Mariah Carey Dreams…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.

Mariah Carey has collaborated on a total of 14 perfumes, beginning in 2007. They are M for Women, Luscious Pink, M by Mariah Carey Gold Deluxe Edition, Forever, Luscious Pink Deluxe Edition Parfum, M Ultra Pink, Lollipop Bling Honey, Lollipop Bling Mine Again, Lollipop Bling Ribbon, Lollipop Bling That Chick, Lollipop Splash Inseparable, Lollipop Splash Never Forget You, Lollipop Splash Vision Of Love and Dreams.

The noses behind her perfumes have been Olivier Gillotin, Carlos Benaim and Loc Dong. Olivier Gillotin is responsible for Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck and many other perfumes. A list of his others can be found in this post:

Carlos Benaim is responsible for many, many perfumes. They are Viktor & Rolf’s Eau Mega, Flowerbomb Extreme Sparkle, Flowerbomb Extreme 2007, Flowerbomb Extreme, Flowerbomb EdT, Flowerbomb EdP, Flowerbomb Swarovski Edition, Flowerbomb Christmas Edition and Flowerbomb Pink Sparkle; Prada Tendre and Prada Amber; Elizabeth Taylor’s Violet Eyes, White Diamonds and White Diamonds Lustre: Elizabeth Arden’s Provocative Woman, Red Door Aura, Red Door and Provocative Interlude; Calvin Klein’s Eternity Summer for Men and additional flankers, Euphoria, Euphoria Men Intense, Eternity for Men, Contradiction for Men, Euphoria Men, Euphoria Spring Temptation, CKIn2U For Him and Her and Euphoria Blossom; Coty’s La Voce by Renee Fleming; Halston’s Woman, Halston Man; Ralph Lauren’s Polo, Polo Modern Reserve, Polo Blue; Caroline Herrera’s For Men, Chic For Men, Caroline Herrerra, Herrerra Aqua and Carolina; Dior’s Pure Poison; Boucheron Jaipur Bracelet; Giorgio Armani Emporio Armani White For Him, Armani Code For Her, Armani Code Mirror Edition; Oscar de la Renta’s Live In Love; Bvlgari’s Jasmin Noir; Givenchy Very Irresistible and Very Irresistible L’Eau En Rose; A Lab On Fire’s Liquid Night; Chloe Collection 2005; Christian Lacroix Rouge and Nuit; Cacherel Promesse; Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica-Promenade In The Gardens; Loewe’s Quizas, Quizas, Quizas and Aire Loco; Yves Saint Laurent’s L’Homme Libre; Nina Ricci Premier Jour; Zara’s Zara Woman and Textures Green, Lilac and Pink; Jesus del Pozo Halloween Fleur; Helena Rubenstein’s Wanted; Aramis Cool Blend; Liz Claiborne’s Mambo For Men; and Cacharel’s Amor Amor Delight.

Loc Dong is also quite prolific as a nose and responsible for Dreams Unlimited Sun Fresh by the Body Shop; Liz Claiborne’s Curve Chill, Curve, Lucky Number 6, and Curve Soul for Men and Women; Vera Wang’s Bouquet; Calvin Klein’s CK One Shock for Him, Euphoria and additional flankers; Marc Jacobs; Britney Spears Believe; Michael Kors Island and Island Bermuda; S.T. Dupont L’Eau pour Femme;  Elizabeth Arden’s Provocative Woman; Mariah Carey’s M and  Luscious Pink; Yves Saint Laurent’s Manifesto L’Eclat and Manifesto; Animale’s Chaleur d’Animale  pour Home and Chaleur for Her; Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck Enchanted; Beyonce’s Rise; Danielle Steel’s Danielle; Escada’s Desire Me; Giorgio Armani Aqua di Gioia; Perry Ellis Portfolio for Men; Keith Urban’s Phoenix,and  Emanuel Ungaro’s U by Ungaro for Her.

Mariah Carey’s Dreams, a floral-fruity gourmand, was introduced in 2013 through Elizabeth Arden. It can be purchased online, in discount department stores and drugstores.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Salted Caramel Apple, Star Anise, Roasted Almond.

Middle Notes: Freesia, Honeysuckle, Lily-Of-The-Valley.

Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Madagascan Vanilla, Patchouli, Musk.



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