Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Today I’m going to review a fragrance who’s packaging has probably put more people in detention than anything else: Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb. It seems like every six months there is a story that hits the news regarding someone held by TSA for suspicious goods only to find out it’s a bottle of Spicebomb¹.
I hate the bottle. And I’m not really the demographic for Spicebomb so I’ve never tried it. However, it gets brought up a lot in forums and compared to things both designer and niche. My ignorance no longer benefits me. I pledged that in 2017 that I’m going to try to sniff more of the perfumes that Perfume People *should* know.
Spicebomb opens with bright citrus and citrus-y resins. Speaking in notes, I mainly pickup on a fruity-sweet pink pepper and glimmering, lemon-scented elemi incense. It’s spicy, which I expected from its name. But, it’s not as spicy as I expected. The cinnamon isn’t straight-forward. It’s more like grapefruit sprinkled with warmth from cinnamon and dried Guajillo chilis. It’s also sweet and creamy without smelling like a gourmand. It’s almost like saffron steamed milk and unsmoked cigars stored in a wood cigar box. The dry-down is soft, powdery and sweet. It’s that “modern man” blend of suede, tobacco and a pillow-soft musk. Overall, it’s a dry, warm, spicy, sweet and creamy fragrance that smells like someone that would give really comforting hugs. It smells like a hunky gingerbread man.
When I had David wear this, his skin amped up a lot of benzoin and heliotrope. It was like a powdery, almond-y floral! In his words, he said “This smells like something you wear'”. But the funny thing is it doesn’t smell like something I’d wear because it smells completely different on me. On me, it smelled like something he’d wear! Either “version” is nice though and a million times better than Flowerbomb (or at least how Flowerbomb wears on me).
Notes listed include bergamot, grapefruit, elemi, pink pepper, chili, saffron, leather, tobacco and vetiver. Launched in 2012. PERFUMER – Olivier Polge
Give Spicebomb a try if you like woodsy, spicy scents. Or fragrances like Histoires de Parfums 1899 Hemingway, Bvlgari Man in Black, Marc Jacobs Bang and/or Hermès Hermèssence Poivre Samarcande . Spicebomb reminds me of a more masculine version of Lolita Lempicka Si Lolita (which is a surprisingly butch gingerbread fragrance). I actually think that on David, Spicebomb smells a lot like Si Lolita.
Projection and longevity are above average. But, it’s never really “loud”. It’s softer than the name implies.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Hunky gingerbread man. It’s a spicy, sweet tobacco crowd pleaser. I actually hate that I like it because of the tacky bottle and its immense popularity. But, hey, I’m only human. This stuff smells great. I’ve also this: I have smelled it on many men and was tempted to ask them what they were wearing but didn’t want to come across like cougar. Now I know. It was Spicebomb.
¹There are so many of these type of stories! It’s such a stupid bottle design.
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