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Bulgari Man Wood Essence (2018)
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Bulgari Man Wood Essence information

Year of Launch2018
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
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People and companies

HouseBulgari
PerfumerAlberto Morillas
SupplierFirmenich
Parent CompanyBulgari

About Bulgari Man Wood Essence

Bulgari Man Wood Essence is a masculine fragrance by Bulgari. The scent was launched in 2018 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Alberto Morillas

Bulgari Man Wood Essence fragrance notes

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  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Bulgari Man Wood Essence

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United Kingdom
The slightly lemon-infused spicy opening is quite pleasant; I get cardamom with whiffs of opoponax at times initially. The drydown takes a woodsy turn, with a floral touch present off and on.

The base continues the woodsy theme, with an unsual attempt at an ambergris impression being notable.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and six hours of longevity on my skin.

A spicier start of this autumnal creation gives way to a lighter finish. Overall very generic and predictable - except the attempt at a synthetic ambergris in the base, which is less than convincing. 2.5/5.
10th April, 2019
Awesome bottle. Nice dry down. Other than that, it is garbage. The dry down is actually really nice, kind of smells like a light rose. Actually this whole fragrance kind of goes in reverse, with some harsh top notes, and a darker top, into a lighter base. It's hard to explain, I guess you have to try it.
03rd March, 2019
Meh, safe for work, but smells like every other "fresh and clean" scent. Which is nearly everything on the market today, save a few.

This is not deserving of the green color, nor the name "wood". Synthetic smelling, but still nice for work. There's much better offerings for that though, glad I only have a free sample I got at the men's counter.
03rd March, 2019
Bvlgari has been somewhat exhaustive with their male fragrance flankers, making sure every line has an entry that cashes in on some fad or trend, or contains the magic ambroxan note somewhere in the base. Bvlgari Man Wood Essence (2018) is another such exhaustive flanker, that tries to tick all the boxes and fails at most of them, but it isn't a horrible scent overall. We get the "ambergris" base line that carries the scent, piled on top by an array of old-school goodies like cedar, vetiver, benzoin, and citrus, with an honest attempt of merging the "ambroxan bomb" trope that has monopolized male fragrance counters for much of the 2010's with artistic values borrowed from the brief resurgence of late 90's and early 2000's green aromatics. Bvlgari Man Wood Essence doesn't entirely succeed at melding these concepts together because an ambergris accord, whether natural or synthetic, is a warm animalic/mineralic accord that mixes better with floral, oriental, or aquatic tones than with anything herbacious, aromatic, or woodsy. We used to have oakmoss to anchor our green and woodsy things but that has been done away with, so I understand the idea of "making it work" since we all know ambroxan has wiggled its way into every other genre of masculine perfume, but in green aromatic setting like Bvlgari Man Wood Essence tried to provide, the sweet/salty/warm accord of the "ambergris" note clashes.

If we set out misgivings aside for just a second, and focus on the rest of the fragrance, Bvlgari Man Wood Essence isn't half bad, starting off as most things in years past have with some citrus and coriander spice. They didn't use the obvious choice of bergamot here, but I believe that is mostly an attempt to stray away from the old-school dry nature that note usually puts forth in scents like these, mixing in something more akin to a slightly-sweeter grapefruit and tangerine mix to go with that coriander. The heart notes of Haitian vetiver and cypriol continue the green theme, adding a bit of grassy nuttiness from the particular strain of vetiver used here mixing with the spice. The cypriol moves us into benzoin, which thickens things up and allows the cedar accord of the base to form, but the ambroxan will not go quietly amidst such aromatic bedfellows, sticking out like a sore thumb and dragging the rest of Bvlgari Man Wood Essence into some weird sort of "fresh sweet" designer finish that is very much at odds with the other 90% of the fragrance. The way the ambergris accord shows up to dominate and cast the rest of the composition in an entirely different light is the biggest failure of Bvlgari Man Wood Essence, and the biggest reason I can't go above a neutral on it in rating; it really is like shoehorning something such as Salvatore Ferragamo Pour Homme (1999) on top of the base of Bleu de Chanel (2010) and calling it a day because it's what the house asks of the perfumer, and by extension, what "the people" want according to the marketing team. Wear time is somewhat low for an eau de parfum, although sillage is about what is expected: denser and less projecting. This has office use written all over it.

Alberto Morillas of all people was assigned to this, and although he is quite capable of genius when left to his own devices, it's clear he also knows how to bang 'em out to order faster than a fry cook Five Guys Burger and Fries. It's kind of sad, because I'm sure he probably saw this as being a mistake when making it, but also probably excepted the challenge of trying to merge the ubiquitous "bro juice" dry down of all the big commercial players with a composition that is otherwise against the grain. If graded by merit of sheer experimentalism, Bvlgari Man Wood Essence is a resounding success, but it really isn't the risk taker I make it out to be because regardless of how this opens or develops, it dries to the same chemical thud of everything else made in the wake of Bleu de Chanel or Dior Sauvage (2015). Bvlgari themselves have been striking misses left and right anyway, with nothing really of much interest since the last Bvlgari Pour Homme (1995) flanker dropped under the name Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir (2006). Still, taste is subjective and for those who like the Bvlgari Man (2010) line thus far, this one is worth a sniff. For everyone else, don't expect to be wowed, and if you dig the awkward mesh of tones on display here, you're probably a tad more eclectic than the average fellow anyway, which can only be a good thing in a day and age of homogenity. Odd, interesting, but not really enjoyable for me, but don't take my word for it, Bvlgari Man Wood Essence gets a solid E for effort.
17th February, 2019
I find this very generic, synthetic and boring. It's nice and inoffensive but there's nothing unique, significant or noticeable about it in any way.

Average all the way around from smell to performance. You may even garner a compliment with this but for me, it's a pass.
20th December, 2018
This isn't too bad. It has a cedar note that smells like it's from 2000 to 2010. Synthetic woods can be annoying, but it smells like they did the best they could with it.
29th October, 2018

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