To Dream is the first Sonoma Scent Studio perfume I am reviewing. I tried a few, but always got distracted, something else came up, it was just not the right timing for me and SSS.
But then To Dream arrived (courtesy of the lovely Undina), and this little gem refused to be deferred, to get in line, to wait patiently in the “to be reviewed eventually” queue. No, To Dream came, saw and won me over.
To Dream was created in 2011 by Laurie Erickson and includes notes of violet, rose, heliotrope, cedar, amber, frankincense, oakwood absolute, vetiver,tonka, orris, vanilla, musk, sandalwood, oakmoss absolute, subtle suede, cocoa and aldehydes.
To Dream opens slightly sharpish, but in a few seconds the soft, cosmetic-powdery familiar accord of rose and violet takes over, sweetened by heliotrope, it is a classic take on a familiar theme. But then the dramatic and unusal base begins to peak through. A woody, incensey darkness, dominated by the unusual oak wood note, cast the seemingly sweet floral perfume in shadow and takes it into the depths of the forest. Aldehydes crackle over the whole scene, illuminating it at times, like lighting.
Despite all that dramatic sounding imagery, To Dream is a warm and soft perfume, dreamy and feminine, its being anchored to the ground so heavily, seems contradictory, but it works perfectly.
To Dream has lower than average sillage and stays for about four hours on me. I wish I could spray it though, I think the sillage would be significantly improved.
To Dream makes me feel very grown up, it is not a girl’s perfume, like many such rose-violet scents can feel like. The dark and mysterious base (I smell oakmoss and it makes me truly happy!) makes sure, the powdery heart doesn’t take off in flights of fancy.
This is a perfume of a woman who has seen it all, she knows that life is more than roses and violets, but she still sees and appreciates their beauty, and is able to let them stand pretty, alongside the inevitable darkness.