Bvlgari Omnia was created by nose Alberto Morillas and released in 2003. The fragrance was said to have been inspired by the spices discovered by Marco Polo on his famous voyages, and was also described by Bvlgari as "a tribute to the tradition of the great oriental perfumes, re-interpreted for the world of today". The notes include black pepper, mandarin, masala tea, saffron, ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond, chocolate, lotus blossom, and sandalwood.
Omnia has a light, peppery-citrus top note over sheer woods and spices. The chocolate and almond are subdued, but do give this a gourmand feel for a short time. It dries down to a very pretty, very soft sandalwood with dusty spices. The saffron and cardamom are the most apparent, but every so often I smell a bit of ginger or clove. I cannot smell any floral notes at all.
Despite the abundance of what are usually heavy spice notes, it stays sheer and transparent throughout, and it is only lightly sweet. It is one of my favorite comfort scents, and happily, wears well in almost any but the very hottest weather. I have heard complaints about the lasting power, but it lasts straight through the day on me, and since some people say they literally smell nothing after 5 minutes, I'm assuming it has one of those musk bases that not everyone is able to smell.
The bottle is glass inside a plastic over-casing representing two interlocking rings. CPC Packaging selected this as one of the best fragrance bottles of 2003, but I have to say that I do not care for it, ingenious though it may be. I do not like to feel plastic when I pick up my perfume unless I bought it at the drugstore for much less than what Omnia costs, and the spray-through mechanism may be cleverly designed, but personally I’d rather have a cap.
Bvlgari Omnia is available at department stores and at many of the online discounters.
Note: images via Images de Parfums.