BOTTEGA VENETA exudes serenity and charm.this fragrance is constructed around patchouli and leather,two warm and noble essences traditionally used in classic's perfume-making as the scent is a modern variant of the classic fragrance.it sexiness is subtle identifiable but definitely not overwhelming.a chypre blend of notes brings a raw yet reserved sensuality to this original take on a classic leather scent.Woody,Elegant,Sophisticated,Earthy, Warm,Wintry and Sensual in a Subtle way.
The top notes are decorated with pink pepper and bergamot,soft yet subtle jasmine is appearing in the heart,while a gentle and embracing leathery notes with strong patchouli gives a density to this perfume that positively radiates charm.in fact the dry down is all about patchouli.this is what you wear for the boardroom takeover or the hustle of the trading floor you tread in your perfect black business pumps and your perfectly starched white shirt with a parisian silk scarf for that extra bit of dash.
Longevity?+6hours on my skin.
I found the dry-down of Bottega Veneta very familiar and am now I testing my theory with positive results -- it has a strong family resemblance to vintage Carven Homme. Take CH, subtract a little wood, crank up the florals a notch, and you are in BV territory. This is hardly a bad thing, as vintage Carven Homme is a outstanding piece of work characterized, like BV in my view, by great balance. Neither are officially pegged as unisex, but both easily can be. They technically may be on opposite sides of the gender fence, but the fence is thin and BV and CH are each leaning against it.
06th May, 2015 (last edited: 12th May, 2015)
Bottega Veneta EDP opens with a fantastic, sharp, simple yet powerful and distinctive powdery-earthy blend, with a zesty bergamot note (which will be gone in seconds), juicy red pepper, patchouli, oakmoss and a vibrant yet tamed-down jasmine note, all surrounded by a light shade of leather and “reinforced” by aldehydes which also provide a sort of classic allure to the composition. The texture is really peculiar, as it smells at the same time cristalline, clean and vibrant yet thick, somehow “grayish” and dense: an elegant, powdery, talc white-floral accord beautiful sustained by dark, earthy and rooty notes of moss and patchouli, which smell at the same time dirty and perfectly restrained – so don’t expect anything realistic, raw or exotic: the inspiration is quite “glossy” and French in my opinion. Finally I smell a sort of mineral-salty feel which seems arising from the base earthy-mossiness, blending with aldehydes and the floral-indolic feel of jasmine. On the drydown it becomes increasingly less sweet and talc, and more herbal-mossy, but always extremely gentle and sophisticated. There is a genius and really well executed harmony going on between the powdery plushiness and the almost-indolic earthiness of the base notes, which makes Bottega Veneta smell incredibly good, refined and unique. Plus, don’t be “fooled” by the pyramid, as all notes smell quite unusual to me if compared to how they usually smell – not sure whether it’s because of the good quality of materials, or Almairac’s talent, but I had quite a hard time in “detecting” them – I expected something quite different, while here they all smell different than usual, in a totally good way. Bottega Veneta EDP is elegant and versatile, but peculiar and quite memorable: it’s a sort of half white/pink, half greyish/earthy fragrance, with nice shades and a gentle feel of pastel grace beautiful dirtened by darker notes. All, as I said, created with great and bright creativity. Worthy a try (or even a blind buy, as it is not that expensive).
23rd November, 2014 (last edited: 24th November, 2014)
This is a lovely fragrance. It reminds me of something or somebody but I can't place who or what. It is just a little too powdery for me so I won't purchase but I"m ever so glad I got a sample.
I couldn't quite decide whether to give this a thumbs up or neutral but because it is so well balanced I decided on the thumbs up.
A floral slightly peppery opening with a bergamot background leads to a jasmine based drydown that, on my skin, remains quite pale and restrained. The base develops a synthetic flavor with some moss, again quite dull and bloodless. It is blended quite well, and balanced, and has poor silage and limited projection. I get four hours of anaemic longevity.