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I picked up this perfume to start writing my review only to discover the bottle was empty! Ahh it's a good job its nearly Christmas.
Many years ago my father bought me a Bvlgari perfume, it was the first real adult perfume I had owned and I distinctly remember that it smelt like babies, you know the bundle of talc, rusks and general baby smell but despite that I was struck by how prestigious this brand was. More so because I had never heard of it before, it was at a time when everyone was wearing Tommy and DKNY so it really stood out from the crowd.
Fast forward to last April, Im in Macy's and looking for something meaningful to remember my New York holiday. Buying perfume can be an arduous process and after I had realised I was already committing to throwing a good chunk f money away I found myself drawn in by the class and elegance of the Bvlgari stand. After trying out nearly six perfumes it was this that made me part with my Benjamin Franklins.
The Omnia range by Bvlgari is almost immediately recognisable from its unique shaped bottle. It is essentially two interlinking circles but conjures up ideas of two conjoined beings, infinity and the general idea of never ending endurance - no I haven't lost the plot this is the type of thoughts perfume is meant to make you have hence the ridiculous cost of marketing and the effort of making sure every bottle is unique. This bottle is striking, it looks good on your cosmetic stand and in itself is a piece of art. The rims of the circles are clear so you can see the pure colourless liquid inside and the circle faces are a dazzling silver. In spite of its shape the bottle is convenient and nice to hold, you can easily get you hand around it and spray at the same time. My 65ml bottle has been used 4-5 times per week since April so Im pleased with its longevity even if it wasn't quite ever lasting!
**Why I bought this scent**
This may seem unimportant but I was seeking a scent specifically for work, I work in a professional environment and although I do not like to draw attention to myself I like to be well turned out an felt a distinct scent was important. At the same time I did not want to wear the same perfume as everyone else in the office - I completely steer clear of all celebrity endorsed bottles - and also wanted something 'grown up'. This fits the bill.
The initial smell is intense and almost intoxicating with the citrus notes literally speeding up your noise and refreshing you. There are worst ways to be refreshed in the morning. That clean, sharp and fresh scent is what first attracted me to it. The fragrance is very feminine with the floral notes of the perfume coming through after about 15 minutes with the main scents being bamboo and lotus flower. After the initial burst of energy produced from this it dies down to a much more subtle and delicate smell.
I have commented on a previous review that I struggle with the longevity of perfumes and this is certainly one I feel lacks in this department. Within a morning the scent is gone and I can rarely smell it on my clothes. It is also rarely commented on which means one of three things
1. No-one else can smell it either
2. They can smell it alright but don't like it
3. They're men and don't understand the need for or concept of perfume
All in all I have enjoyed wearing this and will venture back the Bvlgari stand to find its replacement but will be less likely to splash the cash without a decent tester first. This may be the ideal starter perfume for someone who is unsure about it because of its delicate nature. I certainly doubt it will be on the market in 15 years time like some of its counter parts.
Shop around but House of Fraser are selling the 65ml (my one) for £47.00.
Group: Floral aquatic
~ Introduction ~
Known for being fan of 'haute couture' perfumery, I received a Bvlgari mini travel set including 3 fragrances of the Omnia range. The Omnia series started with Bvlgari Omnia in 2003 followed by Bvlgari Crystalline in 2005 and Bvlgari Amethyst in 2007.
~ The Packaging ~
All three scents are held in a very original hard-to-describe shape, what looks like two disks moulded into each other at a square angle. It can be looked at as the infinity sign, the figure of eight that never ends no matter where you started.
The nozzle is encased in a shiny metallic top half of the disc that you press to spray. The bottom half of the bottle is transparent showing the clear liquid inside. The sides are covered with white plastic with Bvlgari engraved both on the top and bottom half.
The box is a quite plain, solid colour carton that matches the colour of the bottle which in case of Omnia Crystalline is white.
~ The Fragrance ~
Top notes: bamboo, lemon, orange blossom
The opening notes of Crystalline Eau de Toilette are sheer and slightly sweet fruits of lemon and orange flower that mix with airs of bamboo with a subtle green hint of leaves of watery green tea. Light and refreshing, the top notes will last for about 15 -20 minutes until the floral heart notes take over.
Middle notes: white peony, mountain lily, green tea, lotus
Exotic and delicately blended flowers of lilacy lotus and rosy peony follow in the flowery head which is similar to Bvlgari Blv Femme but with a warm and soft edge. The green tea here reminds me of White Tea from Bvlgari thought here the tea note is a lot lighter and more feminine. The long-lasting florals dominate the scene and only get slightly watery and musky after about three hours. This phase lasts for about four hours altogether on the skin which for an Eau de Toilette I found quite good.
Base notes: moss, musk, gaiac wood
The fragrance nearly evaporates completely after the delicate floral notes have died down. The most dominant note of the dry down is the transparent musk. Unfortunately, the woods and moss are not detectable apart from a slight greeness in the musk that I associate with the green tea note in the heart.
The dry down does cling on to the skin for up to eight hours but it doesn't turn any woodier or drier, it still just smells like subtle green tea.
~ Conclusion ~
I was looking forward to wearing Omnia Crystalline as the fragrance is highly praised on the market only to find it disappointly short-lived. The tenacious, sheer and powerful lotus heart with a distinct aquatic green tea aroma was the only memorable experience wearing this scent. Disappointly the base notes are almost too subtle to notice, and a top-up of the fragrance is necessary. This however won't take you to the base notes, but back to where it started.
I only recommend it to those you would like to wear a subtle, barely there perfume that is never overpowering or obtrusive. If the staying power is an issue - as it should especially that this is a luxury brand -I'd recommend L'Eau d'Issey, a similarly delicate, light aquatic composition with a much better staying power.
Composition: 3/ 5
Originality: 4 / 5
Staying power: 2 / 5
Overall rating: 4 / 5
~ Price / where to buy ~
£24 / 25ml Eau de Toilette
£33 / 40ml Eau de Toilette
£42 / 65ml Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Direct (http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk)
£15.95 / 40ml Eau de Toilette
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Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline EDT For Her; is a sparkling jewel of light, illuminating and reflecting the gentle sensuality and luminous femininity of the woman / As delicate as an exquiste flower, a radiant floral woody Eau de Toilette.