I was first drawn to this perfume by the bottle; it is clear glass, with long poppies on the outside and a vibrant red pull-off metallic lid. The bottle comes presented in an off white cardboard box, also with the poppy design on and the usual details of the product and the maker's name. You can currently purchase 90ml of the perfume for £31.94 on Amazon (March 2013) which is a bargain, as this size bottle usually retails for around £50. The design of the bottle, does not indicate that the perfume will smell of poppies, instead this is just the design for all the Kenzo Flower range, which includes eau de toilette, shower gels and body lotions, amongst other things.
The bottle looks attractive and is easy to hold, as it is tall. The pull off lid is easy to remove and replace, it does not leak and the push dispenser sprays evenly, I use two to three sprays, and find that to be adequate to last all day.
The perfume has top notes of bergamot, bigarade leaves and orange blossom, middle notes of parma violet and white musk base notes.
Overall this perfume has fresh, non-powdery flowery and citrus scent, the musk is not over powering and you can definitely smell the orange blossom, though I am not sure about the bigarade leaves, as I have never heard of them and do not know what they smell of. As I said I use two to three sprays and this will last for around 12 hours, I notice the scent starts to fade after about 4 hours, but this is probably as I get used to it. I have been using the perfume for around 6 months, two to three times per week and still have plenty left, so at this rate it will last me around 18months.
I would recommend this perfume to others who like delicate, fresh flowery scents that last well, and if you can get it for a bargain price, it makes it even better. This is not just a summer scent, I tend to wear it all year round, and also the bottle is lovely to look at.
I bought this fragrance for my girlfriend last Christmas, and I have to say it's perhaps my favourite women's perfume out there at the moment (in my limited, male experience!). It cost around £40 at the time; various sizes and box sets are available, but I'm not unhappy with the value of this price.
It's certainly a great-looking perfume, with the red poppy motif carried through from the packaging to the bottle itself. I love the bottle; it's an elegant, curved design that really reflects the flowery style of the product - it's sleek, minimalist, unfussy and modern, and I think it works.
In terms of the perfume, there's a lot to admire here too. It goes without saying that there are plenty of floral hints to the scent, but this could come across quite stuffy and old-fashioned if done badly. Happily, it doesn't - it's a classy fragrance, with a sharp, deep edge to the floral notes and a lovely, understated, lingering smell. This can be applied lightly and creates a beautiful background aroma that doesn't fade too quickly. It's a versatile perfume too, one that I'd see as being equally at home for day to day use as it would be for a night out.
All in all, this is a great buy. The aroma's memorable and pleasantly complex, with a variety of notes playing off against each other and complementing each other exquisitely - and the packaging and overall design makes this a lovely gift. For me, it's well worth the price, and this is one that you'll buy again and again.
Kenzo Flower La Cologne is a new fragrance in Kenzo's collection and was released in April 2010 / With first days of spring charming La Cologne introduces fresh and clean notes of a composition which was inspired by classic citrusy compositions / Kenzo Flower La Cologne arrives in a tall transparent flacon with a cylindrical metallic red stopper / The glass body of the flacon features poppy flowers even though they are not present in the composition of this new fragrance / They symbolize the intention of the entire Kenzo Flower line which brings essences of pristine nature into centers of large cities / Kenzo Flower La Cologne will refresh you with bergamot combined with orange blossom and a hint of black pepper accords / Bitter orange leaves add freshness which is softened with vanilla and musk in the base /