Flash Back by Olfactive Studio
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Flash Back is a perfume by Olfactive Studio for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is fresh-citrusy. It is still in production.
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Perfumer

Olivier Cresp

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGrapefruit, , Rhubarb
Heart Notes Heart NotesGranny Smith apple, Pink pepper
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Musk, Vetiver, Cedarwood

Ratings

Scent

7.0 (149 Ratings)

Longevity

6.6 (99 Ratings)

Sillage

5.7 (111 Ratings)

Bottle

7.4 (100 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 25.07.2020.
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Reviews

6.5
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Taurus1967

3 Reviews
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Taurus1967
Taurus1967
Top Review    18  
Cash back
Spring is just around the corner. Very close - within knocking distance. At least as far as meteorological springtime is concerned, even if you don't feel spring fever yourself.

As theoretical as the beginning of spring, Flash Back is also intended as such for the budding season. At least on paper he brings everything that makes you think of warm, sunny days.

In reality it looks a little different. Although the prelude with the appealing fresh and sour grapefruit note is somewhat successful, a flash back to past spring days is not really successful - if then rather to the more successful TdH. Not even the equally greenish, tangy rhubarb can save much.

This is due to a severe abuse of too much chemical... äh synthetic additives, which among other things make the Granny Smith an indigestible fruit and make the vetiver look rather old.

The approach itself may be ok and I can imagine that the pyramid would conjure up a top refresher with more natural or valuable ingredients, but somehow it seems to me as if someone has pulled the cost brakes.

That's why I wouldn't necessarily hear good-humored spring elves humming at the end of Flash Back, but rather the shaggy gray-red zonk. Especially when I look at the price-performance ratio. Some might think of cash back, given the confounded triplets of fragrance, durability and silage.
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Scent
8
Longevity
5
Sillage
Silverfire

130 Reviews
Silverfire
Silverfire
Very helpful Review    2  
A Journey Back To Infancy
Flash Back begins with a deep ambery base with just the right amount of pepper, surrounded by a luxurious warm orange-neroli note, kicked off by the tang of bergamot. Fifteen minutes in, lily-of-the-valley comes to the front, turning it a touch too soft/feminine for me. Eventually the orange-neroli comes out again, taming it, and by four hours in, nothing but the softness of the flower remains along with ambergesis and a tinge of something fresh that makes it reminiscent of the beginning, just more peaceful. Eventually it dies away to a sweet musk. On subsequent wearings, I get less of the ambergesis and more of the bergamot, while the middle stage of the clean/fresh/lily-of-the-valley extends outwards as the base disappears in a memory of neroli.

The more I think on this scent, the more it seems to be a journey backwards to infancy. The moment the picture is taken somehow begins the journey; the ambergesis and the pepper bring on a sense of mystery, while the neroli and lily-of-the-valley suggest youth, innocence and purity; they fade to a time where we were not, prior to birth.

While I find the structure and associations of Flash Back intriguing, it is weighed down by the fact that the excitement occurs only at the beginning. The rest is a rather uninteresting denouement. I have enjoyed other fragrances by Oliver Cresp (Polo Sport, Juniper Sling), and I was curious about the rhubarb note, but neither proved to be a guarantor of quality or excitement.

Statements

KingPinKingPin 19 months ago
7
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
Very clear rhubarb with hints of grapefruit and ocean notes, very similar to Bois 1920 Oltremare. Not bad if you’re into that stuff.

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