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Yin and yang!
Hhmm, what this is going to be: the first men's fragrance I'm commenting on! The comment is triggered by two things. I am in possession of the "female" counterpart, the Essence aromatique pour femme, and I have given the fragrance to my husband - a kind of yin and yang thing. By the way, the first fragrance present from me to him - with fragrances (and also with other things) we have quite our own thick skull! Whether that can work out well?
Essence Aromatique starts fresh and spicy. If there was such a thing botanically, I'd say lemon fir. Clearly citric and equally clear balsamic resinous. The bergamot, which, according to the pyramid, is supposed to be contained, I cannot perceive at all as a single note. Quite quickly, the fragrance develops into an unagitated, fresh, spicy and woody everyday companion. Elegant and understated, an uncomplicated companion for hot summer days. It may be sprayed quite quickly, after 4 hours I can only perceive Essence Aromatique on my husband very close. For me as a woman, this is a really pleasant breeze that blows around my beloved. Professionally I am surrounded by many an alpha animal who unfortunately understands his perfume as a mixture of territory marking and battle announcement. That is why I find this Bottega Veneta fragrance an extremely pleasing contrast. For me, it is not old-fashioned or even boring, but has a casual and natural elegance that goes just as well with jeans and shirts as with suits and ties.
And now a word about the female counterpart of the fragrance: It is not at all similar, but interprets "aromatique" in a very spicy, soft direction. Here coriander, star anise, cardamom dominate - for me this is a whole spice cabinet, which I carry with me on my skin. The durability is almost overwhelming for an Eau de Cologne - even in contrast to the men's fragrance. After eight hours he can still be clearly smelled. If you now see Yin and Yang as opposing and yet related forces or principles (at least this is what Wikipedia defines ?), then the two Essence scents of Bottega Veneta are actually like the two sides of a (very aromatic scented) medal. By the way, I particularly like them in their interplay and I would simply say cheekily: Mission Partner fragrance perfectly fulfilled. But what is even more important for me, because it was a gift: My husband thinks it's also great as a new summer scent!