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Studies have shown that fragrances, scents are the most powerful triggers for memories. Time and again, I have experienced this finding to be true. Even if the last encounter with a specific smell has been over 5 years, the moment it passes your nose a scene plays in your head from your past. Utterly amazing!
Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste did that for me. Had I ever had this perfume before? Nope. When I was in highschool, I had something else - a Bayo Fragrance. I think it was called Morning Mist, bought a few months before summer.
It wasn’t a fragrance that got people’s attention but it was so attractive to me that I just loved it off the bat. It’s a clean, and fresh scent with hints of these sparkling flowers that do not offend. And it reminds me of books. The florals are not heavy like rose but it also isn’t one of those that is popularly liked like freesia or jasmine. I couldn’t place it yet I loved it.
That summer, I brought it with me to Puerto Galera. It was one of the best summer vacations I ever had. Lounging under the sun by the house pool, stretching out into the deserted beach with friends sunbathing, walking through the uncrowded streets breathing in the ocean, the greens and the fresh air, eating homemade health food, buying Mozarella at the local deli. Everything I wanted in a vacation: peace, privacy and pleasure. All that time, I wore Bayo Morning Mist.
I finished that bottle. It wasn’t a perfume, more of a body spray. I didn’t get compliments from it, unlike the other I wore, Gucci Rush 2. However, it was clear to me that I loved it. It was an exceptional fragrance with one flaw: only if it had better sillage and were available in Eau de Parfum/Toilette formulation.
Today, as I am currently looking for a new fragrance to add to my collection, something non-gourmand but still uniquely me, my friends at the Fragrance Specialist sent a list of fragrances I could look into. (It was a list the owner came up with me that she tailored for me.) I ordered samples of it and received it a few days ago.
I enlisted the help of my ever patient boyfriend to choose. I had briefly sniffed every vial but I haven’t sat down, tested and evaluated each suggestion. I let my boyfriend do the smelling first and I followed. We agreed to reveal our picks after we’ve gone through all.
I was surprised by the scent of Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste. Not joking, I was literally taken back to my highschool days, of the week in Puerto Galera, of that moment I knew I wanted this fragrance despite its subtlety. It was without a doubt, just like Bayo Morning Mist. Out of the 20 samples I ordered, it is in my top 3. The rest of the list I shall reveal in another post. :) But I think the best surprise is that it was also on my boyfriend’s best list. The science and art behind choosing a perfume based on someone’s personality is a gift, thank you Fragrance Specialist, for your outstanding service.
NOTES of Fragrance Specialist version of Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste
Now a little more about Blvgari Omnia Amethyste. Thanks to Fragrantica, I now know what those floral notes are.
Iris, Heliotrope and very subtle Rose (probably White Rose).
It is roughened out or neutralized by a Woody scent. Something like….Paper, the good parts of the smell of well-read book.
But I think one thing a lot of people miss out on is that it also has that aquatic smell, which comes from the Heliotrope but also from something like: rain water.
PERFORMANCE of Fragrance Specialist version of Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste
On me, the woody-papery scent hits me hard first spray.
It dies down a little, and the florals come out. I have not smelled Heliotrope ever, but I know Iris and I think Iris plays second fiddle to Heliotrope. At this stage, it reminded me so much of Clinique Happy. I like Happy too, but so many people wear it that it’s just too familiar already. I got wary actually because why spend so much on Bvlgari when I could get Clinique instead? Why get it at all? I don’t like Clinique Happy THAT much.
So a little more patience. That part of the stage didn’t quite last so long. Perhaps my skin had some sort telepathic connection to my mind that suddenly my chemistry had changed the crispy and perky smell of Happy. The fragrance became a little more balmy. Beautiful honestly because it made the scent even more sophisticated than the casual Clinique Happy.
And the finale: a very subtle fragrance, almost like a body mist that stay just a little while on your skin. Because the notes are light and rather airy, it makes sense that its sillage is the same. If Fragrance Specialist got this just as much as they got Thierry Mugler Angel, then Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste is a sophisticated, elegant casual scent.
I’m not the cutesy kind of girl, so Clinique & D&G Light Blue never cut it for me (too next door girl-ish). Omnia Amethyste sends out vibes of spritely, sparkly, pretty, light, fairyish, and youthful (not young, youthful). AndI can’t wait to try and buy the original perfume! Magnifique.
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Two nights ago after work, I had the inkling to finally try the original Thierry Mugler Angel perfume that has me so enamoured.
It has been difficult to find this scent where I live the past few years. So I had been completely reliant on one of my favorite boutiques, The Fragrance Specialist for my fragrant fix. They sell fragrances inspired by several other designer perfumes which are a fraction of the original cost but pretty-damn-close to the real thing. Fragrance aficionados will enjoy this store, and love talking with its expert owner.
I have been using FS’s version of Thierry Mugler Angel. I love it on my skin. Men love it. No joking, it has gotten me compliments from the hottest guys I know and my boyfriend has vigorously helped me find the original version the past two years. Imagine the excitement when we finally found it on shelves again and were able to try it at last.
I rushed into the department store where the salesman had advised me it would be available. Like most fragrance sections of malls, everyone was offering strips of white paper and were ready to spray on me. But no, I smiled and said I had already one waiting for me. Then, I looked for the salesman I had conversed with enthusiastically about the arrival of the fragrance. He was nowhere in sight but it didin’t matter because there it is. I finally found that little blue star bottle in a glass case in front me.
Good thing I hadn’t sprayed anything on my wrist earlier in the day so it was just perfect when I finally tried in on my skin. Oh joy.
The Fragrance Specialist is onto something, definitely. They had it 99% of the original. The only difference is the texture. The original had a smooth quality to it when you smell it. “Suabe” in Filipino.
And so my first dance with the Angel ensues and it delivers a performance it is so notoriously infamous for:
1. Upon first spray, this strong pungent patchouli smelling smell lands on your skin. It’s patchouli and bergamot and orange. It’s a stink with acid. But wait, as with great fragrances, this one has a story to tell.
2. A few minutes later, this repulsive smell dies a little and reveals a more bodacious and dense patchouli, vanilla, musky and bergamot. It’s powerful, it takes people by surprise and it is curiously enchanting and delicious to to sense.
3. An hour later, and the scent has reached my favorite and last stage, the bold scent of patchouli and bergamot has faded into the background. Up front is the smell of chocolate, caramel and even, yes, cotton candy that is so light it is not sweetly offensive nor cheap smelling.
For a few more times, I kept taking a whiff of my wrist and each time I smelled something I didn’t notice before. Musk, a lot of it and I loved it. Coconut, just teeny weeny bit. Peaches, and a flower that must be orchid because it reminds me of Dior Poison. And Honey! Honey fragrant and succulent. I literally could eat my wrist off.
It lasted a good 8 hours on my skin but that was just one spray. It is a complex intricate and beautiful fragrance that is not for everyone.
Sadly though, I still can’t afford buying it. It is one hell of an expensive scent but I think it is worth it. However, I can wait and the Fragrance Specialist Angel is not a bad partner to wait with for the time being. Besides, I know I could get this fragrance half the price in the boutiques that Flight Attendants own.
Oh I’m so in love.
2012 Fragrance of the Year – Women’s Luxe!
This is definitely on my to try list. I simply adore fragrances. Wearing it completes any outfit and shows a touch more thought into your grooming.
Here’s a description of this award winning blondie c/o the best website for fragrances, www.fragrantica.com:
Violet Blonde, glamorous and sophisticated, opens with violet leaf, Italian mandarin and pink pepper. The centerpiece of the composition consists of Tuscan iris absolute, Tuscan orris butter, Sambac jasmine and sampaquita. The base is home to elegant and sophisticated tones of musk, suede, cedar, vetiver and benzoin.
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