Sunday, March 28, 2010

You only answer, "Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps."

Bvlgari BLV Pour Homme

Another day, another quest for those scents that work well in warmer weather and bring the sunshine in, cold snap be damned.

Bvlgari BLV Pour Homme is described as follows:
Fire and ice. Passion and poise. A study in contradiction-like a woman without regret. Bvlgari's BLV opens with a refreshing burst of ginger and finishes with the full, sensual scents of vanilla, wisteria, and sandalwood. Like the woman who wears it, BLV is a force, a spirit, an unforgettable experience.

Top Notes: Cardamon and Sandalwood
Heart: Juniper Berries, Ginger and Galanga
Base: Ginko Leaves, Grey Teak and Tobacco Flower
The immediate, initial "just applied it to my skin and stuck my face in it" scent is a mishmash of spicy, sticky, sweet, tangy, synthetic mess. Luckily, I will always wait about 10 minutes, even for the worst stuff, before giving up and going off to scrub, and in this case I am really glad I waited.

This is foodie in the way that Indian food is spiced and flavored, which I suspect is a result of the strong cardamon top note. I'm guessing it's the combination of ginger and sandalwood. Smoked meat? Very traditionally masculine. This scent seems like a combination of fence building sweat, dry rubbing down meat for the smoker, the sweet smell of wet grass stuck to your legs from mowing, and maybe a little grease and oil from working on the car. In other words, it reminds me of the manly things men do in Texas in the summer. (Except that my mom did all the mowing and we got other people to build fences, work on the cars.) But yes, it smells like the kind of scent that someone created to embody traditional masculinity when you smelled it.

So in my quest to experience scent in the widest ways possible in an effort to enjoy the scents and improve my nose, one of the ways I try different smells is to close my eyes, open my mouth, and inhale in order to taste the scent. This is, admittedly, a little weird. That said, sometimes I notice things I'd otherwise miss. This has a salty edge like the taste of kissing sweaty skin and tastes of cardamon, cumin and chili powder. After about an hour, BLV get sweeter because you get more of the sandalwood and tobacco flower.

This is one very sexy scent. I would have a hard time resisting anyone wearing this scent. It's spicy and sweet and has a lot of heat to it. It's a very heavy, aggressive scent with a lot of sillage and a lot of muscle, and the person wearing it would have to have a lot of confidence in their own sexual prowess to truly carry it, but if they did -- wow. Like Johnny Depp in, well, anything, or Penelope Cruz in VickyCristinaBarcelona, or Scarlett Johansson in Match Point, they have to know that people want them, and revel in it.

Nordstrom and Sephora carry Bvlgari Pour Homme, but you can get huge amounts of it from places like Amazon and significantly discounted. My 1.5ml sample, which went a long way, I got for 50 cents from Rei Rien.

"If you can't make your mind up, we'll never get started,
and I don't wanna wind up being parted, broken-hearted.
So if you really love me, say yes,
but if you don't dear, confess,
but please don't tell me
'Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.' "

- "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)," Osvaldo Farrés (You can listen Cake's version here)

I frequently have a tough time finding reviews of commercial scents. This one is no exception. You'll just have to try it yourself.


ChickenFreak said...

Hmmm. This sounds interesting. And freaky. And maybe mall-findable. I need to sniff it.

Also: That's the Coupling theme! No, you probably aren't thinking of the British sitcom that uses that song as a title. But I'd like to go totally off-topic and recommend it. The British version, not the short-lived US remake.

Diana said...

Thanks for the show recommendation. I'll see if I can get it.

It is kind of freaky. I tried it like 3 times to make sure. I think I'd file it under Rita's "weird but worth it" category.