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Fragrance Review: Flower by Kenzo

Flower By Kenzo ($57.02, is a hot fragrance from Kenzo, with the following features:
- Oriental, floral
- Recommended for day wear
- Notes of Bulgarian rose and Parma violet

The Company’s Summary

A vital link to keep us in touch with nature. FLOWER BY KENZO, the power of a singular, strong, pure and sensual flower. A nomadic flower, taking root in the asphalt. A flower in the city. The red poppy has no scent. Kenzo created its fragrance.

Our Review

Originally launched in 2000, this scent marked Kenzo’s invention of the poppy fragrance. At once soft and floral, notes of violet, vanilla, and rose flourish with sly giddiness. It’s a contemporary perfume for urban women who look to nature for inspiration and renewal.

Uniquely packaged in a bottle embossed with a poppy, both the scent and the flacon have become contemporary classics. As Kenzo’s commitment to nature continues to evolve, so has this iconic bottle: Flower by Kenzo is now refillable. An easy-to-use refill pouch ensures that each bottle can last forever. (Or as long as you have it without losing it!)

Notes and Analysis

Parma violet is not only beautiful, but it is also a symbol of modesty.

Wild Hawthorne, Bulgarian Rose, Parma Violet, Cassia, Hedione, Cyclosal, Opoponax, White Musk, Vanilla.
Powdery. Floral. Contemporary.

Known as the finest rose oil in the world, Bulgarian rose is derived from the Damask rose. Roses are a symbol of love and have been used since ancient times in perfumes.

First imported into Italy in the 19th century, its origins are somewhat mysterious. It is widely believed that there are two varieties of Parma Violet, but the second is regarded to be forgotten and waiting to be rediscovered. Violets are a symbol of modesty and faithfulness.

Musk has been an essential ingredient in perfumery since ancient times. Its capability to enhance a fragrance comes from its ability to adopt the fixative qualities of a natural scent. Musk is a linear tone, not a powdery one.

Hedione is derived from the Greek word “hedone,” which means pleasure. As it evaporates, hedione seems to remain in the air, which is an important quality, making it one of the most popular perfume materials. It’s signature is one of both a fruity floral quality.

Cassia is the aromatic bark of an eastern Asian tree (Cinnamomum aromaticum) of the laurel family, yielding an inferior kind of cinnamon.

Opoponax, also known as myrrh, is an herb used a lot in churches as incense. Opoponax has a scent that is warm and leathery, and quite complex, simultaneously nutty and and woody. It is like vanilla without the sweetness. In perfumery opoponax will often be used with vanilla to give the vanilla a broader base or heavier with some woodiness to the note.

Personal Use and Experience

I chose to sample this perfume on a recent trip to Sephora; it was one I had some trepidation over because I am not a fan of overly flowery scents and with the name of this one being Flower I thought for sure that is what I would be in for-especially when after  research I found rose and parma violets in the top notes of this scent- two very powerful floral oils.  It’s been my opinion that a lot of floral fragrances can be overwhelming or can come off as old fashioned but this fab scent is neither and has a wonderful likeable quality.

If you sniff the bottle you get duality- there is the floral aspect and a powerful powder scent. Once on; the floral aspect dries down quickly and takes a backseat to the vanilla, muskiness and powdery notes.

It doesn’t sound like that would smell particularly pleasant when I read it, but it does. It’s not too sweet in the vanilla that it would induce a headache and it’s my opinion that it is due to the woody bottom of the opoponax rounding out the vanilla. The finish has a slight spice to it thanks to the addition of the cassia.  What stayed on my pulse points was a powdery, fresh scent. For all the complexity in the multitude of notes in this scent- it doesn’t wear as a complex scent.  There is plenty of staying power to this perfume- a shower was required to clear my skin of its scent which is nice if you choose to wear this to work- you will not have to reapply during the day. It is definitely feminine and wearable; appropriate for day wear and casual events.

Did You Know?

Scent travels up as it evaporates, so it’s recommended that day time fragrances be sprayed lower on the body, while evening wear should be sprayed a bit higher on the body.

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Follow Friday (One Day Late!) + Nicki's Personal Updates: Week of August 17

Having amazing people in your life helps a lot too. Here I am with my boyfriend, G.

When I have free time, I tend to read a lot of inspirational books.  Specifically, I like the works for Martha Beck, Jim Rohn, Jack Canfield, Darren Hardy, and John C. Maxwell the best.  They just speak to me.

One piece of meta-advice from all of them:  Track your progress.  Be honest with yourself when you do it – where in your life can you improve?  And what can you do about it – everyday?  It doesn’t have to be a drastic change, but it’s the little habits we have (or don’t) that make or break our success over time.  Think about it:  Just 100 extra calories per day is 36500 calories in a year, or just over 10 pounds.  Makes you think twice about those “100 calorie packs,” doesn’t it?

Here are what I need to change:

1.)  Sleep smarter.  It’s not that I love getting to sleep.  I don’t – I’m super energetic, and it’s hard for me to fall asleep sometimes.  The issue here is that it is difficult for me to get up in the mornings.  I end up hitting “snooze” at least 4 or 5 times.  Granted, I’m getting up early anyway, but that isn’t good, stopping and starting your sleep-wake hormones so early in the morning.  Snoozing = groggy. 

How I’m going to try to fix it:  Small, affordable rewards.  For instance, if I get up on the first alarm bell, I’ll buy myself a new song on iTunes.  Or, even better, treat myself to some freshly brewed tea, ooo.

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2.)  Maintain a positive attitude.  I believe we have the best retinol (and soon vitamin CE) products – I believe that with all my heart.  But I wouldn’t be honest if I said there weren’t days I was afraid of failing.  I get scared we might not become as popular as we need to be, or that we might not get enough venture capital to grow properly.  And I have a tendency to fret over small mistakes once they’re made.  And beat myself up over them for too long, when I need to be moving forward.

How I’m going to fix it:  As Bare Escentuals CEO Leslie Blodgett says, “If you’re really putting yourself on the line, you’re going to be scared- and that’s when you push through things.”  Another great quote, this from Success magazine publisher Darren Hardy:  “As long as you’re feeling grateful, you can’t feel fear.  Gratitude is the opposite of fear.”

So, when I’m scared, first and foremost, I write down things I’m grateful for to center myself and get back to a healthier place.  Next, I figure out no more than five small, concrete steps I can take to rectify things.  Five is the perfect number because I believe about only one out of every five early-stage strategies works.  Plus, it’s simple enough to get started right away, but not so daunting that I feel overwhelmed.   And then I execute immediately, when motivation is high and distractions have had no time to build up. It’s go time!

3.)  Learning how to delegate.  I’ve been so happy since we started to sell FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5.  It’s my lifelong dream come true to have a revolutionary product on the market, and now that it’s out, it’s just this amazing “wow” moment.  I just want to do everything – keep blogging 1-2 times daily, ship and package the orders, call stores and distributors, talk to newspapers, run the logistics of having a business.  And sometimes that wears me down.  I have an amazing team – right now, I have a full-time writer/editor, several other writers, and an intern who helps with shipping and order processing.

How I’m going to fix it:  As John C. Maxwell says, “Of course it’s easier to do everything yourself.  But that’s adding, not compounding.  And if you want to start compounding, you need to start delegating.”  One of my strengths is that I really do care about people, and I tend to see the best in them.  (Sometimes too much so – I’ve had rather, uh, fascinating dates in the past based upon “potential,” but that’s another blog post).

So when it comes to starting this business, I’m going to learn how to be patient with people, recognize their strengths, cultivate them, and allow them to do a lot of the heavy lifting together with me.  Because, truth be told, no one ever does make it in this world alone.

With that said, it’s time for (belated) Follow Friday!

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  • Phyrra covers Shieldo Moisturizing Shampoo (and no, that’s not a misspelling of Shiseido, but a hot new Japanese brand!)

How are you doing?  Let me know in comments!  I love to hear from readers!