Perfume Review: Dream Fragrance by Catherine Malandrino

Fragrance sample of Dream sent in an IPSY subscription box

The perfume I’ve been wearing this week came courtesy of the February IPSY box and is the Dream Fragrance by Catherine Malandrino.  I’ll admit I’ve heard the name, but never tried any of her fragrances.  When I went to look it up, I found many wonderful sounding scents and I could feel the perfume marketers going to work on me. I was pulled down a rabbit hole and as a consequence several of her perfumes are now on my list to see about adding to either Scentbird or Scentbox for later trials.

Oddly enough though, I had a really hard time finding this particular fragrance and had to instead return to IPSY to get a description and details. I’m not sure it is an exclusive to IPSY, if it is not currently offered anywhere at the moment or I was just distracted by other fragrances like a dog in a park full of frolicking squirrels. So I went back to IPSY for the description and it is…

If you’re already yearning for warmer days, this fruity-floral scent is *almost* the next best thing. One whiff reveals fruity top notes of apple, rhubarb, and nectarine that smell crisp and refreshing. Floral middle notes of magnolia, lavender, and peony are equal parts soft and sweet. Warm bottom notes of ambrette, tonka, musk, and vanilla add a cozy feel. Trust us, when you spritz this on you’ll be asked what you’re wearing all day—the scent lingers for hours, but it’s light and not the least bit overpowering.

It is a nice IPSY description, but it really does lack the punch that most perfume copywriting features.  This lets you know what it is, while most perfume descriptors leave your mouth watering and half believing you’ve found a portal to another more exotic life.  Like a fragrance version of Narnia.

But descriptions, whether adequate or excellent, aren’t really the point, the fragrance is. 

I will say it does spray on strong, but fades back a little after about ten minutes to something that won’t cause those in the next cubicle to remind you that they have a fragrance allergy. It is what I like to call a personal scent.  It hugs closer to the body rather than create a cloud that makes an entrance before you do. It also lasts throughout the day.

There are a lot of interesting notes mentioned in the description and I’m sure I could, if I sat down and sniffed long enough, tease them out, but the truth is when I smell this I get one image in my mind. The scent of this perfume reminds me of a slightly more grown up version of Loves Baby Soft. 

I don’t know if anyone remembers that fragrance or if they still make it but in the sixth grade it was my first purchased perfume and it was all the rage for girls my age. Everyone smelled like Loves Baby Soft. A few years later there were the knock offs of high end adult fragrances and much more diversity, but not in sixth grade, not for my school.  

That year, it was Loves Baby Soft for all.

This Dream Fragrance is a slightly more grown up version of that scent. Or at least that is how it smells to me.  Wearing it this week has caused all sorts of strange flashbacks. It makes it a little difficult for me to think about this perfume objectively, but I’ll try. 

It is a nice scent, lightly floral and slightly powdery. It is sweet, but not cloying.  It is an excellent soft spring scent.  If I didn’t have a mental association with it, I might be inclined to pick it up and add it to my collection.  I’m not entirely certain I want to have that strong a reminder of my thirteen year old self, at least not on a daily basis.  A week was interesting; the full size might be pushing it for me.

Again that is more my memory association than the fault of the perfume.  If you are looking for a lightly floral spring scent, this might be for you. But amusement aside, for me, I’m going to have to pass. 

Admittedly now I need to look up Loves Baby Soft and see if they still make it.

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9 thoughts on “Perfume Review: Dream Fragrance by Catherine Malandrino

  1. Omg- I just got Dream from ScentBird and I’m in love!! It’s a great scent and I too am having trouble finding it! Lol


  2. Thank you for your honest, and descriptive review! I’m not familiar with this scent, and have been curious. Her Romance de Provence is my go to, and noted this scent when online reordering. Macy’s currently stocks the Dream scent, online. I’m unsure about in stores as we’re still in lockdown here. Loves was all the rage at my school back in the 80’s as well.. oh, the memories!


    1. So glad I’m not the only one who remembers Loves. Considering how many people wore it I knew I couldn’t be. Thanks for letting me know about macy’s I’ll check them out (on-line for safety of course)


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