Every fragrance has a backstory behind it
Arizona by Proenza Schouler and Flowerbomb Nectar by Viktor & Rolf
For this fragrance backstory you might ask yourself: What does the desert smell like? According to Proenza Schouler the backstory of their fragrance Arizona is inspired by the cactus flower and the experiences of Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez’s travels.
Like the desert, this fragrance has presence. It’s a significant scent with notes that are both sophisticated and memorable.
If I did my research correctly Arizona was developed by perfumers Loc Dong and Carlos Benaïm.
The notes include something unusual, a white cactus flower accord never used before in perfumery. It’s mixed with Olfactory Notes: Orris , Jasmine , Orange Flower , a Solar Accord , Musk /and Cashmeran.
Although this was presented to the advice sisters as a Summer fragrance option, It’s an elegant fragrance neither too sweet nor too fruitythanks to the base notes including Musk and Cashmeran that will work well all year. It’s feminine, almost “sunny and warm” on your skin.
It’s the kind of scent that personalizes when it mixes with your body chemistry so it’s not going to smell the same on everyone.
The outer carton is white, peachy pink and black in a wavey design with a gold top meant to evoke the Horizon of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. They’re not traditional “rusty and earthy” sonoran colors, but give you the idea that Proenza Schuler’s Arizona is more elegant.
The bottle is as striking as the fragrance, inspired by the ravines and ridges that define the horizon of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
Proenza Schouler Arizona $100, 1.7 oz. at department stores on online.
When the original Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf arrived, I couldn’t stop smelling it. I have personally gone through several bottles.
The original Flowerbomb was created by perfumers Olivier Polge, Carlos Benaim and Domitille Bertier with distinctive notes of tea, bergamot, sambac jasmine, orange tree, catleya orchid, freesia, rose, and amber, musk, and patchouli
According tothe the designers Viktor & Rolf, the name “Flowerbomb” was a name they made up first, and the fragrance was evocative of the name.
There have been several iterations of Flowerbomb since the debut fragrance, but at the heart of all of these is a sensual, gourmand fragrance that you can’t ignore.
Now I’m adoring Flowerbomb Nectar!
Flowerbomb Nectar is touted as an “Eau de Parfum Intense.” In other words, it’s a deeper variation of the original Flowerbomb with explosive notes of orange flower and tonka bean.
The outer carton is a pretty, a dusty light pink wrapped with thin metallic pink “ribbons. The design also includes a graceful butterfly and a big splotch of “sealing wax” with the V&R logo.
The octagonal round clear glass flacon has a silvery metal plaque with the name “Flowerbomb Nectar Viktor & Rolf” and a mini-sized and fragile looking black “sealing wax” V&R logo affixed to the collar of the bottle
The rose-y pink juice within the bottle compliments this beautifully.
Flowerbomb Nectar has similar note to the original Flowerbomb but while it feels familiar, is is fresher.
I would categorize it as a floriental, but it’s lightearted about it.
At first sprtiz you sense fresh bergamot oil and sweet blackcurrant syrup but as it dries down you get the hint of the heart with a white floral Sambac Jasmin and Orange flower combined with the sweet notes of Osmanthus (this stays with you).
At drydown, you smell the comforting creaminess of tonka bean and creamy soft vanilla. This is the ultimate “date night” fragrance for women and sophisticated girls.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb $120, 1.7oz. at department stores and Sephora