Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb For Men

spicebombThis is going to be more of a review-let rather than an in-depth thing; usually I wear something at least several times before I write about it,  but I was in a bind. I was going out to dinner with a friend of mine and stopped at the local Sephora to try some stuff. I came upon Spicebomb and had this had been earlier in my perfume days I might have made an impulse purchase right then and there, so much did I like the initial blast of citrus and peppery spices. I liked the middle when the spices mellowed a bit and were sweetened by tobacco. What I did not like so much was that after about two hours the whole thing dropped off a cliff: I spritzed at six and the whole thing was gone by the time dessert arrived. I’ve rarely had a scent do such  disappearing act on me, especially one that had such a definite (and delightful) opening.

Kind pf a disappointment. Viktor & Rolf, please fo a perfume strength one of this. Now please.

Notes (from Sephora): Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cinnamon Leaf, Pink Pepper, Lavandin, Chilli, Saffron, Elemi, Vetiver, Balsam Fir, Tobacco Accord, White Leather Accord.

$85 for 1.7oz EDT. At various places, including Sephora, where I asked for and was given a sample.

Image: Sephora

  • wefadetogray says:

    I love spicebomb on me. I am not sure if i’d like it on a man as much though. I find it quite potent and delightful all around. It does vanish rather quickly but not as swiftly as on your skin, Tom. That is so sad.

  • Marie Taylor says:

    The scent hopefully please women. Anyway, I like the packaging but I hope it will not be a reason for some delay when you’re in an airport or mall! lol!

  • foxbins says:

    I thought that A Lab on Fire Liquid Night smelled a lot like Spicebomb and lasted longer, too. Unfortunately neither one is to my liking, but for Spicebomb fans it might be one to try.

  • Bastet says:

    I had a very similar experience – tried it at an airport perfume shop and liked it so much I almost bought it on the spot, but in the end was glad I refrained because by the time we boarded the plan it was essentially gone. Too bad.

  • eldarwen22 says:

    This does sound like something that would dissapear in 5 minutes. But I do avoid most mainstream releases and perfumes because they don’t last and aren’t worth a weeks wages. Now niche perfumes seem to be worth the money though.

  • rosarita says:

    I liked this but after several wearings it proved too sweet for my taste yet with that Gillette shaving cream note that shows up in modern masculines sometimes. And the bottle is far too literal. And it’s definitely fleeting. Yup, not a fan 🙂

    • mals86 says:

      I got that shaving cream thing in it too, which means I can’t wear it myself (I don’t do fougeres. I don’t do shaving cream. Don’t judge me.), but other than that I thought it was rather nice and certainly pleasant enough compared to a lot of other things it might sit next to on the shelf.

  • susanlabben says:

    Yep, it is such a great fragrance, isn´t it? I tried Spicebomb with the intention of buying it for my SO (well, that would have been the “pretext” as I had every intention of sneaking a spritz or more of it from “his” bottle:-)).
    I love(d)it, but did find it surprisingly fleeting to my great disappointment. I didn´t spray 6 times though, but merely 3 times. I do have a scent eating skin, so I thought it was only me…
    Are we anosmic to something in it…? I DO NOT like the bottle though – at all.
    The longevity issue was the (main) reason for me not buying a bottle.

  • Ann says:

    Hi, Tom! I love this one but don’t remember how it lasted on me. I haven’t worn it lately, so thanks for the reminder. I got some samples for DH but he often forgets to wear fragrance so I might as well get some use out of them. We’re back in the deep freeze here in the (almost) deep South; it’s flirting with the single digits here this a.m. so Spicebomb might be a good one to pull out for some instant warm and cozy.

  • kizzers says:

    I bought this for my husband hoping he wouldn’t like it and that I could vicariously fall heir to it! Unfortunately he loves it, and it smells great on him, even if it is fleeting. Some of the notes reminded me of a softer, gentler L`Air du Desert Marocain – I wonder if you could layer them to get better staying power? (or would that be sacrilege?)
    Here’s hoping they do an ‘Intense’ or ‘Noir’ version sometime soon.

  • jilliecat says:

    But Tom, the trend is for weaker and weaker new frags, and companies are sneakily diluting their older ones too. How can we stop this madness???? Eventually perfumes will be just a delicate whisper that lasts all of 10 minutes! Oh, and of course they will cost a week’s wages.