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Moin all you dear perfumos and perfumas out there. I hope you are well.
First of all, I would like to apologize to all the Renates out there for my clumsy headline. Feel free to send any complaints directly to [email protected]
The colleagues at Torfrock will take care of it. :-) There, by the way, all Bernhards with jackhammer phobia may express their displeasure.
But now to the seriousness of life. :-) I would like to apologize personally to Embla. For the legendary day before yesterday, I finally decided against your recommendation and the Tom Ford. Instead, the Spicebomb Extreme may now forever be a very special fragrance in my collection. :-)
For all who are just wondering what I'm actually talking about here. The day before yesterday, FC Hansa Rostock played and for this game 7500 spectators were allowed. I was one of the lucky ones. And I asked which scent I should put on best. Embla recommended Tobacco Vanilla. And I said that's it.
What can I say? Two hours before kickoff, it had to go fast. And I reached almost blindly into the shelf. And decided on the Spicebomb Extreme.
The end of the story? A Corona miracle tale. At 15.22 clock sounded the final whistle. Hansa was finally promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga after a nail-biter after more than 9 years. At the same time all dams broke for 7500 people in the stadium - and at least as many people in front of it - and there was no stopping them. Pure joy, strangers in each other's arms. A whole city celebrating. Including the mayor. Hours later thousands of people on the market place. In the middle of it all - the team. And all this in the middle of these Corona times.
It was almost like the old days. And I hope for all of us that we now finally leave this madness piece by piece behind us. Yesterday was indescribable. It felt as if events like this happened decades ago. And I hope that we can all celebrate again soon. In the stadium, in the club, at concerts and festivals or just in the party cellar or the garage. Because it's exactly these moments that make a life worth living.
And the fragrance that will forever remind me of this unforgettable day in the future is the Spicebomb Extreme. So let's see how this fragrance is doing. Don't worry, he doesn't get a promotion bonus. :-) he's been good before too, but let's take it one step at a time, so - let's get started. :-)
The bottle: 8/10
Okay, I admit - the pacifist in me is screaming "what the hell?", but honestly? The scent is called Spicebomb......and it's a bottle. Actually, I think it's a nice idea and it just goes to show that the fragrance is a "grenade". The bottle is valuable, is very good in the hand, filling level recognizable. Criticism: I personally find the sprayer catastrophic. Much too large and very badly dosable.
The fragrance: 9/10
What a firecracker. The fragrance starts directly and without restraint. A hefty portion of spices fly one around the ears. I do myself here relatively difficult to filter the individual components. Pepper and cinnamon, however, you can definitely perceive independently. The saffron provides a good counterpoint with its slight bitterness. A slightly sweet-tart citrus (grapefruit?) is also noticeable in the attack, but without any freshness. The name Spicebomb Extreme is to be taken really literally in the prelude. I give you the good tip not to hold your nose too close to the perfumed area, because then the scent is actually exhausting and seems a bit overloaded. But it isn't. By the way, the top and heart notes blend directly together in the opening. The course is quite linear at the beginning. But out the back he turns then but again and becomes much softer.
For this clearly provide the tobacco (for me a bright, mild tobacco) and especially the great vanilla. Really great cinema and for me clearly rounder than the original Spicebomb.
Short form: At the start really an almost supercharged spice explosion, which is transformed by tobacco and vanilla in a real flatterer and then at the end becomes increasingly sweeter and softer without ever losing its serious, adult character. Dreamlike!
So 9 hours holds the loosely through. However, he is not THE beast to which he is often made here. For a designer but clearly above average.
The first two hours really room-filling if you exaggerate. But even in the hours 2-4 still well perceptible. Then, however, also this fragrance is relatively close to the skin. But four hours are already more than decent. Also here above average.
The fragrance is probably the epitome of a classic autumn / winter fragrance. Temperatures above 10 degrees I would avoid. Below that, however, almost always applicable. Office? Well-dosed in the winter also goes. Date? Club? Wouldn't be my first choice but I'm sure it's okay. Unisex? Sure, but by the spices and the tobacco already very rich and anything but soft or feminine. Oh and do you know what the scent also goes great with? To the promotion party in the stadium. Since I speak from experience. ;-)
Here it depends on the spray amount and the proximity of the nose to the stall. :-)
Too dense it could be a bit penetrating. But otherwise, the scent brings at least with me only good feedback. At work, people found the almost all great. And the fragrance stands out just in the prelude. My wife loves it, but again only when we are out and about. Cuddling on the couch it is not her favorite. The scent needs a little "distance". Nevertheless, all in all a very pleasing fragrance.
Price / performance: 8/10
That fits already. 90ml cost about 75.00€ and this price is absolutely fine for this quality.
The name Spicebomb Extreme is really program here. The fragrance really starts with an extreme spice explosion and then becomes more beautiful and balanced by tobacco and vanilla without losing its power. P/L okay. H/S definitely above average for a designer. You don't have to like the bottle, but except for the sprayer, I really like it. Viktor & Rolf really brought a winter banger to the market here and created a unique and great fragrance. I love it and in the designer segment, there aren't many winter scents that can hold a candle to this one! Do you like spicy scents? Then you can buy blind.
For me, this fragrance will always be linked to a very special day in the future. I would never have thought it possible two weeks ago to experience an ascension celebration with thousands of people. And I hope that we can all experience such happy and great moments in life together again as soon as possible. Without masks, without distance. Then we are also smelled maybe times again :-P
On that note, stay sane everyone and hang in there a little longer. Enjoy every day. And never stop laughing and loving. There is nothing more important!
As always hans(a)eatic greetings ⚓