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Shalimar was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1925, as a tribute to the legendary love story between Emperor SHAHJAHAN and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Before he became emperor his name was Prince Khurram. According to the legend, twenty- year-old Prince Khurram met a young girl, named Arjumand Banu at the bazaar where her family worked. Mesmerized by her beauty, after becoming emperor, he made her his wife as Mumtaz Mahal, meaning the "Jewel of the Palace". After the wedding ,the prince and Mumtaz were inseparable, in war and in peace. She had given 13 children to Shahjahan and died during the birth of their 14th child at the age of 39. Her death devastated Shah Jahan and had built Taj Mahal in memory of his wife and their undying love. Shalimar is named after ‘The Gardens of Shalimar’.It was Mumtaz’s favorite garden. Shalimar is one of the best selling perfumes ever and its magic is undeniable. Perfume is composed of citrus notes; lemon and bergamot, jasmine, may rose, opoponax, Tonka bean, vanilla, iris, Peru balsam and gray amber. Coolness of the citrus notes leads to floral heart ending with a warm and luxurious trail. Here you can watch an advertising video for Shalimar by Guerlain. Shalimar Black Limited Christmas Edition was introduced in 2007 as limited Christmas edition bottle of this classic fragrance. The perfume composition remains the same, available in parfum and eau de parfum concentrations, in a mysterious, black bottle. More about this edition read in the news section.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Citruses Mandarin Orange Cedar Bergamot Lemon

Middle Notes
iris Patchouli Jasmine Vetiver Rose

Base Notes
Leather Sandalwood Opoponax Musk Civet Vanilla Incense Tonka Bean

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Shalimar Fragrance Reviews

Chiquis
Chiquis

I've recently gotten so disenchanted with the latest perfume releases, all seeming so generic and boring, that I've gone on a "classic fragrance spending spree". One of those classics is Shalimar. I purchased both the small 0.25oz parfum and the 1.7oz eau de parfum. The two are very similar, but develop differently on the skin. The parfum takes its time- after a dab on the skin a candied citrus stands front and center. Then 30 minutes later that thick rich amber emerges from behind the citrus and everything that Shalimar promises is exposed- the scent is exotic and rich and completely different than anything else you have ever smelled. The dry down of the parfum really centers around leather. That is where I have a bit of trouble with Shalimar parfum- my skin turns leather notes into something I can only describe as a urine smell. That makes me sad because I appreciate the slow "unraveling" of Shalimar parfum's beauty. The good news is that Shalimar EDP is much lighter on the leather drydown. Everything enchanting about the parfum is still there- the citrus, the rich amber, but it's all there at first spray rather than a slow development. It's almost like instant gratification vs slow build-up. I like both, but would of course personally choose the EDP for myself due to the parfum's leather drydown.

Shalimar is truly a special fragrance.

Jul
23
2014
Jacquelyn1
Jacquelyn1

This was my Moms signature fragrance. She wore it all the time. I think of her each time I smell it, God rest her soul. It is a heavy, strong, scent. Pleasant, but definitely not for the meek and mild.

Jul
22
2014
TattooGypsy
TattooGypsy

Review: current version EDP

My bottle arrived Friday, and I was super excited to try it but I avoid trying new perfumes when I know my perfume hating husband is going to be around and comment so I just quickly opened my parcel and sprayed a tester paper. WHOA! I had bought Parfum Initial first and love it but wanted something a bit more potent, so I blind ordered the EDP. Potent indeed! LOL The initial spray was gorgeous, then a minute or so in, the leather kicked in...really heavy leather! I was thinking 'oh oh'. I came back later to smell my tester strips, two different types of paper, and they both smelled different, which I though was weird, one I loved, and the other, not so much.

So anyway, of course I couldn't make a judgement without first trying it on skin, and I had to wait until Sunday when my hubby was at work. The first time I sprayed this on myself, I didn't last 5 minutes and washed it off (the leather was just too much for me-and yes, I can see where others might get petrol from this-it's very strong) and I knew this smell, it reminded me of this vintage dressing table I had bought at a thrift store many years ago, it smelled of Shalimar but then I didn't know it I just associated the smell with old stuff. It also conjured up images of old leather purses. I just couldn't get passed that leather. I went about my morning, and got a whiff of something nice, smelled my arm where I had supposedly washed it off, and something smelled wonderful!

I was perplexed. So I gave my forearm another good spray, but kept my arm away from my nose for a good half an hour. And what do you know, once you get passed the opening, this is gorgeous! For me, as a perfume newbie, it is really hard for me to understand how that very harsh leathery/petrol opening can turn into something so nice! The longer it is on, the more beautiful it becomes! I need to spend more time with Shalimar though at this point but I can say, I can see a friendship blossoming! LOL :)

Jul
21
2014
Anbreen
Anbreen

I love it, but it disappears on me in minutes. However, I CAN wear Attar Bazaar Egyptian Shalimar. It smells JUST the same, sillage and duration is longer. MUCH less expensive

At least until the vanilla note surfaces. I amp vanilla to the furthest reached of the galaxy,

Jul
19
2014
JPS1979
JPS1979

One of the best! Timeless and elegant!

Jul
17
2014
InfirmièreParfumée
InfirmièreParfumée

Don't even TRY this scent if you have not been accustomed to perfumes / more intense essences for a while.

Guerlain Shalimar is strangely, initially, very, VERY intense, to the point of being offensive to the pre-mauture audience.

It's almost like a cuss, at the top note. No kidding ! NO wonder when I was in high school, I can never understand this perfume. However, my mom wore this fragrance and when she wore it, I knew she was on to something.

Personally, I think this perfume is a classic MASTERPIECE. It is not something I wear on a daily basis BUT I would recommend it like an item in your bucket list.

This EDP has stood the test of time, the test of nostrils, the test of love and hate. Shalimar is the mother of today's J'Adore and the granny of Quelques Fleurs... Like I have said, this scent is not for the younger population or the newer audience.

To enjoy Shalimar, make sure you bring a tester bottle from your department store to use. Spray it on your pulse points, at least 6 inches away in a well-ventilated area.

The layers of notes will develop slowly. In an hour or so, the base notes will arise, and it will be one of the most astounding scents known to man. For me, every time I get there I think.... " Damn ! How did he know about these things ?!"

Jul
12
2014
nettoyant
nettoyant

chris.kragel, wear what makes you feel good. :) The classifications for scents are just marketing. As for this perfume, Habit Rogue by Guerlain, to me, is just Shalimar with a bit more wood to make it "masculine".

Jul
11
2014
chris.kragel
chris.kragel

I hate to ask, but can gentlemen wear this EDP without too much skepticism from the fairer sex?
I only ask, since many of the notes make this appear as a nice summery scent, or perhaps a lighter, more playful scent that borderlines on ambiguity among the sexes of its wearers.
I, for one, firmly believe that most fragrances can go either way, and are not restricted to one sex or the other without another look beyond initial smell. I hope Shalimar is the same, and without exception...

Jul
10
2014
zebralover04
zebralover04

I smelled this perfume a lot, but I still don't like it. I dislike it because its very strong! I think it is the civet in it.

Jul
10
2014
CPelly82
CPelly82

Just received this today and I love it. Warm, powdery, smoky and woodsy. Very sophisticated and it screams LADY. This deserves a place in anyone's collection.

I was trying to remember what this fragrance reminds me of and then it came to me. My grandmother had perfumes which smelled similar to this. My granny was a lady and I'm glad to have inherited her great taste in perfume.

Jul
07
2014
pixiecup
pixiecup

Am currently wearing the EDT. Delicious! Grown-up yet young. It is like a warm hug from your dearest protector. A whiff of calm and peace after you've been running for your life. Delicate yet strong. I'm in love...

Jul
06
2014
Dcarlo
Dcarlo

Shalimar, its name evoques an exotic, intriguing and misterious journey into an oriental garden.
After spraying it directly on my skin I felt I was on a bowl of lemons, oranges and roses placed in the middle of a garden.
I wanted to stop smelling my arm just to give it time to show me the middle notes, but I found it too hard to move my nose away from it.
Finally I got the guts to stop smelling it ( people at the mall gave me some funny looks).
And 30 minutes later, I was ready to see how it worked.
Oh, oh. It evolved into one of the most incredible perfumes ever.
It was powdery in the best way, spicy, vanillic, I cant find the right words.
Shalimar is not dated at all, is not offensive nor pungent.
Is just a wonderful piece of retro art that can be worn even 90 years after its creation with no problem at all.
I must tell you Shalimar smells totally unisex but it doesnt mean it might smell girly on a man or manly on a woman. Its pure class, seduction and refinement on whoever wears it.
Funny thing, once I got home my cat jumped to my arms and can't stop smelling my arm and rubbing his head against it ( same thing with Coco ).
Well, who needs more opinions after a creature with such fine nose loves it?

Jul
04
2014
faeriegiirl
faeriegiirl

Oh why Shalimar must you break my heart? On others you are the most beautiful powdery vanilla, but on me you are nothing short of bug spray. More specifically the bug repellant candles used in the summer down here in the south. I have tried and tried to make you work on me, I tried different formulations, amounts, weather....everything. Even though you are not meant for me I will always respect you and admire you from afar.

Jul
03
2014
400blows
400blows

Black rubber and powder. If it was going to epiphanise I think it would have done so by now. I aspire much more to Looer Blur and Voldenooey, but they miss me too. Despair!

Jun
29
2014
Tiger84
Tiger84

The opening is the most lively, pure, beautiful bergamott one can imagine, with all the sunshine, zest and tang these fruits carry.
Very in the line of the original old Acqua Colonias, the first colognes which functioned as a pick-me-up, very refreshing, and old-fashioned, in the good, timeless way.
Then it transforms into sweet smoky vanilla, not the overly sweet gourmand type but one which surrounds the skin like a light silver cloud, very refined.

Definitely for elegant outfits, I find it unisex, and the longevity is excellent, it lasts and radiates and shows off excellent quality.

I am the happy owner of two vintage PDT's which I got for a dream price. This is mostly my celebrating scent because smelling and wearing it brings me into the ivory tower of beauty. It is like celebrating life itself and all the wonderful creatures. This is to be worn on celebrational days to focus on happiness, as it was created to cherish love.

Jun
26
2014
beavisbonce
beavisbonce

If you want genuine leather, forget tuscan leather, rien, knize ten, anything with cuir in the title. Half an hour after application you have it right here. Right here. Albeit leather cuffs that have held someone tortured in the 1700's. To sniff shalimar is to sniff a repentant soul freed. Rough shackles against limbs screaming for deliverance from the agony. I'm sorry but it's true. The story of the remorse for the death of mumtaz is epitomised by the griever here. It's death by a million tears. Feel it. Perversely enjoy it. It's an amazement in its glorious rendition of loss

Jun
25
2014
moonprismpower
moonprismpower

This smells like a grandma holding a baby. I mean that in the best possible way. A fancy grandma who smokes long cigarettes and carries a leather handbag. It's comforting. Shalimar to me is all smoke, leather, and above all, powder puff diaper smell. Masterfully blended even in modern formulations.

Jun
25
2014
beavisbonce
beavisbonce

Passing time testing fumes in various stores and non plussed at the same variations on themes. Until I caught something on my arm that was other worldly. What the HELL is that? I retraced my steps back to the guerlain counter, was it l'instant? Was it mitsouko? In the end I had to get the sales rep on my skin....it can only be shalimar she replied. I had to have it and I paid full retail which I normally only do in exceptional circumstances, and this was one of those moments. I'll have to come back with a proper review when I understand what's going on because for now I'm lost for words! It's less a perfume and more a personality, I feel we've been chatting for hours

Jun
20
2014
oktober
oktober

Guerlain came up with other vanilla perfumes, and diffrent flankers of shalimar. They are all good and intersting and of good quality and nice to wear but still... NOTHING can come close to the one and only SHALIMAR. The best vanilla after all this time.

Jun
18
2014
bridgette
bridgette

Hello! This stuff is strong. It's interesting (spicy, woodsy, vanilla musky), reminds me of strong incense, but the price is silly. I don't think it's worth the price since it does have a touch of old-lady after sits on skin for a while. A wake-up call for the senses though! I do like it. Takes me back....

Jun
16
2014
Colin Maillard
Colin Maillard

Rich, somptuous, baroque chypre masterpiece. There's pretty everything in it, a comprehensive symphony or perfumery basics. Splendid talcum-powdered drydown, gentle as a lady asleep. Not much to chat about this!

10/10

Jun
14
2014
warlockss
warlockss

the most expensive ive seen $400 plus for 30ml ? must be good .

Jun
13
2014
Cochlea
Cochlea

At last I have my Shalimar! I saw the bottle on my grandmother's dresser when I was a little girl. I bought this impulsively and have been reaching for it often. This is a classic femme fatale scent. I love it, makes me feel strong and sexy! It was scary at first, I smelt lemon and I thought to myself what on earth did I get myself into... but I fell in love with it - I get a little bit of leather, vanilla, smoky vetiver, earthy patchouli, and incense. Seriously nice blend! I love it, I will keep Shalimar in my collection.

Jun
07
2014
Thomaso7
Thomaso7

this one is delicious, sensual and refined, elegant and seductive, a scent which fills the room with a warm sweet sensuality.

every time I smell this, I have to keep smelling it. it just smells so rich.

one of my 2 favorite lady perfumes.

Jun
05
2014
Inamorata
Inamorata

Shalimar by Guerlain was actually known for being the forbidden fragrance in the 1920s when it was launched, but now it is all about being classic. It's a perfume that is not only beautiful always, but a perfume that is known for the bottle. I personally love the design of the bottle. And i am really fond of the bergamote, mandarine and lemnon top notes, as well as of the wild lilac and vanilla base notes. This is a fragrance I had long time ago, but, somehow, I miss wearing it. Think I will buy it again.

Jun
05
2014
MeganD
MeganD

I'll just go ahead and say it - I really dislike Shalimar, even if I can appreciate the story behind her. I think half the problem is that she (a vulgar, cloying scent) wasn't what I was expecting after reading SO MANY reviews. The issue isn't my body chemistry either, as I've since smelled this on two other women and hated it then as well.

What was I expecting? A warm, sweet citrus. Something which envelops you but never overpowers, and soft like a cashmere sweater on an autumn day.

Instead, I got this monstrosity. Someone dumped demerara sugar in a vat of Johnson's Baby Powder and squeezed a few lemons over the top. The only other perfume I can compare this to is Royal Secret by Germaine Monteil. To my nose, it's Royal Secret with none of the spice and all of the cloying, powdery sweetness.

I can totally see why Shalimar was seen as the 'skank' fragrance of the 20s. Loud, cheap, and in-your-face. If Chanel No. 5 is Daisy Buchanan, Shalimar is Myrtle Wilson.

Jun
04
2014
Mango Plantation
Mango Plantation

Beautiful, warm, powdery, vanilla. Used to be a part of me in my twenties, but my tastes have changed away from such strong vanillas.

Jun
03
2014
Allinug
Allinug

I have loved Shalimar since 1979 and it has been my signature once before.
Sometimes I get tired of it and the bottles just stand there and I smell it sometimes but don't use it. Suddenly I discover Shalimar again and I have done exactly the same before. I'm so happy to have Shalimar, I nearly sold a bottle but I changed my mind.

The other day when I wore Shalimar I noticed that the smell was more soft and warm than before and for the first time Shalimar smelled like a vanilla icecream on me. I usually wear Shalimar in winter but now when it's summer and warmer Shalimar really blooms on me.

Shalimar in my heart.

Jun
03
2014
yasmin.mochtar
yasmin.mochtar

The legendary Shalimar. The first time I tried it was at a store, I really didn't understand why this perfume could be such a hit. I thought it smelled weird, it smelled like smoke and bug spray. Then months later, I gave it another try and well, I think I get it now. The beautiful Shalimar. I would describe Shalimar as a women who's been through a lot in life, the beauty and the ugly, which then makes her a very tough but still a very poise women. You might not understand her at first, but after she speaks and tells you her story, you can't help but be drawn and love her. So Shalimar, you love it by experience.

Jun
01
2014
ParfumFetiche
ParfumFetiche

This review is based on an EdP decant of current formulation. This one's much better than EdT with better performance and more emphasis on base notes. Citrus burst on top then mellows into resinous opoponax on top of creamy vanilla. I've not smelled the vintage but this one's good enough for me.

The EdT decant of current formulation however, is basically just indolic vanilla on me. It has below average projection and moderate longevity on my skin. The scent reminds me of MdM and Jicky.

May
28
2014
Vehrkalia
Vehrkalia

I've just buied the Shalimar edp 90ml version, it was a deal, for such as 30 euros I got the Tester.
The seller said it's a out of production edition.
But I've never seen before that model of bottle and now I've a doubt that it could be not original.
The fragrance looks original but the bottle has written SHALIMAR EAU DE PARFUM. The cap has a black faux leather ribbon and above the little spray cap there's the Guerlain's double G mark engraved.

Anybody could tell me if this is original or not?

I simply love Shalimar but Im new to perfumery and I often fear to be cheated.
The seller was gentle but, well, you never know! :-)


Anyway, om my skin I warm a soft, gentle, deep smell of incense, balsam, vanille with a huge subtle iris and a light hint of lemon or citrus. Amazing!
I would have loved to feel the smell of the rose, spices and opoponax, but I do not know what it's like to opoponax and maybe I can feel it but do not recognize it!

This perfume is a glory to the nose, a big chance to the perfumery lovers to get the charming experience to travel to another time and another, far far away, place. :-)

May
25
2014
raunchy
raunchy

Not my taste but kept me curious. Unique brave strong fragrance. I can smell everywhere all over my room. Stay days when u sprayed on paper cloths pillow or whatever get touch. Can transform my room into Shalimar garden as i feel I'm the queen flying around. Not kind of my taste. I'm open minded and love challenge.
This one really great silage and longevity!
10/10

May
25
2014
irisjetaime
irisjetaime

Le bulldozer de ces Messieurs de LVMH est passé par là !!!
Et..... Le massacre a eu lieu !
Totalement reformulé ! Je ne reconnais plus le Shalimar des années de ma jeunesse.
Une énorme dose d'encens. L'ambre gris a presque totalement disparu. Shalimar a été amputé très très largement de son côté vanille. Son côté poudré n'existe pratiquement plus aussi.
Je m'interroge : jusqu'où iront les grandes Maisons de parfumerie et de Haute Couture dans la reformulation de leur icônes olfactives ?
Le Dix Balenciaga a disparu !
Chanel ne cesse de modifier sa formule originelle de son Chef d'Oeuvre (le n°5).
Lancôme ressort ses pépites (Climat et autres) mais aussi amputés de leur soit disant ingrédients allergènes pour être en accord avec l'IFRA.
Mais nous, nous ne reconnaissons plus nos parfums !!!
Par pitié cessez le massacre !!!!

May
24
2014
Pepperflower
Pepperflower

I am so surprised and VERY impressed with Shalimar. This is a treat for the senses. There are only 2 vanilla perfumes that have won my heart and Shalimar is my favorite vanilla to this day. I am not a vanilla lover, I think vanilla is too much and is only great as a backup singer in a perfume. But this....I can see why it is a timeless classic and loved by so many people around the world. Funny, I was shopping, bought something and I could choose between two sample perfumes from Guerlain which the sales lady quickly gave me La Petite Robe Noire(already tried it, not my cup of tea) without even asking me and I said "hey! whats that other one? Shalimar? Ive seen that before but never tried..." She said "you wont like it, it's a Classic" to which I replied "A classic? Well then let me try that one". She gave me three testers to try out. Not one regret. I think the sales lady was 16-22 years old, no wonder she didnt like it, she perhaps knew nothing of perfume.

First blast are lemon citrus notes with lots of powder, iris,and leather welcoming me into this perfume. Mysterious Vanilla in disguse also greets me and escorts me deeper into the heart of Shalimar where I am soon surrounded by incense, woods, roses, tonka and then vanilla revealing itself to be the most intoxicating, warm, sultry, sensual, and smokey vanilla I have ever smelled. I am completely hypnotized in Shalimar and there is no going back. To me, Shalimar is The scent of an eternal, endless, beautiful, exotic castle in dream like hazy paradise.


Overall: Warm, cozy, smokey, spiced, woody, sweet, powdery, sultry, sensual, exotic vanilla. The EDP last forever on my skin. I have no idea when I would wear such a perfume. The perfume alone I feel overdressed and over the top. I feel like royalty having this on my body. I now understand why this is a classic.

May
23
2014
burynai16
burynai16

I am shocked by shalmiar! I couldn't find this one in stores--not in macy's, not in khol's, not in sephora... but found it today at ulta. I was expecting sweet vanilla. imagine my surprise when I sprayed it couple times on test strip! it threw me off and I was confused. I don't understand this one.

May
20
2014
Jerrythecat
Jerrythecat

"I'm a man and I'm addicted to Shalimar". This is my opening statement on how I would qualify this absolutely pure pleasure which makes life worth living. I started my journey by wearing sweet toffee-like scents with Obsession Eau de Parfum for women, and I was under the spell. Then I found that there was something missing and I decided to cheat on Obsession after a meeting with Shalimar. I realised that the sensual vanilla and flowery combination was the drug I needed, like an illegitimate encounter you know will make you want more. And here I am now with Obsession put back into its box, while my amphora shaped Shalimar eau de toilette bottle has taken its place in my bathroom. I know that I have already started living in the dangerous zone by ordering two more bottles: at £39 for a 90 ml eau de toilette bottle, there is no point to resist, but where is this going to take me?...

May
20
2014
Czarcasm
Czarcasm

I usually love vanilla in a perfume, and since this is a vanilla classic I decided to try this. Unfortunately I seem to be one of the few women on who this smells like urine. The top and heart notes are barely noticeable because there's a urine smell overpowering them. I suspect it's caused by the combination of civet, patchouli and amber.

The drydown is not as bad, more vanilla. I can't distinguish the incense or leather at all. I quite like the drydown. It's just sad that this doesn't work for me for the first 4 hours of wearing it.

May
20
2014
fiverosestea
fiverosestea

The first time I smelled Shalimar was in Macy's. it smelled so weird but i couldn't stop smelling it. i was trying to figure it out and i really couldnt. it smelled great nevertheless. i didn't end up buying it that day but months later I was trying to figure out what it was because I had forgotten the name and I think the only reason I actually remembered what it was was because of the bottle. i blind-hope bought it from a website and luckily it turned out to be the correct perfume. ANYWAYS i love Shalimar. it's such an out there scent. some people reduce it to baby powder and smelling like old women but i really encourage people to get over the socialized hatred of older women and their smells and how they look etc. it's very toxic. Shalimar is beautiful when first sprayed, it's so sharp. I remember being in this tattoo parlor with my sister and I was wondering if the lady doing the tattoos was wearing it because it reminded me of what I had smelt in Macy's. That girl is kind of what made me buy Shalimar i think...

May
13
2014
sheridanellis
sheridanellis

My first encounter with Shalimar is a bit of a funny & slightly embarrassing story. I was 19 years old. I was young, engaged to be married & working full time at an upscale, classy men's clothing store for the duration of the summer. I didn't care much for the job, & actually was quite miserable, but met a funny associate a bit younger than me that made it tolerable. One late summer evening, I was in the middle of the large round dressing room with the 3 way mahogany trimmed floor length mirrors, heavy blue velvet portiere's, & rich tapestry covered settees measuring an older gentleman's inseam for trousers. All of a sudden I tactlessly blurted out, "Oh my gracious! WHAT is that smell"!?!? He pretended not to hear me, probably hoping I either was or wasn't referring to his crotch. I literally stood up and walked out of the room to follow whatever was causing my smell-gasm. I was led to a trail of scent coming from my co-worker who had arrived while I was with my client & was now vacuuming the sales floor.
Oh mylanta! She smelled incredible! It was the most intoxicating blend of spice, leather, herbs, oranges, snicker doodle cookies, deer urine & a rush of scent memories I had stored up from a trip to Agra, India two years prior, all mixed in a cloud that created some type of nirvana. I asked her what she was wearing & she said she had spent the night at her Nana's house & dabbed on her perfume since she had forgot hers, (which was probably something like Exclamation). I went to Herberger's department store the next day on my lunch break to find the parfum. Sadly it was woefully out of my working girl price range at the time. I didn't receive my own small bottle until many, many birthdays later, & I still savor my small precious bottle. This is not exactly "me" or a scent I would choose to wear everyday, (or even occasionally) but it is SO stunning & holy grail status. I can recognize this on anyone the world over, but oddly enough, have quite often mistaken someone wearing Dana's Toujour Moi for Shalimar. If you are a young working girl (or gent) who can't afford this gem now, may I suggest Toujours or Coty's Emarude. Both are similar in the depth and powdery dry down and may tie you over until you can get your own bottle of this masterpiece as well.
So Shalimar will always be synonymous with opulence, curiosity, youth & Nana's, longing for something out of my price range & men's trousers & inseams for me. :)

May
09
2014
Alley - D
Alley - D

I bought and wore this perfume when I was 15 and here we are now 42 and I've done a full circle - back to where it all started.

It's a familiar smell to me. It's very worldly, the smell reminds me of someone who wants to sit down and tell you their life story. It's kind of strange that I wore it at such a young age - I sometimes feel like a very old soul :0)

Shalimar is a bit like YSL Opium - you aren't sure why you need or have it but you just do.

I get a lot of cedar from this little gem and it doesn't really budge from there. I think I should have bought Samsara instead?????????

May
06
2014
Maodo
Maodo

Smells to me like a great and seductive vanilla-caramel dessert. I want to eat it, but not wear it. It's the favorite fragrance of Queen Maxima from the Netherlands by the way.

May
03
2014
MisterCrazyLegs
MisterCrazyLegs

Unequivocally, unisex to me...a very formal fragrance. If I owned it, I'd wear it with a tux and cufflinks.

May
01
2014
M75
M75

O Shalimar, I had to turn 38 to appreciate you and totally fell in love with you. We are now a perfect match but I have tried you so many times in my twenties and early thirties... Now, I am ready for you and you make me feel so special every day. Sexy for my husband and yet so comforting when my youngest son cuddles me and says that I smell sooooo nice.

I regularly layer Shalimar EDP with L'heure bleue EDT which is a heavenly combination of the smoky vanilla of Shalimar and the powdery florals of LHB.

Shalimar lasts at least 7 hours on my skin (EDP). The sweet, soft smoky vanilla is addictive and I think I look rather crazy for sniffing my wrist all day...

Finally, true love !

Apr
27
2014
GoodVibrations
GoodVibrations

My previous review was for an earlier formula of the EDP. Now I'm smelling the 2013 EDP.

Big sparkly citrus top notes and cleaner vanilla. A little more leathery snarl in the base, but tidier than before. Less floral in the middle notes. It's not as deep, as smooth, or as caked-up powdery as it was before, but the essential Shalimar character is there. There have been triumphant aspects of my pre-reform Habit Rouge that I love, and feet-like moments I could do without. There are pooty and powdery moments of the pre-reform Shalimar I could do without, and they don't show up in the 2013 EDP. There are dry moments in Mitsouko that I love, and a clash of wills that I don't. There are fresh aspects of Shalimar Parfum Initial that I adore and sweet florals that I don't. There is a wonderful humanness in L'Instant Pour Homme that I get here and a Band-Aid scent that I don't. There was a citrus zest in my first Guerlain love, Coriolan, that I've dearly missed. I think this formulation of Shalimar EDP manages to capture some of all of my favorite Guerlain moments and eliminate the rest. It seems to be more overtly unisex (which is nice since I don't care for Guerlain Homme and L'Instant Pour Homme EDT disappears in a short time); less powder puff and more scratch.

So I like it. It's a friendly, wearable everyday Guerlain.

Apr
25
2014
GoodVibrations
GoodVibrations

Eau de parfum: O! This vo-de-do-de-do EDP is the bee's knees!

It comforts me and it sets me apart. It is a personal expression of me. It gives my inner flapper's Charleston a little more kick, and it conforms to my skin as it does to no one else's.

Plush, supple suede, kind and endearing vanilla, glorious citrus altos singing jazz tunes, deco arcs of florals and musk that defy identification. A new note that I notice at unexpected moments like a syncopated rhythm in an otherwise predictable and symmetrical design.

It also defies gender if one is self-assured. In fact, neither gender could pull this off without a healthy swath of self-assurance.

(Eau de toilette: UNFORTUNATELY the EDT lent me a headache, sent my nose an occasional shrill note of cheap woods, and flung a drop of poo-poopy-doo.)

Apr
23
2014
Alex1984
Alex1984

There's not much I can add to what has been said about Shalimar, nor do I want to, Shalimar needs no reference; it's age proves it. Only my 2 cents: First, it's the masterpiece to end all and second if I had to choose one perfume only for the rest of time it would undoubtably be Shalimar. My queen!

Apr
22
2014
joe70062
joe70062

A comfort smell. Warm, but to me like ashes. Cigarette ashes. Strange and inviting, I have come to a crazy conclusion. If trapped on an island, this is the fragrance I would want. Screw wanting books and food. This is what I would want. It has been there for me in life, like a sweet and slightly sour best friend. It is complex and classic. It is strong and sometimes overpowering. If possible, purchase a vintage formula. It's worth the extra change. You will feel amazing wearing it. That's what it's all about after all, right?

Apr
22
2014
majestic mammy
majestic mammy

Shalimar is beautiful and sensual. The fact that its stayed so superior for so many generations is truly fascinated.
Contrary to anecdotal legend, A London Interview with Head Perfumer Thierry Wasser in 2012 he meantions difference between Jicky & Shalimar is Castoreum verses Civet.

For instance, he was astonished to discover that Jicky contains a substantial quantity of bitter almond oil. (As an aside, he says there isn't a great deal of truth to the story that Shalimar is just Jicky plus a dose of ethyl vanillin. For one thing, he says, the animalic notes in the two scents are quite different: Jicky uses civet; Shalimar uses castoreum)- Thierry Wasser.
In Shalimar I prefer the extrait. I find it is closest to the original. As for mysterious jicky I find EDP most pleasant.
Even with reformulation Shalimar Extrait current formulation is just wonderful. The Vanilla is nicer than most any other fragrant lines.

Apr
22
2014
alpestremonte
alpestremonte

I think the current EDT doesn't do justice to what Shalimar means to all of us members of the Shalimar Mafia, as named by fellow member ScentPanther. Its opening is messy and annoying, true to the bug spray complaints below and thus making it difficult for us to bring new members to the club. Damn, I want to share my Shalimar Love with everybody!

I know Shalimar is supposed to have tension on the top notes, that's part of her charm and uniqueness. But on the current EDT this tension is simply too loud and prevails for too long. And after that the perfume is sadly gone in a few hours. So what's the point of this version, to make beginners stick to Shalimar Parfum Initial?

This EDT mess is really a shame and something I don't find on other concentrations, which are all well-balanced: EDP is vanilla heaven, sillage monster and my perfect choice for clubbing; extract is smokey as it can get and really enveloping, lovely! EDC is my safe choice, I can wear her anytime, anywhere and always feel at home. I also have some vintage EDT from the early 90's, which is as smokey, charming and eloquent as the current extract. Late 80's deodorant is another safe choice when I'm in a hurry, didn't take a proper shower and need something not to hide my natural scent, but to enhance it so I can go downstairs still feeling definitely chic. Yeah, the Shalimar Skank and its multiple purposes! And finally, vintage PDT is on the way, can't wait for her to come home: I'm already sure it´s gonna be a lot of fun!

Edit: Parfum de Toilette has just arrived and she's gorgeous, almost creamy at drydown!

Apr
20
2014
lauren.gonzalez.963
lauren.gonzalez.963

It seems like everything I like needed a second chance for me to try it. Whenever I would try this out, I wouldn't wait 5 minutes before Id wash it off, but after hearing a little background history of Shalimar I wanted to test it out again.

The reason I wouldn't let it sit on my skin is that the opening was SO harshly leather/tire, and I couldn't take it. But waiting 20 minutes or so I can now smell the main note as a wonderful sweet vanilla with a slightly powdery smokey scent a the tail end and in some whifs, a tad of jasmine or honey that resembles sweet tea.

I can see people who love Dior addict, and YSL Cinema liking this too. I believe either the packaging or the opening has dubbed it an "old lady" scent in the minds of a lot of younger people, and I used to think the same, but I never let it settle.

:)

Apr
17
2014
;-)
;-)

Moste captivating fragrance ever. My HG. Fresh, spicey, earthy, seductive, vanilla. A magic elixir that has survived despite the different trend over the decades. Love the top, middle and drydown. A lovely Journey every time.

Apr
15
2014
danaklein
danaklein

So feminin, so elegant, so classy, that this has to become part of the world heritage!!! Leathery all the way for long hours of sweetness.

Apr
15
2014
Kipling&Alice
Kipling&Alice

I love Guerlain perfumes. Even those I cannot wear personally I find to be undeniably creations of high art. I wanted to give Shalimar, which is such a signature of Guerlain, another try after years since my first encounter with it. But just as with Samsara, the romance did not blossom between us. I find this scent to be too heavy and airless. It is not "me"... This scent is for an earthy woman who possesses a raw sexuality and who is firmly grounded in this world. One literally has to be able to carry this scent. As for me -- it weighs me down and I can't wait to be rid of it. A beautiful creation nevertheless!

Apr
13
2014
fire2heart
fire2heart

My EDP arrived today. I knew the perfume would be different than the lotion but I wasn't fully prepared! The shock of the opening notes, that bergamot blast! Then the morphing begins, the beautiful morphing! Fluffy powder, classy yet innocent, then the refined vanilla and incense. So beautiful!
My only wish is that it had more sillage. After the first 10 mins (the bergamot blast) it stays close to the skin. But, I imagine a classy woman wouldn't announce her perfume... they have to get close enough (if she allows them) to detect it. Maybe Shalimar can teach me a few things....

Apr
13
2014
jksfii
jksfii

I don't like the opening of this, it's almost medicinal and sharp, but the dry down is gorgeous. It is smoky vanilla, but not sickly. It's one of those perfumes you have on your wrist and just have to keep smelling.

Apr
08
2014
fire2heart
fire2heart

I bought a small tube of this lotion to try it out. It's wonderful stuff! Sinks right into the skin and starts out just like the perfume is described... citrus then a bit floral and then a powdery softness and floating into a incense vanilla scent. I've not had a perfumed lotion have this much complexity! Just like Jeca said... it changes on your skin in warm waves!
I ordered the EDP and will do another review after I've tried that out. I'm excited and can't wait!

Apr
08
2014
firstinthedance
firstinthedance

I don't usually like citrus perfumes, but the opening blast of citrus in Shalimar is heavenly. Unfortunately, on me, the citrus subsides in about 10 seconds and I'm left with a smell that reminds me of baby powder and bandaids. It isn't unpleasant - but a little bit antiseptic.

Apr
04
2014
nikoleta1
nikoleta1

Modern versions: EDT has a citrus opening, cant smell anything in 5 min. EDP is strong and permanent very classy heavy oriental, however is very similar to Shalimar Initial, which came to the market later, but I got it first. I love Sharimars very recommended and lasting, for mature ladies.

Apr
02
2014
zayzay
zayzay

I get such a lovely opening in this perfume, like a lemon vanilla dessert that is rich yet feather light. I could just eat it. I could even eat the smoky candle when that appears! Shalimar is magically both yielding and strong, ethereal yet pervasive, naive and yet complex. I could never identify the floral notes, it's impossible in such a masterfully blended perfume, but the leather in this is the most wonderful thing... it is like the softest,finest blonde suede coupled with that gorgeous musky smell you get when you nuzzle into the hair on a beloved baby's head.

As the incense and woods weave through the vanilla it becomes very sensual, mysterious and darkly fascinating. Shalimar is young and skittish in the top notes, mother earth in the middle and a languid femme fatale in the base. The drydown is the most comforting blend of powdery vanilla with a faint whisper of lemon and woods.

Shalimar is a timeless classic perfume that transcends age and gender ... and this perfume smells irresistible on a man!

Mar
31
2014
AND-MAT
AND-MAT

I can finally understand all the hype for Shalimar... The vanilla in this one is just so weird... In a very good way!

I tried it today and boy was it a pleasant experience! Shalimar does not bother with details... It goes straight to the point. From the start it is resinous, woody and dark! The vanilla installs itself quickly and becomes so warm, so refined... Pure, unsweetened vanilla! Smokey vanilla... I can talk all day about how unusual the vanilla becomes, So natural it feels like a second skin, so dark and mysterious yet so playful and bold!

Shalimar is the definition of a perfectly blended perfume... A masterpiece that radiates sensuality... Did I talk about how good the vanilla is... Pure heaven!

Mar
31
2014
Mrbigbigtoe
Mrbigbigtoe

I really want to know what kind of unisex this is.

I wear Chanel No 19 EDP. Not because I'm gay, but it just smells so amazing and honestly a straight man like myself could pull No 19 off very easily.

Could a straight man pull this off?
If not, are there any other fragrances that a man could pull of by Guerlain?

Please message me:)

PS I love HEAVY green/leather scents like No 19.
NOTHING POWDERY AT ALL!!!!

Mar
29
2014
arxsyn
arxsyn

I own the edt produced April 2013. To be honest i am not impressed. It is noticeably lighter then the edp in a citrus fresh fruity way. No florals whatsoever. Where is the heart? There is so much citrus that when I put my face next to my skin I feel a slight burning sensation to my eyes. There is a bitter sharpness from the peels suggestive of pine... Like A blast of lemon pledge! Next comes sweet powder so it smells like lemon frosting. The leather still exists, but is less prominent yet every bit as bitter and tarred as before and it doesn't last long. Very quickly the composition sits close to skin when the citrus exits and it gets very smokey with small hints of tonka vanilla and sandalwood. Longevity isn't that great because it has no heart. And worst of all I detect a stale pissy smell of civet all the way through, there is no pretty florals to balance it. It,s so weak it's pitiful. Still smells like a vintage fume though. My glass bottle of the jus has two ridges running down the front and stands on a tiny podium base.

Seriously a disappointment. The edp is probably a better buy in longevity and complexity. It is heavier, thicker,more perfumey and lasts twice as long. The most noticeable trait is the bitter and tarred smokey leather. And the base is stronger, more beautiful and sexy.

Mar
28
2014
Henriette
Henriette

While Shalimar is a confident, wonderful lady, fully aware of her charme, with dozens of gentlemen at her knees, L'Heure Bleue is a shy, beautiful but not smashing, tender lady.
Shalimar makes men wait hours and hours;
L'Heure Bleue attends her man behind a rainy stained glass of a window. She sighs and patiently waits for her man to arrive. "I'll be back", he promised and she is waiting for him to come back in her arms.
Will he ever keep his promise? We do not know.
Certainly if she were Shalimar it would have been her the one to make (and break!) such a promise.
Shalimar is Violetta Valery, L'Heure Bleue is Mimì.
I love both Shalimar and L'Heure Bleue, both are outstanding masterpieces that time (and reformulations!) will never ruin.
Shalimar has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes me feel like a diva, while L'Heure Bleue makes me feel nostalgic, melanchonic, timid.
Jacques Guerlain is certainly a man inspired by Heaven (and maybe he ispired the Heavens too!).
Creating liquid emotions is not something everyone is capable of.
Creating emotions that more than a century later still move and inspire people is even less common.
Now shall we speak about Mitsouko?

Mar
28
2014
MarikaKhodr
MarikaKhodr

The first few minutes of Shalimar is a blast of bergamot which is a rather surprising opening for an oriental. I didn't like it at all the first time, it felt too much of a cologne but I have grown to love it. Later, just after 10 minutes the smoky, leathery cloud shows up, it's the civet, cedar and incense that starts to break through. Still a bit challenging, but after another 10 minutes, pure heaven! Soft, feminine and absolutely divine vanilla and florals take the reins for the heart of the fragrance.

Shalimar’s smoky, vanillic florals have a smoothness and lightness that is so rare in modern interpretations of oriental vanillas. This is a truly sophisticated, deep and smart fragrance that will always have a central place in my rather large perfume collection. It last around 6-6 hours on my perfume consuming skin with good projection the first three hours which for me is really, really good. Sometimes I layer it with Tom Ford Sahara Noir strong incensey, ambery scent which ... oh well it just makes it THE perfect night scent. Love, love, love.

Mar
25
2014
ScentPanther
ScentPanther

Prodigious amounts of fine cognac and the running of the bulls in Pamplona - When Karl Lagerfeld invites you for a little fun, one is assured a truly unforgettable experience. The bulls that year were exceptionally vicious, and the cognac exceptionally strong. If it weren't for Karl's cat like reflexes and his vicious left hook to the nose of one of those fear maddened bulls, I likely would not be here today writing this.

Later, when all the festivities were over, and the cognac had me seeing double, Karl told me something I will never forget. Leaning on the now docile bull he had tamed with his sheer charisma, with a glass of amber liquor in hand, he said, "Never wear a hat on a Tuesday, and never wear suspenders in the rain." I did not understand this then, but the words were drilled into my soul with the force of his intense gravitas.

Perhaps someday I will understand their significance, just as perhaps someday I will fall under the spell of Shalimar. However, never having smelled it, I feel compelled to praise its majestic majesticness. For I fear not praising it rabidly may invoke the ire of the Shalimar Mafia, the most feared shadow in the darkest reaches of the fragrance world. All glory to the Shalimar, for it is the gateway to olfactory transcendance. With leather, vanilla, citrus, incense and all other sorts of stuff.

Mar
24
2014
VintageViolet_
VintageViolet_

Wonderful.

I avoided this for years after merely smelling it from the bottle - i thought 'oopf! Too spicy'.... Well i visited the Guerlain boutique in Paris and i admit that i was WRONG about Shalimar! It is anazing on my skin. I'm noot keen on the first 10 minutes of this but after this time WOW it's worth the wait.

I will never judge a fragrance again until i have tried it on my skin for a whole day.

This is sultry, deep, comforting, warm, sensul and elegant.

Mar
24
2014
LeahJane1972
LeahJane1972

Shalimar you have broken my heart!
I was willing to give you a try yesterday, spraying you with all confidence. But instead of a stroll in an exotic land, you have me standing in front of the gorilla cage at the zoo for a full 20 minutes. Instead of romance I received nausea and embarassment. I tried to wait for you to change, but the abuse to my senses was just too much. I have washed you away and replaced you with those who have been true to me. Goodbye Shalimar.

Mar
24
2014
sati77
sati77

On my skin its the most beautiful powdery vanilla dry down. Love it. I suppose my skin loves Shalimar. Need to give it time it does calm down after a while. ok a long while, still its worth the wait.

Mar
19
2014
LizzieBea
LizzieBea

What can I say that hasn't already been said about the Jazz Age jewel? Only that once I sprayed a bit on my wrist, I spent the rest of the evening with it in front of my face because I couldn't get enough.

Mar
05
2014
FloridaMom
FloridaMom

One of my all time favorites. A beautiful classic, and love the touch of vanilla.

Mar
02
2014
stacey.donovan
stacey.donovan

This is my second review of Shalimar. At first I appreciated it without quite falling in love with it. As my sample dwindled, I became more and more addicted, and then I was heartbroken when it was empty.

The opening is a little odd, but with a spark of bergamot that I really like. I use bergamot oil in homemade dryer sheets and sometimes for home fragrance, because it gives me a little lift. This grown-up, woody vanilla incense smell with just a bit of powder is sexy and sophisticated without even trying, as I guess all true sexiness and sophistication is. It strikes me as equally appropriate for cold and warm weather, and it would feel right at Burning Man or the New York Met.

I feel like this perfume understands me, as complicated as I am. My husband bought me a bottle for my birthday, and it's become my signature perfume.

Mar
01
2014
ForrealMe2
ForrealMe2

I bit the bullet and finally went for Shalimar EDP. I figured the tester at the mall was old and spoiled my experience of Shalimar. And I was right! What a magnificent fragrance..oh where do i even begin..

I first began with Eau De Shalimar because i wasn't ready for Shalimar but wanted so much to enjoy what everyone else is raving about when it comes to Guerlain & Shalimar.. Well i love the lime and fuzzy cozy vanilla in EDS so much its been a top of mine for awhile. So it really did strike my interest to eventually man up to trying Shalimar EDP. The tester in the mall was flat and there was barely any lime or vanilla only leather that went flat..so i ran away..but This brand new fresh bottle that has never been mistreated with much usage,mishandling and light is a breath of fresh air. It starts off with the same lime and vanilla that i love but its toned down a bit by a thick layer of leather,and civet..These two can be much for some but give it time to evolve which is not long at all because your going to be in for a surprise..

This fragrance has a little bit of everything one could love about fragrances..it has the gourmands with the lime and vanilla and it is naughty with the intense leather and resins but then as time passes it becomes innocent and sweeter with amazing spices of incense and resinous opoponax..why is this amazing? Because this fragrance is such a shape shifter but in a good way its like it begins great and becomes greater from beginning to end..i didn't even expect for it to become sweeter but it did and that sweetness remains till the end..and most spices can be really intense but this is really well blended together with the leather and vanilla..its really a gourmand intense..oh its glorious...and it lasts a long time..I don't know if i will ever be faithful to Eau De Shalimar ever again after owning this but i am sure that is what Guerlain was betting on when making Eau De Shalimar...Smart move Guerlain...because you have officially hooked,line and sunk me to be dedicated to Shalimar for life...she is officially moved to my tops list..

Feb
28
2014
pronose
pronose

like all the other guerlain the formula has changed ! and now it smells not the same it used to be! shame on the house of guerlain!

Feb
26
2014
Marie76
Marie76

What to do, what to do. This opens up boozy and crazy on me. As if I was pouring a bottle of Jack Daniels over my skin, which is not exactly a bad thing, but certainly not the usually harmonious, graceful opening of the " Guerlinade" I get from the other Guerlain perfumes I've used. But the dry down comes quickly, and Oh, my God, it is IT: The sensual, gorgeous, fantastic vanilla I've been waiting for all my life...it's not sweet, it soaks into your skin, it transforms you...I usually can not stand gourmands, but I would like to like them: This is it.
The leather and civet don't scratch your throat,they're there to support this wonderful vanilla, but they don't interfere, oh,it is truly gorgeous as it burns down on your skin.
So another " must have " in my list. I just wish the opening was a bit less boozy.

Aha! I bought the EDT and it smelled completely different. Went back to my sample and it wasn't shalimar edp, but shalimar ode a la vanille sur la route de Mexique! Hence the maddeningly good vanilla in it...I'm definitely getting the ode a la vanille, now.

Feb
25
2014
KellyMills
KellyMills

What everyone else has said: Classic.
Shalimar is just a great fragrance that has stood the test of time.
A lot of fragrances try to imitate this one, but Shalimar already nailed it. It's a scent that seems to crackle with depth and slowly reveal its different notes. Makes me think of slow moving lava somehow. It's powerful, warm, and sensual, wraps you up in a warm and powdery veil and slowly reveals its vanilla, incense, and dark leather murkiness.
I love tracking down different vintages of this one. It seems like it only improves with age.

Feb
25
2014
Cocoagogo
Cocoagogo

Classic, elegant, exquisite. This scent has smelled lovely on every person I've come across who indulge in this little luxury. Like any good fragrance, she changes and morphs to suit the wearer.

To me, the most fascinating aspect is the whiff of guttered beeswax candle. Something of high church and high street. Gorgeous.

Feb
23
2014
Mary-Jayne
Mary-Jayne

My intention to not purchase too much in 2014 is already shattered, as I crunch over the broken pieces of my good intentions to safely stow my new precious scents in my secret vault....

And I succumbed as I knew I would to the deep delicious beauty of Shalimar.

There is little I can add to what has already been said, I think. Rich, deep, intoxicating, warm, comforting, sensual...this is a wonderful perfume.

I was worried the civet smell would be too much for me, and with leather as well, I was a bit concerned as some animalic smells simply do not work on my skin, smelling skanky, or dirty, or like I had been recently engaged in some extra-curricular activities...no worries, I can detect both the civet and the leather but they are balanced so beautifully that there is no issue.

I find this a lovely, well balanced smell that makes me feel happy. As with so many of my fragrances, especially the Guerlains, my other half dislikes the first 10 minutes so I stay away, but once it begins to settle, this is bliss.

I have just 1 problem now really with this scent - how do I stop myself sticking my face down my top in public to inhale this beautiful aroma? (I mean it gets me a seat to myself on the bus at rush hour but I don't want the reputation of the "weirdo on the bus")

Feb
22
2014
Tremere
Tremere

I just received a 1983 vintage Shalimar Eau de Toilette. Having only smelled the current (as of 2013) Eau de Parfum, I wasn't certain what to expect. The EDP is a gorgeous, potent take on the Guerlainade... how would a vintage EDT compare?

Well, one spray to the wrist and BOOM! This is just shockingly beautiful. It has been ten minutes and I am still in what can only be described as the candy-like top notes. I am not even certain what I am smelling... the sweetest, sweet myrrh I have ever encountered?

I may update with the dry down but such is the power of this beautiful creature I rushed here to jot down a first impression. The only contemporary comparison I can think of is Myrrhe & Delires from Guerlain's current L'Art et la Matière Exclusive Collection.

Aaaand... three hours later, the single spray to my left wrist has dried down to a skin scent. But what a scent! This is the paragon of amber and vanilla; an exact impression of my single tiny fragment of natural ambergris.

Feb
21
2014
katushka37
katushka37

Shalimar is a bottled Art Deco! It is classic yet unique and innovative...beautiful and controversial at the same time.

I must admit I never tried it until I started reading fragrance forums and reviews. I though it would be another loud or powdery floral typical of "older" perfumes...I was wrong! It is deep and complex with deep leather notes, incense and resins, softened by wood and vanilla. I got EDT version for starters and it lasted on me for good 6 hours in hot and humid conditions. I can see why so many people are addicted to this scent, I am already developing an urge to buy other versions of this gorgeous scent.

Feb
21
2014
Allinug
Allinug

Oh dear I am so tired of Shalimar...maybe I shall sell it...wait, I will try it again now...well it's ok but...oh what is that gorgeous smell...am I in heaven...Oh Yes I Am...Shalimar, I will keep you...of course I can't sell you...I must have been...well you know...

Feb
19
2014
hanson26
hanson26

I am really developing quite the addiction to Shalimar. I just can never get enough. I don't want to call it my signature scent quite yet, because I only feel right wearing it at night (it just blooms in the dark, something about the mysterious aura it carries about itself) but it is fast becoming the only scent I want anything to do with in the evening, or when I have anywhere even remotely nice to go. This is a problem, I never intended to settle down and be a one perfume woman! But when I wear my other perfumes now, all I can think is wow, this is quite lovely, but I *could* be wearing Shalimar right now. Maybe I should just get it in all concentrations, that should give me some variety, right? ;)

Shalimar is class.

Feb
16
2014
HB-C
HB-C

I have a miniature of this, I do really like it and it feels very glamorous, but I'm not sure that it necessarily suits me. It seems to change every few minutes over the first couple of hours and a dab on my wrist can smell very different to one on my inner elbow.

Eventually it settles down after the 3-4 hour mark and becomes a rich, sweet vanilla, fading away after about 6 hours.

Feb
16
2014
hanson26
hanson26

Oh wow, I just received this as a gift today and it is not at all what I thought Shalimar to be just from smelling in on other people. I always thought of it as one of those classics, like Chanel No. 5, that is very formal and perhaps buttoned up, but this baby is dirrrrty. Not dirty as in unclean, but as in rated R. I've tried quite a few old Guerlains and Chanels, and while beautiful, sexy would not be the term I'd use to describe many of them. But Shalimar is very, very sultry. Smoldering, even. It makes me think of a femme fatale type in a very luxurious lounge, filled with expensive bottles of whiskey, bourbon, and rum, and very smoky from vanilla cigars. Of course, there is plenty of leather as well. That's what Shalimar is on me, it is anything but a woody, powdery scent. It is straight up smoky, boozy, vanilla with a hefty dose of leather. If that doesn't scream sexy to you then I don't know what would. It's not the same type of sexy that many modern scents are, this is an extremely high class, grown-up sexy. I am not typically a fan of orientals, nor am I typically a fan of leather in perfumes, but this is just really...stunning. I really can't think of a better word to describe it, because each time I caught a whiff of it on myself, it stopped me in my tracks. I know it's hugely popular, but I still think it's underrated. I hear about it a lot when the subject is "classics", but not when the subject is sexy night time scents, or best vanillas/leathers. Well this is more than just a great classic, it's truly a masterpiece.

Feb
14
2014
zzMaja
zzMaja

Shalimar and Samsara are my favortie perfumes. I honestly can never decide which to wear. They both are so lovely. Shalimar definitely takes me to a far away place filled with love and calmness. I find it intense so I wear in in the evening and in the fall or winter. It makes me feel warm toasty and happy.

Feb
14
2014
ninius
ninius

The dry down smells like a sauna on me, LOL! Relaxing.

Feb
13
2014
Octoberamy
Octoberamy

I own this, and I've tried so hard to like it because it's so classic, but mostly I just smell urine. There's a point, somewhere in the dry down, where it is intoxicating, powdery and vanilla, but it's just not worth suffering the wait through the pee smell.

Feb
12
2014
Natalie Nations
Natalie Nations

This review is for the EDT. Shalimar is classic and a lot here has been written about it. What I get is a smooth blend of vanilla and incense with a heavy hit of citrus and leather. The dry down is amazing. Soft, woodsy, and powdery. I think this fragrance is very distinctive and unique. The EDT is less heavy/smoky compared to the EDP in my opinion. I sampled them both at the store and decided to go with the EDT.

Feb
10
2014
delilahcat
delilahcat

Today my sealed 1967 bottle of extract arrived. I had never tried shalimar before, but whilst checking ebay saw this bottle for an amazing price and thinking it couldn't be to disimilar to my absolute favourite L'heure Bleue, I blind bought. I'm not generally a leather fan but as someone who is obsessed with vintage guerlain perfumes I thought it was a must have for my collection. I was not expecting this! It is exquisite. I never imagined they had such dirty leather fragrances in the time of its creation. It open powdery and a little like baby wipes and them takes a dramatic turn from powdery feminine to deep leather, musk ( and the good stuff from the old days not synthetic in the slightest) as well as a smokey incense. The leather is supple and silky in its quality, you feel that only the best has been added to this fragrance. It's pure quality and magnificent craftsmanship. The ingredient are so delicately blended that no predominant notes take over and only a myriad of essences fleetingly emerge tantalisingly. On me from a distance I smell powdery feminity, but up close dirty leather, smokey incense and musk are apparent. Like a elegant young lady in 1920s garden party in a floral sundress revealing sexy lingerie hidden underneath. On my mum, shalimar wears more citrus and floral. But on me it's predominantly a powder leather medley. This old 1967 formula truly evolves with the wearers chemistry creating a truly unique experience to each wearer. This won't be a everyday fragrance for me it's to destracting, but it truly is another Guerlain masterpiece!

Feb
08
2014
crescentsho
crescentsho

Perfect! this one is the most fav fragrance that I have. Starts with blast of spicy citrus and the dry down is wonderful. I love it!
I don't think it's 'old lady' or only for mature woman.very lovely

Feb
07
2014
lcommisso
lcommisso

I don't know how a scent can be cozy and punchy at the same time, but that is the mastery and magic of Guerlain. It is a classic for a reason. It does change from the initial spritz to a smoky woodsy powdery vanilla greatness.

Feb
06
2014
kitknits
kitknits

I wanted to like this classic frangance, but it's just not for me. The bite of the citrus is too strong, the balsamic quality too distracting. I enjoyed the intensity, and liked it quite well on the dry down, with the vanilla-powder-wood elements lingering for a pleasureably long time (even little hints of that on my coat a few days hence). The hunt goes on.

Feb
06
2014
marioslg3
marioslg3

such a classic fragrance....no matter if is considered for women..i love it....the civet with vanilla is gorgeous....is like jicky with some extra vanilla in it, but last longer and is stronger...perfect but not for everyone or every woman...

Feb
04
2014
the_new_esta
the_new_esta

I keep a bottle because of the history. I appreciate how well it has done and lasted over the years - but definitely think the fragrance is dated these days.

Feb
02
2014
majestic mammy
majestic mammy

There was a Guerlain quote "Shalimar makes woman beautiful even in the dark"

YES its nice. Takes a few minutes and the veil is removed from the top notes and the exotic French Masterpiece leader of parfum creation takes the stage.

Very attractive.

Feb
01
2014
qbetterhome
qbetterhome

Update:
I gave another chance to Shalimar.
A week ago I tried again and the magic happened: a gorgeous fragrance, elegant, challenging and wonderful.
Citrus in the opening is elegant, but the vanilla in the dry down is to die for.
Maybe what I tried before was a gone bad tester.
Yesterday I bought the biggest bottle of EDP and enjoying. Today I've got the second bottle of EDP (biggest size) and I feel I won to lottery.

Long live Shalimar..

Jan
27
2014
Anywho
Anywho

When I first sniffed Shalimar a few years ago I was wondering what the fuss was all about. I didn't like it at all, and I am an oriental lover. But about two years ago I ordered a few samples of Guerlain fragrances and gave Shalimar a bit more time and all of a sudden it just hit me - and I love it ever since. Now, wearing it in warm and humid conditions, I love it as much as in cold weather. It has a bit more of a sultry character but other than that it is just its beautful self. I find this to be a very wearable oriental and don't detect at all the leather and smokiness that some other reviewers refer to. This and Kenzo Jungle Elephant will do me nicely for the shortlived winters here in Australia. Well, and Shalimar PI and Belle en Rykiel, of course.

Jan
25
2014
stitchywitch
stitchywitch

I wish I could love Shalimar. Every 6 months I try it again, hoping to be transported by the experience. Alas, all I get it lemon and wood. I think it might be my body chemistry - Guerlain in general is awful on me, excepting Liu. I love older perfumes, so it isn't that... there is just something that does not work for me.

Jan
25
2014
Revontuli
Revontuli

I'd first blindbought the Initial Gift Set for its incredible price, then it felt too unjust not to meet the original Shalimar first and I swithced to EdP. Now I finally have you... Reading "old woman scent" comments about a fragrance has been a criteria for me: What people call as "old woman scent" is obviously something super elegant, sexy and feminine. So be it, I prefer femininity over smelling like a bag of green apples or yucky sweets. Well, I'm now another worshipper of this unbelievable gem. I can easily identify each of the notes at the beginning: The opening is very smokey&incense-vanilla with lots of citrus. Leather is very slight. It then melts into someting magical; a very well balanced smoky-sweet vanilla. I'd never sampled Shalimar before buying, of course I knew about it, it just didn't... occur. Then I decided to blindbuy and the best decision that I've ever made.

Jan
23
2014
Emma0714
Emma0714

Whilst other fragrances may come and go, trendier versions of scents, young and modern. New. Cutting-edge perhaps. Shalimar sits steady on her leather throne, sipping on her Pernod and twisting the beads around her neck in a suggestive manor. She is watching other stars rise and fall beneath her feet, but she never interferes. She knows she is the Queen. And she knows no-one will take her place. Ever.



Oh, and try layer her with Laura Mercier "Vanille Gourmand". Just. Wow.

Jan
18
2014
Jose Marcos
Jose Marcos

Only a few words: it is quite masculine by todays standards, in fact it's bolder than Midnight in Paris, I meant to say another word with 'B'. It doesn't smell dated or out of fashion for me. Shalimar smells expensive, classy and very, but very comforting. From Shalimar I can see many scents I do love like Coromandel and Prada Prada, the 1st. Others that I like, Prada pour Homme Intense, Burberry Brit for Men and TF Noir. Needless to mention Parfum Initial and SPI L'Eau. Wonderful fragrancce. I only hope to see its 100th birthday, soon ... What a feast.

Jan
17
2014
hellokoi
hellokoi

I've never worn Shalimar until recently and have never known anyone else who wears it. It seems like I should have come across this fragrance earlier, but I only met Shalimar about a month ago, and it has fast become one of my favorites. It's an amazing and addictive scent, and it really blooms on skin as opposed to being sprayed on a piece of paper (which I find to be true for most fragrances, actually, but it's especially true for Shalimar).

I don't usually care for powdery scents, and this is definitely powdery, but it smells so elegant, warm, and classy, and the powder is sweetened beautifully by the strong, creamy vanilla. The incense and resin notes smell like the most wonderful, expensive amber and incense on my skin. The leather and civet are noticeable, but they don't come out screaming; they just add a touch of something dark and mysterious to the blend. It's a smell that's both sexy and comforting to me.

I do think that this smells old fashioned, but not in a way that is outdated or difficult to wear. It smells classic, expensive, and elegant to me.

I've grown up in the generation of cheap fruity-florals (which are mostly garbage), and I wish I'd found Shalimar sooner. I love the sweet vanilla paired with darker notes and sultry incense. I've tried a lot of vanilla scents, and this one is special, with nothing cheap or cloying about it.

As a bonus, other people also love this on me. It's a magnet for compliments, especially from men, who seem to love its sweet, warm qualities.

I've already gone through all of my samples of Shalimar and purchased the largest bottle I could find :) this one is a love for me.

Jan
17
2014
ScarlettX
ScarlettX

This perfume is very powdery and smoky. It has a leather scent in it which makes me feel nostalgic.
It is a little strong for me right now but I feel old-fashioned elegance and old fairy tales in it.
The warm vanilla in drydown is really nice.
The top notes were a little heavy for me.

Jan
13
2014
mad.kat.96
mad.kat.96

When I hear a perfume is oriental this is the first scent that comes to mind. It is the classic oriental to me that I unintentionally compare others to. The vanilla, spices, citrus, leather, powder, smokey incense are so well blended with the floral in Shalimar. The notes seam to take turns politely as to who gets to be up front as it is constantly changing on me.

Sillage is easily arms length for the first couple hours, then to inches for many more hours. Usually lasts at least 8 hrs on me.

Jan
10
2014
MsDana
MsDana

This one had been on my want list for a while as I am a lover of the classic perfumes. I finally got it from my BF on Christmas & I have been experimenting with it since then. I do not like the initial spray very much as I really get the leather note too strongly, but then it settles down quickly, and I can then appreciate the other notes. This perfume is a true chameleon on me, I never know which notes will emerge on me. On some days it is a sweet vanilla gourmand, then on other days it is a sharp citrus floral, (the smokey note is always there). That complexity is what makes this perfume so unique and fun to wear though. My BF can also wear this, it works as a unisex scent quite well IMO. As a matter of fact, I like it better on him than on me. It is a wonderfully beautiful, and complex perfume.

Jan
09
2014
guest_
guest_

I've just bought vintage sealed Shalimar. And comparing to the new Eau De Toilette it is different:
- New is more oud smell, I like it
- Old is more frankisence smaell and reminds me cemetery :-)
- Old stays only for about an hour. Its disaponting, but better than it would be too strong.
May be smell so changed during so many years...

Jan
06
2014
Lilah Veil
Lilah Veil

Women do not wear Shalimar. Shalimar wears us. This is not an opener most women want to see about a fragrance but bear with me. I mean this in the most complimentary way. This masterpiece is possibly/probably the most unique, compelling, mysterious, intriguing fragrance blends of all times. It is not the most appealing to my nose compared to so many other scents. That is not the allure of Shalimar, neither is the fine bottle or the house name. If Shalimar were invented today free of charge in a unnamed clear vial it would still enchant and haunt me. I would have to own this magical potion because something about it is absolutely otherworldly.

The original blend of soft, powdery, citrusy, floral, woodsy, mossy, spicy, earthy, vetiver, benzoin laced with civet and light amber mixed with opoponax (world's finest sweet myrrh), and some call this an "old lady" scent? No offense, as scent is subjective as flavor, but the the non-lovers of this are sadly missing out. It is absolutely royal, divine, mesmerizing. It is oh-so-quiet, sublime, and sexy as hell at the same time. This stuff IS "hypnotic poison" and it is addictive. It whispers and woos, draws you in like a clueless victim. Like a vampire it waits to seduce as it flirts, toys and charms it's way in. Shalimar does not screech or scream. Nothing about it is loud or obtrusive. It uses no words as its language is telepathic and irresistibly seductive. It will call until you come and will haunt you afterwards. Shalimar is surreal; a dream. Each layer morphs and with each change comes a unique scent unlike any other. A blast of citrus powder first, now in the land of Bulgarian roses, a bright, splendid, fragrant red, pink and yellow bouquet; uh-oh, here comes the earth, fresh from the ground to my nose, straight into my entire psyche and before that's finished I am in India inhaling the finest sandalwood my nose will ever know. I see the woods on my way up. At the same time, the smell of creamy milk and honey begins to overtake me. Resistance is futile. The sweeping up and away has already happened. I wonder where I am and how I got there, and it just keeps doing this magical thing over and over again until it gently lays me down with a faceless smile while pulling the bed sheets over my shoulders. I feel the sweetest and softest kiss on the cheek and like the wave of a feather, it quietly disappears as a vapor before sunrise. I miss it already and wish it to come back as I remember, because after smelling (experiencing) this lover, I will never forget it.

Shalimar is an olfactory hallucinogen; a kaleidoscope of everything peaceful, sensual, beautiful and perfect. It is an opiate escape on fine silken sheets with roses, champagne, mild incense, a bowl of vanilla beans and fruit on the table by the bed... and right beside that lies the sparkling gemstone of your dreams. You choose which one, because Shalimar is like the most beautiful dream you ever had. For those who don't "get it", those of us who do really hope you will some day. An exaggerated review? Hmmm... maybe, but not for us oh-so-lucky ones. *wink* There is no wonder at all it is still one of the most top selling fragrances of all times since it's birth in 1921. Thank you, Guerlain and Baccarat! The first, and one and only... liquid genie in a bottle. Long live Shalimar.

Jan
05
2014
lister
lister

I heard about Shalimar but I never sampled it and I do not have it in my childhood olfactory memories.
I do not own a bottle but I sampled it at least 30 times in the past 4 months.I do not understand why people are so rude to Shalimar.
I think this is a very intelligent,magic scent.It knows my mood.It's very comforting.It's different evrytime I smell it.It's sensual.It's warm.It's unforgettable.
I do not wear female scents, but this is the only scent that I want to surround me.I am addicted.Should I buy a bottle?

Jan
04
2014
bronstein
bronstein

Without referring to its history but rather just judging as if it was released today, it's a very ladylike fragrance. As a man I find it suits elegant women in their best years. It smells like a composition of typical smells a man enjoys when meeting a woman: An exclusive foam bath, high quality make up, elegant clothes, maybe a cigarette, hopefully a hint of female lust and of course, most importantly, an unobtrusive perfume. If you think this argument is tautological then it goes to show how the real world shapes our imagination which in turn shapes the real world. In this sense, it's a perfect scent to accompany a ladylike lady.

Jan
03
2014
advabart
advabart

Not a review, but I would appreciate your help regarding the different flacons/flankers.
Is the fragrance in the bottle as shown on image #6 and #12 idetical to the one on top of this page?

Jan
03
2014
Nicknat24
Nicknat24

Just purchased a vintage 1980's bottle of edt. I'm embarrassed to say I have NEVER to my recollection ever tried it and don't think that I've ever known anyone that wore it. I purchased it blindly based on its legendary status and the reviews here. I can say that I am intrigued. It starts off a little medicinal but quickly develops into something powdery, warm and soft yet complex. I can understand the "grandma" references as this is so unlike perfumes of today and does evoke an air of sophistication and maturity. I'm not in love yet, but I'm interested.

Jan
02
2014
Miss_Nicole
Miss_Nicole

What can I possibly say about Shalimar that hasn't been said 1000 times before? I'm just a tiny little guppy in this big ocean of reviews that wants to share my itty bitty (well ok , my reviews are always more than itty bitty lol) two cents, but because I love this frag sooooooooo much, it's very much justified.

Let's start off with the typical, generic(but of course very true) descriptions of Shalimar, which are as followed : timeless, sensual, classic, alluring, provocative, ect. You've read and heard those familiar words a million times over and although it's a broken record by now, they ring so true to the beauty that is Shalimar.

I'm not going to bore you (anymore than I already am) by going into back stories, how long I've worn this frag and all that jazz but, I will say that to me this fragrance is an experience. It has so much character and can be so addicting that I have to remind myself to let my other perfumes have a chance to shine and not have the spotlight be all on her. Yes, to me Shalimar is most definitely a she. This fragrance is no meager little mouse hiding in a corner, no no no, she's a force to be reckoned with. This is a type of frag that if you're not confident and self assured enough, it will wear you instead of vice versa.

As far as the actual notes, no need for me to tell you, half the world has already either smelled and/or own(ed) Shalimar. All I will say is if you haven't already, you really need to experience this to understand how enchanting this potion is.

As far as projection, sillage and lasting power is concerned, Shalimar gets an A plus straight down the line. My one and only small complaint would be that it's a very popular, recognized frag. A ton of people know of/wear this, so you're not going to stand out amongst the masses when you do. For me, I like (some of) my frags to be different, a bit avant garde and to not be so "typical." But with Shailmar those rules go right out the window for she is a pleasant exception.

Jan
01
2014
peppermint_07
peppermint_07

My mom came home from the U.S for Christmas. As I was helping her unpack her things in the hotel room, she suddenly held up a perfume and said, "would you like to have this? I only use it to freshen up the bathroom after doing my business."

In her hand is a very pristine bottle of Shalimar, still about 90% full. My eyes widened in shock. My mom is using Shalimar as a bathroom deodorizer?! A blasphemy, I say.

This scent is truly a revelation. Classic but not outdated. Strong but not overpowering. Distinct and unique but lets the woman wearing it take the credit. The notes are so wonderfully blended that it's hard to pick out every single component, save for the vanilla. It was like listening to a perfect musical symphony.

This perfume was created in 1925, but it still holds its own in the modern times. That is quite an achievement for a fragrance.

Dec
31
2014
guest_
guest_

The bottle in the picture above is EDP.
My first impression of Shalimar was that it's something totally repulsive - old powder, stinky leather bag and even slightly faecal notes - but it was definitely intriguing from th very first sniff. So I decided to give it another chance, for the sake of curiosity. And then again, and again and again. This perfume will only reveal its true nature when you get to know it closer. By the umpteenth test I appreciated the citrus that comes in the first five seconds, I totally ignored the leather-bag odor which follows and I finally got to smell the prescious vanilla-woody-powdery notes that persisted for hours.
Conclusion? Shalimar is a challenge. For me it's been a rewarding one. You see for yourselves:)

Dec
31
2014
CathieH
CathieH

I want to buy a bottle of Shalimar but I don't know why the difference in the bottle design, there seems to be a few. The one above on Fragrantica with the flutes I thought would be the EDP; without the flutes maybe the EDT and the there is one that has a similar top but comes down and sits on two points...but the websites I've searched are all over the place with the different bottles and whether they are EDP, EDT and EDC. Can anyone enlighten me further? many thanks.

Dec
31
2014
edna maria de lima rocha
edna maria de lima rocha

é pr pouco um cheiro bem diferente..não sei como explicar..muito cuidado ao usar..

Dec
27
2013
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

Again. shalimar is playing games with me or maybe Guerlain/LVMH are messing around.
I gave Shalimar a goodbye because it didn't work on my chemistry. I owned 3 bottles of EdP from different years. One is vintage and I have a tiny left and it's the best smelling still after more than 20 years. then I had a big spray bottle and it was good but not so good, somehow musty talc. The third one is lovely no-spray with previous shape. It smells musty when dabbed, but it's still fresh. EdT worked the best. It's not that I'm trying to like Shalimar by any mean. It just was the first fragrance that introduced me to a magical world. I didn't repurchase.
Some days ago I was given a new sample of EdP with pic of the new shape bottle by a kind and knowing SA (quite uncommon here). I thought: "Oh well, very kind of him, I will keep this sample in my samples box"
Today I had to rush out because I was on late and wore no perfume. Once out I noticed, took the sample from my bag and told myself "why not?"
There I go. One single spray got me almost to wonderland again and this is frustrating. In the last years with just any bottle of Guerlain I had to realise that they are not consistent. They're all different. some I like and some other not. It probably goes unnoticed to most wearers but not to me. It could be the weather, my nose/mood/whatever but it did smell different, more radiant vanillic and less sticky musty gasoline.
Even my bf who is totally not a Shalimar man commented that it smelled less stale and musty than ever.
No, I won't repurchase right now.

Dec
26
2013
RIVI1969
RIVI1969

It seems like any comment who do not put this perfume on a pedestal is considered a sacrilege but whatever, not all noses are created equal so I guess I won´t get any balloons here. I understand the impact of Shalimar in perfume history, and the "classic", "timeless" etc adjectives usually is identified with but even when I get that and I try to like it, I cannot stand the talc, powdery note that takes me to grandma´s drawer in a snif.

Dec
25
2013
samsara82
samsara82

Dear Reader,

I must say Shalimar is by itself the fragrance is truly one of kind fragrance that you truly wont smell another perfume like it, its very exquisite ,exotic and a timeless feminine scent.

By itself, for me I could not say its "jasmine" this or that, its a true potion with a aroma that is clouded in mystery to your nose but its mystique is seducing you ,inviting you to a exotic dance ..and I accepted.

On me, well I wasn't expecting this exotic potion to turned into a total sweetheart on my body's chemistry since I smelled it on many women of all ages that it smelled very enticing and elegant.
On me as I said it turned into a sweetheart on me not in a candy doll way but a very warm vanilla, whispering sweet and spicy that has a angelic comfort rosy and gold vibration to it.

I enjoyed it and it stays on for a long time and its presence is very serene on my body's chemistry, I wont purchase it since well I was expecting a more exotic intense aroma like it was on many other women made my heart skip and my cheeks blush and say "who's that? ", Shalimar beautified my serene nature very uniquely.

I do recommend women to try this but I warn you this exotic perfume is a shape shifter because I noticed a pattern that if your assertive type it bring out the notes that will make you have a very regal refine scent and on sensual types will become very sultry and calm types like me will becomes very serene, no matter how's your nature Shalimar will adapt to you and emphasize what you are by which it makes Shalimar even more unique and exotic, its truly magical experience in a bottle and I can see why its a legendary beauty.

Dec
22
2013
Arabian Knight
Arabian Knight

When you first spray Shalimar, you might be a bit taken aback by the upfrontness of the citrus, jasmine and sweet oponopax. But give it time. After 10 minutes or so, this will dry down into a faintly sweet, powdery vanilla and leather, the texture of which is soft, calf-skin suede.

What makes Shalimar special is the composition. It's not so overtly perfumey, but sheer. To steal a phrase from Katie Puckrick's review it smells like "your skin...but better", almost as if you're not wearing anything, which gives it a very intimate feel.

That indeed is the secret to Shalimar's long standing reputation as a sex kitten. Marilyn Monroe, when asked what she wore to bed, famously said "Chanel No.5". Now I can honestly say, if Ms. Monroe appeared in my bed naked, wearing Chanel No.5 I would ask her to get her beautiful blonde self into the shower and wash it off! Shalimar has the kind of subtlety that invites closer attention, if you know what I mean :D

Dec
20
2013
rzarectum
rzarectum

I didn't love this one at first, but I couldn't resist the cheap price on this one as it was on clearance. And besides, my mother is a fan of it so I could have given it to her. It's very "mature", probably too mature for myself still. I really get the lovely vanilla and powder in it after it's dried down. Such a classic fragrance, and I think it's versatile enough to be worn both night and as an everyday daytime scent.

Dec
19
2013
Deppaholic
Deppaholic

After buying Shalimar Initial and really liking it, I sprayed this on in Ulta today. Thought I'd come here give my thoughts. After not liking the reformulation, too smokey, reminded me of the bonfires after a football game. Well, I'm just going to have to buy myself a bottle of this beauty. After all, Guerlain is the best house for perfume in the world. I agree with the one reviewer, Shalimar does beat No. 5. With a big stick too! This is everything. I'm going to try to get every version I can. I'm not quite sure why I took a dislike to my previous bottle and sold it off. I think sometimes hormonal days will twist a wild whisp of grody around you and make a beauty like Shalimar seem like the enemy. Contrary. She is your best friend! Probably the best perfume made in the whole world. I do really love some of their elixirs too, but this one is like going back to another world, one of comfort with memories and feelings awakened and renewed. With the other one coming in perhaps 2nd. But I do believe Guerlain could be the King of Perfumery. i.e. Elvis the King, and Michael Jackson the King of pop. Guerlain Shalimar the winner indeed!

Dec
15
2013
wistfulmaiden
wistfulmaiden

I still have a few other fragrances and will probably always switch up perfumes but this is the one that feels like "me". I love that its not "perfume-y" and I love the softness, the powder aspect and the fact that somehow, I can wear a perfume made so many years ago and it still feels modern.
To me, first I smell lemon/lime pound cake, then vanilla and smoke and something incense, then later soft powder which ends up very satiny. I like the parfume most but I would wear the toilette.
Shalimar gives me the best feeling of all my fragrances.

Dec
13
2013
chittylafemme
chittylafemme

Pure luxury. Smelled the warm vanilla 12 hours after I took a shower. Simply, the best perfume I've had the pleasure of smelling to date.

Dec
09
2013
frederica
frederica

Mystery. Jewel.Flame.Flash of light in the dark. Calling of serene voice in the distance. Touch of unreachability.This is Shalimar. Words are useless.

Dec
08
2013
Maddlesbubbles
Maddlesbubbles

A classic. Nothing like perfumes brought out these days. Powdery, smokey, leathery goodness. Most people would have smelt this numerous times in their life without even realising what it was. Because it is such an old classic, it's primarily worn by older women, but I think anyone of any age can wear this.

Dec
04
2013
RIVI1969
RIVI1969

I love it, unfortunately my wife does not, so maybe I will buy anyway a small 40ml bottle and use it on my wrists from time to time.

Dec
04
2013
fayegiblin
fayegiblin

I love all things Guerlain... and Shalimar is like an epic film that you want to revisit every so often.

This was one of the first true fragrances I used and I'm thinking of getting it again.

You cannot go wrong with this. Good quality, well rounded, perfume staple that would be a great gift too. Suitable for young to old alike.

Buy a small bottle of the parfum. It's not a perfume you will wear every day. You will stop using it but you will come back again, use it and think 'ahhh glad I bought this' Great blind buy if you haven't tried it yet.

Sexy - night time - all weather - romantic - classy - grown up - great value.

Dec
02
2013
LANIER
LANIER

(This is a review of the Parfum not the EDP or EDT)

Shalimar the classic (and very first) oriental perfume created in 1925 by Jacques Guerlain is one of the best selling perfumes in the world. It remains today a perfume of magical and romantic qualities. But in the 1920’s it was a bit of a scandalous fragrance. It was said that there were three things a good girl didn’t do, “Bob her hair, smoke cigarettes and wear Shalimar.” That certainly didn’t stop the new modern women of the age who agreed with Mae West when she said. “Good girls go to heaven, but bad girls go everywhere!”

Shalimar is a grownup perfume. Heavy on incense and leather, blooming with rose and jasmine and insolently overflowing with opopanax, civet and sandalwood it is a glamorous sumptuous and sensual perfume.

It opens with blue rhapsody of a jazzy clarinet solo in citrus. This consists of the notes of mandarin orange, bergamot, lemon and a note that usually can be found in the base, Cedar. That Cedar note tells you right off that this is going to be interesting.

The heart of this jazz age symphony is replete with more mixing of high and low notes. There is a rooty iris mixed in with a grassy vetiver. This comes in to lush harmonics with a rose dressed to thrill and all a sparkle is a sexy seductive jasmine. The low dark and slightly naughty patchouli rushes in to stir the entire center of the fragrance into a pure lush modern jazz ballet.

Finally there comes the boozy slow blues after midnight dry down. From opening to the end of this perfume there is a huge billowing fabulous incense note that pushes out into the room. The body and soul of the perfume is here in its smoky presence as the incense pares up with opopanax and the two get kinky with the dominatrix leather note. This trio is not shy about slapping things into submission as they pull in a scampy civet that plays around adding a dash of danger and bite to the party. Lush sandalwood is made more creamy and sexy by the arrival of Tonka and vanilla. The jazz age urgent sexy pulse of this perfume is made to last for hours by the ever present support of a beautiful musk.

This perfume may be a challenge to some for its complexity and adult signature. A signature I might add that is no where to be found in the realm of immature perfumes of this day and age. It is something many have to grow into. Another aspect of the perfume is its sexual ambiguity. The meeting of florals with Cedar, citrus and a snappy leather make it most wearable for men. Not an office scent by any means for a man but something that works well after dark and on formal occasions. But weather for a man or a woman Shalimar is the height of elegant chic confident sexy jazz drenched glamour.

Shalimar Parfum by Guerlain Five Platinum Stars *****

(TO SEE HOW SHALIMAR MET THE GREAT GATSBY CHECK OUT MY BLOG SCENTS MEMORY)

Dec
01
2013
Briarthorn
Briarthorn

So many reviews for this one. I was on the fence on whether it would be worth adding another one, but here we go anyway.

This is not what I expected. I really don't know what I expected, just that it wasn't this. I expected to be sorta eh about the Shalimar EDP.

It opened up very powdery and just as I was thinking it reminded me of baby powder, It developed into a smoking campfire, but then almost right away I got the most amazing incensy, smoky, leathery, Tonka beany delight. I was amazed at how quickly it developed. It finally settled down on an incense, woody note. I love it. I want it. I am surprised by it and even more delighted by how wonderful it gets along with my skin.

We are definitely gonna be good friends.

Dec
01
2013
majestic mammy
majestic mammy

I have warmed up to the reformulation. I do enjoy the lemon top notes. I find the only thing comforting to blending this with is either Guerlains cuir Beluga or spiritueuse double vanilla. This is a fragrance not of top choice but still enjoy using time to time.
Its the Edith Piaf of fragrance. Always enjoyable and very French but from time to time is a pleasure.
I did own a few of Shalimar cologne, found it too masculine. However the old formulation of Shalimar pure parfum is something real real wonderful even a 1980s version which has still be victim to reformulation continues to hold a strong glimpse of its original legacy.
Shalimar has made its mark in history and in the creative beauty of parfum. A scent that is mimicked over and over by niche and perfumers around the word holding up to the best of standards. Shalimar will never be copied as its on its own platform.

Nov
24
2013
CherryKissesxxx
CherryKissesxxx

I bought this over a year ago, tried it once, hated the strong musky smell and threw it to the back of my perfume drawer. Since then I’ve heard so many raves and rantings about it, that I decided to give it another go.

I put it on (4 squirts) and didn’t like the initial strong musk, once again. It soon settled down though, lasted 10 hours (no joke) until I had to take a shower, and in the end, I actually quite liked the musky vanilla scent. I suspect, after a few more wears, I’m going to look forward to wearing Shalimar! It’s certainly quite a ‘grown-up’ scent. I know I wouldn’t have given it a second chance in my teens or twenties.

Nov
24
2013
Castor
Castor

I have three versions: one extrait, and EdT and something I call Shalimoid.

The extrait screams, literally. A dab will be noticed by the whole family with a "hey, what is that nice smell". My answer, "Grandma´s Shalimar Extrait". They know I am a fumehead so they will ask looking at me.

The EdT feels smokier.

Shalimoid smells like Shalimar's mid and base notes. The Guerlinade is prominent. This version was inherited: it is a big bottle with a glass stopper, it does not have a label and I remember, if memory doesn't fail me, given to my Grandfather by a friend who worked in Guerlain's factory. (off topic: I got two other vintage bottles tgether with this one, an Ambré EdC by Coty and a bottle of Carnaval de Venecia, a best seller among Argentine gents during the 1930's - 1940's. I brought Shalimoid home after realizing that the two were gone. Someone took them without telling anyone. We guess it was a Grandson / nephew with a mental disorder. A pity, really).

Back to the review: they all share the same pattern - smoke (birch tar?), vanilla, woods, Guerlinade (someone told me it was iris and something else). The result being a very powdery blend with clear associations to, you nailed it, Grandmothers, in my case, long gone (twenty years, to be exact).

However, albeit these attributes, Shalimar still is a best seller. A blend dating from the 1920's being praised by many? How come? I suspect it s because the base notes are very warm. It feels cozy, somehow like reading a favorite book while lying on the floor on top of a shaggy dog style wool rug, while aromatic woods are being burnt in a chimney. Plus the Guerlinade, a signature accord that is fantastic, until you've tried the rest of Guerlain's classics, and as told by a friend, who happened to say "Guerlinade? Again? Spare me! Please". On the other hand, it is very original even for the times it was launched: I had the chance of smelling my Grandmother's collection and the variety was limited. I that sense, modern day perfumery might not stand to the quality of past blends, but I cannot deny from my experience that present day variety is remarkable - not the mainstream! I am refering to niche and indy. Many not to my tastes, though, unfortunately (in a course on cosmetic chemistry we were told that the golden age of perfume making was around the 1960's - 1980's, so I guess the reason why it is so was because of what I am referring to).

I am fond of it. I wore it, been told "Smells grandmotherish, nice though", tried to layer with patch oil in order to make it more masculine (expecting someone to say "smells grandfatherish, nice though" to no avail) and arrived to the conclusion that Habit Rouge is Shalimar's masculine version - OK, I know it is not a very original conclusion, a statement of the obvious when it comes to this hobby.

I even used a small amount of Shalimar in order to improve Shalimoid (yes, I do those things. Sorry.) and it worked: dabbing this would stay for hours on my skin and project amazingly well (which, BTW, that is not in my book, accountig for the fact that many bottles I have are still full).

So I won't be getting another bottle of Shalimar. All the contrary, I am hoarding bottles of vintage Habit Rouge, which, BTW, is not being distributed locally for its lack of demand.

Good for me, it is my signature scent - however, with so many fragrances in my w'drobe, I wear sparingly.

Something else: for a less shriekish, humble, not so complex version of Shalimar, get a vintage version of Emeraude -1970's / 1980's would do. I do wear that one more often. And funny enough, many think it is Polo by Ralph Lauren (the oakmoss, maybe?).

Nov
23
2013
Krupp
Krupp

This perfume has beauty and soul like no other in my collection. Not loud or overwhelming, but quiet and mysterious as the smile on Mona Lisa's lips. I fall in the romantic mood wearing Shalimar, almost like when you have the smell of your beloved sitting in the scarf when you walk out the door in the morning after having kissed goodbye. A very nice feeling!

Nov
23
2013
jht4060
jht4060

The one and only Shalimar. A warm deep sultry incensy amber with a leather and civet edge and a hint of flower. The favorite garden of the famous beauty Mumtaz Mahal. The iconic perfume of the bad girls of the Roaring Twenties, when women took a huge step toward emancipation. Better than Chanel No 5. What more is there to say? Male or female, if you love perfumes you must acquire this piece of history in a bottle. Not a sample - a full bottle, else you will forget the unfolding glory that is Shalimar.

Apart from its engaging history, the thing that makes Shalimar compelling is tension between a smoke-leather note on the one hand and a vanilla-balsam note on the other. The combination is compelling - perhaps it stimulates some brainstem pathway that says hearth, home, dinner, sex, warmth.

Nov
23
2013
kismetdaisy
kismetdaisy

I've wanted to like Shalimar for so long and at last I can say I'm truly smitten by this fragrance. I love to love it. Just to say I'm wearing Shalimar makes me feel like a goddess. It's so bad it's good. It's the baddest perfume, meant for the baddest of women. The confident, the bold, and the strong, fearless to rebel and stand up for themselves. Needless to say, Shalimar is powerful, You don't wear this frag, it wears you. It's hard for me to put into words the effect this has over me all together, but I can easily say Shalimar makes me feel like I can do anything without limitations or consequence. If a scent could be "naughty," this is it; like a deep dark secret or a not so white lie. It's provocative and unclean-- lovely and womanly all at the same time. It's a leathery, woody, powdery dry vanilla concoction that's unlike any other. I'm guessing perfumists have tried to capture the essence of Shalimar, but I wouldn't dare ever say " 'so and so' smells like Shalimar." That's what's so great about it. It's popular without being "common" or unoriginal, s and this smells completely different on each individual. Shalimar is sexy in the classiest way possible. I feel ashamed for previously shunning this fragrance., but I'm now making up for lost time ;) Shalimar challenged me and that's why I kept coming back to it. And most importantly, this is NOT an "old lady " frag, not in the slightest. Shalimar is pleasantly strong without being cloying, and it's far too edgy to get the "old lady" stamp. This can be worn by women ages 21-100 in my book. I think other reviewers were right when they said you have to be a little more mature to appreciate Shalimar, and I agree-and that might be a good thing 'cause it's much too sassy for a teenager IMO. Save this for when you become a young woman, it'll give you something to look forward to ;) I'm going to buy this to wear on special occasions. As much as I love to smell it, this perfume is "special" and that's how I'll treat it. For the ladies that hate Shalimar, spray it somewhere and come back to smell it the next day. I'm so glad I did ;)

Nov
18
2013
kismetdaisy
kismetdaisy

I can't believe I'm about to say this, but... Shalimar IS amazing and I can't believe I finally discovered the beauty of this perfume. You were all right and I was wrong. I went from loathing this to now being completely entranced by it. this is a truly profound scent. It smelled Like big spray, and still did yesterday.. Until I woke up and smelled it dried down on my coat, and oh my god, there it was! Shalimar, thee perfume of all perfumes. I will update more on this later... Right now I am still dumb founded. I never in a million years thought I would like this.

Nov
16
2013
cmagot
cmagot

Cant help it, it is so feminin, so wonderful, so classy and so charming. Not for everybody!

Nov
15
2013
vandre
vandre

Don't get me wrong: the first time I smelled this perfume, I thought it was horrific, way too overwhelming and old-lady like (I'm nineteen). But this was on paper. And no-one is made of paper. So on a 'coup de tête', I bought Shalimar (which could have been a big mistake). It took my about a week to decide that I actually like it.
The first half-hour of wearing Shalimar is not so great. It's really strong, balsamic, powdery (not a fan of powdery smells); but after that the deep vanilla comes out, which I find incredibly sensual and sexy.
I would describe this perfume as a a relationship with a crazy bipolar girlfriend: at first you're not so sure how it's going to turn out (it may turn for the worst); then when you wait it out a bit, it's comforting and safe and oh-so sensual.

Love it.

Nov
15
2013
bebekesasar
bebekesasar

I was so happy to at last able to try Shalimar. I have longed to try this masterpiece, and finally I can fulfill my dream. There was a burst of sweetened citrus in the opening blended with the smell of incensed leather. About an hour later, the scent evolved into an enchanting smell of plastic-like tonka bean an incense. Finally, it left the a trail of oriental vanilla. I could also detect opoponax. The scent reminded me of Smell Bent Incensed. The lasting power was good, but I expected more.

Nov
12
2013
xrayer
xrayer

I finally took the plunge and got a sample of Shalimar EDT and I can't really say anything that hasn't already been said. I love it, it is beautifully deep, warm and so well balanced, the notes all blend together to create a gorgeous smokey yet sweet and sultry fragrance. I already have and love eau de shalimar but I am definitely going to have to get this but will also sample the EDP before I decide which formulation to get. It has taken me a long time to appreciate and love any Guerlain perfumes but I can easily see why this is often referred to as the signature fragrance of this house.

Nov
05
2013
gabriel.villa
gabriel.villa

How can I start this review? Oh, there are so many things to say about Shalimar, and I could write lots of lines but I would never say everything I want to say about the perfume.

First of all, Shalimar is a perfume with history, it takes me imediatly to the past and I just love that. I felt in love with Shalimar before I had even smelled the fragrance. I have read that Jacques Guerlain was inspired by the great love story of the emperor Shah Jahan and the princess Mumtaz Mahal, and I think many of you know the story already. The Shalimar Gardens were the favorites of the princess and when she died, the emperor made for her a palace, the Taj Mahal, where her body would lie forever. So Jacques Guerlain wanted to create a romantic and oriental perfume, to remember us of India, and of course, of love.

Also, the perfume was created in 1925, the Roaring Twenties. The Jazz, the Charleston, the modernity, the prosperity, all of that can describe perfectly that time. Before Shalimar was launched, Madame Guerlain wore it in a trip to New York and the americans were mesmerized with that scent. As long as I know, it spread quickly in all the world, but it was first adopted by the "bad girls", the famous Flappers loved the fragrance. So Shalimar became a perfume with a bad reputation, and people said in the 20s there were three things a good lady never did. "She didn't dance the Tango, she didn't smoke and she didn't wear Shalimar". They probably liked the perfume because it's so rich, warm, oriental, sweet and sexy. You know, many of the perfumes of that time were soliflorals. Violets and roses for the good girls, of course.

I just can't imagine a perfume richer and better balanced then Shalimar. In the opening I smell some cedar, some patchouli, and of course some sweet lemon that quickly gets mixed with lots of vanilla, musky iris with a touch of civet, leather with incense and resins, and some tonka bean. I also smell jasmine and sandalwood, and everything is so well balanced as I said, it's just divine, nothing is stronger than anything, Shalimar is just perfectly done.

I can't understand why so many people hate this fragrance. I also don't understand because you call it an "Old Lady" perfume. OMG, it was used by the bad girls of the 20s! Of course, they became old, but you that wear fruity floral and gourmand perfumes nowadays will become old too! Shalimar to me is not that! It's classic, vintage, but not a granny perfume. Let your grandmother wear it, she has a good taste, and wear it too if you like the fragrance.

Longevity is amazing, many, many hours. Projection and sillage are both amazing too, but it's classy, it's a polite perfume, I personally don't think it's going to offend anybody.

Wear Shalimar, don't be affraid. You will smell divine. And if your boyfriend/girlfriend doesn't like the smell, change of boyfriend/girlfriend. Kidding, just wear it anyways, because you like it, and you are the one who's got to enjoy your own fragrance.

Nov
02
2013
Allinug
Allinug

There is nothing tragic with Shalimar. Shalimar is one of the best perfumes ever. WHAT IS TRAGIC IS THAT PEOPLE ARE WRITING SO RUDE REVIEWS. If you don't like the perfume just write that.

Nov
02
2013
Majja67
Majja67

So sad al of you who cant appreciate this timeless classiq and classy perfume! I understand that everybodys bodychemestry are different and also our noses! I have worn this as my signature since i was 14, now im 46 ( maybee im that "old lady" now:-) ! On me it has always been very fresh, lemony/citrus fresh with certain spicyness and then rounded with that wonderful Guerlain vanilla drydown, a vanilla that smells almost burning, yummie!!

Nov
01
2013
shasta
shasta

First off, you don't have to be old to like this. you don't have to own the vintage. As old as this is, it's kind of modern. It's a nice cuddly vanilla scent. I bought a big bottle of the edt for cheap and really like it. It's very wearable. This is perfect for wearing with your nice soft sweaters and scarves in the winter. It is perfect in the summer. If you want to wear it for a night out, just spray heavy. To fully appreciate this frag, you must smell the cloud floating around you- don't press your nose into your arm. To me, it smells like it has a bit of anise in it. While I don't care for vanilla, it's very tolerable here.

Oct
31
2013
Eynat
Eynat

This perfume is very interesting with my body chemistry. On some days it smells to outdated and old world glamour, and on other days it smells like a cozy perfume that comforts you on a cold winter afternoon. Nevertheless, this perfume is refined and definitely for a sophisticated nose. Yet, there is something about this beautiful fragrance that appeals to me, perhaps with next reformulation it would be nice to see a version with less balsam and incense to appeal to the new age perfume industry. What I know is that this perfume is one of a kind.

Oct
29
2013
lyciumchld
lyciumchld

All of this bickering needs to be removed, pronto. This is for reviews of the scent only, not arguing like 5 year olds. There's a board for that, please take it there and start a thread, thanks.

Oct
29
2013
StealthAngel
StealthAngel

Ah, Shalimar... I can't speak of the recent reformulations, I tried them and didn't like them, my most recent bottle is from 1996.
The matriarch of powdery vanillic orientals, she still runs the show.
This is another fragrance, IMHO, that needs a very light hand: She is that powerful.
Shalimar does not tame down, she tends to grow on skin, so the less, the better.

The vanilla in Shalimar is far from straight up: blended with amber for depth and iris for the powdery effect, it really gives an impression of hazy softness while the heliotrope imparts the gourmand aspects of the scent.

The more vintage formulas have more and better quality animalic ingredients, giving Shalimar that warm, intimate feel which caused so many raised eyebrows back in the days. But then again, this was created by the house that spawned Jicky, the queen of civet laced fragrances, back then.

Side note to all the "old lady" comments:
"Old lady" is never about the type of perfume, but about the quantity used. Since our sense of smell diminishes with age, too often a perfume wearer in the dusk of life will over apply, because they cannot smell it.
However, I have passed younger ladies at the mall positively reeking of the latest mass produced celebrity horror in quantities so copious you can see the trail behind them and I can't help but wonder: what's their excuse?

Even after surviving the battlefields of perfume reformulations, Shalimar is still selling like hot cakes. I'll go out on a limb and predict that Britney Spears and Taylor Swift won't be able to claim the same thing 10 years from now.

So, hate it if you must, but the truth is, Shalimar is firmly anchored in the hall of fame and hold the respect of millions of people. As she should.

Oct
28
2013
loverofperfume
loverofperfume

Shalimar is unquestionably the best perfume ever created. Of course, that's my opinion. All I can tell you is that I keep coming back to it after trying one after another of newer scents. Jacques Guerlain, creator of this masterpiece was truly a perfume genius, an artist equal to Michaelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci.

Oct
27
2013
RozaMoisevna
RozaMoisevna

I truly love this perfume, reminds me of Old Hollywood and Marlene Dietrich...An epitome of femininity and luxury. I simply can't understand how modern, well-educated and informed women of the 21st century are unable to appreciate this gem. It is sad to watch how classics have been replaced by Britney Spears and Beyonce-like perfumes.

Oct
24
2013
Germany
Germany

Kismetdaisy;; you may be to " young of a girl " to understand Shalimar and appreciate its beauty. Especially seeing that your favourite perfume is Britteney Spears. You may one day grow into a reall sexy grown up perfume like Shalimar. Wait and see it happens to a lot of us. Be patient . You need to be a mature woman to love those type of super sexy perfumes. Young girls often don't get it .

Oct
23
2013
Germany
Germany

Shalimar is a true classic beauty , its a vanilla oriental / gourmand many perfumes are formulated to resemble Shalimar,

The base is rich , smoky and animalic it smells mysterious and sophisticate and frankly DIRTY , as some say , almost indecently so. It's from an era before fresh- from- the shower became everyone's notion of sexy . But Shalimar is sexy precisely because it smells unclean .

I love the leathery, animalic scent that melts into the skin and mingles with the vanilla and the resins. Its sooo sultry.

Oct
22
2013
stacey.donovan
stacey.donovan

Maybe it does no good to say this, but these reviews that call perfumes "old lady" are so tiresome. People say that about all kinds of perfumes, from sweet florals to spicy orientals. It means exactly nothing. It contributes nothing to the discussion. No one who knows anything at all about perfume says that.

Ahem.

OK, so Shalimar. This one smelled mostly woody when I first put it on, and later became a more powdery, smoky vanilla. If it weren't so powdery I would think it could be marketed as a men's fragrance. I didn't smell much of the citrus at all after the opening, but that could just be my nose. Although I'm not sure it suits me enough to wear it regularly, it's lovely, and I would recommend it to anyone who has an aversion to aldehydes or florals. I adore that beautiful bottle.

Oct
22
2013
guest_Vie Cafe
guest_Vie Cafe

@SweetDesire:
All, ALL the SAs wrinkle their nose at Shalimar in all of the stores I have ever been into. I have yet to meet one single perfume salesperson that can appreciate Shalimar. ;)

Also, the EDP version of Shalimar that they are selling on the shelves right now smells more like a strange synthetic mess than the "real" Shalimar. I love older Shalimars of all kinds (edt, edp, edc, etc) but was quite repulsed when I smelled current EDP.

And I am so not a reformulation snob, just want to throw that in there. I really disliked it for real!

Oct
20
2013
christianne1
christianne1

How is this possible? How can I go from detesting a fragrance with every fiber of my being to loving it? I tried Shalimar in the 80s and I literally was offended and that was at the height of BIG fragrances, big hair, big shoulder pads....yet Shalimar still scared me. Tried it yet again in the 90s and I hated it even more. I was confused as to why anyone on earth would want to wear that scent. Gave it one more shot about 10 years ago and walked away baffled.

But apparently the 4th time is the charm.

Knowing I hate it, knowing I already tried it 3 times over a 30 year period and always hated it....for some unknown and bizarre reason I decided to buy yet another bottle the other day. Well, it wasn't a completely unknown reason, I bought it because people rave about it and it is still called one of the Holy Grails. My fragrance tastes have changed pretty dramatically recently (maybe it is hormonal or a brain tumor, I'm not sure) so I thought maybe it would smell differently to me now. But the main reason is because it has been compared so often to MY holy grail, Musc Ravageur (even Roucel himself said Shalimar was an inspiration). I thought how can I love something that much yet hate something it has been compared to numerous times...something even the perfumer said was an inspiration?

So, I decided to give it another shot but this time I decided to get the EDT instead of the EDP hoping that would make a difference. I don't know if it is the EDT that made the difference or if it is my altered brain from previous years but after actually being AFRAID to take this out of the box and spray it on myself (I had it 48 hours, just staring at the box)....I whipped it out this morning while I was still half asleep (hoping that would be like being semi anesthetized) and I gave it a spray. Not just one mind you but 3 full sprays of The Scary Beast.

And low and behold.....I love it. Love. Can't stop sniffing myself. That odd bite that I love so much in the opening of Musc Ravageur is right there before me multiplied by 10. I can understand the comparisons. While both smell quite different, the obvious lineage is there. Why didn't I appreciate this before? Why did it take 30 years?

But now I have to deal with the fact that I gave a bottle of pure perfume from the 80s to freaking Goodwill. What was wrong with me? Was I insane? On crack? Or just too young and shallow in my fragrance choices to appreciate this timeless, dignified...yet sultry sex monster?

Well, whatever the problem was, I am glad it went away. I am thankful that I got on Fragrantica and learned about Musc Ravageur. Because without that series of events, I don't think I would have EVER given Shalimar another try for any reason.

But I am oh so glad I did.

Oct
19
2013
Didokitty
Didokitty

Yesterday I tested Shalimar EDP and EDT. I hated a sharp opening of both; heavy pathouli, wood, leather... After few hours it turned soft and sweet and I liked it quite much. This is a multi-dimensional fragrance.

EDT wears fairly close to the skin, and EDP projects more and louder. I think I liked complex and lasting EDP more.

I may have to try again.

Oct
13
2013
larebe
larebe

Absolutely gorgeous. But definitely not for everyday wear. I'll admit I'm not crazy about the opening "lemon pledge" but that disappears quickly on me and become so warm and cozy and feminine.

Oct
12
2013
mizz.cindy
mizz.cindy

I do like the current version of Shalimar. I've tried the edp and the parfum extrait, both gorgeous perfumes.
With all the talking about reformulations, and the fact that I have a small decant of a vintage parfum de toilette, I thought I'd compare the current edp with the pdt.
I smell the difference from the beginning: the edp has much more citrus, a bit sour, while the pdt almost no citrus but already the lovely resinous vanilla. What a shame I only have a small decant of the pdt, is what I'm thinking at this point.
But wait.. after a few minutes, the vintage turns and what I get is a greasy smell, like the scent of unwashed hairs. The effect is not what I had hoped for.
The edp has the incenses as main theme at this point. She reminds me of the smell in the Chapel Of Nevers, where Saint Bernadette Of Lourdes lies. A combination of fresh incenses and waxy sweetness. Human and holy, all at once. Beautiful!
When the dry down sets in, the two versions seem more similar. I can smell a little difference with the vintage that has more depth, richer and fuller, but it's only barely noticeable when I smell them next to each other.
This stays the same until far in the dry down, but then the vintage appears to have something up her sleeve, and it's very good.
While the edp remains a good and solid powdery vanilla, with tonka and resins, rich and warm, she appears thin next to the vintage pdt. The vintage pdt becomes this rich and delectable tonka vanilla with sumptuous caramellic undertones. Gorgeous and almost reminiscent of Spritueuse Double Vanilla.
That's when I can understand the love for the vintage version. But I do have hope for my current edp and the chance that it might age very well.
In the meantime, I love my current edp and I keep the pdt for special occasions.

For me, Shalimar in general is a superb perfume, with powdery vanilla, mysterious incense, resins and a hint of leather. The human, or "dirty" if you will, aspect from the leather, musk and civet is there to make her melt with your skin and give her something special. Shalimar would not be the same without that human aspect.

I bow to Monsieur Guerlain....

Oct
04
2013
oktober
oktober

This is one of my top favourite perfumes, and I like it in every form... except PP. I'm very dissapointed. I expected a stronger and just as sophisticated shalimar, but more impressive with something. The bottle catches the eye too, it's very pretty, the PP bottle.

Ok, now let me say what is is- complexity of Shalimar is butchered by disturbing molasses-like sweetness all over everything, and something like stale vanilla.

I'm a huge fan of Shalimar in edc, edt, edp, both vintage and recent. I had high expectation from the PP, but all I got was a pretty bottle for a lot of money.

Test before you get the PP, it's very diffrent.

Oct
01
2013
heymoe9
heymoe9

I feel like I should be wearing a chiffon fluffy dress , Judith Leiber clutch, with a glass of expensive champagne in my hand whenever I wear this. Of course a gogeous man would be holding the leash of my small pretentious dog.
A girl can dream. I will wear it with my work uniform and pretend.

Sep
27
2013
blackw0lfx
blackw0lfx

oh shalimar. growing up this was my moms favorite perfume. and i mean favorite. she would spray herself at least 3 times before going out. she would use it as air freshener. i swear she probably went through a bottle a week. so because of that i have a strong dislike for this. but i will try to do a fair review. i get vanilla, leather, and incense. bam. i tihnk its a very dramatic perfume. like long black dress and diamonds drinking champagne. sophisticated and strong. not for a meek lady, for a strong woman. please not for everyday use. save this for ballrooms and special occasions. definitately a nighttime fragrance. it has an old world smell to it, like i imagine a strong rich woman wearing this to an event at the breakers in newport rhode island dressed in the finest silk dress with jewels.

my husbands opinion is that this is for an old lady and he hates it.

Sep
27
2013
Rose Blackthorn
Rose Blackthorn

The vintage form of this is my all time favorite and my signature scent. It has been changed radically and not for the better.
One thing that was crucial to this beautiful scent is the musk of the animal that MissyXjane referred to as a lemur. It is in fact, a Civet and its musk, once prized in perfumery is now illegal due to the protection of the animal.
Synthetic Civet is used in perfumes these days, but make no mistake,it is in NO way the same. Civet is not the only difference in today's Shalimar.
In my opinion it has been "lightened" considerably in order to appeal to a more modern audience which seems repelled by scents like true Shalimar and other classic Oriental blends. It sadly lacks the full bodied, exotic, mysterious, animal depth which made it the classic that it once was.
I was lucky enough to obtain a good sized bottle of the older EDT which was sealed in its box and well taken care of thus maintaining its beauty. I also have about half of a bottle of the parfum in the older formula.
I treat these like gold. They are that precious to me. The vintage version when I smell it, invokes a veil of mystery from 1920's Paris..borrowed with love from the Orient that it so reverently honored. In fragrances, it is my beloved among many fragrant flirtations, but there will never be another for me. J'temme Shamilar.. pour toujour.

Sep
27
2013
nikki.rouse.10
nikki.rouse.10

I'm in the same boat as Ouch! There's really not much more to say on this than what's already been said. It's absolutely beautiful and I will be reaching for this quite often. Perfect for a nice fall evening!!

Sep
25
2013
Jenge
Jenge

EDT:

Mmmm...Soft, well balanced, smokey vanillic incense. So glad I tried this on my skin because I thought it was so harsh the first time I smelled it. Really lovely and seems so modern!

I get a plasticky smell at the very opening that I like, but it fades quickly and I don't know which note it's coming from. I can smell patchouli mingled in during the middle, and I usually hate patchouli, but it's done so well here that it just works seamlessly with the incense & iris. At the end of the day i can smell a beautiful lemon vanilla cloud around me with hints of the incense.

Gorgeous, comforting, sophisticated smoke. Love it!

Sep
24
2013
MzScents8ional
MzScents8ional

I went to a well known fragrance shop where I saw a bottle of Shalimar and decided to smell it. I had purchased this fragrance years ago and enjoyed the opulence of its notes, the wonderful vanilla and citrus, as well as the rich amber. Well ,what happened to this glorious fragrance over the years? To my nose it now smells tarry, like the smell of a car tire. Like Eau de Racing car Tire! It bears no resemblance to the fragrance I knew before as an exotic, sultry scent. The way it smells now is quite frightening! Like a hazardous waste sign should be placed on the bottle. Maybe I picked up a bad bottle.

Sep
22
2013
hagarbarda
hagarbarda

love love love...........

Sep
19
2013
Ouch!
Ouch!

Ahhh what to say that hasn't been said already? I'll just quickly say that this is one of the first perfumes to ever stop me in my tracks. It kept eluding me as I was too shy to ask the people I smelled it on what they were wearing. Until I was 21 and then just went for it!

This is my comfort but classy scent. It's the scent that wraps me in a lemon & vanilla cloud of powder and sends me on my way.

The initial blast does contain civet, so...the animalic tones are there, but they don't overpower, they simply add to the wonder of this perfume.

This is the most sophisticated powder you can ever imagine, and I feel like it's timeless. I think it will repeat like fashion does and never get boring.

It really needs to unfold and become part of you, a true masterpiece in perfumery that lasts and lasts.

I have the EDP and it's just something that I adore. It's a scent I never want to run out of and need to get some more back ups!!

Sep
18
2013
tania.sedik
tania.sedik

I do love the ode de la vamille sur la route du mexique, however this one smells like cigarets covered up with perfume on me unfortunately.

Sep
14
2013
evesoho
evesoho

There are so many reviews about Shalimar (and many of those are wonderfully written and pertinent), that it takes a long time for anyone to scroll down and read them. So, I'm going to do something I've never seen anyone do on Fragrantica and repost a review below (from 2011) by another member so that it won't get lost and can therefore easily be read by any of Guerlain's people who may keep tabs. (I'm sorry if this bothers any of you members, if so please let me know and I'll delete this.) I wholeheartedly agree with the following from Daisymargeurite:

"In my view, Natalia Vodianova is not the right face for Shalimar. She is too cold and child-like. Citing Perfume Shrine: "Natalia's current image of super-polite ice-princess with a deer-in-the-headlights look somehow doesn't suit the idea of Shalimar as the uber-seductive, cunninigly selectioned potion in the galaxy of orientals; nor the brunette type of orientalised romantic ideal that Guerlain has been cultivating for years through the associations of the name with the Indian Gardens on which a great love story flowered. After Shalom Harlow and Fernanda Tavares, Natalia seems too blonde and too innocent(?) for this kind of job.
Additionally, there is also the issue of always choosing the whitest Caucasian women for big advertising campaigns of European houses, when it would be nice for a change if we saw a gorgeous black model or a Latina -I am not counting Tavares because she's not- for one of those brands (like Eva Mendes for Calvin Klein's latest Secret Obsession) or a genuine oriental type (remember Jasmin Ghauri?): if not for Shalimar, then for what? I am asking you!" sp. Yasmeen Ghauri

Sep
14
2013
CoolBreezes
CoolBreezes

Fabulous scent. I tried the body lotion for the first time today, and it is a ready stand-in for the perfume itself. Inviting sillage, and the lotion highlights the smooth, subtle, smokey note. What a revelation! It'll be perfect this winter as a lotion for dry skin. And with a spritz of the EDP...feminine heaven. New fan!

Sep
14
2013
bailarina
bailarina

I could not find Shalimar Eau de Toilette on this list but I guess the EDP is about the same. I got it today and I really love it. I feel like putting my bellydance outfit on and having a dance off, which I will win!!! The smell of incense brings good memories, my nose and my skin love this scent. I like the fact that the Parfum was created in 1925, but still smells so beautiful and interesting. It is also very femenine and powdery, which is always a great combination. Gorgeous!!! Best blind buy ever. Recommeded for cold evenings.

Sep
14
2013
zsuzsa.popucza
zsuzsa.popucza

On my skin is really leathery from spraying to 3-4 hours. I love leather I just did not expected that harsh and strong in Shalimar. Almost the same impression as Cuir Ottoman.

Sep
13
2013
tania.sedik
tania.sedik

My favorite fragrance for wearing almost every day since it smells raw and not sinthetic at all. Can't stand all the sinthetic smells out there guess that's why I'm drawn to the oldies and the classics!

Sep
12
2013
kosmoskukka
kosmoskukka

Oh my God this is GOOD. And Just now opened to me. I had one bottle somewhere between my 20 to 30`s but I was not able to respect this Beauty on those days. Now... I am in Love! I have vintage edt, so soft, ambery and spicy, like a blanket to tie up when weather is getting colder.I got compliments also yesterday with Shalimar. Perfect for Autumn. I take Shalimar also to be quite romantic fume. Going on now my third day with Shalimar.
I got also vintage pure perfum and I must say it is much more smokey, resinous and incensy. Perfect for Night ;)Something like this Edt is for Day and Work, Perfum is for Night and Love. ;D

Sep
11
2013
KIARA85
KIARA85

Its great for sexy and sophisticated women!but its a night fragrance

Sep
08
2013
eludiastar
eludiastar

Oh my goodness this perfume is amazing! It takes you on a journey in your mind and senses. When I first sprayed this on my skin I got a huge smokey hit. It reminded me of Wright's coal tar soap, which was first produced in the late 1800s and was a common soap used for everything in England during the Victorian era all the way up to the 1960s. It just made me feel I belonged in Victorian times. As it slowly developed on my skin it started to turn very floral, strong floral jasmine - I adore jasmine! About an hour into wearing this perfume it developed into a beautiful soft, sweet powdery finish! Such a pleasure for the senses! I love how it slowly changes!!

Sep
07
2013
bluebellinthewoods
bluebellinthewoods

Too beautiful for words.

Sep
03
2013
muskymale
muskymale

You can't try to like Shalimar, but Shalimar has to like you first! This is my essential French liquid as I call it. I wear the EDP by the way. C'est manifique!

Sep
03
2013
TillyWave
TillyWave

I am so glad I gave Shalimar another chance, I originally tested in EDP strength and it didn't work on me. So now I am so happy to have found the EDT, which is a lovely perfume of deep citrus, amber, leather, smoky incense, vanilla, and woods (most of you have at least tried Shalimar, and it wears differently on everyone, and it has so many different concentrations and vintages that it's almost impossible to write a one size fits all review.)

Shalimar is wonderfully classic, smells nothing like what is churned out today, and acts nothing like today's perfumes. It is complex, multi-dimensional, and like the best perfumes defies gender stereotypes and can be worn by men or women, and can complement that person perfectly.

On me the EDT wears fairly close to the skin, but I can easily smell it on myself, lasts for about 6 hours.

Sep
01
2013
hawkinsk3
hawkinsk3

Though much more complex, Shalimar (edt) reminds me of old school bergamot hair grease. I know most of you probably have no idea what I'm talking about, but this is my childhood in a bottle. I feel like I'm back on Prospect Street, sitting between my mother's knees as she greases my scalp.

Aug
30
2013
äppelpaj
äppelpaj

At first sniff I thought it was going to be terrible but it turned into something lovely.. It starts out pretty harsh and sharp with sour lemon and bitter incense. Soon it goes very smoky for a short period of time. After this it gets a little softer and starts to smell a bit like a buddhist monk. After that comes a period of lemon flavored iced tea. Then a little violet. Soon the lovely iris and rose blend appears together with jasmine and the now a bit softer lemon which lingers and it smells just like a really yummy lipstick!! The lipstick stays but gets fainter and more vanillary sweet towards the end. Have not smelled the vintage version.

Aug
30
2013
bellcat
bellcat

I love the beautiful bottle. I wish perfumes still came in beautiful bottles to disply proudly on the vanity.
Unfortunatly I can only buy the perfume for it's bottle alone. This beautiful classic smells like a cat peed on me.

When I first tested a sample and went out into the world, my best friend asked me did I get a cat and did not tell her and launched into how to keep them from urinating on your persdonal items. When she finished talking I told her I did not get nor have a cat.

She said "OH."

After some awkward silence I told her I was trying out Shalimar and she in turned offered that I take a shower at her house and would lend me an outfit, being that we were the same size.

Aug
29
2013
bluebellinthewoods
bluebellinthewoods

Smoky sassy vanilla......warm oriental and very grown up.

Aug
23
2013
guest_
guest_

Just came back from the town with a test spray from this ...scent.

1. I absolutely love it and I smell it as my new signature scent after Declaration.

2. Why, oh why I think this is more of a unisex to masculine perfume rather than feminine. Even my mother (who btw, loves perfumes such as Ch.No.5, YSL Paris, Champagne, CK Eternity & Euphoria etc.) thinks that this has way too low notes to be marketed and sold as a woman's perfume. Do content me with an answer.

Oh, I'm a guy btw :DDD

Aug
22
2013
Viviane França
Viviane França

Adquiri um decant para conhecer essa fragrância que tem uma história interessante. Acho que foi o perfume mais antigo que já senti, mas não gostei. Ele me faz lembrar de alguma coisa do passado que não sei explicar o que é! Mas na verdade acho que é justamente isso: ele tem cheiro de passado, de coisas antigas. Uma gaveta na penteadeira de vó, que não é aberta há muito tempo. Muito atalcado. Me fez lembrar também alguma fragrância que ainda hoje é possível encontrar em farmácias, aquele frasco de talco esquecido e empoeirado em alguma prateleira.

Aug
20
2013
Jitterbug Perfume Lover
Jitterbug Perfume Lover

Love, honor, and cherish. My personal belief is that the meaning of life is to fully experience the depth, breadth, and fiber of these words; to create a personal definition; a manifesto for love, a roadmap to the divine.
This perfume is a salient tribute to love. It is a love letter in fragrance. It puts into notes what countless poets, priests, philosophers, astronomers, artists, and zealots have done through the years. To wear it is to be a part of that love.
I imagine each note falling at the feet of the beloved, as a sort of gift of honor…”Vanilla represents love’s sweetness, the incense represents my prayers of gratitude for you, the leather is to protect you within the comfort of my heart….”

As I put it on this morning, I thought about how wonderful is must have been to be the recipient of such a gift, and how loved she must have felt. I wished that I had that kind of love, that everyone had that kind of love, when I realized that I do! One of my best friends, a perfumer, has created two perfumes just for me. One he sells commercially, and the other is “just mine”. Although my fragrances may never achieve the cult status of Shalimar, in the end, it is the thoughts of love that count. Thank you, Shalimar.

Aug
16
2013
appyfaerie
appyfaerie

I want to love this perfume, but sometimes I hate it. I have yet to make up my mind about this enigmatic classic fragrance. Its nature is twofold: feminine and complex, sexy and almost strange. It is very powerful, making it easy to accidentally wear too much. Perhaps if I tried the EDT I might have better luck with it. Shalimar is a gorgeous, unique fragrance to which no other fragrance can compare. I have never smelled anything like it and I think I need another bottle in order to try it again.

Aug
11
2013
demcav
demcav

I agree that Shalimar is not for everyone! Especially the dark perfume that comes in old sealed bottles. So, please don't waste your money on it. Save it for ME, because I absolutely LOVE it, and those vintage, sealed bottles (especially, in boxes) are getting scarcer and more expensive. Please, you've been warned, you will not like it, do not waste your money.

Aug
11
2013
morphoeugenia
morphoeugenia

Gross. I thought I would like it but I tried it at the beauty counter recently, and it instantly made me frown. It smells elderly and sickening and dare I say - cheap! I buy many fragrances blind after reading about the notes and others' reviews. Thank God I did not do it this time.

Aug
10
2013
christianne1
christianne1

This is one of those fragrances that is SO beloved by many, so please forgive me if this seems blasphemous...but holy moly good God almighty I do not get why people like this. It literally scares me. I have nightmares that it is hiding in my closet about to pop out and start spraying me.

I tried to like it years ago...I wanted to like it...heck, I even like Joy. But Shalimar is just something no-can-do. I tried a tiny 1/4 spray dab...I tried lotion....I tried powder...I tried everything to make it work. I sprayed it in the air and walked through it ducked down in a raincoat but there is nothing I can do. It bludgeons me in the forehead with a mallet no matter what I try. It is overbearing. This is Sigourney Weaver in a bottle.

I'm sorry Shalimar but you frighten me with your directness. You are too assertive and it borders on passive aggressive. I hope I haven't written this review too close to bedtime because I am about to take an Ambien and I am afraid I will see a 3 foot tall Shalimar bottle next to me breathing.

Mommy.......

Aug
09
2013
advabart
advabart

Thanks, elsie.oliveros. You've made it perfectly clear :-)
I'm not willing to spend a fortune on a vintage bottle. I just wonder how many refomulations have been made so far, as, naturally, I'd rather not go for the most recent one.

Aug
08
2013
elsie.oliveros
elsie.oliveros

Answer to advabart..
The original is no longer being produced, unfortunately. However, they do sell the "vintage" versions on some sites, but they are not cheap and you are most likely to bid on it up to astronomical $$. To top it off, fragrances are not like wine, that they get better with age, but, like olive oil, the fresher the better, so you might get a vintage bottle that has gone way past its freshness, then you will get what some people call "the old lady smell", which to me, it's more due to the fact that the scent is no longer "fresh".
Any bottle 10 years or older will be closer to the original. Maybe you can try a small, unopened, vintage.

Aug
07
2013
advabart
advabart

elsie.oliveros: How can I differentiate between an origianal bottle/package of Shalimar and the reformulated one?
Is the original still available anywhere?

Aug
07
2013
elsie.oliveros
elsie.oliveros

I gave my good friend a bottle of the original Shalimar. She loved it! So her boyfriend went and got her a large bottle for her birthday. Well...she was so disappointed. Not only was the new formulation nothing like the bottle I gave her, but it gave her a rash.
I get that it is better that the animal products used in the past: musk, civet, ambergris are now illegal. If the fragrance conglomerates could still use them, all these poor animals would suffer, and forget ambergris! All the whaling ships would wipe out every single whale in two years. That being said, the need to make as much money as possible, mass producing fragrances using mostly fake essences, has destroyed some major masterpieces. Shalimar is one of them. If you love the new version, can you imagine the original?
(I am glad there are relatively small perfume companies creating new perfumes, using the real essences and oils, and no animal cruelty).

Aug
06
2013
Finisterle
Finisterle

The serious, soft, silent smell of love lost but remembered. Those of sentimental or maudlin disposition be warned. Shalimar may not be very complex but it knows all tragic love stories ever written by heart. It's an autumn breeze that rustles the fallen leaves beneath the tree where you met someone forever lost to you years ago. It's danger danger danger. This is about the current edp.

Aug
05
2013
rschmidt65
rschmidt65

This has all the notes I love and yet I can't stand it. On me it smells like baby bottoms - baby powder and some kind of funky urine note. Too bad! It sounded heavenly in the reviews.

Aug
02
2013
nanita99
nanita99

Is the queen in my perfume collection , I really think is unisex , so strong and balmy, very afar away to the smell the fruit and flowers so popular today, this juice had personality ! a truly masterpiece complex and rich.

Aug
01
2013
xdollpartsx
xdollpartsx

Absolute dream in a bottle! Unlike Chanel No. 5, this is everything I wished for from a vintage perfume (I am aware of the reformulation, you get what I mean!) Katie Puckrick said of Shalimar "If velvet had a smell, It would be Shalimar" this is the best description to me, gorgeous amber, leather and a sexy, mature vanilla dry down, this is what I imagine an hourglass femme fatale to wear in the evening. It lingers with a fantastic sillage, it is very addictive. I kept smelling the edt version which I liked but didn't think a lot of as it was the only version a lot of stores had a tester bottle for. I managed to try the edp version when buying Parfum Initial, which I still love but for me, this is the queen of perfume, it is currently challenging Vivienne Westwoods Boudoir as my signature.

Jul
28
2013
danner501
danner501

After hearing so many wonderful reviews of the forever-classic Shalimar I decided to purchase both a vintage version and new version to try myself. Alas, my red-head chemistry is quick to ruin most perfectly lovely fragrances including Shalimar. On me, it opens strong with a warm, heady, balmy amber - strikingly reminiscent of the 1970's when Coty Emeraude was all the rage - then immediately transforms to a more medicinal note - perhaps the smell of bandaids. Hmmmm....I can't say I'm enthusiastic about Shalimar. The dry down is softer, and a bit more like scented underarm deodorant (Jean Nate?) on a sweaty day. Sexy? Not on me, but I absolutely love the bottle and will keep it for my collection of vintage frags.

Jul
22
2013
perfumeaddiction
perfumeaddiction

I originally had my review under Eau De Shalimar but noticed it's different so I am moving my review here. I have tried to make Shalimar work for me but it just does not sit well with my nose. I think it reminds me strongly of a friend from the 70's who practically bathed in this stuff. The smell was so strong I don't think it will ever be something I can wear. Sorry Shalimar lovers this one just did not set well with my nostrils. :(

Jul
19
2013
Bajar
Bajar

Last two years I have become a devoted vintage lover and the reasons I buy a perfume are the following (in this order); smell/please myself, history, legend, hard to find the specific edition, price. Today I bought this (80's EdT) for all the reasons above but the main reason is the one that make me feel ashamed (almost humiliated); to seduce others. I don't know what I was thinking (maybe it's because of all these comments and reviews I have read in perfume sites and I just could not resist). The result; I was caught in my own trap! The smell is so divine that I'm too close to fall in love with myself and because of this, I feel more ashamed.
As for the entire composition, I have to admit for one more time that Jacques Guerlain was The "Maitre" of perfumes. Since he could make the vanilla-haters (like me) fall in love with this juice to the point to see themselves from another point of view, I cannot do anything but to pay my huge respect to him again.

Jul
13
2013
DresdenDoll
DresdenDoll

The EDP version of Shalimar was the first I tried and I anticipated, being a vanilla lover and having heard so much about Guerlain, my love for it - prematurely.
Firstly, I fully recognise that this is a wonderfully made scent, a classic, etc. However it doesn't, at least in the EDP, work for me personally.
Shalimar opens with a crisp bite of citruses and what I believe to be quite a spicy cedar note which anchors these usually ephemeral top notes. Very quickly Shalimar begins to unfurl around you, viscous vanilla, puffs of sweet, powdery opoponax and a deeper darker undercurrent of smokey vetiver, leather and glowing civet. The floral notes never make much of an impression, excepting a slight dusting of vintage face powder courtesy of rose and iris that blends into the opoponax. Amidst the waves of smooth, cloudy vanilla and opoponax, the citrus notes maintain, keeping a slightly bitter edge and preventing too much real sweetness. The sandalwood in the base helps with this too. The incense, supposedly so predominant, doesn't show up so much for me. Shalimar certainly has a hazy feeling to it, but I can't say I detect the dryness I normally associate to incense.
Shalimar just doesn't quite sit right on me. The citruses always feel prickly and are I think my primary problem with the EDP, they remain sharp and take too long to settle. Also the moment you spray Shalimar it truly does envelope you, seeping outwards steadily, seemingly regardless of how little you apply - not necessarily a bad thing just too much for me. On others I enjoy Shalimar, but for myself it was not meant to be. I'll continue to get along with the EDT. But I would recommend trying this. Despite it's age, Shalimar is one of the classics that I think can more easily bridge the gap to some of the modern orientals, especially if you like big spicy vanilla's like Armani Code and Givenchy Ange ou Demon. Try it, just don't blind buy it.

Jul
13
2013
cwolf
cwolf

Simply put, the most achingly beautiful perfume ever created. (In my humble opinion)

Jul
11
2013
kadinurr
kadinurr

The sales lady spritzed 5-6 times on my wrist, I was afraid I would die, because I usually use just 1. I didn't, it was really nice and comforting like a silky luxury soap. Guerlain has that signature soapy luxury note (on my skin). Skin scent on me and I like it that way. There's nothing old fashioned in Shalimar, it just isn't floral-fruity. I tried Prada (Amber) on my other wrist and they were really similar, but Shalimar is much more delicate.

Jul
08
2013
SorceressOfTheDark
SorceressOfTheDark

Shalimar evokes such pleasurable memories for me. And it's scent is so deliciously decadently devious. Guerlain designed this perfume to be that way. It is a woman's scent. It is for those who know they are a woman, when they want to be a woman and when they luxuriate in being the woman they are. Because it is a perfume that brings to mind the human body as a pleasurable thing mixed with sweetness. For me, it's dry down won't attack with any sick sweet cloying floral scent or overpowering muskiness either, but rather, entice with a suspicious mixture of naughty and nice. It belongs to a faraway time, perhaps in a Sultan's tent, mesmerized by the fragrances adorned on oiled bodies, of incense lightly burning somewhere in the night.
Created in 1921 it has withstood the tests of time. Shalimar should never be confused with any designer fragrance of the moment or used as a popular scent. It is so much more powerful than any magazine, television advertisement or hype that today's fragrances attempt to parlay into sales can ever dream to attain.
It is a sexy smell that you can layer on with its accompanying lotions or creams. It's considered an Oriental with a headiness of musky vanilla that does bring others to their knees. wondering how such a thing happened to them. It was said back then that a lady didn't do three things: "smoke, dance the Tango and wear Shalimar". So for those that think of Shalimar as an old lady's perfume, think again. There really is no such animal. There are only scents that bring out one's own beauty and confidence when mixed correctly with the wearer's pheromones.
Shalimar was one of my first perfumes as a young woman and I'll always delight in wearing it. It was a wedding day perfume for me, yes. It always makes me feel special. Wearing Shalimar reminds me of whom I am and who I want to be at the moment. It gives me a smile to wear, with the confidence to wear nothing else. It just has that ability. It will always be my favorite.
Jacques Guerlain knew what he was doing when he created Shalimar with the new scent of vanillin.

Jul
06
2013
Sannee77
Sannee77

Everything has already been said about this perfume, but I will give my perception. According to me, this is THE perfume, alongside with Chanel no5. An immortal classic, a perfume so elegant that it's regal. It actually gives me associations to Empress Farah Diba. I can't imagine wearing this perfume myself, at least not yet (I'm now in my mid thirties), it's too elegant for me. But I treasure it in my collection, and maybe some day I will have a perfect Shalimar moment!

Jul
02
2013
LaureAndTy
LaureAndTy

This is going to sound weird but this is the only way I know how to describe this fragrance. It's like a just bathed/powdered, adorable, asian, cupid baby with angel wings, draped in diamonds, burning some sandalwood and vanilla incense next to them. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! It's very naked and innocent, yet mysterious.

Jun
27
2013
scentdeman
scentdeman

Wonderful, heady scent that says "classy lady" when she walks in the room. It has that oriental incense but with a well-balanced review of all the other ingredients to just make one say, "Wow".

Jun
27
2013
Roge'
Roge'

McDonald's is the number #1 fast food restaurant in the world and Shalimar is the #1 ranked fragrance on Basenotes.com. So you know what that means? That number one title is OVERRATED! With that being said, I could definitely see myself wearing Shalimar. This has the same elegance of Boucheron Jaipur. A true projection and sillage monster. I put a couple of sprays on my neck and i swear that my skin was on fire for about 5 minutes. The concentration for the eau de parfum is very strong. This is not the best thing that i've ever smelled but it's pretty good.

Jun
25
2013
Bazrob
Bazrob

I tried this after watching a documentary about Guerlain & how it developed & built its business. This was its signature fragrance. I was a little disappointed because for me it didn't have the heavy headiness that I like for that 'special' perfume.Obviously not everyone agrees as it's been around a long time & is still very popular.

Jun
21
2013
arxsyn
arxsyn

This is a voluptuous floral oriental. First i detect the zing and tang of citrus, creamy vanilla and woods, rose, patchouli, powdery iris. it's most strong and distinctive feature of dark, smokey leather emerges finished with amber musk. A dry earthy quality from vetiver and patchouli lingers in the background.

The leather is very aggressive and animalic. a bit too much for me! But once the leather calms down, it gets really sexy, intimate. the drydown is much softer with powdery nuances of sweet vanilla and aromatic Tonka, plus creamy sandalwood.

Jun
21
2013
guerlainlover
guerlainlover

I think Guerlain is fabulous. I wore Samsara throughout my twenties and overlooked Shalimar because I was so in love with the drydown of Samsara. Now I'm in my forties I thought I would revisit this classic fragrance. I just purchased the parfum and after only one wearing I am very much smitten. This is so unusual and sexy with the tonka bean and vanilla drydown yummy!! I am very lucky this fragrance suits my skin's chemistry - I feel like the Guerlain fragrances have been specially made for me to feel like a beautiful confident woman. I have Jicky, L Huere d bleu, Jardins de Bagatelle, Chamade and now Shalimar.

Jun
20
2013
lenorebarton
lenorebarton

Shalimar is a beautiful woman wearing a sunday dress with naughty lingerie underneath. She offers you a piece of lemon cake with vanilla frosting--but as she gets closer you smell leather and cedar. Is that aftershave from a saturday night make out session?
The mystery continues- leather, tabacco, incense--what happened to the innocent lemon cake? Is this how a proper lady should smell?
This lady with a secret has been with me many years, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

Jun
19
2013
taylorlynn
taylorlynn

I respect Shalimar, but I certainly to not like it. And to be honest do not understand why it is so popular. Makes me gag!

Jun
18
2013
AMDs44
AMDs44

I absolutely agree with @alchemist1976st
I love the whole concept of Shalimar, I wanted to love the fragrance... But unfortunately the citrus ruins it for me, I prefer a version with just the warm smokey leathery vanilla.

Jun
14
2013
alchemist1976stephanie
alchemist1976stephanie

I too am one of those for whom Shalimar is not to be. I appreciate the creation, but it is not a scent that I find comforting or intriguing on my skin. The citrus ruins it for me unfortunately. The drydown is fabulous but I'm not willing to go through the hot mess that happens on me before it to get to it. There are other choices that work better and give me a similar finish. Sorry Shalimar, you are not for me.

Jun
14
2013
Miss.Ursula
Miss.Ursula

LOVE IT! You feel feminine, sexy and classy. I dont feel it so powdery (luckily!). Im veeeery satisfied with this purchase.

Jun
13
2013
neferteria
neferteria

More of my favorite perfumes are from Guerlain than from any other fragrance house. I tested Shalimar when I was considerably younger, didn't care for it, but decided to test it again now that I am considerably older. Shalimar doesn't work for me AT ALL! It is acrid, harsh, and nothing anyone would want to be around. I completely accept the fact that it is a masterpiece and that it has stood the test of time, much loved by many, many women. It demonstrates to me the difference that body chemistry can make when evaluating a scent, especially for oneself. I say to those who love it "Enjoy!" But it is definitely not for me.

Jun
10
2013
Beepert
Beepert

Haha, oh dear! My review comparing Shalimar to urinal cakes got deleted! In the interest of fairness, I'm going to give it another go, reviewing it in a bit more depth.

So, I dab it on. First impression is of lemon... a cakey lemon scent, quite soft. I suppose the vanilla is rounding the edges off the citric sharpness. Quite pleasant at this point. Underneath it, however, is something musky and a little unwashed, which is making me feel uneasy.

Now I am getting a sourer aroma, making me wrinkle my nose a little. Could it be civet? I hope it's not. I'm getting nervous at this point, as civet always smells of urine to me.

Now, the delicate cakeyness has evaporated - byebye vanilla - leaving a brash citric smell, with a cloying smokeyness. The lemon cake has mutated into lemon bathroom cleaner - the squeezy cream stuff. And underneath it all, getting louder and louder - yup - it's that nasty civet. Old, stale pee.

There is nothing natural, soft, or warm to me about Shalimar. To me, it is a neon yellow urinal cake. I'm sorry to everyone that loves it. I wish I could appreciate its beauty.

Jun
09
2013
laurakaye
laurakaye

Reviewing Shalimar makes me nervous. It's like reviewing a great novel when you're just learning the language, or a piece of great art after having only completed Art 101. I almost walked by it today at the store because I didn't think I was in the right frame of mind to tackle it. But two sprays later, I'm going to try.

Initially, I'm not so sure about this. It feels too complex for a perfume newbie like me. I'm trying to work out in my brain what's happening on my wrist and failing, but I can't stop smelling it because it's so fluid and strange. It's lemony but in a medicinal way, which is so odd. I can't help feeling like it's somehow laughing at me because I don't know what to do with it.

An hour later, something is drawing me in. Looking at the notes, it must be the smokiness that's got me in a tizzy, because I'm just not used to it in the perfumes I normally reach for. But that's what's so interesting about it. I feel like I'm smelling colors...a white puff of smoke, a golden vanilla, a bright yellow lemon, but with midnight blue and dark gray swirled in.

I'd love to own this but I feel like it would wear me, not the other way around. I think I'll keep trying, to see if Shalimar and I can come to an understanding.

Jun
06
2013
windhill
windhill

Wow, A true masterpiece perfume with beautiful story. I'm a guy who's always adore women's fragrances and if it's unisex enough I'll not hesitate to wear it on my skin.

I though it would be so heavy and feminine but I was wrong! It's does have masculine edge on it which make Shalimar wearable by a man(maybe 'cuz a strong leather accord?). Has strong dept and character. Full of opposite elements. Hash and smooth, sour and sweet, cold and warm. Very pleasant from the fresh cold lemony opening to the warm vanilla dry down.

I'm always hate powdery scent but on my skin Shalimar not scream powdery at all. It's so calm under the freshness of citrus and elegance of incense. The dry down is to die for... remind me a bit of L de Lolita but much more complex. Vanilla toned down everything and make it smooth and balanced. Sophisticated sweet and creamy. This is the first fragrance I've ever tried which way better on my skin than the paper. Most of them are so-so and goes well but not much different like Shalimar did.

I think I've found my new signature scent which more suitable for warmer months. My another signature perfume is Poison but it's very dark and intense for warm weather and hard to wear. Shalimar is more sunny with sparkling of beautiful citrus and still have some mysterious smokiness tune in it. True queen for the Oriental guy like me.

Jun
04
2013
Terranova0
Terranova0

I decided to repurchase this fragrance after many years.
Ahhh sublime Shalimar. If songs had scents, The Girl from Ipanema's cachet would be Shalimar.
Forever 'tall and tanned and young and lovely'
It's global, complex and feline --slightly moody, lightly carnal. I love the bergamont, patchouli, jasmine, leather, sandalwood, musk and vanilla blended with just enough citrus to keep it fresh and bright.
This will be my special occasion perfume.

Jun
02
2013
Aaredhel
Aaredhel

When I wear my Shalimar edp, I simply cannot stop sniffing myself...

May
25
2013
ArtzGirl
ArtzGirl

This is one of those super strong fragrances that I tried during the 1980's, which was WAYYYYYY too strong and would give me a chronic headache.

This is just my personal opinion, but the ingredients in this do NOT mix with with my chemistry. I'm sure that other people could wear this- and wear it well, but this is definitely NOT my cup of tea.

May
24
2013
asher.jessie
asher.jessie

When I first started getting into fragrances, I always stayed clear of this. I was terrified of it. The bottle, the idea, the reputation, etc..it just didn't bode well to me. It seemed like a monster that was too big for me to tame and domesticate.

Then, I happened to be discussing signature fragrances with my mother. And she mentioned that my late Aunt Peggy wore Shalimar. She died when I was 4, and she was the first family member I ever remember dying. She was such a bad ass woman. She didn't let anyone get the best of her. She was confident, brash, and warm. She didn't have a funeral, but rather an upbeat wake with an open bar. Aunt Peggy is such an emblem of confidence to me...and having the knowledge that she wore this made me march right up to Macys and buy a 1.7oz EDT.

Let's put aside reformulations, concentrations, etc, talk for my review. I'm not enough of a snob to complain about useless stuff like that.

It opens with a strong, pungent smoky citrus. There's a hint of vanilla, but nothing dramatic. Once it settles, there's an intense curtain of leather and civet. There's also a very prominent burst of opoponax. I'm in absolute love with the drydown on my skin, even though I've never before managed to wear a heavy leather or civet scent. EVER. But the intense, smoky, powdery, animalic bomb is TO DIE FOR on my skin. Not only does this perfume remind me of my dear Aunt Peggy, but it also brings back fond memories of my local incense shop. It's smoky, spicy, and has a hard-to-describe quality...it's not quite "sweetness," but the feeling the myrrh has to it. Rich, opulent, thick...but not syrupy. I can't think of a word to capture it. But it's incredibly sensual and feral.

Pure perfection.

May
24
2013
shannonny
shannonny

(Re: EDT, prob. pretty recent vintage) What is/are that/those opening note(s) that smell like a wet paper bag or wet cardboard to me? Don't get me wrong. I am in love with Shalimar now that I own it. I mean, you HAVE to have Shalimar, right? But anyway, there is a distinctive cold, wet, papery smell when I first spray it--just like wet, cold, cardboard.

Which I kind of like, 'cause I'm weird like that. Maybe the citrus? the iris? I do smell jasmine. Shivery cold jasmine and wood. Then oddly, it melts slowly into warmth, into a beautiful, lustrous vapor. I worked super hard tonight at the store, worked up a bit of steam, and lo! a lovely ambery vanilla just wafted up. So pretty.

And longevity! I sprayed my nightgown, and talk about "sweet dreams." Even when I woke this morning, the powdery, lilting drydown was still tenaciously lingering.

All I can say is I'm a bit surprised that this fragrance smells as "cold and misty" as it does to me upon its opening. At least with my edition of the EDT, I don't recognize a leather or incense note at all. (Incense = Parfum Sacre. Leather = Habanita.) On the contrary: It couldn't be cooler and more reserved. Indeed, suited for a princess, receiving her audience.

I don't know why I thought Shalimar would be warm and sunny. Despite its elegance and beauty, it has that somewhat melancholy note shared by Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue, the only other two Guerlains I've experienced. Mr. Guerlain must have been a complicated guy.

Note: Next day, I realize the "wet cardboard" smell is in fact the incense note. (I guess I thought there's only one incense note! Silly me.) Unlike the warm, aromatic incense of Parfum Sacre, this one smells shadowy, faintly sweet, damp and pallid...just like wet cardboard.

May
18
2013
aiobhan
aiobhan

I love this perfume. I used to never wear traditonal perfumes, just perfume oils, but I read countless reviews of Shalimar and something about the scent profile called to me. So I tried it in store and I was hooked. I bought it immediately.

My husband commented that it smelled like "sexy candy" at first, which it does - sweet and musky. It dries down with a warm musk, amber, and iris scent on my skin. I LOVE this perfume.

For reference, my skin tends to love amber, vanilla, iris and sandalwood, and it hates leather, smoke, and rose (which always become overpowering).

May
15
2013
calyx93
calyx93

Ali565 - Wouldn't simply saying, "I didn't like it - it was too powdery.", have sufficed? Complain much?

May
14
2013
Ali565
Ali565

So I am considering going back into the perfume store just to double check that this is correct perfume because the reviews on this one are so good!

Which is actually why I wanted to try it on in the first place.

So I went straight in there and asked for it. So the girl sprayed it on me and I stood there...very awkwardly...trying not to sneeze.

What an unpleasant experience! I don't know why, but it appears I might actually be allergic to something in this perfume.

This makes me feel very bad because of all the reviews saying how splendiferous this perfume is...

I stood there for a minute or two sniffing my wrist, hoping that it would improve, and all I did was give myself I headache. I sheepishly apologize to the girl in the store and left.

I kept walking around trying to figure it what it was that made me so very much dislike this perfume as it seems I should like it.

I know it has some woodsy notes that I should like but it also has something else that just overpowers all the good stuff and kills it.

Then about halfway through the mall it hit me: POWDER!

That is what I hated about. I have ALWAYS hated powder with the fiery fury of 1000 suns. I mean, I really really just hate it.

So if there is even a HINT of powder in a perfume it will absolutely ruin it for me. Maybe it just smells powdery with my body chemistry but THAT is ALL I am smelling.

Powder powder powder. That is all.

THAT is why some reviewers might have said it has an "old lady" quality to it. Because old ladies for some reason that I will never understand, sometimes gravitate toward the smelly powdery stuff. Blech.

Although when I am an old lady, I will have you know I plan on smelling like citrus and grass. I have loved, do love, and will forever love those scents.

I am currently in a coffee shop and it has been an hour and I am smelling the dry down.

I am trying to avoid smelling my wrist as my headache has bloomed into a migraine and the perfume is only making it worse.

I can now pick up some of the vanilla through the god awful powder but I really have to focus.

I am not THAT prone to headaches so when a perfume or cologne gives me one, it is usually a good indication that it is obnoxiously strong and maybe has some cheap ingredients. I mean this sounds like it supposedly high end so I am thoroughly confused.

Plus, I love to wear bold perfume and can sometimes wear it a little strong sometimes (I usually ask whomever I hang with how they feel about it just in case) so the fact that this bothers me is a very bad sign.

To be perfectly honest, I find this offensive. I don't even think I would want to hang around someone wearing this as it would probably just make me sniffle and trigger another headache.

I have mentioned in another review that I have VERY unique body chemistry so maybe I can just chalk it up to that. Plus my hatred of all things powdery could have attributed as well.

I will definitely be adding this to my DISLIKES. I feel like I am going very against the grain here but I am actually turned off to ANY Guerlain perfume because this one honestly traumatized me.

Sorry. :/

May
12
2013
sistertricked
sistertricked

I have just bought a bottle of Shalimar EDT and on the bottom of the bottle it says copyright 2000. No high hopes here, but at least it's not that recent... Anyway, the scent is smokier than the EDP of nowadays that I own and to which I am used to. The EDP is smoother, still the incense is remarkable, the vanilla and lemon interplay, the leather feeling too. What I get from the EDT is a sharper incense, less leather and a touch of I-don't-know-what, a totally new feeling coming from Shalimar as I kbow it: there is the fresh powder of lavender but at times it seems to be iris and then again jasmine. I jumped to read your reviews and saw many of you mention Johnson's baby powder smell. It's just to let you know that now I feel it too, but only with the EDT, so relaxing!

May
12
2013
Ynys
Ynys

Good afternoon Perfume nuts!
Just opened my 'hardly used' 15 ml of Shalimar EDP.
The first spray:
Wow! What can I say.
OF course it is the same stuff as the EDT but differently balanced, nothing new or taken away.
Putting it simply, less citrus and more smoke, the best elements of cigarette smoke.
I would say it is also 'stronger', more intense, warmer....another beauty, just slightly more devastating..
Update: burnt toast.............something lovely about that!

May
11
2013
Ynys
Ynys

Day 2.
Imagine if you will...............
the rinds of oranges, mandarins, lemons, bergamot and grapefruit candied in honey which has been laced with vanilla - dipped in dark, dark chocolate then dusted with Johnsons baby powder smouldering in the embers of a campfire. Place one or two pieces of sandalwood and sprinkle a few rose petals in for good measure.........
Imagine the whisps of smoke wending their way into your hair...............combine this with the sweet milkiness of a nursing bosom....
This is Shalimar.

The citrus that I normally can't cope with somehow works its way to that area on the chest that flutters when emotional or anxious and lingers there almost moving me to tears.
I love Shalimar and Shalimar loves me.
This isn't perfume it's feminine witch craft in a bottle.

The passions of lovers will be inflamed by Shalimar, girlfriends and teenage daughters will covet it, small children will be comforted by its velvety blanket when snuggling their mother............

Back to reality! It is nothing like Volutes. Volutes is still gorgeous - have the occasional sniff from the top of the tester - but I just cannot see the similarities that some other reviewers have mentioned. Perhaps the tobacco/smoke thing is a mental deception, an imagined connection. However the smell of tobacco and tobacco freshly lit are two very different things. Shalimar's smoke is of things freshly lit, not tobacco directly although there is just the faintest hint of the smell of a well groomed lady who has some lingering cigarette smoke, but really only the loveliest of notes and aspects of this. Also, with the dry down there is that slightly beeswax, lipsticky smell that Volutes has, but it is really fleeting and not enough for me to say they are alike.
Of course the biggest difference is the sillage and longevity. Depressingly almost ZERO with Volutes although EDT slightly better but amazing from Shalimar even in the EDT. I can smell it all day long......and it makes me happy................
I fear this may be growing into a dangerous habit because now I feel that life cannot go on without the EDP which, I have heard, is even lovelier..............

May
05
2013
StellaXYH
StellaXYH

I get a very intensive leather note and the vanilla is not noticeable enough on me to support the leather smell. I'm not ready to admire it yet. For me Shalimar parfum initial is easier to begin with.

May
04
2013
Ynys
Ynys

Good morning fellow perfume nuts!
Just arrived, in the post is a 'hardly used' 15ml bottle of Shalimar EDT.
I wanted to share this experience as it happens ;)
Have taken the lid off to get a hint of the dry down.....and..... I recognise it! Also doesn't have a stale dry down - very promising. It has an oily sweetness, puts me in mind of suntan oil perhaps? And the more I sniff the more I get the faintest hint of something citrus, but not lemon as some have suggested, more bergamot which I usually hate.
Spray: not atall like the Initial - thank God and not as overpowering, no headache! This is a very strange smell. As I said I recognise the dry down but not the opening.
I smell things that I have never smelled before but they are citrus, a bit rubbery, and now as I type there is a sort of baby powder coming through.
At this stage I am not sure I entirely understand the vanilla, yes there is a vanilla note here but it is dry and light.
Now there is something masculine coming through and sandalwood - definitely! And something medicinal....mmmm...like disinfectant.
Now some rose...........
My first impressions are beautifully warm and dry with a hint of bergamot that is not overpowering with some milkiness to it.Had I never sampled the delights of Volutes I would probably make this my scent. Volutes doesn't last on me so I am waiting for a Chergui sample as suggested by other members. If it has as much power as Shalimar I will be happy!
Stay tuned.................there may be more as the day unfolds!

May
04
2013
katiesweetpea
katiesweetpea

mom was given this as a gift from her son in law . We both thought it was dreadful. Very green under ripe sort of smell. Eye watering lip puckering fragrance.

May
02
2013
Whit
Whit

Where do I even start with Shalimar? I've tested this numerous times over the course of the last couple years, loving it, yet wondering if I could actually wear it. My thinking was "No way; Parfum Initial is more tame and safe, so maybe I should stick with that one." But I was always intrigued with this scent. I finally did a side by side comparison of this and Initial, and found that yes, I can wear this perfume! What was I so scared of, smelling sublimely beautiful?? LOL

This is so complex and lovely that words really can't describe it. All I can say is try it for yourself to understand why it's such a classic perfume. I'm sorry if this isn't very helpful, but my description really wouldn't do it justice.

May
01
2013
ladykarl
ladykarl

This: My Grandmother wore. It's hard for me to smell what's in this besides memories of her, but thats what a good perfume can bring...
Shalimar is smokey, mysterious, polite and rude at once spicy, powdery.
And even though we have probably smelled it thousands of times
it remains somehow exotic.
Classic. Obviously.

Apr
30
2013
GracieHart
GracieHart

So in love with this scent. Sexy, feminine and very animal.

This is NOT a scent for the office, at least not for me. The sillage is quite strong, and this is a very sensual, sexy perfume. It's... dirty. That's the only way I can describe it. Musky, woody and smoky. Little bit of floral sweetness, and some lemon balm, too. I don't get any bug spray on me, or anything powdery at all.

Apr
23
2013
Angelinapink
Angelinapink

This is a perfume that needs a little time to work its magic. On first spray it is very strange, and I am never sure that I like it. A slight medicinal note, did someone say insecticide spray? But wait, give it time, ahhh yes now I see what all the fuss is about. Yes, it is elegant, classic, warm and powdery. A really classic old perfume that one could never tire of because it keeps changing.

Apr
21
2013
Chicagobelle
Chicagobelle

I smelled this at Sephora yesterday and I really liked it. I was intimidated by the bottle thinking it was too mature but I love it. Such a pleassnt scent.

Apr
19
2013
ailishlu
ailishlu

I think the last poster summed up this perfume very well. It's certainly intriguing. After my negative experience with GS Parfum Initial, I thought I would try the original. I really loved the top notes, very fresh, sharp and citrusy. It then turned into a comfortable vanilla and leather scent which stayed rather close to the skin. In fact it was rather lovely, but unfortunately I suddenly got the headache-inducing solvent smell. This time it wasn't quite as bad as in the flanker, but it was still there. I was somewhat disappointe because there is a lot to love in this fragrance. Possibly my body chemistry again. I remember a woman passing me in the street and she left a trail of Shalimar. It was so beautiful and special. I remember thinking I want to smell like that, but it doesn't seem to be working. I'm envious of all the women who can pull this off. In the meantime, I'm going to hang on to my sample, hoping to find the moment when it's going to work for me. Thanks to the last poster for giving me hope.

Apr
14
2013
flying_colours
flying_colours

I'm so bad at reviewing scents, so I'm nervous about tackling Shalimar. But it is my favorite, the fragrance that turned me from a casual perfume fan to someone who spends hours on Fragrantica and knows what 'notes' and 'sillage' are. Shalimar did that to me! Shalimar has been good for my soul, but not my bank account...

So I got a sample of Shalimar Initial from the Guerlain counter, fell in love, and knew I had to go back and see what the original was like. Spritzed it on the back of my hand...yeesh. This isn't for me, I thought. Those harsh citrus topnotes. I'm sure there are people who love it right off the bat, but I'm not one of those people. But for some reason, instead of moving on and trying out a ton of other perfumes as I usually do, I left the shop and went home. And in the next few hours, I could not stop smelling this stuff. Once the topnotes fade away, Shalimar becomes the most warm, comforting, beautiful scent. It smelled like another era. I was in love. Before this I'd been all about scents like Flowerbomb and Armani Code, and Shalimar was unlike any other perfume I'd ever tried. That very night I bought a 90ml bottle of the EDP online.

Shalimar is so beautiful it almost feels wrong to claim it as my 'signature' scent. Like I haven't done enough to earn it. But it's the one I most want to be associated with, and if I could only save one perfume from my collection it would be this. Warm vanilla and leather. Works really well in winter, it makes me feel just a little bit warmer and cozier. I sometimes spritz on a little when I'm lounging around in my pyjamas just to enjoy it. It's perfect to wear at night but I also feel comfortable wearing it during the day because, while it is strong, I don't feel like I am leaving trails of scent behind me wherever I go. Shalimar is so interesting. Some days it seems to linger potently on the skin, still strongly detectable after hours of wear, but other times it fades after a few hours. Some days it sinks down to the most gorgeous, warming, vanilla-y, comforting scent. Other days it seems slightly 'off', not quite right, still gorgeous but just not in perfect sync with my body chemistry. That's what fascinates me about this perfume, the way it changes and you don't quite know what you're going to get each day. I was never aware of how fragrances could interact with your body chemistry before. But even on the worst days, when my hormones are doing something weird or the weather's not right or whatever it is that affects this perfume, Shalimar is still sublime.

I really wish I had the right words to sum up how gorgeous Shalimar is, but it's one of those things you need to experience for yourself.

Apr
12
2013
Shtefitza
Shtefitza

Shalimar starts with a gentle splash of citrus, huge woodsy wave. In 30 minutes I start noticing smoky quality... What is that smoky tea? Lapsang suochong? Hahaha! Both remind me of smoked pancetta without the bacon... Somehow metallic smoke... Interesting. I don't remember ever noticing this note in Shalimar before. I am testing Shalimar this morning for the thousandth time...

The smokey scent is turning almost gasoline like. I still notice a strong background of pleasant sandalwood. :) Some sweet, candy, vanilla layers are emerging... strong smoke and gasoline are being replaced by leather, now melting nicely with sandalwood and vanilla... Something salty emerging... almost like a salty caramel... :D :) That must be opoponax... somewhat medicinal tone...
Now two hours later, it all melts into interesting complicated fragrance of Shalimar we all know... Rich sandalwood, painted with caramel, sprinkled with vanilla, warmed up with a hint of leather and distant smoke... Really rich, smooth, musky mellow.
I will not buy a bottle now. I can't tell you why... But I will return to it, again and again... like a true work of art, this beauty remains intriguing... :)
Now 4 hrs later, there is warmth of sandalwood, touch of vanilla/tonka sweetness and whiff of leather/smoke. All fading away, becoming a skin scent. Shalimar remains throughout its length very intimate fragrance.

Apr
11
2013
anna.023
anna.023

This will take time for me.. But Im certain that this will grow on me. At the moment I feel that it's slightley mature in the beginning. A little bit too lady like. I did prefer "Intitial" in the early stage.

But, omg wow what a beautiful dry down. Such a beautiful vanilla. Since it's a classic I will be kind and give Shalimar time to grow on me because she's not a mainstream that works for everybody.

Even though Im not totally convinced that original Shalimar is for me, the dry down is really a piece of heaven. Starting with Initial and we will see how my relationship with the original developes.

Apr
10
2013
Zito87
Zito87

I consider this outstanding perfume "The Mother" of all oriental vanilla fragrances, I don't have much words to describe her, "she" is just sexy, elegant, powerfull and timeless...Rubbery vanilla and tonka, with a great and animalic note, a delicate leather, and then a smooth combination of vanilla and incense. 10/10!

Apr
10
2013
ccobb2011
ccobb2011

I am having a strange relationship with Shalimar. It took a while to grow on me but there is something very alluring about it. For some strange reason I cannot walk by the fragrance counter without trying it. There is something that just draws me in, something mysterious and divine about it.

Apr
08
2013
irisjetaime
irisjetaime

Shalimar c'est les années folles.
Une idée de la femme peinte par Picasso, Modigliani, photographiée par Man Ray.
Shalimar est l'incarnation de ce que devait être Montparnasse à cette époque. Des cabarets enfumés, des ateliers de peinture dont l'odeur de la femme embaumait , le modèle, mélangée à l'odeur de l'homme, le peintre.
Une odeur sensuelle, envoutante, charnelle.
Une association du fort des Halles, du loulou de Pigalle, un soupçon de Saint Germain des Près, un trait de Montmartre et enfin, une dose des lieux chics de Paname. Voilà ma définition de Shalimar.

Loin, très loin de ces parfums du XXIème siècle aseptisés dont le seul intérêt est de vendre et disparaîssent au bout de quelques mois de commercialisation.
Une allure ne se démode pas, Shalimar non plus....

Apr
07
2013
romihi
romihi

There's not much I can say about Shalimar that hasn't been said. On my skin, it's very smokey but underneath there's the sweet, warm vanilla and a hint of leather. It's just perfect if you ask me - my favourite. I have had many others that I loved, but Shalimar will always be the one I return to.

It's very powerful, sensuous, warm... alluring, extravagant and a little bit naughty, yet comforting at the same time. It stirs my imagination.

Apr
05
2013
woodlandwalk
woodlandwalk

Aaaah, that last review by Pravus, *sniffs*!

This stuff makes my day, For years, I was always searching for the new and unusual, shunning the vintages like a naive fool! Out of historical interest, I engaged one day in a marathon sniffing session of all the vintage Guerlains, I liked Shalimar on the card and sprayed onto my wrist.

Well, a love that lasts 90 years is testimony in itself. I was amazed by this fragrance as it unfolded on my skin like an exotic butterfly. One of my favourite deserts is creme brulee, and since my Mum is a brilliant cook, I bought her one of those gas torches designed for caramelising the layer of sugar on top of a creme brulee. I know how a perfectly made creme brulee tastes and smells - the velvety creme heated to perfect consistency, with little black seeds from the vanilla pod, just sniffable under the layer of crisply caramelised sugar (it has to be smooth as an ice-skating rink, deep golden brown, the torching halted before it singes, maybe a touch more, as there is a slight bitter smoke note).

Now imagine that gentle puffs of cinnamon incense waft past your nose, nearby lilies and lemon curls float in a dish of iced water, you breathe in the scent of the perfectly made creme brulee, and voila! You have Shalimar.

What surprised me was the close-to-skin quality of this, it doesn't radiate or asphyxiate as you might imagine a spicy oriental might do. It comforts and enhances, you can rest in its soft velvety cushions. It's perfection, made both for elegant evenings out, and intimate evenings in.

Apr
03
2013
Délicieux
Délicieux

I'm afraid I had the EXACT same experience as Qbetterhome below me. Burnt rubber. The sales assistant and I were choking from one whiff on the card. It actually scorched my throat. Thank goodness it never touched my skin.

I remember my grandmother wearing this and it smelled so lovely on her. Although I couldn't recall the notes because it was ages ago. I was prompted to try this after seeing Katie Puckrik's review of it on Youtube. I think our brains must be hardwired to lust after/abhor certain smells. Goodness, I know people love this stuff. What on earth is wrong with my nose? Although the sales clerk did back me up, haha....Still! I'm constantly amazed by how subjective this whole fragrance business really is. Now I'm wondering if perhaps someone is gagging when I walk by, doused (I hope subtly) in Chanel.

There is no accounting for taste in anything really, and our sense of smell seems to be the most enigmatic of all. Well, I'll never give up my quest for the perfect fragrance experience....but I'm thinking that Shalimar unfortunately will not be it. I wonder if I would have liked the vintage version better?

Apr
02
2013
qbetterhome
qbetterhome

Tried yesterday and on store and I thought I will die. (same the shop assistant)
The smell of burnt tires and fuming plastic haunted me all day, even after washing with dishwasher soup.
My chemistry not compatible with Shalimar, sorry, but in love with Samsara which become a second skin.

Apr
02
2013
nightcat23
nightcat23

What can I say that hasn't already been said about this frag? There's a reason why certain scents stand the test of time and will always remain a classic. Shalimar is a perfume that has a timeless and infinite appeal. I imagine this is what the inside of a glitzy nightclub in 1930s New York would smell like.

I never would have appreciated this scent in my teenage years and I probably would have written it off as an "old lady scent" but now that my 20s are coming to an end and I'm approaching my 30s, I really appreciate and love this scent.

I doused a tester all over myself today. This was probably a mistake because Shalimar deserves a light hand. Straight off the bat you smell the citruses then it begins to turn a bit powdery and animalic and then the leather, incense and smoky quality emerges. I really like warm, balmy oriental perfumes but I don't have many chances to wear them as where I live is quite warm and tropical for most of the year.

But in the brief winter window that I do have, Shalimar is amazing. It's complex, multi layered and unfolds like a beautiful flower. I hated the strong rubber leather smell in Bvlgari Black but it's done so well in Shalimar. Everything is balanced so nicely. It's sex in a bottle, a bit naughty, seductive and hypnotizing. There's nothing trashy or overwhelming about it provided it's applied with a light touch. It embodies total femininity but also has unisex appeal.

Mar
28
2013
minalistic
minalistic

Thank you boruvka44 for a reminder !
But What I got was that Jade Jagger flacon ...
And on a second thought, I came to like sniffing and trying to search for the slight sweetness in shalimar.
It's almost became a habit for me haha. Am I trapped in a shalimar trap ?

Mar
26
2013
kabelaced
kabelaced

Putting this on at first, I was reminded of the nameless peppery cologne my dad would wear when he and my mother would go out for the evening. Spicy! Then I got a whiff of some sort of wood, which was pleasant, and a bit of frankincense. The scent is not enormous, which I had been afraid of. However...

The powdery vanilla is what cuts through the wood and resin and tasty spiciness and, in my opinion, is the main thing that makes this perfume not for me... I haven't come to the time yet where I can smell a powdery scent and not associate it with a.) babies or b.) perfume wearers of an advanced age.

Like Creed's Jasmin Impératrice Eugénie, it's always fun to wear these "historical" perfumes. I love to inhale and imagine, "That's what edgy, fancy ladies of the '20s and '30s might have run around wearing!"

Mar
25
2013
zeldaautumn
zeldaautumn

I wore Shalimar for years, and it was and will always be my very favourite perfume. I wish I could afford it again, maybe one day I will. I always got compliments whenever I wore it and I wore it a lot at work, though it is probably best worn in the evening, but when you love a scent so much you want it with you all the time. It was rich, spicy but not too spicy, and if I remember correctly it was intense incense. Deep, mysterious, resin, and when the warmth of my skin would heat the scent a magic happened, a truly beautiful scent. The one scent that of all I have ever worn or tried was always perfect on my skin. It lasted very long on me, and my clothes would always smell of Shalimar.

Mar
25
2013
minalistic
minalistic

I was so excited about getting this perfume at last after reading about it on various books, but it was a mere dissapointment.
On me it just smelled like gasoline and old tires...no vanilla, no sweetness at all. It's a way too woody and mossy, even bitter. It's too heavy, so I think I'm going to use it with Gucci Flora which I think too citrussy, and some with groumand scent that I have.
Shalimar would "anchor" those shallow scents I hope.

Mar
24
2013
Rougesang
Rougesang

E' la mia fragranza preferita, secondo me è molto sensuale e decisa, sa di legni e incenso, vaniglia e fumo, il tutto condito da bergamotto e note agrumate. Ho notato che non piace a molte persone e sicuramente non è adatto per le ragazze.

Mar
23
2013
2746cstreet
2746cstreet

I bought Shalimar for the first time when I was 18. At Lord & Taylor along with a bottle of Mistouko. I am a big reader and I think anyone who has any exposure to pop culture has at least heard of Shalimar. I imagined it was the ultimate fragrance, and I am sure to some it really is.
Shalimar was not my first experience with a powerhouse fragrance. I grew up with Paloma Picasso (which I also cannot wear for reasons explained a bit later) & Opium. I was not entirely unprepared.
Shalimar on paper was beautiful and I don't like to test fragrances on skin in department stores. I find the other odors (people, perfume, leather handbags etc) skew my perception and my best bet is to buy and try at home.
I tried Mitsouko first and it was an immediate love. I sprayed Shalimar on my other wrist and waited for the magic to happen. Much to my dismay it smelled like a birdcage. I was horrified, to say the least and thought I must have had a bad bottle. I returned and tried again with the same result. After some research I came to the conclusion that my chemistry HATES civet. I know this is a troublesome note for a lot of people, but it doesn't bother me at all on paper or on other people. All of the other notes I picked up were lovely, balmy and sensual but there was always this undertone of birdcage. I wasn't the only one to notice it either.
Shalimar never left my house (on me). I ended up donating it to a women's charity. Hopefully it found a happy home.

Mar
20
2013
FragrantAl87
FragrantAl87

Shalimar is smokey, deep and sexy. In a sea full of overpowering bubble-gum scents for little girls, Shalimar stands the test of time. I imagine a strong woman of charm and true beauty of character wearing this timeless masterpiece. That alluring hint of her wandering through a smoke filled room. Turning heads as she saunters away. Uncompromisingly brilliant, feminine and sexy.

Mar
17
2013
Kiera79
Kiera79

I'm surprised I like this. Shocked actually! I usually hate powdery scents, but this isn't old lady powder. It's smooth and feminine. I ordered a small sample just to see what all the fuss was about but now I might have to buy a whole bottle!

I should note that this was my reaction after the dry down. When I initially put this on it smells like gasoline for about 15 minutes, then strong old lady powder for another 15 minutes after that. So, for me at least, I have to apply this at least 30 minutes before letting anyone else within smelling distance!

Mar
16
2013
Namida
Namida

This is going to be a Samsara lover (long...sorry!) review, I got curious about Shalimar because Samsara is my all-time favourite, and since they share the orientalism obsession which I've been also suffered I was eager to try it.

Honestly, I didn't think I was likely to appreciate it, because the notes weren't that appealing to me: citrus and vanilla are probably aromas most people like, and in part I think this explains the long-time succes of Shalimar. But I have to say that many modern perfumes push this easy-to-like combination in a cloying territory, and I feel about them exactly what I feel about a yellow sweet cream: delightful and appealing at first, then you eat too much and get nauseated.

Fortunately, Shalimar isn't crème anglais, like monsieur Beaux pointed out: my first encounter with this classic was the current EDP, and I was pleasantly surprised: a simultaneously warm and fresh, powdery concoction, with a backbone of woody depth: it made me think of vanilla incese sticks, just like Samsara had made me think of sandalwood incense.

I remember it was one of the first chilly day of autumn, and Shalimar warmed me up and made me smile with its sweet and powdery embrace. Never a perfume had made me feel... loved! All the other perfumes I was testing that day were outshined...

Then I was lucky enough to find out a bargain in my favourite perfume shop: an old EDT, with its beautiful blue glass stopper! The SA was kind to let me sniff before buying even though it was the last bottle, and, again, I was enraptured! I had to get it!

While having the same base of woody, incense-y and powdery vanilla - absolutely not cloying, nor too sweet - citrus are the most gorgeous feature of this edt.
It opens with crisp, zesty, liquorous, limoncello-like citruses that, far way from smelling common or challenging, are simply one of the best redentions I've tasted.
The rare bergamot shines here, and so does the lemon: and all this luscious luminosity makes my mind go back in the remote past, when for the first time explorers of India saw those trees whose branches bear little scented suns that fear no winter, nor night.
The sun goes down, but lovers are not scared, playing in the citrus grove: full of mystery and aromas will be the starry night.
And that is Shalimar: a dreamy garden at sunset, where lights and shadows move the soul with promises of eternal, never ending love. Romantic in trascendental way, along with L'Heure Bleu.

Wear it in romantic rendezvous (it's a sensual, intimate scent, not a screamer) or whenever you feel/need love: pay attention, it requires a mild temperature and a warm-blooded animal to flourish, otherwise the orris could cast its spell, and turn the sweet memories from the past into dust, making them smell like old clothes and mothballs!

Sadly my EDT is as magnificent as evanescent, reminding me that, after all, Shalimar was only a beautiful tale...

Mar
16
2013
cloudberry
cloudberry

I bought a lovely bottle of Shalimar about 20 years ago when I was a very young girl. I still have the same beautiful bottle, and I think it will last me the rest of my life. There will probably be enough to be inherited by one of my daughters.

On me, Shalimar goes on powdery and sweet, opens up powdery and sweet, and then dries down powdery and sweet. Then it insinuates itself into my clothes and leaves a powdery and sweet trailing memory.

I've had some boyfriends who just couldn't get enough of it, and some who were like, "wow, that perfume smells like my mom!" Probably true. :)

During some periods of my life, I've worn this religiously, because I like the unabashed old-fashioned femininity it evokes. The only thing that bothers me about it is that it is so very identifiable. I invariably get a comment like, "That's Shalimar you're wearing, right?" Right.

I like to think of myself as more off-piste, but every once in awhile I'll ski the better-known slopes. Shalimar is a classic, feminine staple for every perfumophile's wardrobe, if for nothing more than its classic bottle. She sure is a lovely wasp-waisted girl.

Mar
15
2013
freddinos
freddinos

Leather and powder, this almost archetypal scent feels like it has existed forever, like Shalimar has been what it is without needing explanation. Reminds me very much of Knize Ten, which albeit a men's perfume, I prefer it(I'm a woman btw). I wish Shalimar had a little bit more vanilla or warmth, but it is very well made as it is anyway

Mar
11
2013
RedLady
RedLady

I have to retract my initial review and dislike for Shalimar. I am so sorry Shalimar.
I tried it again today at a friend’s house and my reaction was completely different.
The soft incense and leather cuddled me this time, they didn’t attack me. When I first tried this a while ago, I thought it was too strong, I found it masculine.
But today it just wrapped me in warm luxury and pure sophistication. So beautiful. This belongs on a woman who lives in exquisite gowns and drips in jewellery.

Mar
08
2013
Senzadite
Senzadite

I bought 2/1 oz. bottles for about $11.00 dlls. each i really loved it, and i just discovered that if i spray a little bit of the EDT over Dior Homme Intense just makes it more masculine and deep (?!)great, great fragrance.

90/100
RIYL: Dior Homme Intense, Arpege Pour Homme, Arpege,

Mar
08
2013
Melvinmilk
Melvinmilk

I will always think of this perfume as the older sophisticated woman I wanted to be when I grew up. She was a top executive and I was a new intern. She had the style and grace of a French movie star! When I reached 25, no longer an intern, got it together and paid for my first bottle of Shalimar EDP. The very next day, as I slipped into a pencil skirt and fitted blazer with stilettos , sprayed on magic. That very night ...the best looking man in the universe woke up to the smell of my Shalimar all over his pillow! The romance was fierce, and I will always love the memories of being THAT fabulous woman at 25, who bought her first bottle of Shalimar with her first big pay check!

Mar
08
2013
akeener
akeener

Oh Shalimar! I love everything about you – your main accords, your bottle, your name, your history… everything EXCEPT your smell! I want to love your smell so much, I really do... you’re a classic for godssakes!! But I’m afraid you’re just too much of a good thing. Your heavy scent overwhelms my sinuses and slightly turns my stomach. Sadly, I will just have to continue loving you from afar... sigh.

Mar
07
2013
frugalwitch
frugalwitch

My life-long, all time favorite perfume. I only wear it in fall and winter as it is a warm, rich scent that would wear too heavy in spring and summer. Every time I wear this if someone stands or walks very close to me I get compliments from both men and women.
Shalimar makes me feel beautiful, sensual and very feminine.

Mar
07
2013
wallywinthrop
wallywinthrop

There are three things a lady must not do - smoke, dance the tango, and wear Shalimar. I don't smoke, but I would be lying if I said that saying wasn't one of the reasons I purchased this lovely. The other main ones were the usual suspects: the citrusy opening of Jicky (which is just not for me, since I do not like its masculine feel or the lavender notes for personal wear but of course I can respect its composition) combined with one of the loveliest vanillas of all time. I can sit here with my Carlos Gardel cds, watch Rudolph Valentino seduce Agnes Ayres (and then Vilma Banky) as the Sheik, and enjoy it all in a cloud of Shalimar. I should note that I have had both the current EDP and EDT, right now I only possess the current EDT and I do not find it lacking at all. Rather it's simply sheerer and lighter - that sublime vanilla is still there.

Feb
27
2013
dexxter2012
dexxter2012

After wanting this for a long time, I just added this legend to my collection. It's wonderful... and timeless. I have been sniffing my arm every minute and I can't get enough. It's deep, alluring, powerful and elegant.

My bottle is a reformulation of modern years. I have never smelled the legendary vintage formulation, but even in it's modern avatar, Shalimar is a beauty to be reckoned with. And I am falling deeper in love with it with each sniff!

Feb
26
2013
alicey
alicey

I feel like a sex goddess when I'm wearing this scent, on par with the great Venus of Willendorf and the notorious yet oft misunderstood Jezebel of ancient Phoenicia. Maternal and nurturing, yet as seductive and commanding as a dominatrix. Shalimar is incredibly irreverent, decadent and hot.

Definately a head turner, for sure. I briefly wore this out today and it's as though the atmosphere had changed where ever I went and whichever way the wind carried the fragrance. People can't not notice it. It takes guts to pull off Shalimar.

That being said, I'm not sure that I feel entirely comfortable wearing this scent in public, although I have no qualms with wearing it to sleep in the dimly lit privacy of my boudoir.

I have the EDP -- It starts off lemony and citrusy, slightly tangy. Then it melts into a smoky caramel aroma accented by wood and hints of spice. I get toasted marshmallows over a camp fire as well as creme brulee.

The fragrance is deep. It is different every time I sniff it, as though it pulsates and dances, licks and kicks, like a pagan bonfire.

Feb
24
2013
Dara813
Dara813

My Grandma has been wearing this scent for the 31 years I've been on this earth and I have loved it since as far back as I can remember. Do not be fooled-this is not a Granny perfume as some people so eloquently describe complex scents that don't smell like cotton candy or a fruit salad. Not that I have anything against those fragrances; I just feel that all of the more complex scents get deemed as "Granny" perfume. Well, let me tell you...my Granny gets compliments on this perfume from women ages 14 through 85. My husband, my brother, and all of my uncles even love this stuff. My mother was always into the CK One and D&G Light Blue type scents, so Shalimar was a big change when my Grandma would walk into the room. Her scent lingered for hours too! I think I had been asking her and my mom for this perfume since I was 12. Finally, when I turned 21, my Grandma bought me a bottle of Samsara, which is also made by Guerlain. She told me I would love it and she was absolutely right. This is another one that some people refer to as "old lady" and I don't agree. Why does a scent need to be too old or too young...or for day or night...or for winter or summer? If you like the scent, it's for you! If my Grandma wants to wear Pink Sugar, that's fine with me. And if a 21-year-old wants to wear Shalimar, I don't think they should get bashed for it. This scent is a timeless classic and let me tell you, when wearing these Guerlain scents, both my Grandma and I have received only positive feedback from men. My husband always says how exotic and intoxicating these scents are. That's exactly what Shalimar is; it embodies all that is exotic, intoxicating, mysterious, and complex. It is not for the faint of heart or for anyone who wants to smell like a cupcake/cotton candy concoction. It has depth, personality, and sophistication. Like Chanel No 5, I don't think it will ever go out of style.

Feb
24
2013
CDGfan
CDGfan

Guerlain's love letter to Mughal India.
The fragrance itself evokes the famed Shalimar Gardens, where Mughal Royalty would indulge in romance. The jasmine and roses the flowers, the civet and iris the passion and the balsam and opoponox, evokes the incense which was burning in the gardens. This bygone era has been interpreted beautifully through the prism of Guerlain's French perfumery.
I have a vintage bottle and it is sublime, easily beating out Chanel no 5, as this fragrance is very contemporary in its spirit.

Feb
23
2013
samer007
samer007

shalimar is the definition of an olfactory orgasm. Not a screaming one, but a quiet, inner one:)
Shalimar opens with the most vibrant, refreshing yet sharp bergamot and citruses blast, before the dark vanilla sets in with its oriental amber, incense and fatty, animalic notes. This is a perfume that stands as a work of art,it defies gender connotations unlike today's mainstream "perfumes" and their stupid fruity feminines and oceanic masculines.
I expected shalimar to be more of a loud fragrance though, as its sillage is discreet (i feel)... i have the bat shaped edp maybe its louder in other bottles/formulations? anyway,she is a masterpiece.
5 stars.

Feb
22
2013
Bazrob
Bazrob

This is my first foray into Guerlain after watching a television program about the perfume house & its signature fragrance. It's OK but I was a little disappointed although I can't quite pin down why. Maybe it doesn't blend well with my skin chemistry, but I was surprised when my French neighbour immediately recognised it.
I may try some of the other Guerlain fragrances.

Feb
21
2013
Castiel
Castiel

This fragrance takes me back in time.
I feel like a goddess when I wear this. It's just so beautiful! As it develops on your skin, it gets so warm and creamy. Though some may think of "old lady" when they smell this, I'd have to disagree. It's classy, powdery, elegant, and just pure feminine. I love the vanilla base, it's like a slightly singed vanilla. Will definitely buy a full bottle.

Feb
20
2013
antfarm
antfarm

EDT: When I sampled this I got the mental image of a grey tabby cat wearing a bonnet and wire-framed glasses selling lemonade out of its litter box. Very citrussy and feral.

EDP: Gorgeous vanilla and incense sometimes, lemony diapers on other occasions. I've owned and sold the EDP like three different times.

Modern parfum: Don't waste your money on this diluted ghost.

Vintage parfum: Sexiest, golden, vanilla-amber-leather. Unable to not be in ecstasy when I catch a whiff.

Feb
19
2013
umtaleb
umtaleb

I have tried, really. Had a vintage bottle from Mum, and a newer bottle. This perfume simply does not work on my skin. Both bottles returned to said Mum and will remain smelling the version of Shalimar on her skin, because my version is unbearable.

Feb
17
2013
schnauze63
schnauze63

I love this stuff on a woman. BTW, google "EU perfume ban" to see what all of the unelected EU technocrats have planned for natural based perfumes...all funded by "studies" backed by synthetic fragrance producers of course.

Feb
16
2013
over_caffeine
over_caffeine

Finally scored a full bottle of Shalimar! (An EDP coffret actually, with the 50ml urn shaped bottle and the 15ml purse spray)

I am in my 20's and I can say that Shalimar does not smell old at all! Yes it was worn by your grandma, aunt or mom, but it can make any girl smell sophisticated at any age.

Being a lover of oriental/gourmand perfumes I knew Shalimar was for me. (Angel, Black Orchid, Flowerbomb, Miranda and even the very contemporary Prada Candy in some way pay homage to Shalimar)

What I like about Shalimar is it is highly personal. While some fragrances tend to mask your natural 'skin smell' (making you smell as 'clean'), Shalimar finds a way to enhance it and make it as alluring as possible.

Though I only have great things to say about this legendary perfume, I like it the most midway, say about 3 hours after application. Shalimar opens with a strong Earl Gray Tea aroma that's almost fizzy, turns into root beer and settles into a smooth lemon cake pannacotta type vanilla dusted with powder. It has amazing development and has the tendency to draw you in! Delicious but never cloying. One spray on my decolletage and one behind each elbow lasts a decent 6 hours. It has a strong unmistakable presence, without overpowering. I'd like to think that the edp is more rounded and sits closer to the skin than the edt (edp wins in longevity while edt wins in sillage). Nevertheless, Shalimar, being a classic, (like the black dress, a quality pearl necklace, or nude high heel pump) projects glamour and elegance without screaming for attention.

Shalimar has been around for almost 9 decades--it is truly well made, timeless and seasonless.

Feb
15
2013
evesoho
evesoho

I received a hand-me-down tiny(!) bottle of Shalimar in the late 80s, and although I didn't understand it, I dreamed of owning a big bottle someday when I was grown. I'd never heard of "Guerlain" and the name filled me with a sense of mystery. Later, in my 20s, I sniffed some in the Guerlain store in Toronto on Bay and Bloor, but I wasn't convinced it was the same. I didn't realize then that perfumes *could be* or *would be* reformulated, knowing nothing of the trade, so I was confused. I went home and smelled the drop left in my tiny(!!!) bottle. It wasn't the same! Even now that I know about reforumulation, I can't wrap my head around it. I miss that perfume, although I waited ten years to wear it, and only wore it a handful of times at that. That last drop remains in my tiny bottle, one of my treasured possessions.

Enter Shalimar Parfum Initial. Oh! What's this? Smells beautiful. Is this for real? Am I losing it? Can a Shalimar flanker really be this utterly gorgeous?

Shalimar from my tiny bottle is like the true love who died. Parfum Initial is the one who comes along after and shows you that you can love again, opening your heart until your last breath.

Shalimar (the vintage at least) is like a great symphony. You can listen one hundred times and still hear new ways in which the notes, instruments, and structure work together. Parfum Initial is also a great symphony, one played with different instruments, and you are listening from further away. To me, it's more like dreaming of a great symphony, rather than being there to hear it. I'm wearing it right now, the winter evening is turning to night, and I'm happy.

Feb
15
2013
aveilhe
aveilhe

I've heard it said that you are either an Elvis person or a Beatles person (I'm personally an Elvis person). I would argue that Elvis and the Beatles were equally talented and incomparably influential, but they seem to represent polarizing tastes. This musical disagreement makes me wonder if the same can be said for certain perfumes -- specifically Chanel No. 5 and Shalimar?

I have recently fallen in love with No. 5, so I thought I would give the other “grande dame” of perfumes a try. Over the past few days I have been testing a decant of Shalimar. By all accounts I should be a Shalimar gal through and through: I typically love Orientals, incense, and vanilla. But, I just can't seem to get into Shalimar’s rhythm, I can't find her beat. Musical references aside, I am just confounded by this perfume!

The first blast is slightly citric and sharp, but also oddly earthy and pungent. I don't necessarily dislike it, and I find the contrast between the sharpness of the top notes and soft base notes intriguing. Then, all of a sudden, the sharpness is gone, and it's a blast of powder -- old-fashioned powder with loads of tonka, powdery Opoponax, and orris. This phase is reminiscent of an air freshener that is trying to cover up something a bit dirty (civet in this case?). And then, with a little patience, the vanillin leather/incense/tobacco notes emerge. It becomes more bearable to me at this stage, but there is still a bit of that dirty powder vibe, and the vanilla is strangely waxy. Then around the 3-4 hour mark, Shalimar settles into a warm, intimate, vanilla-tobacco accord. Yes, the final stage is beautiful.

After wearing her for a good part of a day, I feel like I just sat through a rock opera, complete with heart-wrenching ballads, sentimental solos, and atonal instrumentals. While I appreciate Shalimar’s artistry and her coy and mysterious changeability, her overall composition is just too exhausting for me: too many ups and downs.

I’m so grateful I had a chance to try Shalimar, but unfortunately the original Shalimar edp is just not for me. I’m off to explore some other Shalimars (Initial, Eau de, etc.). I’m hoping their tune will be more to my liking. When all is said and done, I wonder if I’m just meant to be a Chanel No. 5 groupie? She might start out a bit off-key, but then she serenades you for hours...so sweetly and gently.

Feb
10
2013
recherche
recherche

Love this parfume. I think it's the best one ever created, even through all the changes its formulation has experienced. My first memory of Shalimar is ancient. My mother used to wear it when I was a pre-schooler. Then, during my freshman year, I had a literature professor with whom I stuck for four semesters. Perhaps because she was excellent, but, most likely, because she wore Shalimar and I couldn't let go of the bi-weekly transporting experience.

I believe parfumes are gender-neutral, even when all parfumes I wear are marketed "for women" because most parfumes "pour homme" are beyond generic and the good ones do not blend with my skin's chemistry. Shalimar must be the exception to this rule. It is extremely feminine in the most sensual way and I regret not being gutsy enough to wear it. Although, I've tried LeLabo's Labdanum 18 which, in my opinion, is very similar, but that's another review.

Feb
04
2013
redsuedekitten
redsuedekitten

I tried this on today and was impressed by its audacity. This is a weirdly wonderful fragrance, nothing at all like modern perfumes. A real punch in the face and an olfactory thrill! I was first overcome with smoke and cedar and I honestly wasn't sure if this was intended for women as it smelt so manly. I admire its difference, and over the past few hours it's toned down into a more vanillary scent with just a hint of the initial smoke - which now smells like Frankincense. I'm going to have to get this.

Feb
03
2013
Angella
Angella

Shalimar is amazing incense, vanilla and bergamot. It acts smoky appearance, like They know when to church. But at the same time sensual - it makes vanilla, and fragile - it does bergamot. Beautiful classic perfume that I wear for many years and that never gets old.

Jan
29
2013
b.a.denney
b.a.denney

I just got this in the EDP. I can't say I love it. I wanted to because of it's long history. It smells somewhat medicinal on me. It is super powdery with an odd smoky smelling vanilla plus lots of leather. I fail to see why so many people love this. I love vanilla and amber so I thought I'd like this at least. It doesn't smell old lady exactly but it smells old or musty somehow. Wish I could like it.

Jan
28
2013
cikcik
cikcik

This is my second review but had to share: l loooove Shalimar, always have. Yet recently l tested the new version and it is not what it used to be. Still lovely but it lacks that depth and intensity. Thought you should test the new versions before buying.

Jan
26
2013
princesszaida
princesszaida

I bought a new EDT last week, and only just used it today. It was weird because the last bottle I had of Shalimar was an EDT also, but it was 10 or 15+ years older (someone who was "over it" gave it to me 5 months ago) so not only was the bottle shape different but the smell was different too. My old bottle of Shalimar smelled a bit darker and didn't have the citrus balance in the beginning. It was probably due to age, but I thought it was worth mentioning that it was such a difference for me, and a pleasant surprise when I sprayed my new bottle. I love the citrus beginning though, it's not tacky or too bright. It's not a juicy citrus on me. That goes away after about 20-30 minutes and on me stays a spicy elegant vanilla smell. So beautiful. I think its sexy but not in a come-have-sex-with-me way, more like an idea of sex. Like a picture or a memory that has been exaggerated and perfected in your subconscious.

Amazing for nights out but I think it's fine for office and casual wear too. Is that just me? Am I walking around smelling inappropriate?

It is an old fashioned smell if you're used to more modern orientals and vanillas that have less depth and complexity, but it's not "old lady" and its very chic. Wearing it is a serious confidence boost. It makes me smell way more put together than I actually am.

***stays close to the skin on me. not a projector as opposed to apparently most people.

Jan
26
2013
Jewelsie42
Jewelsie42

My 1989 version of Shalimar EDP arrived today. I'm ecstatic! It is housed in the traditional crystal "urn" shaped bottle with the "french soldier's hat stopper". On this version the stopper is clear glass with "Guerlain Paris" in gold letters on the stopper and it says "eau de parfum" underneath the Shalimar label on the front of the Baccarat bottle.
The EDP is bright, sunny citrus in the opening, with the aromatic leather lurking in the background. My skin doesn't usually pull civet, but I can tell it's there, it just doesn't scream "I'M HERE" thank goodness! it just gives it a hint of animalic note that gives the perfume body and sensuality. As it dries down I get smokey incense and creamy vanilla..that's the LOVE. This perfume literally makes love to your skin. Caressing it with vapors of smoke, incense, vanilla cream and roses with a touch of animalistic sensuality. Then Madame Shalimar spanks you with her leather riding crop, making you beg your mistress for another. All in all it's a very sexy perfume that gives you a sensory experience every time you wear it.

Jan
24
2013
curvealert
curvealert

After several trials, I've just got to accept that Shalimar is unwearable for me. Every time I test it, it smells fine on the tester strip. I've smelled it on others and it is amazing. On me? It smells like a recently disinfected floor after Tiddles has just had a little accident...Funky Dettol.

I've waited (and waited) for this magical dry down, but it never appears. The funk disappears after half an hour, but the medicinal, disinfectant smell lingers and does not evolve.

Sorry to be so negative about a classic, but that's how it is.

Jan
23
2013
Shtefitza
Shtefitza

Opens with a citrussy hint and rich powdery head. The complex powdery scent continues to develop with hints of flowers, carried on the base of vetyver, musk and amber. In the end it lingers as a skin scent... amber and musk...
I always compared it to Chanel 5. Shalimar and Chanel 5 were "grown up" fragrances in my mind. The fact is... over the years of wearing perfumes daily... I can detect the notes, recognize the "fragrance families", but sad part is - my nose gets saturated easily and then I don't notice fragrance I am wearing. So with time I have "stepped up" to these grown-up fragrances that I continue to notice. I guess now the "grown up" perfume only means: perfume that a "saturated nose" still can detect. :D :) Issue gets better if I take a "fragrance hiatus" and let my nose desaturate. It is hard to take fragrance vacations, since I enjoy wearing my perfumes so much... :)

Jan
22
2013
Kharnak
Kharnak

So today i was finally able to get my hands on a Mini.
First sniff..... i think, "Jicky".
I'm incredibly impressed at the complexity, and layering.
This smells almost exactly the Vanilla liquor, Tonka, Citrus opening as Jicky.(PURE Bergamott, like Earl Grey Tea)
Smooth, balmy Vanilla, leading into a powdery, smoky incense vibe. The sweet vanilla comes back at the end, as part of a Rich deeply sweet powdery smoky Vanilla Musk. Blending with skin, even for Males. I'd feel comfortable wearing this just fine. the dry down IS almost masculine, with the musky oily vanilla, reminiscent of sweet Vanilla Pipe Tobacco.

Not much more i can say here that hasn't been said in past reviews.

This is VERY long lasting. Sillage is moderate, but can be smelled from quite some feet away on a still winter day.

Shalimar evolves and changes so dynamically, it's like a symphony with a beginning, middle and long end. All the great classics seem to have that Dynamic multi-dimensional structure. It changes from moment to moment.

..... Now that i think of it... the structure and long lasting DryDown reminds me of Must de Cartier Homme, which i just reviewed earlier... But that has more Cinnamon Anise Spices. Same cuddly warm, Animal Vanilla musk.
But.. i'm not finding ANY florals at all here :c

In both cases.... Apply sparingly, as will NOT get a 30 foot Sillage cloak... But rather that cuddly, and just downright erotic Vanilla musk, encourages you to get in closer proximity to spread the magic.

My goodness i can feel the love in this.

Jan
18
2013
Beach Girl
Beach Girl

The few sniffs I've had of this in the past did not thoroughly prepare me for for the complete seductive qualities of this perfume. I'd tested it on paper and sprayed a little on my wrist from time to time and thought wow that's really nice. But after taking this beauty home I found I need to use at least 2 or 3 heavy handed sprays to achieve true satisfaction.

Some perfumes smack you in the face before making friends with you. Shalimar however does not want to be your friend, she wants to be your lover. Her goal is to seduce you slowly. Sure, she grabs your attention at first with her citrus opening, but it's pleasant, only slightly seductive like a kiss on the cheek. The opening citrus is not an orangy pop sickle on a stick sweet but rather a dry sophisticated citrus, keeps you interested and craving more.

The vanilla becomes apparent rather quickly, but this particular vanilla does not in any way remind me of today's lovely, sweet beauties. It seems a lot more sophisticated, more refined and softer. The leather notes then enters the room and lies down with the vanilla and other assorted notes like wood and incense. The combination stimulates your imagination, and as it develops on your skin, you feel as if you've been drawn into an erotic dream. I adore this perfume! Longivity and sillage are wonderful. It's not an overpowering sillage though, just seductive enough to lure but still a lady.

Jan
18
2013
Paraluman
Paraluman

for the EDP:

I think the magic of Shalimar lies in the application. Never underestimate this Grande Damme. Do not wear her thinking she'll be refreshing, as the citric bergamot hit will fool you.. until her waxy, lipstick-y, powdery cloud starts to surround you and swallow you whole. Then she will start wearing you. And you will hate her. So approach her with caution. Apply her sparingly and be ready to mesmerize. :) Witness people do double takes as her smoky vanilla warmth envelopes you and sets you apart from a sea of floral and citrus freshness :)

Jan
17
2013
ladybradshaw
ladybradshaw

This classic offends. My nose, that is... Perhas it is my chemistry, but I feel like I am walking into a BDSM nightclub where smoking is allowed and is unsuccesfully mellowed with a dark vanilla incense.

I find it to be chokingly unpleaseant. I am assuming it is my chemistry. Because the bitter, and sharp scents dominate what LOOKS like a good combo on paper.

Jan
17
2013
pianomanmiller
pianomanmiller

Flat-dab sexy!!! I don't know what else to say.

Jan
16
2013
Eurochic
Eurochic

I never had the pleasure of trying the original Shalimar on myself, but it was my dearest grandmother's signature scent. I remember one day, as she opened the velvet box in which a bottle of pure perfume was nestled in dark blue satin, I saw her face lit up like a little girl's. She loved Shalimar, I loved her, and to me this perfume will always be a gem, because of the memories tied to it. I would love to try it on me too, but unless I can get a hold of the vintage (70's or 80's), I don't want it. It just wouldn't be the same.
And now Guerlain is feeding of Shalimar, releasing flanker after flanker after flanker and even flankers of the flankers. The current version of Shalimar is, from what I have read, already a pale copy of what it used to be. So why tweak the formula even more? They had a great classic beauty (several actually), couldn't they just leave it at that? Concentrate on what they already have, try to stick to the original formula, or at least try to recreate it as best as they could within the new IFRA restrictions. This is just my opinion, but I think that when people are presented with a choice between a classic original timeless beauty and a modern generic "of the moment" cutesie, they will choose the first, because the latter will be forgotten in no time.

Jan
16
2013
BTQ
BTQ

I've been occupying myself with fragrances in a serious way for one year now. When I became a member of a fumie-site one of the perfumes that always popped up somewhere was Shalimar - I had never heard of it before, I knew Chanel N°5, Poison and of course lots of contemporary frags. Then I watched a BBC documentary about perfume and again Shalimar was portrayed as the Grande Dame of perfumes. So I got curious and excited about it and ordered a little test vial.

I was impressed.

There it sat on my skin. The flagship of Guerlain. The first spritz is very lemony of course, but you also get a sniff of cedar which reminds a bit of church pews and old fur coats. I knew at the first wisp this was a great Old World Perfume. A legend. History.
The hesperidics are quite elusive and the scent changes remarkably into smoky vanilla. I don't get that much flowers. The smokiness makes me think of a Walpurgis Night bonfire. Shalimar has an aura of wisdom, of a significant other. It's one of the few perfumes that really make my mind wander. True dramatic beauty.
Who knows what the vintage version was like, but even the reformulation is aweinspiring. Luca Turin said, Shalimar makes 80% of todays fragrances appear trivial.
Of course I now own a bottle.

So I'd dare say: Greatest perfume of all times!

Jan
12
2013
maja314
maja314

Shalimar was my first 'real' perfume, bought it when I was just in my twenties. First smelled it at an airport perfumeshop but couldn't decide which one to buy as I was testing a lot of perfumes, during the flight to the next stopover I completely fell in love with the development of this beautiful fragrance and rushed to the sales counter of the perfumestore at the next airport.I made the SA smell my wrist as I wasn't sure what fragrance it was that was smelling so divine on me, and she told me the only thing she could smell on me was tobacco! :-P (I did smoke then ;-). Then in a moment of clarity I guessed it could only have been that perfume that I initiately thought of too old lady like for me but the heart of the perfume was really amazing. No surprise I never regretted buying it! Now I still love this fragrance as it is a classic to me and it reminds me of my first encounter with a wonderful perfume.

Jan
12
2013
Amor1
Amor1

I have this 500 ml hand painted Shalimar bottle on my living room, after many years still closed and sealed. It was a present from my ex-boyfriends sister, a very wealthy lady. I wont open it or use it, I just want to see, how long a scent can stand the test of time. Shalimar is a perfume I would not buy for myself, too
strong and exotic for my taste.

Jan
11
2013
The Swedish girl
The Swedish girl

I both love and hate Shalimar.

I hate the strong note of old mans tobacco, and the patchouli that smells a bit like a drunk unfresh man.

And in the EDT the citrus notes are just awful and sour.

But I absolutely love the vanilla, iris, opoponax, incense, tonka and amber in the base...

All in all, Shalimar is not totaly "me".

I would love to find a perfume that smells like the nice bits of the base notes of Shalimar though...

Jan
07
2013
kismetdaisy
kismetdaisy

Smells like bug spray. I was highly disappointed! It's so strong and the scent doesn't get better smelling after dry down. Just bad

Jan
06
2013
derkargy
derkargy

A special perfume,for special women,with the right skin chemistry.

Jan
06
2013
Lukiezoomy
Lukiezoomy

I really badly wanted to love Shalimar. I smelled it on a friend recently and it was AMAZING so when I was wandering around Debenhams in my lunch hour recently I had a spray and OMG all I can smell is disinfectant! It genuinely made me think of hospitals! My body chemistry struggles with many perfumes but spicy orientals are usually fine (I love Opium, Coco, EL Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang) but this one was just wrong. I had to rush to the ladies to wash it off before I went back to work or they'd have wondered what I'd been up to at lunch time!

Jan
06
2013
kirtylou
kirtylou

I finally own a bottle of Shalimar edp! Alas, not the vintage, because I can tell this scent would be even more fabulous if raw materials were used (although I'm sure synthetic scents are kinder to civets and whales so fair trade). Anyhow, on with the review of my edp. I love how it smells as I first spray it - nice and citrusy. However it quickly calms down into a creamy, powdery vanilla scent with lots of leather. After a little while the leather fades and I get mostly powder and vanilla. I can see this being one of my winter staples, and I'm so glad I decided to purchase this timeless classic.

Jan
05
2013
Thatkid
Thatkid

I love Shalimar, it's such a romantic fragrance. My grandmother has been wearing it since she was in her 20's and now she's 87. I am wearing it now and I have the original glass decanter from the '60s. I love this smell.

Jan
02
2013
hadew1
hadew1

The citrusy top notes bypassed my skin completely--there was a breath of cedar, then a rush of rich, complex, spicy woodsy vanilla. A half hour later and I'm picking up some incense and leather. Wears close to my skin, which is nice (I don't like heavy sillage).
An intriguing fragrance so far--if I found it on anyone else, I would probably want to stand closer to them just to get a better chance at unravelling the complexity of this scent. On my own skin, I keep forgetting to NOT sniff it on my wrists--the wafting scent is better and less harsh than the actual place of application.

Jan
02
2013
willbear
willbear

my mother wear this its a classic

Jan
01
2013
joliecat
joliecat

For years, Shalimar was my girlfriend's signature perfume. On her it was soft, vanilla and powdery, ultra feminine. One day I was with her early morning when she sprayed on Shalimar. I immediately smelled delicate lemon cake. I thought she had changed perfumes, but it was Shalimar. I had never smelled it at first spray.

I now have the current Shalimar EDT. Just like the original formula, Shalimar changes and softens as you wear it. The lemon aspect fades away into soft powdery vanilla with just the lightest touch of leather and barely a hint of extremely soft incense. Definitely a very close to skin scent, Shalimar is feminine, delicate, and inoffensive. Powdery, yes, but not at all heavy. Perfect any time of year, day or night. Shalimar lasts on skin, on fabric, and in hair until you wash it off. Very soft, classy, ladylike, and pretty. A truly beautiful classic that stands the test of time.

Jan
01
2013
Smunky
Smunky

Shalimar perplexes me. I sprayed a sample on to my wrist. My first thought was that it smelled amazing. In the air that is. I sniffed my wrist, and found it kind of harsh. But I didn't scrub it off, though that was my first instinct. Then it started to soften a bit and I really liked it. Then it turned powdery... I don't mind a bit of powder, but this was more than I like. So I'm thinking, nope this isn't the one for me. Now, about an hour and a half later, it's morphed into this delicious, warm, slightly smoky vanilla. You are a chameleon on me, Shalimar, and I just can't decide whether to dismiss you or run to the nearest perfume counter and bring you home.

Dec
30
2012
DelicateOrchid
DelicateOrchid

This is quite a mature, classic, powdery scent on me. It really is a great creation and one that exudes confidence, femininity and age, though not necessarily in a bad way, but in that of historical importance and wisdom. This will not read youth/fresh in any way. It wears very warm and super powdery on me and lasts a while (few perfumes last on my skin). I wore it all day on a cold and windy Montreal winter day, and my mom and husband could still detect it on me after hours of skiing outside. Definitely created for a cold winter day.

Dec
27
2012
Qfish06
Qfish06

Ahhh....Shalimar, You are a true beauty in all sense (and scents) of the word. A very choosy fragrance on who and how it smells. I recently discovered this timeless classic out of curiosity.. And became thoroughly enamored and bewitched by the soft bloom of citrus, delicate vanilla, and seductive smoke! Haha..ended up buying it for the girl who has my heart, and she wears it well. I love it so much on her skin that I will constantly steal a spritz for my own wrist! In truth I am not fond of citrus(for myself) as I am a spicy peppery and tobacco smoke kind of man...But! Shalimar does it right.. Even though on me Shalimar retains the citrus throughout the wearing but dissipates to incensed vanilla on my love..I enjoy it. All in all Shalimar is a beautiful experience enveloped in a veil of smoke. And you truly never forget Shalimar

Dec
26
2012
RedLady
RedLady

Feel really bad for not liking this at all.
Very strong, almost suffocating for me. And when I first smelt it, the first image that came to my mind was one of those tree-shaped car fresheners!

The leather notes were really powerful to me, which is probably why I thought of a car. And the incense was equally as powerful. Incredibly smoky.

For now, I'll have to say no to Shalimar. I really wanted to like it.

Dec
21
2012
nananessa
nananessa

I tried to wear Shalimar a few times back when I was a teen in the 60s & I just couldn't love it then because of the vanilla. Now that I am much older, I have learned how to value the genius of Guerlain masterpieces & this is one of those masterpieces.

All I would like to add is that this is possibly the most beautiful vanilla based fragrance in the world available on the market for generations now. Well worth the investment. So romantic & such an incredible drydown.

PS. I have the EDP & it is very pronounced vanilla but WOW!

Dec
19
2012
sggeiger
sggeiger

I'm a 31-year-old woman who normally prefers masculine scents, and I don't care some people say it's an "old lady" scent or that it's supremely feminine.. because holy smokes it's just FANTASTIC. I'm testing it for the first time and I can't stop smelling my wrist. Intoxicates like only the best fragrances can.

Dec
18
2012
Berlynn
Berlynn

I was afraid to try this one, because I have yet to find a guerlain that I like. However this perfume is legendary and now I know why. It starts off with a strong vanilla, smokey smell, but as the hours go along it unfolds like a flower, blossoming into note after note until you're left with a lingering citrus bouquet. It's seductive, long lasting and timeless. It's now going to reside on my wish list.

Dec
17
2012
maissaa.zahran
maissaa.zahran

I Love, love, love this perfume. It is like no other. It is so difficult to define in a category. You can't say it is young, or old. You can't say strong or soft. You can't say it is flowery, powdery, woody, etc.. It is none of the above and all the above. There is nothing like it. I have used and tried plenty of perfumes but so far I can't say oh, this is like Shalimar. It is a category all on its own. And I love what it is.

Dec
15
2012
emi
emi

I agree with the reviewer below. I've really tried to like this legendary juice many times but I just couldn't. For me this is mixture of vanilla and engine oil. I really don't write this to offend anyone. I just don't get the phenomenon of Shalimar at all...

Dec
14
2012
ColubineCola
ColubineCola

I kept seeing Shalimar and being a lover of classic scents, I really wanted to try it. Everyone keeps saying how wonderful it is.
NO.
It isn't.
And it pains me to say so. I really wanted to love Shalimar. I kept thinking that it would be this devine nectar that would transport me to the 1920's. That it would be sophisticated and exotic.
But no...
It made me gag.
I don't want to write a bad review about it because it is legendary. Have they reformulated it, as well?
Licorice and Anise. Vanilla, too.
I'm so sorry, Shalimar.

Dec
13
2012
sweetnspicey
sweetnspicey

Reviewing the Parfum.

While I adore Shalimar, it took a while for me to really get to know her. She is a little bit like the bitchy girl at the party--seems very unfriendly until you talk with her and discover how warm she really is. The opening is always a bit revolting. It's loaded with lemon and a touch of orange. At the same time it's so sharply animalic that it makes me queasy every time I put it on. I feel the same way about the EDP.

However, as it mellows out on my skin it becomes something else. It's unbelievably exotic, maybe even erotic. It's a deliciously creamy vanilla & citrus perfume that has been smoked like a sausage in a smokehouse. The scent of leather is the softest black leather you could ever imagine.

The parfum is a lot more intimate than the EDP. It lasts a long time, but sillage is not as big as the EDP, so it's better for when someone is nibbling your ear instead of for a big event.

It's so easy to see why Shalimar has been a hit for like 100 years. It's timeless--an utter masterpiece! *Muah!* BRAVISSIMO!!!


(Comparison with EDP: If it helps anyone I will add that I find the Parfum to be more powdery with more citrus than the newest EDP, and in all honesty, I find the vanilla in the EDP is more prominent)

Dec
12
2012
florblanca
florblanca

I just bought my first bottle of Shalimar EDP and can't wait to wear it to a wedding I'm going to this weekend!

After reading all about the history and the iconic status of Shalimar I decided I had to try it. The first time I was, like others, a little overwhelmed by it's loud opening. I was however impressed by it's quality and complexity - I could see why it is considered a classic. The second time I tried it, I began to fall in love, the smoky, powdery warm vanilla took hold of me and I began to see the deep beauty of Shalimar.

It is interesting to me how often people go on about how strong Shalimar is, because on me it is very soft. It really seems to melt into my skin. My husband actually can't even smell it that well on me (and his sense of smell is normally very sharp) but he only gets a delicate whiff of Shalimar every now and then when I move around and this is after I have sprayed it 2-3 times on myself. I know the perfume I purchased is 100% authentic because I bought it from a high end department store.

I am so excited to add Shalimar to my perfume wardrobe. One last thing, the bottle is beautiful, you can tell it houses something special inside!

Dec
11
2012
reinhard5490
reinhard5490

to be honest, I buy Shalimar only for the gorgeous bottle at first. I dont sniff it, just get this pretty flacon. how bad Guerlain could be?

real badass. the opening is not my favourite part (at fact, the least. its rather offensive), but the rest, especially the dry down is something to die for. the vanilla and incense is really prominent (but the seller said, "its woody spicy". never trust a seller women. especially when they already tried to sell a BOSS Bottled) usually I detest vetiver, but on this one its controlled beautifully, ended with strong Vanilla that just perfect. it have strong projection and stays for really long time. the bad side is, like most Guerlain is on the banal opening. if you survived the first minutes, a very beautiful scent awaits you

I could wonder women in her early thirties wearing this, walking confidently in a Gala dinner. attracting all eyes of Gentleman on her with Andrea Bocelli sings in the background. Shalimar speaks intriguing luxury, not fun days with all friends in a disco while listening trance. you need to be a women to pull this one. careful with spray, Shalimar might wear you instead of you wearing her. and overspray makes Shalimar smells... ugly.

from a men who wears it for his own pleasure, and might spray it on his partner when he want to make a nights that never to be forgotten. Guerlain, you deserve this one
★★★★★

Dec
11
2012
Liquefaction
Liquefaction

I feel a little old fashioned when I wear this (I guess that shouldn't come as a surprise) and old. The powderiness is a little too heavy.

Dec
11
2012
JacobMiller
JacobMiller

It;s a seminine, woody powdery, it changes on your skin in warm waves.

Dec
10
2012
laantjebanaantje
laantjebanaantje

I'm going through a bit of a Guerlain phase in my perfumed life. I'm trying and enjoying many of their new releases, Idylle, L'Instant and Shalimar Parfum Initial. After testing the last one, I decided I had to try the most classic fragrances of them all. The one that stands next to N°5 on the top shelf of perfumery: Shalimar.
Upon first spray, bright fizzy, sparkling citrusses greet my nose. A wonderful burst of freshness that quickly fades to a dry and dusty accord. I do not know exactly what it is (incense maybe?), but it isn't too appealing to my nose. This strange accord slowly morphs into a dry incredibly vampish leather note. I'm smelling Shalimar side by side with the Parfum Initial version (what a name, when I first became interested in fragrances I thought Parfum Initial was the initial, original perfume) and at this point the fruitier, sweeter, caramellish composition of Parfum Initial smells rather childish compared to this stylish, sexy leather (mind you, I ADORE Parfum Initial).
And then, the time of the VANILLA arives. This vanilla is sooo good but has, of course, been discribed so many times in much better words than mine.
It is an incredibly sexy vanilla, laced with leather, patchouli and incense. It's dirty, sultry and extremely delicious and it seems incredibly well suited for my mother, a classy red haired lady dressed in black for most of the time. If there ever was a fragrance that that is "her", then this is it.
Shalimar is for the lady who says: to hell with all the rules.

Dec
10
2012
cinema1974
cinema1974

This is a classic scent and some women can pull this off, example my mother who is in mid 60s and she smells so wonderful that this is her signature fragrance, some people just smell sooo goood with this fragrance and it works. I wanted this to work for me, but it just popped out like I was trying to hard... but love it and it a classic and I guess the Alpha is Shalimar and Im the beta... boo hoo... If you can wear it, i bow to you all! still a classic... I will just keep looking at it on my mommy perfume counter with pure depression...

Nov
28
2012
Assiduosity
Assiduosity

Inundated with suggestions in response to my question 'what made for women fragrances can or should a man wear? Shailimar was my first walk on the wild side...

In starting with Shalimar I feel I can't be accused of lacking either courage or ambition.

Everything about this from the Ottoman / Csarina / chandelier bottle - to the genesis of the name and the perfume's inspiration in the past to its own history and reputation (yes the saleswoman actually asked me if I was looking for something for my grandmother) atest to towering femininity.

Everything speaks of confidence, of sophistication of intrigue and intense emotion.

Everything about Shalimar is woman, and a certain proud, self-aware but never self-conscious, glamorously self-posesed woman with that.

So with brass in pocket and a deep breath I take the plunge (once said shop assistant was persuaded to spray on my pulse points and not my dear deceased grandmother's)... and I find I myself diving into a pool of pure warmth and velveteen comfort, only a sensuous wave or two to knock me off balance and a rip tide to tear me under must I navigate.

Frankly, this had me from hello, the minute the tips of my fingers entered Shalimar's waters I was a gonna. The amazing richness of the bergamot and orange opening seduced me immediately: it's a sort of citrus creme, a Cointreau creme brulee.

Yes that's it, a Cointreau creme brulee, for after the orange: vanilla. Beautiful vanilla but with oodles of cream and something in the background a hint of brandy or rum - perhaps just wooden barrels in the middle notes.

For a moment I thought that the whole delicious dessert was about to turn powder cake on me, but it was a confection, a mere passing illusion and I was able to tread water in my vanilla pod pond for several hours - the only change being a few fires or were they incense cones being lit poolside and someone cutting back a flower border further afield. But that point I was too lost in my reverie to properly distinguish the notes.

Shalimar was created within a decade of the death of Mata Hari and as Josephine Baker was scaling to the heights of her fame in the decadent Paris of the 1920s. The new Art Deco style was supplanting the rotten flower of art nouveau, Jazz music replacing opera comique and the modern world was just beginning.

It's not going to far to say that I feel a new perfume age is beginning for me today...

Immense. Exquisite. And, I have a presentiment, indispensable.

Nest I tried Tabu by Dana....

Nov
27
2012
movs
movs

Shalimar is one of the most legendary perfumes in history and despite of that it is only about 2 years ago that I tested it for the first time. I’ve completely fallen for this masterpiece, though I didn’t like it the first time I tested it. When I sniff directly where I’ve sprayed, I detect an awful rubber note, so I had to learn to enjoy the sillage instead of sniffing my wrists.

Shalimar is a soft and smoky vanilla scent with a beautiful incense note and a touch of spices and orange. It is glamorous in an old fashioned way and exotic in a mysterious way. It makes me think of a Hollywood diva in the 1940’s or of a princess from the One Thousand and One Night Tales. It’s a perfume of a world that no longer exists and where the saying "less is more" wasn't invented, but fortunately you can still enjoy it’s beauty today.
It is not really a loud perfume but the sillage is extremely beautiful and longevity very good.

No other perfume makes me feel so elegant and feminine at the same time.
It is one of the best composed perfumes I’ve ever tried.

In 3 words: GLAMOROUS – OLD-FASHIONED - MASTERPIECE

Nov
27
2012
HeidiLynn
HeidiLynn

I've wanted to at least try this vintage beauty, and finally got my chance at a bottle via a very pleasant swap. I am a fan of orientals, and love the story and notes behind Shalimar.

It started with a musty blast that quickly turned citrusy-lemon (ala lemon Pledge, but then smoother). After that, a woody-root-earthy vibe came through, which I have started to associated with a vintage vetiver note. A powdery note came through as the perfume settled further down, bringing to mind 30's style furs and dressing tables with oversized powder puffs. I don't get the civet, but sense the animalic qualities which give dimension. I also don't get true cedar, but there is something to the woodiness that goes beyond the vetiver and even beyond the sandalwood. No single floral note stands out, but a well blended and sophisticated floral-powdery sense prevails.

These notes together at this point were very reminiscent of Toujours Moi and Chantilly--Shalimar is of the same era, and they do share some mutual notes. The vetiver note really reminded me of Toujours Moi and the citrus and powdery floral in Chantilly.

Shalimar ended on my skin with a long blast of earthy vanilla--delicate, strong, quality, and not excessively sweet or food-y.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience but may not make it a regular player in my wardrobe.

Nov
18
2012
Miss Mego
Miss Mego

This review is for the EDT:

When I first spray I get a wonderful powdery floral scent and it develops into a warm and sensual spicy vanilla over time. I get the slightest citrus smell all the way through, just enough to keep the fragrance a little bit sharp. I don't get strong incense or smokey notes on my skin. When I wear Shalimar I feel regal and sophisticated. It's feminine, it's sexy, it's classic.

Nov
14
2012
Perfumefreak
Perfumefreak

At the moment,i'm borrowing this from my mom.
Originally, i bought it, but as i feel it is strongly sharp and tar-smelling perfume, i can't really use it.
But as strange as it seems, i can't throw it away, because Shalimar reminds me of my late grandfather, who used to enjoy tar-menthol candies (in finland tar is very adored ingredient) and he gave candies to his grandchildren too, to sweeten their teeths.
But,i'm going to get to know Shalimar initial. Someday soon.

Nov
13
2012
cinnamonswirl
cinnamonswirl

I so want to like this scent, but I can't get past the burnt rubber which is the strongest note on me. After the rubber, it goes straight to powder. I wish Shalimar loved me, but it's not to be.

EDIT:
It's odd, but having tried again I like it a lot more now. I bought a bottle of the EDC because it's not as strong.

Nov
09
2012
Magpielarue
Magpielarue

My mother was not what you'd call a classic beauty. Her face was just a hint too angular with gripping grey eyes that could bore through your soul. At 5'11 she was intimidatingly tall with a dancer's lithe body. People where drawn to her because of her poise and Southern charm. If she made a friend, they were hers for life! Even escorted by my handsome father, men flocked to my mom evey time she wore Shalimar!!! It was uncanny. Although this is one of my favorite perfumes of all time, I can't wear it. It becomes rancid on my skin.

Nov
09
2012
athenian
athenian

The original Shalimar is not a perfume it is a Monument. I wish I could say the same about the current version of the Eau de Parfum. It smells awful. Sorry if I disappoint a few people in here but that's how I feel.

Nov
08
2012
Mooniq
Mooniq

Shalimar EdT: Totally LOVE the Eau de Toilette-version. I get the deep, warm vanilla, the soft incense and leather. Shalimar EdT is gorgeous on my skin. when I tested Shalimar Eau de Parfum, I couldn't stand the topnote, but here in the EdT-version its great all way down to basenote. Longlasting on my skin. 10/10 points.

To me there are big differenses between EdP and EdT. Basnote are the same in both, but top/middlenote is more girly, flirty and happy in Eau de Toilette. And more Adult, deep and serious in the Eau de Parfum. Like mother and daughter. =)

Shalimar EdT: Bara ÄLSKAR eau de toilette-versionen. Jag får den djupa, varma vaniljen, den mjuka rökelsen och lädernoten. Shalimar EdT är helt otroligt fin på min hud. När jag provade Shalimar EdP så klarade jag inte av toppnoten, men här i Eau de Toilette-versionen så fungerar den hela vägen igenom doftpyramiden. Riktigt hållbar på huden. 10/10 poäng.

För mig finns det stora skillnader mellan EdP och EdT. Basnoten är ganska likadan i båda men topp/mellannoten är mer tjejig, flirtig och glad i Eau de Toilette'n och mer vuxen, djup och seriös i Eau de Parfum'en, ungefär som mor och dotter =)

Nov
08
2012
geekgoddess
geekgoddess

@karenrobert:
I don't think you're right about comparing hair and skincare products to perfume. Making perfume is both a craft and an artform. You need technical skills and you need to know about aromachemichals, but you also need artistic talent. Making good shampoo or moisturizer is more of a craft, and it takes knowledge about chemicals and how they effect skin and hair, but it doesn't require any artistic talent. Shalimar, whether you love it or hate it, is art.

I don't know what Lisa said, but unless she made a bunch of f*cked up ageist comments or insulted the intelligence of everyone who likes Shalimar, then I agree with you--people shouldn't be so harsh about it. A lot of people, including me, just don't like animalic notes. The reason I can appreciate Shalimar is because the civet doesn't stand out on me. Well hooray for body chemistry.

And back to the whole Perfume As An Artform As Well As A Consumer Product thing: there's a lot of art, even entire art movements, that I just don't like. I get a ration of $h!t from some people for not liking or understanding abstract and modern art. After being honest enough (or dumb enough, according to a lot of people) to ask questions like "Um, nice triangles, but how do they symbolise the primitive soul in conflict with modern urban life?" or "So these milk bottles hanging from the ceiling, they're art then?" and getting ripped to shreads over it, I sympathise with anyone who doesn't agree with everyone else about whether or not something just outright sucks. On this site, it's a good idea NOT to click on thumbs down just because they disagree with you. Save the thumbs down for people who are being complete @$$holes.

Oh, and Karen, stop saying people must be mentally ill just because they have extreme opinions about some perfume you don't like. I'm not being politically correct or anything, it's just that everyone in my family is certifiably batshit crazy and most of us can take it in stride if someone doesn't like a favorite perfume.

Nov
05
2012
alf2all
alf2all

Just a quick note. I recently began rewearing Shalimar- the bottle I received on my honeymoon- 22 yrs ago. Still love it (my 16 y/o daughter loves smelling me when I am wearing it), however, that being said, like all scents, it must be worn with discretion. Too much of a 'good' thing can definitely be bad.

Nov
03
2012
ann.sundwall
ann.sundwall

Shalimar was my first perfume. I remember standing as a 13 year old at the mirror wearing a saffron crepe de chine blouse and spraying myself with what must have been an eau de toilette concentration of Shalimar, thinking "this smells sooooo good". I have no idea how I acquired it...my mother was more of a Blue Grass type. But Shalimar definitely formed my first concept of what perfume could be. Years later my husband presented me with a bottle of the perfume concentration. Yep, burnt rubber. It took a while to understand that you needed to wait and let Shalimar develop on your skin. Lesson learned. It is still the perfume gold standard to me.

But I do understand that it is not equally seductive to all noses and on all skins. There are at least 60 well-worded and heartfelt negative reviews below, many with multiple balloons. I only wish we could all share each other's positive experiences...it is a little like knowing others can see a totally different spectrum of light in addition to the one we all share.

When it comes to fragrances: "I want it all, and I want it now!"

Nov
02
2012
butterfly10
butterfly10

@karenrobert: its not only a perfume honey!!!! IT IS SHALIMAR!!!!!!!! GUERLAIN/1925!!!!!!

Nov
02
2012
karenrobert
karenrobert

sorry folks, Lisa is not a troll. She is simply being honest as I feel the same way too toward Shalimar. Quit harassing her. My previous posts have been removed too when I simply mentioned that when you google stinky perfume, shalimar with automatically pop up. If people want to hear perfection, they can just go to a Shalimar advertisement or commercial for it. Why bother going on a review forum just to get all upset reading other people's opinion? It's simply not an intelligent thing to do. A review forum is meant for differing views. Otherwise, it will just like a bunch of brainless zombies regurgitating the same thing over and over again. That would be boring as heck. When a fragrant is making people feel ill, they have every right to voice as this is a review forum not a business propaganda to promote shalimar business bottom line (I hope). I would do the same if I got sick by a skincare product or medicine I took. It is an honest opinion. I actually thought the positive reviews were purchased by the owner of the of the perfume , not by real people. While the real reviews were deleted. Because why would someone be so upset just because a random person review a random perfume on the internet..unless they are bipolar or afflicted with mental illness. Then I wonder if Shalimar could cause unstable mental degeneration when used over a long period of time? that would explain all the harassment by Shalimar users??? I don't see other perfume brands users exhibit the same unstable manic mentality when someone offers a different opinion. It's only perfumes folks. Just like thousands of other perfumes, makeup, hair products , skincare out there. I certainly didn't get upset when someone didn't like Loreal, or hate Pantene. I love Loreal and it is sacred and beloved to me too. If people don't like it...hey more for me!!! less competition for my fav products. No one is saying your face is ugly, steal your lover, or say your Mama is ugly. get over with it

Nov
02
2012
vintage_scent
vintage_scent

@lisa.m.kasper
Your'e review probably disappeared because of the negativity it received. Especially if you compared our beloved Shalimar to your dogs butts...reviews with many "thumbs down" will simply disappear. Shalimar is a sacred, special perfume, loved by many.
Sorry, had to be said.:)

EDIT:
I agree with ann.sundwall, there are many decent negative reviews here, bond_girl1979 being a good example of one. I am in no way against someone writing a negative review so long as it is written in a decent and mature and non-offensive manner.

Nov
01
2012
Deppaholic
Deppaholic

This doesn't smell like I remember it to be. There is that faintness in the background. Have my chemistry molecules changed that much? Have I bought an old bottle? I bought it at a reputable store? I used to love this. I adore many from the House of Guerlain. I don't know. This must have got captured by those dang IFRA aliens. And is that Russell Crowe in "takemyhusband"? Oh my! I will take him off your hands, lol. Back to Shalimar....maybe I got a knock off even at the high end department store? I did hear of a truckload of knockoff perfumes being caught. Oh...woe is me....

Oct
30
2012
AddictedToLife
AddictedToLife

Its very unusual and even though its old it doesnt smell old)))

Oct
29
2012
Allinug
Allinug

I am wearing my vintage Shalimar and it's a smoky leather, vanilla smell and I'm in heaven.

Oct
25
2012
bond_girl1979
bond_girl1979

I purchased this bottle after spraying a sample on me in a department store. I did love the way the department store one smelt, but then when I purchased my own I found it too pungently leather and ?civet to the point where it would induce nausea in me. I agree that is a unique scent, but it certainly is not for every nose. I now read the notes of future perfumes and avoid any heavy leather notes - and if there's civet too - I will practically run in the other direction. I have now swapped my bottle and it's found a happy new owner.

Oct
25
2012
vld
vld

I absolutely hate this. I worked with a woman that sat across from me in the Secretarial pool, that I swear bathed in it. It was so strong in the room that it literally choked me. It may be a lovely perfume, but I am ruined for this one.

Oct
25
2012
fuggerone
fuggerone

this really is unisex even though the bottle completely femenine..has a kinky quality I use it layered with amazing green, by the way I'm a male!

Oct
24
2012
iomel
iomel

A great fragrance, a flowery path and gradually thin out where the flowers behold, a whitened landscape of talc on the leaves and branches higher up to the Forbidden Forest, where from afar come the heavenly scent of precious woods and musk leather , as well as the forest is Shalimar, imposing and fluffy like a cloud in the sky of May.
A great fragrance that will surprise

Oct
21
2012
misschic
misschic

This fabulous concoction makes me think of the women in Paris in the 1920s who wore fashionable hats and smoked cigarettes. A classic. I love.

Oct
18
2012
Anmo
Anmo

Empress Shalimar, scent of scents.
I feel too young for this masterpiece, but not too young not to enjoy it on elegant everyday empresses on the busy streets, restaurants and art galleries.
Like all fine things in life, Shalimar is most effective when used in a more conservative doses.
Love.

Oct
16
2012
danielellarby
danielellarby

THIS IS IT!!...sexy, woody, rebellious, elegant, powerful, original, nostalgic...

Shalimar by Guerlain is just THE perfume. A masterful blend of flowers and materials that sits in a beautiful bottle.

The leathery feeling is just overwhelming because it gives that OOOMPH to the perfume that makes it so special.

A MUST HAVE FOR PERFUME FANATICS

Oct
16
2012
ktyhan
ktyhan

Truly a piece of fine art with noble quality... not for daily wear... rather a sensory journey to the unknown... reminds me of Asian temples...

Oct
16
2012
MinLynn
MinLynn

There will always be a bottle of this in my arsenal for one reason and that is my mother. This is the ONLY perfume she has ever used and still uses and whenever I smell it on her, I immediately want to hug her tightly and inhale for as long as I can. This scent is such a classic and is always a "go to" for me when I'm indecisive. You can't fail with such a warm, soft fragrance.

Oct
14
2012
canadianpetite
canadianpetite

Incense and leather jumps right out. The sandalwood, vanilla and musk provides the warmth, woodiness and smokiness that I love in perfumes. Incense and leather would normally turn off many people but I feel that the opoponaux makes them attractive. There is still something off that prevents me from buying this beloved classic. I think it is the civet which lingers at the end of all the notes. The notes parade by my nose which I happily sniff away until the civet makes it loud appearance. I have been thinking of buying this and/or Samsara which I thought too loud/persistent. Maybe with a little more time, I will appreciate this. My mom loved this perfume and could be that I am not finished grieving her recent death to appreciate this in a good way.

On me,
Sillage: 1 foot
Longevity: more than 8 hours (fortunately for the money)
Rating: 3/5

Update: Found that I can enjoy this in its flanker Initale. Much more modern and less musty. I now own Initiale. Maybe one day, I'll graduate to the original -- if they still make it.

Oct
13
2012
Virginia Ontañón
Virginia Ontañón

IT REMIND ME OF MY MOTHER, SHE ALWAYS USED IT!

Oct
09
2012
CleoMoore
CleoMoore

I've been wondering what the hype is all about... Now I know. Wow: the lush leathery vanilla, and an almost pipe-smoke smell. Powerful and seductive.

I can't stop smelling myself. I could actually imagine this on my husband, me cuddling up into the nook of his neck. Hmmm... Maybe I'll spritz him tonight ;)

Definitely will be looking for a FB of this.

Oct
09
2012
cronai
cronai

I absolutely love it. It's the classic par excellence, way better than Chanel 5, a must have for anyone who loves perfumes.

And yet -- and this is a big YET -- it changes dramatically from bottle to skin. This can be for better or worse. On my mother and on some of my friends it smells great, and becomes the perfect fragrance for an elegant night out; on my skin, unfortunately, it gets flat, old, tired.

I am more sorry about this than I can say.

Still, every now and then, I spray it on my pillows and go to sleep thinking about some wonderful place in a faraway land.

Oct
05
2012
Jennimcg
Jennimcg

Unfortunately, all I got from it was a very strong smell of cigarette smoke. Not right for my body chemistry.

Oct
05
2012
geekgoddess
geekgoddess

I haven't managed to buy a FB of Shalimar yet, and I've used up the last drop of my sample vial. I absolutely love it, and forsee a large bottle of edt in my future.
When I first started wearing it, lemon and smoky vanilla stood out the most. Now I can definitely smell the tonka bean, leather, and some soft florals. The civet funk hovers on the edge of my awareness without becoming insistent enough to gross me out.
Shalimar has to be the most complex vanilla scent I've ever smelled, and maybe the most effecting. All sort of words spring to mind: plush, opulent, heady, intoxicating, bewitching. In my mind's eye I can see a candle lit room filled with rich, beautiful things that are slightly worse for wear, faded red velvet...

This is a perfume with history, and it definitely doesn't conjure up the image of anything new and shiny. And on a related note, I've had to deal with a lot (or maybe it only seems like a lot) of jerks who tell me I smell like an old lady. They don't seem to understand that if there are women who wear the same perfume for 50+ years, then it's probably freakin' fabulous. I don't think that many modern fragrances are going to be around that long though. The whole fruit cocktail, candy, plasticky vanilla, and watered-down patchouli trend will probably smell dated REALLY FAST (or at least I hope so). OK, end of rant.
Basically, Shalimar is wonderful; ignore the haters.

Sep
28
2012
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

EMonica, I get this decided impression too!

Chantilly possesses a similar Leather and Lace vibe, IMHO. For rather less wear on the pocketbook......

You could call these dual purpose scents!!!

Sep
27
2012
swiftbanderilla
swiftbanderilla

I want to love this perfume so badly. The history. The bottle. I've tried. What am I missing? The first blast of soap and everything stale is so bad it never makes it to my wrist.

Sep
23
2012
EMonika
EMonika

This is a review for the EDT.

Somehow I get a different story altogether from this one. It definitely has an unmistakable vintage opening which I actually like, but I get more of an innocent office girl by day and Betty page by night impression from shalimar.
The powdery vanilla still keeps part of her innocence, then you have this woman wearing a leather dress while her red stained lips are pressed against a smoke. She is now a sex kitten while you are just a ball of wool.
Ater she has had her wicked way with you, the leather subsides and she is back to her sweet charming girl "day persona" with a musky rose vanilla powder.

Shalimar is definitely an adventure to be had :)

Sep
21
2012
kit1982
kit1982

I wear shalimar when I am in the mood for sweet warm scent. It is very pleasant. This is one of few fragrances that a mother and son can share. IMO, it is the best oriental, and the bottle is an icon.

Sep
21
2012
smellhunt
smellhunt

This is one of the very few perfumes I really dislike.
When I tried it for the first time, I stayed still for awhile, trying to place the offending odor and when I did, I couldn't help it, I smiled...
You see it reminded me, the smell that escaped my grandmothers closet, which hadn't been opened for some time and was housing her youths favorite dresses.
Stale vanilla, too overpowering that when I manage to get over it, the notes that make their presence, always trying to surface past the thick vanilla, are making me think of old clothes, wool and silk, the fur coat and the leather kid gloves that have been stored for many years together with some cedar(to keep away moths) but still carry traces of their owners perfume, in witch they have been doused again and again.
So no matter how much I loved my grandmother, I can't in any way, allow my self to smell like that old closet...

Sep
18
2012
Mooniq
Mooniq

I don't like Shalimar EdP in topnote, but when it softens down to middle and basenotes its wonderful, absolutely wonderful! Basenote givs a lot of soft and warm vanilla, tonkabean and musk. Superwomanish,elegant and sophisticated. Rich and chic. Great! An I-must-have-scent.

Jag gillar inte Shalimar EdP i toppnoten, men när den mjuknar ner i mellan- och basnoten är den underbar, helt underbar! Basnoten ger massor av mjuk och varm vanilj, tonkaböna och musk. Superkvinnlig, elegant och sofistikerad. Rik och chic. Suverän! En jag-måste-ha-doft.

Sep
11
2012
JacobMiller
JacobMiller

As per my opinion Shalimar Guerlain is best perfume for the women.

Sep
10
2012
judyk
judyk

Some time back I was walking around town with a tester strip of Shalimar, my very first smelling. Very obvious lemon opening (surprising), then incense (interesting), then... weird.

Lots of weird.

For a long time.

Right, I thought, that’s one I can scrub off my wish list.

But I kept that strip, and over the following weeks I kept having little sniffs at it. Yep, still weird, but somehow fascinating.

I decided I needed to get to know Shalimar better, so off to “that” auction site. Such was my growing obsession with the mysterious smell that, instead of the one small sample I’d intended, I ended up with a parfum mini from the 80’s (in a coffret with L’Heure Bleu and Chamade – result!), a 90’s parfum mini and a PDT (dates for pdt’s, anyone?).

Today I finally found the right moment to wear this potion (the pdt – not sure I’m ready for the parfum yet). Lemon – check. Incense – check. And then the most enigmatic combination of notes I’ve come across – a perfume I honestly can only describe as “otherworldly”. This is no beautiful pleasure garden – this is an ethereal, Brigadoon-esque, temple high in the Himalayas, with a vista out over the Roof of the World and infinity.

I was so sure I hated this when I first smelt it. Now I’m hoping everyone I meet will hate it. Because this is the perfume I will be wearing when I want to be completely alone and transported to a higher plane of existence.

ETA – It’s now a few hours later and I’ve put the tiniest dab of parfum (90’s) on my arm. Leather dominates the skin scent. I like leather ‘fumes but here it drags the Dream back to the realm of the earthly. HOWEVER, it has far more projection than the pdt, as you would expect, and there the leather stays firmly in the distant background and the Magic holds sway.

Shalimar is so beautiful it makes me cry. It will never be my favourite perfume – because it’s not a perfume. Shalimar is an experience.

Sep
10
2012
saguna
saguna

I bought it today on boot sale market for 4 pounds! The lady seller had no idea what it is, she just said she got it for Christmas and didn't like it.
I looked around and she had other bottles which I bought without a doubt as well.

Shalimar is vintage, classy, a bit naughty-dirty fragrance for well dressed woman or man. I can't believe somebody in a summer light flower dress wearing this. It suits for dark haired, classy, strong minded person with a good taste in clothes, well groomed.

It's definitely not for me, too heavy and too disturbing. I prefer the other bottle I bought from this lady and it's Dior Dolce Vita.
But I can believe it could be somebody's signature scent.

Sep
01
2012
saracen2
saracen2

Shalimar, Shalimar.... the essence of my youth encaptured in a bottle.
Big dissapointment yesterday however: Was helping mother tidy out some of her cupboards and she came across a large unopened, sealed, cellophaned bottle of this lovely fragrance and I almost fainted with joy when she gifted it to me. Imagine my horror when I ripped off the packaging and had a squirt- only to find the contents smelt like ancient sewer water! How can perfume go off when sealed, unopened and hidden away in a drawer? Mum doesn't think she's had it too long either. 12/18 months?
Gutted I am......

Aug
27
2012
girlsworld
girlsworld

A Guerlain masterpiece, I first encountered Shalimar when I was 16 and still wear it today, although now I reserve it for special occasions and I do wear the eau de toilette during winter in the day, I especially love it during December it makes me feel Christmassy, guess it must be the spices and warmth from the vanilla.

Aug
25
2012
mystica
mystica

Truly a timeless classic. Soft, feminine, classy, cuddly with a wonderful balmy soft sillage.
Though lavender is not listed in Shalimar's notes, I certainly smell it; and it's the best relaxing feminine lavender mixed with vanilla.
A very powdery fragrance.
I'd certainly opt for Shalimar if I couldn't decide what to pick up for a formal meeting -such as an interview- which I have to look (and smell!) self-confident and classy yet relaxed/approachable enough.

Aug
22
2012
Thaigirl
Thaigirl

Shalimar is Vintage. Really a classic and after reading so much about it I had to try it. When first spraying it on I hated it, I made up my mind this was not for me. Very strong lemon and a weird leather note, I also smelled the dirt from the civet, then after about half an hour I smelled it again and men, the perfume totally changed into a warm, sexy, sensual, close to the skin, vanillascent. Very well made, very classy.

I never had the experience where a perfume changed so much after the opening. That said I still don't like the opening and really have to go through it. It is like a book everybody tells you to read, you start reading and just want to put it away, just because you just can't get through the first pages. But please read further, it will change 180 degrees.

I still hope one day they make a version of Shalimar without the strong opening, I also have Shalimar Initial, but the classic Shalimar I just love more.

Aug
19
2012
duncanchelseal
duncanchelseal

I've always wanted to love Shalimar, but my father dated a girl in high school named Shalimar who wore Shalimar and later my mother named our family dog Shalimar after the infamous high school sweetheart. I just feel that I'm not allowed to like it.

Aug
18
2012
Jarrah
Jarrah

This is my all time favorite perfume, i just love it and i have no idea why they stopped producing perfumes like this one!!

when in doubt, always pick Shalimar

you sassy sassy gurl ;p

Aug
16
2012
suhaesa
suhaesa

oh my oh my how can any one not like this ..shalimar is a never ending love story ..so passionate true strong lovely powdery woody yet every note is in such harmony and balance that it just melts in to your skin..i love it along side with obsession ck and coco. i can never live without them..so feminine so mellow yet its some how very historic i fell that it takes me back to Andalusian times where everything was abundant and bountiful .where true romance existed..
its a classic a perfumer s perfume a heritage a love story that will be told forever more..
the way it settles and dries down in to almost powder musk and sensuality is just incomparable with any thing else ..i don't wanna degrade it by labeling it as a sexy scent it has so much more deeper notions that basic animallic instincts..it takes you in to another realm of being its almost angelic smoky and so soft yet so strong just like me just like a real woman her strength lies in her softens, no matter how much you try to bend it, it never breaks..only keeps getting stronger ..its one of those perfumes that you should keep for the next generations to come as part of the history of perfumes and their transformations..it was and is and will always be a master piece across nations ..
simply elegant feminine and one of my all time favourite

rating 5 out of 5

Aug
14
2012
bugmenot1
bugmenot1

My older sister used to wear this. I have never been able to like or wear it. It is just too heavy and musky on me. I keep sniffing it from time to time but so far, I haven't come around!

Aug
13
2012
Shtefitza
Shtefitza

A classic! Truly needs a strong person (and equally strong surroundings, audience). Not for daily use. Flowery, powdery, sensual.

Aug
08
2012
oliseeger
oliseeger

Nostalgic love in a bottle! Best perfume ever! Top notes are great (and you can clearly indentify Jicky in the first 20 seconds – it is said that Jacques Guerlain just poured more vanillin in a Jicky bottle that was placed near him in his desk and it became Shalimar). In my opinion, it is the perfect citrus vanilla marriage possible! Beside this, Shalimar is the best oriental ever.

Heart notes are beautiful and completely nostalgic. The iris envelops you, all way long together with the powdery vanilla, leaning to the base notes that are so comforting, such as tonka bean and incense.

Since I was a little kid, this was already one of my favorites. Just now I’ve learned more about the great history about Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. If you think about the beautiful gardens, that he build for her, crystalline ponds, calm places between almond trees and vanilla orchids, surrounded by incenses and visualize what was their great love for each other, it isn’t hard to understand the magnificent inspiration that Jacques Guerlain had for the creation of Shalimar.
It was, it is and it will be one of the most beautiful scents ever made!

And just another reason for my love for this perfumes, is the fact that my great-grandfather used and loved Shalimar and bought whenever he could.

Aug
03
2012
guest_
guest_

Nostalgic love in a bottle! Best perfume ever! Top notes are great (and you can clearly indentify Jicky in the first 20 seconds – it is said that Jacques Guerlain just poured more vanillin in a Jicky bottle that was placed near him in his desk and it became Shalimar). In my opinion, it is the perfect citrus vanilla marriage possible! Beside this, Shalimar is the best oriental ever.

Heart notes are beautiful and completely nostalgic. The iris envelops you, all way long together with the powdery vanilla, leaning to the base notes that are so comforting, such as tonka bean and incense.

Since I was a little kid, this was already one of my favorites. Just now I’ve learned more about the great history about Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. If you think about the beautiful gardens, that he build for her, crystalline ponds, calm places between almond trees and vanilla orchids, surrounded by incenses and visualize what was their great love for each other, it isn’t hard to understand the magnificent inspiration that Jacques Guerlain had for the creation of Shalimar.
It was, it is and it will be one of the most beautiful scents ever made!

And just another reason for my love for this perfumes, is the fact that my great-grandfather used and loved Shalimar and bought whenever he could.

Aug
03
2012
Annelien1987
Annelien1987

No, this is not for me!!
I get this is a great perfume but absolutely not my style. It's extremely powdery. I can't stand powdery fragrances. It does have an amazing lasting power (sadly enough for me) and great sillage. People will smell you. It's classic and wearable, every age can pull this off. I just can't stand the smell on me.

Aug
03
2012
caseyu
caseyu

beautiful! - smells like an old beautiful drag queen smoking in her chambers.

Aug
01
2012
EauSensuelle
EauSensuelle

I don't know how today's people find Shalimar by Guerlain to be downright unpleasant. This is the best leather-vanilla perfume I've ever smelt.

Shalimar is the mother of Poison, Coco and Opium. You can definitely expect what their mother is like after you've read my reviews on the daughters.

Shalimar opens up with a blast of bitter orange which is quite unfazed by the tremendous blast of vanilla. The fruits are slightly bitter, but somehow compliment the smoky and almost sweetly poisonous vanilla.

The middle smells like a mixture of Coco, Poison and Opium. The middle has produced the honeyed sweetness of Poison, the orange blossom and smokiness of Coco, and the pitch-smack resinous vanilla of Opium. In addition, Shalimar also has its own leather-balsam-orange accord.

The base is a venomously sweet finish of bitter mandarin, vanilla, tonka bean, leather and a smidgen of incense. And this base lasts for a time with which even the longest YouTube video can't compete.

This is a very lethal perfume if you spray too much on. One spray is enough.

A castle of flowers, resins, woods, herbs, vanilla, spices... you name it. That, I think, sums up the story of Shalimar rather nicely.

Jul
22
2012
Migalex
Migalex

This is the great classic. Well, I do not like it. The opening smells to me like a synthetical chemical totally artificial and very unpleasant. As time goes by that smell softens and goes away (but it takes a longime), while a powdery and to me totally common and with zero appeal, a neutral scent, gradually unfolds until it is left alone without that opening scent I find so unpleasant. But even the powdery drydown I do not find pleasant at all, although I would not say it is very unpleasant - well, I find it slightly unpleasant, too powdery without much more to it to my nose, and altough it is not really sweet, it has to me anyway a slightly cloying quality. Well, who am I to challenge th status of this huge classic? This is only my humble opinion. Anyway, assuming that is has never been reformulated, which I do not know, I think that at the time of its crration this perfume might have been a great achievement, but maybe hundreds of thousands of perfumes have been produced since then and the art and technioque of perfumery certainly evolved. So it is not surprising that a scent whisch almost a century ago was very special is not so special these days.

Jul
19
2012
Ellie_Love
Ellie_Love

This perfume is too overwhelming on me ): I don't understand how anyone could wear it but then again it's probably my body chemistry. I only smelt a sort of overpowering wood and animal note which was constant and almost made me gag. A shame I can't appreciate this.

Jul
19
2012
gaga97
gaga97

well i can't find enough words to describe this gorgeous fragrance ! it is a mythical perfume !! there's sweet notes citruses amber musks vanilla woods at the time ! it's a strong perfume with a seductive power ! it's unique unforgetable ! there's vanilla but in a mature way ! when you come into a place and you'r wearing this fragrance everyone will know it's you !the women who wears shalimar is sensual pulpy powerful strong and veeeeery sexy ! when you wear it you feal like this perfume had a story and it's the case !

Jul
16
2012
jeanbean7777
jeanbean7777

I have to say I didnt like it the first time I tried it. But now I love it!,its simply amazing. I sprayed thus on at ulta and received so many compliments. It really mixes with my personality and my chemistry. It's so beautiful! It's summer and its still pretty on my skin. I think this is a four season perfume for me. I love this! Love! I even like the story about the inspiration of shalinar.

Jul
14
2012
jeanbean7777
jeanbean7777

I have to say I didnt like it the first time I tried it. But now I love it!,its simply amazing. I sprayed thus on at ulta and received so many compliments. It really mixes with my personality and my chemistry. It's so beautiful! It's summer and its still pretty on my skin. I think this is a four season perfume for me. I love this! Love! I even like the story about the inspiration of shalinar.

Jul
14
2012
mery09
mery09

I agree with DresdenDoll's review about edt.It's so feminine this scent...I adore it.

Jul
10
2012
DresdenDoll
DresdenDoll

This is my second attempt with Shalimar, this time for the EDT.
I really wanted to understand this scent, as a lover of orientals and vanilla, so I tried again, this time with the EDT as I had been told that it was easier to get along with and it is.
That same distinctive Shalimar but just somehow smoother. The opening is still a bit prickly for me, but it settles quickly to that wonderful vanilla - opoponax - incense blend with a light splash of citrus underneath.
What surprised me the most was what my boyfriend said about this. He described this as being the kind of scent a woman wears to ball where she meets a man who goes home with her and this distinctive intimate scent is what he remembers of her forever. Seriously, he said that. Really what else can you ask for? This is one I will be returning to again.
EDIT: If you like Shalimar but find the opening off-putting, the dry down smells so much like Les Nereides Imperial Opoponax.

Jul
09
2012
Sophie.love
Sophie.love

When I smell this perfume I feel like time travel in the past, in the '30s. I associate the smell of perfume with the '30s, do not know why ..... However, while I feel Shalimar perfume is a timeless, present both in 1930 and in 2012 ... strange .... Powder, citric, vanillic. Shalimar is one of the few perfumes that do not go out of style, is ever new. I like a lot, and I will always love.

Jul
08
2012
KSBelle
KSBelle

You don't wear Shalimar, you become Shalimar. It takes you to a place you find familiar, yet frighteningly vast. It wraps itself around you with a rich breath of fragrant tapestry. A thick blanket of cashmere, incense, sweetness, flowers, woods, powder and spice. As you take in a breath, Shalimar exhales, leaving you dizzy and drunk off of its fine wine. Then, without realizing it- Shalimar has taken over who you are. You are now simply a part of its love-story. It is my favorite perfume. It allows you to be a part of its existence. It is regal and powerful. Graceful and beautiful. Loud and demanding, in the theatrical-movie-star kind of way.

There is a deepness there that could be related to the sadness of loss, but it is the beauty of love that I sense more. The overwhelming dizziness brought on by true love. I have both the parfum, and edp. They are both amazing, though I adore the parfum (every last expensive drop). Don't be mislead by what the label on the box says. This is not a perfume, this is an experience....one that only happens in the place of dreams, and where there are memories of love. I have found my heart again, in the garden of Shalimar...

Jul
05
2012
Yourfoxiness
Yourfoxiness

There's not much to add to the existing reviews. I'll add my experience. I disliked Shalimar all my life. To me it smelled too strong, too much, an overloaded, powderbomb of a mess! Every so often I go back and re-test classics, or perfumes I just can't seem to wrap my nose around. Finally, after giving in to the triple digit temperatures, and horrible humidity, I thought, hey, ill start trying some oriental fragrances, and just pretend I'm somewhere exotic on vacation. I don't know whether my taste is changing, or if its the weather, or quitting smoking. But now, I love Shalimar! And the first night I wore it to bed my husband said he had dreams of far away, exotic places! Please, give this one a few tries. Like many "big" perfumes, it takes a bit to wrap your nose around it.

Jul
03
2012
jksfii
jksfii

Shalimar is a funny one. It smells a bit like citrus toilet cleaner on first spray, but stick with it as it drys down to the most gorgeous, sweet, warm smell you can imagine. It is an evening perfume mainly, but if you are feeling a bit flat, a small spray on your wrist will cheer you up in no time! Give it a chance if you're a fan of quality, classic perfume.

Jul
03
2012
PerfumeManiac101
PerfumeManiac101

I don't really want any fragrances that are by designers and was built a while ago but, I want this perfume. I smelled it at ulta and it smells really nice and classy! I smell a lot of citrus in it! I think this is meant for more mature people.

Jul
02
2012
kxnaiades
kxnaiades

this is a really heady scent, it hits hard and can be overwhelming at first but then it slowly envelopes you in this warm husky bubble that takes you back to a bazaar brimming iwth spices. its a romantic scent with a romantic story behind it. i would think that this would suit a more mature woman, not a young giggling girl...someone who understands the sadness, not just the joy behind an undying love. there is a pensive, melancholic tone in this.

Jul
01
2012
claire25
claire25

It's a very interesting scent with long staying power. I like its complexity; however, I tend to get really tired of it before it fades away completely. (That note of incense in it is a bit cloying to me). A bit too heavy and "stinky," and my husband really dislikes it. Shalimar Legere (really a different fragrance altogether) suits me much better.

Jun
30
2012
nero77
nero77

Typical example of a fragrance that you need to let grow on you before you can fully appreciate it! Fist time I tried this... a very strong, very dirty, almost bitter vanillic leather aroma hit me and I found it quite pungent and almost overbearing. But after a few days, and other applications... I really had to agree with everyone here in that this is quite an elegantly made, beautifully blended, sophisticated fragrance, and I can see why many call this a masterpiece. There is not much more to add to what others have said, but I would say to first time users please give it a few tries on your skin and leave it the time it needs to fully appreciate it. Trust me, if you do this you will be rewarded, but be patient and you will see why so many people call this a masterpiece.

Jun
30
2012
Blissful80
Blissful80

Shalimar 1925 smells lovely but a way bit too powdery for me. When I tried it, I felt as if it just stayed powdery, the smell really didn't change. I think I will try the 2012 Guerlain Shalimar Initial L'eau instead. Maybe I will give Shalimar another try someday again I just need to try it a few more times. Maybe I will feel different but it is still a lovely scent.

Jun
29
2012
lovingthealien
lovingthealien

Incredible bergamot and opopanax playfully open shalimar; the sunny rays of citrus become eclipsed by the opopanax who gently begins to rest on the plush iris and sandalwood middle, both powdery and sensual. Civet adds a gentle raspy warmth to the composition, giving it life and motion. The huge vanilla incense base swells and pulses underneath the whole composition at all times, both intensely erotic and spellbinding. As it settles a bit more, the base begins to reveal itself slowly, stripping away its powdery cloak ever so slowly. It finally reveals itself in all its glory - leather, incense, musk, and stunning vanilla. It is dark and myseterious and incredibly alluring, as a beautiful woman undressing in candlelight.

Shalimar is the greatest perfume ever created. If you haven't smelled it in its vintage parfum concentration, you don't know its true erotic and intoxicating form - you merely witness a grainy film.

Jun
22
2012
lisalgreer
lisalgreer

Edit: I gave this another try. The leathery scent takes some getting used to, but there is something so unique about Shalimar. It smells like a woman with a bit of body odor/sweat on her skin who's been out all night in a bar, dancing next to her leather clad boyfriend who was smoking a cigar with vanilla essence to it. Yeah. That's it basically. Somehow, it has captivated me. I'll be wearing this in fall and winter.

Jun
22
2012
vintage_scent
vintage_scent

It took me a long time to appreciate this one...but it is heavenly. Once I get past the medicinal beginning, the beauty of this fragrance transends any other...it's smooth and unoffensive and just unfolds on your skin like a beautiful rose, it is is so special.

All of Guerlain's fragrances are like precious gems to be treasured. When I wear Shalimar it makes me think of a beautiful vintage swansdown powder puff, so lovely.

Jun
21
2012
krisa.kola
krisa.kola

If I decribe it shortly: Smokey Vanilla.

Shalimar is the most pleasant and warm scent, but although I love it, I won't deny what others say about it: it definitely has a "mature" edge to it. This might be because all of younger generations (born in the 80's) have previously smelled it on our mothers and grandmothers or simply due to its sharpness and boldnes.
I proudly wear it myself, but although at first haven't though of it as "sexy", I'll say this: when you get just a bit sweaty..it develops that "mmmm.." kind of smell, if you know what I mean :>

Jun
18
2012
gmstrack
gmstrack

Yes, Shalimar definitely wins in a fight against Chanel No. 5. Shalimar is just as complex as No. 5 (maybe even more so) and lacks the headache inducing aldehydes. (I detect a low concentration of aldehydes in this fragrance, but not in such an offensive quantity.)
Projection and longevity: 5/5. The citrus disappears quickly, and the powdery dry down isn’t cheap or pedestrian.
Shalimar makes me feel sexy and grown up; the vanilla sweetness is sensual and accessible, while the leather, incense and musk add naughtiness and depth.

Jun
14
2012
acavicchi
acavicchi

When I pick this up to smell the tester, I'm immediately reminded of going to church with my Nanna when I was really young and getting hugged by the older ladies.
To me, it has a "mature" smell to it, which is probably because of the church lady association, but I recently discovered that this is the signature perfume of a good family friend and on her it smells completely different: like sweet, warm vanilla. I guess body chemistry can really affect Shalimar. Used sparingly, on the right person, it's lovely.

Jun
09
2012
Allinug
Allinug

Yesterday afternoon I put on some Shalimar EdT and I can still smell it today 18 hours later. A beautiful smell of vanilla and a little citrus and some leather too. I didn't think it would work now in warmer weather but it does, it really does.

I love both the EdT and EdP but I prefer the EdT a little more, it lasts much longer and I can feel more leather in it.

This is an amazing perfume, the best ever.

Jun
08
2012
OZ
OZ

Classic Guerlain that is more suitable for cooler weather, it smells like a dirty skanky vanilla with a twist of leather that would be more suitable for mature audiences. Not for me.

Jun
08
2012
RachelGrigg
RachelGrigg

I wore this and nothing else in my twenties. Then no shalimar for years and years thinking I was so over vanilla scents. Now I've rediscover and somehow now seem to own edt, edc formulations plus vintage Edp and parfum formulations winging their way to me via eBay. I'm re hooked back into the shalimar trance. It's all encompassing from initial sharp ish notes to warm nestlike drydown. I go to bed wearing this (edt so I don't waste the good stuff whilst asleep... Haha) I completely love it. I can't believe I neglected it for so long. GENIUS

Jun
04
2012
StarMagix
StarMagix

I keep asking for samples of this fragrance. At first I thought it was too much like Chanel #5 and it just was not good on me, but now, I love it! I think this fragrance grows on a person. I have worn Insolence for years, and always passed by Shalimar, but now I cannot wait to get my own large bottle. I want the large bottle because I want to use it as often as I feel the need, and I want it to last a very long time. Funny how our sense of smell changes over time.

May
29
2012
valencia
valencia

Goddess of orientals. I circled around Shalimar for a few years before falling completely and hopelessly in love with it. Citrus, incense, vanilla, wood, softened by a little powder. I can't get enough of it. I can see why some say it is a love it or hate it, because it takes a state of mind and attitude to wear it, but I've never been happier with a decision (perhaps a similar infatuation was and is with Mitsouko). It is one of those perfumes that have such a fascinating character, it makes me feel very sexy, strong yet feminine, alluring. It has a very captivating character that invites you to explore its mysterious nature, like a piece of art that draws your curiousity further into its sublime depths, from which you will refuse to return.

May
23
2012
ApexTC
ApexTC

Even after all this time, Shalimar still drives a lot of heated discussion and debate LOL. This is a love-it-or-hate-it perfume that can evoke your most cherished, treasured memory or the worst I-drank-too-much-tequilla-last-night morning sickness one. Well, as a grown-up man in my early 30s, I personally LOVE the perfume. I guess I always gravitate towards oriental-flavored perfume, whether on me or someone else, esp if it has such a strong smell like Shalimar. The one thing I really like about Shalimar is its staying power. No I never use it myself but some woman that I used to have a crush on long time ago wore it and eventhough she only dabbed a drop of the liquid, the smell stayed for so long from morning to evening.

Thus I wonder, is there a masculine perfume which is similar in characteristics to Shalimar? I'm not talking about Shalimar for Men or Shalimar Homme (though I wouldn't mind if Guerlain produces it), but I'm talking about a perfume that has a strong, sensual, spicy, smoky smell/fragrant yet with enough touch of sweetness to it like Shalimar (and I mean VERY STRONG here - SHALIMAR STRONG if you will - that even a drop is enough to make anyone around me dizzy - LOL JK - but at least the smell ought to have a good projection/sillage) with the same LONGEVITY as Shalimar (this is mightily important). Perhaps anybody knows?

I haven't exactly found the perfect perfume for me to tell the truth. Back when I didn't know (or care) much about fragrance family, my nose always picks up any smell that is "nice" at the first sniff. I never really knew or understand about the whole base/middle/top notes and how to choose the right perfume, so I ultimately always ended up with the wrong perfume. The perfume may smell nice but somehow it just doesn't "blend" with me. Right now, I'm currently using A*Men since my GF bought it and she loves the smell (she's using Angel herself). The smell is nice although a touch TOO sweet for me. I prefer something a bit darker but not overly dark since I love the brightness of vanilla smell. Thanks.

May
22
2012
OlfactoryOverload
OlfactoryOverload

I was given a 3 piece Shalimar set many years ago when I was in my late teens. The set included the perfume, silky body lotion and the bath powder.

At first try, I didn't really care for this scent. Then I finally wore it to work; I received so many compliments. I layered it after my shower with 1st powder, lotion & perfume. Then to refresh the scent I just used the silky body lotion on my hands.

Since then, I have grown to absolutely love Shalimar. My maternal grandmother wore Shalimar, it was her signature scent. She had great taste in jewelry and perfumes. She was a very elegant, yet simple lady. Now, Shalimar is one of my 5 favorite perfumes. I now wear it for occasions that I always want to remember or that are special.

Don't judge Shalimar by your sample stick...Shalimar must be worn close to the heart. ;)I always get compliments from people when wearing Shalimar.

May
20
2012
muskymale
muskymale

Have you ever seen the 1992 French film called 'Indochine"? The character played by Catherine Deneuve is what Shalimar all about! French, refined, and above all else: ELEGANCE! Je taime, Shalimar!

May
20
2012
queen_jeeves
queen_jeeves

I tried this in a pharmacy late last night, and I must say it is STRONG! I thought my beloved Lolita Lempicka was strong, but this really steals the show!

Even though I have showered, my clothes still smell strongly of this scent. One squirt on my wrist was enough to envelop me, and I sprayed another on my throat to keep me company. It is approaching winter here in New Zealand, and this might be my next must-buy.

May
18
2012
Matusha
Matusha

Shalimar is a revered classic. I respect it in every way. I have detected it on ladies with good taste. I feel it is the first real gourmand. The vanilla reminds me of the dark bottles of extact that you took a wiff of in your momma's kitchen.

Sadly, every time I try it on my skin, it goes terribly wrong. It smells like rancid linseed oil or worse. The beautiful notes get lost. I have tried it on scarves and it works wonderfully. I cannot wear it on my body at all. I love you Shalimar! I wished you could love me back!

May
17
2012
tri3pod
tri3pod

Are there straight men in this whole world wear Shalimar as his signature scent on his wedding day?

Coz I wore this Masterpiece on my wedding day. My wife wore Fleur De Cristal Lalique and I wore both Shalimar (PDT & Parfum). Guerlain Shalimar has become one piece of history in my life.

One day my kids will know that his father wore Shalimar on his wedding day :)

May
13
2012
Loobloo
Loobloo

I just tried some of this and it totally disagreed with my skin chemistry. So far, I've only had a strong negative reaction to this scent and to Poison. I hate the phrase "old lady perfume", because I AM an old lady. But that's the phrase that sprang to mind. Maybe the piano teacher I had at age ten, who scared me so much used to wear this? Or a mean teacher.... Who knows, but it caused a very strong visceral reaction in me and I had to remove it right away.

May
11
2012
anneymn
anneymn

love lara0905's review, and it wouldn't have been as complete without "mother" in the description in my opinion. After all, it was made in memory of a women who bore 14 children.

This is a women's scent, and many women are mothers.

A multi-faceted personality- nurturer, confident, comforting, strong, classy, seductive.

May
08
2012
ninie25
ninie25

When i was youger i hated this perfume... What a mistake... Few months ago, i smelt it and... Wow... This is one of my favorite fragances now... So wonderful, the leather and the vanilla for the sweetness and the bergamot and citrus for the fresh and strong... I LOVE IT.

May
07
2012
dlane1953
dlane1953

I am reviewing Shalimar vintage EDT, worlds apart from the modern reformulation now available. My vintage bottle dates from the 1970s I'd guess from the design of the bottle. My recent EDT reformulation is about 6 years old. The vintage opens softly, (not harsh with brash notes of citrus like the newer version)with notes of cedarwood right upfront with the softened citrus fragrances. That potent cedar seems to be lacking in the reformulation. Each stage of the vintage is softer, more well rounded and deeper in tone than what I find in the new bottle. The newer version has little depth; it seems to crackle with sharpness, the florals smell thin, while the vintage continues to gently unfold its riches. The vintage drydown is lovely,the animalistic phase with its touch of leather, sandalwood, vanilla, and resins makes this an extraordinary beautiful fragrance that's unforgettable. The reformulation lacks this richness and is a watered-down version of what it should be. There's no doubt that the vintage retains the magic that is the Shalimar that I wore 30 years ago. So glad I can still find vintage bottles online. Now I can fall in love with Shalimar all over again. (The vintage EDP is even richer and lasts longer.)

May
03
2012
SensiW
SensiW

I purchased this perfume after reading a number of reviews. My verdict: Too strong, makes me think of cheap perfumes from a $1-1 Euro- 1Pound store, and no hint of vanilla.
Many do love this fragance though and truly, I know perfume to be personal. I've literally sprayed on this perfume 2x (to test)and am willing to send it (at a cost) to someone who loves it:)

Apr
29
2012
HilaryAppleFace
HilaryAppleFace

Shalimar is one of those classic scents that almost everyone has smelled at least once in their lifetime. To more mature women, this scent is a classy lady in f*ck me shoes. To teenage girls, this scent is their grandmother's vanity.

The fragrance starts out with some citrus and powdery iris, but that is soon whisked away by more powerful notes. Shalimar's most distinct note is the burnt vanilla. The vanilla is raw and not childish or artificial-smelling by any means. The vanilla is smoked up with a lovely and exotic-smelling incense. As it blends in with your skin, the leather note makes the fragrance all the more "come hither-ish."

I have a huge love for this fragrance. This fragrance tells a story of romance, passion, mystery, and sensuality. Some inexperienced noses won't understand this fragrance at first, but young-ladies, please give this fragrance a chance. It is absolutely lovely.

P.S. I was wearing this the other night while I was out to eat, and my little sister (who is 15) told me that I smelled like a root beer float! This just goes to show how others interpret fragrance :)

Apr
27
2012
cikcik
cikcik

Oh! There is nothing like Shalimar! Powdery, with classy flowery notes, warm vanilla, insense, woody, and civet! What else can you ask for? Only, it is getting harder to find it, hope it will not be discontinued.

Apr
22
2012
rorygory
rorygory

As Robin wrote in her NST review, "Shalimar is so iconic that there isn’t much to be said on the subject that hasn’t already been said." Writing about it is simply an indulgence on my part, because it is such a dreamy, inspiring scent.

My journey into perfume can be traced back to my desperate attempts to replace my signature scent (first J'adore, then Hypnotic Poison) with something new. Guerlain's site has a "Fragrance Consultation." I took this while living a bohemian lifestyle in Berlin, and I was recommended Shalimar: "You like the voluptuousness of sensual notes." (Amusingly, when I went to find this quiz again to write this review, my test results were Mitsouko: "You like mysterious, woody scents", which somehow makes sense considering my quieter, New England existence right now.) After receiving my test results, I went with my French friend, Yoann, to a department store in Alexanderplatz. I found Shalimar, and certain that the online quiz had yielded my new signature scent, I excitedly sprayed it on my wrist, only to recoil in horror- what was this dense, animalic, woody, smokey, oriental- old lady?- scent?? To my nose, used to the squeaky clean fruity florals and watery scents of American department stores, this was just too much. Yoann, on the other hand, was smelling the bottle happily. "Mmmm, Shalimar! My mother wears this- a classic!" I tried to wrap my head around his acceptance of this scent, and couldn't.

After returning to Boston, I went with my fellow perfumista Megan (who had scored Mitsouko too) to a department store to show her how strange Shalimar smelled. This time though, the scent of Shalimar was not horrifying to my nose, but to my surprise, rather alluring! Smelling it against the backdrop of Versace Bright Crystal, Marc Jacobs Lola, and other loud, shiny synthetics, there was something very mysterious and sexy about Shalimar. The dark, animalic base gave it more humanity than the other fragrances, a sensual appeal underlying the spicy, vanilla top. I ordered a bottle with my next Fragrancenet order, and it has been love ever since. I now understand Yoann's familiarity with this scent. Shalimar has a bold, almost crude, sexiness, and as Robin says, it "hails from an era before fresh-from-the-shower became everyone’s notion of sexy; Shalimar is sexy precisely because it smells unclean." Yet over that raunchiness is the sophisticated composure of a classic oriental. The harmonious oriental spiciness gives it an effortless sophistication, while the dirty edge makes it human and sexy, so that almost a hundred years after its creation, it is still a recognizable classic.

The history of Shalimar is as fascinating as the history of Mumtaz Mahal and the Shalimar gardens, but what I find even more interesting is the fact that Shalimar was created the same year as Chanel No. 5. The common myth is that Shalimar was created when Jacques Guerlain poured a new synthetic vanilla, ethyl vanillin, into a bottle of Jicky, thus bringing us into a new age of perfumery. In 1921, both Shalimar and No. 5 paved the way for the classic perfumes of the following decades. Somehow between the two, I find myself gravitating towards Shalimar. I love the story of No. 5- the creation of an androgynous perfume for a flapper generation- yet I find No. 5 to be very feminine. Maybe it's the aldehydes, the fame of being Marilyn Monroe's favorite perfume, or simply because it's a popular floral embraced by so many contemporary women, but whatever the reason, No. 5 feels a little stuffy to me, whereas Shalimar feels more sexy and wearable. Or perhaps No. 5 really is the more modern and forward looking perfume, but I prefer Shalimar because it is timelessly nostalgic. Shalimar looks back to a dreamier, sexier past of mythical gardens, love stories, and fantasy. It can be easily reinvented for these backwards times, pairing well with a wardrobe of vintage leather and lace, easily replacing a Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab scent for those who prefer Grimes to Adele.

Apr
21
2012
nikitajade
nikitajade

I wanted to love it. I truly did. I knew it was a classic, and that people adore it. When I smelled it in the bottle, I was somewhat in like. The citrusy vanilla appealed to me. But then as I wore it, and it progressed, it really does come across harsh and grating on my skin. I'm sure it smells divine on other people, but i just can't do this one.

Apr
20
2012
rose_selavie
rose_selavie

I think of Shalimar as a portrait of a relationship, for me it`s like a poem of love. It begins full of hopes with fresh citrus accords, then it warms up in the most beautiful vanilla ever created in perfume history, and finally it matures in the base in leather notes.

Of course, as in every relationship, there are many twists and turns here too: the seductive incence is playing the temptation role in between, the roses bring a touch of decadence and the oppoponax gives a warm embrace to the whole composition.

It`s persistance is well known, I would just add that if you use it with light hand, not too much, it could be also a perfect scent for summer evenings. Imagine having a romantic dinner with candle lights in a beautiful garden and your Shalimar is floating in the air, you`ll percive it like a silk scarf on your goddess shoulders.

I`ve read that Shalimar Initial is created to introduce young ladies to the legendary Shalimar. I don`t need this kind of training, I`ve jumped allready in the mystery of the classic and never regret it. It`s ageless and timeless and it will forever remain so.

Apr
18
2012
Bambi89
Bambi89

This review is for the vintage Shalimar, which i have a sample vial of. When i first put it on, I got a horrendous blast of pledge lemon spray, prune syrup and stale baby powder. Then came the leather, and the incense. Maybe it is my chemistry, and I so wanted to love this! But its not for me. Im into vintage perfumes, and i absolutely love Cartier's Panthere, but Shalimar truly reminds me of my great aunt Abigail. :(

Apr
17
2012
Gold.Wolf
Gold.Wolf

This has been my signature scent for years now, and everyone who knows me recognizes the Shalimar scent as my calling card. I have been entranced with Shalimar's animalic, yet warm and vanilla coziness; on my skin I pick up the warm tonka bean, vanilla, civet and musky notes, it's like wrapping myself in a tiger pelt all mixed in with glamour, diamonds, and femininity.
I have tried Shalimar in it's new formulation in EDP, but ever since receiving a genuine Baccarat crystal pure extrait vintage bottle (circa 1932) from my fiancee for Christmas last year; I have been hooked on the vintage Shalimar.
The vintage Shalimar has so much depth, the ingredients are so far past what is being used to make it now, and you truly capture how truly amazing this scent is. So I fork out the cash to keep buying vintage pure perfume; it is beyond worth it.
I constantly get compliments, especially from men whenever I wear this perfume; my fiancee adores it and made me promise to never stop wearing it.
For myself, I wear it because I adore how it smells, and I love how it makes me feel glamorous, sophisticated, truly female, seductive, sexy, powerful and like I own who I am. I will never stop wearing this perfume, it is the only perfume I feel absolutely naked without; if you haven't tried it, you need to.

Apr
16
2012
Peachply
Peachply

On the wrong chemistry it goes terribly wrong...I've heard it described here as "cat urine" yes, I've smelled it on others, truly repulsive. On me however I get a rather nice result.

I recently revisited this scent in the form of cologne, I really like it. On me it smells of powder and incense which I LOVE...it envelopes me warm and rich like a cashmere blanket. I can't stop smelling myself!

Apr
14
2012
Norgirl
Norgirl

Wow . im in Love .. tryed this one after testing the shalimar Initial which i liked so much. i think i only smelled this off the bottle and thought nehh not for me , But lovely Allinug sendt me a sample and now im hocked ;) . i NEAD a bottle off this edp version.. at first i was a little put off by the lethery note , but after it settles down , . just about 10-15 minuts on my skin, the most lovely perfume steps forward and i am in love ..
I did not think i could find any off this shalimar attractive at all after owning and disliking Eau de Shalimar. But this to me is so soft , warm pleasent , Vanilla , slightly lethery , slightly spicy, just the right amount off citrus ..I even dream about this perfume now:)how crazy is that . I ended up ordering a bottle off the Initial , And now i nead to have this to . So if you have and thinking off swapping (or selling) please let me know . im desperat..:) This is a true classic , a bliss to wear , a Gem to share a Perfume to wear:)

Apr
04
2012
misskaylapaige
misskaylapaige

On me the citrus notes were too sharp. I enjoyed the woodiness of it, but was hoping to get more vanilla from it. After several hours the citrus notes died down a bit, but because I am not a citrus fan I will pass on this one.

I can certainly see why it has become such a classic though!

Mar
27
2012
LadyRogue
LadyRogue

What can I add to all those wonderful love-letters to this scent? I can only add my own love and admiration for this Queen among perfumes. I knew from the first time that I smelled it that I would love Shalimar forever.
It is not just a smell, it is a feeling! When I wear it I feel warm, sexy, mysterious and luxurious. Once applied on the skin, its warm vanilla opens up and becomes a seductive, powdery scent with a floral heart that is evoking and alluring. It's my favorite perfume for dates & days when I want to feel good.
One can tell that Shalimar was inspired by one of the greatest love 'letters' of all time: the Taj Mahal. It's a classic but there is nothing outdated about this perfume. It's one of those rare scents that are truly timeless. I too have a love affair with Shalimar. Thankfully, Shalimar can accommodate us all with her love.
As for me? As long as they'll make Shalimar I shall keep purchasing and loving it.

::NB::
There is a big difference between the EdP & the EdT. The EdP might be too lemony and / or bitter for some people whilst the EdT is softer and more 'sensory friendly' to some people. It is wise to try both versions on your skin before purchasing. Good luck! : )

Mar
26
2012
ReinaT
ReinaT

This timeless fragrance is simply gorgeous! It was my father's 2nd wife's favorite and I like it a lot myself. An oriental classic, very feminine and powdery, the dry down is sweet and precious! The dry down is the best, because when first sprayed the powderiness sort of smells like a baby diaper wipe! But that dies down pretty fast to leave a sweet feminine floral. Thank Heaven's Saints!

Beautiful bottle and even the eau de lasts a pretty long time. I now have 4 bottles of it in my bath! Two miniatures, one purse spray and now a big 1.7 spray! My next venture is to win a vintage crystal bottle of it and try the new "initial".

I would recommend this fragrance to anyone who likes feminine, soft, powdery scents with a nice touch of woods and a little bit of sex. Suitable for women of any age. Sort of similar to Misuki (which isn't being made anymore) or Chanel no 5 (but softer), powdery like Tresor or Ombre Rose but less rosy. It sprays out nice and powdery, but the dry down is my favorite, soft, sweet and feminine.

Mixes ok with other powdery or floral fragrances, but doesn't mix well with other high fragrances so well. So I've found if you want to mix it up, keep it simple when using this one. Although it is good on it's own. Love it

Mar
23
2012
pinkposies80
pinkposies80

This is the only perfume my grandmother ever wears!!!! It's beautiful soft, powdery, vanilla with musky undertones. The new bottles are hideous looking why do they always change a good thing??

Mar
21
2012
Troodos
Troodos

I am a self confessed guerlain freak but heavens to betsy this is so beautifully made with such high quality ingredients I think it can be admired as a piece of art. When I first bought it in the nineties my partner asked if I had been doing some dusting as he could smell furniture polish. I never dust. Never. So the guerlain was shelved for a few months until I realised I like that lavender polish note. My more recent bottles smell softer somehow, weaker perhaps and as a result probably more wearable. One to try at the very least, warm, soft, sweet and sexy. I conceived my new baby wearing a mix of this and jovan sex appeal-no guarantees the same will happen for you but hey, she is a beautiful, sweet baby with a marvellous serenity and I like to think it's because her DNA may well be part guerlain.

Mar
21
2012
vanitycat
vanitycat

I saw this beautiful ad in a magazine and decided to try out this right away. The bottle is fabulous, so retro. It seemed very unique. However, the smell is too woody for me. I have some smoky perfumes, but this is not mine. I would give it another try when spraying it on me and after a while sniffing it again to see what turned out.

Mar
18
2012
perfumelover4u
perfumelover4u

I agree. The fragrance has changed! I bought the edp thinking it would be like the edt but deeper, richer, more gourmand and spicy. At first I loved it, but realized after a day or so that it was not what i remembered...The old Shalimar was sweet, vanilla and powdery, and yes, the new formulation is heavier on the sandalwood and cedar. At first I thought it was just the difference between the edp and edt, but when I sniffed the new edt, it was much like the new edp. I was shocked. Am I losing my mind?

Mar
17
2012
stella by starlight
stella by starlight

i agree with adesoprano. the current formulation is bad. lots of burnt rubber and dust. i find the new parfum initial much better.

Mar
14
2012
adesoprano
adesoprano

My manager got Shalimar as a gift, and I liked it so much that I bought one for myself. She had the old bottle, butterfly shaped, but I got the new one, released in 2010. So... it is very strange that nobody said nothing about the fragrance reformulation, because mine is different than hers, and not better, but worst. Hers smells like powdery vanilla,but mine like dust with some citrus. Im am not the only one that had seen the difference, all our coleagues agree that the smell is not the same. So ... now I bought on ebay a bottle of EDT Which looks like the EDC bottle. Hope it is what I have dreamed of...

Mar
14
2012
djgirl1976
djgirl1976

Love. To sniff it but I can't wear it. Like so many others it makes my head ache.

Mar
07
2012
MrsTefee
MrsTefee

This is a beautiful fragrance! I am 21 years old and I still feel like this fragrance is too epic for me to wear yet..perhaps when Im a bit older after my husband and I have a few kids : )

The woman who wear shalimar are strong, feminine and also mysterious and loving. You want to be near her but you dont KNOW her.

The fragrance is (on my skin) a sultery caramel with hints of leather, incense and vanilla. Its wonderful!

Mar
07
2012
lolipophead
lolipophead

Hi MyLancome, sorry it took so long to reply. After knowing Mme Guerlain, I never thought I could wear Shalimar because she seemed to me so unique, pretty iconic, really. These were in the days just prior to the selling of Guerlain to the Vuitton conglomerate, so perhaps Madame was visiting our law firm for her legal advice? I don't know, just a conjecture, and I was only a humble secretary, not privvy to the goings on. But I do remember that she was tiny, with hair blond and grey all piled up in a bun on top of her head, very red lips, tanned skin, dripping in gold jewellery and as I said, top to toe leapord skin coat! The Shalimar seemed to come out of her very pores, and having rediscovered it, I love that facet (of many) of this scent - it becomes a part of your skin. I wish I could bathe in it! Good luck, MyLancome!

Mar
07
2012
Nettle
Nettle

For me, a woman who wears Shalimar knows who she is, is comfortable in her own skin and is strong in her femininity. When I first got it, I thought it was too powerful for daytime use, but I have actually been wearing quite often even for office, for those extra-stressful days when I needed a bit of a confidence boost, or just to add a bit of glamour and class to the day-to-day drudgery.

Mar
03
2012
Killercolours
Killercolours

I feel no need to explain the smell of Shalimar as so many of you have done it in an excellent way already, so I thought I could share my personal Shalimar story. It was a complicated journey, and it took many many years.

When I was little my mother wore Shalimar, which makes it a nostalgic and very meaningful scent to me that I wanted to carry on wearing when it was "my time". First time I wore it myself I had just turned 18 and lived in an old 17th century house in northern Sweden with my parents. By that time I started growing up for real, life got a bigger purpose than school and friends and I started working on my career, thinking about moving and just building my life up. Creating myself a greater view of the world. By that time I also started growing into Shalimar. An early age according to some, but that's when it happened.

When I wore it the first, second, third and fourth time I was devastated, it smelled horrible on me. The leather just burned my nose and I couldn't wear it for more than half an hour before needing to scrub it off. Why why why would this happen? It just had to work, but I decided to tuck it away.

Years later, living in a big city in southern Sweden in a beautiful, new apartment with my love I decided to give Shalimar a second chance. Starting over on a blank page. And there it was, Shalimar with a big S. I almost cried with joy, FINALLY!

After investigating this whole thing I have realized that the 17th century house was the big problem. Certain scents that I've bought and loved when living here is unwearable when brought up to my parents house. Dirty patchoulis, leather, deep musks and similar notes just can't be worn in that environment. Isn't it interesting?

Mar
02
2012
bartenderbabe
bartenderbabe

Shalimar is without a doubt the sexiest perfume ever made! I adore the idea that there is a love story behind its creation. Shalimar is sensual jasmine and smoky vanilla with a lasting power of a full day. It is decidedly feminine, in a lingerie clad bombshell kind of way. There will always be room in my wardrobe for this beauty!

Feb
27
2012
artsyrn
artsyrn

While I can appreciate the artistry in this fragrance, it is just too domineering and loud. Even in small doses, this feels very heavy for me.

Feb
23
2012
pacciosa
pacciosa

Appena ho spruzzato l'edp sulla mia mano, in profumeria, ho pensato che fosse veramente ORRENDO, il peggior profumo mai annusato... Ma dieci minuti dopo...magia! Ha cominciato ad essere meraviglioso, odore di talco e colonia per bambini, vanigliato e cremoso, confortevole, un pò legnoso, e più lo annusavo e più mi piaceva: insomma sono tornata alla profumeria e me lo sono comprato! Un pò caro in effetti, 46 euro per 30 ml, ma mi piace proprio tanto, anche adesso che sto scrivendo ogni tanto mi annuso. Grazie per le vostre recensioni che mi hanno messo la curiosità di scoprire questo stupendo profumo!!
Aggiornamento: più lo metto e più mi piace, mi annuso di continuo, sono diventata Shalimar-dipendente! E' eccezionale, buonissimo, dura tutto il giorno... non lo cambierò mai!!!

Feb
22
2012
PerfumedBrunette
PerfumedBrunette

Not all fragrances are created equal. Shalimar is among the few divinely and exquisitely elevated into a perfume's equivalent of a state of enlightenment a.k.a nirvana. It need not come back into any further incarnations to learn its lessons and/or repair its karma.

Shalimar is not merely a fragrance. It is a secret passageway into an exotic world where one might just fall into an intoxicating adventure from One Thousand and One Nights, or run into Sheherezade herself. Dark outlines of palmtrees on an indigo north-African sky, flowing brilliantly colored drapes in the warm night breeze, a shrouding veil, the smoky, heady fragrances, hushed voices and rushed footsteps in the night casbah. Mystery, adventure, magic, legend.

My deepest gratitude to Mr. Guerlain for creating this masterpiece.

Feb
19
2012
reavyan
reavyan

Shalimar... The name alone is beautiful. After reading all of the reviews here I decided that I simply had to try it. But where to start? This is... an absolute wonder. I envisioned a delicious vanilla scent but my daydreams came nowhere close to reality.

I have a vintage decant of Shalimar EDC (and currently looking to pick up a full-size), so the top notes are gone, but that drydown! My word, I've never experianced a more blissful sensation from a scent. Smooth, creamy vanilla, sandlewood, powder, a bit of incense. It wraps around me like a shawl or the warmest of hugs. It is abslutely perfect.

To me it is a comforting scent, not a sexy one. It makes me feel warm and completely at peace. I'm going through the toughest period of my life right now and Shalimar is one of the few things that manages to put a smile on my face.

It has very impressive staying power as well. Dabbed at the nape of the neck it lasted for more than 12 hours. On the wrist it faded a bit quicker, but I wash my hands quite frequently so that's not a surprise.

I do have one question, so if anyone can help me out I'd be very greatful. Is the current version of Shalimar greatly different from the vintage variety? I'm afraid of picking up a new bottle and being disappointed.

Feb
18
2012
ANGELICA07
ANGELICA07

SHALIMAR, THE fragrance amongst the fragrances, THE KING, the EMPEROR : nothing will never be hardly in the same league as you !!!
You are an icon, you are a gem, you are a treasure : thank you so much Mister Jacques Guerlain !!!
You represent on your own all the elegance of the Guerlain's house, you are a true piece of art and you are a truly memorable creation as well as a real represent of History !!!
You are unique and carry with you all the history of the Guerlain's house.
If I was to picture you, I would say that you are the Guerlain's boutique in the Champs-Elysées : so historic, so elegant, so beautiful, ageless, timeless, with all its surely period marbles that takes us back to the time when you have been created.

If I was to choose only one perfume (what a tricky decision !! ^^ ), you would be the one !!!

<3 <3 <3

Feb
18
2012
andreeanne.bergeron
andreeanne.bergeron

After reading on how Legendary this Perfume is I decided to go try it out for myself. This was supposed to be my birthday present from my better half, but thankfully we decided to go fragrance shopping together just in case I didn't like it. At first whiff it felt old fashioned, pleasant, warm, citrusy, but then soon after it started to smell strongly of Citronella, and I couldn't get out of my head how much it reminded me of those big ugly bucket size citronella candles. My husband agreed. Although I did not hate it, as it's not entirely an unpleasant smell, sadly the association to those gawd awful candles just ruined it for me. :(

Feb
17
2012
Eynat
Eynat

This was a blind buy, and at the first sprits it reminded me of a 60+ madam in a long fur coat and a fancy hat. I wasn’t sure what to make of this old-style perfume. I am 27-year-old, but I have always been wearing mature perfumes due to my allergies to the newer perfumes with overwhelming sweet notes. When this perfume settled into my skin, I fell in love with it. It is a powdery perfume with a slight hint of dry vanilla and incense. It all depends on individual body chemistry as on me this perfume smells like natural talc powder after a shower and there is nothing old lady about that. I feel very sexy and sensual wearing this perfume and it is unlike anything that I have smelled before. This is the second blind buy perfume that I am in love with, and I think my two successful buys resulted from the great details that the reviewers on this website give. Thank you all for your input!

Feb
17
2012
redrose
redrose

old fashion perfume but I really like it.I am not big fun of Chanel perfumes as they are old fashion to me but Shalimar Guerlain is completely different in my opinion.Changes every minute on you to more mysterious fragrance. Not for young girls though.

Feb
16
2012
adriana.rizzati
adriana.rizzati

Definitely an old school perfume: ultrafeminine, strong, powdery and warm spicy: I seem to smell a room full of burning incense sticks, or an Attar ready for a sacred ritual.

I think it's wonderful, delicious if smelled on its own, but I think also it's unwearable: it's too solemn and matronal to my nose.
With regard to the leather note (which is the main reason why I tried Shalimar), I can't smell none of it.
It's not the perfume for me.

Update: today, after a week, I smelled the jacket I was wearing when I tried Shalimar, and an intense marvelous scent of leather flooded my nostrils... what a beautiful leather!

Feb
13
2012
dalmajen
dalmajen

Thank you @nopasho!! What a great review! Now I will definitely give my Shalimar another trial. I really want to love it, but now realize I just must have time to let it evolve. I must wear it, at home, to let it speak to me. I don't really want to get rid of it, otherwise I would have by now). Your review was fantastic, and true. Thanks for reminding me what a beautiful creation it is!

Feb
12
2012
nopasho
nopasho

Let's get this straight. This is a timeless perfume. A Classic. Not for the older crowd, not for the younger crowd, not for women, not for men... But for people of all ages, gender, color... who don't think in boxes and who can appreciate a thing of sheer beauty and for whom 'sex' is not a four letter word. Be it a painting, a fragrance, a landscape, a dish, a dress, a great conversation, a warm friendship, a lovely touch... it can be enjoyed by everybody. Do you say: 'The Mona Lisa' is 'an old lady painting'? Van Gogh is' an old man', French cooks Escoffier and Bocuse and Julia Child and James Beard, couturières and creators Coco Chanel and Estée Lauder and Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger are 'old ladies and men'? Do you say Billie Holiday makes 'old lady music', Leonard Cohen makes 'old man music'? Madonna makes 'wannabe young' music? Do you say Lagerfeld is an old man or do you say: his creations are great or ugly? Age has nothing to do with classic artful creations. Be it paintings, music, food, clothes... You like it or you don't. But age has nothing to do with it IMHO. Whether it is created in 2006 (Tom Fords 'Black Orchid'), in 2011 (Serge Lutens 'Jeux de Peau'), 1998 (Westwoods 'Boudoir'), in 1988 (Lauders 'Knowing'), in 1985 (Diors 'Poison') in 1977 ('YSL's 'Opium'), 1962 (Desprez' 'Bal à Versailles', in 1953 (Balmain's 'Jolie Madame'), 1929 (Patou's Joy), 1921 (Chanel nr 5), 1919 (Guerlains 'Mitsouko), 1906 (Guerlain's 'Après l'Ondée')... or in another year, it doesn't make a difference at all with classics. They are timeless. And 'Shalimar' (1925) is one of the most famous timeless classics. You can't dispute that. You can like it or not, but it is and will always be 'A Classic'. Whether you personally like it or not, you have to admit that it is something special. Even 87 years after its birth it still stirs up as much heated debat as modern frags like 'Angel', 'Womanity', 'Addict'... It is a tribute to its awesome creative power. 1925, think about it. No gaschronometry, no marketing agencies, no magazine smelling strip ads, no TV, no nothing, no artificial notes, no new chemical compounds that amplify existing natural smells. Only the taste and genius of one man in a crummy Parisian lab.
'Shalimar' was created by 'maitre parfumeur' Jacques Guerlain, the founder of the legendary Guerlain fame himself, to celebrate the love story between one emperor 'Shahjahan' and his wife 'Mumtaz Mahal'. And it is a fitting composition. 'Shalimar' breathes at the same time the mysterious vibe of what was then called 'The Orient' and the animalistic, sweaty passion between a man and a woman. Yes, young readers of this, as surprising as it may seem to you: they had sex in 1925! Also your mother and father must have had sex, as impossible that this may sound to you, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this. It is this marriage between eastern mysticism coupled with basic earthy animalistic passion and human lust that makes 'Shalimar' the masterpiece that it is. It is 'The X-rated Tales of 1001 Night' translated into a fragrance and bottled. Even if it was a paid job and even if it was for blue blood, Guerlain dove straight in with abandon and without compromises and didn't hold back.
This was the 1925 version of a 'celeb scent'. The difference with now is that then a celeb scent was created by a real perfumer, not an accountant that worked together with a marketing firm who called the shots. The perfumer was the boss of his creation. Also the perfumer got free reign from the one who gave the order, to create the fragrance to do as he pleased. There was full confidence in the craftmanship of the perfumer. Now the 'celeb frag makers' receive strict guidelines based on market research: for the broadest audience, for maximum sale for this age group and made with the cheapest ingredients. Another difference with the celeb frags of today, the '1925 celeb frag Shalimar' was and still is made with the best ingredients, not supervised by penny pinching managers whose interest is not to create great timeless classics but to make as much money possible for the shareholders.
So what's the magic of 'Shalimar'? What is it that stirs up controversy even 87 years after its birth?
Top: Citrus, mandarin-orange, cedar, bergamot, lemon
Middle: Iris, patchouli, jasmine, vetiver, rose
Base: Leather, sandalwood, opoponax, musk, vanilla, incense, civet.
Two immediate 'wows'! One: a very fresh, effervecent, citrusy top. Two: a very, very strong base heavy in the animalistic department (leather, musk, opoponax, civet). It is the contrast between the fresh top and the 'beastly' strong and openly animalistic/sexual base that makes whoopie and gives 'Shalimar' its power, uniqueness, love-or-hate aspect and... balls, pardon my French. 'Shalimar, mon cher, est un parfum avec des couilles, Monsieur et Madame!' Most people who love fresh citrus frags are not attracted to heavy animalistic combo's like Shalimar's base. And most lovers of dense 'heavy hitters' are no fan of citrus notes in the top of a fragrance. So Maitre Jacques Guerlain showed his originality, perfume prowess and sheer single minded genius by bringing these two totally opposite fragrance worlds and their fans together. And that for a ordered scent. I don't see the hired guns of todays celeb frags showing so much guts. By for instance making a stark incense frag for Britney, a dry woody one for Jessica and a spicy chypre for Katy. But no guts, no glory. Only bland interchangeable frags.
Between the clean top and the dirty base Monsieur Guerlain built a bridge by adding on the 'clean top side' a fresh, green note like vetiver and on the 'dirty base side' patchouli. He then cleverly added some soothing florals to smooth this in theory deep gap between 'beastly base' and 'toodeloo top' out. So he added rose, a peppery jasmine and iris. They gave a much needed rounded, creamy complementary aspect that cemented everything together and etched this masterpiece perfectly in perfume history. The result is masterful. You get the clean fresh top where he smuggled in some cedar to prepare for the libido of the base. So after the fresh virginal green blast you get the lecherous Don Juans and Casanova's and John Holmes' of the base stampeding in, full of energy, lust and testosteron: leather, opoponoax, civet, musk, incense... Enough heat here to warm up even the coldest feet. The little bit sweet sandalwood and naturally dry vanilla (not the artificial cotton candy here) temper the sexual energy and shameless libidious lust of base a bit. And then when you are torn between two lovers -the clean top and the dirty base- to the rescue comes the soothing middle so that it ends not in a sterile Disney production nor a splattering X-rated one, but a PG-affair for a broader audience The result is complex, intricate, original, masterful.
Of course you should take in 'Shalimar' as a whole. Give it time to develop on your skin. So that you can fully consummate the coupling of the clean top and the dirty base and smell the roses of the middle all through this tour de force. Applying and smelling 'Shalimar' is like building a love affair. Slowly, slowy, slowy... Let the desire build and bloom. Let the senses smolder, ignite and then flame up full bast, devour you, let you forget about your daily worries and transport you to another, exciting world. Give it time to discover all its intricacies and hidden secrets, nooks and crannies. Longing, slowly building... makes the love affair, loving itself and also a high quality evolving, living fragrance more interesting. The longer it lasts, the better. And as a high quality Guerlain perfume, 'Shalimar' lasts long, has an impressive evolution and great sillage. Of course if you concentrate on one note only -'civet': aargh!'- or -'lemon: bweuurk!'- you'll never get the total beauty of 'Shalimar'. It needs time to blossom. You need to savour it like a delicacy, not hastily and impatiently bite and swallow like fast food. Treat this frag like you would treat an 'amourette': going slowly at first, savouring the growing desire accelerating as lust builds and takes over and then consummate with abandon. Test it and be ready, not only to fall in love with 'Shalimar', but to fall into the arms of your lover/bf/gf/husband/wife and devour him/her passionately. Such is the power and the magic of 'Shalimar', the first great libidinous fragrance of modern perfumery. And at age 87, it's still an 'energetic cougar'/'dapper don Juan' that has enough energy and chutzpah to let a whole army of young toy boys or party girls see all the corners of the room and wear them -and their aquatic fresh or floral fruity frags- totally out.

Feb
12
2012
Hippyhop2
Hippyhop2

I tried this one at the store... It's not for me. Something in it, I think the incense, for me, is too overpowering. I don't smell the vanilla for some reason, on me only a woody, incense smell.
Lastingpower is incredible though! Even when I washed it off, I still could get a little bit of shalimar. It's distinctive, recognizable. But I didn't like it, it's very heavy, very very present! But if you like woody, incensesy perfumes, this one is a good one.

Feb
12
2012
drummagick
drummagick

I wanted to like it. I've tried it now and again throughout the years. It's not destined to be. I really cannot stand this perfume. Way, way, WAY too much vanilla.

And it seems to me that when I encounter someone who is wearing it, they are wearing far too much of it.

Maybe that's just because I dislike it.

Feb
11
2012
mylancome
mylancome

Lolipophead: Can you please tell more story about this legendary woman? I like to hear about Madam Guerlain.

Feb
08
2012
lolipophead
lolipophead

When I worked in Paris, Madame Guerlain was a client of our law firm. She seemed quite old to me, always dressed in fur, and drenched from head to foot in Shalimar! I thought you all might like to know!

Feb
08
2012
ashyashy
ashyashy

It smells like vanila with hints of warm spices, feel very happy and delighted after spraying it. it stays on skin whole day and it chanages with your body temp and natural body odor, Nice work!!!!

Feb
08
2012
acv43
acv43

This is a fragrance that young women like myself (22) are not supposed to like.
-we are supposed to go for they fruity-florals of celeb perfumes, not that I'm knocking them (okay i kind of am)
true, this could be my mothers perfume (although it is not), it could have been my mothers mothers perfume, heck it might have even been my mothers mothers mothers perfume...but the history of Shalimar is part of its unique mystique, you have to respect that people have thought this one worth wearing for 87 years! (how many modern fragrances will be able to say the same in 87 years?)
and after all who doesn't want to smell like a naughty flapper ;)
anyway to the scent itself!!
Shalimar is one of the most interesting vanilla scents i have ever smelled, it is a sophisticated sultry vanilla, with lots of exotic spices, rich incense and amber-ish. It has a lot of the same notes you would expect in a modern oriental, however it is not sweet as many of them are- this one is definitely drier smelling- by which i mean powdery/spicy. As others have stated this seems to come in waves- wearing this you will catch drafts of this sultry frag all day.
I think this is wonderful- like exotic warm sandy desert smell :)


I would advise other younger women to not be afraid to give this a try, i keep loving new scents that are deemed too strong for a younger woman- the lady at the dior counter actually warned me away from midnight poison and poison- and i love them both

Feb
07
2012
aschiffm
aschiffm

the first time i smelled the lemon mixed with the patchouli and musk i fell in love. powdery, warm, comforting and delicious- the burst of citrus really compliments the opposite warmth. drys down to a nice hot burnt vanilla after a few hours. makes me feel sensual, would wear on winter or fall nights. a summer day might be nice too because of the citrus. just don't spray too much or it can get very overpowering!

Feb
04
2012
twinbeauty
twinbeauty

Delicious complexity ends in a powdery smell that reminds me too much of Johnson & Johnsons Baby Talcum Powders.

Feb
04
2012
;-)
;-)

This fragrance has all the magic and complexity I've been looking for. The description above says it all. Lovly fresh citrus in the begining, amber, tulubalm, insence and leather. The lovliest vanilla. Some spice and flowers. This was what I hoped for when I got habanita, so lovely the perfect fragrance for evening wear.

Jan
28
2012
varnyte
varnyte

Passion, poetry, the scent of passionate true love. It represents a harmony of tutches in love making poetry. So deep, so sinful, so oriental, a scent of indian love. Kama sutra should smell like that:DD
Seduction and uncontrolled passion and a secret in between.

Jan
26
2012
Wittychic
Wittychic

My vintage bottle of Shalimar came in the post today. This is an amazing fragrance. I barely touched the wand to my wrist. I have read she is strong, powerful and can overwhelm. The initial scent was lemony, but faded fast. Now she is shimmering changing. A hint of baby powder, no she is moving again. Now she is mellowing iris, rose, musky vanilla, and something just beyond reach. Each time I smell my wrist she is different.

I am so glad I invested in the bottle. I am going on an fantastic journey. She is soft, mysterious, sexy, warm. A beautiful complex fragrance. I do not want to sample the new one, I think the new version would be a let down.

Jan
17
2012
Gabriela
Gabriela

Shalimar has stood the test of time for a reason...

When it first came out it was worn by the bad girls of the 20s, and it was a scandal...I guess bad girls like good perfumes...

Shalimar is luscious, intoxicating, addictive...

On the opening it starts with a blast of sharp citrusy notes followed by leathery vanilla...after 5 minutes it settles on the skin and the incense and the patchouli are easily identified. However I must say I don't smell any civet, maybe some musk...In the late 80's I smelled Shalimar for the first time and I did identify the civet note and maybe some musky undertone, that I feel current Shalimar lacks. Well, back to the description, it dries down to a powdery vanilla, nothing grandmotherly, but more like a cloud of velvety vanilla with a very mild lemon note peaking through every now and then..

I won't complain about today´s version, I like it..But I still find the contrast of the heavenly vanilla and the dirty notes of civet/musk of previous years very attractive to my nose...

Shalimar is purringly soft and yet it projects a dark, deep sensuality at the same time...how can a perfume manage to be soft and sharp, innocent and dirty at the same time? That is the magic of a truly unique Parfum, our Shalimar...

Jan
16
2012
jennifer60656
jennifer60656

People talk about the "foodie" type perfumes they make today and mostly in a disparaging way. True, many of the "fruity florals" make me cry, wheeze and sneeze - I can smell them a mile away and they put me in a bad mood because they lack any and all imagination. I walk into a classroom and I smell the evil melange of j. lo Glow, Ed Hardy's, etc.

But I digress, I was genuinely surprised to realize that Shalimar is as "foodie" as anything but smells like something I might actually want to eat. I smell eggs, custard, vanilla, cake batter - frigging delish! How awesome is this?

This smells yummy and classy at the same time. I get a similar vibe from L'Heure Bleu but Shalimar is more user-friendly (and is a quarter to half the price of LHB)- I've said before that there is a suffering, melancholy quality to LHB which makes it hard for many ladies to wear comfortably. This is LHB without grief.

Gorgeous - they really don't make 'em like they used to!

Jan
15
2012
Jellybean
Jellybean

This is the grandmother of all powdery fragrances! powerful powdery, classic vintage and mature scent. it's a bit too strong for my taste but i can see this smelling not bad on some.

Jan
15
2012
Angelique11
Angelique11

This classy, oriental queen, rumored to have been created in 1925 for ‘ladies of the night’ has not been surpassed in my opinion. Never boring, fresh enough for any age, this charmer may be mostly appreciated by someone brazen enough to scream sexy. It’s not for wallflowers or shrinking violets.

A blast of tangy lemon and bergamot is tempered by sweet myrrh (opoponax). Soon after, a soft leather takes the stage with smoky vanilla following close behind. At this point the vanilla stays put to the end of the show, changing ever so slightly as the sandalwood, opoponax, vetiver, flowers, musk, and cedar mingle with it.

Long lasting, great sillage, elegant, affordable, a true one of a kind treasure.

Jan
14
2012
truffles
truffles

I have suddenly and totally fallen in love with Shalimar.
I smelled it at a Guerlain counter last year and was just mystified. It seemed to smell so different to the powdery smell I used to catch in passing at the counters in the 80s. Instead it just smelled like a big oily soapy heart and not much else.
Then, earlier this week, I sprayed some on at an airport and that's when it got me. Not sure what was happening time I smelled it before that!
I've ordered a bottle online and I do hope I picked right in the EDT (should have checked airport bottle).
Yes, there's a bit of citrus, but it's so nicely blended that it doesn't scream 'I'm citrus!' (not that I mind citrus, in fact I really like it!).
Yes, it has vanilla but that comes into its own later, in the base. It doesn't scream either - 'Hi, I'm VANILLA!', in a coconutty (true vanilla), or ice-creamy (imitation vanilla) way - it's subtle and lovely.
Can't wait to get my bottle!! The remnants on my travelling day scarf smell heavenly.
Well....UPDATE, 3/4/13 - I don't know what's happened but I've decided that Shalimar is terribly overrated. I did buy the EDT and seemed to have bought wrong, I must've sprayed the EDP at the airport.
I've now got the EDP thanks to a kind Fragrantican swapper and I'm just not feeling it now.
I know it's probably perfume blasphemy but not just do I think Shalimar is overrated, I'd extend that to the whole house of Guerlain. I remember standing at the John Lewis Guerlain counter a while back sniffing at several of the offerings and being bemused/unimpressed. Oh well, I'll hold on to the 'Shallys' for now and see if my nose comes back round to them sometime.
UPDATE: 09/05/13 - I have decided that Shalimar is really not for me - not sure what was going on with the love experience ^! I therefore have EDT - half full and EDP, nearly full for swap in the UK. :)

Jan
08
2012
andronicos
andronicos

The first time I smelled it was nice and it was smelling vanilla but next time it wasn't very good. Maybe is the civet.

Jan
08
2012
stephan
stephan

I keep trying new fragrances.
I keep come back to you Shalimar.
I'm so happy you exist.

Jan
08
2012
Strytsman
Strytsman

I tried the EDT today. Really wanted to like it but couldn't :-( It started off smelling like baby wipes and the drydown was very sweet vanilla. My four year old said I smell like cake. Also tried Mitsouko which I preferred. Perhaps I'm not good with too much vanilla.

Jan
07
2012
mrsmcfall
mrsmcfall

I really, really, really want to love this. So far I hate it, but am willing to keep going back for more...

Jan
05
2012
Chickenboo
Chickenboo

2/3 perfume gods + 1/3 man = Shalimar.

Absolutely incredible!

Jan
02
2012
Eaugirlspirit
Eaugirlspirit

I snagged what I thought was a bottle of Shalimar EDT or EDP at Marshalls yesterday, only to find out that it was the Eau de Cologne version. Ah, well. That's why it was only 45$. I really do love Shalimar, and I will probably invest in a bottle once this runs out. The bad thing with the EDC is that you have to spray a lot in order for it to last. The parfum concentration is a lot lower. However, it's still "Shalimar" in all its glory!

Jan
02
2012
evy.gc
evy.gc

My sincere apologies to my enigmatic Shalimar! My ignorance almost makes me throw it away! Last night I sprayed it on the air and stepped into the mist...and a miracle occurred! SHALIMAR FINALLY ACCEPTED ME! I slept with it on… the soft, magical woody vanilla wrapped me all night long! …Now it’s in my love list!

Dec
31
2011
dalmajen
dalmajen

I purchased this for myself a few days ago, as have wanted this particular perfume for ages. I wanted it mainly for the vanilla, the soft sensual vanilla dry down. But, alas! how I hate the beginning notes! The sharp lemon, flowery, almost like a cleaning agent)., scent. But I kept it on, and after about 45 minutes, the vanilla finally emerged. I was really surprised at how soft and lovely it finally became, and then it showed itself as a true classic. I am still in two minds about this scent, maybe it just doesn't agree with my body chemistry (the first part anyway), just as Chanel no.5 doesn't agree with me. I guess I will just have to apply it very early, before leaving home, until the first layer disappears!:)). I'm glad I only bought the 1oz bottle EDP, and maybe it will grow on me, who knows!

Dec
29
2011
Canelita
Canelita

This is the classic you will love to have for your use, eventually you will want to appear like an elegant exuberant mysterious sexy fatal woman, this is definitely for that moment you will want to be remembered. Great choice. i love it and we have a great relationship :)

Dec
26
2011
scarletpimpernel
scarletpimpernel

Even if many vintage Guerlain are among my favorites, Shalimar was not love at first sight.
The first time was a EDT from the ’90. It smelled like petroleum, synthetic & frankly unbearable.
Unfortunately, to my nose all the Guerlain from the LVMH era, I mean Guerlain from the’90s on, are unbearable, a thin, scratchy, chemical & hollow shell of their former self (that I know very well, so I can have an opinion about).
Than, the second time, it was an Extrait probably from the ’50 if not earlier. I bought a vintage extrait bottle, with the baccarat mark on it, that arrived in my hand in pieces & all the fragrance soaked the velvet box. Not the best way to sample a fragrance. Well, the smell was very good (you can see the lack of enthusiasm in my words) but all I could smell was a huge lavender & a lot of delicate & subtle, but neverending, vanilla. That’s it? I thought. Where’s the oriental mystery? Where the seduction proclaimed in the ads?!. Much ado about nothing! A lavande ambré with a lot of vanilla is not my favorite cup of tea. It smelled like a perfect scent for a debut de siècle démi-monde dandy. Masculine and feminine enough to be à la page: a metrosexual fragrance ante-litteram. Nothing to die for.
Than again, & now it’s the third time, I had the very sad experience to go to the Guerlain counter at Saks in NY & try the Guerlain scents in extrait concentration. The sad part was not Saks, that I love (after all, NOBODY HATES SAKS) nor the Guerlain’s counter that is very chic. The sad part was about the fragrances themselves: again, if you want to know why Guerlain is Guerlain do not start from the LVMH era. Is like thinking you are going to go to bed with Gilda & wake up with Rita Hayworth (if I can steal her own words…) or thinking that Marilyn can be reduced to her Warhol portrait only. To me the Guerlain fragrances of today are a hymn to hatred against Guerlain itself. Of course it is possible that many vintage Guerlain fragrances today smell old fashioned & out of time or unwearable. But everyone can see the beauty of a Veronese painting, even if nobody wants to have the same abundance of forms anymore. So you can think you can’t wear anymore a certain vintage Guerlain perfume but you can always admire the supreme art & beauty in it. Anyway, the Shalimar extrait found at the counter was again a huge question mark: why so much fuss on a harsh, chemical, scratchy, angular fragrance that cannot be related in any form to the creamy & dreamy perfection of vintage Vol de Nuit & the murderous seduction of vintage Mitsouko or the silky, soft touch of a hypnotizing snake’s skin of vintage L’Heure Bleue? Sampling the other fragrances on the counter I had an answer, since the LVMH Vol the Nuit, Mitsouko & L’Heure Bleue are harsh, chemical, scratchy, angular fragrances too, being Vol de Nuit the less offensive, Liu the most decent of the lot, even if reduced to a fake copy of the spectacular Balenciaga’s La Fuite des Heures, & Vega, rather expressionless. Derby is not Derby anymore, not even slightly. Chamade has something acrid it was not used to have & so on…
At last, as my fourth & last to date experience trying to like Shalimar, I had my epiphany with a EDT from the ’80.
Again a blast of vile rubber scent, Bulgari’s Black-like, assaulted my nose at the very beginning. & I asked myself: why vile? I like leather & rubber a lot, being Bulgari’s Black a favorite of mine. And how I smell rubber as a top note when it is supposed to be a base note? Mysteries of the nose… Then I realized that what still unbalances me is that I smell leather (or better rubber like in CdG Garage, another favorite of mine) as the first blast, as the very first note, not being prepared to arrive to the rubber without any introduction. It’s a break in my expectations over Guerlain language. I always expected from Guerlain softness & seduction, not the feel of a whip. It’s like an intercourse without being kissed before & without the mercy of a little spit.
Then, when I’m still shocked by the brutality of the assault, the rubber quickly fades to the most creamy, gourmet, sunny & inebriating mandarin I could never dream. It’s sweet mandarin in 3D, that lacks any tanginess or zest of the other citruses, until I realize this is the splendid entrance of the opoponax: now I’ve found all Babylon’s decadence & seductive treasures, and nothing stirs the perfection of this soli opoponax during hours, except that incredible rubber note that plays hide & seek with my nose appearing & disappearing with the quickness of the crack of a whip. Now you can feel it; then you can’t feel it anymore. AMAZING!
Well, I think that, today, vintage Shalimar is really unisex: for the woman who can wear her leather without turning into a dominatrix, and for a man that shamelessly can deal with the decadence & softness of opoponax. After all, it is said that opoponax was Alexander the Great favorite fragrance: did exist a more perfect blend of maleness & decadent personality than the Megalexandros?
So please try a pre LVMH Shalimar (or any other Guerlain’s fragrances) to feel the state of extasis a fragrance can put you into. There’s no need to go back in time to the ’20. The ’80 are really enough. Now, if you can find bliss in Guerlain nowadays, tell me how you do it & I will listen with all my interest, because I really can’t find any magic in today’s Guerlain; not even a decent smell.

2014 edit

I had the utter chance to put my paws on a really old 4oz sealed shalimar extrait bottle. no evaporation whatsoever occurred & the stopper was stuck so tight that I had to break the neck to open the bottle. the best part of it is that the bottle has a cristal nancy engraving on the foot. if I am not wrong, cristal nancy did the bat bottle from 1925 to 1931 when it closed, so this is a really old formula. perhaps the same one guerlain created in 1921, or with the few changes that perhaps were made in the 1925 relaunch. rich amber in color, no sediments. two adjectives popped in my head at the first sniff: opulent & mellow. a liqueur roundness of sunny bergamots melted with opoponax & incense where a red marroquin leather bounds everything with its rich, creamy, almost buttery softness. terminal bliss, perfect balance, almost no changes form top to base, except for the lavender that appears later, adding a light, clean & fresh note to the intoxicating & warm opulence of the opoponax. what really shocked me into bliss was the creamy leather: no wip, no rubber, no dominatrix, no uber vamp. the guerlinade or the vanilla mix guerlain used in that day had no harshness whatsoever. only now I really can agree to put shalimar in the oriental category of a caravanserai, with its silks, its carpets, its fuming braziers that bathe in an azure ligh all the yellows & the reds; its exotic essences, its soft odalisque's skins & precious jewels of a delacroix painting. & finally, I am a slave to shalimar...

Dec
21
2011
calyx93
calyx93

Wearing a 1969 extrait de parfum example and it is absolutely night and day compared to today's extrait and EDP available in stores - something I quite expected, but wasn't completely prepared for. Quite extraordinary and absolutely out of place in today's world, but to a true aficionado of perfumery and quality, it is head and shoulders above the rest.

It's a deep maple syrup/caramel brown and the top notes aren't like today's lemony rush. It's more of a resinous, cured-peel like affair of an aged bergamot. The floral notes don't really point to any one flower, but meld together languidly and sensually. The deep, rich vanilla and amber sit atop an unabashedly animalic civet that stays with the scent for hours until its tapering demise. It's almost sad, wicked, carnal and powdery in a very old world sense - it simply is what was what it was initially intended to be. A queen among orientals - nothing else can compare.

Like liquid gold, it exalts, projects and exemplifies the class of person meant to wear it. After scoring this 1/2 ounce of elixir - I immediately went back online to secure two 1 ounce examples of the same era. Again - every TRUE perfumista should experience this in their lives. It is THAT special and extraordinary.

Dec
18
2011
stella-00
stella-00

i read so many reviews, mostly positive i should say, - and decided to have a 'sniff'. was in the shop today.i can see why people call the smell gross. my sister said to me OMG - u stink like u want to disguise ur own smell, like u have smth to hide, dont tell me u getting Guerlain.... ha. yes, it is a very severe one, and even though i do like strong perfumes, - 24 Fabourgh is my favourite, - Guerlains are always the 'winners" :-)). Now, please,Shalimar - lovers, do not be cross with me- it was my 1st introduction to the perfume today, - so this is the 1st impression: lots and lots of 'modern' baby powder in this 'old school' perfume. i was waiting for the smell to unfold, and it did come through. only now, after nearly 2 hours i am fully content with the smell that has developed on my skin now. i am going to get both versions EDT and EDP, cos i like to possess :-)). plus the value i found - is unbeatable!90ml EDT 50 euro, 90 ml EDP 57 euro. so it is really shame not to buy. i know that with the time i will develop a 'relationship' with this perfume, as it has all the prerequisites to be on my top 5.

Have to add on to this one:

I have recently got 2 lovely 90 ml bottles of EDP ( i never buy 1 bottle, 2 - minimum....of everything, i have a multiples' syndrom....). And I love it!! The only thing i can add is that i do not smell it on me much!!!i mean - it is present, but perfume doesn't speak ou loud!!! an i love 'loud' statements!!!But i think it is just me, as people around smell and notice it. and after 6-8 hours my scarves and tops, - all smells Shalimar....

Dec
17
2011
Camin
Camin

I sampled a decant of Shalimar pure parfum. I was almost afraid of trying it as I don't have a good relationship with some of the all-time classics. But Shalimar was a sublime experience. Some people have mentioned that it's a gourmand fragrance, with a smoky vanilla note. Typically I don't like gourmand or very sugary fragrances and I did not get the vanilla note. The citrus passed by very quickly--I barely noticed it--a good thing as far as I am concerned. I got this intense smoky rose that stayed for quite a while, then incense and myrrh, a bit powdery, but smoky and mysterious enough to be enchanting (I usually dislike powder). The next morning I have a hint of musk and the opoponax. This is an amazing fragrance and I can understand how it has stood the test of time and why it was adopted by flappers and had such a scandalous reputation. Having visited the Taj Mahal several times, I can easily envision the inspiration for this. The gardens in front of it are filled with roses, and the gardeners who tend them rake dry vegetation that they then burn. So the smoke and the rose and the musk of the smell of humanity all come together. Just enchanting! Magic carpet in a bottle!

Dec
17
2011
lily13ana
lily13ana

I tested this and i didn't liked the begining because it felt like an alchoolic drink, an expensive one thow, but after that was gone i was thrilled about the smell. I wouldn't buy because of the top notes smell on my skin. i like more shalimar initial.

Dec
15
2011
adesoprano
adesoprano

Smells like Caron loose powders, or like the oil version of En avion, but seems the sillage is better ... lovely. I just descovered it, and I wonder why I've avoided it so many times!

Dec
09
2011
Brogie
Brogie

Even in the clothes of a pauper (EdT), Shalimar's imperious nature shines through.

She begins with a blast of powdery citrus which on me, soon leads into a vanilla/flower bouquet with hints of civet and leather that lasts and lasts. Excellent longevity for a EdT.

She is beautiful throughout, from the initial spray, down to the last molecules evaporating. This takes about 10 hours on me.

Also, even though it's marketed as a women's fragrance, I've received many compliments from people that have no idea it's marketed for the opposite sex. The flowers are very light.

Dec
08
2011
oxm
oxm

Shalimar is one of the immortals in the field of perfumery classic, the fragrance is pure velvet striped with gold, resins, woods, vanilla and citrus bouquet make it a unique masterpiece that every woman should, because it is wind Shalimar and heat is joy and poetry.
From the days of spring in my tower I could see young women walking through the gardens of Shalimar sheltering from the rays of the sun with paper umbrellas, I could hear their voices of wonder in front of the hedges in bloom, but my astonishment was even greater because their scent coming up there ...

Dec
08
2011
guest_
guest_

I don't think there's much I can add to the reviews of this golden wonder.

I think this is a terrific fragrance. I find I like it best in the lighter concentrations, EDC or EDT. In the more potent forms, I detect some sort of tarry, dark note that makes me a little queasy: this is on my own skin, for I have not detected this on others.
In the lighter concentrations, I don't pick up on this note at all so these forms are what I use.

Lots of compliments on wearing this. But Shalimar has such a strong persona, I think it wears me; the classic Guerlains are basically serious fragrances, and I sometimes get the church giggles if things are too, too serious. Hard to pull it off, but it smells good...! And what it lacks in humor it more than makes up for when it dries down and begins to fade into that dark/warm/vanilla/amber/lusciousness. It's delicious.

A note on "old lady" reviews. I normally write off any review where I see the term "old lady". To me it just means the reviewer has not developed enough of a frame of reference to know what they mean: some say it means soft and powdery, others say it means animalic, still others lump anything classic in this catagory. All they can agree on is they don't like it.

It's okay not to like a fragrance. But you can say that without this gratuitous slap at any and all women you personally feel are old and worthless...(like your mommy?) And if you are a woman, know that if you just live long enough there will come a day when someone will saddle you with these stereotypes too. Treat people with respect if you want them to respect you!

Dec
02
2011
karlovonamesti
karlovonamesti

Shalimar's stunning array of citrus top notes is the brightest and most satisfying fragrance intro that I've encountered. The bergamot, lemon, and neroli accords sparkle and have my nose begging for more. Eventually the animalic notes peer through this bitter haze, with civet and opoponax warming its heart. These notes coalesce into a very rich, leathery, inedible vanilla, its musty character both archaic and modern, and pure class. This accord hangs around until the incense and rose appear and highlight the late dry down. I'm reminded of Caron's vanilla in Pour un Homme, a dryly stark note that never shouts but also never shrinks. Good sillage, excellent longevity, and the perfect vanilla oriental for adult women of all persuasions.

Nov
27
2011
mariana1974
mariana1974

This one is fantastic, it smells divine. It used to be associated with bad girls, well, who wouldn't want to be a bad girl wearing Shalimar and not giving a damn?
It's not for demure women, you have to be a confident one, not caring about what others make of the way you smell. If they can't handle Shalimar or find it too much in your face, it's their loss. It's vibrant and sweet, sexy and it caresses your skin. I love it!

Nov
22
2011
HazelMae
HazelMae

I've only been reading perfume stuff online for less than a year now, but what I've come to realize is that I don't like things that quite obviously funky. I totally understand that an animalic off note that smells terrible in concentration can be used to round out, enhance and extend the life of other, conventionally beautiful notes. But I simply do not enjoy smelling literal body odor, feces or the scent of an animal's anal glands, also known as something my dog might deposit on the carpet. Call me a poseur an uptight American suburbanite. It seems that a note which works well in passing can start to grate quickly when worn. And honestly, those people who work the word "fecal" into every review on Basenotes? Paging Dr. Freud, Dr. Freud you are needed at the perfume counter.

In fact, I want to love this because it has so many of my favorite notes. Every time I test it on my skin, I smell the wonderful vanilla, amber and smoke. Then within five minutes, diaper pail. I think that as the perfume develops that will go away, it seems to work in passing. But I can't get past it. This isn't like Ambre Sultan or even Dior Homme, where there is that tantalizing bit of something dancing around the edge. It's just right out there in front for me.

ETA: I keep testing this. I think the problem is not that the civet smell is so overpowering, it is that the combo of something poopy + powder is always going to equal diaper for me. The civet here isn't nearly as strong as in Jicky, the problem is combining it with powder. I think that Guerlain could stop the endless flankers seeking their Eau Premiere hit by simply toning down the civet to almost nothing, calibrating the powder to be less like conventional baby powder and call it a day, it would sell well and be perfectly "modern."

Nov
20
2011
daisymargueritte
daisymargueritte

In my view, Natalia Vodianova is not the right face for Shalimar. She is too cold and child-like. Citing Perfume Shrine: "Natalia's current image of super-polite ice-princess with a deer-in-the-headlights look somehow doesn't suit the idea of Shalimar as the uber-seductive, cunninigly selectioned potion in the galaxy of orientals; nor the brunette type of orientalised romantic ideal that Guerlain has been cultivating for years through the associations of the name with the Indian Gardens on which a great love story flowered. After Shalom Harlow and Fernanda Tavares, Natalia seems too blonde and too innocent(?) for this kind of job.
Additionally, there is also the issue of always choosing the whitest Caucasian women for big advertising campaigns of European houses, when it would be nice for a change if we saw a gorgeous black model or a Latina -I am not counting Tavares because she's not- for one of those brands (like Eva Mendes for Calvin Klein's latest Secret Obsession) or a genuine oriental type (remember Jasmin Ghauri?): if not for Shalimar, then for what? I am asking you!"

Nov
20
2011
maeculpa
maeculpa

I can appreciate how beautiful this fragrance is, like a lovely framed work of art, but like Chanel 5 while it is beautiful it wears me and does not really gel with me. It is always Shalimar with her vampy long eye lashes and lbd, and I am just along for the ride. I feel sidelined by it. I have the edp and it is nearly finished now, and I don't think I will replace it. I keep trying it again but there it is, Shalimar sitting on my wrist, something I appreciate but don't enjoy wearing. I think a fragrance should enhance the wearer, not upstage them. And as for the bottle: the one I have looks like a knock off of something classier, cheap and tacky looking. I guess it is just not for me. I am much happier in Coco.

Ok I get you. You are a great pivotal work of art. Now move on.

Nov
20
2011
Kterhark
Kterhark

I've tried this scent in various strengths and years of production, but this review is for the modern parfum.

Trying to describe the worlds' #2 best selling fragrance is plain silly, and my take is that we're just here to share our experience.

Shalimar parfum wears quiet, warm, and sensuous on me. Sillage is tenacious, as even a small touch of the wand to my finger lingered for over an hour. I have to believe that only women with class and high standards would reach for this; and this is what I would think of them if I passed in their wake.

But one point: Guerlain's Bois D'armenie introduced me to the joy of perfume obsession, and served to jump start my love affair with all things fragrant. Looking back, if that Las Vegas sales rep directed me to Shalimar instead of Bois... I don't think I'd be here today. Shalimar doesn't send shivers down my spine like Bois did, it just makes me think, "this is a nice fragrance".

But a good sales rep intuits these things.

Nov
19
2011
Orielle
Orielle

I just have so much love for Shalimar that words can't express it. I totally agree with the reviewers who say that these "old lady" references are just ridiculous! You don't have to smell like tutti frutti candy to smell like a woman for goodness sake! It saddens me that some people are going to grow up thinking that way because of the current trend for saccharin sweet candy scents. Don't get me wrong I like a wide variety of scents myself, including some sweet and delicious gourmands, but NOTHING comes close to my adoration of Shalimar. It is THE ONE.

It's a dream of mine to one day try Shalimar in the vintage formula (especially the extrait) I think I would die and go to heaven! I own the EDP and the EDT and I find myself wearing the EDT during the daytime if I need my Shalimar "hit" and then luxuriating in the EDP in the evening. The difference to my nose is that the EDP is deeper and more complex smelling with more of the leather and incense notes coming through whereas the EDT is more about the citrus/vanilla combination. However, there is no mistaking that they are both Shalimar. I also find the EDT just as long-lasting on my skin as the EDP.

Shalimar is a classic for a reason, because it has stood the test of time. Generations of women (and men) have loved it and I'm certain that many many more will continue to appreciate this masterpiece of perfumery.

Shalimar is more than a perfume to me...it's a way of life.

Nov
17
2011
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

OMG! I tested EdT today and I found it more pleasant than EdP!
This shows that with the Guerlains multiple testing is a good option. It takes some time to develop affection to them but it is highly worthy to do so!
I usually go for EdP for L'Instant, Idylle and Samsara. Especially the latter I don't like in EdT because it smells harsher. I gave for granted that EdP of Shalimar could be the best one, but I was wrong in my case! I still like EdP very much, but it smells musty on me for the first 2 hours before revealing the great smoky creamy vanilla which Shalimar is so famous for. Besides EdP always left me with a sense of too much consciousness about my smell among people. Of course, I received the typical silly reaction of the "old lady" stuff, but that's not my worry. My bf doesn't like Shalimar. I don't care much.
In spite of being quite aged himself he's attracted by fruity-fresh-trendy perfumes. Or rather nothing on me, which is better than fruity-candy-freshy in my book.
It seems that there is psychological attachment to what is considered "young" and even younger and younger. Kind of obsession that leads some ladies to dress in a childish way or to do worse things to their body.
That said, the problem is that EdP makes me feel too conscious about myself when I'm not in a mood for it.
EdT is much simpler and fast working on my chemistry.
I don't have to wait a lot. Only 10 minutes and Shalimar in this form blooms into a snuggling lovely skin scent! It stays close to me and makes me feel clean in a very womanly sense, not squeaky clean nor baby clean, but more of a good feeling of woman scent.
Much more wearable in everyday life and always Shalimar!
My advise is to test all versions so that you can see which is the best for you!

Nov
17
2011
sushivoodoo
sushivoodoo

Well said lilinah, It's absurd...all this old lady rubbish. I am far from old and absolutely adore this. I totally agree and find it unnerving that one has to smell like a jolly rancher in order to project youth. I appreciated Chanel COCO as a preteen so maybe I am just a freak, but I find Shalimar edp absolutely divine. I personally didn't think it to be overpowering. Today I wore it and had the first person I walked by comment on how wonderful I smelled, they said it was pretty sweet and got a touch of honey from it, which was interesting to me, but I guess that is what is so great about this perfume. Later I was asked to give up the name on what I was wearing. I like to think I smell great all the time, but I can't remember the last scent I was complimented on.I not only can respect Shalimar's composition, but am in love with it!

Nov
16
2011
lilinah
lilinah

I would like to point out, as some others here have, that Shalimar the perfume (which i adore) and the eau de parfum smell fairly similar. However the perfume and edp smell VERY different from the eau de toilette (which i dislike) and from the various new outliers (which i cannot stand - since when was Shalimar a lemon candy?).

So i think it would help everyone if we note which variety we have tested - parfum, edp, edt, one of the several new outliers...

As far as "old lady"... Seriously? Just because this great old classic does not smell like the current fashion for fake fruit and vanilla excess does not mean that it smells "old lady". Perhaps some people are just too young to appreciate it. I began loving Shalimar when i was a teenager, when i was "supposed" to like light sweet safe scents.

I strongly dislike all the new fruit-tootey scents and i am excited to see that some perfume houses are making new fragrances that do not smell like a fruit salad preserved in sugar and vanilla. New perfumes, however, tend to be much simpler in composition than the great old ones - perhaps the true art of the parfumeur is dying.

Shalimar is getting close to 90 years old. I suspect few of the current artificial candy perfumes will still be around in 90 years - perhaps Angel, which i detest, will survive, because it was something of a trend starter; but the vast majority of celebrity-named, composed-just-to-make-a-buck, fragrances will fade away.

Scents such as Shalimar and Chanel No. 5 - not a fave of mine because i'm just not big on aldehydes, but, hey, it's good to have variety - have survived so long because they were innovative, not just jumping on a trend, and they were composed by fragrance artists.

If Shalimar is an "old lady", she is one FINE old lady.

Nov
16
2011
Juma
Juma

I tested both, EDP and EDT, today and they are totally different to me.
It was said so many times, EDP is powdery vanilla with earthy incense and EDT citrusy, bergamot vanilla-very sultry.
I prefer EDT and it's already on my wish list, as high as possible could be!

Nov
10
2011
akats
akats

Well...I bought it! I found the eau de Parfum in an amazing discount price. Compared to the eau de toilette I had smelled, this is really stronger and intense. I can wear it only at cold nights!!
My only problem is that I can't smell any citruses at the beginning. So, I wonder if It would be a good idea to wear it together with a sour smell or I will spoil Shalimar?

Nov
08
2011
Allinug
Allinug

I have Shalimar EdT and EdP and I love them both.
EdT - stands out more and I love the citrus smell in the beginning and the leather and vanilla later on.
EdP - is deep, soft, only a little leather smell and vanilla.

Nov
07
2011
poppyvanhaarm
poppyvanhaarm

a complexity of layers ... mysterious lingering, combing floral bouquets with musky earthy almost feral notes. as beguiling as the story behind its inception

Nov
05
2011
chowchow41
chowchow41

When you spray this on your skin [edt] you want to put on your black dress with high heals, because it makes you feel all woman. It says sexy, mysterious, seductive because its leather with incense, perfect orris and sandelwood and slightly powdery. Wear it and you want to transform in to a vamp.

Nov
02
2011
akats
akats

Erotic and sensual. Warm and tender. I like it's top and base notes. On my skin the middle notes are too leathery and smoky.It has something sharp and powdery together, that time and I have to let it dry down so as to become sweet again. I have smelled the eau de toilette and I hope that the eau de parfum may be more sweet. In any case, it is a perfum, I would buy!

Oct
29
2011
missymary
missymary

It's hard to find anything new to say. Shalimar makes me think of a fleshy opera diva, centre stage, in the limelight, belting out an Italian aria. It's such a big fat sweet flamboyant perfume. It seems to expect rapturous applause. It sits on the skin and never ever blends with the wearer, Like Angel it is a successful weird mix, a rich gooey vanilla custard topping on the pungent herbal lavender of Jicky. It's a massive achievement and not a perfume that you can own, it owns you.

Oct
28
2011
chickenpotpie
chickenpotpie

Shalimar is something I enjoy on other people only.

On me it takes on the smell of a large vat of cat piss. Its really unfortunate because I sure don't get that from smelling the bottle! Each time I've tried, is the same so I know its just me and not the perfume!

For the right skin chemistry its utterly divine. Too bad I'm not amongst those people!

Oct
28
2011
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

Shalimar in EdP smells wonderful on me only after 3 hours and merely as a soft skin scent!
After that time I would fall in love with my skin if I was someone else! Anyway my bf doesn't like Shalimar at all!
Unfortunately it doesn't work at many stages with this incredibly misterious fragrance, so I won't re-purchase, even if I'm sure I will always go back to smell it from time to time.
I can understand the charme of Shalimar even if most people around me calls it "old granny".
What I cannot stand is the recent choice for advertising, totally uninspiring about the scent itself (nothing like old poetic Guerlain's ads) and quite an example of modern vulgarity.
It's that kind of campaign that will be on tv at every break from now to Xmas, so that guys intrigued by naked models and women hoping that their men will see them as models will buy the classic set as present.
Big no, Guerlain! This is not art, this is low marketing!

Oct
27
2011
illwit
illwit

******** Let me cut the long story short. *********

4me ====> SHALIMAR = VIAGRA

Oct
27
2011
tiffanykimwagner
tiffanykimwagner

I finally got a sample of this and I must say that I am not completely blown away.. My expectations for this was very high, but unfortunately I expected way too much and was disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that this perfume is a complete disaster, what I am trying to say is that it doesn't live up to my standards and expectations. Its a lovely scent. Smells very vintage and has a beautiful vanilla base, but there is definately something missing. Maybe some warn coffee or chocolate base note would do the trick. Or maybe jasmine in the middle notes.

EDIT: My mistake, I have noticed that there is jasmine in the middle notes, but it should have been more dominent...

Oct
27
2011
guest_
guest_

Shalimar...

I think this is going to be the most difficult review I've written so far.

This is a fragrance I want to love. As soon as I think I understand the fragrance, I find something in it that makes me uncomfortable. As soon as I decide that this fragrance is not for me, something draws me back to it.

The reputation preceeds her. The impeccable pedigree,
the masterful perfumery: rich, opulent, the classic of classics. I give my respect.

This is the first "real", grown up fragrance I tried as a girl, in an attempt to project a sophistication I did not have.

Actually, it smelled terrific. Lots of compliments. Great from the git go to the last, ,lingering,velvety drop ( this was EDT, back in the 70's ). I won't bother to attempt a dissection of the ingredients: there are plenty of reviewers out there who can do a better job in that department than I. Shalimar is a lady with great presence. And if you have the right body chemistry for it, the WOW factor is indeniable.

About a year and a half ago, I decided to try Shalimar again. Bought a small bottle of (new) EDT. And it just wasn't quite the same as I remembered...
There was something in it that smelled like Tincture of Iodine! And when I put it on my skin and let it develop, the Iodine did not go away. I don't understand, really: either it's a refomulation or my body chemistry has changed. Either way, A perfume I love no longer loves me.

This has moved into the catagory of those perfumes I really ( REALLY ) like on some other people, but not on myself. I hope you are one of the lucky ones who can wear it.

Oct
26
2011
silverblue
silverblue

My love for a scent dies easily when I feel I have fully developed a comprehension about the scent. Therefore, it is very hard for me to settle a signature scent because my love is so fickle and short-lived. However, I have been trying to see through Shalimar for more than 10 years but never have I succeeded in doing so. It's so mysterious, complex, and bewitching that I'm always allured back to wear her in hopes that I will finally have a better understanding about her one day. For this reason, it has made a rare exception to become my signature scent because I wear it so often. Life is always full of many unexpected but sweet coincidences.:)

Oct
22
2011
boruvka44
boruvka44

After several tests of the EDP, i found the naphtalene almost nice! Jeez, how I love the Belle Epoque. Shalimar is a perfume of the gorgeous ladies from Mucha's beautiful paintings.

Blast of juicy citruses with bergamot, load of olibanum and then bunch of sweet and soft vanillin.
It's like drinking Cinzano with vanilla sugar rim and a slice of lime - in a church.
Actually: Cinzano + lemon juice + olibanum = Shalimar!

It took me years to start loving it. It first smelled like old clothes to me, dusty, moldy, mothballs - nasty. Then i found out, that it's not naphtalene, but the combo of incense and lime. The longest lasting authentic citrus of all perfumes i know, yummy juicy sour the whole time, not only top notes. That's why it smells so good in hot humid weather. Refreshing pleasure. In summer heat dominates sweet soft vanilla with lime. It has old fashioned vibe in it, and i just like Cinzano :D

EDT is lighter on the incense too, but also vanillin. Its lemony fresh.
EDP is the good old load of olibanum, and the vanilla bliss. Lime juice is stronger in the top, but then it settles down. Its warmer and smoother than EDT.
Pure parfum is thick and smooth, smells most old fashioned of all concentrations i've tried, but once you get used to Shalimar, you will probably like parfum a lot.

Eau de Shalimar is modern and least smoky, good to start with.
I absolutely agree with one of the comments - it might take years to fall in love with Shalimar, but once it happens, it's forever...

Oct
21
2011
almondcookie
almondcookie

I like shalimar. It reminds me of Rochas femme at first but it soon becomes softer.
Trying this today just reminded me of how much I miss Rochas Femme. I am Going to get it back.

Oct
20
2011
Grottola
Grottola

I've smelled various concentrations and formulations of Shalimar ranging from the 80's to now, and while each version is a little different, maybe with more citrus, more depth, or more (insert whatever) based on the concentration, Shalimar still smells like Shalimar.

Shalimar is popularly considered to be the first oriental. While I won't argue that, keep this in mind: the first rock music didn't sound like the "classic" rock we know of. The first cars were more like wagons. When breaking new ground, laying the stepping stones for a new genre, you have to build from what's there.

So, what did Jacques Guerlain build from? Jicky, of course. Shalimar's central accord, that I've smelled in virtually every formulation, is the lavender-civet-vanilla smell of Jicky, with a BIG, plush, salmon-colored rosewood note on top. That's most likely the source of the "lipstick" smell some people are getting from Shalimar. Otherwise, the current Shalimar is pretty much Jicky with more civet and a more pronounced Guerlinade base. It's not something I'd wear, but Shalimar is a quality fragrance that everyone needs to smell, if not at least for education purposes.

P.S. My preferred oriental from Guerlain is Vol de Nuit, or Habit Rouge. If you dig Shalimar, check out Vol de Nuit. You'll be glad you did.

Oct
19
2011
Abyss1001
Abyss1001

I am actually embarrassed to say that the scent of this makes me sick to my stomach...something soapy and sweet about it... Guerlain is a fabulous fragrance house...Love the Aqua Allegoria line and am hoping to try Samsara some time soon...but sadly, a popular classic like Shalimar just doesn't do it for me in the least. Love the bottle though!

Oct
16
2011
Maggan
Maggan

I LOVE this classic perfume, but it is too strong, and sticks to my clothes, so I can't wear it! I have really tried! I use Eau de Shalimar, wonderful during summer, and Shalimar Parfum Initial, doing well during the rest of the year, instead. With these two I can at least get a Shalimar-feeling! Thank you, Guerlain, for these two flankers!

Jag ÄLSKAR denna klassiska parfym, men den är för stark, och den fastnar i mina kläder, så jag kan inte bära den. Jag har verkligen försökt! Istället använder jag Eau de Shalimar under sommaren, och Shalimar Parfum Initial, som är underbar under resten av året. Med dessa två så kan jag åtminstonde få en Shalimar-känsla! Tack, Guerlain, för dessa två flankers.

Oct
16
2011
Lil Mju
Lil Mju

I finally smelled this... So beautiful!! Yes, it's very heavy. Yes, if you overdo it you could kill someone. But the scent compensates all of that! It doesn't smell a tiny bit mature to me. Very seductive, I almost lost my mind because it smells so, where are the words, edible and delicious? I sence mostly vanilla and incense, everithing else blends into a very tender scent. This is epic and unforgettable, my eternal love.

Oct
16
2011
ichigo
ichigo

Shalimar augments my personal scent so beautifully, almost like it was made for me; amber, lemon, cedar, powder with a smoky sweetness. LOVE it.

Oct
14
2011
snooky21
snooky21

I tried this perfume after seeing it had such a history... It didn't mix with my chemistry well... It smelled like someone rubbed a piece of burnt wood on my arm... does anyone know what ingredient could cause that type of reaction? there are other perfumes in the list beside "if you like- you might like" and some of the suggestions are great! Looking for a new scent. I like things a bit seductive, ambers, musks, vanilla... Looking for something a bit diff. I had a cheap roll on of egyptian musk and my bf goes crazy for it. No lasting power though. So would like a proper scent :)

Oct
13
2011
calliope07
calliope07

I keep coming back to it. Haunting and IMO one of the most exquisite perfumes ever created.

Oct
12
2011
id
id

smokey citruses at first, after that comes the leather and vanilla with a trace of sandalwood and vetiver. Very nice and wearable. Superb for autumn. Very warm special and cozy scent with the "wow" affect.

Oct
10
2011
princess27
princess27

i must admit i didn't like it at first
but after a while the smell changed in something sweet yet mysterious ,just facinating me !i was like WOW,OMG
Now i'm totally in love with this perfume!and i already start receiving compliments wherever i go !
i'm sure i'm gonna have this again in the future
it's more a night time perfume and for cold seasons also
totally in love with you Shalimar

Oct
06
2011
vdxl
vdxl

The EDP is a leathery vanilla, but it is not so nice in hot weather: the powdery-lemon aspect is very old lady like. The drydown is soft and very unisex. I do get some oud like notes in this one and it is very nice and dreamy. It should be also marketed to men, as it is less powdery and old-lady smelling than Habit Rouge EDT.

Oct
03
2011
nikkiboy
nikkiboy

The perfume, extrait, is pure heaven. The EDT or EDP are not so great as they don't have that exquisite drydown of amber and vanilla I love. Great perfume.

Oct
03
2011
francisrose
francisrose

Oh how I love this beautiful and sensual scent! My husbands favorite Aunt loved this perfume and wore it beautifully. I have made it my own and wear it in fall and winter and I always feel so put together and sophisticated. I use to not appreciate this beautiful fragrance and opted for florals and sweet scents but I find my taste in perfumes has taken a turn toward the orientals and florientals although in summer I wear flowery scents. I received the dusting powder as a gift and I love it but I find that Emeraude powder also goes well with Shalimar and is much less expensive. Thsi perfume is truly a classic.

Oct
02
2011
Majja67
Majja67

I love this scent, was my first "real" perfume and have had many bottles of it since! Its NOT an 80`s perfume!! Its made in the 1920´s! Thats it!!
Nothing compairs to this classic that i think is the most popular and longlasting scent ever!!
My first and strongest impression is the fresh lemon/bergamott followed by incense and vanilla! Very long lasting with great sillage but in such a classy way i hardly think it can offend anyone!

Oct
02
2011
Chantal
Chantal

Shalimar Eau De Parfum

Like the last reviewer, I am young and I like Shalimar. I’ll go a step further; I love Shalimar. This is my second review for it. I check the reviews every now and again, and am consistently surprised when people don’t like it. To each their own, but I sometimes wonder if they’ve tried the wrong concentration and stopped at that... Worse, what if they scrub after the opening and never know the heart of Shalimar... It’s true that it isn’t for everyone, but I'll tell you why I love it. (I think it’s even my favourite fragrance. This could become a signature for me.)

I love the lemony blast. It’s so unlike the rest of the fragrance, completely incongruous, but it offers the perfect entrance for the musk, which in turn leads the way for the vanilla, the part Shalimar is known and loved for. It is woody, musky, fresh and potent in the opening, which is why the heart is so astounding. In the heart, truthful, sincere, warm, enveloping vanilla plays with the hints of wood and the more subtle scent of musk and incense, creating this sweet, lightly spiced, comfortable, tender and long-lasting heart. Like a fire on a cold night, no longer is it the overpowering force it was to begin with, mellowing to a warm, sparkling glow.

The embers of this fragrance are sweet and light-hearted; the vanilla is no longer darkened by musk or wood, it is a fine, spirited vanilla scent, staying close to the skin, like the pale rays of sunlight that turn cooler after a burning orange sunset.

I love Shalimar in the fall, but it’s so delicious that I’ll admit to wearing it in full summer too. It is better in cooler weather I find, the notes linger longer at every stage, whereas the summer heat speeds that process along a bit. I also love the bottle: the golden writing, the golden liquid within, the shapely curves, and especially the illustrious blue cap... Shalimar is such a pleasure to wear. It changes so much, in such lovely ways, it really blends with my moods. Also, it can be comfortable, something nice when staying in. If I get dressed up and go for pretty or sexy, it can go there too. Shalimar is my rock. I can’t go wrong with it. It serves me well. It is a bit daring in the face of the more popular fragrances today, but if given a chance and looked at in a different light than the rest, Shalimar might suit you too.

Sep
29
2011
Aubynik
Aubynik

I've been wanting to try this classic for a while!
I am a 23 year old who adores Cabochard, but after reading many reviews Shalimar has me so intimidated that I couldn't even open my box...let alone test it out. Such strong opinions on this one because of the history it has; the reformulations, different vintages, and different concentrations has my head spinning!


But I gathered myself and opened and tested this out today!
(Let me mention that I picked this up in the EDC as it was at TJMaxx and I thought it would be best to ease myself into this one)

Oh goodness, this is a classy, sophisticated lady!

It is quite powdery on me but it has this sultry incense/wood/vanilla to warm it up. I also get a bit of lemon and patchouli. So soft and feminine on me. The way you think a comforting hug should smell.

Love it!
Will have to try the EDT, EDP, and Parfum as well!

Sep
28
2011
jtd
jtd

We all have our classics that are nothing like we remember from back in the day. ('I used to wear [insert classic] until they RUINED it!) I tend to get more wistful than angry over this (Odalisque.) But just as I've sat to write about Shalimar I've found another reaction, which is to notice and then not particularly to care. I'm on a plane right now and passing through duty-free earlier spotted Chanel Antaeus, my first fragrance, my only signature fragrance, the one I wore exclusively in my junior and senior years of high school (81-82) and then intermittently for years. My first thought on sniffing it was 'this is quite literally nothing like what I used to wear.' My next thought was, 'Oh, look! They've got No 19 EDP!' and I went and spritzed.

The upside of digital perfume communities is the sharing of experiences. I have learned so much reading Basenotes reviews and threads---had more laughs, more ah ha! moments than I can count. The downside, though, is that a perfume hobby seems to engender a nostalgia/anger about how things used to be. There's that sense that contemporary perfumery has taken something intrinsic away from us. Our response is often a fetish for distinction and provenance, and of course the ensuing butt-sniffing and pack hierarchy. You know: 'I'm sure you THINK you love your current Mitsouko EDT, but you'll never truly know her until you've smelled my 1967 extrait.' I'm as guilty as the next person.

But Shalimar unexpectedly elicits in me an attitude I've tried to foster. Things do change. But I just love perfume and find immense joy in it. Call me common, call me simple, but I currently wear the most recent Shalimar EDT and love it. It just makes me tail-waggingly happy to smell it. Citrus, growl, smoke, scratchy amber & vanilla, opopanax, a sly incense. I'm sure it's not the parfum from 1925, but then again I'm not a 20s flapper. How wonderful that that era had its Shalimar. But they didn't have our Bois de Violette, my Insense, my Secretions Magnifiques. This is no pollyanna desperate optimism, no deflection of resentment. We live in a spectacular era of perfume.

My 2010 Shalimar tells me to screw the iconography and embrace the perfume. It also makes me imagine the fun of watching the apoplexy of the current generation of young perfumistas going as shrill as we have over the resctrictions on our beloved oakmoss. Imagine the heel-clacking and outrage among the Angel set when ethylmaltol, identified as the causative agent in the future medical diagnosis of Acquired Intolerance Syndrome, is outlawed.

Sep
28
2011
Cezanne
Cezanne

This was my favourite for ages - I bought it regularly. Its a very confident perfume. But nobody ever stopped me in the street to ask about it.

Sep
28
2011
ION
ION

Surely, I can't share the admiration this perfume receives by so many people as it makes me feel (believe it or not), slightly ill.
It is a classy, powdery, kind of baroque and sweet like 'sultanas immersed in vanilla' smell, with a fresh side that gives it subtlety and balances the whole!
For me, "Shalimar" is a perfume that speaks more about its creator than it speaks about itself; an educated man with a fine taste, even though I know nothing about him. Respect.

Sep
27
2011
lisliasm
lisliasm

On me, Shalimar smells like a sauna at a nudist camp. It's so overpoweringly dark and woody and patchouli that it reminds me of naked hippie men sweating. Because I've actually been to a few nudist camps with a few sweaty hippies, it's not completely unpleasant.

But I know this impression is the opposite of all that Shalimar is supposed to represent.

Sep
26
2011
Dougary
Dougary

It scent is of the most perfect of days...recall , if you will, time with friends sharing hopes and ambitions...care and warmth...laughter and tears (sometimes)...great moments in ones life that have...I am sure you have warm moment to recall.
Simply Wonderful.

Sep
25
2011
jazmam
jazmam

I so just loe this, what a gen, so seperate from the others... at first it's a bit medicinal... yet wait and it trns into a gorgeous, complling, worth while scent maturely sweetened by licorise... Nicely blended... smooth Ii'd say definetly a must have... But feel it's important to really test it on your skin, and wait overnight, try again for a few days, before deciding if this is a purchse you want to make.

The bottle is one of my altime favorite too.. lovely! Elegant, suggestive

Sep
21
2011
nofixedstars
nofixedstars

When I was a litle girl, I used to carefully lift the stoppers of the perfumes on my grandmother's and great-aunts' vanities for a sniff of each scent. Shalimar was one of them, and I didn't care for it then. Fast-forward to my adult years; many times I sniffed the Shalimar bottles on the perfume counters of stores, and I didn't care for it. Then I got a sample of it free with a purchase of something or other. It lay in the samples basket for, oh, years. One day, in a moment of randomness, I put it on...and didn't care for it for a minute or two. Then the heart of it began to bloom and I realized why this is an iconic scent. Rich, unimaginably complex, unique, warm, sensual, beautiful---I can't imagine adding or taking away anything from this perfume. It's like a perfect artwork, complete and exquisite from any angle. A classic for every possible reason. And no, not at all "old lady-ish" once it dries...A classic like this really didn't need another review, but if my two cents can save one other person from missing out on the wearable beauty that is Shalimar, it's worth it.

Sep
20
2011
muskymale
muskymale

I am glad I am one of those lucky bitches who can wear this legendary perfume and stop traffic. Thank you Shalimar! I love you, always...

Sep
17
2011
cinsot
cinsot

Over the years I have acquired various formulations of Shalimar in the hope of finding one that actually agrees with my body chemistry and presents in the same way as the sublimely beautiful body cream.

The EDT and EDP versions do not react well with my skin despite smelling promising from their bottles, (the EDP smells divine from its bottle). Once the perfumes make contact with my skin I resonate that "rotting lemons" aroma many people associate with Shalimar, myself included.

The bath and body product presentations of Shalimar however, are a completely different experience. The flowers spring to life and the rich vanilla undertones see daylight, the citruses are happy to play nicely with the other notes when worn this way.

I envy people who can wear the Shalimar perfumes and smell enchanting (Lucky Bitches!).

I have resigned myself to only ever glimpsing the promise of this iconic masterpiece via the layering duo method.

I am continuously humbled by its grace.

Sep
16
2011
mylancome
mylancome

Rfountain: Compare the Edt with Edp, Edp is sweeter, and nose itchy. The citrus opening is stronger and the drydown is more vanilla, begamot and tonka bean. Edt is a little bit waterdown version on the Edp.

Sep
13
2011
rfountain
rfountain

I'm wearing this right now. It's the EDT version so I'm not sure if the EDP might be different. I think it smells very good and sweet from some distance away, but whenever I put my wrists close to my face - I can't help but sneeze! I don't know what it is - maybe the incense or sandalwood. I'm not one to have lots of allergies or have a sensitive nose either.

Sep
13
2011
MoonSelkie
MoonSelkie

If you want to try this scent - buy a vintage one. Trust me. There is a HUGE difference between modern and old version.

Sep
11
2011
Zazou
Zazou

This USED to be the most elegant, classy, sexy perfume ever - since LVMH changed the formula, Shalimar and all its money-making derivatives (parfum initial, eau de shalimar etc.)are just watered down shopping mall fragrances. To enjoy the intriguing facets of this masterpiece, go for vintage flacons (before 1990).
Recently, I had the chance to purchase a pre-eighties flacon of Shalimar Eau de Cologne <3. Sillage is not overwhelming but the scent ... love it love it love it

Sep
10
2011
Chanelette
Chanelette

This is what Cleopatra should wear. In the evening she would take a bath, scented with precious oriental oils, then she would comb her silky black hair, sitting in the garden, in the shade of lemon trees, incense is burning on the ebony table next to her... Mysterious, exotic, seductive and timeless, Shalimar is a true masterpiece.

Sep
08
2011
Sorcerer1001
Sorcerer1001

Went to a store and sampled the edt and really wanted to like it but just couldnt. It smelled like it was divided in two; the pure shalimar which was nice and whatever it was diluted with. The latter smelled astringent, almost like witch hazel and didnt really go away too much until the complete drydown. I think this is the "gasoline" note people talk about. To be fair it didnt smell THAT bad but it wasnt pleasant. With my stomach in knots and so desperately wanting to like this scent i ordered a small sample of the pure parfum from the perfumed court and it smells amazing!! If you find yourself in a similar position, go for the throat an try the parfum. If then given time you still dont like it then maybe its not for you, but it doesnt seem to me to be the aquired taste people think

Sep
06
2011
TankGirl
TankGirl

I found a EDC of Shalimar in a boot fair and it just made my day, I cant believe nobody noticed this amazing fragrance before, better for me I got it for a couple of coins!
Well Shalimar is very elegant, ladylike and adorable.
I dont think this is a masterpiece of a fragrance, I dont find it to complex or too dificult to wear, maybe because I got the EDC...
Well Shalimar is all about what women like to be, sweet like vanilla, mysterious like insence andstrong like leather. Is quite enginious the way this perfume was made. The top notes are very scary and strong, remind me the old face powder my mom had in her budoir. After this strong blast, Shalimar becomes the most exquisite (somebody siad it before) expensive French soap with a leather tone. A couple of hours later it smells like a delicious cream and caramel pudin.
In my opinion Shalimar is very simple to wear and its perfect for classic casual to sophisticated occasions.
The most enginious thing about Shalimar is that is totally modern, comparing Shalimar to Miss Dior or Femme Rochas, the look like impossible to wear in a confortable way.
Shalimar is great because of that, its simple, wearable and after all has women favourite notes.
I love it and I'm going to wear it a lot nowadays.
Great perfume, the perfect signature fragrance.

Thank you Guerlain and thank you karma to give me the chance to buy this for 3€! :P

Sep
04
2011
karmas
karmas

This is truly a most exquisite perfume, i happen to have an edc bottle from the 1950's that was for my great grandmother so it is even more comforting and special for me. Perhaps one of the best things about this elegant, mysterious fragrance is the way in which it changes over time with the chemistry of the wearer. It is citrusy and floral in the opening and then it slowly develops into a sensual, warm, smokey, vanilla laden experience. I love the way the Civet, insence,leather and vanilla make this such a sexy scent, i do get a lot of action when i wear this one. It is truly what a real woman should smell like.I intend on getting this in extrait in the future as i want to experience this in all its glory, and how it was intended.

Sep
01
2011
mademoiselle-c
mademoiselle-c

I have had a weird relationship with Shalimar. It did not start out pretty! The first time I sprayed it on, it was a write-off. I found the bergamot in the beginning to be very off-putting and almost (forgive me) garbage smelling. It only took about an hour before I got the beautiful vanilla heart. It is a thing of BEAUTY.

There is something so vintage about the dry-down. It smells like vanilla straight from the 20's. I feel cozy, warm and luxurious with every spray of this beast. I feel like I am standing in the 20's in a Victorian home. There is an air to Shalimar that not even my cheesy words can do justice.

Shalimar is truly a masterpiece. I am very glad I discovered it. All of the flankers - while wearable - are only mere wannabes of the original. There is nothing that will ever come close to nor ever outshine Shalimar.

It is a classic that should be put on a pedestal with Chanel No. 5 and others alike (which I cannot properly attest to since I have not smelt any of the true classics [Joy, Arpege, etc]).

I recommend this fragrance for more mature women. I do not mean mature as in age but in a woman who is self-confident and able to carry herself and a scent like this with confidence, ease and poise. I am only 20 and I feel well beyond my years when I wear this! This is a sign of refinement and taste.

Shalimar, I love you. Don't EVER change.

C xx

Aug
31
2011
mylancome
mylancome

It's been after 2days, i refer back to the testing paper i kept, give a good sniff. My load, the smell is so unbearable! Maybe i'm too young to know this classic smell. It leaves the strong smell of sweated leather. Thank goodness i didn't rush to buy this classic perfume. Look forward to try the new version Shalimar that has the incense & leather notes removed & replace.

Aug
31
2011
mylancome
mylancome

An fall in love on the spot after have a few spray at isetan mall, but too bad it is out of stock, bummer, i had woke up early drive to the mall for this.

Aug
28
2011
EK
EK

I received my 30 ml EdP today - blind buy after reading review upon review upon review.
This is instant love! It is to die for, all the way from opening to drydown.
I've seen it described as a "grandma-scent". IF that is the case, thank god I'm old! :)
Shalimar is too fantastic for everyday wear. Now I have to invent more special occasions...

Aug
25
2011
TWebb
TWebb

Tried to like this classic fragrance but could not bring myself to. Overpowering.

Aug
21
2011
kalios55
kalios55

The opening is quite intense and, for me, hard to take. Shalimar is ambery sweet, incense-like smokey, and packed with vanilla-enhanced flowers ... with a hint of citrus.

It's potent, classy, confident and magical. It's constantly changing. I thought I smelled citrus; a few seconds later I don't .. but then when I sniff again that pleasant lemon re-appears.

Shalimar dries down to a totally sweet woody smokey amber. On my skin that hint of citrus remains until the end. This scent is very multidimensional, deep, generous (sillage wise), and VERY long lasting. It will take me a few more years to learn to appreciate a perfume like Shalimar for I have awaited to yet own a garden filled with aromatic flowers!

Aug
17
2011
ecerusen
ecerusen

@muskymale

thank you for answering
your comments are very helpful to make clear my question:)

Aug
14
2011
muskymale
muskymale

Hi Ecerusen,

The Shalimar EDP and EDT are slightly different. The EDT is, of course, lighter, and fresher, and more citrusy on top. Whereas the EDP is more 'leathery' (like the smell of your skin) on top, and dries down into this gorgeous and seductive amber vanilla baby powder woody smell.
I much prefer the EDP myself, as I find it more 'elegant' to wear. Please read my 3 reviews on Shalimar.

I hope that helps you! :-) If you have never worn Shalimar before, I would recommend the EDT, as it is instantly likeable. The EDP can scare people off a bit, as top notes are very strong! Having said that, please do not let that put you off instantly. Please give it at least 10 minutes to settle down. The top notes of the EDP only last for 10 minutes, and soon it transforms you into a highly elegant woman! Guaranteed! :-)

Aug
12
2011
ecerusen
ecerusen

is there huge difference between edt or edp? because some fragrances' edt smells different to edp.
of course there is more alcohol and less long lasting in edt,but my question is about the smell type.

Aug
12
2011
unfanatic
unfanatic

I like this scent somewhat. It reminds me a lot of Organza Indecence but with a strong insecticide note that I can tolerate but don't particularly care for. It's a bit too Grandma-ish for my taste. I much prefer the smokier, more modern Organza Indecence to this.

Aug
11
2011
alicerombi
alicerombi

Shalimar...when I have to talk about it, I'm speechless. To me Shalimar is THE FRAGRANCE, the perfection, though I've never sniffed the original one, I hope I will someday...It must be something out of imagination!When I wear Shalimar I feel like an elegant, sophisticated women, even if I'm home wearing a tracksuit!Shalimar has to me an enourmous power, not on the environment but on the persone who's wearing It..

Aug
11
2011
bungeejumpingme
bungeejumpingme

I bought Shalimar out of curiosity, as Shalimar & Samsara's fame is often mentioned altogether a lot by my surroundings. I've already had a decant of Samsara, which I love very much, hence the purchase of Shalimar.

My reaction upon first sniffing is: PEPPER! It opens up very spicy that I thought I'd sneeze. Before long, the lemon fizzles out as refreshing lemon soda, accompanied by spicy, woody notes (cedar? It's too dry to be amber). Then it quickly turns & settles into baby powder, with a hint of vanilla, jasmine & rose touch. Need to remind you, those three notes are very light that U might not catch it unless U give an extra attention while sniffing the scent. Nobody else will catch all those by the trail of Ur fumes while U're walking by.

I didn't like Shalimar at first. It's not before the fourth spray that I finally realized, I should not expect Shalimar to be "pretty" like current era's superficial point of view. She's unlike today's regular perfume. Her strong characteristic is her power.

She's a mature lady with way-above-average power of endurance, as she's been through a lot in her life. Shalimar is a woman of life experiences.

Give it to a female pro-bono lawyer. Or a doctor who decided to go to Iraq or other war-site to heal innocent victims without pay. Or a wife of a businessman, who has accompanied the husband to start the business from zero, yet has been cheated by for hundred times. Or a young single mother, taking care of her toddler while at the same time working & trying to finish her graduate study.

Shalimar represents every manly characteristics a woman could have. A man in a woman, or vice versa. Very genius way of expressing the story behind its creation, indeed. I adore it, though it's not the fragrance I'd wear myself. Like a couture creation, I believe Shalimar is only meant to be watched, enjoyed, and learned from instead of worn.

Aug
09
2011
Annica
Annica

Babypowder top, heart, base
That's what I experienced.
Nothing for my skin type.
Very disappointing.
One of the most beloved fragrances from The Guerlain House and I can´t stand it.
Sigh....

Aug
07
2011
Robynlovesperfume
Robynlovesperfume

I *finally* received my 90ml Shalimar-EDP in the mail yesterday. Yesterday was also the very first time I ever smelt this as well. Obviously, this was a blind buy for me, but because I am a fragrance collector, it doesn't matter so much how it smells(just so long as I own it). I sprayed this on last night before going to bed, so here goes with my take on it:

Shalimar opens up with a great deal of incense, lemon, 'old talc powder', woodsy notes, & leather to my nose, which make for a not-so-great combination. There are many other notes I smell, but not as strong as the ones mentioned. This perfume is very heady & strong, as in Chanel No5 strong (though I much prefer No5), and it's not so much my cup of tea.

Fast forward 8-9 hours: While still faint, I don't smell so much of the incense and leather, thankfully. What I do smell is a mix of lemon, vanilla, beautiful powder, and sandalwood.

I really like the drydown of Shalimar,.. but whoa, it sure takes a long time to die down! While I do appreciate its beauty, I don't think that I will be wearing this perfume for a while, except for the odd time at home.

Aug
03
2011
muskymale
muskymale

This perfume is one of the many pleasures of being a (wo) man! This is my third review of Shalimar, and words are just useless to describe the majestic beauty of this legendary perfume.

Today is a hot and humid day in London, and I sprayed my self this perfume (the edp) on the bus, and the whole bus suddenly smelled of Shalimar, and it was such a divine experience, and many people wanted to know what it was that I was spraying.

It sits ever so close on my skin in warm and humid weather and that ambery vanilla dry down just won't go away even 5 hours later now.

I love you Shalimar. Always, and forever more.....

Aug
02
2011
katrosado
katrosado

I adore Shalimar. I just picked up a small bottle today to have close by but I don't wear it often. This on me is a creamy round scent. On dry down I get vanilla and lemon but not of the kind we find in fragrances today that are more foody. This is vanilla blossom and a soft lemon not tart at all. No leather, no woods and no smokeyness. Just creamy soft vanilla lemon. I get no sillage and it hovers very close to my skin. I have to put my nose directly to my flesh to catch the scent. This and Chanel #5 I wear only for myself.

Aug
01
2011
picisziv
picisziv

If stars (astral ones) had a scent, it would be very close to Shalimar. But since Shalimar is a human privilege, stars need to make do with some replica.

Aug
01
2011
Brahmsfourth
Brahmsfourth

I have a small bottle of Shalimar that I use as aroma therapy. While I would never wear this fragrance, I put it on a kleenex and place it nearby. This heavenly fragrance lifts my mood and gives me a feeling of well-being. Shalimar is a timeless masterpiece.

Jul
30
2011
alfarom
alfarom

We can easily say that the house of Guerlain is french perfumery personified and, possibly, Shalimar is among its most successful and legendary creations. If you smell it for the first time you immediatley notice its outstanding quality and complexity. Wether you'll like it or not this is, by all means, an outstanding fragrance and one of those perfumes you encounter every once in a 100 years.

An huge amber/vanilla driven composition that is particularly remarkable for its kaleidoscopic aspects. Animalic and smoky, oriental and penetrating, delightfully sweet, mysterious, intriguing....simply immense.

If you happen to wonder if "objectivity" is appliable to perfumes you should try Shalimar as it's one of the most successful examples of how a GOOD fragrance can go beyond genres and even personal taste.

Rating: 10/10

Jul
28
2011
krmarich
krmarich

Its 1924. The world is prosperous. Jazz is sweeping the globe and Shalimar debuts in Paris. It makes perfume history with wild popularity. It was a gamble. Jacques Guerlain presented this sexy stunner with minimal flowers. Jasmine and rose make you wait a few hours and then shine for a few minutes, if you have a really skilled nose! Instead, vanilla, sandalwood and civet dominate this rather avant garde creation. This is why the 20s roared!

It has this perfect comfort zone that makes you wanna snuggle. It is has a baby-mother quality to it that has never been matched. Somehow, it is always in my mind. My mother wore this when I was born.

I was lucky enough to find a rare extrait from the 1960s in a Baccarat bottle! Its dark amber contents reveal secrets of deep smokiness and seduction in a bottle. To wear this is to wear a bit of history-indeed you can make your own with it.

Celebrity=Marlena Dietrich

Jul
26
2011
MizLiz
MizLiz

I did not understand this great beauty at all until I tried it in the pure perfume. I sprayed the tester on my skin, the bergamot, vanilla, jasmine, and incense melted into each other, and I heard angels sing. Despite the name, there's nothing Indian about it. Only pure French, early-20th-century opulence here. I believe that everyone has a Guerlain that is perfect for them, whether it's Jicky or Mitsouko or Chant d'Aromes or even Idylle. Shalimar is mine. I also like wearing it in the EdP.

Jul
25
2011
takeasniff
takeasniff

I usually love these old fragrances but this one smelled like rubber. I could smell rubber dolls like whenyou were a kid and you got anew doll the plastic smell was strong until you had played with the doll for a while. I don't understand what everyone is smelling when all I get is rubber. I do see from smelling it that it is a quality perfume. I am just going to have to keep trying.

Jul
21
2011
shamsiruhe
shamsiruhe

This is a perfume which exists in two layers. It seems that this is almost physical, giving credence to the notion that scent exists in wave form like light.

one is the innocent yet interesting skin scent, the other is the veil of perfectly blended iris and vanilla hanging about two or three feet from you.

the veil is what you catch hints of from time to time but which cannot be smelled even after bathing in it when sticking your nose into the fold of your arm/your wrist.

i know because i tried this. heheheh

Jul
21
2011
Lilii
Lilii

I received my bottle of shalimar EDP minutes ago, I bought it only to resell with a profit because I was expecting a very old lady perfume and I am not personally that much confident to wear them out of home. When I sprayed it on my wrist I was expecting sth very vintage (from 1925!!)and stinky and to my surprise, I found it delicious,deep, modern and lovely.I cant beleive they made it in 1925!
I will update later but I wont resell it at least in a short time for sure :)

Jul
20
2011
Akahina
Akahina

This is one lovely beast of a perfume. Clearly a quality concoction. And I understand this was marketed to men and woman. I can not add much to the reviews and I congratulate those that love this fragrance. What I get after the dry down is Powder, somewhere between an old barbershop talc and baby powder. Lovely if you want to smell like baby powder. Sorry to say this one is not for me. I love it on others but I could never wear this...except I did today. (Searching for an alcohol bottle right now so I can try to get this one off!)

This IS a positive review. I like this very much and I see this as one for a woman over about 30. It is just not for me, a man...

Jul
19
2011
muskymale
muskymale

To those of you who are not keen on Shalimar: You must not give up. You have to let Shalimar invite you, rather than the other way around, and this may take sometime. This is the classiest, elegantly poised perfume in the world! I call this perfume 'My French Liquid.' It is my absolute essential!

Like I said in my earlier review of Shalimar: "If Belle De Jour had a perfume, She would certainly wear Shalimar!"

Jul
17
2011
TiaTia
TiaTia

this one is a LADY!!!
here she comes in her golden dress showing every curve she has with CLASS!!!
she knows that she is sexy and she knows that she can have anybody she wants! so watch out, she will catch you and you even don't know what is happening with you but you are intrigued by her and when you realize it is too late, baby!! she has already wrapped you around her finger dancing under the chandelier.

are you ready for that special lady?
she comes like a hurricane and goes with a trail of smokey warm vanilla you cannot resist.

she accompanies me to special evening events and leads me through the night.

Jul
12
2011
Awatef
Awatef

I was soo looking forward to this scent but to my disappointment - I dint like this much it smelled like cheap powder to me and very grandma like … not a young ladies its more of 30’ish of age

Jul
11
2011
milena
milena

SIMPLY CLASSIC.

Jul
06
2011
jagna
jagna

I have never thougt you may fall in love with a perfume to the point when you think about it, dream about it and miss it when it's gone. But that's what happened to me with Shalimar. I did not like it at first. I picked up burned leather, smoke, some kind of a spice.... But I gave it a chance.... or, rather Shalimar gave ME a chance and after a while it presented itself to me with its most beautiful performance - creamy, soft, gorgeous scent. The most beautiful I have ever smelled. Just one of a kind.... I can't compare it with any other perfume, Shalimar is too special. I am lucky, because in my country not too many women wear it. And actually I should discourage anyone from trying it... I'm so jealous and possesive of Shalimar... :)

Jul
02
2011
muskymale
muskymale

My oh My!!! Yes, I am soooooooo in love with Shalimar. I am a man, and this is my second signature perfume. Such a classic, warm, seductive, smoky and sexy all in one. If Belle de Jour had a perfume, she would definitely wear Salimar. I love the EDP more than EDT, but both are lovely. This perfume makes me feel like Homme de Jour! :-) lol. The EDP has a more 'leathery' smell quality to it, and the base notes are all amber and vanila....Oh, I feel I am in Heaven when I smell this perfume on my skin. Totally euphoric.

Whenever I wear this, I get stopped by men, women, girls and boys, young and old, and I am not kidding. They love this!!! But of course, I never tell them what I am wearing!

Love it love it LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! J'adore Shalimar!

PS: Please also read my review on Shalimar Parfum Initial.

Thanks. :-)

Jul
02
2011
linally00
linally00

I just love it!!!!! It's never old!

Jun
27
2011
Berny32
Berny32

I've been wearing it since I was 20. Men always llove it on me! :-)

Jun
25
2011
fairyqueen300
fairyqueen300

This scent will never go out of style its been around for 80 something years and i know why once you wear it you hooked for sure i love this perfume with a passion all the women in my family wear it

Jun
20
2011
Sourneli
Sourneli

So seductive...love it!!!!

Jun
18
2011
Amour, Michele
Amour, Michele

This is my favorite favorite perfume. It's my creamy smokey shield from the world-- not only to protect, but to give me that unforgettable soft-focus cocoon that surrounds me with an irresistible mixture of friendliness and a delicious sense of distance of that unforgettable stranger.

Every time I wear this perfume, no one specifically compliments on how I smell, but almost everyone, especially men, are transformed into gentlemen. I've been offered help and gratuitous kindness whenever I wear this perfume.

I just can't say enough about this perfume. It's perfect, feminine, and creamy in the most mysterious balance of dry and luscious. It's the ultimate feminine perfume (but in contrast to a perfume like Fracas, not completely inapproachable).

Many comment that this smells "old" or "mature". I completely disagree. Not everything that veers away from overtly-fruity or sticky-sweetness is only reserved for your grandmother's xmas stocking. This perfume is for everyday, inadvertent seduction--if you're a woman, a real woman, wear this.

Jun
18
2011
ellebelle84
ellebelle84

Growing up in my grandmothers house I remember coming across a almost completely empty bottle of this (not know what it was). Believe the bottle was from the 40s or 50s (the glorious heyday for my now late grandmother). It smelt of cigars, and smoke and florals. I do remember that much. Good memories and all I have to see is the bottle.

Jun
16
2011
takeasniff
takeasniff

I have to say something strange has happened with me. When I first started wearing perfume all those years ago, a perfume like this just was out of the question. I couldn't stand it. Now many years later I have smelled and tested many many perfumes. I find now when I test celebrity perfumes they just do nothing for me. Something like this one I find I can't stop smelling it. Now I can only be bothered with complex perfumes and old classics because when you smell them next to todays nonsense you can really appreciate how much better they were. I don't know it's a shame the way perfume has gone today down the road of not wanting to offend anyone, office safe linear boring smells. There really isn't anything that compares to these. YSL tried by introducing a new opium but again it just doesn't compare to the old one. I do like some things that are created today but somehow I always go back to Chanel 19, 5 and Samsara, shalimar, Ysatis etc they just give you that feeling that the generation of today just can't. And the LAST!!

Jun
16
2011
Action
Action

If you are a Shalimar lover but would have loved it to be more SUBTLE, go for Patou Sublime.
It is exactly the same family but softer and very sophisticated!

Jun
13
2011
lisadcotter
lisadcotter

I wore this perfume for several years,but the fragrance quality is not the same. IMHO House of Guerlain is not what it used to be when the family ran it. I searched for a new fragrance and found Shantoung by Galimard. I love it and have put a review on the site. It is not available in department stores or most online sites, but can be bought easily in the USA at the Village Parfumery in Indiana.

Jun
12
2011
ATTIA**
ATTIA**

I used to wear this everyday until i started to wear
different fragrances,i loved the leathery musky vanilla notes that came out mostly on my skin thats why ill always love this its a beautiful fragrance.

Jun
11
2011
MsRachael
MsRachael

Everyone touts this as a classic, but to me it's a duet between incense and insecticide. I've tried to like it, and I just can't. Like a fortune tellers bedroom in a recently fumigated building.

Jun
09
2011
an.jorePipip
an.jorePipip

My colleague wears this fragrance (he is a senior staff in my office)...then I told him that I would give a try. Sprayed it on my wrist, it is very thick and lingers on and on. Longevity is superb, but somehow for me the staying power is longer than I expected. Great perfume, classic!

Jun
07
2011
jae21583
jae21583

This is my mothers favourite scent,it reminds me of her everytime i smell it.Its a very old school scent and strong/long lasting.I think if you enjoy a classic or deep sultry fragrances this is one you might want to try.Shalimar is not a personal like but i can say it is not a bad perfume.

Jun
06
2011
stacyrenee
stacyrenee

Tried this for the first time today, and I must say, it is nice, rich, smoky-smooth, salty, buttery and powdery, in a very pleasant comforting sort of way. I like it, but Im not head over heels, but it is beautiful. I cant detect any flowers or sweetness at all, but this is definetly very feminine perfume. Sort of incensey, yet soft. Like a very expensive baby powder is what comes to mind. Havent tested this one on my hubby yet, but something tells me he will like it. Absolutely nothing offensive about this one at all to my sensitive nose, so thats a plus. May have to make this one a staple. Classic.

Jun
01
2011
tuoksu
tuoksu

I tired this on and there was something in it I didn't like, and I wanted to get it off as fast as possible.

I tried to figure out what it was I didn't like, but I'm still not sure. Was it the iris maybe? Eau de Shalimar also has this note that I dislike.

May
29
2011
MiriamV
MiriamV

Very strong sent that I could only use like once a year, if I was having dinner with the king or something. Which I don't do too often.

May
28
2011
HappyShopper123
HappyShopper123

I tried Shalimar EDT in a department store a few months ago. I doused myself pretty liberally with the stuff, which was my cardinal mistake - I was literally left gagging for the next 30 minutes till I could wash it off! Naturally this left me with the notion that this was the Shalimar effect on me and have been considering investigating the Shalimar flankers instead.

What a difference a few months and a sample of the EDP make! This time I was very careful to apply sparingly, and I finally get what all the fuss is about. This is a warm, seductive and intelligent fragrance. The ladylike powdery notes of rose and amber are given heart by the citrus notes and there is a strength in the character in Shalimar which I detect as leather note.

Sublime, and I'm glad I gave this a second chance (and remembered to apply with caution!).

May
25
2011
shenanigans
shenanigans

The Grande Dame. The very first perfume I ever smelled. My mother wore it on special occasions when I was little and now my sister wears it (which is the ONLY reason I do not -*sigh*) so it is still a part of my life. Soooo rich, wonderful, and exotic. To me it is the little black dress of perfume. I adore it.

May
24
2011
Lassie
Lassie

Oh dear, this is not for me. I've only applied a furtive heavy spritz from a store display, and maybe I used too much. All I could think was: baby powder. (I hate hate hate the smell of baby powder.) Not only baby powder, but on me it smelled like someone set the plastic container of baby powder on fire! and that, my friends, is what it smells like to me.

May
18
2011
krissycat
krissycat

This smells so terrible on me, I'm not sure why. This is my mother's favorite fragrance and on her it smells wonderful. She wears it a lot to church and the sillage and longevity are both very good. On me though.. I just don't think my chemistry agrees with Shalimar. I want to like it because of how well rated this fragrance is but unfortunately Shalimar and I aren't friends. It's a shame though

May
17
2011
spoombung
spoombung

Absolutely sensational, classic fragrance and without any shadow of a doubt, one of the most complex creations in all perfumery. Evolves dramatically on the skin morphing from one contrasting colour to another in bewildering, virtuoso style.

May
16
2011
boardbat
boardbat

altho, i reviewed this beauty before i'll just say,the vintage shalimar is such a special perfume and imo, for special occasions. regardless if your 18 or 80 this is a beutiful perfume that many can wear. very powdery, very floral and very long lasting. a little is all thats needed. a drop behind ears and on wrists will make you feel lovely and feminine.

May
15
2011
madameka
madameka

shalimar WAS a great perfume,now it's changed,i don't like that,i think it is not honest to change a formular ,shalimar became so light,booooooooooooooo

May
12
2011
kikiki
kikiki

Shalimar is beautiful.

May
11
2011
whiteshoulders
whiteshoulders

Absolutely gorgeous. I love this scent, always have, always will. My brother had a girlfriend in high school who wore this, and I remember my mother commenting on it, because she had always loved it. When I first smelled it, I remember thinking it was heavenly, and I still do. I save it for special occasions. It used to be a scent that only "rich people" wore.

May
08
2011
onebadbaby
onebadbaby

I can appreciate this fragrance, but it's not for me. It smells too mature and from a different time. I had a bottle but didn't finish it, as I felt it wasn't my own fragrance but borrowed from another, as if I was a child wearing my mother's perfume.

May
07
2011
pmcclure
pmcclure

I've had a bottle for over 20 years. I've only worn it ocasionally in that time. Mostly, I smell it from time to time and think of my friend's very sophisticated, elegant Southern mother, when I was growing up 50 years ago in Los Angeles.

It's a very warm and elegant scent. And it's definitely a signature scent,as it seeps into clothing, hair, and skin, car upholstery, furnishings, sheets...I always knew whose home I was in or car I was riding in because of that scent.

Frankly, it's a little too sophisticated for me. I prefer someting a bit more exotic. Or maybe, it's because it was so much the signature scent of that lovely woman I grew up with that I just can't adopt it myself.

Apr
30
2011
Bicewtry
Bicewtry

Very feminine and depp scent! I recommend.

Apr
30
2011
lizzie81
lizzie81

I love this perfume! Very old fashioned, perhaps not for everyday. Its really unique and has a strong personality! powdery smelling and really conjures up images of the 1920s flapper scene.

Apr
27
2011
jujy54
jujy54

I have just discovered the naughtiest fragrance possible. I layer Kouros under Shalimar. Heaven help me.

Apr
26
2011
Sam2134
Sam2134

There is an old saying from the 1920s, when all the flappers would wear Shalimar, that enabled you to distinguish who was a real lady: A real lady never smokes, she never does the tango and she never wears Shalimar. This saying rings through my head whenever I wear it and appropriately, I feel like a seductive flapper until the scent wears off.

Apr
23
2011
melbritt24
melbritt24

I really, really wanted to be cool enough to like this fragrance...like the daring ladies of the 1920's...but I just can't stomach it. I have discovered that anything with Leather notes nauseate me! This reminds me of Prada (original)which also has Leather note. It's a big NO!

Apr
22
2011
cisco
cisco

For many a Christmas my ex and I gave his Mother Shalimar. One year I remember giving her a crystal atomizer to go with the splash Shalimar. I always thought it was very lovely and very mature.

Thanks to Sherapop I have a mini Shalimar EDT. It smells great! It is a bit intimadating though. I felt I needed to be perfectly groomed (which I rarely am) to wear this Queen of Oriental Florals. Today I broke down and purchased a 1.7 oz. of the EDT. I will fill you in with my "confidence" leval when it arrives. Truth be told, I am now very mature.. in years at least. My Shalimar time should be at hand.

One thing is for sure. This gets "exceptional" in both sillage and staying power. Because of this you get a lot of bang for your buck!

I think it would almost be impossible not to love this graceful, elegant bottle.

Update: Received my bottle yesterday and it did not disappoint. This is a lovely fragrance. I find my Avon Timeless body lotion and powder blends very well with Shalimar. Timeless has many of the same ingredients.

Further Update: Loved the EDT so much I ordered the EDP which just arrived. It opens with a wonderful citrus and dries down to a divine oriental floral. I will not waste one drop of this fragrance. The EDP is so superior to the EDT it is worth the difference in cost. Keep in mind that I enjoy strong perfumes. Maybe I am from the much maligned "old lady" set. I will let my senior flag fly high and proud in the face of gourmands any old day!!!!!

Apr
11
2011
Jillzilla
Jillzilla

I tested the EDT, and on me it smells like leathery, resinous vanilla. There is a slightly citric opening that is light (and not overwhelming) and it quickly settles into a more intimate scent.

In a way, I find it similar in style to Habanita, but I like this one so much more. It feels much more rebellious and edgy.

Mar
19
2011
20FourSevenEleven
20FourSevenEleven

Shalimar does indeed have many faces but remains timeless and forever young!

It is a fragrance that has earnt its 'classic' status by seasoned perfume lovers who have enjoyed its honesty and complexity. A true classic.

Mar
15
2011
Ohkit
Ohkit

Doubtless, it's a classic. Obviously, one of the best perfumes ever. Yet, Shalimar is the most depressing perfumes I've ever smelled. Yes, DEPRESSING. I can only get the smell of incense and nothing else. I feel like I'm in a church or, God forbid, at a funeral when I wear it. To me, Shalimar is a cold, black and dreadful perfume.
EDIT; November 2,2011. I tested it again and I was so wrong : this perfume is exquisite. Beauty, sensuality, sexuality- all these ingredients in a bottle of Shalimar.

Mar
14
2011
geekweevil
geekweevil

The first time I tried this, I was enraged and affronted at the pure evil that punched me in the face... How could anyone want to smell like a pile of burning tyres with baby powder thrown at it! Plus that off putting 'old lady' smell on top of that! What were you people ON about!!!
I stalked out of the department store, muttering to myself in fury at being a dupe. At least, I thought, I tried it so i wouldn't be tempted to buy it blind!

On the drive home all I could think of was "MUST WASH WRIST"...and then suddenly...the most wonderful scent started drifting towards me. It had changed into this smokey vanillary incensy awesomeness. All the horror was gone and it was the Best. Scent. Ever.
I couldn't stop smelling my wrist and thus my relationship with Shaliar began.

I suspect the tester bottle was 'off' as I've never had that dreadful startup again.

Mar
03
2011
aelias
aelias

For me, it was the same experience that I had with Angel. When I spritzed it on, I wondered how I had gone as long as I did without smelling such an awesome fragrance...I will never be without a bottle ever again.

Mar
03
2011
Chantal
Chantal

Shalimar is as classic as classic gets. A fragrance with depth, and though strong, is not artificial.

I was first attracted by the name, then discovered its long reputation. Upon reading all of the reviews, I was so curious about this, but they don’t sell it where I live. So, months later, I was travelling, and finally got a chance to test a bottle. The scent from the bottle matched the scent in my mind that I had formulated from all of the reviews! It was, incredibly, exactly what I had hoped it would be!

Shalimar opens with citrus notes and spice, which are quickly intercepted by the smell of fresh cut wood and warm musk. Green notes mingle in a bit after a few minutes. The mix of vanilla, musk and woods reminds me of my grandfather, who has passed away and whom I miss very much.

The vanilla comes in stronger in the heart. Vanilla, wood scents, and the entire composition never at any point loses its atmosphere of musk. In this respect, it is an old time perfume, but all the while exotic, like the gardens of Shalimar. I can see where the inspiration lies when I wear this; the essence of romance in the Orient. A beautiful story, a beautiful, dramatic fragrance filled with exotic passion.

The dry-down reveals a chalky note, and after several hours has settled quite a bit compared to the initial spray. At this point, it smells a bit like an ointment. Very organic, very grounding. The combination of leather and incense creates this very docile note. It’s sort of comforting, and there is still a touch of vanilla lingering there.

Shalimar is my rainy day fragrance. That is to say that I wear it once in a blue moon (but I often sniff the bottle!) and it is also a great fragrance for actual rainy days. The word Perfume, ever since I was small, is something I equate with something strong and musky, and Shalimar Eau de Parfum is a very Perfume fragrance, but not it a choking way. This is why I say that it is Classic. It’s an old time scent, and it is so warm and so refined, considering its strength, and it actually softens a great deal in a short time, but it doesn’t fade from there. It maintains that medium strength for hours. This is not floral in the way you might expect. If there are floral notes, they act only as accents to compliment the woody and spicy notes. This is the epitome of oriental fragrances. Any less floral or any less vanilla, and women could not pull this off. But Shalimar sits perfectly on that edge, a smoky (not in the literal olfactory sense) musky slightly woody masterpiece (a word I don’t use liberally) with a hint of vanilla which gives this fragrance just enough style and class to be the perfect evening – or rainy day – fragrance.

Mar
03
2011
Tigerlillian
Tigerlillian

Beautiful, ethereal, stunning, classic. A perfume to seduce your spirit.

Very distinct opening with almost astringent, animal overtones that extend right into the heart.

I like the drydown much better with its mysterious incensey, sweet musky trail.

A little too much character for me however. I like my perfume to compliment and not compete with me. Overall though, most unique and one to be respected for such a brilliant and complete composition with very deliberate notes throughout.

Feb
27
2011
sparkybish
sparkybish

When I was a girl, I had to go to charm school. I learned etiquette and social dances while wearing pretty dresses and white gloves. My mother would curl my hair with hot rollers, arrange it with some barrettes, then dab the tiniest dab of Shalimar parfum in the hollow of my throat. In an instant, I was transformed. No longer a gawky, gangly, buck toothed 12 year old, I could see the woman I was going to grow into. I would be tall, long limbed, and lovely. My features were going to make sense in 10 years. I was going to be a stunner. I knew it as soon as that parfum touched my skin.

Naturally, as soon as I was a grown woman and had the resources, I bought a bottle of the EDT. It wasn't the same as the parfum, and I didn't replace it when I ran out. But one day soon, I will have to go buy a bottle of the parfum, so that when my gangly, awkward 12 year old daughter dresses up, I can dab the tiniest of dabs on her too.

Feb
25
2011
xanman
xanman

The initial spray does smell like burnt lemon and rubber, which could possibly be construed as a cat-wee odor. Nonetheless, on my skin, Shalimar settles down into a warm incense, think sandalwood, nagchampa and amber(to my nose anyway) combined with a sugary, airy vanilla.I also get hints of floral activity as well, jasmine and rose, but very very fleeting at that. This is my husbands favorite fragrance on me. Drives him nuts. In fact this one does get more compliments from men than women. Never have recieved a negative response on this one(I have on others!). However wait a half hour after spray to go out in public-good advice for any perfume! thankyou

Feb
24
2011
ichigogirl
ichigogirl

The third time I tried it I fell in love.
Then I bought a Guerlain mini-set (found at the airport in Geneva, joy!), wore it again and will surely buy a full bottle soon. I think this may be my new signature scent.
It's not immediately inviting, it's not simple, there's nothing common about it, but it's beautiful.
On me there are no hints of citrus in it and very little flowers, but it's still warm and soft after a quite harsh beginning.
First: Leather, smoke, tar, incense, soap. Very smokey/leathery tar:y, but with enough incense and soap to give it femininity.
Then: Soap, incense, vetiver, patchouli, vanilla. It's sensual heart is revealed in about 45 minutes. It makes me want more!
Finally: Vanilla, tonka, soap, incense, leather. Warm, soft, inviting: addictive.
The base is what first made me love it, but I'm loving the heart- and top-notes more and more every time I wear it.
Sillage is good but seems to stay quite close to you, and it lasts for a full day, but in different shapes as time passes by and it evolves.
I'm amazed that a perfume created more than 80 years ago can still feel so current!
Update: I went to the Guerlain counter to try the Edt and Edp simultaneously and had the lady clerk smell Shalimar on me, she agreed it does indeed smell smokey and not at all citrusy on me. In other words, I'm not very typical. She also smelled L'Heure Bleue on me and said wow, unusually nice (I agree), so for all those who cannot wear Shalimar, try L'Heure Bleue, it might work better!
Edt vs Edp on me: the Edt was actually a bit softer initially, more rounded (surprising). After the top notes they smelled the same, but the Edp lasted much longer.
Update 2: Yesterday I got my first vintage scent, Shalimar Eau de Cologne, 1970's. It's beautiful, much like the modern EdT, but more delicate. The drydown is like a soft Shalimar whisper on my skin. Lovely. But for evenings I'll need something more potent...

Feb
21
2011
DONA DINA
DONA DINA

Shalimar is my #1 perfume!!!
the creator of this perfume is very genius and i'd like to meet him and thank him for this absolute feminie, romantic and immortal fragrance!!!
Some of my family didn't like Shalimar but when they smell it on me they say it's amazing and sexy!!!
Actually, my husband's started to love Shalimar too!!!

Feb
15
2011
srimati
srimati

I think the video was way over the top, they think it's sexy but I thought it was cheap, no class for a classic like this.

Feb
14
2011
ContessaAlessandra
ContessaAlessandra

I really do want to love this perfume, but I just can't stand it.. Dont know if it's because Im too young to appriciate it (20y) but to me it smells like vomit.. Im sorry for describing it this way, I do feel stupid for feeling this way

I wore it a whole day but felt very ill, had to jump in the shower to get rid of the smell

Feb
13
2011
Nogitsune07
Nogitsune07

Shalimar is truly a time capsule of the 1920's. The moment you smell this one, you are completely whisked back in time. I've only tried it out for the first time today, but it's an aroma I have long been acquainted with. Don't you love when you can finally put a name to that whiff of perfume you smelled years ago? So what can I say about this classic fragrance that hasn't already been said? Shalimar is dark, smokey, defiant and undeniably erotic by the time you get to the dry-down. Discordant and impious she may be, but its what Shalimar precisely revels in. She's got sass, wit and a love for the irreverant. It no wonder this little number was deemed the "bad girl" fragrance of the flapper era. Could you imagine any decent, respectable woman wearing it and pulling it off?

Maybe it's just my body chemistry, but the opening of this one did no favours on my skin (tried the EDT). The citric notes were just that touch too harsh, a bit on the caustic side. It goes straight to the base thereafter. I didn't get any of the middle notes for some reason. Give it about 15-30 mins, and the resiny incense smell begins to emerge. I'd liken it to frankincense (edit:apparently, it was opoponax I was smelling). From around this point the civet note is also very prominent. This is the stale buttered popcorn smell so many aren't used to - giving Shalimar that veritable vintage smell that some have often crudely put as "old lady" smell. But it is an acquired taste, I grant you that. Sandalwood, musk and leather come to join the party 3-5 hours later. It's faint, but the vanilla is there.

Shalimar is not a perfume for little girls. This is a woman's fragrance. On the wrong woman, Shalimar smells tawdry and out of place. But on the right woman, this could smell truly glorious. She would be the type that's stylish, romantic, witty, and with a
glint of mischief in her eyes. Hopefully I will be able to revisit Shalimar one day when I'm that little bit older and wiser. But not yet.

I can see why so many have been captivated by its magic for nigh on a hundred years. Sensuality and romance distilled in its purest form and then bottled.

(Edit: I got a chance to smell the EDP dry down on a bit of card, and I am stunned by the subtlety and beauty of the vanilla and incense base. I mean... wow, I'm speechless. It smells absolutely divine like this - maybe this is just a taste of the glory that once was Shalimar? Simply exquisite.)

Feb
06
2011
romrom
romrom

I think I like this perfume because of it's beautiful story. I had this perfume when I was about 19 or 20, it's a lovely scent ( not for everyone ) and if you use more then a drop, it could make you sick. But when you use just a touch, you really get to enjoy the fresh lemon then you get the sweet rose and at the end, that soft romantic musk that just stays with you all day.

Feb
06
2011
gatsby
gatsby

Shalimar is a truly QUEEN. Like it or not. So, you can love the queen, or hate...or you can just respect her longevity and her straight way through the decades...

Feb
05
2011
Sultry427
Sultry427

Ah Shalimar, this is truly such a unique fragrance and of such a potent almost vulgar personality as to toe the bounds of what is known as tasteful. Despite the general idea that this scent can only be worn by mature women, it smells absolutely wonderful on my skin and I am 19. I first discovered Shalimar in my grandmother's powder room, hers was most definitely the vintage scent as it was a dark syrupy color similar to beautifully aged Cognac, and it was in one of the older bottles that had a lovely sapphire blue glass stopper; my grandmother applied it with an antique frosted crystal dipper, and usually wore it behind her knees and in the crooks of her elbows, she always smelled wonderful.
It is almost repulsive when you first apply it as it has this 'in your face' hit of deep citrus tones, but when it mellows and dries down in about 30 minutes it takes on this beautiful woodsy spice that certainly has the warm vanilla present and obvious. This fragrance is certainly worth the try on your own skin as it reacts differently on everyone. It truly hasn't remained in production for so long because it's boring, it has it's own personality, and if you aren't confident and an incurable romantic, it wears you sometimes rather than you wearing it. Such a gorgeous fragrance, I truly hope they never stop making this as it is such a classic.

Feb
04
2011
notme
notme

SHALIMAR is undoubtedly THE PERFUME. It is an exquisite alchemy of craftily blended selected ingredients. For the connoisseurs this is certainly the epitome of perfumery - it is most certainly not the result of a young or overenthusiastic perfumer yearning for glory or rapid fame and money (the nowadays show-biz recipe). It is for a woman who knows what her fragrance aura should be according to occasion, context, company. It is not for young women, this is the aura for a seductive woman who does everything with class, diplomacy, style, refinement. She must be of perfect manners, posture and attitude, like the scent she chooses to surround herself in. For those who read Suskind's novel - Perfume, I am positive I can ascertain this is a perfume to sum up the utmost beauty in THE WOMAN, whatever the One had in mind when creating the woman to stand for grace and beauty. Utterly poetic, perfect.

Jan
29
2011
chaos2
chaos2

It has everything that I like in it, and I kind of like to smell the bottle, but I cannot wear it. It has too much of something that is distracting not in a good way. I must be my body chemistry. If you can wear it, go for it.

Jan
26
2011
LaPetite
LaPetite

Not a fan of this all ! It's a stereotype of the oriental fragrance , too strong , too "look at me" , i'd even say it's tarty .
Very overated , and i'm sick of all the TV ad fuss for this scent during the holiday season . I always change channel when see it , can't stand it anymore >< .

Jan
24
2011
ReinaT
ReinaT

Shalimar is an oriental bouquet classic! Truly a beautiful timeless fragrance, and a special treat for us perfume lovers, it comes in a gorgeous classically shaped bottle with a sapphire glass topper! I used to wear Misuki, and I'm down to my last drops of it and since it's no longer made I can't find it for sale anywhere! Now, Shalimar was made decades before Misuki but smells very similar, so for anyone who misses being able to purchase Misuki, I recommend trying Shalimar, it does not disappoint. It is as luxurious and timelessly romantic as it's reputation claims. Warm and sophisticated, but airy too.

Jan
24
2011
crlygrly
crlygrly

One spritz only and you will feel like "Queen for a day" I tried this first when I was a young woman in my early 20's and thought it was "too much" As I matured I realized that I was wearing a masterpiece that needs to be rationed and savored. A small spritz between my breasts and a half spritz on each inner elbow is all you need. People will ask what you are wearing and sniff the air around you. You will enjoy being caressed in a warm vanilla and spice scented blanket. You will find yourself asking "What is that delicious scent?" and then realize with surprise "OH! It's me!"It starts classy and reserved like an evening at the opera. It ends dark and smoky and leathery like the interior of a handsome man's expensive sports car. The fragrance lingers on your coat for days and on your sheets and pillows.And on the mind of the man who took you to the opera in the first place. LOL! Absolutely sexy!

Jan
23
2011
adele l
adele l

Incredibly rich, old fashioned and a little dirty! I have to ride the opening out with this one as citrus doesn't agree with me, but Shalimar really warms up and melts into the skin given a little time.. a glorious, powdery vanilla comes through. There is a hint of the 'old talcum' guerlinade but it passes quickly into the rich, slightly patchy vanilla base. The flowers, other than the iris, are very subdued here. The far dry down is a gorgeous, buttery (ylang?) vanilla. Sillage and longevity are outstanding. If you are not used to classics Shalimar may take some getting used to but it is worth the effort!

Jan
23
2011
sunshineandroses
sunshineandroses

When I first smelled Shalimar over 20 years ago, I thought it was too much to wear. It seemed like something an older sophisticated woman could wear but it was not for me. I recently tried it again and now it really does smell exotic and sort of casts a spell of mysteriousness with it's incense and lemon and other interesting notes. I think maybe it's not for everyone and may be too much on some people but it really is a classic perfume.

Jan
17
2011
boardbat
boardbat

i found this went on strong, but dried down into a soft, exotic jasmine/powder scent. this was my exotic night-out perfume. i always loved wearing this for special occasions. a classic.

Jan
12
2011
KateZeGreat
KateZeGreat

Smells just like baby powder to me, therefore my mind inserts a "dirty diaper" connotation that turns simple dislike into disgust...the mind says "hmm, was that a whiff of baby poop?" Alas, I know it's a classic, but it is not for me.

Jan
11
2011
TillyWave
TillyWave

So this is what happened. I'm at Macy's with my very patient, roll-with-it boyfriend, and I already am testing out 2 different scents of each arm. I also want to test Shalimar, so I simply apply two sprays to his right arm. It turns out to be so wonderful on him, so insense-smoky vanilla with citrus and florals on the sides that I can't stop smelling him. It simply smelled wonderful on him. He liked the scent as well.

Fast forward a month or so, and I am the owner of a 2.5 oz bottle of Shalimar EDP. I try it out, expecting the same experience I had that day with my boyfriend. Instead I got a shallow citrus with a flat grey seeming smoke, on top of Johnson's baby powder. I try again. And again. I have to say that nothing changed for me and that I don't grow to liking this strange baby wipe powder thing with no mystery or intensity that I experienced before.

Eventually I got rid of the bottle. Is it wrong to say that I have Eau de Shalimar EDT and I like that formulation (on me, anyway) better?

I am so disappointed. Before I gave away the bottle I asked my boyfriend if he wanted to keep it for himself. He said that he like Shalimar a lot but he's not really a colonge wearing kind of guy.

I will chalk this up to chemistry. And I still have Mitsouko, Chamade, and AA Mentafolia.

Jan
10
2011
floof
floof

Oh Shalimar, you classic Guerlain vanilla, I want to love you so much, but I dont like you as much as your similar smelling newer counter part Elixir Charnel Oriental Brulant, which lacks the awkward citrucy/powdery beginning and goes straight to the fantastic vanilla tonka, musc, amber and opoponax part. I love the pure Shalimar parfum but have a harder time relating to the watered down versions, and even with the pure extract, I have to be in special a mood for Shalimar. I have found that young men do not like either of the fragrances listed, and its a fragrance I wear for myself, to bed or when I record. I could see myself wearing Elixir Charnel Oriental Brulant with some vanilla on top to a fancy event, it is actually very pretty and wearable. Shalimar is maybe a bit too mature for my tastes? I am 21. I love my pure parfum Shalimar, I got it pretty cheap on amazon, but I wish it had a spray- thats my only complaint about the pure version. I cut off the annoying ribbon. I need to layer this fragrance heavily with vanilla (usually my favorites Jalaine's Vanilla and Tihota, but sometimes with the much more reasonable CSP Vanille extreme- with fantastic results.) Anyway, a big thank you to Guerlain, for making such wonderful fragrance, I feel like owning each of their fragrances, new and old, is a part of history and I love that they feel so special. It deserves mention that I also love Guerlian's Coquin Gourmand (its my second favorite fragrance in the entire world, only surpassed by Tihota, and sometimes I am in a different mood and it is number 1), La Petite Robe Noire (another top 10 in my book), Insolence pure parfum, tiare mimosa, cherry blossom, and many others that I have had the privilege to smell. I also think if you love Shalimar but wish it didn't have the citrus opening to try Elixir Charnel Oriental Brulant, it is quite similar but much more beautiful and wearable in my opinion. Good luck, and please feel free to msg me if you have any further questions!
I got the antiperspirant roll on deo of shalimar and it is my new favorite, I purchased on amazon and was so happy with it I will be trying the spray version next. This is the best smelling deo ever, a softer vanilla shalimar that really keeps you dry!

Jan
08
2011
mediterranean
mediterranean

You don´t know how much I would like to be the correct woman to wear this one, but.... unfortunatly I am not. A queen could wear this, a sexy strong woman could use it too, but I am only a poor teacher...What can I say?

Jan
06
2011
elegantpasha
elegantpasha

strong fragance and very elegant too

Jan
03
2011
Clara13
Clara13

I love Shalimar, although it took a little time. At first I found it slightly harsh and craggy, as if the notes weren't behaving themselves. But something drew me back to it (I had a deluxe sample) not once but several times, and finally I realized that I'd fallen in love with it. I find it warm, womanly, interesting, dramatic, delicious, sexy, and comforting all at once. My husband loves it on me.

To others who love Shalimar as much as I do: Don't be disheartened by the negative comments on this site (I love my Shalimar so much that I was a little offended by some of the comments here). No real work of art will please everyone. Have you ever noticed that the more popular a perfume, the more bland it is? It's not that some people have better taste than others. It's just that everybody is different, and a perfumer may take out this and take out that, to avoid offending all the different noses in the world, and what are we left with? An averaged-out fragrance. No thanks.

Shalimar is not for everyone, that's all. It remains its misbehaving self. I'm glad.

Dec
29
2010
ClockworkCat
ClockworkCat

I was all set to love this. Several people said to me 'If you love ambery orientals, you must try Shalimar'. Well, I did. The opening was nice, and I was able to pick up that this is a complex scent indeed... However, after splashing myself with it I discovered the one, prominent note that ruined it for me :( The powder note of doom! It was intensly strong, and smelled *just like baby powder*.

People who love baby powder will love Shalimar. I hate the scent of baby powder with an intense passion that most people reserve for burning dog poo or strong cat's urine. I would never normally mix perfumes, but I doused myself with 'Evelyn Rose' to cover the smell so I could get home without having to smell the baby powder scent. Nothing like a strong, pure rose to block out unwanted scents :)

I know many people love this, but I'm afraid the powder is too strong for me. I'll be sticking to my beloved Mitsouko :)

Dec
29
2010
Parfumista2010
Parfumista2010

What a beautiful old lady she is - after all these years still stunning for the senses : beautiful appearance and an even more attractive personality.
Heavy load of benzoe and vanilla with only a few flowers in between. A somewhat sharp and bitter note in the background (similar to burnt vanilla) but it adds to this passionate fragrance. Shalimar is not at all about powder fluffs and pink ribbons.
This is a lady who knows that real beauty lies in the mystery not revealed at once.
I recommend the EdP version as it gives this classic oriental an adequate "volume".

Dec
26
2010
havanadaydream
havanadaydream

Powder overload !! Cant handle it , if I were going to go the way of a powdery one like this I would have to go for Tabu or Chantilly. Its cheaper and smells MUCH better. I am so sorry to all of you Shalimar lovers but its stifling to me. I know its a classic but we cant mix.

Dec
26
2010
sanziana29
sanziana29

Oh yes, Shalimar was a gift from my husband, I have nice memories from the times I wore it. The smell is divine, the staying power is wonderful. Indeed, a classy perfume, for a 35- 90 woman. It has no age, you can not blame it for "gradmama" smell- cos the fragrance is beyond all times (Chanel No5 has not the same property). The citric notes from the beginning is very refreshing, the final notes- vanilla and incense- calm down in a splendid aura.

Dec
26
2010
Scarlet.Anemone
Scarlet.Anemone

This is the scent which I wore to comfort myself. At home, in the workplace or anywhere, most of the time I wear it not to impress others or to show off myself. I purchased EDT from online. Mine is a tester, without cap and 50ml bottle. At first I don't like it. But after some time, i began to appreciate its uniqueness and long time history. My male colleague complained that I smelled like an old woman with typical Indian smell (no offense, probably he was talking about the jasmine in Shalimar). But I like it so much, especially its dry down. Like a soft cashmere wrapping around me, i felt so much comfortable every time I inhale the smell. There's a time when I don't feel really well or sick, Shalimar is the only fragrance that I'm looking for. Above all, Shalimar is a classic scent, not all people can pull this fragrance with them. If you can pair up with Shalimar very well, then you're very lucky.

Dec
22
2010
Sassy1
Sassy1

Strange, I keep stalling my review of this one. I guess it's out of respect and reverence for such an icon but got to face it sometime so here goes.
I had a bottle gifted to me 15-20 years ago. I used it a couple times but it smelled cheap and loud to me so I tossed it. Not sure what strength it was but I remember it stunk up the whole room.
So, after reading up on what a masterpice it is I decided to give it another try. I'm no Hilton, so a bottle of EDT was ordered.
1st spray, all I could think of was powdered orange drink or lemonade in a can. Synthetic and caustic. I decided to grin and bear it but all that came forward was vanilla. Plain old got-a-whole-big-bottle-of-it-in-my-kitchen-cupboard vanilla.
I'm not sure if the problem is that I'm so hard to please or that I should have waited and splurged on the EDP. But I have so may other frags that I really love, I can't bring myself to waste the money if I still don't like it.
I know...I'll wait 'til I hit the Lottery and try the vintage stuff.
It can't be any worse.

Dec
14
2010
Cereza
Cereza

Today is a big day for me as I'm finally testing Shalimar. I've afraid to do that as I thought - what if I hate it? What will I say then?

At the opening I get loads of lemon and oakmoss with some really animalistic stuff disturbing the lemony opening. I can even feel some spices from the patchoulli and I swear, I feel cinnamon. And I don't like it. See? I said it.

It get's better when it developes, but it's still too dirty and animalistic for me to enjoy. I do feel vanilla, it's creamy and I love it, but I cannot run a way from the animalistic/leather note that disturbs me so much.

I'm so sorry Shalimar. I postponed our first "date" as long as I could and now we have to face it - we are not meant for each other. Too bad. I tried and I know that you did too.

Dec
11
2010
greek_goddes
greek_goddes

Someone recommented this to me as like powdery perfumes and i bought it without trying it first, which was a big mistake.
I don't hate it but i don't like either.
It is not for my age for sure. my mother doesn't like too.
At first it is citrus (but i don't like it),
then it becames powdery (not in a good way,too strong)
and at the end (propably the best part) i can clearly smell the musk.
I can understand why so many people love it.
It is a love-hate perfume for me.
I'll keep it for the future in case i'll change my mind.

Dec
07
2010
hermione.al
hermione.al

If I only could I would write a poem fully devoted to Shalimar. Our love story is rather long and contradicting. It all started one day in a parfum store, big and expensive. I tested it and was shocked with its smell of burnt tyre. I hated it on the spot and decided never to buy it.
One year later, inspired by ahs and wahs of my parfum-mates, I tried it again and didn't like it at all...
What's the hell, I thought and started seeking for the appropriate concentration.
And soon I found it! That was Eau
Deo perfumed vintage 1985. I was really excited! And that was only a crazy start! Today I am a happy owner of Shalimr EDP,Shalimar Flowers Eau de Parfum,Shalimar Eau de Cologne 1967,Shalimar extrait 1968, and surely, my first Shalimar Deo perfumed vintage 1985. These are definately my favourites .

Nov
24
2010
Helsinki
Helsinki

Ok, I tried this for the first time today. Certain associations had been made before spraying this on. There's this lively and lovely Scandinavian lady who wears a playboybunny necklace at the mature age of 60 and took a Latino to be her husband. She wears Shalimar to work every day. I bet she used to be a femme fatale in her 20's-30's. Shalimar wasn't made for the faint-hearted, I can conclude that.

A Blasting Lemon note at the very beginning; after an hour, vanilla and amber combined with beeswax. Beeswax, beeswax, beeswax. My experiment is partly like a repetition of Chanel Antaeus. Unfortunately Shalimar couldn't live up the legend. I'll give it another try later.

Nov
23
2010
xanman
xanman

Shalimar and I have a very strange and rather long history. I smelled it on an ex-boyfriends mother almost twenty years ago- was mesmerized, but I really did not like it.Just to be polite and to make a good impression (and conversation as meeting a boyfriends mom is always awkward,)I told her I liked her perfume, she replied "Thats my Shalimsr, it's wonderful huh?"Well due to my feigned optimism she gave me a bottle. As I was out of all of my perfumes I wore this to work one day. Immediately one of my clients asked"Are you wearing Shalimar you know thats an aphrodisiac?" "Oh really" I replied shocked, not at his forwardness but that this perfume had such an effect on him(I wa a cocktail waitress after all) Well after my shift was over I discovered this perfume was stolen out of my purse(I forgot to lock my locker)apparently, one of my co-workers hsd watched me spritz it on prior to our shift,preferred this perfume over our friendship and nabbed it. I still was not crazy over Shalimar, however since others seemed to covet it so much I knew then that I had an unknown treasure, so I pitched a fit in front of all my co-workers threatening to tell management of a theif in our presence and it was returned anonymously on top of our lockers the next day.Bottle was used up moved to other perfumes as I never really felt comfortable in Shalimar.Fast forward twenty years. Gave it another try,turns out it drives my hsband crazy in a good way and recieved quite a few compliments from others as well. Due to my husbands love of this fragrance I'll never be without it.On a personal note I can only wear this during cold months, Can anyone tell about Eau de Shalimar?

Nov
23
2010
AgentSteph
AgentSteph

Shalimar is my favorite scent of all time. It's a family tradition. I love vanillas, ambers, and oriental spices. This is and will always be my signature scent. Oddly, I can't really find the cirtus notes in Shalimar, just the deep, warm, seductive tones.

Can anyone recommend similar scents? I'm particularly seeking affordable alternativesMy mother switched to Mackie, but it's a little too sweet for me. I used to really love Vanilla Berry from B&BW, but it is long discontinued.

Cheers! This is a fantastic forum. I'm so happy to have found it.

Nov
22
2010
personagrata
personagrata

You need time so as to be friend with this one... I have never encounter something like shalimar...the seduction in a bottle... what i smell mostly is vanillia and lemon, and i love both,in a very deep, dark and mystery version.I was searching for an every day perfume and this one it was suggested. Although i cant imagine myself wearing this one for everyday among a lot of people, i am sure i have found my seduction secret. I am talking for the EDT version, i am not sure i am yet ready for the EDP. The EDT is lighter , watery and lasts a long time... what s really unique in this one is that shalimar eau de toilette is not powerful but it has the power of reminding its presence every now and then with a gesture, with a move...Shalimar is satin dress and long black hair, jewellery and smooth moves. it doesnt shout, it doesnt run, it whispers to your ear and moves in an elegant and sensual way,..it is a perfume saved for special occasion, because it makes you feel special.
UPDATE: How much ignorant and totally wrong is the idea that this perfume is an old lady perfume! I just wore it today (and after 3 hours approximately) young men at the age of 17-19 told me how wonderful I smell. Not a bad thing for an "old -lady scent", don't you think?
Now I am a proud owner of both EDT and EDP, I am ready for the EDP since last winter, so I am wearing EDT for the day and EDP for the night-out. Unfortunately, I haven't met the vintage one, only the reformulated, so as to really get to know the original allure and beauty of shalimar, but I love the reformulated ones. The only good thing is that I am not dissapointed by them, since I never smelled the vintage, I am only curious...

Nov
21
2010
Maoocha
Maoocha

Really smokey from the 1st spritz, personally I love smokey smell, but this is over the top smokey. I hope that potrays the impression that it gave.
There's other obvious notes like vanilla and jasmine underneath the thick cover of smoke however you'll have to make your way through the blinding smoke to find them.
After the smoke dispersed, a dry of Thierry Mugler's Angel is left behind.
A very headstrong and confident scent.

Nov
18
2010
anaaranha
anaaranha

I must say: I'm in love with Shalimar! It's my first bottle and I'm a begginner with those "immortal" parfumes and I couldn't agree more with all those women that are very found of this unique parfume: it has dephts that just now, after 5 hours of wearing it, I am start to feel and they are awsome, beautiful, and it's becoming better and better. I found myself so luck that I love it! My husband loves it as well. Thanks, Guerlain!

Nov
17
2010
guest_Robbin
guest_Robbin

I first received Shalimar in 1975 as a Christmas gift and I have used it ever since. I love it. The minute I put it on no matter what time of year it is I instantly go back to that Christmas and the first time I put it on. It always makes me feel to good. I am sensitive to most scents and rarely ever like any but Shalimar is one I can always wear and enjoy!

Nov
15
2010
orangepoppy
orangepoppy

DELEATED IN PROTEST
- Taking a stand against Fragrantica’s editing

Nov
12
2010
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

Frustrating. This is how I would call this special unique one-of-the-kind fragrance. There was some of this frustration in my previous review and now it has grown. I've been knowing it for so long time since I was a shy teenager and I still own a bottle from '80s which I'm sure smells better than the new ones. Samsara became my signature of 12 years, now dismissed, because I preferred that to Shalimar and also because it worked so much better on my chemistry.
That's why I say that Shalimar is frustrating. I went through a big bottle of EdP, used maybe once every 2 months for 2 years and now that it's almost finished I don't feel like buying a new expensive one just to have Shalimar around, because I don't think that Shalimar love me so much :-(
Everytime I smell Shalimar on paper and on some people I think I'm smelling heaven! Then on my skin and others smells just like powdered baby diapers which is horrible! Not a stink in itself, but nothing I really want to smell like. Or alternatively it smells like grand-father cologne. Why?? On right people Shalimar smells so divine, multi-layered, enfolding different stages and it smells warm, enveloping and fragrant, almost as maternal love.
Actually nobody ever told me that Shalimar was not good on me. It's just my opinion.
I often heard that Shalimar is sexy. The ad is just out, while some of the previous one were more intriguing. Anyway, beautiful bottle, beautiful name&story&blabla, beautiful jus... wrong skin! So I won't insist.

Nov
10
2010
guest_
guest_

This has stood the test of time, its been around since the mid 1920's and still going strong. Some people just won't ever understand the wonder of this scent but for those of us who do its a pure pleasure scent from the beginning to end. I find is alluring and seductive but its also a comfort scent too. It has many faces. Shalimar has become a tradition in our family from my grandmother who was born in 1900 to my mother who was born in 1921 then on to me born is 1958. Hopefully one of my daughters will carry the tradition. I will always have a bottle on my vanity.

Nov
10
2010
Dark Curls
Dark Curls

this morning on my way in to work, a tall blonde woman probably in her mid to late 30's was walking ahead of me, into the building and up the escalator. I caught a whiff of the most gorgeous scent..so of course i had to ask what wonderful perfume she was wearing...She said Shalimar..i hope this is the one she meant because i want to try it for myself now..

Nov
08
2010
jujy54
jujy54

@ guest me, who asked the diff betw EDP & EDT. I just tried both - I have long used the EDT and have the parfum and the Sensational Body Lotion. I was allured by the EDP's sculpted flacon, and tried both. I found the EDP to have an overly sharp smokey quality, so I went with the EDT once again; it layers nicely with the parfum and the lotion and adds a little citrus at the top. It's been three hours since I tried them - one on each wrist. They are more similar in drydown, and both last. The EDT is a bit more economical.


If anyone out there has never tried the body lotion, I can't recommend it enough. It is creamy, sweet, and heavy, less leathery than the other formulations. In the winter I put it on before bed. Sweet dreams!

ps - eezepeeze is right! This is the most sexual fragrance IMO.

Nov
07
2010
charlottesmom
charlottesmom

I havn't worn Shalimar since high school 25 years ago. I absolutely loved it way back then but after my bottle was gone I never bothered to replace it and moved on to other scents. I was in Macy's today exploring the Givenchy line. After I had sprayed both wrists with a couple of their scents I happened upon Shalimar sniffed the bottle and walked into the mall to do some pre Christmas shopping. The other perfumes wafting off my wrists were nice but I kept thinking about Shalimar....so naturally I Had to go back to Macy's and spritz my arm. I remember back about 5 years when I tried to revisit Shalimar and got an overwhelming burnt pig smell wafting from my wrist (I kid you not....burnt pig!). This time it was almost as good on me as back in high school a nice strong powdery vanilla, though there is still something about it close up that irks me.....faraway (from my arm to my nose) it's beautiful!!! My 16 year old son and my husband both like it. I may invest in a sample from theperfumedcourt but don't think I'd wear it enough to justify a full bottle.

Nov
07
2010
darkbeauty
darkbeauty

I've only ever had a sample and tested it several times in the store, but that was all the convincing I needed! And each time I have been capitvated. Such a mysterious and alluring scent on my skin... I have to keep sniffing my wrist because I can't get enough. It has luscious hints of smokey vanilla, soft spices, and a powdery finish. It's very exotic and has a lot of personality for a scent... This is one of those that you & your skin will either love or hate. Word of warning: Not everyone can pull this fragrance off. What smells great on someone else might not be so hot on you. Test it a couple of times, them make up your mind.

Oh, and be patient! The opening can be a bit of a shocker ... burnt wood ashes & dried lemon rinds. I know first impressions are hard to overlook, but spray lightly, WAIT, and then watch the magic unfold!

Oct
19
2010
sweetcookie
sweetcookie

Just the other day- I thought I'd give my husband a lemony, vanilla, leather and smoke treat that is Shalimar.(See, punkin,your wifey does have a teensy bit of class!). Amaz8ingly, he noticed almost immediately, even though I dabbed the merest smidgen on my throat. Boy, I was thrilled and awaited his comment with bated breath. It finally came. "Wow, baby...you smell..." (FABULOUS? REMARKABLE? OUTTASIGHT?)"You smell like...a just bathed gramma in a nursing home!Overdosed on baby powder,right?" No,it's just one of the world's great perfume classics. I still like Shalimar and will wear it on occasion, but not around my other half.

Oct
17
2010
icekat
icekat

Oh Shalimar! You are the Femme Fatale of the perfume world. Mysterious seductress with dark secrets buried beneath the classy surface. I think about La Femme Nikita series. A gorgeous spy enters the sophisticated party. She wears little black dress and high heels. Her little designer purse carries a gun but no one knows it. She slowly makes her way through the room as everyone glances at her with admiration. She is sexy but also extremely intelligent, powerful and in control.

When I purchased Shalimar I thought that it would smell classy but old fashioned. This vixen is as modern today as she was in 1925. Timeless. I am totally and deeply in love with this fragrance.

It is complex and yet it is unified. It is dark but extremely attractive. The mandarin orange, lemon and bergamot opening is like a walk in the southern garden under the stars. The patchouli, orris root and vetiver are strong but they do not feel medicinal. I normally do not like patchouli but I love it in this fragrance. The heart notes work together so well to create this dark magical potion. And then dry-down comes with the complicated notes of leather, woody vanilla, touch of musk and incense. I never used the word “sexual” about the perfume before but this one definitely fits the word.

Oct
16
2010
Aristo
Aristo

specific ...
flavor with a hint of patchouli
India in the French fashion -
"Gallant India" Rameau
+ Nouveau early 20 th century, motorization and
Stravinsky)

Oct
12
2010
Contessa01
Contessa01

I really wanted to like this but for me it just doesn't work. It is a stunning creation (I bought a bottle for my mum who absolutely loves it) but I do struggle to wear 'classic' scents. I do love Number 5 though. This just does not agree with me. I think its the civet and leather which are two notes I have never been able to wear. But it is a classic and worth trying.

Oct
11
2010
lucifera
lucifera

noo wonder i dislike it, the leather..the civet >_< sucha shame! these notes will never agree with me

Oct
09
2010
babsyfish
babsyfish

To wear Shalimar is to ride a magic carpet back through time. It is definitely not a scent of today--nothing clean, sweet, electric, or synthetic--but then again, it is, just not in the expected ways. Shalimar always speaks in riddles. Shalimar is a full moon swaddled in blue velvet. Shalimar is the smoke that erupts from the genie's bottle. Shalimar is not for every person, but every person should try it at least once. The silky body lotion is a divine alternative.

Oct
02
2010
BIG
BIG

Wearing the EDC yesterday, i've come to the conclusion that Shalimar is a tricky pony. It didn't resemble at all to the scent it used to be when worn in colder weather. I smelt most of the time the top and middle notes, while the base notes where nowhere to be found. What an intriguing fragrance!

Sep
26
2010
Vincenzo
Vincenzo

One of my favorite scents for women. In this review I am referring to edt version.

Shalimar: Oriental, spicy, woody tones absolutely fantastic. The recent reformulation has made "lighter" and less complex, but, nevertheless, continues to please me.
The base notes of opoponax make it sensual and base notes of vanilla - never banal and predictable - make it gentle and poetic.
I tried the version EDT (gift to a woman go out with), but I think that the EDP version is able to better capture the essence of the original Shalimar.

Sep
26
2010
guest_me
guest_me

What is the difference between the EdP and the EdT in this one and wich one is better in your opinion? Btw i love this site:)

Sep
25
2010
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

@ vanilla patch: Why don't you stick a sign on your forehead saying narrow-minded hater?!

Anyone who judges something classical in modern terms is a nit-wit, and has no class in my opinion; and I usually respect this forum enough to only offer help and guidance to those who ask it or want; your twerpitude has gotten my ire up and I think the fact your "review" was buried says it all!!

EDIT: Serious members please forgive my impertinence and emotional outburst. I am a 40+man and I just love this oriental beauty so, I had to defend her, and if I smell like an "old Lady", so be it!! Call me Granny Gypsy...

Sep
23
2010
susanmsuk
susanmsuk

I have a vintage version of Shalimar - the Parfum de Toilette as a splash, which disappeared in the mid-1990s. The fresh opening lemon notes are such a surprise for me, then it goes into the deeper, animalic, powdery notes.

I feel I can wear Shalimar anywhere, at home, in the office, at the weekend, at a party. A great classic, but not for everyone.

Sep
09
2010
maggiesmeow
maggiesmeow

Masterpiece, but for me at my age, all I associate it with is little old ladies in fur coats. For a new generation to explore.

Sep
02
2010
parfum de l'amour
parfum de l'amour

Shalimar was my first love. The first perfume I ever tried in a perfumery, all by myself. It was a revelation. Up to my encounter with Shalimar, the love I had for perfume was naive, childish, although packed with deep fascination. Shalimar came just in time to open a door that would radically change my perception of fragrances and the art of perfumery.
After spraying it on my wrist, the impression that it made on me was so powerful that I immediately said to myself that I would never like it. It was like nothing I ever tried before and being the novice that I was, I failed to realise that the secret of it lies much deeper. However, I took home a perfumed blotter and kept it for several months in a notebook. I used to sniff it from time to time and soon enough the revelation unfolded. You might say it was like a passion that slowly grows inside you, enveloping you without you even realising, until one day you find yourself bound by it.
Shalimar is a fragrance that requires time, in my opinion.
The drydown is magical and I have yet to find a scent that can match Shalimar.
It is vanilla, but here it has a particular allure, with a smokey-woody texture. Also, it has the same "retro" olfactory aura that surrounds all perfumes made in the interwar period and evokes the atmosphere of the time. Trying Chanel no.5 will kindle the same overall feeling.
It's mysterious and sexually appealing in the way of a 1920's and 30's femme sophistique de la grande bourgeoisie. Not for everybody. It calls for a refined, elevated woman, sexually and spiritually mature, with her femininity in full bloom.


A true beauty!

Sep
01
2010
Catbiscuit
Catbiscuit

With its prickly opening and anemic vanillic base, the charm of Shalimar was mostly lost on me in the EDT formulation currently available on the market.

Shalimar EDP however is like skinny-sipping in vanilla cream and towelling yourself off with silky ecru cashmere. Glorious!

The opening of Shalimar in EDP form is pleasant but very old-school. Irrespective of all the citrus or other notes listed, all I get is a smooth, blended floral until about 30 minutes of wear when it transforms into the most comforting, luxurious vanilla possible, short of divine intervention.

Positively blooming from the heat of your skin, I find the vanilla to be nurturing and maternal, which is probably why I don't find it sexy despite its 'cashmere against bare skin' tactile appeal. It speaks to me more of the deepest bonds of familial love & safety and brings forth feelings of dizzying happiness when I wear it.

Sep
01
2010
rainydays
rainydays

Shalimar opens with loud citruses and wood notes (though the latter takes a back seat). It has a slightly masculine edge to it, with no sweetness whatsoever. But it's not overpowering or nauseating... it smells like a unisex fragrance that somebody would wear who loves the outdoors. Fresh, but still spicy. It dries down fairly quickly (at least on my skin) and transforms into a lovely, feminine, powdery floral with a hint of incense, and vanilla at last to smooth it out. I found the experience very enjoyable :)

Aug
28
2010
Aredore
Aredore

(EDP)

The first few minutes of Shalimar is a blast of bergamot-citrusy freshness. It is an oddly “scrubbed and showered” opening for an oriental – unexpected and honestly delightful. Later, as the perfume blooms, the smoky, dirty floral cloud takes over. The transition has a clumsy moment when the civet breaks through, smelling for a brief moment of that man who neglected to wash his hands after using the toilet, but the rosy-jasmine florals take the reins for the heart of the fragrance. Shalimar’s smoky, vanillic florals have a lightness that is absent in many modern interpretations of the genre, which use boozier vanillas and sugar their fruits. An understated vanilla is the core of Shalimar and has only just enough presence to lend the fragrance a warm glow. It smells cozy, lived-in and comfortable. Perfect on someone who feels the same way.

Aug
24
2010
Vixie
Vixie

One of my first and enduring loves, Shalimar is pure Geurlain: exotic, deep, warm and well-balanced. The vetiver, civet and cedar dance enticingly with the incense, iris and mandarin, transporting the senses like those old black-and-white silent films where the Arab horseman captures the heart of the self-assured and adventurous Western beauty, and they retire to his tent where he reveals to her that he is really a handsome sheik with a kindom full of riches... Shalimar is everything a woman is: headstrong, passionate, exotic, enchanting, sexy, and commanding admiration.

Aug
21
2010
maatgirl
maatgirl

Ahhh, Shalimar. Am I the only person who remembers the 80s ad campaign, with the woman in the 1920s convertable traveling down a tree lined French Boulevard while a Chopin impromptu swelled in the background? More loveliness than could be easily processed at one time--I usually am not swayed by advertising campaigns, but this one intrigued the teenage me enough that I went and tried the fragrance. And to my Anais Anais-accustomed nose (ah, the callowness of youth!)Shalimar did not captivate. Too smoky, too dirty...too old. OK, I was 14 at the time--sue me!

Fast forward 15 or so years. I recieved a mini coffret of Guerlains and Shalimar was represented. I loved Mitsouko and Jardins de Bagatelle and liked all the rest...including Shalimar. I began to appreciate the transformation it underwent on skin and began to appreciate, if not love, this classic.

Now...Shalimar is a go-to scent for me. There is something akin to Leonardo Da Vinci in Guerlain's great classics...a sfumato in which notes are distinct but blended together. I get the lemon,the vanilla, the animalic notes, a whisper of leather, all married together...and the whole is more than the sum of its parts. If you have ever tried this and put it aside, give it another go, or try it in a different concentration. You will not be sorry.

Aug
14
2010
guest_Eleanor M
guest_Eleanor M

I'm one of the fortunate ones who wears this scent well. I was given a bottle of the eau de toilette 30 years ago by a co-worker's mother (she purchased it on a cruise). It clicked with me immediately and the vanilla tones are the ones that people comment on -- not that it smells like vanilla but that it really smells great. More men ask me what I'm wearing as they want to purchase it for their wives!
I haven't worn any other scent since the first bottle.

Aug
13
2010
Mado Haddad
Mado Haddad

OMG!!
Skin chemistry really does wonders!
I read most of the reviews and I say to myself "This must be another Shalimar that I tested!".. But, how come , I'm sure!
Anyways, the points I agree with are: strong lasting power & being very powdery.
On my skin, it smelt (mainly) like : men's shaving foam, mixed with soap & (of course- powder )
I wish I could see the beauty everyone is talking about...

Aug
07
2010
diamond9
diamond9

To tell you the truth, I just don't "click" with this perfume... It smells completely different on me... I'm reading your reviews and can't say I'm not sorry because of the commonness it has on my skin...
Only bitter citruses,Eau de Rochas smells the same, only better... Sorry Shalimar...

Aug
05
2010
relle
relle

Would be an extraordinary scent yet for the fact that I had a friend who used way too much, so that the smell became cheap, and common. The scent should enhance the wearer, not viceversa. The friend overapplied so much that you could smell Shalimar miles away. It choked others. Please Shalimar users, understand that with this powerful scent, very little goes a long way.

Jul
24
2010
zsazsa
zsazsa

Shalimar.....My lovestory with Shalimar began about 6 months ago. Based on the reviews of this site I went and tried it. Imagine, I consider myself a perfumista and I have never tried Shalimar before. Well, everytime I have tried it I have found it to be downright offensive and disgusting. I couldn't seem to "get" it. I couldn't understand what everyone was writing about it being such a mysterious and sexy fragrance. Until 6 months ago... I finally took the time and let it sit on my skin(and not scrub if off immediately) and not to smell it immediately after application either. And I finally "got" it. After 30 minutes or so, divine,simply perfection. Fresh, citrusy notes combined with sweet vanilla. But the best part of it is the drydown. On me pure vanilla and musk heaven, very very sexy.... Especially the parfum, which is so much smoother compared to the eau de parfum. It is my beau's favorite scent on me. Shalimar is here to stay and I hope this perfume will exist forever.

Jul
17
2010
Maki
Maki

Oh...how I wish I would be able to like, no... to LOVE this scent. But every time I trie to...I feel like I'm failing...
'Why bother?' you might ask...
Well...I can't explain...the bottle, the fact that it's from Guerlain ofcourse, its history...
It's not due to Shalimar...no, it's something I lack why I just can't come to terms with it...

So sorry...

Jul
16
2010
vuelo
vuelo

I will have to say... I do like it. But it's too feminine and strong in character for me to wear (too often), that's what I feel.

Synthetic sweet vanilla, some citrus, cedar and baby powder... than comes dust, (and yes...) lamp gas, burning fire, rust... lipstick on a woman's lips, filthy rags of a beggar.

P.S.- EDT opens citrusy and goes on like that. The EDP has less citrus notes and more WOOD.Both dry and fresh-more dry though-like old wood furniture-like you could get all the smell encapsulated, trapped under the time coloured burnish... Wich is a splendor I can'd describe, and with all that dry vanilla... ugh...

It acts very diffrent acording to humidity/temperature- very weather sensitive.

Jul
15
2010
Nicole79
Nicole79

Yesterday at the Airport at Rome i finaly tried Shalimar EDP....
Stronger than edt, true,the lasting power is amazing !
I couldn't detect any diference between EDT and EDP , besides the intensity !

I really can't "understand " Shalimar at all !
It doesn't smell nice or feminine ...no...it smells old, powdery ( talcum ), a bit sweet, leathery...my hubby didn't liked it much ...he thinks it smells like "old lady "...please no offence...but since Shalimar was created back in the 1925...i think everybody got the "idea "...lol

Still..i can't quit !
Maybe i will fall in love with it ...again, as i did in the 90's, when i first test it ....i felt the most velvety, sweet, powdery - vanilla parfum ever ! So beautiful.
Now i feel it more spicy, leathery..;( must be the reformulation.
I don't know why i feel this atraction for Shalimar ...must be the exotic name, the beautiful bottle, the blue color , the add...any way all that i know is that i must have it one day !

Jun
28
2010
eilismaireg
eilismaireg

well i have ordered a bottle of this and kind of hope it smells more powerful than the EDT which I find very pleasant but slightly tame, with too much emphasis on the vanilla and not enough on the incense/wood which is what I was looking forward too. It's a very feminine velvety rose/vanilla to me like a more sophisticated Tocade. I still find my 'Femme' much sexier but will re-review when my EDP arrives!
Aside from this I didn't realise there were so many flankers and I hope I've ordered the right one!!
Well, the EDP arrived and this has the depth that the EDT lacks! Smoky, vanillic with a resinous air alluding to incense. It's less sweet and much more affecting; Really nice and unbelievable that it's such an old composition- it actually feels pretty modern to me. Not as arrestingly erotic as my fave Femme, but unique, beautiful and very evocative of a timeless place we all have in our imaginations.

Jun
18
2010
delphine67
delphine67

A old time classic, but way to spicy for me

Jun
18
2010
PricklyAndHot
PricklyAndHot

I don't like this fragrance. On me it smells like an old vanilla powder. But the lasting power is great. I wish all fragrances to have such an amazing lasting power.

Jun
15
2010
Sissi
Sissi

Guerlain's Shalimar conjoures images of
an Luxurious Garden at Midnight on a
clear dark Sapphire sky a full moon with it's beams shines above a bush of
fragrant Jasmine the marble statues of
angels kissing and looking wistful
the ground is elegantly Displayed mosaic
of Different colored stones red roses in
Bloom. Hedy Lamarr doing her dance of the Seven Veils with clouds of Incense of Sandalwood swirling around her seven
Shades of Blue Veils of Navy to baby Blue To match her Eyes Jet Black hair and Pale skin trying to seduce the sultan in one of those old 1940's Techicolor Movies or the Immortal
Erotic power of Rudolph Valentino that
graced upon the Silver screen in the movie the Sheik when he aducts and Tries
to tame a British Aristrocat and the
scent of Musky Leather from a sadle blazing in the sun and the two run off
into the sunset.

It's Sexy in a classy way. i love the
Vanilla turns into an oudish woody reisin that is genious the drydown of
Powdery Incense and Sandalwood makes this a Masterpiece BON VIVANT!

Jun
07
2010
LydiaLiu
LydiaLiu

I really have been wanting to test Shalimar for a long time, cuz it's so classic and so many people love it. But when I went specially for testing it... on the first sniff, I ran away...

It smells so similar to Chinese traditional medicine (I'm a girl from China and I know that smell well), which is too bitter and powdery to me, so, I don't even want to give a second sniff to find its changefully "chameleonic" nature.

Oh, Shalimar, it's too difficult for me to appreciate your beauty, though I know you're a time-honored masterpiece.

May
27
2010
ktv0926
ktv0926

Shalimar is so beautiful that I feel intimidated by it. I feel like I'm not good enough for it. The day I make Shalimar my signature scent, I will truly consider myself to be a perfect woman:)

May
14
2010
guest_pearl of the ocean
guest_pearl of the ocean

I'm reading a book where the author claims that Shalimar was actually created when Jacques Guerlain accidently tipped vanilla essence into the already existing Jicky cologne.

May
11
2010
Blimunda
Blimunda

Warm, profound, mystique, gentle, trusting. The smell of Eternal Love. Shalimar.

May
10
2010
Agent Provocateur101
Agent Provocateur101