SD Beauty Review: Scent Of A Dream – Charlotte Tilbury

SD Beauty Review: Scent Of A Dream - Charlotte Tilbury

One of my 2017 New Year’s resolutions is to up my perfume game. I love perfume, and even the simple act of spritzing some on makes me happy.

I’ll admit that I pretty much know next to nothing about perfume.  All I know is that I “know what I like“. There aren’t many perfumes that I outright dislike actually (maybe Dior’s Poison – truly poisonous to my untrained nose), but after taking a long, hard look at my own little collection, it seems as if I’m very partial to singular note florals and heavy, spicy scents.

The first perfume that I’ve acquired in 2017 is Charlotte Tilbury’s Scent Of A Dream. I have to be honest here, I probably would have bought it for the bottle alone, it’s so gorgeous. Yes – I have done that in the past. Sigh.

SD Beauty Review: Scent Of A Dream - Charlotte Tilbury

Scent Of A Dream is unlike anything I’ve ever owned. When I heard that Charlotte Tilbury was releasing a namesake fragrance, I was expecting it to be sweet, a little spicy and sexy – the way I imagine Ms. Tilbury to be herself. This perfume is definitely “sexy”, but it ain’t “sweet” and definitely not cloying. Instead, here you have a perfume which is unique with its heady chypre notes, including jasmine, frankincense, and violet – my favourite.

While getting ready for a lunch date with my husband, I sprayed some on and delighted in the lemony-peachy top notes mixed with black pepper. The perfume also features heart notes of heavy hitters like jasmine, frankincense, tuberose and violet. Base notes include Fire Tree, patchouli and Ambroxan.

This is definitely the most “unusual” perfume in my collection. Throughout the day, I found the perfume changed a lot. Those lemony, fruity notes I noticed at first dried down to super heavy spicy scents of frankincense, woodiness and patchouli. Every now and then, I’d get whiffs of beautiful jasmine. This perfume also has a bit of a soapy, clean quality.

SD Beauty Review: Scent Of A Dream - Charlotte Tilbury

This scent reminds me of Old Hollywood Glamour – something Elizabeth Taylor or Lana Turner would have loved. That being said, Charlotte Tilbury had the perfume formulated after her own personal blend of essential oils she sourced from markets during her time living in Ibiza, which could explain the lemony brightness to the scent.

Now, the patchouli in the fragrance is quite heavy. I highly suggest that before purchasing, you test it out first. Patchouli is a personal favourite of mine, but I know that it can be a deal breaker for some. Scent Of A Dream also features “Ambroxan”, a base chemical used in many fragrances to create their long-lasting effect. In addition, Ambroxan has a salty, skin-like quality which I’d liken to the “scent” appeal of the hot, muscly guy working out at the gym, and a musky yet clean aroma. A truly fascinating perfume!

Scent Of A Dream can be found at Holt Renfrew and online at Check out the Charlotte Tilbury Instagram account and YouTube channel too for lots of great makeup inspiration.

Have you tried Scent Of A Dream? What is your take on Charlotte Tilbury‘s popular and unique fragrance?

*Press sample provided in exchange for my honest opinion.



  1. January 9, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    That sounds like a wonderful fragrance, I hate sweet perfumes. 🙂

    • Dominique
      January 9, 2017 / 2:07 pm

      It really is a lovely and unique fragrance. I like sweet perfumes, as long as they don’t smell too juvenile or too “candy store”. One of my faves is Viktor and Rolf’s Bon Bon!!

      • Velda
        January 14, 2017 / 11:05 am

        Bon Bon smells really good. I would love to try this one, but I’m in a no perfume buy until I make a considerable dent in the ones that I own.

        • Dominique
          January 14, 2017 / 2:12 pm

          Oh! Good girl, Velda! I’m the sort of perfume maximalist who keeps buying! HAHA! The collection is getting a little out of hand but such is life! Thank you so much for reading!

  2. January 9, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    OMG that bottle could hold dishwashing liquid and I would buy it in a heartbeat! The fact that the packaging is so nice AND it smells great is a win win to me! Love this!!!

    Danielle | <3

    • Dominique
      January 9, 2017 / 2:06 pm

      Thank you! Glad we are on the same wavelength – lol!!

  3. January 9, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    A lot of times I consider buying fragrances simply because the bottle is so cute!

    • Dominique
      January 9, 2017 / 2:06 pm

      Right? LOL! I love perfumes that come in atomizers too. Love it!

  4. January 9, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    I’ve never heard of this perfume, but I really like the style of the bottle. It’s perfect shade of pink

    • Dominique
      January 9, 2017 / 2:05 pm

      Hi Fatima! Thanks for your kind words! I’m always surprised to hear that people haven’t heard of Charlotte Tilbury because it’s so immensely popular here! Glad I can spread the word! The perfume bottle is actually clear and the product itself is a very pale yellow. The metal accents are a pretty rose gold!

  5. January 9, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I think the bottle alone has me sold. I’ve actually never tried anything from Charlotte Tillbury but definitely interested now.

    • Dominique
      January 10, 2017 / 9:14 am

      The quality of her makeup is second to none. Amazing. Happy testing! xoxox

  6. January 10, 2017 / 12:09 am

    I have never heard of this perfume before but it looks amazing!

    • Dominique
      January 10, 2017 / 9:13 am

      Thank you! I’m learning from readers that this brand is a little hard to find! I’m pretty sure you can find it at places like Saks and Nordstrom…

  7. January 10, 2017 / 8:26 am

    This looks amazing! I need to try it!

    • Dominique
      January 10, 2017 / 9:12 am

      It’s quite nice! It’s pretty distinctive…

  8. January 11, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Beautiful bottle, I really like the sound of this. Must give this a try. xx

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