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Smell like a goddess: Bulgari Omnia Crystalline

February 19, 2010

by Maya

This is my first fragrance review ever. I hope you enjoy it. First of all, let me tell you that I am totally incapable of choosing a perfume for myself. I have a very strange body chemistry that makes most perfumes turn sour on my skin. At the same time there is definitely something wrong with my nose/brain connection. Every time I buy a perfume because I am convinced that it smells lovely I end up hating it at home. The last time this happened to me was with L by Lolita Lempicka. At the store it smelled delicious like summer and vanilla; back at home it turned out to be harsh and masculine. What a waste of money!

On the other hand, my boyfriend is the most accomplished nose. He always succeeds in choosing the most amazing fragrances for me even if I’m not with him to try them. For Christmas he got me two new fragrances as a surprise: the new Boss “Orange” and Bulgari “Omnia Crystalline” and both smelled great on me.

Whereas Boss “Orange” is the typical sweet, vanilla based mass market fragrance, Omnia Crystalline surprisingly turned out to be a real find.

According to Bulgari it is supposed to have notes of Bamboo, nashi pear, Lotus Flower and Balsa wood. Now, could somebody please explain to me what bamboo and nashi pear are supposed to smell like? I am always amazed how the perfume industry’s marketing experts manage to come up with the fanciest names for their newest chemical formulas.

The fragrance is very fresh and transparent. I was always convinced that fresh scents were not for me. So I was pretty sure that I would not like it. But the freshness is not citrusy or aquatic at all. In fact Omnia Crystalline has a very feminine and sultry touch in a sophisticated way since it lacks the typical heaviness and sweetness. Crystalline whispers “sexy” instead of screaming it. The dry down is soft and airy. There is definitely something unusual about it that I cannot quite put my finger on.

It comes as an EDT but the staying power is excellent on me. I can still smell it after a long day at work. For me it is the perfect everyday scent. It will put a finishing touch on an elegant office outfit without annoying your co-workers.

Inspired by this one I recently tried the original Bulgari Omnia which is an oriental with gourmand notes of tea and white chocolate. At first I didn’t like it all. The middle notes smelled musty, like sour wood. But then the dry down happened to be absolutely delicious; warm, cosy and slightly sweet. I will need to go back and try it again.

If you are interested in fragrances, you should definitely go and read:

http://www.nstperfume.com/; http://boisdejasmin.typepad.com/ .  These blogs are made by girls who are real experts in perfumes. They are amazing in describing scents, it’s almost poetry.

If you are searching for a review of a certain fragrance you should go to www.makeupalley.com . The registration is free and you will find useful information on fragrance and cosmetics in general.

If you are sick and tired of mass market perfumes I recommend trying out some niche lines. You may like:

–         Serge Lutens: http://www.salons-shiseido.com/en/

–         Le Parfums de Rosine: www.les-parfums-de-rosine.com/

–         Annick Goutal: www.annickgoutal.com

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