We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
Shakespeare actually has quite a few dream quotes. I always enjoyed this one, from The Tempest, and while The Tempest is a tragedy and A Midsummer's Night Dream is a comedy, I enjoy the dream images in both plays.
I am one of the fortunate folks in this world who can lucid dream! I love dreaming. I love sleeping. I love the Summer Solstice/Midsummer. So you can just imagine the excitement when I received Yuko Fukami (Parfum Phyto)'s Dreams perfume.
Now I'm quoting Yuko as she describes her creation - "As ephemeral as a dream. It sparkles, it's sweet...and the memory lingers on the skin..Flowers in the meadow against the crushed grass, hay, and woods of the forest floor."
This lovely elixir contains the following:
Top notes - coriander, virginian cedarwood
Heart notes - tuberose, violet leaf, cassie
Base notes - hay, flouve, ambrette seeds, ambergris
At first blush, the cedarwood is prominent, cushioned by the coriander. The tuberose then springs out, but not too much, along with the violet. I am transported to a marshy green space, covered with trees, my bare feet are squishing happily on the ground of dirt and moss, woodland flowers, and leaves that dropped the autumn before.
I find a dry place, and lie down looking skyward - the trees are a canopy, the breeze from the far away meadows reaches me.
Sleep comes peacefully and gloriously! And oh what dreams for this beloved Summer Solstice!
("Titania Sleeping" by Arthur Rackham)
And please check out the following links of reviews of the various and wonderful scents in A Midsummer's Night Dream scent event, and special thanks again to Amanda Feeley for hosting this wonderful project!