Many years ago, I discovered a scent so beautiful that I have bought several bottles of the delicious nectar. That scent was Flowerbomb, a now iconic scent in the fragrance world, created by Dutch fashion design duo Viktor & Rolf. Several years passed with Flowerbomb being the only female fragrance from the brand, and although several variations of the cult classic made it to the shelves, it seemed like Viktor & Rolf were going to be known for Flowerbomb alone. In 2014, to my surprise, a new fragrance was launched; Viktor & Rolf Bonbon. A fragrance which stormed the top selling lists, and one which I absolutely adored.
This August, Viktor & Rolf have released their updated version of Bonbon, with a more intensified finish. Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Couture is the grown up sister, the haute couture version with stronger, luxurious and intense reinterpretation. Bonbon Couture has the same shaped flacon as the original Bonbon, however this time, the bow is a lighter pink matte with a deep pink centre. Featuring the classic wax stamped V&R, found on all Viktor & Rolf fragrances, the flacon is certainly one of beauty. It’s almost a shame to store them in their boxes as they would look beautiful on a dressing table.
The fragrance itself does have a lot of similarities to the original Bonbon, however I find that it is a completely different fragrance. With the original, I found that it did start off with quite a sweet and creamy start before drying down into a spiciness. This edition plays with more potent notes of caramel, with less of a creamy aroma to it, whilst the spiciness is ever present. I found that longevity was a lot better with Bonbon Couture than it was with Bonbon. It’s still a very unique scent and the gist of Bonbon is still there, but in a very different style. Owning both versions, I think I would be more inclined to chose Bonbon Couture as it’s not as candyified, and has more depth and warmth compared to the original.
Going deeper into the scent, Bonbon Couture opens up on my skin with top notes of mandarin, neroli oil and peach before drying down to reveal heart notes of orange blossom, Sambac jasmine and rich, deep caramel. Base notes of sandalwood and patchouli mingle with warm vanilla and blonde tobacco. The oriental – gourmand blend is one that I adore so I knew that this would be a good choice.
The new Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Couture is available at Selfridges, where a 50ml is £79 and 100ml is £109.
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