Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
When Bottega Veneta Knot was launched, I included it in my yearly round-up – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Perfumes. I joked that the name, even though it’s inspired by the brand’s classic clutch, sounds very “Wayne’s World“¹. Bottega Veneta…KNOT! The next year, I tried Knot in a department store and all I remember from that brief sampling is ORANGE BLOSSOMS. Now that I’m going through a major orange blossom phase, it’s the right time to give Knot a serious wearing.
The opening of Knot is like linden blossoms. It’s honeyed florals, almost like honeysuckle, but with lime zest. Knot is primarily an orange blossom perfume. It’s one of those orange blossoms that dazzles but leans syrupy (it isn’t “sheer” like neroli but “full-bodied”). It does have a clean laundry vibe but not too much of it. It smells like a linen spritzed in a Mediterranean-style orange blossom/lavender cologne and left in the sun to dry. As cliché as it may sound, Knot smells like clean linens in the best way possible. Knot dries down to a clean floral that reminds me of those starched linens (lavender with sunshine warmth) but now there’s an addition of a green, mossy rose. It’s a lovely perfume and nothing to laugh at.
Although different than the modern suede chypre, Bottega Veneta, Knot is equally as gorgeous. This designer brand is really creating perfumes that are as elegant and timeless as their leather goods.
Notes listed include clementine, mandarin, lime, neroli, orange blossom, peony, white rose, lavender, musk and tonka. Launched in 2014. PERFUMER – Daniela Andrier
Give Knot a try if you like orange blossom or linden perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like Tauer Zeta, Chloé Eau de Fleurs Nèroli, L’Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons, Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger and/or Houbigant Orangers en Fleurs.
Projection and longevity are average (to above average, depending on how much you wear).
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A full-bodied orange blossom. It’s a really beautiful perfume and I can’t believe I’m just now paying attention to it.
¹Guidance for those of you that can’t remember the 90’s.
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