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Diamonds and Emeralds by Elizabeth Taylor

Hey Posse! Just recently I bought the Elizabeth Taylor coloured stone trio. We are talking about Diamonds and Emeralds today because green is my favourite colour. I’m saving the other two to open when I’m in real need of a new distraction.

They were on super deep discount (and I adore White Diamonds) so thought I might take a punt on these. The cost of a McDonalds small Big Mac Meal, each 50ml. So even if I hate them I can drop them off at the local thrift store and not lose any sleep. The thrill of purchase was real. I’ve had one paying gig since mid June and don’t qualify for this round of government bailout money. NO, don’t sweat it for me. Jin is still working full time, all our bills are paid and we have each other, home, food, clothing, pets and fast (for Australia) internet connections. Seriously, we are doing fine. I’m doing fine. I’m enjoying this small, quiet, local version of life.

Diamonds and Emeralds by Elizabeth Taylor 1993

 

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Gardenia, Peach, Apricot, Hiacynth, Orange Blossom, White Rose, Water Lily, Mandarin Orange, Sage
Heart: Tuberose, Jasmine, Magnolia, Lily, Carnation, Rose, Lily-of-the-Valley
Base: Vanilla, Amber, Tonka Bean, Musk, Patchouli

An aldehydic fruity floral is the large, lush, over the top style that Liz herself was so famous for. Orange blossom, tuberose and jasmine feel like the backbone Diamonds and Emeralds is hung upon. The tuberose is so rich it smells like it’s got some ylang bolstering it. That stone fruit note is nothing like Femme or Mitsouko, here it smells like a lip gloss version of itself.

Diamonds and Emeralds smells 100% better than I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely smells drug store and the way it’s put together does feel dated. Having said that, I really like it. The first 5 minutes or so burns off into a sweet white floral fragrance with presence but is not overwhelming. There is something invitingly overripe about it. Luscious is a good word to describe Diamonds and Emeralds.

Part of what I like is the bottle. It’s really comfortable in my hand, the pressed plastic silver band is also really clever, it’s an excellent grip so you won’t drop your perfume. The spritz is generous and fine.

Hyper feminine. Longevity, projection and sillage are well above average. A couple of spritzes before going out to paint the town rainbow? Yes please.

Nothing to do with todays post except Liz Taylor is included, and I think this perfume is a perfect spritz for a dame, but March did a fabulous post on Perfumes For A Dame way back in 2009.

Do you, or did you, ever have a Elizabeth Taylor perfume? Does Diamonds and Emeralds sound good to you?
Portia xx

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