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.
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.