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Travelers, be a chic woman of the world: Elizabeth Taylor White Diamond Lustre

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Past a certain station in life, it's more about the glamor and less about the thrown-together backpacker image. The French speak of that stage as "d'un age certain". It's really a feeling of not a particular age, but a state of confidence. When you enter a room, you know that heads will turn to you. That presence is definitely something the late Elizabeth Taylor had. I was very happy to be hosted to experience a new fragrance under her line, White Diamond Lustre! It explores a fresh side of White Diamonds, with sheer effervescent florals that highlight the heart of the fragrance.

Taylor was quite the inspirational lady: award-winning actress, author, fundraiser, humanitarian . . . she was so glamorous and a lover of the finest jewels on the planet. To that end, as part of Elizabeth Taylor's passionate commitment and fearless leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS, she directed that 25% of her royalties from White Diamonds and her other House of Taylor fragrances go to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

Taylor, who said, “a girl can always have more diamonds,” had been married several times during her lifetime. She wasn't afraid of being attractive to and noticed by men! I found the fragrance to be a bouquet of super-lush florals, animal musk and noticeably bright notes, like early-unripe fresh berry. This is how they describe it:

Feminine: Sparkling notes of Bergamot, Mandarin, Juicy Pear and Raspberry form a crystalline, fresh fruity inflection that is deliciously feminine.

Glamorous: Sheered floral notes of Narcissus, Orange Flower, Jasmine and Orris lightly unveil her irresistibly glamorous aura.

Iconic: An amber complex wrapped in musk with sensual woods of Sandalwood and Vetyver envelop her with the luxurious warmth and beauty that Elizabeth Taylor embodied, and wanted to share with the world.

The fragrance comes in a gorgeous purple -- Dame Elizabeth's fave color -- atomizer that's the perfect size for 3-1-1 carry-on travel bags. The cap is hammered metal, to resemble a ton of diamonds.

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