Illusione 2019 Eau de Toilette

Illusione (Eau de Toilette) by Bottega Veneta
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Illusione (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Bottega Veneta for men and was released in 2019. The scent is citrusy-woody. It is being marketed by Coty. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Citrus
Woody
Fresh
Green
Spicy

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
LemonLemon Bitter orangeBitter orange
Heart Notes Heart Notes
White cedarwoodWhite cedarwood Fir balsamFir balsam
Base Notes Base Notes
Tonka beanTonka bean VetiverVetiver

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Scent
7.8283 Ratings
Longevity
6.6251 Ratings
Sillage
6.3253 Ratings
Bottle
7.9257 Ratings
Value for money
7.2112 Ratings
Submitted by Franfan20, last update on 06.01.2024.

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Siebenkäs

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Siebenkäs
Siebenkäs
Top Review 30  
Strange are the ways of the hearts.
A small branch detached itself from the branch of the old cedar on the corner of Chester Gate and Albany Street, was grabbed by the wind and soon fluttered down Robert Street, where it lay before the threshold to No. 21. Then it was windless again.
Anselm just unlocked the door. He picked up the twig, took it into the house and laid it on the mantelpiece.
Then he started thinking again.
In less than an hour he would meet the Fräulein von Hallmackenreuther. What should he wear? And which perfume would be the right one?
He chose the washed-out Army chinos and the dark blue Comme Des Garcons jacket, which he had bought in the small second-hand shop at Portobello Market. And the old brown Edward Green Monks. In no other shoes did he feel safer.
And now for the scent. That would be a lot harder. But then he had an intuition. Why not this new one from Bottega Veneta? That wasn't too fashionable, but it wasn't too old-fashioned either. Kind of timeless. That's what he wanted to look like, isn't it? Maybe she'd finally see him as he saw himself.
Sometimes he had the strange feeling that they'd known each other for a hundred years. That some curious trick of fate kept bringing them together. And then again, didn't get together.
He sniffed the pretty Flakönchen once more. Yes, a wise decision. He liked that water. At first a little lemony and fruity, but tuned deeper than usual. Maybe a third down. And then so darned fairy-like resinous, almost forest magic, soft dark green anyway. Later also sweet, but still spicy. Undecided like himself. Kind of yesterday and hip at the same time. He didn't like that word at all. And yet he secretly used it often. He felt so out of time again.
Anselm took a few sprays and set off.

Several blocks further on in Fitzroy Square a young woman with a short curly head stood in front of the wardrobe and conscientiously sounded out the contents.
Lina von Hallmackenreuther opted for the spotted light blue dress with the cubic collar. If she had to meet him in a shop like Groucho's, she'd at least want to take advantage of it. There weren't that many places she felt comfortable in that dress. As an antipole to the dress she would put on a men's scent. She knew immediately which one. Illusions.
It suited her because he didn't commit. Herb, fruity, woody and yet sweet. And soft at the end. Would that be her, too, in the end? Soft?
Anyway, she wanted Anselm to make her... She didn't really know herself. Unconventionally, he should find her. Not like the others. This was the right perfume for that.

When wind came up again in the big city and the clouds floated over the sea of chimneys like lost sheeps, the two sat at a small table in the back part of Café Groucho opposite each other.
Anselm was particularly calm. He sniffed carefully in her direction because he wanted to know what kind of scent she had chosen for him. After all, at least this one thing that connected her was her love of perfume. One of the few things they both knew about each other.
He sniffed and sniffed - but... there was nothing. Only his own scent could be heard, the fine, soft-sweet aura of illusion. That's weird. What did that mean? Should she have changed to go out unscented? Suddenly it fell off his eyes like scales. She wanted to show herself to him without any embellishment, without games, without scenery. She didn't want distance, maybe more proximity instead.
Anselm's heart began to beat.

Lina wasn't really excited, but she was kind of... nervous. Like there's something unusual in the air. She was sniffing in his direction. I'm sure he was wearing Grey Vetiver again. But no, there was nothing of vetiver or anything like that, there was... she couldn't define it. Then she almost got scared. She leaned over to him to take a lint off his collar. He obviously wasn't wearing any scent today. Only her own scent was there, only illusions, nothing else. What could that mean? Was he trying to tell her something? That he wanted to be a different person? Bullshit.
Suddenly a thought came to her. Yeah, that could be it. She was almost sure. He didn't want to trump her, show her that she was alone enough with her aura, let her feel that you alone should be the center...

The waiter came and brought the coffee. He looked a little weird. He was wearing some kind of robe. Pretty hip territory, the Russell Square area. He turned off the cups and smiled at them both.
"You smell good," he said. "Illusions... I like them too!"
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Farneon

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Farneon
Farneon
Top Review 20  
No illusion, but pleasantly fresh reality!
I got to know this fragrance at a tasting called workshop in a small perfumery in Cologne. I still remember exactly that we were at the fresh scents and the organizing lady spoke of basil. Only that there is no basil in it at all! ;-) In the end, this was by far the best fragrance for me out of maybe 15 in total (including brands like Comme de Garcons, Dolce & Gabbana and Diptyque). That's why I bought him also without further ado, even without basil!

If you look at the ones by Antoine Maisondieu - isn't that called House of God? ;-) - (I certainly don't like all of them), one notices that this perfumer has an urge for as few ingredients as possible, just as many Michelin-starred chefs may also propagate with their dishes. In fact, I'm currently testing Illusione against Louis Vuitton's Orage, which costs almost twice as much, and I'm noticing a certain kinship. Base, durability and sillage are almost identical, whereby Illusione comes along somewhat more citrusy and Orage somewhat woodier.

Maybe I'm alone with this opinion, but no matter. Illusione is for me in any case a fragrance, as I could not imagine him better in its spectrum. The lemon is only gently acidic and the cedar wood only discreetly woody. The vetiver and tonka bean cushion everything expertly and impart an earthy-sweet overtone at the end. With a little imagination, I can even smell pine needles on the forest floor, which is surrounded by a balsamic aura. An illusion possibly? ;-)

Long story short: Illusione succeeds in creating a nature-like aura with only a few ingredients, which comes across quite linear, fresh-woody and yet balsamic. It stings at the top note nothing in the nose and what remains is a sense of well-being, which reminds of a pine forest in the Mediterranean, but not with the axe to work.

If fresh harmony is required and synthetic bombs are outside, an unconditional recommendation!
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MisterJ

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MisterJ
MisterJ
Top Review 19  
The illusion of a fragrance
Bottega Venetas Illusione was one of the biggest surprises for me this year. He met me without my meaning to. Few YouTubers even had it on the screen, and although there was a restrained campaign, it left me completely cold. In the end it was a free scent sample that enchanted me
My first impression at the rehearsal was quite negative. I smelled a bitter, almost aggressive orange and I said to myself directly: "No! That's not yours!" However, this scent then developed further, into a right that I had not expected. Warmth, balm, comfort, sauna, pine forest... Thoughts and memories shot through my head - I had to have it, yesterday already!
I work a lot in a smaller office with several people. Every day Aventus and I would have been quartered already. The fact that illusions become striking at the beginning, but then calm and reserved, suited me. And that the scent is only really perceptible for 2-4 hours does not bother me at all. I think that is even its strength. I don't want to be the scent tree in the car every day and be the focus of the noses present. Sometimes, yes sometimes I just want to be there without being smelled. Just like an illusion.

When is the best time to wear it? In fact, I bought it in the depths of winter, and I actually associate the fragrance more with the warming cosiness with fir balm in tow. It's not a fragrance that I would put on at 30 in the middle of summer. However, in my opinion, it can be worn flexibly in all seasons in many situations. Only not in the club, there it seems out of place like myself ;) I even think it is a fragrance I would recommend to the 30+ generation. It is neither cool, sexy, youthful nor sporty. It radiates calm, serenity and elegance. It matches the brand image of Bottega Veneta. (Doesn't mean that there aren't also elegant, relaxed and calm people under 30 ;)

For me, the bottle is unique, which is mainly due to the cap, which is not one at all. The marbled cap is open at the top and therefore does not protect the spray head 100% from oxygen and looks more like an artistic addition. The bottom is strongly curved inwards, which creates an illusion of rising water. Lacoste probably also found the idea exciting and the current fragrance "Match Point" looks similar at the bottom.

All in all a beautiful, citric fragrance that drifts into a warming, balsamic and serene cosiness. Very light, almost not there and therefore strong for some days.
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Aglianico

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Aglianico
Aglianico
Top Review 15  
Unknown fragrance(s) Part 2: All Soul's Rest
To call the "Illusione" by Bottega Veneta an unknown fragrance or fragrances needs explanation, with 127 reviews and 54 owners about a year after its publication. Nevertheless: Somehow it seems to me, despite its potential, not to have been quite "hit" here, almost as if it is silently gliding along the edge of visibility.

The "Illusione" is similar to its somewhat better known predecessors in the BV men's segment (the pour Homme range and the - male - Essence Aromatique), AND yet is fundamentally different from them. This also needs to be explained.

There are similarities in the resinous components - to a certain extent the trademark of the BV men's fragrances, more so than a partial leatheriness (which is not present in "Illusione"). Such a resinousness is central to my nose in "Illusione", but without dominating unpleasantly. An abstracted (needle) woodiness. Furthermore, a beautifully integrated citric combines all the above mentioned scents, although in my opinion this is much more pronounced in the Essence Aromatique. In "Illusione" it hides behind fir needles and soft-warm woodiness. In any case, you should not expect a clearly recognizable, prominent lemon like in some classic colognes. And there's another unifying element: men's BV fragrances "match" incredibly well with the brand's design appearance. A visit to a store is recommended for this - where you can also test the wonderful Parco Palladiano range.

However, there are also differences. The "Illusione" has an "unvanilla", unobtrusive sweetness, which I personally like very much, and which I prefer to the pseudo leathery base of the pour Homme series. I really mean to smell the vetiver mentioned here as a very subtle, soft component that "grounds" the resinousness. And all this is surrounded by the soft woodiness mentioned above ... Not spectacular, not avant-garde, but very beautiful and very good to wear, especially from spring to autumn, at work, but also just like that. Somehow the average mark here is justified: The "illusion" doesn't stand out, it's not an aha-experience, it's just really well done "mainstream". And maybe that's exactly why this is the fragrance I wear most often by now.

But he is also ...
... more Arvo Pärt than Andrea Bocelli ...more tango in Finnish woods than Italian tarantella. But in summer under a blue sky.
... more suits than "casual".
... more less than more.

A walk, meditation, early morning dew, clarity, groundedness. Unpretentiousness, understatement, simplicity. Peace of mind. A "business fragrance" like Prada L'Homme and yet quite different
My respect for BV, not to cut into their own flesh by a release overkill like some other companies (although I am aware that this is now only a brand in a performance-oriented large corporation). Five men's fragrances in the "mainstream" sector in seven years - that is pleasantly manageable.

I admit that every sprayer stings me in the olfactory heart, because I know in advance that this beautiful fragrance will not last long unless I go on a close contact with myself. But hope dies last: maybe one day the "Illusione" will be available in a more intense, long-lasting version, just like the original pour Homme. In any case, the bottle is a real eye-catcher.
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Leimbacher

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Leimbacher
Leimbacher
Very helpful Review 15  
Lemon illusions
I haven't had too many of the 2019 releases under my nose yet, I don't even know if that's enough for a top/flop blog this year. I was really irritated and lured only a little, in addition to the decreasing test rhythm anyway. However, I was already up for the new Bottega Veneta and curiosity was there, something drew me to him. His color, his heaviness, his gravitas. Who knows. Just a cheap sleight of hand or a masterful illusion?

"Illusione" is a very interesting, straight lemon with a resinous-balsamic finish. Minimal green, minimal chemistry. Fucking beautiful. And fortunately comparable with little to nothing on the market, which is anything but taken for granted nowadays. Just do your own thing must not go out of fashion! And "illusion" for the Lord does this. Most likely a mixture of "Envy for Men" (*hears hear*) and "L'Envol", only softer and more cuddly. Let someone say again that citrus scents cannot be romantic, cuddly, dense, atmospheric. "Illusions" didn't blow me away, but it convinced me without ifs or buts. A scent I'd like to wear often. Not a bore, not a spectacle. Warm, tingling. Refreshing and protective. Soothing somehow, which makes him especially likeable and precious. An adult cocktail in a suit.

Flacon: strong, thick glass, very elegant and great in the cupboard. Valuable and powerful
Sillage: subtle and gentlemanlike
Shelf life: 6 hours, much more did not work

Conclusion: a really simple, pleasant cuddly citron. Delicious, minimalist, high quality. Despite a light, modern synthetic touch, which (fortunately) has nothing of the current "sweet freshness wave". More like Hermes than "Invictus", I mean. And therefore very welcome. Not spectacularly good, but spectacularly wearable. One for the tops
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HermeshHermesh 1 year ago
7
Bottle
6
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7
Longevity
7.5
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Citrus-bitter freshness gradually fades into the cedar-like woodiness. Well done, sillage and longevity are somewhat disappointing.
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BielwenassBielwenass 3 years ago
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A superb citrusy vetiver scent - for the first 10 minutes, before it turns into a synthetic mess.
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RisingChaosRisingChaos 2 years ago
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8.5
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Smells like the note breakdown: bitter citruses spritzed on a dry green, woody base. Simple, pleasant, versatile but bad performance.
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KingPinKingPin 3 years ago
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Starts off very well, fresh and interesting. However, after ten minutes it turns a bit synthetic. Shame on a nice try. Poor longevity.
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SamuelGustavSamuelGustav 5 years ago
Compared to the recent releases this one s not bad at all, but lacks body, maybe if it where an edp. Still, much better then recent releases
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