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Versace The Dreamer Review: A Unique Aromatic

Versace The Dreamer Review: A Unique Aromatic

​Versace is a high-quality designer fragrance brand that has been famous for their scents for both men and women. Most of their colognes tend to be crowd-pleasers and safe as blind-buys.

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The exception to this rule is Versace’s The Dreamer For Men Eau De Toilette Spray which was launched in 1996. The cologne is a unique scent, fitting for outdoor use.

The Dreamer by Versace is an option that people tend to love or hate – with very little in between. To help you decide if it could be on point for you, this review will give you insight on the fragrance’s base notes, presentation and usage.

The Versace EDT is an unusual (and potent) combination of floral and tobacco. Personally, I enjoy the balance they created between these two very unusual scents. With that combination, it could be a great candidate for fragrance layering. To some people, it just smells like extremely strong soap gone bad.

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Fragrance Notes

The Dreamer starts sweet and gradually dries down to a warm woody scent. Top notes include clary sage, lavender and mandarin. The heart (which seem to be what most people object to) is a combination of geranium, rose and tobacco.

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However, the tobacco is more freshly-picked and sharper than you usually smell in colognes. Is it a strange pairing? Yes — but I think they pull it off. The base notes are tonka bean and cedar.


Like the rest of the Versace fragrance line — this bottle features the Medusa logo prominently. Compared to many of their other bottle designs, this one is more subdued and subtle with a light gold and silver theme.

The sprayer is solid and since this fragrance is so intense, one to two squirts should do the trick.

The fragrance is also available in a three-piece men’s gift set. The Dreamer’s gift set includes the cologne bottle, foaming gel and aftershave — all with the same notes.


I would say the EDT is more of a fall/winter fragrance — definitely well suited to cool weather. I wear it primarily for casual weekend wear but it’s polished enough, I could see it working for evening/romantic wear — less clubbing and more walks in the snow and gathering around the fire.

Sillage and Longevity

Versace’s The Dreamer lasts pretty much forever and has strong projection.

I’ve woken up the next day still smelling like it. If you’re looking for something that lasts all evening, this is a great bet. That said, I don’t like wearing such a strong fragrance to the office or meetings.

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The Verdict

Personally, I enjoy the scent of The Dreamer by Versace. With rose, geranium and tobacco it’s a truly unique balance of scents and stands out with its originality.

That said, I know it isn’t a crowd-pleaser. Recently it’s been on heavy discount from Amazon — if you can get it for half-off it might still be worth a blind-buy. Otherwise, it might be worth seeking out a sample.

Want to check out some of Versace’s other cologne offerings? Check out my overview of top Versace colognes.

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