I really like rose-violet scents. Their powdery, ultra-feminine accord, so reminiscent of cosmetics (and God knows I love those as well), is very attractive to me and I find their soft, pinkish aura very comforting and inviting.
Lieu de Rêves, or Place of Dreams, is one of two of Laurie Erickson’s creations that deal with that particular floral accord. The second one, To Dream, I have already reviewed and I own a travel spray that is being rapidly depleted. It is safe to say, I love it a lot.
Another epic rose-violet combo, or may THE most important rose-violet combo in niche perfumery these days, is Frederic Malle’s Lipstick Rose. So of course I wanted to compare the two SSS perfumes with the vastly more expensive Malle creation. But more of that later, let’s see how Lieu de Rêves fares first.
“Lieu de Rêves, or place of dreams, combines soft floral notes of violet and rose with a base that balances sweet notes of heliotrope, tonka, amber, vanilla, and musk with woodsy notes of cedar, vetiver, and orris. Gentle aldehydes add elegance and the intriguing base notes add unique accents to this modern take on the classic powdery floral heliotrope theme.”
– from the SSS website
Lieu de Rêves was released in 2009 and includes notes of heliotrope, violet, rose, jasmine, cedar, amber, vetiver, tonka, orris, vanilla, musk, and very soft aldehydes.
Lieu de Rêves makes me happy every time I apply it. It is so lovely, so innocent and so pretty, I can’t help but smile. It is a billowy soft cloud of violets and rose and heliotrope sitting pretty on a very gentle base dominated by soft vanilla, a woody aspect (cedar?) and tender musk, with a powdery veil of orris softening the edges. The aldehydes are almost imperceptible, but they help to lift and diffuse the whole creation and make it even more airy, gauzy and dreamy.
For the first half hour the sillage is quite considerable, but then it retracts to a lovely skin scent, it wears close to the body for at least five hours.
Its sister scent in Laurie’s collection, To Dream, shares the same floral heart as Lieu de Rêves, but is not nearly as close in smell as I have thought before trying them side by side. To Dream’s earthy and woody base is massive and dominant in comparison, the oak wood note is very strong and takes To Dream into a much more solid direction. The airy, gauzy feel is only there in remnants clouding the broad wooden base. An amazing perfume in itself, but when it comes to comparing only the floral qualities of my beloved rose-violet accord, I prefer Lieu de Rêves.
And what about Lipstick Rose? Here, upon first spraying it, the rose is much more dominant than the violet, whereas in Lieu de Rêves, both are equally weighed to my nose. Lipstick Rose is stronger, more assertive, louder, a hot pink to Lieu de Rêves’ pastel hue, if you will.
Lipstick Rose can dominate a room, it is about fun and being fearlessly female. Lieu de Rêves in contrast, is tender, soft and caring. She prefers staying at home underneath a pink blanket and reading a book, a love story of course. Lieu de Rêves is a romantic soul and a fragile one. She would get incredibly self-conscious when confronted with the exuberant personality of Lipstick Rose, who wouldn’t even notice Lieu de Reves sitting in the corner. Lipstick Rose notices only her own image in the mirror.
Both ladies have their advantages and having someone like Lipstick Rose to accompany me on a party can be a much needed boost to my self-esteem.
But I prefer quiet and wistful Lieu de Rêves, she is just so much more like me.