Friday, March 25, 2011

SOTD: Elizabeth Taylor Black Pearls

Released in 1996, Black Pearls isn't everyone's cup of tea. Maybe that fits with the story I heard- namely that Liz had BPs made specifically for herself.

Black Pearls notes:
Top: bergamot, peach, lotus, water lily
Heart: gardenia, lilac, white rose, jasmine
Base: spices, sandalwood, vanilla

Black Pearls had been discontinued but it has re-appeared en mass at online retailers, having been poorly reformulated (by who knows). The injection of heavy elements- syrupy fruit and amber by all accounts did not improve the fragrance. The new version has not been well received by most reviewers over at MUA and Fragrantica although I don't believe the original sold very well, either. Watery florals can be tricky- (edit: melon fruit/water flowers on top of woody oriental base).

I have a 1996 bottle of the pure perfume and find it beautiful, delicate and unique thanks to the succulent water flowers, restrained use of fruit notes and a well balanced base of wood, vanilla and spice. Worth seeking out, if you've the patience to look for a bottle of the older formula. Don't quote me, but I think I recall the older bottles (except the parfum) looked similar to the columnar style used for White Diamonds....

The Vintage Perfume Vault, where the scent of yesterday's vogue lives.


Undina said...

I'm surprised: somehow I completely missed this perfume. It's not that I always tested all of them (even in a simpler times when there weren't 1K new releases every year) but usually I was at least aware of their existence.

Amelia said...

It was always sort of underplayed, and then vanished so I'm not surprised. I feel sad that the market has been flooded with the spurious reformulated version. Anyway, it seems an appropriate choice to mark her passing.