Too Little, Too Weak
Costa Rica produces some of the best coffee in the world, but when you order it prepared in a cafe there, it is usually served in a diluted form which effectively destroys what would have been an excellent cup of coffee, if only it had been prepared with about 20% of the water that was actually used.
This lamentation about how what held potential as delightful can be ruined through dilution is fully relevant to Bvlgari BLV II, which boasts some of my favorite notes in its line-up but is so weak that I find myself wishing that I could distill off all of the extra solvent.
There is but the slightest soupçon of benzoin, licorice, violet, tonka, anise, labdanum, etc., in this composition. Even the patchouli is very difficult to tease out. What a beauty this might have been, if only the notes had been combined in sufficient concentration! When I smell something this flimsy (and an edp at that!) I wonder whether the perfumer may have been trying to protect the wearer from overapplication, a protection which we perfumistas really do not need. Thank you very much all the same for your misguided paternalism. Désolée.
For the record, BLV II bears nearly no resemblance to BLV, and I have no idea why it was marketed as a flanker. The only overlap I find at all is that both are unisex, not feminine fragrances.