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The Taming of the Shrew..
was a film with the wonderful Liz Taylor and my first thought when spraying Diamonds and Sapphires was of him. There is no better way to describe this fragrance, because it is stubborn and brittle. At least on the first impression.
The greeting is cool and detached, but not unfriendly or even arrogant. There are no hugs or "kiss, kiss, kiss" when getting to know each other. D&S has class and does not bend over. Why also?
The prelude is slightly soapy, but only short. The freesia greets with a lot of green and stays in the foreground for a relatively long time before it connects with the other flowers. Despite jasmine and ylang-ylang, the fragrance never becomes sweet or even exhausting.
Amber, musk and sandalwood give D&S depth, but not warmth in the true sense. This is not a scent that cuddles. At most it leans on you and if you are very lucky, it will snuggle up for a short time. To develop its full radiant power D&S needs warmth. I put it on on a cool day and it was not as present and beautiful as at higher temperatures
You can't go wrong with D&S at all if you like unsweet, green scents. I like to wear it during the day, also with jeans and t-shirt and I would not think of any occasion where it would be inappropriate. But I absolutely do not like to call it "evergreen", because that would devalue the scent. But the other way round, it becomes a shoe, as they say, because D&S also enhances everyday banalities. A touch of luxury for days when you don't have anything extraordinary planned. Of course it fits the big entrance just as well, probably even better. With a shelf life of 8 - 10 hours, you can't complain and I have nothing to criticize about the silage either.
But what I consider to be a real mess is the fact that this wonderful fragrance is being sold off like the others from Taylor, because none of them deserve it.