Name: Omnia Crystalline EDT
What I liked:
– pleasant airy, woody scent
– lasts 6 hours on the skin (average for a EDT)
What I didn’t like:
– very subtle, stays way too close to the skin
– if you like strong, heady scents, this is not for you
Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline L’ Eau De Parfum, which I reviewed last year, is my favourite scent from this range. Mainly because you can smell it. Bvlgari scents tend to stay way too close to the skin, which I find very annoying.
Granted, no one likes to be in the same room with someone who has bathed in perfume and leaves behind her a strong, pungent wake that gives everyone who smells it a splitting headache. Subtle is better, but Bvlgari takes subtle to a whole new level. One where it can be hardly smelt.
That’s the problem with Omnia Crystalline Eau De Toilette. You can hardly smell it. Even if you stick your nose to your wrist, you’ll only pick up the faintest hint of a scent. That totally defies the purpose of wearing perfume in the first place imo.
Yet, I know friends who have a better experience with this scent. On them, it is close-to-the-skin-subtle rather than have-I-forgotten-to-apply-perfume-today subtle. So, it may just be that this scent does not agree with my body chemistry. But the fact remains. I have to bathe in it to smell it. And no chance of that giving anyone an headache.
Still, by straining my nose, I managed to pick up a few notes. The opening is sweet and fruity. According to the brand, the top notes feature “airy bamboo and exotic Asian fruit Nashi that has a very original and specific fresh aroma, similar to both apple and pear.” But I can only detect a vague aroma of pears that gives the scent a sweet vibe. There’s also an airy quality to it, but whether that’s due to bamboo or not I can’t tell.
In any case, this phase doesn’t last long. It soon transitions into the heart of the composition. According to the company, it’s a mixture of lotus flower and white tea. My nose can hardly pick them up. In fact, it can hardly pick anything up. At this stage, the scent is as vague as ever. It’s less sweet, more mature, still somewhat fresh.
For the next couple of hours, this vague smell kept fainting and fainting, until nothing remained. I thought that was the end of it. Then, all of a sudden, my nose picked up an unexpected musky wood accord. That’s the drydown. Deeper and darker than the rest of the composition, it is the only accord that’s strong enough to be smelt easily. It still stays close to the skin, but at least I don’t have to strain my nose to enjoy it.
If only the rest of the scent had been the same! Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline is nothing special, but it is very pleasant. It would make a good transition scent for girls who are ready to swap their overly sweet gourmand, fruity floral perfumes for something more grown up, fresh and clean.
But I’m not sure I can justify spending so much money on something so subtle that only lasts for 6 hours anyway. If you’re interested in it, definitely try to get hold of a sample first. You never know, it may work much better for you. But if not, you’ll be glad you’ve found out before splurging on a full size bottle.
Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline EDT is an airy, sweet and woody scent that stays way too close to the skin. Staying power is average.