I saw a YouTube video made by eleventhgorgeous and Tracy showed her bottle of Katy Perry’s Killer Queen, saying it smelled just like Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb. I’ve tried Flowerbomb several times and it smells quite nice. I had some liqua-touch samples of Killer Queen so I decided to give it a try. Let me tell you, I was a little confused when I first tried Killer Queen because I truly did think that it was a Flowerbomb copycat.
I wouldn’t call it an exact dupe but it is extremely similar to Flowerbomb AT FIRST depending on how you apply it. Unless you were pretending to be a fragrance connoisseur and actually spent time comparing the two side by side, I don’t think you’d be able to easily tell the difference. Killer Queen is sweet and sophisticated just like Flowerbomb. Flowerbomb is a bit sweeter overall but it’s not a noticeable difference at first. Flowerbomb also has better lasting power (but at triple the cost).
If you were wearing Killer queen and lied to somebody saying you were wearing Flowerbomb, I think that they’d believe you.
With that being said, let’s get onto the point of this perfume smackdown!
Is Katy Perry’s Killer Queen a dupe for Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb?
Yes and no (mostly yes).
The less you use of Killer Queen, the more it resembles Flowerbomb. When more than a couple of sprays are used, it starts to get a bit heavy in the floral department and is no longer reminiscent of Flowerbomb. Also, when I say “…the more/less of Killer Queen that you use…”, I mean when you spray too much in one area. For example: 2 sprays onto the same area (neck, wrist) would be too much vs. 2 sprays covering the whole body. I think it’s best to hold this perfume about a foot away from yourself before spraying so it evenly distributes all over. It keeps the sweet scent that way.
If you don’t have the money to spend on Flowerbomb right now, Killer Queen is a great alternative.
What is the main difference between the two?
Killer Queen smells just like Flowerbomb when initially sprayed onto the skin. Flowerbomb dries down to a sweet, girly, and classy fragrance. Flowerbomb is definitely an oriental gourmand floral fragrance. Killer Queen loses a touch the sweetness as it dries down and it’s borderline gourmand but it’s definitely more floral and oriental. If I use a lot of Killer Queen, the base notes become a lot stronger and it no longer resembles Flowerbomb.
The more of Killer Queen I use, the less sweet it smells. It actually dries down to an awkward remixed fragrance of the original Juicy Couture fragrance. It’s bizarre. Killer Queen’s dry down is like Flowerbomb and Juicy Couture morphed into a new fragrance.
Just to throw this out there, I do own Juicy Couture (bottle), Flowerbomb (plenty of sample vials), and Killer Queen (bottle) so I have been able to compare these fragrances side by side, over and over again.
Which fragrance is better?
Hands down, Flowerbomb. Flowerbomb is a sweeter fragrance and I like sweet & girly fragrances more than I like sweet, ladylike (sophisticated) fragrances. The less floral in the fragrance, the better for me. Killer Queen isn’t bad but it’s easy to apply too much. With Flowerbomb, it’s a little more forgiving when I apply too much.
Would you buy Killer Queen or Flowerbomb?
Honestly, I would choose Killer Queen if I’m buying. I bought my 3.4oz bottle for $23.00 on eBay new simply because it didn’t have a box. Flowerbomb, even when it’s discounted, is around $90.00 a bottle. I originally thought that Killer Queen was a spot-on Flowerbomb dupe when I first used it. Even after I’ve used and sniffed the fragrance over and over and deliberately tried to pick out the little differences between the fragrances, I still think it’s a good alternative to Flowerbomb.
Pros & Cons of Flowerbomb
The only con Flowerbomb has is the price, but there’s a reason why that price tag is there. Everything about this fragrance is great. The bottle is adorable and the quality is high in every single department that a perfume can offer.
Pros & Cons of Killer Queen
The obvious pro to this product is the price. I also like the overall theme and the appeal of the fragrance as well as the bottle. My biggest issue with this product is the packaging. The cap is made of cheap plastic and the adornment is barely attached to the crown shaped base. Mine broke in transit. Even if it didn’t break in transit, I probably would have broken it on my own on the first day. It’s strange because the bottle is so sturdy yet the cap is so weak. I also dislike that this bottle has to lay on its side because it takes up so much space. I would have preferred if Katy Perry got creative and created a cap that could double as a stand (kind of like Lady Gaga’s Fame).
Lastly, Katy Perry’s Killer Queen is one of the most sensitive perfumes I have ever used. Normally I can use whatever moisturizer I want to use on my body, regardless of the scent, and I can wear my perfume without it getting distorted. Killer Queen’s fragrance warped every single time I applied it to my skin after moisturizer. Because of that, I prefer to spray this fragrance onto my clothes.