We all know someone who has experienced domestic abuse at some point in his or her life. "Just walk away," sounds easy enough, but it is extremely difficult to do, especially if the victim does not have a support system or has to remain in an abusive relationship for financial reasons. Facing an uncertain future, especially when there are children involved, can seem even scarier than staying with an abusive partner.
Finding the courage to walk away from an abusive and life-harming situation is a difficult, courageous journey in and of itself.
That is why, from now until August 15, 2014, Mary Kay will donate $2.50 from the sales of each limited edition bottle of Journey of Dreams to shelters for women and children victims of domestic abuse. Walking away from an abusive partner is only the first step; these people need a strong support system that can help them get back on their feet, and hopefully prevent them from returning to an abusive situation.
First, let's talk about the beautiful packaging. The box has water paintings of butterflies, which symbolize the lives that you will change when you purchase a bottle of Journey of Dreams.
On the cap, there are rings that change from light to dark green, also symbolizing the changes in a person's life. The glass bottle itself has a textured, flowing effect as well, as if to resemble flowing water.
The perfume blend is a beautiful crisp and light, but not weak, petals of various flowers, woods, musks, and resins:
Top notes: clementine; freesia; lotus.
Middle notes: black currant bud; Turkish rose; Australian sandalwood.
Base notes: white amber; skin musk; orange petals.
As you can tell from the notes, Journey of Dreams is a soft, likable perfume. True to its name, there is a very ethereal quality to it. It opens with fresh but full-bodied notes of clementine and lotus, tempered with the more herbal scent of freesia. After ten minutes or so, I could smell the rose petals, along with the soft and smooth sandalwood note. The black currant bud does lend some sweetness, but not cloyingly so. The base is a sensual blend of musk and amber, with hints of orange peel.
The perfume has a beachy smell to me, almost like the classic scent of Coppertone suntan lotion, which I love. It is very reminiscent of Bobbi Brown's Beach perfume, but much longer lasting. It is not identical to Beach, of course, but I would put the two in the same category.
The lasting power is good for an eau de toilette, at about three to five hours.
Cost: $25 for 1 oz.
Where to buy: Support small businesses and buy from a Mary Kay representative! If you do not already have a Mary Kay lady, I would like to recommend mine -- Katie Cook. She is awesome and does not use high-pressure or intimidating sales tactics, which I really appreciate. The best part is, Katie offers free shipping to anywhere in the United States, no matter the size of your order! She also has a "sample of the month" program going on, which is totally free. You may reach Katie on Facebook as well.