The fresh, earthy notes of green-tomato leaf, combined with spicy oil of pink pepper, myrrh resin, leather accord, and vanilla absolute, give the scent a distinctive, leathery quality that feels balanced and nuanced. It may make you feel as if you’re in the middle of Tuscany witnessing a cobbler hand-craft a pair of leather shoes as he runs his fingertips over the material to feel all the facets of its texture, scans it closely with his eyes to take in the smallest details, and, lastly, smells it to form the everlasting connection and seal of approval.
In a world consumed by social media, sometimes the place we wish to be transported to is a state of reconnection with our surroundings, or even ourselves. As the skyscrapers of our cities get ever higher and concrete jungles become our daily view, there is a longing to disconnect from our intricately wired lives and escape into a lush, natural setting. “We are all on the same quest. We want the dynamic vitality of the city, but also the life force of nature,” says Alberto Morillas, master perfumer of the new masculine scent, Bulgari Man Wood Essence.
Meander through Singapore’s Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, under 50m-tall super-tree structures draped with thousands of plants, or travel to London’s Sky Garden to be immersed in an urban landscaped garden situated atop the city that perfectly blends the modern, clean lines of steel structures with wild nature. This aromatic, woody scent brings the great outdoors in: its olfactory makeup is reminiscent of the damp, earthy scent of moss-covered soil crumbling under your feet as you walk through a forest, with its combination of cypress wood, cedar wood, and vibrant Italian citrus zest notes that settles into peppery, slightly metallic Haitian vetiver essence and Benzoin Siam.