New addiction: Flower by Kenzo L'Elixir

New addiction: Flower by Kenzo L'Elixir

Flower power

Text: Renée Batchelor

The iconic Flower by Kenzo turns sweet fifteen this year. The brand celebrates with a luxe, new offering

The original Flower by Kenzo was a runaway success both in Asia and the world over with its sleek, minimalist flaçon and soft, powdery scent. 15 years later, the brand returns with a new opus created by master perfumer Alberto Morillas, who was also responsible for the original.

Inspired by the scents he experienced after visiting a field of Bulgarian roses, Morillas said, "Growing roses is a rare family tradition. I was inspired by every aspect of it — the pickers' gestures of collecting the flowers corolla by corolla, the sacks filled with flowers, the fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. I remember this valley bursting with flowers and surrounded by mountains, like an endless sea of roses." Poetic words indeed and a heartfelt memory fragment that the perfumer seems to have captured in this new scent.

Comprising delicious raspberry, sparkling mandarin and a heart of Bulgarian rose, the scent also has a sensuous and addictive trail thanks to base notes of praline and bourbon vanilla absolute. The result? A fragrance that has been categorised as a "bewitching, gourmand-floral". Think of the L'Elixir woman as the more assured and confident older sister to Flower by Kenzo. Even the bottle design — the original tall flaçon, but in a deeper, red hue with touches of gold — speak of the fragrance's quiet sophistication. 

From $100. Available from September