Omnia Amethyste is the third and most recent fragrance in the Omnia line from Bvlgari, following the original Omnia (2003) and Omnia Crystalline (2005). All three fragrances were created by perfumer Alberto Morillas, and all share the love-it-or-hate-it interlocking circle bottle design. The notes for Amethyste include green sap, pink grapefruit, iris, rose, heliotrope and solar woods.
Omnia Amethyste opens on peppery-earthy citrus, with, as promised, a fair amount of greenery. It moves on to a lightly powdery blend of floral notes with vanillic undertones. The rose is subtle, the iris I recognize mostly in the peppery-earthy part of the opening. Morillas has said that nature print technology was used to capture the smell of iris blossoms for Omnia Amethyste, and that may account for the fact that the florals in the heart notes smell like such a blur to me: I have no idea what iris blossoms smell like, and the iris usually used in perfumery comes from the root, not the flower. I have three varieties of iris blooming in my own yard at the moment so I went outside to check, but my particular irises don’t smell like much of anything.
It is a summery fragrance, and like the other Omnias, more sheer than not. The dry down is light musky woods, and after a few hours most of the floral notes are gone and then it isn’t altogether different from Crystalline, although I would call it cleaner, paler, less deep. Traces of scent linger on for at least 6-8 hours.
If Omnia Crystalline had little in common with the original Omnia, Omnia Amethyste is even more of a departure. A commenter mentioned yesterday that they didn’t bother to try Crystalline because they assumed it had been “prettified”. As it turns out, prettification was saved for Amethyste, which light though it is, easily qualifies as the sweetest and most floral of the three Omnias. It is the only one of the trio that a man might not be able to wear comfortably. Morillas describes Amethyste as “a fresh, precious and sophisticated fragrance that brings to mind a nicely manicured garden”. These days, I am disposed to like almost anything that isn’t a candied fruity floral, but I suppose I prefer my own garden a wee bit less manicured. Amethyste is pleasant, but is just too demure to hold my interest.
Blvgari Omnia Amethyste is an Eau de Toilette, and is available in 25, 40 and 65 ml. It is already available at discount, but not as widely as Omnia Crystalline; scentiments currently has testers of the 65 ml for $37.99. If you can wait, I’m sure the smaller sizes will hit the online discounters sooner or later.