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Bvlgari Omnia Eau de Parfum

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Brand: Bvlgari / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum / Gender: for women

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      16.06.2010 21:15
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      Nice enough, but nothing great

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      The fragrance
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      OMNIA is a nice enough scent; but it's a grower. I'd already decided what it was going to be like (I'd envisioned cookies and gingerbread men), so when it turned out to be different, I was initially disappointed. But I soon noticed how often I was reaching for it :)

      OMNIA opens up clean, fresh and 'cool'. The saffron stood out for me. Quite a masculine start.

      After 10 minutes the scent begins to warm up, thanks to the clove and cinnamon. The different notes are all blended together really well, so none of them scream out.

      I love the woody base. There is a slight sweetness thanks to the chocolate, but it really is a hint; if you're looking for a chocolate based fragrance, OMNIA isn't for you.

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      Scent notes
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      Ginger, mandarin orange, saffron, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, almond, masala chai, lotus, sandalwood, tonka bean, white chocolate and guaiac wood.

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      The bottle
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      I'm not sure what I think about the bottle, it's like modern art; striking, but not designed to be user friendly. When I found the spray release button [same colour as the bottle], the nozzle would sometimes jam.

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      The biggest compliant I have is with the staying power. Simply put it's non-existant. Within two hours I couldn't smell anything, so I asked a friend what she thought of my perfume. She couldn't smell anything, other then a faint wood [she had her nose practcally in my cleavage at this point].

      Being so mild it's fine to wear all year round; the scent notes won't be disagreeable either in hot or cold weather.

      I'd say this is best for when you've got a special date; It's not strong enough for anyone to sniff, unless they get in closer.

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      My opinion
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      I liked it enough to finish my bottle, but for me it's not worth buying again. I expected a hell of a lot more; The notes are blended too well and two hours of staying power for a high-end EDP? And on top of that there's the matter of the hit and miss bottle.

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      OMNIA has been discontinued, but is still stocked on many online perfume sites, which means you'll have to buy it 'blind' [like I did].

      It is sold in 25ml, 40ml and 60ml, which I like. Being slightly smaller sizes means it's less likely you'll become bored by it.

      Prices for the smallest bottle are aound 15. The other two sizes are usually between £20 and £35.

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        06.02.2008 22:45
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        A unisex fragrance of exotic Indian spices and aromatic woods.

        Launched: 2003

        Introduction

        A dooyoo member asked me if I knew of a ladies fragrance that has a black pepper note in it. While I do know of a few, they tend to be overly sweet or floral and the black pepper is only a hint and hardly noticeable in those fragrances. Still, black pepper is one of the most used spices in men's colognes as it gives a fresh, spicy, refreshing aroma to the blend.

        I have a Bvlgari mini fragrance collection of 10 fragrances, one of which is Bvlgari Omnia, that I don't tend to use as a fragrance but solely keep for sampling. I was sorting through the bottles the other day and when I looked at Omnia I thought maybe this is the one with the peppery aroma I was looking for.

        The Packaging

        Bvlgari's Omnia series started with Bvlgari Omnia in 2003 and the house have so far added two more fragrances to the collection Bvlgari Crystalline (2005) and Bvlgari Amethyst (2007).

        All three fragrances are distinct apart from one common feature : the bottle. The scents are held in a very original, sort of two rings moulded into each other shape. The bottles doesn't have any sharp angles, the corners are enlacing each other so tightly that you can run your fingers along it the whole shape and return to the same point. It can be looked at as the infinity sign, the figure of eight that never ends no matter where you started.

        The box is a quite plain, solid colour carton that matches the colour of the bottle with Omnia being brown, Omnia Crystalline transparent / white and Omnian Amethyst purple.

        The Fragrance

        Top notes : ginger, bergamot, saffron, black pepper, cardamon

        The first impressions I had of this fragrance are the light and sweet notes of citrus that reminded me of mandarin. A few minutes later the first spicy notes appeared with black pepper, saffron and cardamon being the most noticeable. Very much like a nice piping hot curry !
        Middle notes: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, almond, lotus

        After about half an hour, the top and middle notes started to mingle and now the sharp pepper notes were no longer dominating. The scent now resembled the spices used in masala tea. I had 'real' masala tea for the first time in Zanzibar the 'Spice Island' last year. It is a popular drink there due to the Indian influence and is drunk neat with sugar and no milk added.

        The fragrance had an ample sillage at this point and to be honest I was starting to be a bit conscious of the scent as was wearing it at work. Luckily I was also getting a very faint vanilla mixed with fresh, woody cedarwood from the base which gave the scent a more 'traditional' oriental feel rather than that of freshly brewed tea !

        Base notes: cedar, tonka bean, gaiac wood, white chocolate

        The appearance of the basenotes in a way exceeded my expectation after the spice frenzy in the heart. Though the base notes retained most of the spices from the heart, they were slightly sweeter to start with. The aromas were now tamed and a lot quieter, almost a bit dry and powdery.

        Over time, in the presence of the woods, the base was getting juicier and airier, the cedar breathing menthol into the sillage. After about 3 hours a creamy slightly powdery note appeared that I felt was something like a honeyed vanilla Chai latte. This scent then lasted through the rest of the day.

        This fragrance has a nice and discreet oriental dry down where powdery woodiness mingles with a hint of vanilla. Though I quite like this phase of the fragrance, it doesn't have a sillage so what others will notice will be the spicy heart notes of exotic herbs.

        Conclusion

        Bvlgari Omnia is certainly an interesting fragrance, though not everyone's taste. This is a rustic fragrance - which is so 'modern' nowadays - and is somewhat masculine. It requires an open mind when it comes to who can wear this perfume. I think it will certainly be a question of personality.

        I personally do not wear this fragrance but I'm impressed with the unusual blend and find this fragrance quite original. I can see it as a signature scent for those who like aromatic woody fragrances. A definite gem for the right audience.

        Composition 5/ 5
        Originality 5 / 5
        Staying power: 5 / 5
        Overall rating: 4 / 5

        Price / where to buy

        Debenhams:
        £33 / 40ml Eau de Parfum
        £42 / 65ml Eau de Parfum

        Fragrance Direct (http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk)
        £24.99 / 65ml Eau de Parfum & 200ml Body Lotion

        Thanks for reading my review.
        Lilla

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