In search of a perfect night with Bulgari Goldea The Roman Night

For the girl who wants to ditch the whole scene

By ELLE Malaysia | Published: 13 Sep 2017

Bulgari Roman Night
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Any way you cut it, Bulgari's newest fragrance is not for wallflowers. It's a chypre, a classic fragrance format typically possessing citrus top notes contrasted against woody patchouli and musk.

For Bulgari Goldea The Roman Night, the third fragrance of the series, master perfumer Alberto Morillas reimagined chypre's traditional top notes, replacing them with bergamot, mulberry and black peony, a contemporary spin on a sparkling, juicy finish. He layered these atop gentle jasmine sambac, macerated in alcohol in an expensive, labour-intensive extraction process, and tuberoses from India, picked as buds for infusing their heady scent for the absolute.

Morillas, who lent his magic to the two previous Goldea iterations, then added his signature touch: musk. "This one is new," he revealed at a sit down interview with Asian press in Rome itself, "Black musk, very intense, very feminine." Its amber, woody notes are warm and rich, paired with a generous dose of grassy vetiver and enveloping patchouli for an unforgettable scent.

"This is jewellery you cannot see," he says of the jewellery house's vision for perfumery. "But you have the same emotion when you wear it because it gives you beauty. When you wear jewellery it is for the power and complexity. It's the same."

Who then, is the woman who wears Bulgari Goldea The Roman Night? She doesn't necessarily have to be Bella Hadid in the campaign video, traipsing across rooftops after leaving a stuffy sit-down event to hang out with her friends. But she does need that audacity, wanting to write her own stories, make her own paths, chase her own adventures. And you bet she'll be on the receiving end of many, many double takes as she's doing her own thing.

Bulgari Goldea The Roman Night EDP, RM383 (50ml)

Related: Watch Jane Chuck transform her evening with the new Bulgari fragrance


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