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~ Introduction ~
Summer Dream is the second addition of Ghost's limited edition summer fragrance line first launched in 2005 with Sheer Summer followed by Summer Dream in 2006. Strangely, I had never seen this fragrance displayed in airport duty-free despite the fact I never miss an opportunity to browse through the entire stock every time I fly. I actually spotted this fragrance on EBay while I was looking for a replacement of my Sheer Summer last summer. I didn't find one at the time, however up for auction there was Summer Dream Eau de Toilette, boxed and unused. I immediately thought it must be the 'evening' version of Sheer Summer, drawing on its notes but having a somewhat softer, mellower feel. As you expect, a blind buy followed.
~ The packaging ~
Starting in 2001 and up to 2006 each year Ghost launched a a limited edition summer fragrance that donned a croissant-shaped bottle only the colour being somewhat different. The bottle itself is very intriguing and stands out and the reason why I noticed it in the first place. The glass bottle of Sheer Dream is light blue and the moon shaped is finished off with a blue plastic lid.
~ The fragrance ~
Top notes: mandarin, lily
Upon application (4 -5 pumps to start with) I'm immediately hit by the fresh and sparkling musky feel of Sheer Summer without the characteristic, champagne feel of added pineapple and nectarine. The top notes of Summer Dream are simpler and more citrusy. I suspect mandarin or orange, that here are somehow less tangy and not quite as sparkling as in Sheer Summer. A ½ hour later I'm still getting the same theme but now the fresh fruits have subdued into a softer, muskier aroma that is being further mellowed down by the gentle floral tones emerging from the heart of the fragrance.
Middle notes: jasmine, orchid, freesia, peony
An hour later the scent becomes soft, gentle and freshly floral and has lost most of its sharper notes through the sillage by now. The jasmine notes become more and more powdery floral, but never overpoweringly so. Summer Dream is an Eau de Toilette so its tones are nicely kept in balance. The jasmine is sweet and lightly spiced and it blends in with the surrounding notes perfectly. After three hours I notice that the floral notes gradually start to diffuse a warm and slightly spicy twang. Overall, the scent is simple and fuss free (but not boring at all!), somewhat sheer accompanied by a gentle tone that clings to the skin like a soft, caressing knit fabric.
Base notes: musk, vanilla
A good four - five hours into wearing Summer Dream and the jasmine has started lose its powder freshness as the base notes started developing. The composition became slightly more soapy thanks to the presence of musk now mainly on its own. The drydown smelled very similar to the final composition of Sheer Summer, in that it repeated its subtle freshness throughout, though in a slightly different way. It felt muskier and more powdery and had a slightly warmer edge.
~ Conclusion ~
Summer Dream is a nicely composed summer fragrance with a characteristic, softer and toned down edge that can be regarded as the matching evening fragrance of Sheer Summer. The staying power isn't that great as Sheer Summers but it's mainly down to its softer notes rather than concentration as they are both Eau de Toilettes.
I recommend Summer Dream if you are more drawn to softer, warmer and gentler summer fragrances but still want one with a fresh and tangy edge.
~ Price / where to buy ~
EBay shops or occasionally chemists have stock of these. I bought mine on an EBay auction for around £11 including postage.
~ Additional rating ~
Staying power: 4 / 5
Composition: 4 / 5
Value for money: 4 / 5
Overall value: 4 / 5
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