Please say the opening of BVpH is similar to Coriolan. As I will be†making my way to the Bottega Veneta boutique to try this one out. Interesting as to how individual feedback can vary so much. I remember another basenoter describe his initial BVpH impressions as more cooler and strarker almost like a Rocky Mountain Wood.
They were just setting up the BVPH display as I sauntered into the department at Holt Renfrew (Canada's Neiman Marcus) yesterday, September 4.
After the usual intro that I surmise may have just been her first, the SA carefully manipulated the tiny bottle my way (the flacon is 'darling' incidentally) and sprayed my arm rather too judiciously for my liking, adding that now anointed, I would be able to enjoy this wonderful fragrance wafting off my arm for the rest of the day. ‚ÄúPlease let me try it under me shirt,‚ÄĚ I asked. Again, with pleasure, she doled out a mere two or three pulses of the stuff.
‚ÄėNuf said so let‚Äôs cut to the chase: Quite sadly I have to report†that†it‚Äôs not at all what I expected BUT it does deliver a wonderful moist, earthy, green smell of underbrush and pine forest ‚Äď for all of a nanosecond or two. I would best describe it as ‚Äėairy‚Äô, ‚Äėlight‚Äô, almost ‚Äėethereal‚Äô in its quality. And perhaps therein lies the secret of this EDT. It reminded me of Cereus 11, not in fragrance, but in overall impact. Thin, fresh, unarguably pleasant. Hard to pinpoint why though.
Well, the flacon it is housed in was WAY too pretty to leave sitting on the shelf. The SA had no samples to offer as of yet, so what choice did I have but to purchase the 50 ml (C$80) and the deo stick (C$35) which, incidentally, is all fresh, sappy fir-based, and quite appealing. It lifts the ‚Äėausterity‚Äô of the fragrance rather nicely.
I tried the EDT again in the evening, and at that point, I did pick up a surprisingly strong and†lingering leather note which is the hallmark of the house.
All in all, the epitome of understatement, BVPH does not clamour, does not beg to be noticed. It hums, it purrs and may be a winner ‚Äď dare I say ‚Äď a classic for a handful of the right people. Just not the leather- and oud-laced fragrances that have been in vogue of late. Not at all.
But that bottle is SOOOO fine (again, read ‚Äėdarling‚Äô), no bigger than a golf ball in the 50 ml size, with its intrecciato house-design woven-leather matte bottom and single-rivet finish cap, oozing class.
A few more wearings will definitely be needed to appreciate it further precisely because of its overall subtlety.
So there you have it, my take.
I'm definitely checking it out, then.† Your nose has picked a lot of the scents I enjoy the most!