Until Elizabeth Taylor Forever Elizabeth, my experience with the House of Taylor was limited to White Diamonds’s grande dame aldehydic floral and Black Pearls’s delightfully trashy peach and black patent leather. Given these extremes, what could Forever Elizabeth smell like? A delicate composition of violets, jasmine and musk, that’s what.
If White Diamonds, Black Pearls and Forever Elizabeth were at a party, White Diamonds would be sitting on the couch while suitors brought her snacks, unaware that the ingénue would morph into a diva before the night was over. Black Pearls would be adjusting her corset and practicing a bump-and-grind in front of the mirror in preparation for a show later that night. Forever Elizabeth, though, would be in the corner, writing poetry, lost in her own world.
Forever Elizabeth was released in 2002. Its notes include dewberry, apple, Italian mandarin, tiare flower, violet, orchid, rose, Egyptian jasmine, cloves, sandalwood, amber, woodsy notes and white musk.
After my experience with the Playboy fragrances, I wasn’t going to take any dumb risks with Forever Elizabeth. I sprayed just the tiniest amount on my forearm and left the house to run errands. Up wafted sheer, cool florals with a veil of jasmine hovering over them. The fragrance was subtle and clean. When I got home, I chanced a full spray, then two full sprays. Still, Forever Elizabeth stayed tender and quiet.
My first impression of Forever Elizabeth is of violets and clean musk. In other words, it smells like a hotel guest lotion. Nothing special. But before long, the shampoo aura lifts, and rose wets the violet, while jasmine adds a wispy, tingly volume. I smell a hint of what might be black currant, too. If I put my nose close to my arm, I get violet, rose and greens. (It’s not the violet-rose of lipstick or face powder.) Further away, I smell jasmine.
Soft wood — not pencil shavings or sweet sandalwood, but almost bleached like driftwood — joins the musk as the fragrance settles. Forever Elizabeth lasts only a few hours on my skin, but while it lasts it’s pretty and restful. Some people will be disappointed with Forever Elizabeth’s short life and tight sillage, but I’m finding it a restorative break from the rest of the week’s reviews. I’ll keep the little bottle I bought to spray on my pillow for naps and to freshen my dresser drawers.
Elizabeth Taylor Forever Elizabeth Eau de Parfum can be found online for as low as $19 for 100 ml. I bought a 30 ml bottle at Rite Aid for $12.95.