Bottega Veneta Eau Légère brings the sexy back – perfume review

Bottega Veneta Eau Legere

It’s not unusual to find a gem in the mainstream perfumery section, it’s just quite rare. In the last few years, most offerings on the designer counters have been more or less variations on the same pink, screechy note. Bottega Veneta hit it straight out of the park with their first eponymous perfume and it looks like they’re going for some record here with a second fragrance in the row to capture people’s imagination. Perfumer Michel Almairac has hit the nail on the head, so to speak.

Eau Légère – which doesn’t quite get away from fashion’s unfortunate tendency to come in “trends” – comes on the heels of a flurry of other watery/aquatic releases, such as Thierry Mugler’s Aqua Chic series, Valentino’s Valentina Aqua Florale, Armani’s Acqua Di Gioia Eau Fraiche, Guerlain’s Eau De Lingerie and Shalimar Parfum Initial L’Eau Si Sensuelle, Fendi’s Fan Di Fendi Eau Fraiche, DKNY Golden Delicious Eau So Intense, L’Eau from Narciso Rodriguez etc.

After reading this mouthful of a list, Eau Légère seems very prime and concise.  It’s also unexpectedly sexy. It has the come hither factor in the most unassuming way. To be perfectly frank, it reminds me both in scent and in spirit of the ’90s perfumes that dared/aimed to be different, that weren’t afraid of being strong or afraid to be. It borrows nothing from the current wisp-of-distilled-bubblegum-water trend and it’s better for it.

Even the video ad, starring model Nine d’Urso de la Fressange, is pensive and sensual in a way one doesn’t see nowadays.

It mingles aldehydes, a leathery suede and perhaps a touch of apricot and it settles on the skin like an embrace of comforting silk. That’s one I’d like to get my paws on pronto.

Available from  £38.00/€48.30 for 30 ml from Harrods and others.