Valentino Rock ‘n Dreams EDP Perfume Review

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 amber 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 amber 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 LancĂ´me TrĂ©sor 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 and I have to admit that I am tempted by these discounted prices.

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8 thoughts on “Valentino Rock ‘n Dreams EDP Perfume Review

    1. I like to do these because sometimes we ignore those mainstream scents for no good reason…other times we should have known better! It’s fun to see what is happening mass market.

  1. There are four Rock N’ Rose flankers? I haven’t even smelled the original. I wonder why they don’t release a new scent instead?

    I always like the shape of the Rock N’ Rose bottle. I’m afraid the contents are not for me, this flanker anyway.

    1. The flanker phenomenon has always confused me. This is a prime example: a non-rose fragrance based on a rose fragrance marketed to people who may have liked the rose fragrance but may want something lighter for summer.

      I actually like this one, in a simple and cuddly way. It’s soft and “pretty”.

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