Monday, October 18, 2010

FlowerByKenzo La Cologne

What? Kristina's writing about a fragrance?

Yeah, you're right. It's random. To make a long story short, I was lusting after FlowerByKenzo La Cologne after reading the lovely Joeybunny's review of it on Pink Sith a few months ago but I couldn't find it to try it out in any stores near me. I'm not exactly a fragrance whore - I only own a few of them - so I would never even consider purchasing one without trying it out first, let alone one as expensive (okay, from my amateur perspective) as the FlowerByKenzo cologne is ($72). I sent a despairing Tweet to Kenzo's representative on Twitter asking where I could find it to try it and she ended up sending me some in the mail. What a sweetheart! I think it was mostly because she and I both have girl crushes on Joeybunny. How could you not?

So - I feel I owe Kenzo this review, even though I'm probably the last person you should look to for opinions on a fragrance. I swear, you could put a scent under my nose and a gun to my head, and I still wouldn't be able to tell you what the top notes or bottom notes are to save my life. But I'm going to give this a shot (ha-ha) anyway.

According to Sephora, the notes in FlowerByKenzo La Cologne are "bitter orange leaves, bergamot, orange, mandarin, rose, orange blossom, neroli, musks, and vanilla." Though I couldn't identify them in a new fragrance, I do know that I tend to like floral-citrusy scents, as well as scents with some musk and/or vanilla, based on seeing those appear over and over in the list of notes for fragrances I already know I like, so I figured this was right up my alley.

I've been wearing FlowerByKenzo at least a few times a week since June now (I've used about 10% of the bottle in that time), and I still can't decide if I like it or love it. It's weird. I know I like it - it makes me feel sort of bright, fun, and sophisticated/classy at the same time - but I don't think I love it enough that I could ever see it becoming my signature scent. I like the way it makes me feel, yet it doesn't feel "me," it feels like "someone else."

I've made my boyfriend sniff me countless times and tell me what he thinks of it. Over the last few months, the comments I've collected from him are: he likes it; he thinks it's pleasant and floral; it grabs his attention without "assaulting his nostrils"; it makes him think of a bouquet of daisies; and it makes him want to "kiss me on the cheek" (as opposed to: "walk away," "rip off my clothes," etc.).

So... what's the roundup? It works. FlowerByKenzo La Cologne is a "comfortable" fragrance for me. I'll continue to wear it, but on my t-shirt and jeans days. When I want to feel "me," I'll reach for The Body Shop's Love Etc. When I want to feel pretty: Victoria's Secret Dream Angels Heavenly. Glamorous: Moschino Glamour (duh?). Seductive (and my all-time favorite): Cacharel Amor Amor.

Now you know every fragrance I own, LOL. Don't judge me! :)

P.S. If you actually got this far, I have a question for you. I smelled a new fragrance I really liked the scent of in a magazine sample the other day, and now I sort of want it. The problem is, it's Britney Spears' new perfume, Radiance, and that's just embarrassing. Even the bottle looks like a total eyesore. Should I still ask for it for Christmas (or something like that), or just pretend I never smelled it and move on with my life with my pride intact? Tell me what you think in the comments, please!


  1. yay! i was so happy to see you had posted! you are not the only person i have heard of that likes britney spears perfume. personally i have never smelled it. i know she has a bunch of varieties. i have seen a few at tjmaxx!

  2. I've been super curious about this Kenzo one ever since I read Joeybunny's review, too! :D Radiance's bottle is sort of tackily obnoxious in photos and yet I think it might be pretty in person...who knows. If you liked the sample, you should go for it even if it's Britney Spears!

    You should check out Girl with the Curious Nose ( if you haven't yet! It's Stefanie of The Lip Print's perfume blog, and she wears and reviews celebrity fragrances alongside the more niche/"luxury" stuff. Because of her, I feel I might be a bit more open about trying celebrity stuff if one ever strikes my fancy.

  3. Oooh now I'm curious too.

    Confession: my favorite scent of all time, the one that feels most like "me", is J Lo's Glow After Dark. Yes, I just about died of embarrassment buying it; at the time, I was shopping for a wedding fragrance (my inspiration was, "me on an awesome day"), and it came down to picking between GAD and Victoria Beckham's fragrance. I decided I wanted to support the care and feeding of JLo more than the Beckhams.

    Back to the subject at hand, I've seen fights break out over Britney Spear's perfume at the mall. Celebrities do have good fragrances, mostly because they have the $$$ to outsource the design. I'd say put it on your Christmas list. Santa is not judgey.


  4. Kristina, score a little sample of it and try it with your own body chemistry. Then, if you still love it, go for it. Who cares who it's by, if it smells good, it does!

  5. I'm pretty sure her fragrances are on the cheaper side so it's worth a shot but don't go by what you smell on a fragrance strip, they aren't the most accurate.

  6. My head wants to tell you to walk away….fast. You don't want to be smelled in Britney anything. My heart says - wear what smells good to you, and don't worry about what it is called…(and you don't have to tell anyone if they ask!)


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