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I first hear about this perfume when I heard the women at work talking about it. It isn't one that I was familiar with as it isn't one that I have ever tried in stores but when I heard them say great things about it, I had to give it a try. This fragrance was launched in 1925 which I was very surprised to find out as it has obviously lasted a very long time to still be around almost a century later. It is probably one of those like Chanel No.5, a timeless classic and when something has a good reputation like this, it gets my curiosity going.
This Shalimar perfume comes in a very unique bottle which almost looks like a cooking bowl as it is semi circle shaped but a bit deeper. It has Shalimar in gold across the glass and has a blue glass bottle which looks beautiful and it has a ribbon around the neck. It does have a touch of antique about it but it also exudes a class to its design, looking elegant and simple. It has a golden yellow liquid inside which is the perfume but it seems to shine out through the glass, it looks that precious.
The perfume is a heavier scent which didn't surprise me as a lot of the classic scents do seem to be heavier. However, I do like the fact that once this is sprayed, it does seem to calm down a lot and not be as strong as it seemed on first spray. What I also like about the smell of this perfume is that it is floraly but as well as that it also seems to be very feminine and also quite sweet at the same time so it seems to create a really good balance of scents without being too much.
The scents are all very nice looking closer at them, for the base notes they are made up of vanilla, iris, opoponax and tonka bean, all quite a wide variety of notes. To create the heart notes there is iris, jasmine and rose making up the floral scent that I could smell the most and the top note is simply bergamot so really looking at this overall I could pick up the sweetness of the vanilla and the floral notes of rose and jasmine. It all seems to work though but the bergamot is what adds the heaviness.
Thinking about this perfume and the right occasion for it, I'd say that it is one for either day or night occasions as it is quite versatile. I couldn't put an age on the type of woman who could wear it as it is for a mix of ages, whoever has the confidence to wear it. It requires one or two sprays to really get a true feel for the scent of the perfume and I find that wearing this, it does last all day and that I do not need to spray anymore as it is always apparent.
I do like this perfume but I am not sure whether I would buy it again because for me it does seem too old I feel. It is a glamorous fragrance and I'm sure for the right person, it works well but I just like something a bit more musky and a little less powerful. Taking everything into consideration though, I'd definitely recommend this perfume to a fan of Chanel or a more apparent scent as this would definitely work for them and it would make a lovely gift.
Going by the prices on The Perfume Shop website, the 30ml EDT is £36.50, the 50ml EDT is £49.99 and the 90ml EDT is £69.50 which is reasonable enough. This fragrance can be purchased at department stores and online and for offers you can always check eBay.
The official Guerlain website is http://www.guerlain.com.
I feel impoverished if I do not possess a bottle of Shalimar.It is the one luxury I think I could not do without. It has a soft elusive scent which works well on the skin with the skin's own oils, very few others have this quality.
It has a strong vanilla and lavender top note, which is why I like it. It wears down to an appealing amber and musk.
The sillage is excellent; if you buy the EDP, it will last for many hours.
As a perfume it suitable for both day and evening, which makes it versatile and good value.
I also like the fact that no on ever remarks when I am wearing it, which means I am not going to knock anyone out.
Once a girl in Croydon complained of a smell of vanilla essence, but then again, it was Croydon- my agent soon got me the hell out of there.
The bottle is a beautiful design and the whole package reminds of screen sirens and glamour.
It is,I think, discreetly sexy.
I am not particularly a great fan of Guerlain perfumes, I find some of them difficult to like especially some of the newest ones, however I am crazy for Shalimar.
This perfume that has been around since the 1920's so it has a whole load of history behind it. Over the years I have noticed some slight changes to the scent depending on the years of production, that is due to the availability of some ingredients in our new modern times however that is not a big deal this perfume is still fabulous.
To describe this perfume I would have to say powdery vanilla on the whole. The vanilla is a bit smoky with an well balances citrus note to it . I can easily detect an lingering myrrh.
I personally don't think is a day or night scent. I think it can easily be worn on any occasion. It has this soft feel that does not make it offensive. The vanilla gives it a bit of a food like quality to it that makes it really attractive.
I think it has a certain old fashioned glamour to it. It's a form of classiness that can not be captured anymore in today's perfume market.
I have owned this perfume in different strength / versions: Eau De Toliette, Eau de Perfume and Pure Perfume extract.
I find EDT version I am reviewing today is the least of my favourites but it has it good points also. If I want to surround myself in Shalimar and spray it all over my clothes hair and neck without being overpowering then I choose EDT. This version has less aromatic compounds and allows a uniform application all over.
My favourite by far is the Pure Perfume extract which is at the opposite pole of EDT version regarding concentration.
I do not understand why they had to change the bottle all the times. The bat wing type of bottle looked cheap and I thought they never going to change it. But after all is the juice inside it that matters
Jacques Guerlain created `Shalimar` over eighty- five years ago and that famous classic fragrance has stayed as popular as ever. Many of the famous perfumiers have been inspired to create a perfume to celebrate or to remember a time that has been significant in their lives and Guerlains Shalimar has a beautiful story behind it.
When Emperor Shah Jahan ( reigned 1628-1658) married his beloved wife Mumtaz it was a match made in heaven. Mumtaz was incredibly beautiful and the Emperor was besotted with her. Together they went on to have many children but Mumtaz died giving birth to the couples fourteenth child, she was just thirty nine years old. Shah Jahan was bereft and he wanted to erect a building in memory of his never ending love for her, the building was called The Taj Mahal.
For a 30ml bottle of Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Parfum spray you can expect to pay around £30.
Guerlain present the perfume in a stunning bottle, clear glass, elegantly shaped and the bottle is topped off with a beautiful blue fluted cap that seems to intimate that the bottle may be filled with Eastern promise.
Guerlain Shalimar is classed as a floral oriental fragrance, the top note is Bergamot, the middle notes are rose and Jasmine and the base notes Iris, Opoponax, vanilla and Tonka bean.
Guerlains Shalimar is a good perfume for a mature woman, some younger women may find that the fragrance seems dated compared to many of the trendy fashion house perfumes that are produced today. Shalimar is rich and sweet and vanilla is one of the first smells that you can pick out as you open the bottle. Opoponax is a hard fragrance to understand, it smells a little like Lavender but it is crisper, Opoponax is in fact a herb. The Tonka bean smells light and sweet and it the perfect friend for the vanilla.
The lemony Bergamot is a superb top note and the touch of citrus mingles well with the other florals to make a very pleasing and feminine fragrance.
Guerlains Shalimar is an endless perfume, when you spray it on it takes time to shine through but the perfume changes with your body temperature. It is one of those perfumes that you may be tempted to use too much of because initially the fragrance is only lightweight but a few hours later Shalimar makes its presence known. When you have been out for an evening and you hang up your clothes the sweet heady fragrance will still be there in the morning.
A beautiful long lasting fragrance. The perfect christmas gift.
Everyone has heard of brands like Estee Lauder and Lancôme, but it still seems that many people I know have never heard of of the brand "Guerlain".
Guerlain is actually one of the worlds oldest perfume houses, and one of my favourite perfumes is a fragrance of theirs called Shalimar. This was actually first launched in 1925, which was almost fifty years before I was even born, but is has stood the test of time because it is what could be regarded as a "classic".
I first discovered Shalimar by accident when I was about 18, I was given a tester in a department store, and tried it and absolutely loved it. It is nice sometimes to wear something a little bit more unique and different to all your friends, who are all wearing a perfume based upon the latest trend or ad campaign.
Shalimar is quite "full on", and the best way to categorise it would be to say that if you like Chanel No5 or Opium, or Coco then you will probably like Shalimar. It is described as an oriental fragrance and I would describe it as "spicy".
Based on this I believe that it is only really suitable for wearing on night outs and big occasions and isn't really suitable for daytime use.
Another thing I like about Shalimar is... with some other perfumes using the shower gel, body lotion etc in the same range can often be a bit of a clash, because even though they should smell the same, there's a slight anomaly on the fragrance between the products. But... with Shalimar I have tried the shower gel and deodorant stick (and there are other products in the range) and all smell identical because it's a top quality brand.
This isn't the cheapest perfume you will encounter - Averaging about £40 for a 50ml bottle, but it is an amazing perfume from an amazing perfume house.
I wouldn't recommend anyone purchase this with trying it first, as it is a very unique fragrance and a matter of personal opinion as to whether this is right for you.
Once you have tried Shalimar, if you decide that it isn't right for you, then I would recommend you try "Samsara" as an alternative which is also another Guerlain fragrance, but is much "lighter".
Designed in 1925, Shalimar is a refined, oriental, fragrance perfect for evening wear. This feminine scent contains a blend of bergamot, lemon, patchouli and is accented with vanilla, sandalwood and musk.