Salty Caramel Bodyspray With Musky Vanilla
So I’m shopping the cosmetics aisle of a drugstore talking to the Beauty Advisor, and she suggests Mariah Carey’s Dreams perfume. The Beauty Advisor goes on enthusiastically telling me how much she adores the fragrance of this perfume and how it makes her feel. Out comes the bottle for a spritz.
What a lovely bottle! I love the curvature, reminding me of perhaps a champagne flute. The topper, typical of Mariah and her fascination with these diurnal insects, is of three translucent butterflies, designed to appear as if they are fluttering about the top of the bottle. The name, Dreams, is embossed in the glass with a miniature butterfly at the base.
The bottle is far more elegant than the juice inside. The bottle is the selling point of Dreams. Other than the butterflies made of plastic, which I understand in today’s marketing, the bottle is quite pretty. The target audience probably couldn’t afford what the company would charge for a topper made of real glass butterflies that would have taken away the cheesy look. But we’re not talking vintage Lalique here either. What’s inside is no more than common sweet and warm caramel-vanilla body spray. Simply put.
Frankly, it seems more like a body spray than an Eau de Parfum. It’s lasting power is minimal and its projection is no more than a skin scent for me. Nose to the bone on this one and I’ve been wearing it off and on for over a week. This is a light, gentle scent that can be seasonless, depending on the age group wearing it.
Caramel is the star of this fragrance and keeps its place throughout the run of the perfume. The almonds lend a salty flair to the caramel, keeping it less sweet for the first 30 minutes or so until the vanilla kicks in ever so lightly to make Dreams a sweeter experience. A very light, very gentle musk underlies Dreams so innocently you hardly know it’s there. Patchouli is listed also, and if you’re worried about it, don’t be. I couldn’t even smell it. After about an hour, its time to re-spray.
If you put your nose to your skin and inhale deeply, you can experience a definite Werther’s candy shop experience. Maybe Dreams is a good name for this one because its really hard for me to experience this frag during my waking hours.
It’s a safe bet for much younger women and those entering the fragrance world as a gift. It’s just unobtrusive, uncontrary, so subtle and simple. Definitely not a winter frag, a perfume like this would be consumed by the elements. I can see it worn in warmer weather to bring out its simplicity.
Thank goodness it can be found at deep discount outlets for much less than retail prices, since projection and longevity are kept at minimum standards. It’s not a perfume worth paying full price for by any means.
Its only saving grace is the bottle and that’s only if you like butterflies for your collection.
Dreams will make a good spritzer for bed-time use since you won’t be awake long enough to appreciate how little it really lasts on your skin. Spraying it on linens or scarves may make it last longer.