Mainstream releases are an emotional topic for many Perfumistas. We bitch and moan about lack of quality, creativity and individuality. And for a reason, since so many releases offer nothing new, nothing worthwhile, nothing worth the money. I am moaning right along with the best of them.
This fall I have been very disappointed by several mainstream releases I was looking forward to (worst example was Chanel N°19 Poudré), but one I didn’t anticipate at all, turned out to be my favorite new launch in this category.
Bottega Veneta is a brand I admire, albeit from afar, my budget does not stretch to their bags and shoes, although it maybe would over time, if I didn’t invest it all in perfume… But one has priorities. Thankfully Bottega Veneta saw fit to provide perfume junkies with a little BV glory.
Bottega Veneta smells decidedly different from what we are used to from designer fragrances. Not a fruit in sight, no sweets either, this is a soft chypre-ish leather scent that is refined, elegant and distinctive. The leather here is by no means heavy and black, it is a barely there, buttery suede in beige, but it is a scent that has charm and personality, elegance and style.
Bottega Veneta wears close to the skin, sillage is soft and understated, but longevity is very good. While the sparkling top notes of pink pepper and bergamot are gone quickly, the heart of jasmine is dark and softly muted, while the base is amazingly rich and lasting on my skin. The drydown is reminiscent of Chanel Rue Cambon 31, although Bottega Veneta is a little sweeter. Oakmoss, the synthetic ingredient used nowadays, often smells very thin and one-dimensional to me, but here I find it well rounded thanks to the plush, clean patchouli and smooth and sweet benzoin it is paired with.
I am very happy with this new release and I couldn’t resist to pick up a small bottle. The bottle itself is beautiful as well, the soft beige suede band decorating it, quite literally ties together the presentation and the juice.
For me Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum falls into the “wear everyday, everywhere with abandon” category. It is an entirely office-appropriate, grab and go perfume that is elegant and fits every occasion. In that respect as well as through the floral-leather combination it reminds me of Hermès Kelly Caleche, although they are very different in smell, the idea and the feel are similar.