Product Type: The Body Shop fragrances
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Believe in your dreams!
The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Eau de Parfum
Member Name: Wickedinrock
The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Eau de Parfum
Advantages: Lovely fragrance, beautiful bottle, excellent price
Disadvantages: A young fragrance, for teens?
~ 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
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!
Summary: Believe in your dreams!
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