Bottega Veneta Pour Homme’s inspiration was “the outdoors”…the Italian outdoors; the company description ignites wanderlust:
…a journey north from the Veneto region, where we find ourselves in the Dolomites. Amid the lush mountain meadows, sits a farmhouse; a rustic retreat from reality. The interior is paneled with pinewood and the windows are open wide, letting in a gentle breeze evocative of hay, fir cones, and pine needles from the nearby woods; combined with the chilled air from the glacial stream that is bordered by wild irises.
(We’ll stop there, because the rest of the narrative1 becomes muddled.)
If Bottega Veneta Pour Homme takes me to that cabin in the mountains of Italy, I’ll be happy!
Bottega Veneta Pour Homme2 opens with a fragrance note that mimics the aroma of pine needles — you can almost feel the waxy-sticky needles in your hands. Fir balsam and pimento add warmth and richness to the opening (I detect some background bergamot, too). Quickly, the slightly “meaty” aroma of sage emerges but stays “still” (and does not obliterate the pine-pimento accord). Almost on queue (following the company’s Dolomite farmhouse description) comes the “hay” — the scent of bundles of dusty, dried herbs. The lovely base of Bottega Veneta Pour Homme, with its quiet wood-leather and subtle muskiness, I assume, is thanks to labdanum.
Bottega Veneta Pour Homme is a quiet perfume (it has only average lasting power and it doesn't venture far from one's body) so it's perfect for office/airplane/theatre wear, or intimate moments when someone has to come CLOSE to smell it. I'd classify Bottega Veneta Pour Homme as an adult/masculine perfume, perhaps a little grown-up/complex for teens or those who hanker for simple, fresh/ozonic fragrances.
My only complaint about Bottega Veneta Pour Homme doesn't concern the juice; the company should have made a "wild" commercial, starring a handsome mountain man (instead of the dull high-rise scene with an almost-zombie model — cute, but bland). Bottega Veneta Pour Homme leaves the scent I reviewed last week, Gucci Made to Measure, in the dust (or mountain mist)...its ingredients smell richer, more deluxe (though it's just marginally more expensive than Made to Measure). I like Bottega Veneta Pour Homme and hope, during the holiday shopping season, that lots of people agree and give it as a gift to the men in their lives (I'd much rather smell it than other recent designer perfumes for men).
Me? I don't need another bottle of anything...unless that bottle of perfume literally transports me to Italy.
Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Eau de Toilette (currently a Nordstrom exclusive) is available in 50 ml ($80) and 90 ml ($110).
1. From Bottega Veneta’s website: “A built-in wood bench is made comfortable by gracefully aged leather cushions, and seated there is a man taking a break between his heavy work schedule and an upcoming mountain climbing excursion. This vision fuses rugged sensuality, subtle intellect, and raw intrigue that lingers in the mind like a memory not soon to be forgotten.”
Note: bottom image of Dolomite cabin via Wikimedia Commons.