Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sage Machado- Diamond


Diamond is the much-anticipated new release from Sage Machado. It's been years since the perfumer and jewelry designer has launched a new fragrance, and apparently took her that long to create the very particular representation of a diamond she was seeking. The result is all about a very fluid musk.

Diamond is a musk oil, but not the the 70s style hairy chest thing. Instead, this is a modern take on a clean musk. Not laundry musk, but an aquatic, marine one. The shiny facets of the diamond are these glistening droplets of rain water on a clean window, splashing in a puddle on the sidewalk, breaking into a rainbow of colors. But if you think of a diamond as this hard material, this isn't it. Instead, Sage Machado's Diamond has a softness to it-- that fluidity, more like the surface of an uncut diamond.


An aquatic musk is not going to be to everyone's taste. The first time I tried it on skin I wasn't so sure it was to my taste, either. But it's the warmth of the perfume on skin and the way it develops that caught my attention: smooth, unsweetened, perhaps a little salty, somewhat ink-like, the clean air of a clean beach somewhere that has not seen pollution yet. It made me think of a smooth white pebble, warmed by the sun of countless summer days. You can practically feel the sun when holding it in your hand.  In the end of this never-ending winter this serves as a comforting thought and a comforting scent.

Diamond stays relatively close to the skin and survives for 24 hours easily as it hangs between skin and heavy sweaters. It's probably more of a summer musk than a thick wintery one, at least as far as my taste goes. I'd also say that it's a safe choice for most environments, and I've worn it when working out without stinking up my surroundings. Then again, I exercise at home, so I don't experiment on innocent gym-goers. It's worth a try if you're a musk fan, and also if you're not. I can assure you that I've not converted to beachy scents, but I did enjoy the ride very much.

Notes: Indian sandalwood, white amber, oceanic musk, rain dew accord.

Sage Machado- Diamond ($45, 1/8 oz perfume oil) is available from thesagelifestyle.com. This review is based on a press sample.

Top photo: Irving Penn, Faucet Dripping Diamonds, 1963.

3 comments:

  1. I normally have just about the same level of instinctive avoidance and cringe response for aquatic notes in perfume as I do for cockroaches (OK, minus the intense, irrational terror I also have for the latter). However, I also have an instinctive and very profound admiration for anyone who waits as long as she has to put out a new perfume, has put so much thought into it and who has kept her prices so low - this all overrides my feelings about aquatic notes. I also do love musk and can definitely appreciate salty notes, so am actually fairly hopeful about Diamond and look forward to sampling it.
    Anna

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  2. On trust and based on the existing beautiful wardrobe of fragrances, (in my noses opinion)- I bought the new scent just because. It is both magical and fresh, warm and light- however long lasting on the skin. I smiled as the first day I wore it I got three compliments from co workers on it. Another winner.

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  3. I adore Diamond! To my nose, it's the perfect skin scent musk - it kind of reminds me of the original Skin Musk. Is my memory playing tricks on me? I can't compare now, as my daughter loved Diamond too, and it now resides at her apartment.

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