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As I mentioned in a recent review, I have collected quite a few bottles of Eau de Toilette over the past couple of years - some of which I wouldn't buy again, whilst others I absolutely love. Ocean Dreams for Men is firmly ensconced in the latter category - I really love this fragrance. I hadn't tried it before I bought it online, but I was attracted to the unusual bottle and also it's made by Giorgio Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills, the home of the stars, rich, famous, chic (well I can dream, can't I?)
Fred Hayman opened the famous Giorgio, Beverly Hills store on Rodeo Drive in 1961. Before then, Rodeo Drive was just a very ordinary California Street, but Fred Hayman had a vision of making this humble road into the one of the most exclusive shopping destinations in the world. He stocked brands and products that could not be found elsewhere, and had the innovative idea of welcoming shoppers with a glass of champagne. It started to be frequented by the movie stars from nearby Hollywood and those who lived in the exclusive Beverly Hills area. It wasn't until the 1970s, however, that other stores came to Rodeo Drive, but the rest is history. In 1981 the House of Giorgio produced its first fragrance and Ocean Dreams for Men was launched around 2003.
Packaging and Design:-
Unfortunately, I no longer have the box that the EDT came in. However, the bottle is an unusual design - the Leaning Tower of Pisa of bottles. It's a rich ocean blue in colour with a large silver atomiser, and leans at an angle - with a bit of imagination it could resemble a yacht's sails, but to me it looks more like the funnel of an old steam ship. The bottle does have a design of a crown and two seahorses on the front, and around the base of the atomiser is the product name 'Ocean Dreams for Men'. Apart from this, the bottle is very plain.
Description of the Fragrance:-
The official description of the EDT claims that it 'brings out the essence of beautiful beaches with a crisp, aromatic fougere fragrance' (I had to google 'fougere' - apparently it means 'fern-like'). It has top notes of mandarin orange, grapefruit and green notes; middle notes are mint, sage, geranium and rose; base notes are woodsy notes, sandalwood and musk.
From the description above, you would think that it would have quite a feminine aroma, but quite the contrary - I think it's very masculine. You don't need to use a lot of this because it is quite powerful - two or three squirts is quite sufficient, I find. To start with it does have a citrus/flowery fragrance, it's fairly sweet but has a sharpness to it and certainly hits the senses with a crisp, fresh smell. It takes a while for it to settle down but becomes a little more subtle. It still retains the citrus aroma but starts to gain a more herb-like quality. The description does say that it has woody base notes, but I can't detect those, although eventually there is a muskiness to the fragrance. As for longevity, I find that those two or three squirts last almost all day - I can still smell it in the evening, although of course not nearly as strong as first thing. When I first started wearing this fragrance, I got a lot of compliments from both women and men at work and I know that one or two have since bought this perfume. Because it is a strong fragrance and you don't need to use much, a 100ml bottle will last ages, so it is very economical.
I don't find that it reminds me much of a beach - well certainly not the beaches in this country, nor the beaches of California. The beaches of a tropical island - possibly, but never having been to a tropical island I will reserve judgement. I can quite imagine wearing this fragrance strolling down Rodeo Drive and popping into Tiffany's, Gucci, Armani and, of course, Giorgio's and then lunching at the Beverly Wilshire...........not quite the same thing as Meadowhall in Sheffield. One day, though - one day!
Price and Availability:-
I'm not sure if you can buy this in department stores, but it's available quite widely online. 50ml will cost around £26 at normal price with 100ml being about £42. You can get this cheaper if you look around - CheapSmells have the 50ml size at £10 at the moment - but even at the regular price, I don't think it's over the top for a designer fragrance.
I cannot recommend this EDT highly enough. It can be worn for most occasions and is definitely one of my favourites. As such, I'd have no hesitation in buying it again.
Thank you for reading my review - I hope that it was useful
Launched by Giorgio Beverly Hills in 2005 Ocean Dream for Men has notes of pink pearl lilly seaside heliotrope mermaid blue sea sandalwood and orange blossom /