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Are you kidding me?
Oh Bottega, ... what a beautiful bottle, but what's wrong with you? Because the fragrance, durability and sillage are a trio of curiosities. Or is that just grumbling on a high level and I should have just called my commi "doesn't work for me"?
Hm, at least I'm not the only one who complains about a too short shelf life ...
The opening and the first quarter of an hour is great: very fresh due to the fruity bergamot, the pale pine and the slightly sweetish but spicy juniper - striking, expressive, special. Then, however, a resin is added, which is a little reminiscent of plastic wood, but fortunately only more perceptible for 30 minutes. After this three-quarters of an hour, the fragrance now projects quite nicely, as the remaining heart notes now join in: (even) more spice through piquant allspice, cushioned by a lovely labdanum. A masculine and warm melange at the same time - great! It hardly changes any more, but thins out a bit in the next 2.5 hours - at the expense of the sillage.
And that's it, at least on my skin.
What a short pleasure! But a shelf life of just under 3.5 hours, that can't have been it. So for comparison purposes a second test had to be done:
Hardly sprayed on the shirt, it showed basically the same course, but on the one hand much more intensive (Sillage >30%), and on the other hand strongly delayed - that's how it seemed to me. Three sprayers in the chest area were unfortunately only pleasant for the first 20 minutes, because afterwards much too intrusive and synthetically dominant - again this plastic wood! And that lasted for 2.5 hours until the scent finally calmed down, lost noticeably in projection (to a normal level), and therefore smelled more pleasant. So what works on the skin after only three quarters of an hour, on a shirt it only works after about 3 hours! Total crazy, ... and unacceptable. Unfortunately, this EDT either smells great on the skin, but with a maximum of 3.5 hours it is much too short, or it is hard to stand the same time on a shirt, and only then it is pleasant to wear. I have never experienced something like this before, but this Italian has another surprise ready, and makes it really curious:
After about 5 hours the base notes become more prominent on the shirt, and the patch-leather combination now projects a warm, fine-smoky tone that reminds me strongly of Armani's Profumo. Sure, because there the mix is called patch-incense and I would estimate the similarity of the two from hour 6 on to be about 70%. And? So why not? Because the Profumo is a very popular scent. BUT: That this Vaneta becomes a profumo derivative after 5-6 hours doesn't happen on the skin at all, because there it has fizzled out long before, at least on mine :-/
So this "is not right with him" which is why "does not work for me" is also true. Unless I wear this Bottega mainly on clothes, which may, however, before wearing them, first make a three-hour trip to the balcony - without company, of course ;-)
The only advantage: On a shirt the scent projects up to 15 hours on half arm length! I told you: Totally crazy (unless I accidentally caught my Superman shirt ;) So be warned against a blind buy. Because if there is not a manual for this Italo somewhere, you will surely hear a lot of echoes in the community, that calls
are you kidding me?