Bvlgari Pour Femme By Bvlgari

Bvlgari Pour Femme is a jewel that’s been around for almost 30 years. It’s one of the most admired Bvlgari perfumes and although younger generations are less familiar with it, it still holds the crown as one of the most authentic violet fragrances around.

In my opinion, that’s a valid enough reason to dig deeper into its foundational structure.

Overview

  • Brand: Bvlgari
  • Fragrance: Bvlgari Pour Femme
  • Release: 1994
  • Gender: Women
  • Perfumer: Sophia Grojsman

Fragrance Notes

  • Top Notes: Violet, Carnation, Raspberry, Peach, Coriander, Orange Blossom, Sichuan Pepper, Bergamot
  • Heart Notes: Iris, Bulgarian Rose, Heliotrope, Orris Root, Egyptian Jasmine, Lily of the Valley
  • Base Notes: Musk, Green Tea, Woody Notes, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Amber, Benzoin, Styrax, Cedar

What Does Bvlgari Pour Femme Smell Like?

First off, it has over 20 notes – which is in stark contrast to today’s fragrances, and modern consumers may wonder what all the notes are for. 

It’s one of the most critically acclaimed features of this perfume. All the accords combine to create a stable scent structure that wouldn’t be the same without any of them. 

At the opening, the fruits play a minor role while the violets shine through. This fruitiness adds a necessary depth alongside the spices which culminates in a light and sweet floral spiciness.

The heart is largely floral, lily of the valley being one of the most pronounced flowers, alongside jasmine and iris. This section is the source of the floral, powdery, sweetness in most of the perfume.

The listed accords at the dry down make the base similar to most modern fragrances. And while it still smells woody and musky as expected, the green tea in this adds an extra dimension to the scent.

Although it’s not as noticeable, it has a light, herbaceous sweetness that helps the perfume preserve its soft nature amidst the sturdy woodiness. All this brings it to a warm, beautiful close that is as pleasant as the opening.

How Long Does Bvlgari Pour Femme Last For?

It’s available in both eau de parfum and eau de toilette versions. The EDP lasts for a good period, exceeding six hours, while the EDT lasts for about four hours max.

The sillage in this is one of the most glorious. A spray diffuses flawlessly behind the wearer in perfect balance—it’s not too overwhelming, not too subtle. 

When you wear this, you’ll definitely get compliments.

When Should You Wear It?

This is easily an all-season fragrance. The florals bring out a sweet, feminine aroma that is perfect for spring and summer while the vanilla-based dry down is warm enough to match the cold.

As a result, it’s great for both evening wear and daytime use.

Where Should You Wear It?

The sillage makes it office-safe, so you’ll still smell classy and elegant, but it’s not so strong that you’ll choke your workmates. This is also why the eau de parfum works great as a daily signature fragrance.

It’s sensual enough for a romantic date in the evening and luxurious enough for classy events like parties. The fragrance is also suitable for leisure activities.

Presentation and Value For Money

This is one for the sophisticated woman. The EDP bottle emphasizes this as it represents a scent worn by a woman in an elegant dress.

It was discontinued but then re-released in 2006, albeit in different packaging. Reformulation is perfume fanatics’ biggest fear, but this scent didn’t change much (if at all).

With a bit of effort, you can still find it today (though not at major department stores). 

A 100ml bottle can cost you about $300 on Amazon, but you can get it for half that price if you’re good at scouring the internet. It’s not bad value for money for such a rare feminine fragrance.

The Bottom Line

Many fans don’t get it when brands discontinue some of their most prominent fragrances, and this case is reflective of that. Over the years, violet fragrances have been known to be overwhelming in scent and Pour Femme is one of the few that still strike the right balance.

Fortunately, it’s still around thanks to the 2006 re-release, but this is one that won’t be fully appreciated until it’s gone.

Perfumes that Smell Like Bvlgari Pour Femme

The below scents possess some of the features present in Pour Femme.

1. Paris Nuit de Fete (Yves Saint Laurent)

Paris Nuit de Fete is a violet fragrance with notes like mimosa that are present in some phases of Pour Femme. The base smells woody and the heart has rose as its main floral note.

2. Red Door Aura (Elizabeth Arden)

Red Door Aura is a fruitier alternative with raspberry as the core note. It was released in 2012 and all its eight accords are present in the Bvlgari bouquet.

3. Voile de Jasmin (Bvlgari)

Voile de Jasmin is a 2006 release from the same brand. It’s not as popular, but a bottle boasts similar features in terms of its powderiness and the primary structure e.g. flowers like iris.