Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Fragrance
Valentino Rock ‘n Dreams is the 4th flanker in the Rock ‘n Rose perfume “line” launched in 2009. I’ve sniffed the others throughout the years but I can barely remember them, so I can’t accurately compare or comment on Rock ‘n Rose in comparison to the others. However, I can tell that Rock ‘n Dreams is the “soft” scent in the line, the “soft rock” 🙂 And there is no rose, which is funny for a rose flanker. Rock ‘n Dreams is a modern oriental fragrance; soft fruity jasmine with a clean, musky woods dry-down.
Rock ‘n Dreams reminds me of a few fragrances. It reminds me of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Eclat d’Arpege, Creed Spring Flower, and Lacoste Pour Femme. At first spray, Rock ‘n Dreams is a fruity-floral that reminds me of Light Blue. I get peach and woods. The peach, stone fruit note, and jasmine floral reminds me of the fruity opening of Creed Spring Flower. The opening is a delicate fruity-floral. Think a fruit stand with apples, pears, peaches, and plums mixed with a an almost soapy jasmine/white floral. The dry-down is a sweeter, powdery blend of iris, clean musk, and amber. It reminds me exactly of the dry-down of Arpege Eclat d’Arpege. I really like this dry down even though it is really clean and synthetic, like an iris mixed with “cotton blossom” musk and sweet vanilla amber.
Rock ‘n Dreams lasts on my skin for many hours. This is a very “soft” modern oriental fragrance. I see it as a pretty scent to wear in late winter/early spring. It’s like an ivory colored cardigan.
Valentino Rock ‘n Dreams isn’t special, nothing edgy. It reminds me of many other fragrances. However, this isn’t a bad fragrance. It’s soft, feminine, and delicate. It’s “cuddly”. I get compliments on this fragrance from random people at the bookstore and my husband really likes it. I like it in the way that I like Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and Lacoste Pour Femme. In a strange way, maybe because of Not a Perfume with its synthetic note and white packaging, this fragrance reminds me of a lighter scent that Juliette Has A Gun would launch. I won’t be going out and buying a bottle of Rock ‘n Dreams but if someone gave me a bottle, I’d wear it sometimes or designate it a “work” fragrance (because it is soft). It is cheaper than Arpege Elcat d’Arpege and Creed Spring Flower, two fragrances that I like but won’t buy because of their price.
Notes listed include peach, cinnamon, Myrrhone ®, woody notes, and vanilla.
Give Valentino Rock ‘n Dreams a try if you like “soft” fragrances of scents like Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Creed Spring Flower, Arpege Eclat d’Arpege, Lacoste Pour Femme, Burberry The Beat for Her, Jennifer Lopez Still, Elizabeth Arden Pretty, and/or Lancôme Trésor In Love.
The 1.7 retails for $65 and the 3 oz for $85. It looks like the scent is available at discounters such as fragrancenet.com and perfume.com. I have to admit that I am tempted by these discounted prices.
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