Another day, another quest for those scents that work well in warmer weather and bring the sunshine in, cold snap be damned.
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.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.
Top Notes: Cardamon and Sandalwood
Heart: Juniper Berries, Ginger and Galanga
Base: Ginko Leaves, Grey Teak and Tobacco Flower
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.
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 Overstock.com 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.