When I first saw Anna Sui‘s new fragrance Live Your Dream displayed amongst the designer’s aubergine boudoir chairs and lacquered vanity tables in the Sears cosmetics department, I was immediately intrigued — and concerned. Live Your Dream is housed in the same vintage scrolled bottle with a rose topper as Sui’s first fragrance, simply known as Classic. Could this be replacing the boho rock ‘n’ roll designer’s Classic? The same one that I bought 10 years ago for the first time in France at Sephora when the cosmetics behemoth had not yet crossed shores? The same scent that still takes me back to Paris with a single sniff and that my boyfriend recognizes as “my scent”?
Live Your Dream does have some olfactory similarities to its predecessor. Both eau de toilettes have woody and musky base notes and a heart of rose and jasmine, but the top notes that you first notice are where the similarities end. Where Classic has a powdery and musky top note dominated by Bergamot, Live Your Dream has a fruity floral mix of Lily of the Valley, Waterflower Accord and White Pepper. Without any bottles of Classic on the shelf in Sears, Live Your Dream is going to have a tough time filling that shelf space in my heart.
— Jodi Goulart