WHAT I SMELL: Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum opens up light and sweet with an oh so pretty bergamot that’s sparkling and fizzy. The jasmine is lively and full of energy and it has an incredibly happy disposition. The projection of this delightful perfume is big and rather candied. But there’s a slight spice that keeps the candied aspects from going full-blown lollipop. There’s not a lot of morphing with the perfume, but the addition of patchouli brings another sweet tincture to the scent and the fragrance begins to become a bit more woody and it starts to flatten. There’s a high level of radiant projection here, but the patchouli begins to completely take over with a brush of musk. The perfume begins to dry with an oak moss powder, but the one spritz I applied begins to overpower. What started off a lovely, is now turning into a shouting superpower that’s too sweet, too artificial and too in your face. In the end, it does quiet down, but what promise there was in the beginning just makes me feel a bit tired. What else is there to say?!
From the Bottega Veneta website:
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A overpefumed cotton ball.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE BOTTEGA VENETA EAU DE PARFUM: overt, sweetened, billowing
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BOTTEGA VENETA EAU DE PARFUM: Now Smell This, The Candy Perfume Boy, Olfactoria’s Travels
BOTTOM LINE: Boy, my nose missed the boat on this perfume. If you read the other reviews, there was a much more positive experience had by most. And the suede or leather aspects? I got nothing of the sort and I wore this several times to see if it was just the heat, humidity, my skin at the time, etc. I guess all perfumes are not equal when it comes to the wearer….especially in this case. But I have to say, it does come in a lovely bottle!
- Bone Rating: 2 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Chypre Floral
- Nose: Michel Almairic
- Classification: Feminine
- Expense: $115 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum
June 11, 2015 at 9:13 am
I beg to disagree with you concerning Bottega Veneta. I find this a lovely, soft, almost skin scent in its gentle, supple leather and real Indian sandalwood notes. I do not get big projection, but a fine sense of well-being while wearing this beguiling perfume.
June 11, 2015 at 9:10 pm
Carole, it seems that there are some wildly different feelings about this perfume. I love that fact that you love it as so many others do. Too bad I don’t get that same special experience you do. I wish I did 🙂
June 11, 2015 at 10:10 am
Steve, I felt a bit anxious reading through the first few lines, and then I breathed a sigh of relief when I hit the word “flatten.” This one was a big fat no for me, and I also got no leather out of it whatsoever.
June 11, 2015 at 9:11 pm
Holly…very crazy with me too…no leather whatsoever…but it was so pretty at first. Oh well… on to the next perfume!
June 16, 2015 at 1:56 am
I have mixed feelings about this perfume: initially I couldn’t understand what everybody saw in it. But I got a mini bottle (free, from a friendly SA) and it was so cute that I tries it again… and again… I’m getting very uneven results: on a couple of occasions I liked it a lot but then next time I thought I was tired of it… I don’t think it has what we used to recognize as “leather” in perfume but it has something… It’s very similar to Armani Prive Cuir Amethyste in opening – which is not surprising since the same nose is behind both.
June 16, 2015 at 5:23 am
I am surprised how much chatter this perfume created (especially on Facebook) and the difference in how people perceived it was on opposite sides of the poles. Many thought it was the greatest perfume ever and then others really disliked it for various reasons. Maybe it’s development is greatly affected by heat and humidity, etc. more than other perfumes?
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