Thursday, May 27, 2010

SOTD: Juste un Reve by PdN

It's been a pleasurable day smelling this on my arm. :)
But, it's been a bit problematic getting the notes.

Notes by PdN: coconut, apricot, jasmine, tuberose, sandalwood, vanilla

Notes by Luckyscent: jasmine, rose, iris, hyacinth, monoi

As you can see, not much overlap (what an understatement). For me, it's a mix of both, even though I didn't locate rose and jasmine but hey, nothing new there.

I saw this mentioned as a perfect summer scent - for me it's more than just a summer scent. Yes, you cannot skip the summer with coconut and monoi but the florals are quite a bit important as well. At one point, they are all you get.

For me it started fresh, irisy and floral, slightly grassy-sweet and happy - it brought a smile to my face. Imagine my dismay when reading notes by PdN and seeing no iris. But Luckyscent helped with that.

This one gives you a feel like you are smelling your skin warmed in the sun - you smell the perfume of flowers and tropical stuff, and you are smelling it warmed in the sun (even though I'm in the office all day).

I kept looking for the apricot but in the end I decided it combined itself with sandalwood perhaps to give this an aura of apricot suede powderiness (this sounds wrong).

Anyway, this all gives way to some flowers and I cannot claim I smelled hyacinths but I did smell flowers of a particular type I recognize. It could be that the real life hyacinth and the perfume one differ sligthly...

But the end is just as great as the rest, sweet monoi and salty iris turning into coconuty and salty smell of sandalwood. It's at the same time simple and brilliant. Not simple as an easy, straight-forward thing, but easy as in, it gives off a feeling of being easily wearable and enjoyed.


  1. This sounds really nice, and perfect for the hot weather we're having in NY state this week.

    Keep up the good work on the sample project. I am enjoying the results ;)


  2. Honestly, if it is not natural perfume - I am not into notes at all...

  3. La BV, we've been having summer weather this week too, and yes, I believe this would work great in it. It just makes you feel happy and carefree.

  4. Bellatrix, yes, you are definitely headed down the natural path it seems...

  5. It's not that. It is just funny how people are talking about things which are not inside :D

  6. Hi, Ines - it rather surprised me that you liked this one, as we tend to have different tastes! For I liked JuR very much as well. The tropical florals are lovely, and the whole thing made me think of walking on a Hawaiian beach (a wonderful experience, by the way) at sunset. This is probably the next PdN I'll buy. I need it for summer, right?


  7. Honestly Mals, this one surprised me too. :) At one point I started thinking the flowers are going to go overboard, but no, I loved it from start to end.
    I think you are right - this is perfect for the summer, and we all need a perfect summer scent. And PdN has these 30ml bottles thar are pretty easy to buy...

    I'm awful I know when it comes to shopping. ;)