Dreaming is the latest fragrance from Tommy Hilfiger, and is meant to appeal to "the Tommy girl grown up"* (but not too grown up: the target market is 18-30). According to Tommy Hilfiger himself...
Tommy Girl is a declaration of independence and Tommy Girl 10, a journey on the open road. Dreaming, on the other hand, captures the sophistication of a woman. It's sensuous, seductive, yet playful and unexpected.**
Dreaming was developed by perfumer Stephen Nilsen, and features peach, tuberose, freesia, white hibiscus, white woods and orris. It smells pretty much like it sounds — this is a fruity floral, sweet and sparkling in the opening, peppery white floral-ish in the heart, cool musky woods with a velvet finish at the end. It is pale and clean throughout, and I would call it "romantic and feminine" more than "sensuous and seductive", making it a good fit with its name and with the white-sheets-and-innocence ad imagery featuring model Mona Johannesson.
Dreaming is perfectly nice, and if there is nothing unexpected about yet another pale fruity floral, well, there you are. One of the hardest things about blogging your way through 800 new fragrance releases a year is finding something new to say about fragrances that don't smell new, and here I'll just give up and quote myself:
So: a very wearable, perfectly pleasant scent, and a good match with its relatively tame moniker. It is nicer, to be sure, than much of what I've smelled on the fragrance counters this spring, so it seems almost churlish to point out that it is neither exciting nor innovative, but there it is. It doesn't exactly ooze personality.
That's from last year's review of Miss Boucheron, and now I feel doubly churlish because worn side by side, Miss Boucheron handily wins over Dreaming in the "personality" department, and I'd call it way sexier to boot. Miss Boucheron actually turned out to be much nicer than lots of the fragrances that came after it in 2007.
The Dreaming bottle is fine but surprisingly basic. A little charm hangs off the neck of the Parfum and the largest Eau de Parfum (100 ml, shown); if you get one of the smaller sized Eaux de Parfum, you don't get the charm.
Tommy Hilfiger Dreaming can be found at Macys or Boscovs in the United States. It is available in 15 ml Parfum, 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum, in a rollerball/lip gloss duo, a limited edition solid perfume pendant, and matching body lotion and body wash. The lasting power of the Eau de Parfum is fine; I did not try the Parfum.
You can learn more at the dedicated website, dreamingaboutyou, where they've also got an "automated dream interpreter", should you be in need of one. I tried entering the word perfume, but perfume is apparently not in the dream database, nor is chocolate. If you've been dreaming about rabbits, they "usually symbolize vulnerability".
* Via Women's Wear Daily, 12/11/2007.
** Via The Malay Mail, 1/15/2008.