Fragrance reviews are silly, but sometimes, fragrance marketing is even sillier. What do “playful past times” and “nostalgia” really smell like? So from now on, we’ll be crowdsourcing our own fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk. This week, we’re sniffing Bottega Veneta.
Fragrance: Bottega Veneta, $65 – 135
What Bottega Veneta thinks it smells like: “Bottega Veneta, the eau de parfum, evokes the suppleness and sensuality of the house’s renowned leather goods. The fragrance, a leathery floral chypre, marries the olfactory language of the Venetian countryside — fresh meadows, mown hay, flowers, earth, and wood — with the gentle richness of leather in a creation crafted with the meticulousness of a master artisan.”
What we think it smells like:
- “Spicy. Like my grandpa.”
- “A kitchen full of your female family members.”
- “Flowers. Like roses, maybe?”
- “Pine Sol or kitchen cleaning products.”
- “Cologne mixed with chemicals.”
- “Like I’m emerging from sweet smelling shrubbery, and I come upon a ginger field of faeries. But the True Blood ones, not, like, Tinkerbell.”
- “Spicy Johnson & Johnson baby lotion.”
- “Fresh grass.”
- “Subtle. I actually really like this one.”
- “Like a sprawling cedar forest.”
Check out our previous Name That Scent stories.