Probably everyone who knows a bit about perfumes know about Kenzo Flower. The powdery floral scent has been around for 13 years, and this year Kenzo brought the original team together (Alberto Morillas for the scent, and Serge Mansau for the flacon) to present Flower in the Air, a modern retake of poppy.
A poppy blossoms on the cap of the irregularly-shaped flacon. Visually it marks big break from the tall and slender flacon of Flower.
Kenzo Flower is often described as musky, powdery, and intense. Flower in the Air (RRP for a 30ml bottle as pictured: 56 euros) is pretty much anything but. The composition of Flower in the Air is far less complicated. According to Kenzo, the top notes include raspberry and pink pepper, the heart notes rose, magnolia, and gardenia, and the base notes musk. On me, Flower in the Air doesn’t “develop” as much as most other eau de parfums I have tried. It feels more like many good things rolled into one instead of something that has clear layers. I can easily pick out the rose (which is one of my favorite notes) and magnolia, maybe a little fruitiness and at the end some smooth musk.
Flower in the Air lasts about 8-9 hours on my wrist, and another big longer on my neck (because it gets onto my hair and clothes). I wore it for several days before sitting down to read the PR material and writing about it. To my big surprise, what Flower in the Air makes me feel is exactly how Kenzo envisioned it: they want to interpret freedom with this perfume, and that’s what I feel when I wear it! It is light, light-hearted, and feminine in its own way. I see Flower in the Air as more of a daytime perfume for spring and summer. I would recommend this to a young(er) crowd, particularly if you’re thinking about transitioning from the citrusy fresh type of perfumes to more flowery and feminine ones. It’s young, it’s uninhibited, and it’s gloriously carefree!
You should really check out the commercial if you haven’t! From the nonchalant Parisian flair to the music, there is nothing about it that I don’t love! The fact that the beautiful actress Shu Qi also comes from Taiwan certainly helps as well!
Are you a fan of Kenzo Flower? What is a scent that makes you feel “free,” even though this is such an ambiguous thing that I can’t manage to put down in words!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx