Fleurs de Bulgarie

(1845)
Fleurs de Bulgarie by Creed
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Fleurs de Bulgarie is a perfume by Creed for women and was released in 1845. The scent is flowery-spicy. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Creed

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot
Heart Notes Heart NotesBulgarian rose
Base Notes Base NotesAmbergris, Musk, Rose

Ratings

Scent

7.1 (38 Ratings)

Longevity

8.0 (23 Ratings)

Sillage

7.8 (24 Ratings)

Bottle

7.3 (26 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 10.01.2016
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Bottle 7.5/10
Sillage 7.5/10
Longevity 10.0/10
Scent 9.0/10
4 Awards
A Case in Point
Creed FLEURS DE BULGARIE is an excellent example of why and how this house has survived over the centuries and continues to enjoy a cult following. I do believe that the thrashing doled out against Creed by the authors of The Holey[sic] Book may have something to do with the fact that people generally seem to be less obsessed with this house than they were in the past. I suppose that the massive proliferation of new houses, many of which have been launching dozens of what may be regarded as "cool" niche perfumes, may have something to do with it as well. However, the perfumes speak for themselves, FLEURS DE BULGARIE being a case in point.

I first reviewed this perfume a couple of years ago, before I had much conscious experience with ambergris, and while I found it to be an excellent rose perfume, I believe that I did not fully grasp its beauty until relatively recently. Unlike tea rose perfumes--and this house has its own--the key to the beauty of FLEURS DE BULGARIE is the base. I think that Liliumlibido is really on to something (read below). "It's the ambergris, stupid!" No, I did not really "get" it the first time around.

Now, having sniffed dozens of less noble compositions featuring rose, I recognize that there is a richness, and a density, and texture to this creation which set it apart from the recent rose parade of quick and easy often fruity rose launches intended for a "younger" market. At the same time, this perfume steers rather far from grandmother and dowager rose fragrance stereotypes. This is a sensual, provocative, seductive rose. I love it. I really do.
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Helpful Review    4 Awards
Not what the name says
Oh sure, there are roses in Fleurs de Bulgarie. However, they are not the true theme of the fragrance, in fact I doubt they were meant to be: A house as reputed as Creed knows how to create a predominantly rose scent, take Fleurs de Thé Rose Bulgare, for example.

But not this.
Fleurs de Bulgarie uses the roses as a stepping stone for the Ambregris. In fact, anyone who really gives it enough time for the full development to proceed and the drydown to take place will notice: This perfume is all about the Ambregris, the roses are only there to provide a flavor, if you will.

It will touch the skin and be a delightful opening of fresh, dewy roses, with the typical aroma that only Bulgarian roses can impart. Beautiful. But as the fragrance moves on, the roses become more transparent and only lend their texture and part of their scent to the rest of the composition. As the Ambregris takes center stage, it retains some of the roses' characteristics, but the real alpha player is and remains the Ambregris.
And as such it does what Ambregris is famous for: it dresses the skin with a veil of warmth, depth and animalic pungency, not in an overbearing manner, mind you, but not in a forgettable manner either.

Will it smell like roses? YES. To a point. In the end, it plays up the skin of the wearer to the Nth degree of attraction, because that is what Ambregris is: The lusty agent. The roses are the counter point, they are what keeps the fragrance from becoming an overly one dimensional animalic excess. There is a fleshy, salty angle to Fleurs de Bulgarie which for me makes it better suited to, um... certain non public encounters. *wink*
Bottle 2.5/10
Sillage 10.0/10
Longevity 10.0/10
Scent 10.0/10
1 Award
La Cousine Bette
MMMMMMMM? i wonder the coniving heroine
from Honore de Balzac's Cousin Bette
wore this when she intends and does
destroy her extended family or Lola Montez
the famous dancer and courtesen who seduced The Hungarian Virtuoso Franz Liszt Or Ludwig I of Bavaria the King of Bavaria; Satine from Moulin Rouge!
Or the divine Sarah Bernhardt in her famous role of As Tosca the Diva a Perfume fit for a courtesan.

The note of velvet red roses caresses your skin conjoures up deep burgandy
curtians of brothels and opera houses
circa 1848 a Parisian Brothal full of
Loose women with revealing gowns of rich color low necklines tight curls
cascading around the face men with there top hat long black wastcoats hair fashioned with sideburns and long hair
playing Roulette getting drunk
or dancing the can can.

The Amber make's it sweet sort of a naive girlish quailties and musk makes
it a bit Esotaric there's a secular and
holiness about this fragrance a Contradictory of good girl and bad girl
mentality which i enjoy perfect for church and perfect for sex and naughtiness. well everyone has two sides to their Charactor.

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