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The Dreamer


The Dreamer was designed as a classic man’s scent in the style of an aromatic fougere, and the opening is an Italian barbershop, writ large. Gianni Versace was the Italian fashion kingin the 80’s and 90’s up to his tragic shooting death in 1997, and the brand continuesunder the direction of his sister, Donatella. The mandarin citrus opening, with the edgy clary sage/tarragon combo, reflect his huge creative persona as well as the rough bravado of the stereotypical Italian male. I recognize these key notes, the “synthetic” quality in the initial accord I now perceive as the herbs and juniper resins, dramatic, and untamed. In any case, this opening assault soon subsides, softening as the floral notes in the heart develop, and The Dreamer begins to reveal its more elegant and romantic Oriental foundations.

The heart is airy white florals, the gray earthiness of iris, the sweet indolic of white lily which is soon scented with tobacco blossom, and the wafting aroma of green tobacco leaves slowly drying in the warmth of the sun. The fresh tobacco has an earthy sweetness that is deepened with the warmth of ambery tonka and more. Not at all conjuring smoke, the tobacco accord becomes rich and smooth as polished wood, faceted with resinous wafts of juniper and herbs. This dry-down of airy almost powdery white florals and tobacco and amber is to die for. 

Elegant and sophisticated and modern, The Dreamer has proven to be timeless. The opening is overpowering for a minute or so but soon relaxes, and the waft as The Dreamer dries down is surprisingly gentle. The scent has longevity, one-to two spritzs (no more) lasts all day, and despite being a men’s fragrance, I can confirm that it’s also works for women. I love wearing The Dreamer, especially in this colder weather. 

And the best thing? The Dreamer has not changed perceptibly over the years, it is still in production, and the EdT is sold online for very reasonable prices by the major online perfume sites, making it an affordable gift at any time of the year. 

Notes: Mandarin, Juniper, Tarragon, Artemisia, Iris, Lily, Tobacco blossom, Amber.

Type: EdT

Parfumeur: Jean-Pierre Bethouart



Price: $5.00