Celebrity scent Monday: Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream

Scent of a Dream
Hmmm … now something about Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream is putting me in the wayback machine. Does it recall the original Paloma Picasso or something else? It’s billed as a floral chypre; here are its notes, from Fragrantica:
Top notes of lemon, peach, mandarin, bergamot, saffron and black pepper; heart notes of tuberose, violet, jasmine, patchouli and incense. Base notes: ambroxan, hedione and ISO-E Super molecules, and note poinciana tree (Delonix regia) known as “fire tree.”

I’m not that familiar with celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, although a lot of you probably are, and have tried some of her cosmetics. (I do have to admit that some of her lip colors look enticing, but right now in holiday mode, I’m watching my budget.)

My initial sniff of Scent of a Dream was via a pull-off scent sheet, but would like to try in the full flesh. It was interesting enough that I’d like to sniff it again fully applied on a day with a bit of chill in the air.

UPDATE: Got an actual spray sample as a GWP with a Nordstrom order. Am liking this even more sprayed. It does have a fruity-floral chypre-ish feel to it, and later in its development I detect a creamy sweetness. Which might be the little echo of coconut I got at one point. It has a slightly retro feel to it, like something from the ‘80s; I might even go so far as to say it reminds me of a sweeter, gentler, less-fierce Paloma Picasso, (with a wee touch of Ysatis thrown in?), but that’s on my crazy skin. As always, it might do something completely different on someone else.

I was hoping the vintage ride might go on longer, but alas, it didn’t stay terribly long on me, and dried down fairly quickly to a barely perceptible mossy-woody base that hinted at the Iso E Super and Ambrox within. I will enjoy using the rest of my sample but when the scent goes into drydown mode, think I’ll just put my wrist on “Ignore.” (I do like the bottle; it’s very pretty — would love a mini of this!)

The fragrance’s page on Nordstrom’s site reads: “Scent of a Dream is infused with three “magic molecules”—Hedione, Iso E Super and Ambrox—to mimic the pheromones that trigger desire.”

I don’t know about that, but I will say the scent did seem to give off a bit of a sexy, sultry vibe to my nose during the height of its wear. So I will have to give this a spin with the DH and see what he says.

He rarely comments on anything I have on, except to offer the generic “Oh, it’s nice.” With one exception: On a recent chilly, windy day, I got into the car wearing a spray of Chanel’s Coromandel. From the back seat my son asked, “Mmm … are you wearing perfume?” I nodded, and then let my hubby sniff my wrist. Imagine my shock when he said, “That really IS nice.” So onto the date night list goes Coromandel, tee-hee!

Scent of a Dream is available at Nordstrom (and possibly other doors) in standard sizes ranging from 1 oz. to 3.4 oz; priced $75-$130.

Have any of you tried this? Or do you use any of the other Charlotte Tilbury products?

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving week to those who celebrate it! And wishing a happy, safe and blessed week to all!

  • Tatiana says:

    I’ve tried a few Charlotte Tillbury products but wasn’t impressed. I guess it’s just not my cup of tea. So I’m not going out of my way to try this scent. I can’t smell Iso E Super anyway.

    • Ann says:

      Hi! Not sure I can smell it either. It’s funny about this scent — in reviews I’ve read people either really like it or can’t stand it. Guess I shouldn’t worry about spending $$$ trying her products then. Thanks!

  • Musette says:

    I just tried Paloma P awhile ago (yeah, I know – a bit after the curve, LOL!) – I was surprised to find it so citrusy-floral, especially since the bottle would suggest something very Oriental & heavy. Loved it, though.

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!


    • Ann says:

      Howdy, darling — right back at you! It’s funny that you got so much citrus and floral out of PP; I get a bit but mostly heavy Oriental, dark but good in small doses, ha!

  • HeidiC says:

    I have tried none of the Tilbury products, and this scent doesn’t sound very me, so I think I’ll skip it. I very much like Coromandel as soon as I spray it, and for a couple of hours afterwards, but I’m not crazy about it once it gets to the “mandel” part — too marzipan-y for me. Maybe I can try your trick of putting my wrist on “ignore”?

  • Sarah says:

    I adored how Paloma Picasso perfume smelled on a friend at work years ago. Coming out of my ” I only wear one perfume”
    phase at the time, bought a full bottle of the lovely,alluring, delicious scent my friend wore. Too make a long story short the fragrance on me was straight skank. Not interesting, inviting skank. SKANK. I was stunned. That was the beginning of my understanding (or lack thereof) that skin makes a perfume.
    Coromandel sounds wonderful. Hope you have many happy date nights with your darling smelling Coromandel wonderful.

    • Ann says:

      Thanks, Sarah! I know what you mean about a scent smelling great on someone else but blech! on you. Do try Coromandel if you get the chance and let me know what you thought of it.

  • Fleurt4fleurs says:

    I tried a few samples and especially liked Charlotte Tiilbury Magic cream and Multi Miracle Glow, which smelled divine, loved them really, but I have some wonderful natural skin care products that I adore and are better suited to my sensitive skin and to my pocketbook. I’m glad for the heads up about ISO-E Super and Ambrosian. Not for me.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Ann says:

      Good to know, thanks! I had heard nice things about some of her products but never got to try them (my Nordies doesn’t carry them). And I don’t blame you for passing on the Iso and

  • Nelle says:

    I also tried it from a peel off sample, and I really did not like it at all, but maybe of I try it from a spray sample I may get the fruity floral notes from it and a better sense of the fragrance. Thanks for the review!

    • Ann says:

      Hi, Nelle! If you didn’t care for it on the peel-off sample, then it might not be your cup of tea. But as you mentioned, a lot can change with actual application, so do try a little spritz sometime if you see it, and let us know what you think.