Omorovicza Bagatelle de Gabrielle Fragrance: Review

Omorovicza recently put out a very limited edition fragrance Bagatelle de Gabrielle. Omorovicza’s website states “Named after a very dear family member, Bagatelle de Gabrielle is light and floral, feminine, carefree and sheer joy.” The 50ml glass bottle that retails for $105. I was intrigued so I decided to use my Pengo reward points to buy it, so I just had to pay for shipping.

I hate powdery white florals, they give me headaches, so I emailed Omorovicza customer service asking what the top, middle and base notes were before I ordered it. They told me it was a top secret but it had a hint of vanilla and neroli in it. They also stated if I liked the smell of Omorovicza products I would probably like this.

The scent is light and white floral and not powdery at all. I am not a fragrance nose, I’m not really great at determining a scent without knowing what’s in it. I know what I like and don’t like. It smells similar to something else I’ve tested or had in the past, but for the life of me can’t remember what. It starts off with a strong white floral scent. Frangipani maybe. I don’t smell Iris or Lilly of the Valley, which are usually the two powdery florals I hate. No Rose or Tuberose. It’s not sweet. There’s could be a hint of a light crisp fruit maybe, not citrus. Or some sort of aquatic/cucumber type scent. It’s really faint and just makes it feel not sweet white floral but more light floral. This comes out more in the middle, when that burst of stronger white floral top notes fades. I don’t get real strong vanilla vibes.

Oddly it doesn’t say EDP or EDT or any strength on the bottle or box. I’m going to guess EDT. The floral is strongest at first, fades some after 5 minutes, then dies down after 15 minutes, and after 30 minutes the scent is very faint and not really floral anymore. Maybe that’s where the vanilla is. It becomes more of a skin scent at that point. It does last longer on freshly moisturized skin, you can double the lasting times. On dry skin, the first 30 minutes has fair to moderate sillage, then going to skin scent after 30 minutes. I’m currently almost six months pregnant so this may very well be having an effect of how long this lasts on me, and it probably isn’t this way for everyone. I’ll have to revisit this fragrance in a few months. I would be curious if anyone else, that wasn’t pregnant, tried it and had the same length of longevity. I wanted to get my initial thoughts out there so anyone who was thinking of trying it might have some idea before it’s sold out when I get to revisit it in four months.

Overall, it’s a lovely spring style scent. If you like crisp, light, white florals that aren’t powdery or sweet, this might be for you.

Edit 7/13:

I noticed Omorovicza’s website has updated their description of this. It now says “Bagatelle de Gabrielle was inspired by the dreamy and exotic atmosphere of the Omorovicza Spa in Budapest. At its core lies the fragile balance between Orange Flower and Tonka bean. Freesia and lavender notes contrast with the feminine sensuality of tuberose.” And they added the notes:

The olfactory pyramid of Bagatelle de Gabrielle is as follows:

  • Top notes: bergamot, freesia, lavender
  • Mid notes: orange flower, muguet, tuberose
  • Drydown: tonka bean, creamy woods, sandalwood
  • So I was wrong about no tuberose in it. They also no longer mention if it’s limited edition.

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