Jasmine/ plum/ patchouli/ leather -- so says Botega Veneta's ad on their premier perfume. Could it really be this simple? I am sure there are other ingredients thrown in there but this scent's development follows this fragrant route. Fresh lightly indolic jasmine opens followed closely by the deepening sweet richness of plum then the dankness and spiciness of patchouli interfers until it settles into the softest animalic warmth of suede. A marriage of Italian chic and German precision (Tomas Maier is, after all, a German) -- this frag succeeds brilliantly. It is warm but not frilly, its development properly delienated and in its simplicity and understated elegance, it is relentlessly chic. Like the darker/spicier Daim Blond (its distant cousin) -- this is unisex. A beauty! Recommended!
Bottega Veneta by Bottega Veneta, 2011
Rated #1279 in Fragrances
Bottega Veneta by Bottega Veneta is classified as a Floral Chypre, but I would describe this as a Fruity Chypre. The luxurious bottle evokes feminine leather, mirroring the juice inside. First, I will address the issue of fruity vs. floral. According to the note listing, bergamot and pink pepper contribute to the fruity aspect, but as mentioned by other reviewers, plum seems to be a noteworthy note. So, here we have fruity leather, and possibly a modern take on Mitsouko. However, if Mitsouko (pre-reformulation) is an attic-confined trunk full of dusty leather-bound books, then BV is a freshly polished library full of leather-bound books. The library is spacious, maybe a window is open, but the trunk full of books holds other strange archaic treasures waiting to be discovered. Perhaps this distinction embodies the divide between the vintage fragrances and contemporary compositions. In 2013, we are stuffed to the gills with stuff and gadgets, yet our pastoral sentiments point toward a fresh and simple ideal as we attempt to process the daily deluge of information. At the end of the day, we are simply too tired and overwhelmed to rummage through the attic. Also, 100 years ago, it was a sign of progress, and perhaps status, to leave the house smelling like the latest chemistry. Now, we associate chemical odors with toxicity while body odor is synonymous with poverty and ignorance; time for your huge dose of aldehydes and civet! So we long for a simple time, free of pollution and full of pastoral landscapes and organic gardens. 3.5/5 Very good intentions
This is a nice, understated smooth floral leather. What makes it flow so beautifully is its use of jasmine. There's no flower in perfumery as smooth as a really nice jasmine. It gives this leather polish. The sensuality of leather perfume appeals to me, and this one has a quiet glowing sensuality - no histrionics, no leather boots, or saddles or handbags. I would imagine this is what a leather bra might smell like. The drydown, when the floral dissipates, is my least favorite part, as it gets softer and more comforting, not necessarily a bad thing, smelling quite delectable, but doesn't have the quiet compelling beauty of the earlier notes. It still has enough leather to maintain a sensuality, but becomes more of a comfort note in the drydown, with less of the allure. I'm balking at the drydown a little. It isn't my Holy Grail, but still, it is lovely, a leather you can wear most anywhere.
Smooth is the word that comes foremost to my mind regarding this floral suede fragrance. Each element and phase easily transitions and blends into the next, and the final product is a lovely, albeit close wearing, experience. Apricot scented suede with creamy jasmine is the predominate smell, but running through the composition is a plum note. This is one element that I found slightly distracting, although it does nothing to change my opinion of the fragrance. The drydown uses dusty patchouli in a similar fashion as Chanel's 31 rue Cambon to elicit the chypre effect, although I slightly prefer the Chanel rendition of this new world chypre drydown. All in all, a beautiful effort and fragrance that should please many. It certainly did me!
I like this one very much. Very subtle, elegant - the scent of a Lady, fresh, powdery, creamy, and all with understatement. As for the flowers, I am not sure if I smell violet or even lilac, in any case I am not getting the jasmine. What I surely get is a really soft, mellow leather (maybe kidskin), together with a note of dextrose... Fine stuff.
Bottega Veneta by Bottega Veneta - Upon application, one is treated to a gust of freshness supplied by the orangey and peppery bergamot marrying with the sweetly fruity and spicy, pink pepper. Transitioning to the middle, a green, indolic, orange blossom-like jasmine encases the fresh opening. And, a subtle, Spanish leather reminiscent of a satchel with a suede interior infuses the floral jasmine, with its essences of generic herbs, fruits and flowers. Plums and apricots dart here and there, while an earthy and woody patchouli tempers the fruitiness and sweetness. A faint and errant aroma of nail polish remover can also be sensed. Segueing to the alluring base, a somewhat bitter and green oakmoss imparts its foresty and dark facets. A faintly burnt-sugar aspect from benzoin presents, resulting in a slightly powdery and caramel character, while a woody vanilla flitters about. The patchouli has come into its own with its greenness and woodiness enhancing a nutty nuance. An entrancing drydown ensues. This well-blended and balanced composition epitomizes understated elegance, and is basically a skin scent with good longevity, 8+ hours. Albeit tettering on the feminine side, this beautiful scent can be enjoyed and worn by the genteel members of both sexes.
EDIT: 14/04/12 I have found that Bottega Veneta is a different spin on a floral leather scent. I actually enjoy this now! (My older review is below.) This had already been done by Armani Prive with their Cuir Amethyste. The floral patchouli with leather is too similar to be considered a unique creation. (The Bottega Veneta has jasmine while the Armani has more violet.) Too similar to make an additional purchase if you have the Cuir Amethyste.
Very confused. This has been voted best newcomer, and clearly it's impressing some of the conoscenti olfactory senses on this page, but I think it has the longevity of tap water. Molecule 01 also disappears within milliseconds of spraying, but it reappears gorgeously and frequently throughout the day. Bottega Veneta vanishes on its way from the nozzle to the skin. What am I doing wrong? I know what'll happen. Someone at work will comment that I smell amazing. But then again, no-one here has ever commented on my gorgeous perfumes before, apart from the day I wore Molecule 01, and people were blown away by it. Typical. Harumph.
A mildly citrus beginning passes quickly away leaving a very beautiful understated floral lightly painted over the softest leather and patchouli. Bottega Veneta is so perfectly delicate and lovely early on I actually found myself apprehensive the pretty floral note might disappear into thin air any second. And indeed as time goes on an increasing nuttiness creeps in, which is a bit of a shame. But in it's short-lived blossoming this fragrance demonstrates the power of simple beauty to transform at a deeper level. Such a pity the floral doesn't hold.
This one is very smooth. It opens up with a short lived bergamot, but then the pink peppercorn takes over. This persists for about 30 minutes before the jasmine comes on pretty strong, but is laced with a very light leather. The leather is hard to describe as its so light, but imagine smelling a womans purse. Reminds me a little of the leather in Cuir de Lancome as it is more on the suede side. In the base the oakmoss really comes through laced with a little patchouli. This one I find totally unisex, but it wears a little more on the feminine side in the opening and heart. When the oakmoss comes through though I find it swings more to the masculine side. A very nice overall light leather fragrance. If Knize 10 and the like are too heavy for you, then give this one a shot for your leather. Overall I'd give it a solid 4/5
Bottega Veneta by Bottega Veneta, 2011
By: Bottega Veneta
|Top Notes||pink peppercorn, bergamot, lily of the valley|
|Middle Notes||jasmine, leather, patchouli|
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