What does confidence smell like? That’s rhetorical really and something we don’t think is truly answerable, but Bottega Veneta Eau de Toilette Pour Homme comes pretty darn close.
Its first impression is clean, polite, bright, and instantly likable, with immediate notes of sweet bergamot, crisp pine, and spicy juniper. Nothing out of the ordinary, but not so banal as to resemble the air just outside a department store. The initial scent settles into an understated musk of patchouli and, of course, Bottega Veneta’s renowned artisanal leather. Wear a suit and it’ll come off as exquisite; go with a sweater, and it’ll feel casual.
That said, it’s the rare resin of the Andalusian cistus, harvested only between May and August, that ultimately gives the fragrance its distinguished character. This form of herbal wood says that even though you are fully capable of owning everything, you can keep it down to earth when need be. Kinda like something Mr. Gatsby might’ve worn while he was working his way up the ladder to that mansion in West Egg. [$110 for a 3.4 oz bottle; bottegaveneta.com]