Most of us know Bottega Veneta as a fashion design house established in 1966 that specialises in crafting fine leather goods and has Italian origins. However in 2011 they signed up a contract with Coty and debuted as a perfume brand too. They started with a quite fine chypre simply named Bottega Veneta after the brand. Then it was Eau Legere, its flanker and now we get their 1st masculine scent, Pour Homme. It was Pirath, a fellow Polish perfume blogger who encouraged me to try it and I want to thank him from this place for his talk that made me want to visit a store.
Immediately upon application Bottega Veneta Pour Homme welcomes me with a generous dose of pine. The feeling it has is very aromatic and reminiscent of a walk in the forest in the middle of Autumn, where one can smell damp soil, moldering leaves, even mushrooms. But pine needles dominate the forest and are the easiest to smell while breathing in the air. Fir accord makes for a slightly more balmy sensation with hints of a woody freshness and crispiness. Sometimes I also get a metallic feeling from this perfume. After a while, around 20 minutes, the composition begins to change and it evolves in quite different direction.
Leathery notes that are noticeable to me next are not overly strong. There’s that mineral, chypre like quality of leather but it’s nowhere close to the heavier leather hitters such as Parfum d’Empire Cuir Ottoman, for example. In Bottega this note is much lighter, delicate and transparent. At least in my case. If anyone of you tried it and got tons of leather, let me know, please!
After the leather phase is over, and that does happen really quickly I start to notice more herbal and spicy elements of this composition. Juniper berries are the most dominant accord for me right now. It’s aromatic and metallic. Spiced with a clary sage that also adds more masculinity to this Bottega Veneta perfume. For a short moment clary sage has that characteristic sweaty aroma, but it subsides in no time. Now I can also smell the pimento pepper making the aroma slightly hotter.
Somewhere close to the 1st hour of wearing it, I started to detect the aroma of labdanum. It was balmy and smoky, quite smooth and it interlaced with patchouli accord, which was a little bit leafy and dirty. Everything was toned down with a juiciness of bergamot.
I have nothing more to say about Bottega Veneta Pour Homme. I didn’t notice any more changes in the development and after 5 hours the perfume was gone and it had a minimal sillage for all this time. However when I sniffed my arm it was still detectable. After these few hours it’s this close to the skin that you almost forget about it. A good perfume, nice discovery but with such low parameters to enjoy it I think it’s not worth more of my attention. The perfume was done by my favorite perfumer, Daniela Roche-Andrier who teamed up with Antoine Maisondieu.
Available as 50ml, 90ml EDT. The flacon has the same shape as previous feminine launches from BV, it has a stylish gray color and a leather band around its neck. It’s made of Murano glass. Other body grooming products are also available in this line.