Diamonds and Sapphires

This is a typical Elizabeth Taylor fragrance (Elizabeth Taylor 1993), in my opinion, in that it almost overwhelms you but doesn’t quite and then you’re left smelling something ambery, vanillic and a little smoky in a very 1980’s/90’s style. The green heliotrope and musky melon add more depth, density and interest. And rhubarb adds even more intrigue. Of course, as a vintage parfum this lasted a long time on the skin. And, of course, it mellows more over time. Of all the Elizabeth Taylor fragrances I think this is one of my favorites as it has many memories attached to it and I love the sharp, melon infused edges.

Forever Elizabeth


With its bright and charming fruity floral notes, Forever Elizabeth (Elizabeth Taylor 2002) is lush, sumptuous and romantic.  Forever is fresh and a bit sweet with strong notes of apple, blackberry, tiare flower, and orchid.  It hints at spring rains and verdant green gardens. It’s lovely…
Top notes: blackberry, apple, italian mandarin and green notes. Middle notes: tiare flower, violet, orchid, rose and egyptian jasmine. Base notes: cloves, sandalwood, amber, woody notes and white musk.

White Diamonds

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White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor (Elizabeth Taylor 1991) starts with a retro, strong aldehydic burst and then gradually warms into a gummy, sweet cocktail of floral notes, oak moss and a strong hint of musk and sandalwood.   As it continues tuberose, jasmine, rose, ylang ylang and neroli are the strongest with special emphasis on the ylang ylang and tuberose, although the jasmine creates a fruity, banana-like quality that stands out as well .

I can see why it’s named, White Diamonds.  It does have a luscious, sparkling quality that is reminiscent of diamonds and in its time it may have captured the essence of white diamonds even more than it may seem today.  I remember when it was worn and it did have a light capturing, clear, elegance that was more easy to grasp in the early 1990’s.  It’s a unique scent in any case…

Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, neroli, orange and lily.  Middle notes: violet, rose and jasmine, ylang-ylang, Egyptian tuberose and narcissus.  Base notes: oak moss, patchouli, musk, sandalwood and amber.

So, one of the places we’re considering moving to is Seattle.  But I just read about the potential for deadly earthquakes and now I’m terrified to move there and live in a high rise.

So umm…

And then there’s this weekend! I’m pretty sure it’s going to be pleasant.  It’s the Fourth of July weekend here and we all like fireworks (intentional ones – nothing that originates from almost supernatural destruction caused by shifts in the Earth’s crust)…

More later. 🙂


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I heard about Passion by Elizabeth Taylor for years.  Similarly to any other iconic fragrance Passion manages to find itself in literature.  It was in a book I read in junior high school.  There was this very colorful female character who wore clothes that were much too small for her, false eyelashes, fake nails, a wig and plastered on make-up.  She was the aunt of the protagonist, a young teenage girl who viewed her aunt as both exotic and tacky but still someone she hoped to vaguely imitate.  And this woman doused herself in Passion.  Matter of fact she reeked of Passion.

Oviously, given my literary introduction, I had some preconceived ideas when I recently tried Passion.  However, at first sniff I was surprised to find a very clean and musky fragrance.  It was not what I expected at all, and I liked it.  Although I generally do like orientals and this is an oriental.  It’s also very animalic, especially in the drydown…

Passion (Elizabeth Taylor 1988) is complex, sensual (hence the way it appeared in the book) and amorous.  I wonder if Elizabeth Taylor was trying to write an olfactory autobiography with this scent, since those adjectives suit her quite well too. With strong notes of sandalwood, civet, musk, and tuberose in the drydown, bergamot and coriander in the opening and ylang ylang the entire time Passion is a charming fragrance.

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Tonight we’ll be going to see Carmen. I’m really looking forward to seeing it.

My husband finished taking his test, so we can finally breath again as a family.  My son and husband spent some time at a park yesterday evening before dinner.  My son came back with sand in his hair and shoes but he was smiling.  I think they had a good time…  🙂

I can’t say it’s been the easiest week of my life but in some ways it’s been awe-inspiring and allowed me further insight into life in general.  I feel like my life is changing in some ways right now and so is the  world closest to me, but it’s the season of change so I suppose it’s fitting.

How has your week been?

Until Sunday.