Just like I did for Lacoste Essential Sport, here is a review of one of my perfumes before the last drop is sprayed: Bvlgari Soir. It’s a special edition of the original Pour Homme, launched in 2006, and is ideal for the mid-season, if you’re lucky enough to live in a place where you have such thing (I’m not) and warm enough for cotton jumper days, but not so much for below zero temperatures.
It starts with bergamot and tea, then musk shows up after a while. The effect is clean and soapy, although in this three-note affair, what stands out is the high-pitched tone of tea. After 1-2 hours, the three notes are still the same, but there is a rebalancing of the intensity. Although tea will still sting the nose, it will be less present and musk will be free to give an overall warmer effect.
After 2-3 hours the citrus has completely disappeared and the fragrance is even warmer, although not incredibly intense, with a soft and wrapping warmth. The rest won’t change much, and Bulgari Pour Homme Soir will slowly disappear from your skin. The tea note is likely to be the deal maker or breaker for this Bulgari Soir: it’s fresh, but in a quirky way, sharp and slightly bitter, and even metallic at times. Probably not for everyone.
Personally, although I’m at the end of my 50ml bottle I still have mixed feelings about it. However, it feels different and sharp enough to stand out from the crowd, which could be a good enough reason to buy it again. If you already tried Bvlgari fragrances before, you should know if you will like it or not, else, go and get a sniff, it may really be your thing. Just wait for the tea to come out in full before you decide.
Having said that, it smells different from many of the fresh masculine perfumes out there, so if you want to wear it in occasions with a high social content (like a party, or a club), go ahead. Just put it back in the closet when temperatures start to go below 10ºC.