An Italian company, Omnia Profumo, has four new scents that are now available at Luckyscent. $135 for 125 ml, which is a better price point than most lines are coming in with recently, so I’m greatly encouraged before I even sniff them. It occurs to me that the higher the price point on the perfume, the higher the expectation is. So if they are at $1 a ml’ish range, I’m happy to just let them be perfume and not works of art. Price prejudice? Sure. We all expect more from a Laboutin shoe than from a no-name brand shoe we picked up at Nordstrom’s on sale.
Ambra has notes of Orange, bergamot, geranium, incense, lavender, patchouli, vanilla, labdanum, opoponax, amber. This is a very nice, dry, incensey amber, just a little heavier on the amber on my skin than the amber, and the vanilla dusts some softness in it that keeps it from being in the way-harsh amber territory. This is one of the few ambers I can wear and wear happily.
Granato has notes of Jasmine, hawthorn, lilac, geranium, rose, gardenia, orange, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon stick, white thyme, anise, cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, white musks, vanilla. This has a thymish open, which sorta fools you into thinking this is something else a little more boozish maybe, but, no, it is a rich, spicy floral that keeps shifting long into the drydown and never quite settle. Nicely complex and dark, it’s my favorite of the four by just a little
Madera has notes of Vanilla pod, caramel, Madagascar vanilla, peach blossom, wildflowers, tobacco flower, coconut, white musk. This is an amazing caramel scent, and I despise most caramel scents in perfume because they never get it quite right This one skipped over that one note that grates on my nerves, the sugary one, and lets the vanilla, muscs and peach blossom add the sweetness. It veers a little more toward the vanilla after it’s been on a while, but more in the vanilla pod category than the sugary vanilla.This one is cuddly perfection. Gourmand lovers will adore it, but it has a lot to offer anyone who likes a caramel vanilla scent.
Onice has notes of citrus, anise, lavender, licorice, peach, pineapple, rose, nutmeg, geranium, hyacinth, jasmine, ylang, mint, sandalwood, musk, cedarwood, amber. Very green on the open when I expected a lot more fruit in there. Luckyscent notes the smell of celery, which I completely agree with, it smells like very lush celery. It stays light and green wood on me, and I never really get any of the licorice, fruit or floral notes except as a soft background. It’s not my favorite of the four, but I can’t help but think that this would suit me perfectly on a hot summer day.
Overall, I liked this line and especially like that they have a reasonable price point. Granato is probably the most complex and interesting of the four on me, but I do have a yen for the caramel Madera. Let’s do a set of sample give-away on this. Just drop a comment, and I’ll draw one or two names out on Thursday as winners of the four-sample set.
Question to ponder – what do we now consider a reasonable price point per ml for perfume? Is $1 a ml still it, or are we revising upwards? Or downwards? And how much more do we expect when we’ve paid $200 for 50 mls?