Les Parfums

As promised, I’ve been writing a review about the three perfumes that I got samples of last week. After wearing them day by day, I’ve got an opinion about all three and I’m a bit sad to say I haven’t found a favorite(though they are all wonderful) and I don’t think I will purchase any of the perfumes.

Victor & Hugo – Flowerbomb:

An explosive bouquet of fresh and sweet notes arrives with perfume Flowerbomb, designed by Olivier Polge, Carlos Benaim and Domitille Berthier. Introduced in 2005, as an oriental perfume.
Top notes tingle with fresh and sweet accords of bergamot and green tea. The heart is floral and opulent with intensive, sweet and pure Sambac jasmine, seductive Centifolia rose, freesia and Cattleya orchid. Musk and patchouli in a base wrap us with an oriental scent, while its milky and powdery notes gently fondle our skin.

My opinion:
This is a bomb alright. But I’m not sure I would call it a flowerbomb. This is a sugarbomb and I do not get those flower notes. It is way too sweet at the beginning, though it does become more and more bitter, obscure and intense. The scent stayed on very long on my skin, which can be a good thing, but as it was too sweet for me I had to wash it of after a couple of hours.

At first I was impressed with this perfume. I thought the bottle was very creative and unique and the scent interesting but it was just too much for me. I think this is the type of perfume you either love or you hate.
Although this fragrance doesn’t really appeal to my tastes in perfume, I can appreciate Flowerbomb for what it is.


Elie Saab – Le Parfum:

The first fragrance from the Lebanese haute couture designer is simply called Le Parfum. After 279 trial versions, an ultra – feminine, flowery – woody composition has been selected, signed by the perfumer Francis Kurkdjian.
The perfume opens with notes of orange blossom. Jasmine is in the heart, including Grandiflorum and Sambac, whereas the base consists of cedar, patchouli and rose honey accord.

My opinion:
When I first smelled this perfume on a paper the scent appeared kind of soapy and I couldn’t decide whether I liked it or not. The moment it begins to unfold on the skin, the bright orange blossom and gardenia notes set its tone. The rose tinged patchouli reminiscent underpins the white floral notes, while the layers of musks give¬† Elie Saab the smooth feel of lacquered wood.¬†
I would say it is an exceptionally crafted woody floral, and although it may not be new, edgy or daring, it does smell wonderful.
For me its a very classic, beautiful, chic and well constructed perfume, only thing is that on my skin it’s not so long lasting and I think the perfume fits better for women from 25 years old and older.


Valentino – Valentina:

Valentina is the new, upcoming perfume by Valentino destined to younger women. It is reportedly inspired by Rome and the image of a “modern heiress“. The scent is developed by Alberto Morillas and Oliver Cresp, and is described as a ‘Floriental’.
Notes: bergamot, white truffles, jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose, wild strawberries, cedar, amber, vanilla, benzoin.

My opinion:
I generally dislike very candysweet scents or too floral perfumes. I like more the powdery scents that are not too strong, but blend in well with my skin and gives a soft warm smell that changes but stays during the day.
The smell of Valentina is gorgeous on my skin and even at the end of the day it leaves a nice soft flowery/powdery smell on my skin.
This perfume starts out a bit stronger when you first spray it and I wasn’t really into it (nice but didn’t discover anything special yet) but after a few minutes the scent developed and it was wonderful.

In general the scent is a nice, flowery, soft smell, not too strong, but I feel like I’ve seen(smelled?) it before and there is nothing new or interesting about this fragrance.

Hanne Sagstuen

Norwegian New Yorker Hanne Sagstuen a fashion model, art director and editor in chief. Beautylovin is the website where she shares her take on life, travel, beauty and everything in between.

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