Elizabeth Taylor Violet Eyes: Peachy…

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor was not only an acting legend and world famous beauty, but was one of the first celebrities to launch a fragrance.  Not THE first, though, that was Cher.   NB More celebrity perfume trivia-Antonio Banderas has 57 fragrances to his name and has had his own perfume house since 1997.  That calls for a gratuitous photo.

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Back to Violet Eyes . Violet Eyes was launched in 2010, and was inspired by the famous and unusual eye colour of Dame Elizabeth herself.   However,  I was still expecting violets in the fragrance. After all, the juice, bottle and box are all varying shades of purple. There were no violets for me to sniff, though.  In fact there were only two dominant notes in Violet Eyes and they were cedar and white peaches.

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As you know, I am no snob when it comes to perfume.  A tiny price tag won’t make me turn my nose up ( excuse the pun). However, in this case, I find little to recommend it.   It begins as a common or garden fruity floral with loud peaches and  a good waft of light jasmine. However, within about ten minutes it becomes synthetic fuzzy woods and  even more synthetic fuzzy peach. it pretty much stayed that way on me and didn’t really improve.

However, there are many Fragrantica readers who  swear that this smells  very simialr to Lanvin Eclat D’Arpege, yet is even cheaper.

If that floats your boat, then you have a bargain.

I still love the bottle of Violet Eyes: that diamante collar and  shiny box! I still love Dame Liz too, but I’ll sit this one out. Her best still remains White Diamonds in my book ( or on my blog).

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This is available from Fragrance Direct at only 2.99 for a 15ml spray. Worth it for the pretty bottle alone! I bought my own bottle and opinions are my own.

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