By Stephanie Nolasco

Two decades after releasing one of the most widely purchased perfumes in the world, Hollywood icon and dame of celebrity fragrances Elizabeth Taylor has returned with a new scent that honors her jewel hued eyes. Last year, the beloved symbol of Hollywood glamour, asked her millions of followers on Twitter to help name her upcoming creation. While the modest actress preferred Follow Me, her loyal fans insisted on Violet Eyes and everyone was sold, including those from cosmetic company Elizabeth Arden who created it.

“I love floral fragrances, and wanted Violet Eyes to make women feel beautiful, sophisticated, and sensual,” says Taylor. “It was a great joy to create Violet Eyes with a bouquet of fragrance notes that I adore, carefully fine-tuning every aspect of it. Everything, down to the last detail, comes from my heart and my soul. I send this fragrance into the world with love.”

While countless stars have released their own scents, Taylor remains faithful in preferring feminine over fruity products for her fragrance fans. Unlike her past perfumes, which are bold, and certain to make an entrance,Violet Eyes is more demure with light, powdery notes. Surprisingly, there are no dominant violet accords which, in my opinion, would have perfected its clean, delicate aroma. However, it does feature a sudden opening of white peach, leading to a union of jasmine and purple roses. Wearers will feel as if they’ve caressed their skin with blooming flowers. Violet Eyes dries down to a spicy scent of cedar wood and amber, which resembles creamy vanilla for those wanting a sweet fix.

Even though Violet Eyes doesn’t last as long as Taylor’s world renowned White Diamonds, fans will want to add it to their collection. Violet Eyes encourages wearers to watch Cat On a Hot Tin Roof and be reminded of why Taylor is one of the most beautiful women to ever bat her lashes in front of a camera.

Available: Macy’s stores and

Originally published April 2010
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