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      15.06.2014 13:31
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      Not quite the perfume of my dreams....

      I have quite a wide selection of perfumes, as I always get some for Christmas and my Birthday, as well as samples that I get in beauty boxes. The Perfume This perfume was inspired by Anita Roddick. While this isn''t a perfume I would have picked up normally, when I read the notes I was surprised. Top notes are orange and blackcurrant; middle notes are iris, green pepper and red chilli pepper and the base note is Virginia cedar. I have never saw chilli pepper as a note on a fragrance before, and I was quite intrigued by this inclusion. My thoughts When you first spray this on, there is a very fresh burst of scent. You can really detect the orange and blackcurrant, which produce an intriguing mix of scents. However, this fresh burst doesn''t last longer than a few minutes, and it is replaced with a deeper, woodier scent. I did feel that when the scent changed, it started to fade though, and when the base notes of cedar became the strongest scent, I could barely detect this on my wrists. I don''t really detect the middle notes at all in this scent but if I''m honest, I don''t really know what green pepper and red chilli pepper would smell like in a fragrance, so this might be partly why I can only detect the top and base notes. I think that this is the case with most Body Shop perfumes, but I was very disappointed with the lack of longevity of this scent. I sprayed this on my wrists before work, and by 11am, I could only detect the slightest hint of the cedar base note, and by lunchtime, it was totally gone. I also found that this scent, once I sprayed it, I didn''t get any indication that it was on my skin, while with some other perfumes that I own, I can catch the occasional hint of the scent when I move. With this scent, I didn''t have this happen once. It just seemed that it was just too delicate a scent to really last a long time. This is definitely a summery perfume, and the light fresh scent makes it ideal for those hot summer days where you don''t want to wear a cloying, heavy scent. I do wish it was slightly longer lasting though, as having a scent that wears off to nothing after a few hours means that I have to keep topping up my scent. I don''t normally carry perfume around with me in my bag, but this is one of the smaller and more durable bottles in my collection, and I feel that it would be strong enough to throw into a handbag. Price and Availability I don''t think this is still available from The Body Shop. It''s definitely no longer on their website and I don''t remember seeing it in store recently either. You can buy this from The Body Shop on Amazon for 16.99GBP with free p&p.

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      26.07.2013 09:19
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      A perfume that makes a strong statement!

      I received this product, the Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum by The Bodyshop, as a gift from a friend who knows how much I love using this brand's products. Although I currently use many of the brand's products including their make-up range, bath and shower range and moisturisers I haven't bought any of their perfumes recently. The last time I did I was probably about 18 years old and getting deep into a hippy phase. The Bodyshop has changed a lot since then and now they sell fragrances that don't just appeal to sandal wearing hipsters but which are suitable for all personality types and ages.

      This product comes boxed and in mine is in a 50ml full sized bottle. The bottle is heavy glass and shaped like a raindrop through which you can see the water coloured liquid. The shape of the bottle actually makes it look like a magical potion which is fairly apt considering the name of the fragrance. It has a silver top with a standard pump button on top. The font is bold and simple with no other markings on the bottle itself. It's a very simple and elegant design which I like. The bottle is quite a weight though so it's not ideal for carrying in a handbag.

      When you press the pump dispenser the perfume is ejected as an ultra fine mist/squirt. It actually reaches about 17 inches away but you should hold it slightly closer to the skin to direct to a particular area.

      I had never tested this perfume prior to first use so I tested it on one wrist and on my neck. I'm prone to spraying my perfumes quite heavily but this Dreams Unlimited is so powerful that you really only need one application of it at each point you want to wear it.

      This perfume, which was officially launched in 2010, is described as a blend of "citrus, green chilli and white flowers" with other notes of "orange, blackcurrant and iris" and it carries the tag line "believe in your dreams". I think that is a brave statement and the perfume embodies this sense of confidence and energy very well. I find the scent to be very thick and intoxicating with a smoky blend of spices and essential oils. It's a very strong, heady perfume which makes you feel like you are lost in a cloud of rich, spellbinding notes. Through the misty spices there is a clean tone of what smells like lemon or lime (but which is probably the orange notes) which cuts through with a sweet, sugary power and which feels very feminine. As the perfume settles on your skin there is also a sense of there being a bed of wildflowers around you. Overall this is a very unique and complex fragrance which enchants, soothes and mostly reaffirms your sense of self-confidence. This perfume is like a mantra for that force.

      I don't think everyone will like this perfume due to the fact that it is quite powerful and it has very strong notes like a raging firestorm. The perfume does take on a much more mellow character after being on your skin for a while but is still very prominent and noticeable all of the time. Those low notes continually burn! I also feel that this perfume is perhaps best suited to people of an older age. I'd say perhaps it might be a little too aromatic for teens to appreciate. It doesn't feel like a girl's perfume as it is so complicated and the intensity of the fragrance carries a sexual message too.

      I really like the perfume. I am happy to have received it as a gift and would happily give it to others as a gift too. I would definitely buy it in the future although currently this perfume is not appearing on the website. I have seen other products in the Dreams Unlimited range such as body butters and would certainly consider trying them to double the luxury!

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      25.07.2013 16:36
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      A lovely scent at a great price

      I bought this from The Body Shop website, it was in the sale and I also had a 35% off discount code so it worked out as such a bargain. I only buy things from The Body Shop when there is a good discount code, which is a lot of the time! They are good for special offers, they release new discount codes quite a lot so I don't bother with buying things full priced. I only paid about £4 for the 30ml bottle of this. There was also an eau de toilette version available but I know that eau de parfum is a stronger, more concentrated scent and not watered down so I saw it as the better opinion.

      This perfume comes in a really pretty box, it is purple at the bottom, fading into blue and then white. There are purple patterns on the box and it looks quite 'dreamy' which fits in with the name of this perfume. The bottle of The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Eau de Parfum is a light purple coloured, curved bottle with a long neck. On the front, there is the name of the perfume printed in purple writing. It's quite simple packaging but I think it's nice and I like how the bottle is a bit taller instead of bulky. It's a nice looking bottle but like the other Body Shop perfumes it isn't really anything that wows you. Compared to a lot of other perfumes out there, it looks a bit plain and boring! I don't really mind this, especially because of the great prices available from The Body Shop when there are offers and of course, it's what is in the bottle that really matters...

      When I first spray this, the first smell that hits me is that aquatic, fresh water scent. This is very crisp and clean and it's very fresh smelling. Very soon after, there is a soft floral scent, it isn't too flowery and it definitely isn't an old fashioned type of floral. This adds some softness to the very crisp aquatic note. As soon as the perfume dries, I notice the woody, very warm scent of cedar, this adds depth and earthiness to this. It really goes well with the other strong notes of fresh water and florals. It makes this a bit more grown up and sultry and slightly spicy. Even though the cedar doesn't come through until the perfume dries, it is definitely the base note while the aquatic and floral notes work in harmony with it and merge together to make a nice and balanced perfume. Because of the warm and woody note, I think this is good for all seasons. To top off the lovely main notes, there are a few nice but subtle top notes that I can smell. There is a nice, juicy citrus, not sour but a bit tangy and it adds zest to this, making it really nice for the summer. There is a light fruity note too, I think I would describe it as a berry scent, this adds a bit of sweetness and freshness and make this smell a bit more fun and feminine. There is also a chilli note, this isn't overpowering or too strong, I've always thought of it as a strange scent for a perfume. Luckily, this works really well with this, it adds more warmth to the scent and help it to be the lovely, feminine and exotic perfume that it is!

      A couple of sprays of this in the morning do last quite well, it does start to fade a bit but I was pleasantly surprised at how long it carried on smelling like it originally did. Sometimes I find that I spray a perfume and pick out notes that I really like but they fade quickly. At the end of a day, I can definitely still smell this on my wrist which is great. I expect that the eau de toilette is probablly not as long lasting because they are a bit watered down and not as strong. I am glad I went for the eau de parfum because of this.

      I would definitely recommend trying this perfume, I really like it but of course it is down to personal taste.

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        12.06.2013 12:54
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        A sweet light scent from The Body Shop

        I do love my scented items, when it comes to birthdays and Christmases I end up with so much I love it! A new one for me last Christmas was some fragrances from the Body Shop.

        Body Shop - Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum:

        'This exhilarating fragrance features uplifting top notes of citrus and green chilli, a heart of delicate white flowers and base notes of soft cedarwood.'

        - www.bodyshop.co.uk

        My Findings:

        I use scents everyday and when I received this I was rather interested as it was something new for me to try. I didn't have a clue what the fragrance would be like. The packaging didn't really give anything away either, so I sprayed it on my sister first! For me I found it sweet and feminine, a lovely summer time day wear.

        Given some of the notes are floral it isn't like a bouquet of flowers has thrown up in your face. It is very mellow on the floral front which is perfect for me as I'm not that keen. I personally couldn't detect the green chilli but the citrus and cedarwood did stand out.

        This fragrance isn't the strongest so I would class it as day time only; it is fresh, sweet and wonderfully girly and delicate. Spraying several squirts over me on a morning before work or training, I found doesn't have the greatest staying power. After about four hours or so I don't notice it anymore.

        For me topping this parfum up is a bit of a let down, but it is a fragrance I'm really rather fond of. The 50ml bottle isn't all that big so it is easy to carry in my handbag for topping up. What I think works best is after showering using the matching body butter/lotion then spraying the parfum on after. Combined you get a much longer longevity.

        The bottle is simple in it design, rounded at the bottom getting slender at the top. Plain text of its name on the front of the bottle, but no other information what so ever. The liquid is clear, and I haven't experienced any staining on my clothes, nor has my skin reacted anyway.

        Price and Availability:

        This is currently on sale - 30ml bottle is £7.00 or the 50ml at £9.00 if ordering online as of today 11th June 2013 is it 2 for £12 enter code 2412FRAGRANCE at checkout.

        There are also another 2 versions of this scent. The Dreams Unlimited Eau De Toilette and Dreams Unlimited Sun Fresh Eau De Toilette. Mine however came in a gift set with matching bodywash and moisturiser.

        Overall:

        I personally will purchase some more of this, I have gotten threw the 30ml bottle and almost half way into the 50ml bottle! However for me it the scent of spring time and summer time, come autumn and winter this will be stored away.

        I give this 4 out of 5 stars!

        Thank you for reading.

        Additional Information:

        www.thebodyshop.co.uk/

        Ingredients-
        Alcohol Denat., Aqua, Parfum, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil, Linalool, Citrus Reticulata Leaf Oil, Coumarin, Citral, Methyl 2-Octynoate, Denatonium Benzoate.

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          28.03.2013 12:41
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          This Eau de Parfum from The Body Shop is another bargain I picked up from their recent sale. It ended up costing around £4.25 after the sale reduction, a voucher code I'd found online, and going through Top Cashback. I think the RRP is around £15 for a 30ml bottle, although I can't see it on the website anymore to verify.

          The bottle is really sleek and elegant, and reminds me of Davidoff's Cool Water in shape. I find with this being an EDP instead of EDT, I don't need to spray quite so much to get a good covering of the fragrance, so usually a quick spritz on my chest and then on each wrist does the trick nicely.

          I would definitely say this is a spring/summer fragrance, as it's fruity and floral and very light. I find it really uplifting and it's one I would be happy to keep in work on a summer's day to reapply should I feel the need to freshen up. The notes featured are citrus, green chilli, white flowers and cedarwood. I would say the citrus is definitely evident on first spray and also throughout the day. It's a sweet smelling fragrance, and reminds me a little of Elizabeth Arden's green tea perfume which my mum used to wear.

          If I'm honest, I don't really notice this perfume changing throughout the day as much as I do with some others. This one tends to remain fairly citrus based, and although there is a touch of floral about it, it's not hugely strong and only complements the citrus fragrance. One thing I do like about this perfume is that it doesn't become overpowering or cloying as it develops. I find sometimes, especially with cheaper perfumes, that the longer you wear them they can become a bit sickly and I feel like I want to wash the fragrance off by the time I get home! This one remains fresh smelling throughout the day, and for this reason I think it would be perfect for wearing in the summer months.

          The perfume tends to last for the whole day if I'm in work, and begins to fade around teatime, which is ideal because I would prefer to wear this in the day than in the evenings. It's quite a subtle fragrance so if you wanted to get a fresh burst of fragrance I guess you could spray again in the afternoon, especially if you need refreshing, but on a normal day I'm happy to let this one fade away slowly whilst providing subtle fragrance in the background.

          In terms of availability, this one isn't on the Body Shop's website at the moment, so I don't know if it's going to reappear in the future. It is available on the likes of Ebay, however, so is one I might source again if I can't get hold of it in the Body Shop store. I had a bargain with this one, although I'm so pleased with it I would happily pay the full RRP.

          (Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)

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            24.06.2011 14:29
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            A lovely summer perfume

            I'm a fan of The Body Shop, the toiletries and makeup store which prides itself on its fair trade and animal welfare policies, and ordered several items a couple of weeks ago when they had a special offer on a number of ranges. When my order arrived, I was happy to see that they had thoughtfully popped in a sample of their new fragrance, Dreams Unlimited. This is not something I'd specially wanted to try, but I've had Body Shop fragrances in the past and really liked them, so I was excited to sample it.

            This fragrance is purportedly "the inspiring new scent from The Body Shop". It is apparently 'inspired by life's possibilities' and is designed to uplift. The perfume contains top notes of citrus and green chilli, a heart of delicate white flowers and aquatic notes, and base notes of soft cedarwood. The bottle is a simple, clear, fluted design that reflects the uplifting image of the perfume. It's understated but attractive with a silver lid and pink writing. Another plus is that the clear bottle allows you to see how much of the fragrance you have left! The perfume also comes in a box with a blue design that fades from dark to light. If you look closely you can see that the design is made up of a number of positive words, which is a nice touch.

            I loved this scent from the moment I first smelled it. My first impression was of a citrusy, rather sweet, refreshing smell that made me think of summer. In this respect it was like The Body Shop's Japanese Cherry Blossom scent which is also very summery, though it is floral whereas Dreams Unlimited is sharper, citrusy and more refreshing. There was a more floral aspect to the scent which I could detect as it settled on my skin. As the day wore on I could also detect more woody notes, which are apparently cedarwood (I'm not the best at detecting different scents in fragrances!).

            Perfumes from The Body Shop have a reputation for not lasting very long, and this isn't necessarily a bad thing in the summer when the last thing you want is to be choked by a strong powerful scent. The perfume is certainly very light. However, I did find that it lasted a reasonable amount of time, a good few hours, which is fine for a light daytime perfume. It also seemed to last a little longer on my clothes.

            Dreams Unlimited costs £14 for 30ml, £18 for 50ml and £20 for 80ml. Like every Body Shop fragrance, it is very reasonably priced compared to many other fragrances on the market. There are also several special offers available with Body Shop products, including the 10% off when you use a Love Your Body card, and there is always some kind of discount code floating about on the Internet. In addition you can buy a matching shower gel (£6.50), moisturiser (£7.50) and body butter (£5 for 50ml) and layer up the fragrance.

            After loving this sample so much I went out and bought a 50ml bottle. I think that says it all really. It's a lovely, summery fragrance that I really enjoy wearing. I wouldn't go as far as to say I feel 'inspired by life's possibilities' when wearing it, but I do feel cheerful and uplifted.

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              20.04.2011 13:24
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              I like all the things that I have tried from The Body Shop. I wear Perfume every day so tend to try new scents all the time. Often they don't work out to by a favourite, but still I like to keep trying new ones. I get a lot of Body Shop products as presents as my cousin has Body Shop parties so she probably uses us the commission she gets. It's all good for me though, but I bought this 1 myself.

              This scent hasn't been out too long, so 1 of the newer ones from the Brand, but it's still been out a little while.

              The bottle looks like the Dooyoo picture. It is a nice enough bottle. Quite a thick glass and it is a nice shape as well. Easy enough to hold and spray.

              So how does this smell? It has quite a few notes in here. The notes are Blackcurrant, Orange, Cedar Wood, White Flowers and Green Chilli. After you spray this it smells quite strong when it is first sprayed, but after about 5 minutes when the scent dries then the scents turns into a subtle but lightly fragrant scent. I would say that the White Flowers is 1 of the main scents in here, but the Blackcurrant part is apparant along with a nice sparkling scent and I would say that the deeper and slightly Peppery kind of scent will be the Chilli part. The scent lasts a good lenght of time as well, but I still reapply through the day as I like to freshen up.

              This comes in a couple of different bottle sizes. The 30ml bottle was the 1 that I tried and that size costs £14, the 50ml bottle costs £18. Pretty average priced for the size.

              I do like this scent and although I have not yet finished the bottle it is the kind of scent that I would buy again. It is fresh, sparkling and just the kind of scent that I go for and I would recommend this scent if you are looking for a new 1 to try.

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                14.04.2011 15:12
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                A beautiful perfume which could be even better

                Last December I went to The Body Shop in search of presents and spent quite a while browsing through all the different products. I hadn't realised that The Body Shop had started doing perfumes, and they had a new one out called Dreams. I wasn't expecting to like the smell, but tested it anyway and found that it was fantastic. My sister wasn't so impressed, thinking it was just average, but I absolutely love it.

                If you've read any of my other perfume reviews, you'll know that I like fruity, fresh scents. A hint of floral is fine, but I really dislike spicy perfumes. Dreams Unlimited is described as having citrus, green chilli, white flowers and cedarwood, which is an unusual and interesting combination. Out of those scents the citrus is the most distinctive for me, although it smells 'fresh' rather than of oranges or lemons or anything distinctive. The green chilli I can't detect at all, and there is a hint of a floral scent with white flowers. I would say that this perfume is probably best appreciated by those who are 35 or younger.

                Although I love the smell of this perfume, I find it pretty weak in terms of longevity. After spraying it, it will usually disappear from my skin within the hour. Having read a couple of other reviews though, it seems like I'm the only one who has this problem! I've tried spraying it more but it doesn't seem to have made any difference.

                The packaging for the bottle is beautiful; mine was part of a gift set and the box features a beautiful blue-to-purple gradient which makes it lovely to receive as a gift. Unfortunately the bottle is quite plain and boring, being a regular bottle shape which narrows towards the top. It's transparent and the lid fits nicely, but that's all these is to say about it really. It also features the name 'Dreams Unlimited' in big letters and 'Eau du parfum' in smaller letters underneath. It doesn't look expensive or interesting at all which is a shame because the box is so nice.

                You can buy Dreams Unlimited on The Body Shop website or from a high street store. 30ml costs £14, 50ml £18 and 80ml £20. I received mine as part of a gift set, and the 30ml is lasting ages. You can also buy a body wash in the same range, and this may help prolong the scent. Actually, the body wash has a much nicer appearance so it's a shame that the perfume bottle doesn't really match it, particularly as it's not cheap.

                For those who are interested, the ingredients are as follows: Alcohol Denat., Aqua, Parfum, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil, Linalool, Citrus Reticulata Leaf Oil, Coumarin, Citral, Methyl 2-Octynoate, Denatonium Benzoate. There's perhaps nothing as natural as you'd expect from The Body Shop, so hopefully the price reflects the fair conditions and trading levels of the ingredients and manufacture.

                Overall, if you don't like strong perfumes, or you want a distinctive smell, you could do a lot worse. But for the price I'd like a prettier bottle and a longer lasting scent please!

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                  10.04.2011 19:59
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                  A perfume I would use again

                  I recently brought some new body scrubs and moisturisers from the Body Shop, with these I received a free sample of their fragrance called Dreams Unlimited, this is probably not the place I would think of going to if I wanted to purchase a new fragrance. Despite this I decided to give it a try, I was keen to see if the fragrance was any good or whether it was going to smell a bit cheap and nasty, however I was pleasantly surprised by this fragrance and would certainly consider it in the future.

                  Packaging
                  As I have mentioned I only received a free sample of this perfume, however it was not just one of those cards with a small piece of material to wipe of your wrist, my sample of Dreams Unlimited came in a small glass bottle with the name of the perfume written along the side of it "The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited", this was written in a dark red colour. The small bottle has a white plastic lid which pulls off of the top of the bottle and has a long thin piece of plastic attached to it I am assuming to help with applying the perfume so that you do not end up tipping the entire bottle over yourself. The bottle also came attached to a small colourful card which tells you a bit about the perfume. The actual perfume should you buy it comes in a tall clear glass curvy bottle which is wide and rounded towards the bottom with a longer thin neck, it has a silver lid on top. The appearance of the bottle is quite plain and has the words "Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum" written on it in dark red exactly the same as the sample I received.

                  The Fragrance
                  *Top Notes - Citrus and Green Chilli
                  *Heart Notes - White Flowers and Fresh aquatic notes
                  *Base Notes - Cedar wood
                  When I first tried this perfume after applying it I could instantly detect the citrus notes, the fragrance was quite strong but definitely not unpleasant, it is nothing like the sweet smelling perfumes I enjoy wearing but on the other hand I loved the citrusy smell of this fragrance, the other top note mentioned was green chilli, personally I have no idea what this is supposed to smell like but I'm pretty sure that I could not detect any other notes other than those of the citrus. Soon after applying the fragrance the heart notes started to show though and the perfume became a blend of the original citrus top notes and floral notes, eventually the citrus fragrance did start to fade totally and the fragrance became much more subtle and floral, it had a lovely fresh summery feel to it making it an ideal perfume for a hot summers day. The heart notes mentions that notes of fresh aquatic should also be detected but as with the top notes of green chilli I'm not too sure what these are supposed to smell of, to me after the heart notes had developed the fragrance was floral, as I have mentioned the smell was 'fresh' but not what I would describe as aquatic. Several hours after applying the fragrance I expected to fragrance to develop further and begin to detect the smell of cedar wood, however this did not happen at all. The fragrance did continue to fade slightly but the remained very floral, towards the end of the day there was still no hint of the cedar wood base notes, the fragrance had become rather faint by this point but was still extremely floral.

                  My Opinion
                  I did really like the fragrance of Dream Unlimited, it is something different to my usual perfumes and definitely was not the cheap and nasty smell I thought it might be. I would describe this perfume as a floral fragrance, the fragrance was light and fresh, in no way heavy at all. To start with I would say this particular fragrance is quite strong but not overpowering, however soon after applying the perfume I did notice that it started to fade, by the end of the day the fragrance had faded considerably, it certainly would not last into the evening and you would definitely need to reapply. Personally I feel this perfume would be ideal for a hot summers day/ evening, but if I had to comment on one negative thing it would be how well it lasted, I do feel that the fragrance does fade considerably especially compared to some of my other perfumes, however I would still consider this fragrance in the future.

                  Price
                  Obviously this perfume is only available at The Body shop both in store and online, the prices for Dreams Unlimited vary depending on the size bottle you purchase and include
                  *30ml bottle - £14.00
                  * 50ml bottle - £18.00
                  *80ml bottle - £20.00
                  Personally I think the prices of Dreams Unlimited are excellent, some perfumes you purchase are a lot more expensive for the same sized bottle so I do think the pricing is fair. Buying it online does work out a bit more expensive as you have to pay for postage and packaging, but even so I do think the pricing for this perfume is excellent and I would definitely purchase it at these prices.

                  Overall I would definitely recommend this perfume, the fragrance is lovely and certainly does not smell cheap (which i thought it would after seeing the price it was sold at) I would say that this perfume would suit people of all ages, obviously depending on your personal taste, and it would certainly make a lovely every day fragrance. I do not think that I would wear this perfume for a night out especially as the fragrance does tend to fade quite quickly and would not be suitable for a night out, but as the fragrance is detectable still I would be happy to wear it for every day use. This is certainly a product I would recommend.

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                    15.01.2011 17:58
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                    Believe in your dreams!

                    ~ The Body Shop ~

                    The Body Shop was founded by the late Dame Anita Roddick in the 1970s and has become one of the largest cosmetic companies in the world. The name is now almost synonymous with social responsibility and green issues which Dame Anita campaigned tirelessly for during her lifetime. The Body Shop carries a wide range of products for the body, face, hair and home. The Body Shop claims that its products are "inspired by nature" and sourced through the Community Trade fair trade program.

                    Until recently I was one of those people who thought that every perfume was the same. After receiving some compliments on a particular perfume I became more interested in perfumes and finding fragrances which suited me. I love to pick up samples now to try things out so when The Body Shop had a stall set up at Covent Garden I went over and one of the girls started throwing vouchers and samples at me! Most of them were one use creams which I didn't think twice about but the sample of Dreams Unlimited fragrance made an impression and I went straight out to buy it!

                    ~ The Fragrance ~

                    Dreams Unlimited was inspired by Anita Roddick who once said "Whatever you can do, or dream, you can begin it". 'Dreams' is exactly what it reminds me of. It's a very dreamy, light and floaty fragrance, sweet smelling and fruity. It is a fresh and feminine scent which is very youthful and gives me a sense of confidence when I put it on at the beginning of the day. It is an eau de parfum which surprised me because I always assume these are deep, heavier scents and that eau de toilette sprays are the lighter ones more for daywear. However after some research it seems this can vary between perfume houses.

                    Top notes: orange, blackcurrant and green chilli. When I apply the perfume I first sense the citrus fruits. Then the scent opens and there is definitely something quite spicy which I imagine is the green chilli. When people test the fragrance in store these notes would be the most important as they are the first impression of the perfume.

                    Middle: The middle notes are what make this perfume for me. After about half an hour these heart notes of white flowers start to emerge and linger for the next few hours. The delicate scent which is very floral and light is lovely for the daytime and it makes me smile every time I catch a hint of the scent. I was surprised that iris was actually the only flower used in the composition.

                    Base notes: When the perfume dries the floral scent remains and lasts a few hours. Dreams Unlimited has base notes of soft cedar wood which to me are not particularly strong. I know that different perfumes smell different on people but it was interesting that I wasn't able to detect the woody scent.

                    The perfume uses Community Fair Trade alcohol sourced from sugarcane organically grown in Ecuador in keeping with The Body Shops ethical standards.

                    The Body Shop website advises to layer the fragrance with other Dreams Unlimited products such as the body wash (£6.50) and body lotion (£7.50). I haven't purchased these myself but if I was to buy the perfume as a gift I think it would be nice to accompany it with the lotion. The staying power of the perfume was okay but I might think of investing in them in the future if I have a voucher! On average I would say I could detect the perfume for 3 or 4 hours which is better than some of the other perfumes I've used. I often leave the house with this in my bag and give myself a spray everytime I feel I need it!

                    ~ Bottle and packaging ~

                    The packaging is very appealing with bright attractive colours. The first time I heard of the fragrance was on a poster in the window of The Body Shop - an image of a pretty young girl in a blue, purple and green floaty dress. The packaging of the actual perfume is different shades of blue - very pretty and very dreamy. The way the box starts as a white colour at the top, gradually becoming a pale blue, then brighter until it is a dark stunning blue colour at the bottom. It is eye catching and definitely the kind of thing that would stand out on a shelf. The bottle itself is also very attractive and quite classy considering I think it is a very young fragrance. Saying that, it's also very modern with a chunky feel which would appeal to the audience. It is shaped almost like an upside down lightbulb or maybe a teardrop which is quite simple but effective. The purple writing across it just states 'Dreams Unlimited. Eau de Parfum'.

                    ~ Price ~

                    The fragrance can only be purchased at the Body Shop, either in store or online as follows:

                    Dreams UnlimitedTM Eau De Parfum 30ml £14
                    Dreams UnlimitedTM Eau De Parfum 50ml £18

                    Overall

                    I loved this fragrance and think it is a perfect daytime scent for young females, however I don't think my mum or nana would like it quite as much! The fact that it is so light and sweet suggest that it would possibly be most appropriate for teenagers or young adults. At such a reasonable price for an eau de parfum it might be reasonably priced for them too. My 17 year old cousin Gaby received this for Christmas and absolutely loves it.

                    Even though I have recommended this for younger females I would say that at £14-18 a bottle it is well worth a try because it's a lovely, durable scent which will no doubt get some compliments!

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                      15.01.2011 11:39
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                      nice lasting scent

                      I bought this bottle of body shop: Dreams Unlimited, eau de parfum the other day as I got a free gift token from the body shop last week. This only costs £14 for a 30ml spray bottle, which is very reasonable for the scent that you get as I'm used to paying more for perfume.

                      The bottle is a nice simple design with the name written on the front, it is a spray dispencer and can be used on the neck and wrists. You only need a little for it to be present on the skin for most of the day. This is made especially for the body shop and the alcohol inside the eau de perfum is made from the sugar cane that is grown by their fairtrade members and it has lots of citrus leaf oil ingredients that give it own unique scent.

                      The top tones are of citrus which gives it a refreshing light scent, a crisp but lasting scent that feels nice and bubbly and alive. The middle tones of green chilli and white flowers give it the depth of the scent and these fresh tones linger on the initial spraying of the eau de parfum. The under tones of cedarwood are quite strong too and all together it makes a nice light sweet refreshing scent that any girl would be proud to own.

                      I like the body shop products as you can ask about the products before buying and their assistants are usually on hand to advise, this eau de parfum is a reasonable price for anyone's pocket and it lasts as you only need a little for it to be lingering ont he skin for hours after spraying.

                      This is one eau de parfum that can be recognised in the street if anyone else is wearing it, as it has it's unique blend of the flowers and citrus and cannot be mistaken with other parfum's.
                      I was happy with my purchase especially as it was free with the gift voucher I got and even if I had to pay for it the price is still cheap enough to afford.

                      Althought the bottle is a plain design and not for my collection I probably will buy it again as I like the tones of this one.
                      I'm happy to recommend it to you and it would make a nice present if you have to buy one for anyone.

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                        31.12.2010 00:04
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                        A nice daytime scent.

                        I really liked this fragrance after a testing session in my local store a few weeks ago and once my usual perfume started to run out, I decided to buy a bottle last week. Up until recently, I wasn't a big perfume fan but I've got tired of using body sprays that don't stay on for more than 10 minutes so I've been branching out into scents that at least last longer than that. This particular perfume uses alcohol that is made from Community Trade sugarcane from Ecuador.

                        SMELL
                        I'm not much good at picking out what creates a particular scent so I turned to the description on the Body Shop website for help here. According to that, you can find the following in this scent: citrus, green chilli, white flowers and cedarwood. To me, the overall smell is very sweet and fresh and smells undeniably 'girly'.

                        STAYING POWER
                        Although this is an eau de parfum spray, the price (£18) made me a bit hesitant about the staying power considering that some perfumes can retail for over double this price. Before spraying it for the first time, I imagined that it would be longer-lasting than a body spray and maybe last a couple of hours before fading to nothing. To my surprise, the smell was still evident in the evening (having tested for the first time in the morning), which is actually longer lasting than my regular perfume and smell aside, this is the other reason that I decided to make the purchase. I tend to spray this in the morning on my way out of the door before work and get lovely whiffs every so often throughout the day. The staying power is much better than I anticipated.

                        PRICE
                        As I've already mentioned, my bottle cost £18. You can get a smaller version for £14 but I figured that seeing as I liked the smell so much, it was better to get the bigger version for just a few quid more. I didn't actually pay £18 though as my Love Your Body discount card got me 10% off so it was really £16.20. At that price, it really is good value for money in my opinion.

                        OVERALL VERDICT
                        I really like this perfume and have been complimented on the smell whenever I wear it to work, even hours after I've first put it on. For a scent that isn't anywhere near top of the range, I've been really impressed with both the smell and the staying power. If you're into sweet and feminine scents, you could do worse than have a sniff of this one as it would probably appeal but for anyone who likes a more heavy and sophisticated fragrance, you'd probably be disappointed by this one. I consider it to be more of a daytime scent as it's quite a light scent on the whole. I've not worn it at night but I'm not sure whether it would stand up as a night-time scent. As a daytime scent though, it's lovely and affordable too!

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