: Warm & Spicy

Scent Type: Warm & Sweet Gourmands

Key Notes: Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Patchouli


An explosion of flowers, Flowerbomb opens with subtle traces of bergamot and mandarin, leading to a heart of an exquisite floral explosion, comprised of sambac jasmine, freesia, centifolia rose, and osmanthus. Deep amber, woody, and patchouli notes combine with warm vanilla and praline notes to complete a truly addictive fragrance. Wear it for a night out on the town with the girls, a romantic dinner, a spontaneous adventure with no definite destination. Flowerbomb ensures you’ll leave a trail of allure wherever you go.

I don’t dig the gourmands or the patchouli in this. I don’t want to be walking through a garden and have an undeodorized hacky-sacker shove an elephant ear in my face. That’s a little bit of what is going on with this one.

“Fashion is a dream…Fragrance is a dream in a bottle”—Viktor & Rolf

Fashion IS a dream! Fragrance is a dream in a bottle. I just don’t want this to be my dream. Keep your Allure Best of Beauty Award. I like my flowers delivered by the Olsen Twins.

Seventeenth Sample Breakdown

Terms or concepts learned:  Gourmand:  A gourmand fragrance is a perfume which consists primarily of synthetic edible (gourmand) notes such as honey, chocolate, vanilla or candy.[1][2] These top and middle notes may be blended with non-edible basenotes such as patchouli or musk. They have been described as olfactory desserts.They are also called foodie fragrances. Gourmand scents can be worn by women or men.  

Also new term: Flowerbombing (see below).

Things to work on:  Turning the negative into the positive. I really should have read the story of this fragrance earlier this week. I don’t know if it is the weather change or being asked to actually work at work or someone getting hater juice all over me or what, but this week was tinged with mehs.

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:   Now that I have all the complaining out of the way I will say I was able to do a whole 10, maybe even 11 minute set without bombing – only flowerbombing.   I also got to see some fab friends this week and went to a fun open mic.

Flowerbombing will be the new term for when you actually do awesome.    In a sentence, “I flowerbombed the F out of that job interview.” or “You know the conversation wasn’t going well until I started flowerbombing everything they said.”  Try it out now!  Let me know in the comments how you use this new valuable term this week.

Websites discovered:  I found a farm that is into flowerbombing.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s