What’s Your Fragrance?

You know how some people just have a certain smell about them? Granted, some are worse than others, heh. I’ve never had a fragrance to call my own. (Unless it’s one that I’m unaware of, and then that might not be such a good thing.)

Well, that’s not true. As a teenager I wore Beautiful by Este Lauder for a few years. But since then, I haven’t really gotten into anything new, and any time I do find something I like, I only wear it occasionally. I had a sample of David Yurman for a while that I really liked. And then I received Ralph Lauren’s perfume last year at a BlogHer event, and I wear that as often as I wear anything, I suppose. But again, nothing that I consider My Scent.

As I mentioned, last week Melissa and I were invited to a Stylist Luncheon at Neiman Marcus to see some of the new fall trends and beauty products and fragrances.

Evidently there is a entire culture of fragrance aficionados with a language all their own. They casually toss around terms like curves and weight and note. (I just thought notes were what you see on the treble clef. Ha!) I just went along with it and tried to take mental notes so that I could sound somewhat intelligent when I got home to write about it. Then I decided, who am I kidding!?

Well, I may not be able to talk the talk, but I know what I like, and I discovered a fragrance that I simply cannot live without. No lie, as soon as it hits the stores, I’m going to be first in line. I think I might have found My Scent.

For those of you who are as ignorant as I am of such things, Bottega Veneta is an Italian luxury design house that produces elegant leather handbags, luggage and fine jewelry, but until now lacked a fragrance. That’s all about to change.

HINT: This is big news in the fragrance world. Here is what they have to say about it:

Starting September 11th, Neiman Marcus will be the exclusive home to Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum, Bottega Veneta’s debut fragrance. The notes included are patchouli, oak moss, bergamot, jasmine and pink pepper.

Creative Director Thomas Maier on his inspiration when creating the fragrance: “An old house in the beautiful countryside in the Veneto region of Italy with rolling green hills, where we’re from. I envisioned a room with old wood floors, library walls and leather-bound books with the windows open wide, the breeze coming in and cut grass, hay, moss, garden flowers, growing through the room and everything mixing up. That’s where we started.”

Who knew so much thought went into the scent of a perfume!?

We sniffed eight brand new fragrances to be debuted at Neimans this fall, and I chose to try the Bottega.

Here’s the thing about fragrances. When I wear one, I feel like I smell it all day, and even when the scent is pleasant, sometimes it feels like it’s choking me. But the Bottega was different.

They didn’t even have samples available to give us at the time, so I only got to wear it for one day, but what I loved about it was that although it was there, but it wasn’t potent. I didn’t smell it constantly, but every once in a while, when I was least expecting it, I’d just get a whiff.

It’s a soft fragrance, slightly sweet but not sickeningly so. I generally prefer a fresher, cleaner scent, but this one intrigues me, and I am dying to get my hands on some of it! (I don’t know if that conveys my point or not, but those are the only fragrance terms I know how to use, so that will have to do!)

As far as the breeze and cut grass and hay and moss and garden flowers and leather and old European houses… I dunno about all that, but sign. me. up!

In the fragrance world, even the bottle design is carefully crafted to contribute to the overall experience of the perfume.

The bottle’s design is about contradictions: soft, rounded curves coupled with a substantial weight. Maier said the design came naturally as an organic process after working with the same Murano glassmakers who developed the glasses and water carafes of his eponymous home collection. A small metal brunito cap (the standard Bottega Veneta color) and a leather ribbon clipped with a butterfly stamp hides an underside evocative of the house’s signature intrecciato woven leather.

Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum should arrive in select Neiman Marcus stores (including mine!!) on September 11. It’s definitely going on my Christmas list if I don’t get a chance to snatch some up before then.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, nor was I asked to write about our lunch at Neiman’s or anything we sampled. I just had too much fun NOT to share! And as an aside, how annoying is it to constantly end posts with a disclaimer!!?