The latest addition to the Olfactive Studio perfume line is a Flash Back, a fragrance created by Olivier Cresp of Firmenich. Described as “a memory in motion and in action… tangy and vibrant fragrance”. All Olfactive Studio perfumes are inspired by photos, the one for Flash Back was shot by Laurent Segretier. You can see it below. What do you think about what it pictures?
Right from the start Flash Back is a sharp perfume with really intensive citric notes. On me grapefruit is the first note that shows up. It doesn’t smell juicy, it’s all about the citrus peel with its tart, acidic and sharp smell. It’s almost like pure limonene but a bit more pleasant and aromatic. Shortly a rhubarb note follows the grapefruit. It adds some color to the scent, putting more pressure on aromatic aspect of this fume. It also carries some sourness that melts with the one of grapefruit.
After some time Flash Back became more woody because of the vetiver. It went from intensively citric and sour to dry woody which is a combination that really brings the adstringent association to my mind. You know the feeling in your mouth once you drink a lemon juice or use a mouthwash, right? To me this scent has that kind of quality at this point and I’m really not sure if I like it.
2 hours later I could notice some sweetness of orange, it was used in small dose and was accompanied by the smell of cedar. At some point Olfactive Studio Flash Back gets warmer when musk base and soft amber tones reveal their presence. From this moment the fragrance didn’t change much on my skin. Unfortunately I had once again issues with longevity of this Olfactive Studio offering. None of previous four lasted on me longer than 3 hours. Flash Back gave me a better result, it stayed with me for 5 hours which is still a disappointing result in my opinion.
Flash Back by Olfactive Studio is the 5th creation in the line. It’s an eau de parfum available in 50 ml and 100 ml bottles. It can be also bought in a coffret of all five scents, 4 ml each.