Bottega Veneta pour Homme (2013) Eau de Toilette

Bottega Veneta pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Bottega Veneta
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Bottega Veneta pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Bottega Veneta for men and was released in 2013. The scent is woody-spicy. It is being marketed by Coty.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCalabrian bergamot, Siberian pine, Juniper
Heart Notes Heart NotesPimento, Balsam fir resin, Clary sage, Labdanum
Base Notes Base NotesLeather, Indonesian patchouli

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Scent

7.4 (257 Ratings)

Longevity

6.1 (201 Ratings)

Sillage

5.3 (206 Ratings)

Bottle

7.6 (206 Ratings)
Submitted by Cassandra, last update on 24.06.2019
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Taurus1967

3 Reviews
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Taurus1967
Taurus1967
Greatly helpful Review    15
Wenn´s should once again be more discreet
Bottega Veneta - a brand that I would rate as follows: if a woman wants to show that she wants to spend a little more on a handbag, she reaches for Michael Kors. Then it costs between 150 and 200 €. If it is to be a bit more expensive and showy, then it may be Louis Vuitton in particular. Becomes interesting from approx. 500 €. Also as a fake - because not only the gentlemen of creation want to dazzle with fake watches. You should only really wear it if the rest of your outfit fits your bag, otherwise wird´s is embarrassing and woman is convicted of dazzling.
If you don't care about money and at least don't want to attract attention, but still want to represent something, then Bottega Veneta is a good choice for you. Here you have to leaf a few purple bills. This is more like the Audi S6 among the handbags. External unstatement without bling bling and only insiders appreciate the high value.

Of course there are also bags for men at Bottega Veneta. All the more consistent it is then two years after the introduction of the first women's perfume to launch a men's fragrance, so said Bottega Veneta pour Homme Eau de Toilette. The bottle is puristic to match the brand, but still appealing to noble.

The content fits very well to the overall structure and scores with soft coniferous and slightly citric notes. In any case, the first few seconds of the top note are concise and of high quality - and above all extraordinary, but not ostentatious. This does absolutely justice to the quiet approach of the brand. If the fragrance were largely at this level, I'd probably be quite excited. But unfortunately it becomes a bit more synthetic and citric as well as spicy notes including juniper take the upper hand. Little by little BVpHEdT makes a soapy twist including some lively aspects. That's ok, but the start was much more convincing.

What I personally miss in the end is clearly the promised leather note. So you can sniff something, but in my opinion it's a lot to behave, which is also true for the given patchouli.

All in all, Bottega Veneta pour Homme as Eau de Toilette remains a relaxed business fragrance for down-to-earth wearers between 30 and 60 years of age who don't want to stand out olfactory or otherwise, but also don't want to be sprayed with any fragrance. As already written: the top note is a dream, the rest disappointingly doesn't quite come along anymore. For a relatively cheap mainstreamer worth a try.
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Karenin

35 Reviews
Karenin
Karenin
Helpful Review    3
Bottega Veneta Pour Homme
The appointment of Tomas Maier as Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director can, no doubt, be seen as a major turning point for the company. He’s successfully applied his artistic and aesthetic vision on its overall image as well as its products, including (luckily!) fragrances. I’ve already reviewed Bottega Veneta’s first perfume, which though marketed to women, I find perfectly unisex and, therefore, enjoy wearing myself. Naturally, I was very curious to give “Bottega Veneta Pour Homme” a go.

I’m happy to say the “Pour Homme” version does not lag behind its female counterpart. Upon the first spritz, we are greeted by the zesty note of bergamot. Yet within seconds we leave the orchard and are instead invited for a walk through a forest of evergreen trees and shrubs. There’s no need to hurry, so the pace is relaxed. As our walk draws to an end, we suddenly realise we’ve been wearing a leather jacket, whose smell is effortlessly coupled with (and subdued by) the piney notes.

Honestly, there isn’t an awful lot going on in this fragrance, which is deserving of fair criticism. The blending of its notes, however, creates such a pleasant aroma of easy-going elegance that it has won me over almost instantly. Although I can’t help feeling the final result is a rather curbed and more digestible version of what might have been a much bolder perfume, I still believe this is another solid offering from Bottega Veneta.
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Pepdal

89 Reviews
Pepdal
Pepdal
Helpful Review    4
Bottega Veneta Pour Homme
This release stands out from a lot of modern day designer releases for its quality. It is just about a hidden gem and if you are after a safe, but very nice masculine, it would be well worth checking out. Please see my video review.


ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Greatly helpful Review    8
Elegance and modernity
Despite having won a couple of “prizes” among which the Basenotes Award, apparently this scent seems quite controversial, with many connoisseurs being disappointed by it. It looks like one of those perfect candidates to be discontinued soon – many “people who love fragrances” seem to consider it too trendy and shallow, many “people who love mainstream” probabily consider it too light and understated. Well, I am among the fans instead. Love at first sniff, and it even grew on me. I find Bottega Veneta pour Homme filled with an insane amount of class and intelligence: it’s discreet, utterly enjoyable to wear, rather complex, fascinating and incredibly well blended. The opening is memorable, at least to my tastes: a sort of green, fizzy pine-citrus accord on a super thin yet dark base of patchouli, finished leather, and a warm resinous-floral-earthy note of labdanum which provides a subtle feel of warmth underneath the overall freshness. Now imagine this just whispered, toned down to an almost “meditative” quiet. A refined, hyper-modern concept of elegance, perfectly solid and substantial. It’s like being in a minimalist contemporary building in the middle of the forest: you feel the aromatic cold green breeze from outside, but there is also an aseptic, clean, silent feel of modernity – almost alienated (the astringent citric notes play a role here, as they smell almost like “ammonia” in a way). A sort of futuristic reading of “classic” clean masculine elegance – this is actually the interesting thing here, besides the fact it smells great (not that this is secondary...): the notes I’ve listed are possibly the most common in classic “fresh” colognes, but Bottega Veneta pour Homme smells just completely different from all of them. Miles away from any other cologne. To me, Maisondieu and Andrier perfectly managed to “translate” the classic structures into a future language - made of, well, I don't know what, probably a creative use of synthetics and naturals, or whatever magic they made to make Bottega smell like this. About projection & persistence, which seems quite “debated” as well as many people seem to consider them a flaw here; it is undoubtedly much close to skin, but surprisingly, you smell it “around” you for hours – you get this green-black smell coming and going, which is subtle yet much more distinctive than you think. To cut it short, I’ll be honest: I find this both one of the best “contemporary formal” fragrances at the moment, and call me idiotic, a smart, compelling, clever and apparently completely underrated avantgarde rewriting of classic canons. Which makes Bottega Veneta pour Homme almost challenging to wear, as it’s so deceptively subtle it’s so easy to underrate it and dismiss it as a shallow trendy scent. While it’s not, it’s a veil of great contemporary perfumery. I appreciate Bottega Veneta had the guts to come out with something like this. Although I admit the volume knob may need a fix (but I think they made the “extreme” version for that?), I personally love this a lot.

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AromaX

30 Reviews
AromaX
AromaX
Helpful Review    4
Elegant office scent full of character
Leather type of Bottega Veneta pour Homme makes me think of its possible descendants like Antaeus by Chanel en a little bit of Bel Ami by Hermes - a similar masculine leather and herbs mix.

On me its a calming and introvert scent that makes me think of a forest with its sweetish scent of fir balsem and the nuance of the decaying leaves.

It definitely has the character due to the leather and herbs notes on a dark base. But it's calm and not overpowering due to low silage - makes it a good office scent for someone who likes powerful, but not overpowering fragrances. And it has its elegancy as well.
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Drseid

670 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    5
Overshadowed By Its Sibling...
Bottega Veneta pour Homme opens with an all too brief blast of relatively sharp bergamot citrus and alcoholic gin-like juniper berry before the fragrance turns slightly green as it transitions to its early heart derived from coniferous pine that slowly turns into green fir tree. Joining the coniferous woods lies a vague near aqueous mildly herbal woody undertone that adds a soft, smooth texture. The dry-down turns to a labdanum derived slightly powdery amber and subtle leather tandem joining patchouli from the base as the coniferous greens disappear. Projection is below average (though more than a skin scent) and longevity is above average at 9-10 hours on skin.

While I never purchased the original Bottega Veneta release I have fond memories of sniffing it at their Las Vegas Palazzo boutique while on vacation and coming away relatively impressed. Based on those positive sister scent memories my expectations for Bottega Veneta pour Homme were much higher than normal. Unfortunately, different perfumers were responsible for the sister compositions, and alas, Bottega Veneta pour Homme comes up more than a bit short in comparison. The composition's heart really revolves around what I can only describe as "vague aqueous soft woods". Unlike the vast majority of occurrences where that term means "artificial smelling" in this case they really do not largely come off that way. That said, while the execution is rather good, the whole thing comes off as a tad too familiar until soft leathery labdanum in the late dry-down adds much needed distinguishing character. The bottom line is Bottega Veneta pour Homme is a cut above the average release and is pleasant enough to wear, but it does not distinguish itself enough from the ever growing crowd of competitors to warrant an unreserved recommendation earning a "good" rating of 3 stars out of 5.
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Gold

468 Reviews
Gold
Gold
Very helpful Review    4
Smooth Italian elegance
If you like the "Bottega" fragrances for women, you'll be halfway hooked because "Bottega Veneta pour Homme" is similar in structure. It's a related formula of intense citrus head-notes except the "pour homme" -version goes into a more herbacious, woody direction by adding fir resin and pine. In the drydown I can smell the same leathery note as in the scent aimed at women (which I prefer). The female "Bottega" includes some kind of "oakmoss" which makes it more interesting for me, particularly in view of the fact that it is a recent perfume coming from Coty. Well, there is no oakmoss in this decent, beautiful masculine version, which seems to lack projection and longevity. Coming from "Bottega Veneta" you would expect something elegant and sophisticated, and that's what you get. In spite of the accent on wood and leather, this one is a "smoothie". The person who uses this fragrances probably plays it cool, my impression was that I never felt obvious wearing it. Might work well as a kind of fragrant security blanket.
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Sleuth

30 Reviews
Sleuth
Sleuth
4
First impression: a nice leather scent
Bottega Veneta pour Homme starts really mature due to a heavy juniper note. Heavy because it's boosted by other ingredients, probably the pine or pimento. And Mature with a big M, like Pasha or Santos by Cartier, or how Égoïste can be mature. When the top notes make place for the heart: the pine takes the lead for me, probably given a little more 'body' by the fir and other green-ish notes. Dry down: B.V. becomes a leather scent. A 'black' leather, medium strong at best. The leather is not multi faceted, but is joined by traces of green stuff and is relatively breezy, i.e. not cloying.

I'd like to compare this to Eloge du Traitre, also created by Maisondieu. That one has more patchouli,is woodier, dark-greener and heavier. Bottega Veneta has more leather. Its dry down is easier to like.
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Syzygy73 2 years ago
Pine forest fresh without the toilet cleaner astringency. This is Italian elegance and style though more piano than forte in performance.+4
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