Bottega Veneta have a boutique-exclusive series of perfumes called Parco Palladiano. I love to discover perfume creations that are not so known among perfume lovers.
Last year I stumbled upon these perfumes in a Bottega boutique, while admiring their exquisite leather wallets. I decided to keep these perfumes in mind for the spring-summer season, since they instantly reminded me of warm weather. Parco Palladiano fragrances are easily classifiable as the « any time, any where » genre of perfumes. They are minimalist in style, and this is also reflected through their minimalist compositions. However, I found that most of them are quite different and unique within the spring-summer perfume category. If you are looking for a grandiose floral creation, you will not find it in this series. Nonetheless, I have an appreciation, and even an admiration for the beautifully executed minimalist fragrances that also happen to be very versatile. I tend to think that there is always room for an elegant and understated perfume in one’s collection.
Parco Palladiano fragrances transmit the uplifted summer mood with delicacy. I find that they create a sense of comfort and ease. They certainly evoke the Italian chic in a garden setting. I imagine social events for the happy few in these glorious Italian gardens. Parco Palladiano perfumes inspire a tranquil, yet cheerful mood. There are six fragrances in the series. Each perfume has a specific color, and they are simply numbered in Roman numerals. The one that resonated « dolce-vita » with me the most was Parco Palladiano number IV.
I also fell in love with the beautiful heavy glass bottle, which has the look of Bottega Veneta’s signature woven leathers. The lid seems to be metal, and it certainly has the weight of a metallic lid. I personally rate the packaging, and the overall look of the Parco Palladiano bottles as one of the more beautifully executed among many other boutique-exclusive perfumes from other designer brands. In any case, I find that these bottles are as elegant as the fragrances themselves, and their weight makes them satisfying to hold in one’s hands.
Summer 2017 with Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano IV
It is rare to come across a sweet floral fragrance that is actually bearable in the hot summer days. Parco Palladiano IV has a ‘natural’ sweetness to it, and the floral side is not ‘headachy’ at all. There is a perfect balance of both the floral and the sweet side, and the fragrance itself is rather unique. Fragrantica lists only two notes: chestnut and rhododendron (or azalea), a floral note rarely seen in fragrance compositions. On one hand, this perfume is undeniably a summer scent with a sense of airiness, while on the the other hand there is a touch of warmth and sweetness.
Parco Palladiano IV was created by Alexis Dadier who has created a very unique designer fragrance – Thierry Mugler’s Womanity. He has also worked on Parco Palladiano number II which is another fragrance from this series that got my attention. If number IV is leaning more feminine, number II will suit men particularly well in my opinion. I have been hesitant to get number I instead of number IV, because I seem to really enjoy the watery magnolia scents lately, number I being a beautiful magnolia fragrance.
Parco Palladiano perfumes are eau de parfum concentration, but I would say that they are executed in the style of eau de toilettes. Their longevity is good, and I find that projection is good also. If you like Hermès perfumes for summer, but have been generally disappointed with their longevity, I think that you should try Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano perfumes. I find similarities between Hermès Jardin series and Bottega’s Italian gardens not solely in the idea of a contemplating a spring-summer garden atmosphere, but also with the minimalist approach to the compositions. There is a steep price difference, but of course Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano perfumes are more novel scent-wise, have the advantage of being less known and not as widely distributed, as well as being much longer-lasting.