Trench coat, Bottega Veneta Pour Homme

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.

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18 thoughts on “Trench coat, Bottega Veneta Pour Homme

  1. jilliecat says:

    Hi Lucas!

    • lucasai says:

      Hi Jillie! Something wrong? Or did you really just want to say “hi!”?

      • jilliecat says:

        You guessed right – my links got broken, and that was a test comment!

        What I really wanted to say was thank you for the review – I suspect that my husband would not care for this, although it sounds a geat deal better than a lot of Coty releases.

        I think you also highlight a disturbing trend – weaker perfumes. I don’t know whether companies are diluting fragrances to cut costs, or through IFRA, and I don’t necessarily want to go back to 80s blockbusters, but I would like my scent to have a bit of power and to last longer than a few hours!

        This is even happening with established lines (no, it’s not my nose!), and new batches are significantly weaker than previously – I know, because I can do comparisons with older bottles.

        Rant over!

        • lucasai says:

          I see, but now everything you wanted to write is here.
          I think that BV Pour Homme was supposed to be like this. To be detectable mainly on skin and to bring pleasure only to the wearer or those very close to them.

          You know IFRA is never going to give up and it’s sad that everything is weaker and weaker with years. At least you can compare with old or vintage stuff.

  2. Jordan River says:

    Yum. Yet to try but keen.

  3. I found this to be nice, Not earth shattering, but a nice leather scent for non-leather lovers. Nice review.

  4. I remember it being a vetiver Lucasz, hardly any leather for me at all. How weird is that. there’s not even vetiver in the notes list now I look. It’s pine!
    That’s how well I noticed it on me. Bum, I’ll have to go try it again.
    Portia xx

    • lucasai says:

      I think that it just smelled different because of your skin. That’s the light&shade of wearing perfume by different people, everyone smells it different.

  5. Undina says:

    I haven’t tried it on my skin yet but I liked it a lot on paper and got a free mini bottle at the store. It’ll serve like a stocking stuffer for my vSO – and then I’ll try it. But I suspect I’ll like it – if not for me then for him.

    • lucasai says:

      Did you get that mini as a present for purchasing something or the assistant was so nice?
      Ah, those sticking stuffers. We don’t hang stockings here…
      I hope that you or vSO will like it.

      • Undina says:

        I bought Terre d’Hermes deodorant (I’m 100% sure my vSO isn’t reading your blog – so it’s safe to reveal 🙂 ) and asked for a sample of BV. The SA disappeared for a while and came back with a mini bottle. I didn’t protest.
        We don’t hang those in my household as well but every year I plan that I would buy them and start using 🙂

        • lucasai says:

          I think he doesn’t come to visit my blog so your secret is safe here. I can edit your comment and hide the name of the gift. Nice of the assistant to give such nice present with a purchase. How big is the mini?
          You know, in all these American Xmas films they show stockings hanging on the fireplace. In Poland we only put presents under the tree

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