Bvlgari Notte Pour Femme

March 25, 2010

When a perfume you love starts to grow on you, instinct will tell you to look for another fragrance. But it’s not that easy. Not all fragrances are created alike despite the similarity in notes. Also, just because one fragrance sits nicely on your friend’s skin doesn’t mean you’ll get the same olfactory experience.

Thierry Mugler Angel was a long time favorite and so does Clinique Happy. But I want to try something out of my range. I began to explore Versace Versense. It was nice on the overall but the opening is too generic. The sillage wasn’t that great on me either. Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne and Bvlgari Omnia captivated me but I felt something is lacking. I was craving for something gourmand sans the patchouli.

Being a fan of gourmand scents and anything oriental, I decided to road test Bvlgari Notte. This fragrance was a creation of perfumer Alberto Morillas in 2004. He combined iris, galanga, vodka, dark chocolate and a host of other accords.

Hmmm, chocolates and booze, anyone?

Bvlgari Notte is dark and sensual. The chocolates, iris and vodka blended well and created a dreamy and absolutely beautiful fragrance. It’s a delicious scent without the cloying sweetness and the overtly gourmand-oriental potency of Angel. I’d say its a tamer version of Angel though not quite so. Here, I did not miss the patchouli.

The fragrance is long lasting. Hours after application, I can still smell a whiff of Notte on my skin. The chocolate notes add a bit of decadence on the overall appeal of the fragrance. Just the right amount – nothing that would assault your nose, so to speak.

Bvlgari Notte is a sheer gourmand fragrance. I don’t really regard this as an evening perfume nor a winter scent. As a matter of fact, I’d made this one of my daytime staples. To some, it may come off as too strong but on me, it’s just right – close to perfection.

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Omnia by Bvlgari

September 20, 2009

The Omnia perfume collection by Bvlgari features an elegant and very chic decant where two circles interlock to contain the liquidbvlgari_omnia-perfumeinside. It is a  series of fragrances designed to mimic the different moods and styles of the cosmopolitan woman.

The first Omnia was introduced in 2003 intended to attract an audience of sophisticated women. The theme is oriental laced with spice notes – the overall character of the fragrance is crisp, clean and potent. The notes are composed of black pepper, mandarin, masala tea, saffron, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond, chocolate, lotus blossom and sandalwood.  At the beginning, it opens up with citrus notes spiced up with ginger and cardamom. More spiciness transforms in the middle as clove and cinnamon blends with the flower and tea elements. The dry down is mellow as sandalwood seems to be neutered.  Omnia stays close to the skin. It’s a refined, well-blended fragrance with a good sillage. The sweet, spicy and woodsy notes doesn’t overwhelm in any way.

Two years forward, Bvlgari created another version of Omnia that was more neutral; paler I think would be more apt. Omnia Crystalline is a floral aquatic fragrance inspired by the perfection of crystal – clean, clear and pure. The sparkling notes are certainly refreshing: bamboo, nashi pear, lotus flower and balsa wood. Crystalline, the unassuming version of Omnia , albeit seamlessly blended, lacked the depth of the earlier Omnia. It’s light and fresh alright but after the scent stayed on the skin for a while, you wish that there’s more to look forward to but unfortunately, that’s all is to it.

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