Blv, why Blv? I can't get over it! Bvlgari Blv pour Homme has been my signature cologne when it was released barely 18 years ago, and I don't think I'll ever get tired of it. It smells fresh and clean, but not in a fruity, ephemeral way. It's very unisex, actually, almost soapy and chilly powdery. I share other opinions stating it smells like baby powder, similar to rosy-cheeked posh kids decked out in clean sports gear. I don't understand why it isn't rated higher. I wouldn't say this is a super sexy cologne to wear on a date, but it does the job of making you smell better than you would without it. Beautiful, lagoon-blue bottle. The scent is a mix of cool and warm, ginger, mint, green freshness with cool tobaccos, green leaves, sandalwood... the overall effect is a very unique and powerful cologne unlike any other marketed towards men.
Bvlgari Blv pour Homme is a spicy woody cologne built on top of three central elements: the balmy Cardamom, the fizzy Ginger, and the creamy Sandalwood. Indeed, it features a few other eerie notes I've never smelt before, such as Galanga rhizome, Ginko leaves, and Tobacco blossom, for an invigorating aroma that draws attention from anyone nearby. Creamy and citrus is the top of my list, I get a sort of lemongrass, the ginger is so fizzy in the opening that it fooled me into thinking that some citrus also featured in this fragrance. In that sense, it does have a very fresh, almost citrusy feel to it. Not the everyday ginger as in YSL l'Homme or Davidoff Horizon, yet this has a mellow tone to it, like the kind of ginger embedded within a bar of chocolate. I absolutely love ginger, particularly when it features in a male fragrance, such as Blv pour Homme. While there’s a clean, soapiness to it, there’s also a sweet-spiciness that keeps it from being yet another smell-alike fragrance. The ginger notes that dominate Blv can be love or hate for some so beware. The creaminess stays into the drydown but the citrus is gone quickly, just turns into a clean, soft scent. But the opening does not end here... There are spicy cardamom and rich sandalwood supplementing an exotic, masculine atmosphere that instills confidence almost immediately. Ultimately, the opening is a very calming scent that is bright and fresh.
Middle notes of rare galanga, sharp juniper, and elegant ginger enhancing the aroma with their enriching botanical element. Galanga plant belongs in the same family as ginger with which it shares the piquant, spicy facets. Hence, it is pretty clear now why Blv's ginger is so different from other colognes featuring the same root note.
The dry-down is smooth and mellow as well, a cool creamy base like face makeup or body lotion and the faintest hint of spice. The tobacco appears and says: "I’m here to make you elegant without annoying you." To close the door with a golden key we have delicious and balanced notes of solid teak wood, white tobacco blossoms, and ginko green leave that complete the concoction for a cool, uplifting cologne that’s original and satisfying to both the mind and body. The ginger occurs in initially and the foundation is tobacco with a tinge of sandalwood. It is creamy and a bit powdery but not over powdery at all. It is extremely well blended.
One of the best aspects of Bvlgari Blv Pour Homme is its versatility. It’s a fragrance that will work at the office, on a date or even a formal dinner also. I love to wear this on hot days, especially to work. It's pleasant in every way and has modest projection while lasting for most of the workday. Because it’s a relatively clean and natural scent, it feels at home in most situations. It also has a sweetness which I usually think of as appealing to younger men, however, it’s just spicy and clean enough that it doesn’t feel like it’s exclusively for young guys. Seriously, I am 55 years old and we go together well. It always draws compliments from people as it's a very clean smelling fragrance, I'd love to own a vial of the pure perfume of this, I think I'd carry it everywhere. This isn't a real manly scent but it would really suit the right kind of person. I adore it! So soft, nostalgic, fresh, beautiful.