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What a seriously unusual perfume. It kicks off with an explosion of sparkly aldehydes and a shot of almost pornographically juicy green apple mixed with a touch of grape. On a good day, these topnotes are magnificent (seriously), but on an off day, the eggy undertones of the aldehydes come out and the whole thing just smells strange.
The topnotes pass quickly, making room for the real star of the scent, which is coconut. It's interesting because coconut perfumes are almost always trying to smell "fun" or "beachy", while Sparkling Diamond is trying to be glamorous. Floral perfume addicts will know that most gardenia perfumes are made by adding subtle bleu cheese and mushroom elements to tuberose (Chanel does this a lot) - Well, Sparkling Diamond adds those elements to the coconut, so it's not beachy at all, and has a weird floral funk to it. Honestly, it's just weird (seriously, eggy cheesy mushroomy coconut?!?), and in a way, just smells WRONG. But I've found it so compelling that I just can't stop sniffing it, so I have to give it a thumbs up, even if it's not something I'd be totally comfortable wearing.
05 January, 2014