Flower by Alberto Morillas for Kenzo Fragrance 2000 Perfume Review and 2013 Ad Campaign

Hello Lovely APJ Family,

Flower by Kenzo Fragrance 2000

KenzoFlower FragranricaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Mandarin, hawthorn, Bugarian rose, blackcurrant
Heart: Parma violet, rose, opoponax, jasmine
Base: Vanilla, white musk, incense and woody notes

I was given an ENORMOUS bottle of this by my girlfriend Annie, every time I spritz, or smell someone in the street wearing, Flower I think of her and the great big hugs she gives, her warmth, fun and joyfulness. Because Flower is so sheer and spare it’s hard to believe there are so many ingredients that make it come together. Also there have been so many imitations of its style that I am at a loss to remember how ground breaking it was when it was first released. That hefty airiness that doesn’t skunk but has impressive sillage, so that as you waft fragrantly past someone they are entranced by your scent, a la Perfume by Patrick Suskind, or a room slowly fills with your fragrance and you can smell it softly on return to the room, but not in a pushy intrusive way, just a haunting memory.

It opens green and fresh on me with a sharp sweetness, then the warm resinous bouquet slowly takes over until a clean, warm musky vanilla finishes the story in around 4-6 hours depending on the day and whether I’m moisturised.

PoppyField girlservesworldPhoto Stolen GirlServesWorld

Interestingly Tania Sanchez in Perfumes: The A-Z Guide says that, “Albert Morillas almost certainly knew Caron’s Royal Bain de Champagne (now Royal Bain de Caron) by heart when he replicated it and added a splash of hedione to make Flower, but it seems no one else knew….” but I have only a modern incarnation of Royal Bain de Caron for comparison and they seem only distantly related.

I love the 2013 ad campaign, the lightness and airiness of the poppies flying through the air isa a perfect symbolism for this still lovely fragrance.

See you tomorrow,

Portia xx

Flower by Kenzo Fragrance 2013 Ad Campaign

Picture provided by one of my go-to fashion bloggers art8amby

The campaign girl is Chinese/Taiwanese actress, Shu Qi.

Image via TFS.

17 comments on “Flower by Alberto Morillas for Kenzo Fragrance 2000 Perfume Review and 2013 Ad Campaign

  1. CC ... says:

    Wow. You’re not going to believe this but just last night as I was sorting out my sample boxes–(yes, I do lead a glamorous life- ha!) it had been a while and I was trying to find a sample I knew I had (couldn’t find) and I came across a manufacturer’s sample of Flower I had never spritzed. I immediately tried to find a review and found a couple of them but got tired of sorting through the results as most of them were for the flankers.
    And this morning, voilà … a proper review popped in from you! Will be testing this out in the next few days. Thank you, Portia. 🙂

    • YAY!! Please come back and tell us how you went with it. i’m dying to know if you like it.
      Portia x

      • CC ... says:

        It does open with a very sharp sweetness … and you’re right, the most cuddly vanilla musky drydown is really very pretty. Perfect for our current weather and an “easy” fragrance to wear. Also, I don’t think I’ll be getting any looks from any office mates (though I do admit to liking when I ruffle their feathers .. Hehe). I’m going to spray myself wet tomorrow and see how it behaves but I’m thinking a small bottle may soon find its way to me. So many scents … so little skin real estate. Sigh.
        Xox

  2. brie says:

    Beautiful…and Britt loves your visuals…exact words “that’s cool”
    xx

  3. FeralJasmine says:

    Paris under poppies…that’s an image that will stay with me.

  4. poodle says:

    This is one of those perfumes I hated when it came out and then tried it again a while later and loved it. Loved it so much I used an entire bottle up. Granted it is soft and powdery and on me it requires a generous spritzing so it’s easy to use up a bottle. I wore it out a bit but now you’ve got me thinking it may be time to give it a whirl again.

    • Hey Poodle,
      I love how you can spritz Flower like crazy and no one will ever get skunked, it feels so lavish spritzing like mad. Go down to your local store and retry it, Then come back and tell me if you loved it. My bottle is quite old, I wonder if it’s had a reformulation?
      Portia x

  5. LaurenW says:

    haven’t worn this in a while because I associate it with warmer weather. Will get it out of it’s winter dungeon and wear it the next warm day.

  6. Christine W says:

    Hi Portia,

    That Luca/Tania tome induced me to hunt down many older scents just to understand their references. That includes a big ol’ bottle of “Royal Bain de Champagne” from the 60s or 70s. I haven’t smelled modern “Royal Bain de Caron”, but I can say that this older juice really does smell like a precursor to Flower. RBC is rougher at the top, and a tad more masculine-smelling, but it shares with Flower a big, creamy, mimosa/vanilla/marshmallow-like accord.

    I’d be happy to send you a sample to compare. Drop me a line at cwest9 (at) gmail (dot) com.

    Love the above visuals too 🙂
    Christine

  7. Undina says:

    Flower by Kenzo is one of those perfumes that I always wanted to like and enjoyed it on others or on a blotter but hated after half an hour or so on me. There is some strange part to it that just wears me off. It’s not strong or headache-inducing but it keeps bugging me if I wear it. On others it’s still lovely though.

    • I love that you can be so objective Undina. I think I know exactly the point you are referring to, a funny plastic/white flower/freesia note that hovers for a short while, I find it interesting but understand that it could be off putting.
      Portia xx

  8. Alex says:

    Great blog, thanks for the poppies. Paris is calling, have a great time Portia!

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