Flowerbomb arrived on the fragrance scene in 2005, all ruffles and bows and pink-girlie floral-sweetness. Fans cited its mild patchouli and sweet vanilla notes, buoying a mélange of flowers — and Flowerbomb has stayed on top and in public consciousness since its introduction. It’s one of those scents that people compare all other fragrances to.
Flowerbomb has introduced several incarnations over the years: EDP, EDT, Eau de Parfum Extrême. It’s been repackaged in various limited edition bottles, and translated to different formats (body lotion, body cream, shower gel, body oil, hair mist).
Fragrances change slightly when they change formats. Foundation is the perfect analog: it’s hard to make two foundations EXACTLY the same color when they’re different formulas/different levels of coverage. In the same way, an eau de toilette may have a slightly different focus than its eau de parfum counterpart — a different note may come forward more strongly. It’s not a bad thing: variations on a fragrance give you room to find your favorite, or additional ways to enjoy a scent you really love.
Anyway, several new Flowerbomb editions were released this holiday season, and those are the ones I wanted to bring to your attention.
First, the bath/body products (all Flowerbomb body items are called “Bomblicious”). If soaking in a soothing bath is your favorite way to warm up in winter (guilty as charged), try Flowerbomb bath pearls. Not only will you enjoy the aromatherapy as you relax, but the silky pearls will leave your skin dewy and faintly fragranced.
Most counters seem to sell bath and body products as a way of layering your fragrances, and maybe that’s the right way to use them. Personally, I find some scents work best in the shower — and liking the shower gel doesn’t necessarily mean I wear the fragrance.
My favorite new item is the Bomblicious Scented Candle. I think this is the perfect idea for people who like scent, but don’t like wearing fragrance — or who like the scent of Flowerbomb, but not on them. Flowerbomb’s sweetness is the perfect house-scent for this time of year (and in candle form, the scent won’t fade).
For people like my mom (who has been wearing the same scent for the last 30 years), pick up the refillable 1.7 oz EDP spray or .5 oz. purse spray. (Along with a 100 ml “pour” refill bottle when necessary.)
And for that Flowerbomb woman who wants something exceptional, there’s a new luxury edition Flowerbomb Extrait de Parfum. According to Wikipedia:
- Splash and Aftershave: 1-3% aromatic compounds
- Eau de Cologne (EdC): Citrus type perfumes with about 2–6% perfume concentrate aromatic compounds
- Eau de Toilette (EdT): 5-15% (typical ~10%) aromatic compounds
- Eau de Parfum (EdP), Parfum de Toilette (PdT): 10-20% (typical ~15%) aromatic compounds. Sometimes listed as “eau de perfume” or “millésime.”
- Perfume extract (Extrait): 15-40% (IFRA: typical 20%) aromatic compounds
This .68 oz (20 ml) crystal bottle features a dabber (not a spray). This more intense edition of the scent is said to have a stronger dose of patchouli — though I haven’t smelled it myself, and I’m not sure the counters are making testers.
An abbreviated price list:
.68 oz – $50 (though Nordstrom’s website lists it for $45)
1.0 oz – $75
1.7 oz – $100
3.4 oz – $150
.5 oz purse spray – $65
1.7 oz – $115
3.4 oz refill “pour” bottle – $135
5.6 oz – $65
4.8 oz – $65
Flowerbomb Extrait de Parfum
.68 oz – $350