Members of perfume chat boards occasionally debate the pros and cons of wearing perfume in their hair. Some fragrance lovers feel it’s a discreet and long-lasting way to enjoy perfume; others worry that the alcohol in the perfume will dry out their hair or damage their hair-color. I’ve always thrown caution to the winds, figuring that a spritz of Eau de Toilette is less damaging than many environmental factors (or most mainstream hair products, for that matter), but I’m also willing to try some of the new perfumes created specifically for hair.
Viktor & Rolf’s new Flowerbomb Bomblicious Perfumed Hair Mist joins the Flowerbomb line-up of Eau de Parfum, “extreme” Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, body cream, body lotion, and shower gel. Its bottle is a slightly smaller version of Flowerbomb’s “grenade,” complete with sealing-wax “pin,” cast in frosted glass. This formula contains far less alcohol than the Eau de Parfum, and it includes silicones and glycerin to benefit the hair’s texture.
Full disclosure: I’ve never been an ardent fan of Flowerbomb, which leans too heavily on its vanilla and sweet-patchouli notes for my taste. It reminds me of sugar cookies baking in a kitchen where someone has recently burned incense sticks. If it were human, it would be one of those odd-couple college roommate pairings, in which a cheerleader and a hippie girl overcome their surface differences and coexist cheerfully in their shared pursuit of boys and beer.
I was therefore pleased to realize that Flowerbomb Bomblicious Perfumed Hair Mist (yes, awful name!) is sheerer and softer than its perfumed sisters; this might just be the most flowery version of Flowerbomb. Hints of a spring bouquet of jasmine and orchid emerged from the fragrance’s dessert-like base and lingered gently in my hair for a few hours after application. The vanilla note was still present, but it cushioned the florals rather than smothering them. I also tried wearing this product on my wrists, where it had a low sillage but lasted longer than I would have expected.
In short, if you love Flowerbomb, you’ll appreciate this product as a new way to layer your fragrance; if you absolutely detest Flowerbomb, this hair mist probably won’t change your mind; but if you’re ambivalent, you might find Flowerbomb Bomblicious Perfumed Hair Mist an alternative worth trying.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bomblicious Perfumed Hair Mist is $40 for 30 ml at Saks Fifth Avenue or Nordstrom.
Love the roommate description – great review, Jessica, the perfect companion to a Sunday morning cup of coffee!
Maybe I should have included a disclaimer that any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental… You never know who's out there, reading!
Glad you enjoyed it.
I like the idea of hair mists! And I do not care – I spray my perfumes on my hair anyways. It lasts longer, the scent smell great!
I like to spritz just a bit of perfume at the nape of my neck, where my hairline starts. That works well for me! Hair mists are a nice idea too. There seem to be a few new ones around, these days.
I love the Narciso Rodriguez hair mist!
The Flower Bomb hair mist is only $40 and is 1 oz.
What a lovely review for a horrible fragrance. Flowerbomb is like Aquolina Pink Sugar only much more expensive.
Can't be bothered to even test it. Yesterday I finally saw Lolita Lempicka Fleur de Corail in Sephora and bought it. It is soo nice, although reviewers haven't been too kind, maybe because it is different from all other LL frags. It is soft and cedary and not too sweet.
If FlowerBomb is too sweet for you, perhaps Fleur de Corail is a better choice.
I didn't realize N Rodriguez offered a hair mist, too! This must be a trend.
Hi NG, I'm a Lolita Lempicka fan from years back, and I've been wanting to try the Fleur de Corail. Thanks for the reminder!
I remember owning a bottle of Angel hair mist a long time ago, but in all honesty I didn't like it much. That murky, dark and dirty patchouli drydown, which is my favourite part of Angel, just wasn't there, and although I love the combination of Angel EdP and cigarette smoke the combination of Angel hair mist and cigarette smoke somehow wasn't that great at all. It was lighter and sheerer, just like the Flowerbomb hair mist.
I have a hard time wearing Angel since smoking was banned in restaurants, clubs and pubs around here, and I'm not a smoker myself, never have been, so I appreciate the ban in itself – I just don't like Angel nearly as much without cigarette smoke.
I like this idea, that our envinronment also affects the way we perceive the fragrances we're wearing!
I enjoy smelling Angel on people passing by, although I loathe it on myself. Odd.
I definitely think it does. Angel used to be my big going out scent, so there was always lots of cigarette smoke around when I wore it. I still love Angel, but it's not the same thing anymore.
Well, there's some small consolation: at least our clothing doesn't smell smoky when we get home!
True, that. Maybe I should try layering Angel and Jasmin et Cigarette, or something.