I recently discovered Bottega Veneta Knot in New York after being persuaded by an enthusiastic fragrance salesperson at Bergdorf Goodman to try it. I was resistant at first because I don’t really like their Knot clutch bags and have wondered why people are willing to pay so much for them. I thought that this would be another overpriced perfume that I wouldn’t like.

How wrong I was!

Perfumer Daneila Andrier’s objective was to create a unique olfactory experience evoking the essense of the Italian coastline, precisely illustrating the elements into different accords.

I think it must be something in the bright and floral top notes of orange blossom, neroli, limette and mandarin which segues into lavender, rose, peony, musk and Tonka bean after about 10 minutes. What starts out as breezy and feminine turns into something warmer, sensuous and richer.

After you’ve worn it for a while and are convinced that it’s given you all its  got, Knot becomes light and powdery with a comforting musky woodsy scent. It very smooth, subtle and extremely rich-smelling in a quiet way.

Perfumer Daneila Andrier’s objective was to create a unique olfactory experience evoking the essence of the Italian coastline, precisely illustrating the elements into different accords.

The Bottega Veneta website description of Knot: “First impressions are shaped by an exotic and bright Clementine Tree accord, based on mandarin, limette, neroli and orange flower. At the fragrance’s heart are intense notes of lavender, a key aspect and an unusual addition that lends to the uniqueness of the fragrance, gesturing towards the green hills, and the sense of crispness reminiscent of freshly laundered linens within an Italian seaside home. Rich floral notes of rose and peony provide lush sensuality, while musk and Tonka bean serve as a counterpoint to the fruity notes while imbuing a texture and earthiness. All together, the bright, floral fragrance is meticulously layered to offer an unexpected, delightful experience: an identity of its own, that is destined to leave a lasting memory.”

I plan on wearing this perfume year-round but especially during the cooler fall, winter months. While it is considered a woman’s fragrance, a surprising number of men are enjoying wearing it, perhaps due to the woody and musky accords.

A 1.6 oz. bottle is approximately $125.00 and is sold in department stores and on Amazon.


  1. Jeanie says:

    I enjoyed the descriptions of the perfumes even though I am highly allergic to most fragrances. I read a novel once that included fascinating facts about the art of perfumery. It is an amazing art. Understanding the skill and expense that goes into a true perfume helps one understand the cost of legitimate fragrances and also the tendency of some to want to short cut the process to make a quick buck. You write very well and make a very interesting website.

    • Erica says:

      Hi Jeanie,
      I am sorry that you are allergic to most fragrances. I know that many people are. If you haven’t already tried an all-natural or hypoallergenic fragrance you should. Clinique has a product line that is formulated to avoid known allergens. My favorite Clinique perfume is Aromatics Elixer and I also really like Happy perfume.

  2. Andrea says:

    I remembering trying Bottega Veneta Knot in a store and noticing how enticing the fragrance was. The scent is hard to describe, but I think you nailed it pretty well, it is very luxurious indeed!

    Do you happen to know if they make additional products that accompany the perfume, such as body mists and moisturizers?

    • Erica says:

      It’s often a challenge to accurately put into words the way a perfume smells, especially since fragrances smell different to each person, so I’m pleased to hear this 🙂 Bottega Veneta doesn’t have a body mist out but they have a body lotion that smells amazing and is perfect to use in layering or by itself. They also have a body cream out which is supposed to be wonderful too.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Matt says:

    Hey Erica, great post!

    You sure have a way with words. I’ve never seen perfume described with so much detail before. I think you should be the fragrance salesperson! In any case I can certainly see why you thought it was expensive! Your description of all the different combinations of smells like roses and citrus was quite amazing!

  4. Brandy says:

    What a wonderfully descriptive post about Bottega Veneta Knot. When I first saw this post, I was quite excited. I am a huge handbag/clutch fan so I was curious your thoughts on their perfume. Like you, i’m not a fan of their particular knot clutches and don’t understand who would pay $1500+ for one, but I would take one if someone just handed me one 🙂

    I absolutely love your description on the perfume. I love perfumes that have the citrus and floral notes. I am curious the layers and how they develop over time. I may have to give it a try!

    • Erica says:

      Hi Brandy,

      If you love citrus and floral scents then you should give this a try. This is all that with an added twist of subtle earthiness. Very unique and soft aroma. Hope you give this a try and please let me know what you think!


  5. Kerry Bramham says:

    Hi Erica,
    I have to be honest, when I saw your post subject, I wondered how you were going to write about a certain perfume. You really did a great job though, as I found myself wishing i could get a sniff of Bottega Veneta Knot.

    I would really like to congratulate you for that and encourage you with your ventures. One thing though, could you put a direct link to that particular perfume on your page?
    I did enjoy reading your article.

    • Erica says:

      Hi Kerry,

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading about Bottega Veneta Knot. The Amazon link is or just click on the image at the top of the page. It can also be also be purchased in department stores for the same price. I know that Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales carry it in New York and I’m sure that there are others too depending where you live. I recommend either ordering a sample on Amazon first or going into a brick and mortar store and getting a sniff there.. Always try before you buy when it comes to fragrance!

      Thanks for dropping by!


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