It doesn’t seem like that long ago since Viktor & Rolf released my personal favourite from the Flowerbomb range; Flowerbomb Bloom. The lighter and airier sister of Flowerbomb, it reminds me of warm summer days filled with fresh air and a fruity floral bouquet. I think if I had to choose between the original and Flowerbomb Bloom, I would be hard pressed to make a decision as I love them both but as I do tend to wear Bloom more often, then I suppose I’ve just made my own mind up. I was quite shocked when I found out that they were releasing a new version of the classic – Flowerbomb Nectar. I suppose that as it took 11 years for them to release Bloom after the launch of Flowerbomb, I think that two new fragrance family members in two years does seem a little rushed. However Flowerbomb Nectar is here, and just like it’s sisters, it’s beautiful in its own special way.
Just like it’s predecessors, the signature flacon is still very much present. A shorter, squatter version of the original, Flowerbomb Nectar features the iconic wax seal tag and iridescent pink hardware, with the fragrance name stamped onto the metal plaque that sits on the front of the bottle. The fragrance inside the bottle is a dark amber pink colour and it looks vibrant and zesty, giving a slight indication to what we may find when we spray it.
Now here is where I need to be brutally honest. The first few tries of Flowerbomb Nectar have been difficult for me. This explosive metallic gunpowder opening reacts with my brain in a such way that I couldn’t see the fragrance for what it was. I’ve never tried a fragrance that opens with such a metallic feel. The cassis and bergamot fade under the reminiscence of sparklers at Bonfire Night. At the heart, a floral syrup of orange blossom, osmanthus and jasmine lies. Nectar is a perfect name for this fragrance, as it’s sweet. So sweet that it almost is too much for my liking. But, as it dries down onto my skin, this is where the magic happens. Vanilla, tonka bean and patchouli surrounds me, like a summer evening where the cloying heat reduces to a balmy atmosphere.
I wish that it wasn’t so sweet because it’s slightly overpowering for my nose to handle. The metallic gunpowder is so unusual that it almost takes over the fragrance and I don’t allow myself to really enjoy it for what it is at the beginning. Whenever I been wearing it, I always think how good it smells around an hour after I’ve sprayed but the initial vibrancy is too much for me.
I’d liken Flowerbomb Nectar to that of a marriage of Bon Bon and Flowerbomb. Warm, full bodied and rich with a sweetness of honey and sugary syrup. If you like sweet fragrances, then Flowerbomb Nectar is definitely for you. For me, I still think that Flowerbomb Bloom is the one.This post may contain PR samples that have been sent to me for consideration for review however all my opinions will be my own. The links in the post my be affiliate links which will earn a small amount of commission should you shop my recommendations.