When Charlotte Tilbury announced that she would be launching a fragrance, I - heck all of us - knew it would be something special and of course eagerly anticipated the upcoming release. Well now that the wait is over, I can happily report that Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream Eau de Parfum, is just that - dreamy. From the intricate but timeless bottle, to the carefully selected notes; this is a scent that is all but impossible to not fall head over heels for.
For a moment, let's forget all about the sophisticated note line up that makes Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream Eau de Parfum so special, rather I want to focus on the delicate, art-deco inspired bottle that houses the signature Charlotte Tilbury fragrance. The round, crystal effect of this bottle just screams luxury and is something I feel will appeal to all ages; not to mention it will look great on display - I know I'm not the only one who is slightly shallow in this aspect? The only real design flaw - if you can call it that - is that this is a fairly bulky and dare I say unusually shaped bottle, and as such it is not all that ideal for stashing inside your handbag for a quick, refreshing mist or two when on-the-go. This is nothing that a travel atomiser can't remedy, and as this is what most would deem a long wearing and deep fragrance, you may not feel the need to apply more than once anyway.
Forget what you know about floral-come-chypre scents, Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream is a game changer and has been created to bring light, love, power, positivity and apparently sex to the wearer - the latter does seem a bizarre claim to make, rather I like to think it hints at being seductive than y'know a cat-call via the sense of smell.
Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream Eau de Parfum opens with light, bright and slightly fruity notes of Lemon, Peach, Black Pepper, Saffron, Mandarin and Bergamot - the idea is that they help to boost confidence. Next we have heart notes of Tuberose, Jasmine, Frankincense, Hedione, Violet, Muguet, Orange Flower, Rose Oil, Tea Rose, Green Ivy and Magnolia; such have been selected to trigger desire and should wear for around five hours on the skin. Lastly we have the rich and dare I say seductive notes of Fire Tree, Iso E Super, Patchouli, Ambroxan, Precious Woods, Cistus, Amber, Castoreum and a blend of musks - these are said to act as "pheromone" notes, and are said to be activated by body heat and should linger on the skin for as long as nine hours.
On paper - or should that be screen? - all of the above means next to nothing, it is just a long and varied list of scent notes and truthfully until you test Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream out for yourself, you will not understand the magic nor allure of this beautiful fragrance. What I will say is that is far more richer and complex than I initially imagined, and a true floral explosion. Although not outright identical, I find on my skin Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream translates to a similar scent to Estee Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Parfum - so if you enjoy this on any level, I do recommend checking out Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream for yourself. What I will also add that as divine as this scent is as a wearer, it seems to weave magic on those who notice it on you. I can not tell you how many compliments I receive when wearing Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream - which having read other reviews seems to be the norm.
If this is the start of a powerful Charlotte Tilbury fragrance dynasty, count me fully on board.
Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream £49 - £96 via Charlotte Tilbury - link.