Essence Aromatique by Michel Almairac for Bottega Veneta 2014

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Post by ElizaD

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Hi APJ,

On a beautiful spring morning, I sit on a park bench, sipping my coffee and watching people as they stroll by. Suddenly I am drawn to one couple, both of them sharply dressed, tall and lithe, arms touching as they walk. Her fragrance intrigues me. It is a bit of Chanel, a bit of Bulgari, some tea, citrus, flowers and patchouli, soft and powdery. I rise to follow them, determined to find out what it is. I have never been so bold, but I have to know.

Bottega Veneta Essence Aromatique Couple hands WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

I approach them. “You smell so lovely” I say to the woman, “what is that fragrance you are wearing?” She responds “I am not wearing fragrance today.”

Now I am confused. Clearly this wonderful soft aroma emanates from this couple. “But my husband is,” she finishes, “it is called Essence Aromatique.” I walk away delighted.

Essence Aromatique by Michel Almairac for Bottega Veneta 2014

Bottega Veneta Essence Aromatique Bottega Veneta FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot and coriander
Heart: White rose, tonka and vanilla
Base: Patchouli and sandalwood

Essence Aromatique eau de cologne is advertised on the Bottega Veneta website as a women’s fragrance, along with their other three feminine perfumes: Bottega Veneta, their signature scent; Bottega Veneta Eau Legere; and Bottega Veneta in Murano Glass Parfum. But Fragrantica readers consider it to be unisex. The leather notes, which lurk at the bottom, offer a balance to the floral heart notes, while the bergamot adds that splash of aftershave freshness. The coriander, tonka bean and vanilla become the suggestion of warm skin. In the right place–probably not Eugene, Oregon, where I live–I can envision my well-dressed and self-assured gentleman wearing this. His fragrance need not make any more of a statement than his other carefully selected accessories.

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I was not disappointed by the fragrance of Essence Aromatique. On me, it’s perfect: a light woody floral that is professional and age-appropriate but not dowdy. I feel grown up in this perfume. And Essence Aromatique could have become a new addition to my collection, save for one drawback. Sillage is nonexistent. An hour after first applying this, I was wishing I had brought my tiny sample with me to the office so I could respritz. It’s an eau de cologne with an eau de parfum pricetag.

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Ah well, perhaps I will try the shower gel, or wait until it hits the discounters. Too bad.

How do you feel about unisex fragrances…where do you draw the line?

ElizaD

12 comments on “Essence Aromatique by Michel Almairac for Bottega Veneta 2014

  1. FeralJasmine says:

    I have to admit that I tend to dislike florals and fruit notes on men, finding them insufficiently masculine. But some jasmines are so masculine that I can hardly wear them myself! So I think the real issue is that my biases have not been adequately tested. If I were often around men who wore florals, I’m sure that I would quickly learn to love them. I am iffy about fruit notes on anybody, so that one isn’t a sexist bias. And in my world, melon notes are absolutely verboten, for men, women, and anybody else. Just say no to melon!

    • ElizaD says:

      Okay! “no” to melons, although I do like to eat them very much 🙂

      I think for me, I am just intrigued when a man chooses to wear something other than “Axe” 🙂 Which around here is a rarity 😉

  2. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hi there ElizaD,
    I don’t have any lines, it’s pretty boundary free here when it comes top sexing perfumes.
    You have inspired me to hit the department stores on Friday and sniff me out some of this, sometimes a short lived frag is great as a pick me up before I get down to serious scenting. Quite often in the morning I’ll spritz a L’Artisan and enjoy it for a couple of hours, then when it’s gone I have a nearly blank slate to start again.
    Portia xx

    • ElizaD says:

      Portia, I agree! I have been wearing this in the am to get me started and then at dinner, donning something more sultry, like Lou lou 🙂

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        LOVE LouLou, what a great fun choice for evening wear, you have inspired me.
        Portia xx

  3. Oh I love to scribble outside all of the lines! Don’t really understand the masculine/feminine thing in perfume although I know other people have definite preferences. As a for instance, I love chypres and tuberoses on men.
    The Boteega Veneto Line was one of the best in recent years I thought. Glad they’re keeping up the quality.

  4. Oh I love to scribble outside all of the lines! Don’t really understand the masculine/feminine thing in perfume although I know other people have definite preferences. As a for instance, I love chypres and tuberoses on men.
    The Bottega Veneto Line was one of the best in recent years I thought. Glad they’re keeping up the quality.

  5. Jennifer C says:

    I tend not to care about gender in fragrance too much. If I like it, I wear it. I’ve quite happily worn Chanel Egoiste and Guerlain Derby. But I don’t have any particular associations with them and any particular men. But I have a harder time with fougere-type scents because that’s what my dad has always worn, and it’s therefore more “man-coded” in my mind. So when I come across something like that, I might not feel comfortable wearing it myself, but I might recommend it to my dad or brother.

    As for things I’d like to smell on a man.. I say (mostly) anything goes, as long as it’s not super sweet. I think sweet fruity scents would be kind of weird, but I can’t say I like smelling those on anyone. I will echo FeralJasmine in saying NO to melon! I think it would be cool to see some handsome, well-dressed gentleman wafting a big diva floral like Fracas.

  6. poodle says:

    I don’t care who a scent is marketed to either. If I like it I wear it. My hubby on the other hand, will not cross over to the other counter. Even if I were to give him an unmarked sample he will quiz me and verify that it’s a guys cologne. It’s incredibly frustrating. My feeling is its just perfume. If it smells good to you what difference does it make?
    This scent sounded great until you got to the sillage and lasting power. Oh well, money saved.

  7. annemarie says:

    It’s funny that on you EA had poor sillage , but you picked it up on someone walking past, outdoors. Had he recently applied it I wonder?

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