New Perfume Review Bvlgari Man Wood Neroli- Out of the “Like” Box


There is a box on my desk which contains samples of perfumes I like and will review if I get the chance. January is usually that time. This is the month when there is the least amount of new releases to write about. Which means I rummage around in the “like” box looking for something. Ever since the summer there has been one sample which has been beckoning me because of a faulty sample sprayer. Because it leaks when turned on its side the “like” box has slowly but surely begun to smell like it. Which means it has also become the background scent at my desk. I think its time to get Bvlgari Man Wood Neroli onto the page.

Something that most of the samples in the “like” box share is they are good versions of common perfume types. There should be some attention paid to a perfume which is just well done without breaking any kind of new ground. Man Wood Neroli falls into this category.

Alberto Morillas

The entire Bvlgari Man collection since its debut in 2010 has been composed by perfumer Alberto Morillas. It is kind of an entire “like” box of fragrance. M. Morillas has previously plumbed the variations of woody oriental in the preceding eight releases. What makes Man Wood Neroli stand apart is it is a solid citrus woody instead of an oriental.

Man Wood Neroli opens with a great amount of neroli. It is a refreshing bitter green citrus top note. M. Morillas brings along the promised wood in the presence of cedar. The cedar used here is closer to raw green wood than the typical pencil shavings variety. It harmonizes well with the neroli through the shared green chord in both. It all ends on a swoosh of clean white musks.

Man Wood Neroli has 10-12 hour longevity and above average sillage.

Man Wood Neroli stands out also for its projection. There were times I was reminded of classic citrus woody perfumes of the 1980’s because of the way this came off my skin. This is a nice change for the Bvlgari Man group of perfumes I’d like to see more of in the future. For now I was quite happy to get it out of the “like” box.

Disclosure: This review is based on a sample provided by Bvlagri.

Mark Behnke

3 thoughts on “New Perfume Review Bvlgari Man Wood Neroli- Out of the “Like” Box

  1. Best of the decade list or best of 2000-2019 list?

    That would be cool.

    Keep up with a writings, I'm a fan!

    All the best,

    Janko Ilic


  2. A. Morillas is one of my five favorite (living) Noses, along with M Buxton, R. Flores-Roux, B. Douchafour and J. Cavallier-Belletrud, and I absolutely adore the entire Man line and own all but this and Wood Essence. I love the way Sr. Morillas took masculine frags in a new direction with the soft sheer but long lasting original with its drop of honey. He then proceeded to make a Man for every genre and concentration (Intense, Black Cologne, M In Black EDP, MIB Essence, Black Orient parfum…) and now seems to have come full circle with W Essence and W Neroli flankers as he explores woody geen and citric floral tangents of his original creations! I cannot wait to luxuriate in this as Spring melts winter's thaw (maybe a bit before?) and will be buying it blind from your review when I order my W Essence-sampled in passing liked a lot but didn't "grab" me as much as the other early iterations had. I am off to my favorite online discounter to order these with a spring in my click and a scented song in my heart! Thanks buddy!

    smell swell & be well,

    JR xox

  3. Thank you so much for this excellent, comprehensive review, Monsieur Behnke! I was thinking of getting Bvlgari Man Wood-Neroli for my “work son” for Christmas, because it’s offered at Costco for a very good price right now. But now I’m thinking instead of getting him a Bvlgari man’s sampler so he can try out many of the previous Alberto Morillas creations, in addition. He particularly wants something very woody and was underwhelmed by a sample of Issey Miyake’s recent “Wood Wood” offering (not woody enough, lol). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. He used to like some Burbury eau de cologne for men (from probably 10+ years ago). Again, I really enjoy your reviews, so thank you.

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