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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 rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 5912 votes.

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 Eau De Cologne
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Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route du Mexique
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Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la route de Madagascar
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Eau de Shalimar
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Shalimar Eau de Toilette
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Shalimar Fragrance Reviews

CitrusHead
CitrusHead

France Meets Asia - Perfect Union

I have put off buying this fragrance for years. Why? Partly because of the mystique surrounding it; I did not want to be disappointed with a fragrance that is so obviously wonderful. I have been to the fragrance counter a million times & sniffed this on paper, the bottle, the air, others' skin but never on my skin. I always loved the scent but preferred to leave it a mystery or a book unread. I was at the fragrance counter last week sniffing again & then I found it at Costco that afternoon - serendipity - just buy it already!

I finally bought the EDP version (Batch 5Z02 from December/2015). I am in love.

This is so vintage French to my nose - everything that comes to mind when I close my eyes and think about wonderful French fragrance. This is France meets Asia in a perfect union. I get the smoky, incense & leather with the dark/dry vanilla. The citrus doesn't really come out on my skin until the next day - it's barely there in the beginning notes but by the next day, it's the best kind of citrus I've ever smelled. Deep & slightly bitter - I can't even describe how luxurious it is. I have never thought of citrus as a luxurious/deep smell - I think of it as happy/fresh/clean.

And that vanilla! The dark/dry REAL kind of vanilla. Not the cheap/fake vanilla candle type found in many fragrances today.

It doesn't go dirty/musky on my skin which I am very happy about. I used to love musk but now, it actually makes me nauseas & I can only wear it if it's really faint.

I can understand why this is the signature fragrance of so many people. I can imagine wearing this for any occasion & any day; it's that good. And I am not disappointed!

And that beautiful bottle……pure genius. I don't want to store this "properly" because I love gazing at it.

Aug
18
2016
LadyIva
LadyIva

I love Guerlain scents, and Shalimar is a legend, but it is very capricious on my skin. Someday I will spray it on and be so overwhelmed by its 'old lady' smokiness that I have to wash it off immediately (and it doesn't wash off easily!); while on another day it will develop into a beautifully indulgent sweet treat on me. I guess it doesn't really agree with my chemistry, but I keep it for special occasions. Interestingly, my husband, who is not so keen on strong perfumes, actually likes this one - he says that it is 'a true feminine scent'. Go figure.

Aug
02
2016
MrsPress
MrsPress

This review is for Shalimar in parfum concentration. Shalimar in the Pure parfum skips a lot of what the edp has to offer and gets straight to the base. With the parfum I get no bergamot or lemon, absolutely no florals to speak of. It's basically leather and smoke with a touch of some resins and animalic notes. I like it but definitely not more than the edp. The edp is beyond beautiful and my favorite. I do find both the edp and parfum to have poor longevity, but maybe it's just my skin?

Jul
29
2016
mschnabel666
mschnabel666

I dig this... I got a 2.5 of Shalimar EDP just to try it-- see what the fuss was about. I got a chance to whiff it in a department store and while I made a funny face at the first blast and said "OLD LADY!" the paper I sprayed started to smell different and interesting (I'm not sure if I ever said good).

So when I found a bottle to try for a deal, I did it. Even if I didn't like it, I could pretend I'm a 1930's glamour gal like Joan Crawford or Jean Harlow. ;)

Well, this does smell vintage (I know I have a recent formula) and it does smell like an old lady... but in a weird way-- I like it.
What I LOVE is the similarity to Dior Addict. Smokey deep vanilla. YUM.
The first blast of Shalimar EDP is very loud and citrusy-- very sharp. Then I get the citrus melting into a smoky vanilla, and I love it. Then it further moves into a powdery old lady musky dark scent that I'm not too crazy for.
I like this. I will like wearing it. But I think I'll wear it just for me, while I'm at home- while watching old movies. I really don't want to smell this vintage/old in public. Even tho I mostly DGAF what people think... just no.... Shalimar doesn't fit my personality. But I dig it! Just for me! :) <3

Jul
25
2016
Code1ne
Code1ne

It should surprise no one that Shalimar has withstood the test of time. Vanilla, incense, and leather, nuff said. It's been in the highest tier of sex appeal for the ages with more than just a touch of bad, like impossibly sheer, leather accented lingerie. Step aside, Viktoria Minya and Lush, Shalimar is what truly embodies hedonism and lust. It's kind of narcotic too... I could get lost in it.

Jul
20
2016
no-fi
no-fi

Shalimar is a dangerous elixir - it makes my heart race so fast I'm afraid it might stop. But at least I'd die in absolute bliss.

It's no exaggeration to say I haven't encountered anything quite so sensual and evocative in the world of perfumery. Shalimar truly is such a mysterious yet warm and inviting scent.

I won't go into the notes in detail, because noses far better trained than mine have already explained Shalimar's depths exquisitely. But I will say that I love the contrast between the two monumental notes in Shalimar - the bright, spicy bergamot and the rich, creamy, but never too sweet vanillan. Shalimar is truly the exemplar of the Guerlinade accord, perfected.

It's also very much unisex by today's standards, particularly in an era accustomed to masculine gourmands. There's nothing at all dated about it - it truly is timeless. It is also very versatile. You could wear it to the office, to the movies, on a date, to a funeral, to your wedding, to the club, on vacation in an old, romantic city - you get the drift.

Longevity is stunning. I get more than 12 hours of wear, with the first six to eight hours giving at least a couple of metres of projection. After that, it sits close to the skin but retains its richness, which is perfect for nuzzling your nose into when you need a little lift.

Shalimar is a stunning example of the perfumer's art and a must in any collection. Pure, unadulterated bliss.

Jul
14
2016
nhledger
nhledger

I haven't tried Shalimar on my skin for quite a long time because I've always thought that I didn't like it, and so have simply avoided it. Guerlain is one of those brands that I desperately want to love, a house of many well-loved classics, and I want to love them too. But I have so far found it difficult to do so. I don't know why because I seem to love a million other fragrances! I did have a joyous affair with Nahema about 30 years ago and would love to revisit her again (I dream of her often) but worry about being disappointed - reading about the dreaded reformulations of so many gorgeous fragrances I'm not sure I want to go there and have my heart broken. Anyway I digress....I recently decided to try Shalimar again, but only on a card, and surprisingly found that I liked it! So much softer and sweeter than I was expecting from a classic oriental. Slightly smoky, slightly spicy with wafts of vanilla, but softly softly. I'd have gone for the blind buy if I could, but alas it has instead been allocated to my "wanted list". I live in hope that I have the same kind of experience with other "classics" which I'm currently exploring, having decided that so many of the more modern fragrances are just not that special or unique anymore. I'm only new to fragrantica but I'm really enjoying reading everyone's opinions and views - both fascinating and helpful.

Jun
29
2016
Noelaubergine
Noelaubergine

My first Guerlain. My first foray into unsettling classics, those fragrances that take time for perfumistas to understand. Shalimar is dark, very oriental and when I use oriental, it should be reminiscent of exoticism, gilded grandeurs and of exotic India. The love of the Guerlain family of East Asia has introduced to Europe the eroticism and idiosyncrasy of the far eastern culture. And yes they did very well, in fact, one sniff and one will be redolent of a Hindi temple, spicy- animalic, incensy, leathery and the very oriental vanilla. I would recount how mom would react the moment she smells Shalimar, that it is indeed very Indian. Perhaps it is the Indian culture to be inclined to use spices and intricate designs that made them very attractive to the French’s usually very composed and romantically-nuanced fashion.

As a hopeless romantic for discontinued fragrances and of those seminal fragrances long gone from the mass market, I usually approach these compositions (including vintage Shalimar) in a very open-hearted and minded manner, which often acquires negative responses from peers. Am I to be always to remind them that Shalimar is the reference oriental? That this perfume inspired a myriad of smells sold in the market now? Or that maybe, their inner connoisseur hasn’t been tapped? Or that their taste is a prototype of the usual releases of the 21st century---bland, overly-sweet fruitchoulis? Sometimes I think I’m insane for disliking the trend. It disappoints me that the current mode is dictated by media, false advertising and of mass marketing. Legends speak for themselves but I digress.

Shalimar is an overdose of hesperidic accents and sensual vanillin. As I have told you before, being drowned into pleasing fragrances and mediocrity, Shalimar will smell unsettling, unbridled and it is a personality in itself. It is a bergamot-vanilla explosion with the leather, civet and slight florals playing in the background. It takes quite a while for the B-E-R-G-A-M-O-T to settle and give way to the sensual Guerlinade base, say for an hour or so. It depends, on colder seasons, the settling down occurs very unnoticeably, a smooth transition from that bitter opening into that very uncanny and gourmand base. On warmer and humid temperatures, Shalimar intensifies, smells more tenacious and its affinity with humidity and body heat gives it a boost especially that very pungent bergamot and the vanilla-leather-amber base that breathes like a bosom, heavily and amply. This is the reason why this is preferred to be used in colder climate for it is quieted down and it is very genial as opposed to the more humid environs, where it broadcasts your arrival, my kind of thing, scandalous and unruly. I hate it when people prefer the furtive-smelling fragrances. Aside from being unimpressed, it defeats the reason why an individual acquires a fragrance, and that is to be known to men that you smell of something pleasant, an affinity with the perfumer’s intellect. Truly, according to Cristobal Balenciaga, this world is no more worthy of masterpieces.

30% bergamot oil, how does that smell? Very bitter, minutely sour with the indeterminate florals creating a somehow pleasant but aloof opening. Definitely requires not the faint of heart for its very opening will garner scorn and underappreciation. The citrusy opening will play on for half an hour or two and then that extreme and remarkable leather, pushing through even at the opening will start to grow intricately, outwardly with the linear Vanilla, ever-present and that genius of incense and smoke giving this creation a very sinister, compelling and haunting vibe. Is it only me that thought that maybe this fragrance shouldn’t have been branded to bordering so close from good taste? For this legend smells more appropriate in times like these, when taste is questionable, when taste is bordering on mediocrity.

Shalimar is definitely a goddess, a bronze, sun-tanned, feline-eyed tinged with kohl, wearing a multitude of diaphanous layers of gossamer, hinting at every possible sexual way of femininity.

Daring. Intensely exotic. I rave about it.

Jun
29
2016
The perfumed owl
The perfumed owl

Shalimar is very temperamental on my skin.Some days it smells smooth and creamy and other days pungent, cloying and sour.Sometimes I get a headache wearing it and I can only spray it on my wrists and not on my neck for that very reason. I have an on and off love affair with Shalimar and sometimes I open the bottle and smell it but don't wear it due to the temperament of the perfume on my skin.The bottle is absolutely exquisite and is very sophisticated and vintage looking. Geurlain perfumes are steeped in history and the stories behind the perfumes take you back in time.

Jun
18
2016
vos
vos

All time favorite for me. I has wartmth, it has depth, it has roundness and complexety. It has everything i like in a fragrance . Has been a staple in my wardrobe and i never.. never want to go without it.
Opens with fresh bergamot/citrus. Then gets more powdery in the middle with the iris and the resin (oppopamax)
The base gets just a bit dirty but never skanky on me. I mostly detect the vanillic guerlinade combined with hints of leather and incence. The musk and civet are there but so skilfully blended that they do not stand out. Furthermore this scent reacts to my bodytemperature and lasts, and lasts , and lasts. As a true perfume should.

Jun
15
2016
ranchorita
ranchorita

I've tried Shalimar at the fragrance counter now and again, but it didn't work for me until I found a precious, well-preserved bottle of an old formulation at an estate sale-- I struck gold. The older formulation is a gorgeous and subtly powdery resin fragrance - I love this!

Jun
13
2016
emmahlou
emmahlou

I thought.. well... my skin has accepted Opium and I've finally overcome my fears to wear such a daring scent in public, why not go ahead and try another heady, iconic scent? My mind immediately switched to Shalimar.

The notes sound heavenly. Vanilla, incense, undertones of leather and a citrus dry down. What could go wrong. Well... everything. My skin hates Shalimar. I was expecting an oriental fragrance, I well prepared myself for the incense bomb but my skin never got past that. Repeat after repeat of the incense with a underlying alcoholic powdery aroma constantly lingering. This, on my skin, is the definition of an "old lady scent". Tragic, I wanted this to work so bad :(

Jun
12
2016
mathildablue
mathildablue

I want Shalimar to be the one, but it does not last long on my skin whatsoever, and sits very close to the skin so sillage is very soft. I was surprised to reviews that stated otherwise!

Still, I do appreciate this old classic. Layered and interesting, it stands a world apart from the fruitichoulis and marshmallow-vanilla gourmands in the crowd. Its powdery drydown is heaven to me, and not old-ladyish at all, which I had initially feared. I am reminded of cocoa butter, crackling fireplaces, chocolate fondue, london fog tea, Anais Nin. It's not a loud scent, and when I wear it I feel reserved, confident, introspective.

I won't be giving this one away as I do like it. I just wish it lasted longer...

Jun
01
2016
malinkonija
malinkonija

Shalimar hates me.

You know when you put a perfume and than you wait it to settle down and do the magic with your skin? Well, with this one that waiting lasts for two hours! Basically, the opening is way too long on my skin, that I end up with sharp and medicinal citruses most of the time... Such a pitty cause on third hour it becomes one of the most beautiful vanilla.

Luckily I had a small bottle, cause the beginning (that hardly ends) on my skin is really not pleasant. I remember when I was going out with friends and I tried this for the first time - I put it on an hour before meeting them (they had to pick me up with a car) and when I entered they started opening the windows. Poor fellows. Well, that was embarrassing. Have in mind that it was winter and I had one spray on my chest.

I really wouldn't dare to test it again :(

May
24
2016
Adrian_jacobs1984
Adrian_jacobs1984

Too much citrus. the dry down smells good yet it is almost to gourmand for me. Just not for me way to much citrus. plus I bought the large 3.4 edp off beautyspin and it only lasted 4 hours on me. Sorry ladies.

May
24
2016
Coconutmusk
Coconutmusk

I tested this at the store today out of curiosity (and because it's a classic) and it is a nice spicy oriental-at least that's what I got out of it. It's warm and lovely and really, I can't add anything of substance that hasn't already been said. The reason I decided to write a review though was because the second I smelled this it reminded me SO MUCH of something I already had at home- Demeter's Amber. I'm actually surprised Amber is not listed in Shalimar's ingredients. Now, Amber is slightly more sweet on the opening but the dry down between the two are so similar that I can't tell the difference. Maybe a true lover and wearer of Shalimar can, but for a layman such as myself I can't. So that's my 2 cents, if you really like Shalimar but hate the price tag give Demeter's Amber a try.

May
24
2016
LadyBeth
LadyBeth

My signature scent is Clinique Aromatic Elixir. A former BF, with whom I shared years and has since died, loathed AE I was devastated!

He loved Shalimar and asked me to try/ wear it.

I tried. I really wanted to love it.

Yes, it's a lovely, rich parfum, but just not me. I felt as if I was wearing someone else's clothes.

During that time, I bought the newer spray EDP and a vintage bottle of parfum in the pretty light-purple box.

I have the half-full bottle displayed and it's gorgeous, but she doesn't love me.

Perhaps as the liquid and I age, we may agree with one another.

For respect of Shalimar and Guerlain, I will try her again one-of-these years

May
21
2016
batgirl.27
batgirl.27

I feel so conflicted about this. It kind of assumed mythical proportions in my head due to all the reviews stating that's the OG powdery oriental (a genre I tend to love).

I sprayed the EDP on myself on a recent foray into Boots. I was instantly repulsed. It honestly smelt like cat pee - acrid, animalic and vinegary. I wanted to wash it off right away. It then came at me with all the smoky, incense notes which I've never been the biggest fan of, but it was certainly an improvement on the opening.

BUT THEN... it's all about the base with this one. The powdery, musky vanilla mixed with the smoky leather is just next level AWESOME. If I could get a bottle of how the fragrance smelt after an hour, I don't know if I would ever wear anything else.

I just cannot put aside the revolting opening though. Is it just me? I think I will spritz again next time I see it and see how I fair in round 2.... Intrigued for sure.

May
18
2016
Xango
Xango

Some of the other reviews nail what I feel about Shalimar - on me, it's *really* antiseptic and musky, and not just for the first 5-10 minutes, but for the first several hours and even beyond. This is going to be a crazy unpopular viewpoint, but I think the EDT works better on me than the EDP; the medicinal smell actually wears off after awhile and I get a softer, more perfume-y scent out of it. I'll pull my sample out again when it cools down in late October and see if it makes a difference.

As to the notes (for the edp, during the summer):

The vanilla is gorgeous, but I have trouble picking out anything else in there except for the leather, incense, and civet. Especially the civet... hoo boy the civet is there. It doesn't help that the in the EDP (but oddly, not the EDT), the incense reminds me slightly of headshop Nag Champa.

Despite all this, I can't bring myself to hate it - it's hilariously weird on me. Like I said earlier, I'll try this little experiment again in cooler weather, and when I can get my hand on a decant of the vintage (*if anyone has a ml to spare, I will happily take it off your hands!*).

EDIT: I bought some of the vintage EDC, the round bottle with the red dot. It's AMAZING and this is what I wish Shalimar smelled like in the EDT and EDP form!

May
16
2016
nathalie87
nathalie87

Smells like vanilla coffee. Very delicious and sophisticated.

May
11
2016
Parfumee
Parfumee

SHALIMAR

GUERLAIN

GROUP ORIENTAL

NOTES: CITRUS LEMON BERGAMOT JASMINE IRIS ROSE VANILLA CEDAR SANDALWOOD CIVET MUSK PATCHOULI OPOPONAX INCENSE AMBER

SILLAGE: MODERATE RADIATES WITHIN ARM'S LENGTH

LONGEVITY: MODERATE 3 to 6 Hours

REMINDS ME OF: EMERAUDE COTY

Shalimar is a popular and beloved classic fragrance from the Roaring 20's (1925 was the year it was launched) and although it is the dupe for Coty's Emeraude, which had been released five years earlier, it is considered the first popular and best selling Oriental fragrance. Shalimar was the name of the gardens of the Mughal Emperors of Ancient India. One of them, Shah Jahan, erected the tomb that is the Taj Mahal for his beloved wife Mumtaz. This fragrance is meant to recreate an Oriental atmosphere from that period. It smells like an elixir, like a medicine bottle in the home of the Shah. It's mostly citrus so you have to really enjoy citrus scents. The opening is pure citrus. It's a big lemon and bergamot. It's rather pungent and sharp and smells like you are forced to drink a citric medicinal drink. Although flowers are in this fragrance (rose iris jasmine) you can't truly call this a floral fragrance. I can detect the faintest furthest scent of a jasmine but it's crushed by other ingredients that are really rocking this fragrance: incense, patchouli, opoponax, vanilla and sandalwood. Some have called attention to the powdery quality it has as well and that's due to the iris note. It could even be orris root and iris mixed together as in other powdery fragrances. There is as others have remarked incense and a burnt sandalwood which give that vanilla a darker smokier quality. Very similar to benzoin. There could even be benzoin in this fragrance. There is also an amber, golden, heated and oily. In it's vintage form it was resinous, hot, spicy, and terribly musky with a civet that you could smell for days. It was as exotic a perfume in the 20's as they could get. The flappers and Hollywood divas loved Shalimar. But because of that strong citrus and incensed patchouli not to mention the woods it does wear like a man's cologne. This is unisex, plain and simple. This was an elixir cologne that both the Shah Jahan and Mumtaz wore together at the same time. An Oriental of epic proportions that continues to sell and has become a signature classic in perfumery. Whereas Chanel No. 5 is hailed as the signature aldehyde Shalimar is the signature Oriental. This fragrance was originally released in 1925 at the Decorative Arts Exhibition in Paris. Art and architecture of the newest kind - Art Deco- was presented to the world. The fragrance Crepe de Chine by Millot was also released at the same time. The old antique Shalimar was contained in a large baccarat crystal bottle and a fan shaped stopper with a tassle. It has a huge following as all the Fragrantica reviews attest. If you like old fashioned citrus woody amber fragrances and classic Orientals check it out. The reformulation is not anything like the original but we are unable to recreate the same scent since the original used hardcore French perfumery ingredients of actual civet secretions, real musk and had a more balsamic and truly smoky quality that today's formula lacks. The current formulation is vanilla, amber, woods and citrus. The scent does not seem to have too much of a progression because it is really more watered down and simplified. But it is beautiful and takes us back to the times when Orientals and spices from the East were finally arriving in the West.

May
09
2016
amberonic
amberonic

It's no secret!--

When that grey day comes and me and my siblings go back to Mom's house to put sticky notes out to stake our claim on the treasures and tidbits she acquired throughout her long and prosperous life, I'm showin' up early and makin' a beeline for that big, round glass bottle with the red dot. Ginourmous bottle of 1970's Shalimar, you're gonna be mine some day!

Apr
24
2016
PinkRainbow
PinkRainbow

Totally magic. One of a kind. Reminds me of the 1950s. The scent of leather comes through beautifully among the vanilla and flowers. Distinctive. There is a silky warmth in it. It could not be mistaken for anything else.

Apr
24
2016
McYvan
McYvan

Simply the best. This is my second review here, nothing to add but I just cannot help exclaiming. Sorry. After trying lots of way more expensive so-called niche perfumes, I'm so grateful to Guerlain for keep providing such a perfect gem at a reasonable price. Bonus, even multiple reformulations cannot damage its beauty. If I could have only one oriental perfume or one Guerlain in my life, I'll pick up Shalimar without hesitation. Always have a back-up in case they discontinue it or mess it up.

Apr
23
2016
luca89
luca89

Shalimar Capolavoro Assoluto della profumeria,tra le migliori fragranze in commercio.
Rating 10/10

Apr
20
2016
risarii
risarii

I hate the ageism that's so rampant when it comes to perfumes. It's ridiculous!

Shalimar has been around a long time yes, but it's loved by many women of all ages, including those in their early 20s like me. :)

Shalimar is timeless, smells in general are ageless, end of story.

Apr
19
2016
jessrogue
jessrogue

Although I don't love this scent, I really like it.


I think if it didn't smell like Lysol spray for the first 5 minutes after the initial spritz, I would have the love affair that others have with it.

If I can power through the heavily antiseptic tones for about 10 minutes , I am rewarded when it dies a quick death to reveal a lovely oriental vanilla powder puff underneeth

Apr
16
2016
wendyha
wendyha

A very blended, warm chic sophisticated soft oriental vanila scent, like all my scents flowery. The scent is perfectly blended, it doesn't have an edge, only one element really pops out, but very subtly: the vanilla.

Like most of my favourite scents, it contains jasmine and rose, in this case, may rose. This one also contains (among others) iris, bergamot, vanilla, tonkabean, incense and all the ingredients combined, make it a mysterious luxurious oriental scent. In fact it was the first oriental scent ever, back when it was created in 1925. It is one of the best selling perfumes ever, the flagship perfume of Guerlain and I totally get why.

I only discovered this scent, because I almost finished my bottle of Birmane, by Van Cleef & Arpels. When I wanted to replace it, I discovered that it is discontinued. So today I went into town, looking for a replacement scent.

Just like Birmane, Shalimar also contains bergamot, rose, tonkabean and of course vanilla, only the woods are missing, according to the brochure of Guerlain that she showed me, according to this site, Shalimar also contains sandalwood. Unfortunately, Shalimar is really expensive. Birmane wasn't that expensive.

When I told the saleslady that of all the scents I only really liked Shalimar, she really lighted up. She told me that Guerlain is a real perfume house, with natural perfumes instead of synthetic ones, so that a scent smells differently on every person that wears it, unlike La Vie Est Belle by Lancome for example. Another vanilla scent that I do like, but not as a replacement for Birmane. Van Cleef & Arpels also happens to be a real perfume house, that only produces natural perfumes, so I also got complimented on my taste:-). She told me that Guerlain is a really old perfume house, that dates back till the 19th century, about their store in Paris and she showed me a book with their history and perfumes in it. She said that if you really love perfumes (which I definitely do), you should own a scent by Guerlain.

I tested so many scents today, that I will test Shalimar again on another day, to really experience it, but it really seems as if I have a new scent on my wishlist...

EDIT: I just did some research on natural versus synthetic perfumes. Synthetic perfumes, are perfumes made with aldehydes. The most famous perfume with aldehydes is Chanel nr. 5. But way before that, Guerlain already used aldehydes in Jicky in 1889, so now I doubt the complete story of the saleswoman.

Apr
08
2016
shwetadwivedi
shwetadwivedi

I brought this perfume because it is a legend. I have really tried to love it but somehow I cannot reconcile with it. To my nose it smells like turpentine oil. It feels really bad to discredit a legend. It must have adorned the richly clad bodies of the best of its times. But it is not for someone who enjoys simple fragrances of of rose or sandalwood. It is a perfume with a lot of character... I heard the rumour that it will be discontinued. That would be an absolute shame. It was quite clearly the super star of an Era...

Apr
08
2016
tandaina
tandaina

I suppose I am going to have to admit that I simply cannot wear *anything* with powder notes. This makes me very, very sad.

The first sniff of Shalimar on my skin has exactly the same woody, and extremely sharp scent as Guerlain Mitsouko. I'm not sure I understand this since Mitsouko and Shalimar share very few of the same notes. But there it is, and it's possible I'm smelling a fixing agent used by Guerlain.

But where Mitsouko mellows into a lovely juicy, spicy fragrance with some underlaying creaminess Shalimar becomes baby powder. Straight up, nothing else. Baby powder. I nearly cried. Since I hate the smell of baby powder/makeup, etc it's unwearable for me. :( I assume this is a quirk of my body chemistry, powdery perfumes tend to smell like nothing else to me and sadly Shalimar falls into the same trap.

Apr
07
2016
LesterTheDachshund
LesterTheDachshund

I have a decant of this. It's so beautiful :) At the beginning I get bergamot and vanilla, like some kinds of candy, but it's not oversweeted. I'm getting also leather and incense. Later it's woody, powdery and leather at the same time. And there's a little of something animal, like wet fur maybe, but very little and not all the time. I like the fact that's its maybe feminine, but much sharp and sexy on me. Once I had indian scented oil, actually made in India etc, it was similar to Shalimar actually.
I am not sensing rose and jasmine here, but the powdery must be from iris
The drydown is more calm on me, vanilla, wood and leather.

Apr
07
2016
Trijumf
Trijumf

Pure perfume artistry... For example, precise analogy with an other form of art may give the best illustration how I perceive it:

Oil painting
"GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING"
By Johannes Wermeer.

There is a hint of deliberate clumsiness in this perfume symphony (stg. about and arround civet and opoponax ritual...) on virginal powdery note that is due not to cream brulee vanila but to His Majesty Iris behind the sceen, and this is the pearl (pearl in name but visually polished tin..) earring of this masterpiece. The girl in painting shines in dark background just as Shalimar's bright notes do bonded with it's dark ones.

Genial.

Apr
06
2016
Jaya Maya
Jaya Maya

One of my favourites, I love how it doesn't smell "perfumey" or synthetic.

My favourite part is the smoky bergamot opening.

Longevity is great, I get 12 hours out of this, but I do wish it projected more. I find it wears very close to the skin, even though it is always hot where I live.

I am hoping to experience the vintage version one day.

Apr
04
2016
VanniGodfrey
VanniGodfrey

The first time I smelled this perfume I was completely repulsed; to me it smelled like a rubber tire or a dirty garage, but after sampling it several more times and familiarizing myself with the scent I actually find it quite nice. I'm a big fan of unique perfumes that are instantly identifiable and extremely distinctive, and this is definitely one of those. In my opinion, Shalimar is not for everybody because it's not particularly friendly or likable; it's more of an acquired taste I think, but extremely memorable and unique. I smell mostly leather, which can be off-putting, but it softens towards a gentle vanilla end, and I smell a sort of strange menthol element throughout. This perfume is definitely for the bold and unafraid, and I love the soft scent that lingers hours and hours later.

Apr
04
2016
Miss Shali
Miss Shali

This is the fragrance that represents the more mature me, goodbye to fruity florals and welcome something with a lot more character. This was almost a blind buy, I was guided by your reviews and wasn't dissapointed,I tried to wear it for a week at least only a spray in each pulse point so I could smell from time to time and learned to appreciate it. I loved the first citrus notes that almost everyone seems to avoid or dislike, it smells like a lemon-vanilla pie or an orange icecream, then it goes welcoming powdery vanilla for a few hours, and it ends in a smoky leather incense and French vanilla at night.
I know that everyone refers to this fragrance as something for special ocasion, for evenings, or to be dressed in fur etc. But no, I've been pulling to wear this fragrance to everyday wear, just two sprays because is a very comforting and addictive fragrance.Old ladyish? No way, just classy and elegant, not for everyone.

Mar
31
2016
Jerrythecat
Jerrythecat

Bellejones, hi! Are you sure this is A bottle of the original Shalimar that you have bought? I do not think that Shalimar is to be discontinued as it is Guerlain's most successful perfume! There is a Shalimar Parfum Initial which is more modern and was marketed for the younger generation that was discontinued last year. The juice is pink and there is a blue tassle around the bottle neck.

Mar
31
2016
bellejones
bellejones

Today, I bought a modest 30ml bottle of this at Boots for £15.47!!! It was half price because apparently the version I bought was being discontinued. I am not totally sure which version I have. It certainly smells different to the full size bottle they currently have on display for sale. Any clarity on which I have would be amazing. I bought it blind as they had no tester for it out. It isn't at all as old fashioned as I had feared. I'm tempted to go back and buy the other discounted box. It's soapy and spicey. The bottle is divine. I feel part of some kind of cult elite. Worthy of a fragrantica post for sure!

Mar
29
2016
NYCgirl
NYCgirl

I so wish that I could pull of this fabulous, spicy strong scent. I seem to remember that Joan wears this in Mad Men - and it's definitely of another generation. Right now, in 2016, the 70s seem to be in. But if the early 60s or late 50s come back, this will be perfect.

Mar
29
2016
NYCgirl
NYCgirl

I so wish that I could pull of this fabulous, spicy strong scent. I seem to remember that Joan wears this in Mad Men - and it's definitely of another generation. Right now, in 2016, the 70s seem to be in. But if the early 60s or late 50s come back, this will be perfect.

Mar
29
2016
Shwets
Shwets

Eau de parfum:

today I managed to try the 2008 and 2013 versions. Of course there will be variation in batches, however I can only speak for these individual tester bottles.

The 2008 version appeared to be smokier and lasted longer compared to the fresher smelling 2013 one. I was offered a price of £40 for the 75ml tester bottle, but decided to wait for my new 2015 bottle to arrive which hopefully will have less smokey notes. Otherwise it will go on sale!

Mar
28
2016
Mr Viking
Mr Viking

It took many years before I learned to love this, I was a bit frightened by frangrances with incense-like spices. But I give in. This is absolutely georgeous.
I am now working my way through a whole new field of fragrances , lovely!!!!

Mar
28
2016
msmariagomez
msmariagomez

This one starts off with very sour notes, its almost offensive! It takes about two hours for the sour/citrus notes to fade. I would not apply this right before going out, I would apply well in advance. Thankfully, it does turn into a beautiful scent: warm, smoky, spicy with a hint of flowers.

I wouldn't call it 'feminine', because I think of soft, delicate perfumes. I would call it 'womanly' as in a sensual, bewitching kind of way. If you can pull this off (confidently) and you are trying to seduce a guy, that poor guy is doomed.

However, this feels almost too serious a scent (maybe its the vetiver)... I'm a dorky, flirty, fun-loving kind of girl, with Shalimar I feel like I have to keep this seductive poker-face all night long, I don't know if I can (or even want to) pull that off.

Also, those first few sour hours are unforgettable, but not in a good way.

Mar
15
2016
shadycat
shadycat

I was a very strange child....
I used to take very long, scented oil ball infused baths while thinking about death and what it would be like to have breasts someday..
I stayed in my room and read voraciously, sometimes Freud books from my dad's library..
And I used to wear Shalimar that my half French grandmother bought and passed on to me (thankfully)..
Can you imagine a child in elementary school using this as her signature scent?? Shalimar!?
Oh, but I loved my beautiful bottle of Shalimar! I displayed it on my dresser along with my other bottles of perfume, and it was the one I loved the best. Even now, smelling it brings back bittersweet memories of my grandmother, those baths, books, and my self-imposed bibliophile isolation..
Maybe it was my ample French blood (my mother was also half French) that predisposed me to such inclinations and perfume tastes, or maybe I was just an inexplicably strange child, but Shalimar will always be my first perfume love!
That lemony/bergamot burst upon initial spray, followed by the gorgeous Guerlainade dry down will stay imprinted upon my memory forever. I must have another bottle of this soon!

Mar
13
2016
OrientalFruityGourmand
OrientalFruityGourmand

When I was 13, my father bought me my first bottle of Shalimar as a 'becoming a woman' gift when puberty found me. He also gave me a Winchester Model 1886 at the same time- odd combo? Not for Tennesseans! From that day forward, Shalimar has meant 'proud to be a strong woman' to me. It's the one perfume I've never stopped wearing. I'll never give it up!

To love Shalimar one must know herself and love herself (or himself).

It is my opinion that Shalimar is wonderful. The Guerlain vanilla excites my senses. The incense, oppanox, bergamont and leather all thrill me. Rich, full bodied, a tiny bit sweet, a dusting of powder, a savage oriental soul. Wearing Shalimar is a ritual for me. The act of anointing my skin with this fragrance makes me feel special, beautiful and fulfilled. This is the only fragrance I wear for formal occasions.

On my skin, the warmth of my body propels the fragrance forward and deeper each hour. I have spent entire weekends just following the phases of Shalimar through the hours.

This might be an over-share, (but we're all perfume family here right?) I like to wear this to prowl around my house naked sometimes. The scent follows me from room to room like an invisible cloak. Nothing has ever made me feel more powerful in all my life. To me, Shalimar is a battle cry- compelling me to own my feminine power and celebrate the body given to me by God. For my taste, Shalimar is the ultimate expression of womanhood! Enchanting.

Mar
12
2016
StarMagix
StarMagix

Finally I was able to get a large enough bottle to wear this fragrance as often and as much as I want. This fragrance has been around forever and I have always loved it on every one I smell it on, but on me, well it just did not smell as nice. Within the last few years however, this scent wears well on my skin! I am so happy to finally be able to enjoy this classic scent on my own self. It last for hours and hours and I can even smell it the next morning if I wait to shower until the next day. Love the classic bottle too. The EDP smells so much better to me than the EDT.

Mar
06
2016
emt1986
emt1986

I've tried the current EDP on several occasions now, and I definitely recognize it as a well-made perfume with tons of historical significance, and I actually do LIKE it... BUT, and I'm girding my loins here, I just don't see what ALL the fuss is about. On me, it's pleasant: citrus at first, lots of lovely vanilla, a bit of incense in the drydown... Very, very much like a somewhat more complex, powdery, and longer-lasting Emeraude. I get no leather, which is a huge disappointment, and it's certainly nowhere near as strong as I expected. In short, underwhelming and un-special considering its status and price tag. I might try the EDC someday, as I've heard that it's a hit with those who aren't big on the EDP.

Mar
05
2016
angiec777
angiec777

A classic. And for obvious reasons. I'm definitely more attracted to floral fruitiness but once in a while I like to go back to the smokey, balsamic, old queens of the perfume world and this is definitely one for that mood. It's been around for almost 100 years and still holds its own.

Mar
05
2016
Madrona
Madrona

Oh, Shalimar. I remember playing with the cap of this bottle when I was very little. Luckily my mom seems to have kept the actual contents away from three-year-old me, because I bet Shalimar-soaked carpet would require three days of ventilation not to induce a headache.

I think everything that can be said about this perfume has been said. All hail the queen.

Feb
29
2016
cdmarz
cdmarz

This is one of the few perfumes I have ever tried that made time stop the first time I sprayed it. I immediately bought a bottle. A beautiful sensory explosion.


Oddly, the EDT did not have the same effect. It was nice, but definitely a pale ghost of this majestic creation.

Feb
28
2016
MaryjaK
MaryjaK

Ah! Now I understand... This is what so many of the other "exotic" evening fragrances were aiming for (or perhaps derived from).

For me, after the initial whiff of citrus and cedar, Shalimar goes straight to the base notes -- all of them. They merge into a warm, spicy whole. Truly a complex fragrance.

Great longevity; great sillage.

Feb
27
2016
hippiechick13
hippiechick13

Okay, soooo, I get the fuss.

I have tried this briefly in recent years and frankly, on smelling from the bottle or a card, found something overbearingly strong.

Today, that changed. Mostly, it came from taking the time to try it on and savour.

I had actually tried something else I was leaning towards when I stopped by the Guerlain counter and spritzed some of this on. I have found myself drawn to particular scents lately and one of them has been something warm, inviting, ultra-feminine and boudoir-evocative.

Soooo... wow. I wandered away smelling my wrist and enjoying the sweet, spiced vanilla I was getting but as I was thinking of getting another fragrance I let it go. Still, this smell, this divine smell was coming at me....

I was in a clothing store and girls were freaking out.. one of them marched over and asked what I was wearing saying it smelled so good, so powdery but fresh and another few of the girls were raving.

Ok...

Sweet! So maybe it works for me, I thought.

I went about my business and kept smelling this delicious scent. It was becoming something even better over time, almost like the longer I wore it the better it got. I couldn't believe that it was somehow both vivid enough yet not knocking me or anyone else out with its richness.

I gave in.. I bought it.. and my relationship to it has changed, my perception of it entirely. It's not, ON me, anything that I thought it would be. It's seriously unreal.

I went out to review a band tonight. It's now nearly 2am and I last spritzed it on at about 9 30pm. It is really humid where I am, plus I was dancing in a small-ish venue... and it's still going strong without any touch up. About an hour a go a lady walked by and hung back to say "I was getting the loveliest wafts of scent from you as I walked behind" and smiled and walked on. I mean... this is like *my scent* and all I keep picturing is fabulous art deco dark gowns, sequins shining in low lighting, beautiful marble bars and dark wood, berry lips and vampy eyes. It's lusciously feminine and has all the curves meaning it is a journey... it remains the same where it should yet develops over wearing it. Mysterious.... in a day and age where everything is sold and revealed quickly.. some mystery and discretion is a prize. Shalimar is all this and more. Much, much more... if only she is given the chance.

Feb
26
2016
toxiccandy
toxiccandy

I feel like this is too 'old' for me to wear but I love the smell anyway. To me, it smells nostalgic somehow but not 'old ladyish'. It is very exotic, powdery and feminine. I can smell incense, vanilla and musk mainly, with a little bergamot.

Feb
20
2016
yorkiecami
yorkiecami

I completely agree with some of the reviewers before me: the 2015 batch for the EDP is sooo weak! Scents usually last quite a while on my skin, but this barely made it to three hours on my wrists today. I have fragrances in EDT concentration that will easily last twice as long on me! I'm very disappointed, because I really love Shalimar. It reminds me of creme brûlée, warm and powdery without being too sweet.

Feb
16
2016
jacmac
jacmac

I have a LOT of love for Shalimar, but she doesn't love me back. I've tried the Shalimar EDP and EDT and they both turn sickly sweet on me after the initial bang of lemon, bergamot, spice and incense. The rest of the day is a cloying, baby powder vanilla that is syrupy sweet. My husband even commented, "that's too sweet. Not sexy enough. Needs more musk or wood or something."

This is why Shalimar Souffle de Parfum works MUCH better on me, and I'll defend her to the purists! The white musk keeps the Vanilla from going syrupy on me, but that's my chemistry I guess. I've tried the other flankers and found them too floral (Parfum Initial) or key lime pie (Eau de Shalimar). If you can't wear the original Shalimar, try others in the line! They're all VERY distinct I find and work completely differently with individual body chemistry.

Feb
13
2016
Marco<3
Marco<3

Un'altra perla assoluta di Guerlain.

<3

Feb
12
2016
LuScentinTenebris
LuScentinTenebris

My relationship with Shalimar is complicated, because as others mentioned, it is very non-linear- it moves through stages, and I've gone through periods where I just don't have the patience or desire to wear a perfume that doesn't smell good on me right away. Sometimes the "dirty diaper set aflame, then extinguished with a mountain lion's urine" opening is just not something I'm willing to smell like for the 90 mins (this varies depending on weather- less time in warmer conditions) it takes to get to the vanilla-incense, and other times it's familiar and comforting right from the beginning. During those times, I love it on myself...in fact, there are times I've craved its comfort so much that I've gotten out of bed at night to apply in order to help me sleep. However, very oddly, I have never smelled it on another person and liked it...in the wild it is so recognizable, and always smells a little diaper-y and a little unclean when I've encountered it. I keep it, because when it is good it is comforting and familiar and wonderful, but it can also be less than wonderful at times and I'm not afraid to admit it.

Of course, after I finished writing this I thought "Hmm, maybe I'll wear it today!" So you see how it can be with this one...

Feb
07
2016
kitsunemagic
kitsunemagic

I enjoy scent but I won't lie , I'm disappointed with the 2015 reformulation, it's weak as hell!

Feb
07
2016
Takeshi
Takeshi

Hello, I am a guy and tested this the other day for the first time, EDT or EDP, I'm not sure. It's a powerful stuff, women are lucky that they could get perfume at this strength, I envy that a little bit. A really big gun type of smell, isn't it? I'd be impressed if a date were wearing this just the right amount on her. This could be off putting in some ways, idk, I just wanna meet someone who can pull this off, then I can beg that person to show me her collection!

Feb
06
2016
Jernê Knowles
Jernê Knowles

Shalimar EDT - Guerlain

This review refers to Shalimar fragrance release their Eau de Toilette (EDT). I have the version Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette, and before they differ from each other in their evolution, since go forward. Shalimar EDT is cheerful and happy, since leaving his farewell, showing brightness, brightness and without losing the characteristics of "old school" the Maison Guerlain thought and materialized for these fragrances. In his departure she opens vibrant citrus, very open and green touches of lemon peels that cause a real sense of several freshly peeled citrus fruits, all associated with the presence of Iris, but in a subtle way, not as intense as in EDP, citric hence this takes shape and becoming means which orient with the appearance of dried vetiver and patchouli than the irises combined give the appearance of a rubbery aroma to be easily perceived in Shalima's Guerlain. In the notes half EDT shows a heavy rose, more pronounced than in the EDP with dry flower characteristics and a half past the time that had already been collected, and also the iris is still present referring to fragrance the look of heavy makeup that is a great feature a la "guerlaindade" House; in your heart EDT vibrates and shines unlike EDP screaming and flounders in its poignancy. Finally, Shalimar EDT presents bubbling without losing Iris nuances, except that here much more subtle and associated with aromatic resins Tonka and Opoponax stones, as well as the eccentricity of a bushbuck quiet and patient, a backdrop fine leather and a gross Vanilla Incense those fleeing common culinary flavors to be found in most perfumes that bring this note. I would not say have EDP and EDT version would be "raining in the wet," no, but I would say it is to have an alternative less opulent one another as if to use it in warmer days. Now, for those who want to discover the beauty of both versions, one board I leave, "join up the gossips, and discover the truth!" [laughs] ...

Word of the day: surprised... (day 29)

Feb
04
2016
Catherynne
Catherynne

I just recently came back to this long lived beauty. It opens with a sharp acidic smell that can be interpreted as "cat piss" but on me just stays on the Jean Nate side. Then Sweet smoky musky wonderfulness comes around and hangs out for about 6 hours. I layered this with Black Opium out of sheer desperation. I DO NOT like Black opium on me it is boring and flat sweetness. The two together is really good. Black Opium enhances the firepower and smoky sweetness of the Shalimar and gives a hint of that delicious tea scent in Bvlgari Black And Dita's Rouge. I'm not sure I'd pay the price of Black Opium to do it constantly but if you have Black Opium and don't like it, try layering with Shalimar. But be careful you have to have the body chemistry to take on loud scents or else it'll knock you silly!

Jan
31
2016
AlyDoll13
AlyDoll13

I need to try 'The Scent',guys really your reviews make me run to the Perfumerie and try it,and this time on MY skin...i've HAD it and without even try it gave it to my aunt for her bday,Shalimar being her most fav scent in the whole wide world.And that is only cause Mom said 'Noooooo,i can't wear this,neither can you,is not an easy one to wear,smells creepy,pls give it away'~ it's been like 10 ys since that happenned and today while checking some fragrances online ran into IT again,but this time i'm 35 almost and reading your 'palavers' now i need to try it.Hopefully i will be sorry for giving it away back then.

Jan
29
2016
Perfumejunkie7
Perfumejunkie7

Wow, just wow! I'm absolutely amazed, mesmerized and blown away by the beauty of Shalimar! Ever since I've tried Shalimar, everything else has paled in comparison.

Shalimar is indeed the Queen of Vanillas; the powdery, smokey, sultry and SEXY vanilla in this is like nothing I've ever experienced before. There's something so young and sensual about Shalimar, yet she's a sophisticated and powerful lady; someone you're deeply attracted to, yet are somewhat intimidated by.

I've been wearing this everyday since I got it and I'm kicking myself for not having tried it sooner. All those "old-fashioned" and "cat pee" comments put me off of it and I was SO WRONG, so terribly wrong. To all those young ladies out there who are in doubt (I'm 25 BTW), wear this beauty proudly, it's a perfectly young, sexy and seductive queen of a scent!

Long Live the Queen!

Jan
28
2016
guest_
guest_

Wow, just wow! I'm absolutely amazed, mesmerized and blown away by the beauty of Shalimar! Ever since I've tried Shalimar, everything else has paled in comparison.

Shalimar is indeed the Queen of Vanillas; the powdery, smokey, sultry and SEXY vanilla in this is like nothing I've ever experienced before. There's something so young and sensual about Shalimar, yet she's a sophisticated and powerful lady; someone you're deeply attracted to, yet are somewhat intimidated by.

I've been wearing this everyday since I got it and I'm kicking myself for not having it tried sooner. All those "old-fashioned" and "cat pee" comments put me off of it and I was SO WRONG, so terribly wrong. To all those young ladies out there who are in doubt (I'm 25 BTW), wear this beauty proudly, it's a perfectly young, sexy and seductive queen of a scent! Long Live the Queen!

Jan
28
2016
Liamsardea
Liamsardea

I rushed into Shalimar, and I sort of … Missed its beauty.

Well. No, that’s not entirely true. Comprehending Shalimar’s beauty is quite easy, far easier than L’Heure Bleue for instance, but Shalimar is the most enveloping, most arresting, and most outward in its transcendental beauty.

It is easy to comprehend Shalimar – its vanillic overdosing, trails of incense smoke, and powdery reverberations, all melded together to build a scent in well-tuned harmony – attuned towards natural balance and contrasts. But it is not easy to get to the inmost depths of Shalimar; an exotic breeze of immediate scintillation and scented awe. Shalimar is undefinable – and that is awe-worthy. It is not entirely what Shalimar is in terms of its composition, but it is the fine, razor-thin equilibrium of a melange of different interplays. A constant tension at all times: Ladylike, tramplike. Masculine, feminine. Gourmand, abstract. Clean, then dirty, dirty then immediately clean. Without the balance that Shalimar expresses, it would topple into a territory of imbalance and polarity. The fragrance itself is about the concurrency of its parts, altogether forming a wholeness – a lovingly rounded and supple quality resembling long mornings in-between the bedsheets, the warmth of a partner’s embrace, and the sentiment of the evening just past.

Its beauty exists at a point of equidistance – Shalimar is both subtle and pronounced at once. It must be viewed from all of its seemingly endless angles, and that is a lifetime experience in itself.

Shalimar parfum opens with the brightness of bergamot, maintaining an intoxicating oiliness in the field of gasoline, leather, and tar with the expected citrus rush calling to mind Earl Grey tea. It bares a natural quality – a hint rooty, something like vetiver, with a citrus accord most likely borrowed from Cologne Imperial. This creates a shiny aspect, a sparkling, almost refreshing barrage of nuances, then detracting into a purely balsamic direction – a large leap immediately into base notes. Find leather: a birch tar laden section of the composition adding breadth and definite nasal intrigue. Then, a wave of smoke. The vintage powdery feel of orris root freshened with a coating of classic florals – jasmine, rose, carnation, iris, and then a resounding woodiness working in tandem with the smoke.

Sandalwood, tonka bean, and patchouli add the edible feature to Shalimar in conjunction with the vanilla: giving an effect of both creaminess and deliciousness – teetering on the edges of gluttony, ecstasy, and sensuality when considered as a coherent and whole perfume. Any less balance and refinement would turn Shalimar into either a sickly dessert or a strictly carnal, totally raunchy product. It is a meditation and a guide to what counterpoint is, and how it is done to perfection in the art of perfume. The civet for instance? The perfect purr in the background; a chesty, French accented and leather-wearing utterance relaying a series of sweet nothings surrounded in bittersweet opoponax. Thick, offensive, full bodied, and then totally rewarding. It goes on burnt and discordant, and softens delightfully into a warm amber amalgam.

Jan
28
2016
kaxmir
kaxmir

A soft powdery spicy scent. Smells great on most people, just not me.

Jan
27
2016
snel hest
snel hest

This smells like God.

Jan
27
2016
shell_bell
shell_bell

Good golly, miss Molly!
If you had told me this time last year that I would trade in my silly Pink Sugar for Shalimar I would have laughed in your face!
But WOW! Here I am - all grown up from cotton candy scents to mature, adult fragrances like this.

I actually started with the PI flanker late last year and VERY much enjoyed the gingerbready goodness...but even that lovely bottle could not prepare me for the original!

I don't think I can explain this any better than the other reviewers have but one must be *prepared*. I would have HATED this stuff in October 2014 but now I CRAVE scents like this! The vanilla can only have one word to describe it - sublime.

I spritzed on a bit yesterday in this ICY cold weather and had lunch with my husband while our kids were in school.
The whole time we were out I would catch whiffs of the most BEAUTIFUL vanilla wafting up towards me.

There is NOTHING else is my collection that even comes close to this nearly 100 year old beauty and I'm just fine with that. There's only one Shalimar and that's the way it should be. ;)

Jan
22
2016
windhill
windhill

*note* Actually if you love vanilla scent you will easily love Shalimar. Many people seems to confuse vanilla base fragrance with candy sweet, dessert treat-like fragrances. I think most of us Fragrantican know that in general vanilla doesn't have toothache aroma like those sugar coated gourmand perfumes. It has a cuddling, soft sweet and powdery odor with floral nuance. Shalimar represent the soft side of real vanilla smell with citrus and austere smoky accords. But vanilla is the main star here.

Jan
16
2016
nordhaul
nordhaul

Back then, I got the set, no not because I
appreciated Masterpieces or anything like
that! But because a client of mine raved
about it upon smelling mY Gardenia by
Chanel and concluding that I was into
Fine Perfumes. She kept going on and
on about it, & sO I bought a whole set
and tried to get to know it as she does.

The gel, the lotion, the spray, layered in
the Winter, daily. I wanted to see what
she saw. I never did. Looking back, I
can say that mY problem with this is...
intimacy. Shalimar is an INTIMATE perfume.
Not for the hiding or fantasy driven dreamer.
Someone who doesn't know who they are.

Shalimar, as innocent as the new friend
who tries to get you to open up, pried.
And I never appreciated that. I wasn't
ready. 2016 - time to try again. Peace

Jan
15
2016
purpleturtle
purpleturtle

What can I say, wow! My wonderful husband bought me a bottle of edp for Christmas. Yes, he is a gem! A classic for a reason. Best in fall and winter. Fourteen hours of pure delight with moderate projection. Alien doesn't even last that long on me! Can I drink this stuff?!......Mmmmmm!!! I say, "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy!"(while bowing in my head) Prepare to submit and fall under her spell! Happy smelling! :)

Jan
15
2016
IleanaM
IleanaM

I got this EDP not convinced of the scent, but I wanted to have this piece as part of my collection being that this is time classic. I read a lot of great reviews in reference to this perfume but unfortunately for me does not work well with my body's chemistry, it gets overpowering, the mix of the vanilla and the leather creates a 'smoked" smell, unfortunately I did not get very good comments when I wore it, not to say it may not work well with someone else's chemistry, but on me those two elements are the ones coming up.

Jan
14
2016
IgnitingFlares
IgnitingFlares

To me, perfume has to be something that has to be unique and you.
While I was looking for a new signature scent I looked for something I hadn't smelled on anyone before and something they didn't advertise since my previous perfume was Lady Million which just months after my purchase became super popular.
You will never have that with Shalimar. Very untypical for today's perfumes.
For me, I love a smell to be downright present and sexy, it's a statement.
I can't really agree with those saying it's strong. It's like a warm blanket, soothing. I don't really love the first 15 minutes, it's all citrus. The next phase is smokey and leathery, which is my favorite phase. It's with you for all of the day but after three hours it's mainly wood and the smallest hint of vanilla and spice.
It clings to your skin in a refined manner and is completely different when worn on skin or on clothes. You have to try before you buy with this one. Like many have said before this scent reminds them of caring persons.
It has definitly something to do with association. Many people I asked what they thought of it called it "ol fashioned soap-ish" and my father said it smelled of baby powder. It reminds them of their childhood when they were safe and loved by their mother or grandmother.
My mom on the other hand could only say that "well you study history, now you smell like it as well."
It does smell like it comes from another time, a whiff of times flewn by.

Jan
13
2016
francess.raymundo
francess.raymundo

This smoky fragrance is fantastic. I describe it as a smoky-rose & I have to say that I was surprised to find out that Yardley Red Roses resembles Shalimar in so many ways! But I will stick to my Shalimar EDT & EDP, nevertheless. A case of luxxe fragrances winning over the budget versions/ dupes, I guess. :)
I've been wearing the EDT for 5 years and have just discovered the EDP. I love both of them.
Shalimar EDT - spray, spray, spray!
Shalimar EDP - dab, dab, dab, for that mysterious touch of scent effect

Jan
12
2016
MrsR
MrsR

I got to cold sniff the vintage version of this in an antique shop, and it was so warm and delicious smelling. Sadly the bottle only had barely a drop left so I decided to go purchase a current bottle. I anticipated a weaker scent in the latest version, but I didn't expect it to smell totally different! My husband was with me and he said "ew, that smells like cat pee." So unless I can find a vintage bottle I think I will pass on the latest sad version of Shalimar.

Jan
12
2016
Southern Blonde
Southern Blonde

I'll keep this review short and to the point. Citrus and vanilla. Gourmand. Reminds me of Mitsouko but I prefer Mitso because it smells like lemon tea. This one smells like a chocolate vanilla. The vanilla doesn't really appear until about 1 hour later and it takes over the entire fragrance. Lasted a whole day. Not a wedding perfume. Not even an evening formal wear perfume. More of a day time casual wear fragrance. I can wear this with T shirt and jeans. They say this perfume is smoky and dark vanilla but on me it's sweet. Citrus fruit make it fresh at the start and vanilla makes it sweet through till the end. Wasn't wowed or very impressed but I do appreciate the history and importance of this Oriental fragrance.

Jan
10
2016
Jac401
Jac401

I first discovered Shalimar aged 27, on a holiday that included an excursion to the perfumers of Grasse. They didn't name any sample that you tried, just gave them a number. I fell in love with this particular sample, but unfortunately, the full 'flavour' of this perfume didn't occur until several hours after we returned to Monaco. I had to ask the rep who had accompanied us to Grasse, if they could ascertain which perfume I had fallen in love with. Luckily they found out it was Shalimar, and I have loved it ever since. The perfume always takes me back to the fragrant hills of the South of France, where I first knew it. I think it has changed somewhat, over the years, but I always put that down to my sense of smell changing with age. I do agree with some other reviews, in that it is a better perfume in the winter than in the summer, (even though it was hot when I first found it.)
I am wearing it today, as reading this thread has reminded me that I actually have it, even though I'm having a liason with Neal's Yard 'Essence of Frankincense' at the moment - beautiful, earthy, musky warmth, but doesn't last like Shalimar, nor does it have the same sillage.

Jan
04
2016
Einarr
Einarr

They say that love heals. And Shalimar is all about love - composed of many nuances, she is always timeless, comforting, calming, yet supporting and inspiring. After many years and hundreds of fragrances that I've experienced, there isn't one such magical potion that evolves so gracefully in front of my eyes.
Should you look for a primer at how citruses should be done, then you shouldn't look further than Shalimar, which offer the most divine breakdown of it's citruses, while gracefully walking you towards its leathery heart. Though I wish I could get less of the leather note, I still cannot deny the charm it encapsulates into the fragrance.
Once set, she could linger about with its non-intrusive aura for days. Because she's a keeper.

Jan
02
2015
Circuit FAiry
Circuit FAiry

Shalimar - warm like a blanket in cool/cold weather. I agree with Elviraelbasan, this scent for me does not work well in the heat or warm weather. It takes away all the beautiful notes and transforms into something quite regretful; but in cooler weather it is supremely succulent, rich, sweet, simply heavenly.

Dec
30
2015
iman_hamishe_payiz
iman_hamishe_payiz

Giving Grace for Protecting Us against Niche Sharks

Thank God for the presence of Guerlain, Hermes,Cartier and YSL in the perfumery world, their products can rival most(not all of course) of the niche ones, they are high quality, affordable, and beautiful without pretense.

as for Shalimar, I'm a guy who is after two or three scents for my beloved and this ranks the best:
elegant and sensual
not sharp floral
not sweet to death
not an opulent hodge-podge, heavily powdery, or headache inducing

It makes me sniff incessantly all through its long life, and that's a rarity for me to love all the stages

Dec
30
2015
Hippychic823
Hippychic823

Really wanted to love this one since I'm a huge fan of Orientals and this is like the Queen of Orientals but on me all I smell is sickly sweet benzoin. :(

Dec
29
2015
fabulassie
fabulassie

This vies with Coco for my all-time favourite. It's so sweet and lovely. It's oriental but not spicy. I love how it lasts on me - it mellows but doesn't change.

Dec
25
2015
Thesheppardswife
Thesheppardswife

This is a review for the Eau de Parfum.

I did a rather firm review of Shalimar a few months ago. It has always been a challenge for me to get my nose around this frag. I appreciated her but didn't really like her.

The last few days have been appropriately cold for the time of year, about 4c. and just a few days before Christmas. For some reason, I found and applied a tester of Eu de Shalimar and I have had to completely rethink my views. What has happened to me? Is it possible that after sticking my nose into so many other scents, I can now appreciate her? I am so surprised. I still get that sharp, medicinal slap at the beginning of the experience but somehow I can hold on till that comforting, powdery, yummy vanilla comes through. Maybe the cold temperatures help. Or is it the Christmas baking and gently scented candles that are easing the journey. I feel quite relieved that I can finally manage this classic Guerlain. I may even have to purchase a bottle in the future. Up to now, that would have been unthinkable.

My advise now to others who have also struggled with this fragrance is - try again every few years, you may be surprised.

Dec
22
2015
ClairaNox
ClairaNox

Welcome home, honey; I've missed you over the past year that you've been gone.

Hopefully I won't drop you and break you this time, but thank you for making the floor smell ethereal last Christmas.

Dec
21
2015
K1
K1

Shamilar is Rumi of perfume world. Everyone approaches from her or his personal angle and it has stories to tell to all of us. It's a lush multidimensional ambery, vanillic, animalic, oriental fragrance.

Shalimar is a deceptive and seducing extraordinary fragrance with simple smell and gigantic effect. No matter how much I write I won't add any useful hint while many perfectly nailed everything on. Shalimar for me is animalic leather, oriental incense, and realistic not-cake-like vanilla. Hats off!
★★★★★

Dec
18
2015
globus pallidus
globus pallidus

Finally, I got my hands on a PdT, and I sadly have to admit how real the hype around vintage Shalimar is.
The modern EdP is great, still - but in direct comparison, the bergamot sorely lacks some fruitiness, the civet appears way too sharp, somewhat plasticky even. I guess life is not fair. The only consolation is that Shalimar is very common and an excellent ager. The hunt has begun…

Dec
18
2015
Elviraelbasan
Elviraelbasan

With Shalimar I understand how important is the weather on developing of a scent .
I got shalimar from a swap on summer , and tried several time . Oh suffucating , harsh ...
I did not give up .
This is the clasicc that has resisted All these years...
Omg in cold weather amazed me :-))))
It will be always in my collection :-)

Dec
16
2015
Red Theodora
Red Theodora

I am currently having a passionate love affair - with Shalimar! I have waited so long for this. My mother introduced to the house of Guerlain in my teens. Her scents were Le Heure Bleue and Vol de Nuit. I wanted a Guerlain of my own, my own signature scent. I tried Shalimar, but it was the one Guerlain fragrance Mama did NOT like. How could my signature fragrance be one my mother hated? So I passed it up. I thought I would regret it, but then I tried Mitsouko and it has been my true love for years. Current Mitsouko (by this I mean the current formulation) is a HUGE disappointment to me. It is a hollow shell of the Mitsouko I fell in love with. So I thought I would give Shalimar another try; my mother being gone for twenty years now.

Ahhh...what a masterpiece! It may help that I have forgotten the composition of the Shalimar I smelled in the 1970's. So the current formula smells absolutely wonderful to me. Guerlain perfumes seem to me to have a dense, opaque composition to them. I do not like the modern trend to transparent fragrance. I want a perfume to wrap around me like a warm sweater, and that's exactly the feeling I get with Shalimar. The love affair continues on!

Dec
12
2015
ohjac
ohjac

Somewhere in the early 80s, I was struggling in my craft, and like many, had to take a job in the dreaded foodservice. I was making a strange city home and focused on making something of my life. After an exhausting and thankless day of running myself, I decided to sacrifice some of my ridiculously hard won funds into a real investment of decadent hedonism. I bought a delicious bottle of Shalimar. How special to bring this home on a beautiful spring afternoon with the flowers all in peak bloom and the bees hard at work. This is the sort of afternoon that no longer occurs on the East Coast of North America. This was the old days when tons of colorful songbirds filled the trees and you could drink and carouse all afternoon with the warming sun kissing your skin without once a thought for getting burned or hurt. The radio is on and Chopin is dancing through the air as I take out the little black and white box. Carefully, I extract the lovely royal purple caddy and then open to reveal this magic essence. Pour myself a drink and admire the bottle sitting on my bureau, illuminated indirectly by the refracting beams off the southern wall. In a few hours, after getting some headway on my work, I'll take a luxurious bath before dousing myself with this concoction. Let's see what I can get myself into this evening!

Dec
11
2015
Chelsea1605
Chelsea1605

After all the reviews on here, i really wanted to like this one but it just doesn't work with my chemistry. It's an overpowering smokey scent on me and it stays like that for hours. It's only now after 6 hours that it turns a little sweeter and spicier. Im gutted.

Dec
11
2015
amirali0072000
amirali0072000

Amazing..The bottle is gorgeous. . it's definitely a romantic nocturnal scent.this is one of my fav perfume..a long lasting fragrance
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Dec
10
2015
VanillaTabbyCat1963
VanillaTabbyCat1963

Okay! Here are my pick for THE Greatest Orientals, chosen for my emotional attachment to them. They are sentimental to me mainly because of the length of time they have been favorites of mine. In spite of me discovering new fragrances, they are still some of the best.

Shalimar Eau de Parfum (the oldest gem of the 3 pronged tiara of Orientals. Opium and then (laugh or not),Tabu have occupied the other two sparkly pinnacles Youth Dew (Bath Oil, but eau de parfum as well more recently) sneaks up, attempting to outcharm me from time to time,..succeeds for stretches of time because of periods of Tabu overload. Long-term not likely because of similarities between Opium and Youth Dew.

Shalimar is one crown jewel because of it's ability to behave as a Spicy Oriental while arriving straight into major leather territory with the ability to not appear strongly tomboyish. Nothing wrong with being androgenous in my opinion, just really LOVE that there is a sensual, leather-dominant femme fatale scent which stands apart from the earthy rich scents I so love.

My first love in the world of High Perfumery that I never ever get tired of.I always feel very glamourous when wearing Shalimar. It garners compliments from those who remember someone close to them who wore it!

I love how the different fragrance concentrations of Shalimar bring to the forefront various aspects of the composition, just as with other Guerlain scents.
My preference is for the heavier concentrations of Shalimar, as the leather takes the spotlight. I Have both Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette. I am aiming next to re-purchase in the Parfum concentration. It is warm,buttery, smoky and glorious, as are so many of the spicier Orientals. I just love how the stronger concintrations exhibit the juxpositation of the Bourbon Vanilla, wood contrasting with the leather citrus and oakmoss.

Now, several years have gone by during which time I spent a period of developing and furthering my relationships with other legends from the House of Guerlain, I can understand why it was Shalimar, not any of the others that became THE SUPERSTAR!!

Dec
08
2015
La_Vie_En_Rose
La_Vie_En_Rose

This is perfume at it's finest ... sorry if you don't agree. I remember my grandmother wearing this and was too young to appreciate it. My man, who has a great nose, who after getting to know me and my likes and dislikes, kept urging me to get a sample of it. He was sure I would like it. I didn't! I LOVED IT... It embraces all of the wonderful aspects of the woman I strive to be... warm, classy, soft, sexy and smart! Now I need to ask Santa for a big bottle!!!

Dec
08
2015
kitro
kitro

Shalimar, it even sounds like a caress.

She's so gentle, so warm, as she seeps into your soul. Surrounds you, envelops you. Every changing, ever loving, Shalimar.

Just beautiful. Spicy and powdery and lovely. She smells like a childhood holiday in Turkey, long evenings stretching into night as everyone forgot to tell me to go to bed. Strange smells in the air, exotic foods and plants mingling on the dry, hot air.

Yet, she's still approachable. There's that hint of the forbidden, but mingled into a gentle soft spicyness that welcomes you in. Shalimar.

Try it on skin. I dismissed it as baby powder meets old lady on a tester strip. Shalimar wants to get to know you, up close and personal.

Dec
08
2015
Nikinoo
Nikinoo

I love this one, its definitely not for the faint of heart though and could be to much for others to be around. I get a sharp opening spice that dries down to a woody, and powdery finish. It's rich and creamy to my nose and I adore it. Everyone should own this one. I was lucky to find a tiny bottle that is the older formula so I don't know what the new one smells like. But if it smells anything like this I will own a huge bottle one day

Dec
08
2015
Wysteria
Wysteria

I finally tried this one. I wanted to this for a while now but I usually don't like vanilla perfumes so I didn't know if I could like this one.

And as it turns out: I don't like it ............ I love it! I think I just don't like vanilla candy like perfumes or cheap vanilla scents. But this is a grown up vanilla, smells like real vanilla sticks. The smokey note even makes it smell a little like crème brulee, and I love creme brulee. It's such a delicious, sweet, balanced, warm and a bit grown up vanilla scent. This is so going on my want list.

Dec
02
2015
Fragrant Desert
Fragrant Desert

Glad waited on the review. Feel for the legends one cannot fairly give a proper review too soon. As someone(s) said, the greats need time to be appreciated. They are complex not linear and simple as we may be groomed to expect today. I tried Shalimar a couple times when I got my bottle. Was so excited. First impressions were .. ??? Couldn't make any sense of it or the wonder of it. Wisely put it away for a month or two. Just yesterday I got a full appreciation for Jean Patou's Joy. I finally experienced the beauty of it. So, today thought I'd try Shalimar again and wear it to work. I did use Elizabeth Taylor Passion Men as a base. Enough similarity and thought couldn't hurt. Funny. I know how Passion Men smells. Did NOT smell it today. Not At All. Instead, Shalimar revealed herself to me. Finally. Maybe that is it like another reviewer said .. the better ones may need to decide whether or not to reveal their beauty to us. Today I was intoxicated by Shalimar all day. Won't go into notes or any of that .. plenty enough of it here already. Later, I needed another fix. Super charge. Work at Macy's so went straight to the bottle and two more sprays. I was alone in the stockroom so no worry about too much for others. I Love this stuff! On the drive home I almost felt like I was wearing a fur protecting me from the cold. Shalimar wrapped herself around me and promised me I can now be hers and she is mine.

Nov
30
2015
I.D.Adam
I.D.Adam

To say Shalimar smells of "old lady" is a reflection on the reviewer, not the perfume. Shalimar is from a different era of course, an era where perfumes were full bodied and used many natural florals, citruses and resins with bolder, fuller scents, not to mention the musks. Today we get sharp, shrill and thin synthetic fragrances from the major houses which are inexpensive to produce (though not to purchase) and are what younger perfume wearers have come to expect as normal. Shame that, as so many great orientals, chypres and florals will only be found in the older style fragrances either from the early 20th century or the 1970s-80s. At least we also have niche and indies.
Anyway, do yourself a favor and obtain some Shalimar and study it properly to learn to appreciate it.

Nov
29
2015
AlmalkiJeme
AlmalkiJeme

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Nov
28
2015
Vera Bosch
Vera Bosch

I personally don't like the smell of vanilla, but this perfume: like an orgasm in your nose.

It starts citrusy but after a few hours it becomes more Oriental. It's like a beautiful vintage perfume that you would have found in the attic of your grandparents but remained just as beautiful as it was when they used it.

Nov
26
2015
lemonzest
lemonzest

Exquisite. Causes synesthesia: smells shiny, like a beautiful orange light, like the sacral chakra, svadhishthana. When I experience Shalimar, the color orange completely overwhelms me and I feel that I am in some way more aware of what drives me in life.
Strange and unsettling, almost a Twilight Zone experience. Could become addictive.

Nov
23
2015
Gigi The Fashionista
Gigi The Fashionista

Shalimar The Spotlight Stealing Oriental

Shalimar is a copy of Francois Coty's Emeraude, which was in the fragrance market in 1921, 5 years before the launch of Guerlain's Shalimar. Francois Coty was the master perfumer of the world, the greatest of all time. There is a mystery to what happened between Coty and Guerlain in 1921. It would appear that Guerlain copied the formula from Coty's Emeraude but made a deal with him and was allowed to spice up the formula a bit and call it Shalimar. It came at the right time. In Paris at the Exposition Internationale Des Arts Decoratifs Et Industriels Modernes between April and October of 1925, Shalimar was one of two fragrances that were introduced. The other was Millot's Crepe de Chine. Art Deco was the rage in the Roaring 20's, and although architecture in the Expo was Art Deco, the bottle of Shalimar was not. It is a classical urn. Shalimar Gardens were the beautifully landscaped gardens of the Mughal Empire in South East Asia and India. The Shah Jahan had lost his favorite wife the beautiful mother of all his children Mumtaz. Jahan completed her tomb, the Taj Mahal in 1649. This fragrance is supposed to evoke images of an Oriental garden and recreate a Hindi love story of undying love. The vintage old formula almost goes there but instead becomes a spicy Indian market place selling spices, sandalwood patchouli and incense. There is just enough civet (actual animal civet) to keep you warm in a fur coat as you walk through the gardens. Flowers aren't strong and only a faint scent of them are suspended in the air. The original Shalimar is dark, sultry, heady, woodsy and floral. All these notes combined together are clearly there. I own the vintage in a large baccarat bottle and its' like you become the Shah yourself wearing such a rich, luxurious fragrance. Shalimar is a masterpiece, albeit a masterpiece which took the spotlight from Coty's Emeraude which I will be reviewing another time

NOTES IN THE CURRENT FORMULA OF SHALIMAR

Head Notes: Citruses Mandarin Orange Cedar Bergamot Lemon

Heart Notes: Iris Patchouli Jasmine Vetiver Rose

Base Notes: Leather Sandalwood Opoponax Musk Civet Vanilla Incense Tonka Bean

The Shalimar being sold today was not reissued, but rather reformulated. It has nothing in common with the original. However, it has the same bones. They removed the civet and much of the patchouli and incense. People say that they can still smell incense but it's more of a burnt vanilla. This fragrance does not have steamy puffs of incense or smoke in the same way as Lancome Magie Noire or Yves Sain Laurent's Opium, or Elizabeth Taylor's Passion. The incense here is not strong. What you get is something like a vanilla scented souffle. It's more spicy than smoky. There is tonka bean which causes the fragrance to feel like a dessert. If this was a dessert, I'd eat it. The new Shalimar is sweet. It starts off with citrus notes. The Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette have the best opening of citruses. The other Shalimar editions such as Initial has too much citrus and one is drowning in them and the whole thing is like lemon furniture polish. I had to throw away the Initial. The Shalimar Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette is what you want. Both are beautiful without too much citrus and heavier on vanilla. This was recreated to fit in with the trend in gourmand fragrances. Though it does not do justice to the original, it's no less an Oriental. It's an Oriental dessert where as the original was an entire dinner. I am very pleased with the new Shalimar which I had not purchased until now for fear that it would be a lemon furniture polish. I'm so glad that it isn't. It's very nice. I will also add to what has already been said: this is totally unisex as the citrus notes in the opening are found in most men's colognes. The rest of the time the fragrance is sweet vanilla which dries down to amber and woods. I wish ther had been a little more of a progression of flowers (we're supposed to be in the gardens of Taj Mahal right?) but the Guerlain noses working on this frag did not want it to become a floral fragrance so they stuck to the strong foundation of woods, amber, and vanilla. The dark burnt vanilla reigns supreme in this fragrance. I wonder what Jacques Guerlain would think of this new formula. He woudn't be able to recognize it nor anyone that was there that day when Shalimar was introduced in Paris at that Expo in 1925. If there was a Time Machine that's one of the places I would love to visit. That and the Grand Magasins du Louvre in Paris where Francois Coty accidentally spilled the contents of his La Rose Jacqueminot and released the fragrance that made him world famous. It was because of his Emeraude that Shalimar became possible. As a vintage fragrance lover I have both and like both but my heart goes out to Emeraude. Shalimar is the stuck up Oriental prince that stole the spotlight.

Nov
21
2015
MeganD
MeganD

Time for me to eat humble pie, and lots of it. I reviewed Shalimar last year, after smelling it for the first time and absolutely hating it. No, for real, it made me want to gag.

I don't know if I've changed or if Shalimar has. I've spent a year trying and trying to understand it if not like it, and all of a sudden something's clicked. I absolutely crave it now. The leather and and citrus leap out at you on the first spray, and then everything melts into a warm cloud of powder and vanilla, with the leather keeping things from getting too syrupy. I get no incense from it at all, but
then I'm far from an expert nose. The vanilla-leather in this reminds me so much of Bvlgari Black, which I have and love - In fact, I'd go so far as to say that Black is Shalimar with the citrus gone and the powder and sweetness halved.

This is a sillage bomb though. We're talking two sprays maximum, and you will likely be able to smell it up until your next shower. This is also one of the few perfumes I've smelled that have been enhanced and not ruined by the smell of cigarette smoke. Smokers, take note.

This may well smell 'old-ladyish' (GASP!) to most people when they first smell it. But please please please, I urge you, don't give up on it. Try and appreciate it on its own merit without letting thoughts of your great Auntie Sybil cross your mind. And anyway, Shalimar is opulent and sexy - The old lady who wears this is, in my imagination, dripping in fur and diamonds and trailing 13 ex-husbands behind her.

And now, I'm off to add Shalimar EDP to my Christmas list. Let's hope Santa delivers.

Nov
21
2015
Estêvan George
Estêvan George

Oh My God! That's so STRONG!!! I recieve a sample of Shalimar, and I tried it today. I already knew how much famous is this fragrance, but I've never imagine how powerfull it was! It was a shock at the first try... at first all I can smell was incense, a lot of this note, with cinnamon. But then, a few minutes later, it turns to a magical scent! Now, the vanilla dominated, and it mixes with incense, sandalwood, civet, patchouli, opoponax and leather. That's what I smell here in Shalimar... it's like a vanilla incense with a lot of spice notes. Fantastic! Shalimar is one of the best oriental fragrances that I've ever smell! For a moment, I think it was similar to Calvin Klein Obsession, but it's not... Shalimar is better, because of the vanilla, that gaves it the sweety side. I'm really amazed with it! That's an unique fragrance that everybody MUST test! Surprisingly wonderful! A truly masterpiece!

Nov
12
2015
Marie69
Marie69

Shalimar - What to say that has not been said. Through distant fields of waving aromatics, lemony rays of afternoon sunshine illuminate precious wooden logs, floating on a rapids of vanilla. Sidelined wild rose bushes dream, heavy with blooming perfect pink. Smooth and round, frankinscence and amber boulders pierce the rushing creamy sweetness. I have this image of an old Bewitched TV show, with Endora helping Samantha get ready for a dinner party, ... without using magic. Endora begins to dust, but turns up her nose at Samantha´s - ever so mortal- furniture polish. So thus booming up a little cloud with a spell, she turns it into Shalimar, including the golden bottle. Sprays, smiles and continues to dust.

Nov
12
2015
marie333
marie333

Shalimar est un des plus beau parfum qui existe

Nov
12
2015
danieq
danieq

Many have shared eloquently about this fragrance, so I will not attempt to match those. Here are my thoughts. For me, this is consistently wearable in whatever concentration I've worn. I own EdT, Vintage EdC in the clock bottles, Current 2009 EdP, vintage Bath Oil, vintage Parfum. I have not found a concentration I dislike, nor a formulation for that matter. Yes,there are differences, but I find it's always identifiable as Classic Shalimar, but with varying notes highlighted. In the end, I love it for its rich depth, creamy leathery vanilla and amazing lasting power. It's very easily unisex, but manages to be supremely feminine on a woman and promises masculinity on a man. How does it do that?! My suggestion, if you haven't worn it is to try it on skin. It scared me on paper and I wouldn't touch it for years, but since I did, I can't get enough! I frequently wear it to bed, hubby approves.

Nov
09
2015
stella_gray
stella_gray

This perfume is a masterpiece. I can understand why it is so popular.
I went into my local perfumery after a new 'classic' scent for my collection and the gent behind the counter suggested Shalimar. In his opinion it is better tried straight on skin (wrist etc) rather than on a paper or cardboard sample card. When he sprayed it on my wrist I was initially put off by the strong citrus smell. However the perfumery gent told me to let the perfume develop for at least an hour and told me many women were initially put off and then came back to the shop after an hour wanting to buy a bottle.
I left the shop thinking that I didn't like Shalimar. However after an hour or so, the strong citrus hit developed into a rich warm musky smoky vanilla with incense. Absolutely amazing. I went back to the shop and bought a bottle of the parfum! I couldn't stop sniffing my wrist for the rest of the day and I could still smell Shalimar a full 9 hours after a tiny spray on the wrist.
This perfume really does take me back to exuberance and drama of the Deco era in the Rloaring 20's. It is an amazing perfume and no wonder it has lasted for 90 years.
I will never be without a bottle of Shalimar.
A word of warning: I would try this perfume on and wear it for at least 2-3 hours rather than blind buying it.

Nov
01
2015
GatsbyDreams
GatsbyDreams

Whenever I spray this perfume I feel as if I am traveling back in time. This is truly like owning a small chunk of the Roaring Twenties. When I close my eyes and smell this I can clearly picture French jazz clubs, filled with vampy flapper girls, smoking long stemmed cigarettes. Other times I can picture a small corner cafe, filled with smartly dressed Parisiennes drinking cappuccinos and discussing art, music, and poetry. I feel as if Shalimar is not simply a perfume but a historical character. Along with the likes of Chanel no. 5 and YSL Opium, this is one of the most iconic perfumes in the world. I have a very special place in my heart for this perfume, and I feel happy whenever I see it sitting on my dresser. All that being said, Shalimar is not for the faint of heart. This is a statement perfume, and is supremely distinctive. Upon the initial spray, there is a loud burst of bergamot and powdery notes. As the powdery quality simmers down, there is a slight hint of citrus and leathery smokiness (many people have compared this smokiness to tobacco but I compare it to incense.) The dry down is the most intriguing aspect of this perfume. What comes to mind is a gourmand-ish vanilla lingering with the woodsy, incense notes. The vanilla is in no way loud or sugary sweet. Oh no. It is an extremely sensual, warm, and musky vanilla. The projection of Shalimar is incredible, as is the wear time. All in all this is an extremely sultry, warm, and intense fragrance. This is not just a bottle of perfume, this is a complex and intriguing experience all its own.

Oct
28
2015
b.a.denney
b.a.denney

I so want to like Shalimar, and I have a full bottle, mostly due to how much I love the actual bottle design. I mean, it's a classic, and it has vanilla, so I should love it, but I just don't. I always go back and try it, and it's always the same. There is just some note in it that smells "old", and almost musty. Now, I know it's not just my bottle, because every tester I've ever smelled is the same. I'm betting it's whatever comprises the wood note that is putting me off. I just can't get past it. And on me, the wood note is prominent, while the vanilla and citrus stay in the background, the opposite of what I wish would happen.

Shalimar is a classic, and I'm glad to own a bottle, I just wish I could be comfortable wearing it. As it is, she's a star in my collection, looking all vintage and classy.

I'm wondering if I'd fare any better with any of the Shalimar flankers?

Oct
23
2015
samloves
samloves

I'VE JUST BOUGHT A BOTTLE OF THE EDT BUT AFTER READING MANY OF THE REVIEWS I'M SWAYING TOWARDS THE EDP CAN SOMEBODY SHED SOME LIGHT ON THE DIFFERENCES FOR ME. I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT VINTAGE EDITIONS I WOULD LIKE SOME ADVICE/INPUT ON THE LATEST ONES. I'M DESPERATE TO OPEN THE EDT I HAVE BUT WILL BE SO DISAPPOINTED IF ITS NOT ALL HEAVEY EXOTIC AND POWDERY IN THE DRYDOWN . THANKS

Oct
20
2015
ohjac
ohjac

Delicious, erotic, decadent sex. Remote, sequestered, private and singular. Rare, ancient, occult and uncommon. The older the better. To hell with reformulation.

Oct
16
2015
TillyWave
TillyWave

When it comes to Shalimar, I have champagne tastes on a beer budget. While I love Mitsouko and Samsara in any concentration, it is Shalimar that I have sampled countless bottles of Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette, and Eau de Parfum, and while I like all of them, there is just something missing, We are talking over 7 years of testing Shalimar and either finding it lacking or finding it lovely, but nothing make me say "Ohh...." in that way that perfumes does when you finally find what you're looking for, when everything clicks and maybe you can stop looking altogether.

That indeed is Shalimar in Pure Perfume Concentration (unfortunately.) I snagged about 4 mls of the stuff from Ebay for $20 and this perfume really hits the spot. This is thick and full and blended. It opens with offensive rubber and smoke and leather and bergamot oil, and in the middle are sweet creme brulee, carnations and roses and incense, dries into amber and balsams/woods/sandalwood and vanilla. Ultimately it is the middle/drydown that does me in--it is the most complex and perfectly blended drydown I have ever smelled--florals, leather, incense, woods...

In the age of the topnotes being the stars of the perfume and the drydown being frankly, a faint musky drysheet, it's hard to remember that the drydown is the part of the perfume that you have to live with, and the drydown is what counts most. Shalimar is the drydown and what you have to live with, discount the difficult topnotes, well, that's what perfumes are now, all topnotes, so why wouldn't we know to wait around awhile?

So. I love Shalimar in pure parfum. She doesn't need another review but really she's amazing in this concentration.

Oct
15
2015
jacmac
jacmac

Spicy and smoky, aggressive and sharp topnotes on a leather base. Then citrus under the spice, then about an hour or 2 in it sweetens for the rest of the day but still keeps an edge so the vanilla stays spicy not girly. This one MUST be skin tested before you decide, as it behaves COMPLETELY differently on skin vs a test strip. I hated the test strip, liked it on my skin but only after 20 minutes of letting it calm down

Oct
14
2015
girl1000
girl1000

The reformulation is very different than the original, yet both are masterpieces. The reformulation is all about the iris. It's a contented iris as compared to Prada's Infusion d'Iris, which I find tends towards a melancholy iris. The baby powder/vanilla/lemon scent of the original is nowhere to be found in the reformulation, but this new Shalimar is just as intriguing and, I think, more modern. I only wish they had added the reformulation as a flanker instead of replacing the original.

Oct
10
2015
sazias
sazias

This perfume exists for so long, but I discovered it just recently. I have the Eau de Toilette as I believe the Eau the Parfum is just too strong for the people around me. This perfume makes me feel happy. It's like you're surrounded by a warm and soft blanket. It is a warm, soft and cosy Scent. In stead of sniffing all the numerous new perfumes, I return more and more to perfumes which earned their existance through the years. And this is one of them. A real classic. A masterpiece.

Oct
10
2015
plum
plum

This one is a gem! I remember when my mum brought some fashion magazines from Italy and I found a little dab on sample glued to one of them. I fell in love immediately and was so surprised when found it was created so long time ago. Silly me, thought that only the latest perfumes are added to magazines (but that happens when you live in a small town without a single perfume shop).
I had this name on my mind and when years later I saw it at TK maxx, I smiled to my husband. And he said "no"..... Because I nearly had an attack and nearly made a scene and we were with his best friend he finally agreed (we went to our car and after a long discussion returned to shop only to buy Shalimar). I think he just didin't want to look bad in his friends' eyes. When we got home they both were forced to sniff the bottle than me and to agree with me how beautiful it smells.
(And no, I am not a big girl who cries everytime she wants a candy: he couldn't understand that £13 for a (pre-reformulated) bottle of Shalimar was just a real bargain! Any perfume freak would get it:)

Oct
10
2015
nettoyant
nettoyant

It's a classic fragrance that is so complex, creamy and gorgeous. Fresh burst of citrus at first which dries down to a powdery vanilla and sexy leather. I've loved it since I was very young but it hasn't always been my favourite. It's taken time to fully appreciate this scent. Once you wear it and test other fragrances, nothing beats Shalimar. If you want gourmand you have vanilla, if you love freshness you have the citrus, if you like powder there's the iris. If you want to be a bit dirty, there's the leather and incense. It's full rounded perfection.

Oct
10
2015
SuzySchnabel
SuzySchnabel

In the past I've had vintage Shalimar but it never was my 'thing'( I prefered L'HB ), due to the too many spices that never came together in a steady composition, it remained a loose experience and that bothered me so I've never regarded as 'real pretty'. Now I've a modern EDT and that's a complete different story. They took out all the 'floating' spices that bothered me before. No cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg or cardemon floating around + disturbing the horizon, just pure vanilla-accord.
It's my first and only 'gourmand', the instinct of wanting to lick/eat it and this foody vanilla is very similar to Emeraud now. Like I said earlier I can't smell ANY leather or animalic at all and am very surprised that it's supposed to be there. It might have been in the past( animal, not leather ) but certainly not now.
( Mind, just my opinion )
I like it much more now than in the past, now it's just: Jammy..let me eat. Nothing more than gourmandy. Super easy-going also by day, but lacks longevity and sillage ( I've to spray 4x for minimum effect) so as a consequence, plus it doesn't give me a boost to smell a gourmand in daytime, I end up using it almost only at night preferably before bedtime. Then I got the full 'cuddle-feeling' that she means to me, so she joins me reading a book ( Winnie the Pooh ) or writing here and also in bed helping me to fall asleep.
For that purpose she's great. As an overall mature scent or composition she's not THAT great...
Still 10/10 for her new style and her company in my dreams ...Mmmmmh..

Oct
08
2015
Owlsova72
Owlsova72

WOW. I am speechless. I don't know why I avoided this perfume this long for some reason I thought I would not like it. Like is not a verb to use for this treasure. First of all I don't know how can anyone dislike this?! I understand that some people might have clashes with their skin chemistry but this perfume has such a strong character I cannot see any skin type overpowering this beauty. Sure it will smell different on everybody, that is what quality perfumes do. Word of advise do not sample Shalimar on paper. These classic perfumes were not made for paper and they do not open up and "sound" unless they are sprayed on skin. You have to sample it on yourself. And if you want a proper "taste" of it spray on your lower torso, just below your chest. Trust me. You need it not in your face but close enough to appreciate it. Skin will worm it up and you will get a real unbelievable scent you have ever smelt. I don't know why sweet is not listed here it is undeniably sweet even with the smokey note. That is what makes it so magical. I refuse to go into notes. I think it is not the ingredients so much. If I put all the ingredients together I am sure I will not get anything close to Shalimar. It is the mastery of the perfumery not the notes.

Hey, I am not trying to persuade you to buy Shalimar. I intend to wear this beauty all through winter 2015-2016 and the less people smell as beautiful as me the better.

Oct
08
2015
Adrian_jacobs1984
Adrian_jacobs1984

Oh my this is gorgeous. When it first goes on the lemon was alittle much not big on lemon or citrus yet 10 mins went by and the lemon left as holy shit does this smell so good at first smells like lemon drops from my child hood this is such a classic and I had too own it and I do indeed adore it. Just gorgeous I have the 3 ounce edp. Perfect strength. It is long lasting too and great sillage!!! Just a hidden Gem. I am in love... OH SHALIMAR I LOVE YOU..

Oct
06
2015
smoothshoperator
smoothshoperator

Lovely, feminine, classic, vanilla-lemony powder. Such a romantic fragrance, especially reading the sentimentality behind it with the love story between husband and wife. However, this belongs to a woman. I do not like the idea of men wearing Shalimar and find it kind of annoying to be honest. This was not created as a unisex perfume. Sheesh!

Oct
05
2015
Kentington
Kentington

@Matt Abdul - Shalimar is gorgeous, but it's definitely an acquired taste. That said, it's usually available for a relatively good price, because it's been around FOREVER. I personally recommend the EDT from the 80's - in the gold lattice refillable atomizer. It's spicy and vanillic...the new EDT seems a little thin, to my taste.

Oct
03
2015
deb.martinez
deb.martinez

Started testing this from a small decant about 8 mos ago. First time,,,gahhhh,,noooo. Second time,,umm,,no. Third time MAGIC. What the heck happened to my nose. This is awesome stuff! So divine i cant even describe it but to say its so smooth and vanilla and smoky and.....ahhhhh
Our sense of smell reguarding perfumes really do mature. OR
Im getting older and wiser? IDK!

Oct
03
2015
NebelGeîst
NebelGeîst

@Matt Abdul: To me it is not a smooth and creamy vanilla scent. It has some rough edges, its own character, I get quite a lot smokey incense and some leather. The citrus notes are prominent at first, too. A very nice perfume and very much wearable for a man, would fit your characteristics. But must fit your taste as well.
I would advise to get a sample first or look out for a bigger perfume shop to test it there. It is not a safe blind buy. Many vanilla lovers even hate it.

A creamier vanilla scent from the same line (but discontinued) is Shalimar Ode a la Vanille - Sur la route du Mexique. But still I would not call it a safe blind buy.

Oct
03
2015
Matt Abdul
Matt Abdul

Hello.

I'm 30 years old guy & I'm really obsessed with perfumes. I have clean & neat personalities, I'm hairless, don't have beard or moustache. I don't have that strong masculine features on me.

Do u guyz think I can pull this off with my characteristic ?
My breath so taken away after I watched the video ads & really curious about this scent after I search on Google THE BEST VANILLA PERFUMES & this Shalimar pop up as number one choice. Is it creamy vanilla ? Was planning to get this blind buy and make it as my signature perfume.

Advice please, Guys.

Oct
03
2015
janeofdoe
janeofdoe

Dear shalimar. ..I think I love you. That is all.

Oct
02
2015
pierson
pierson

October first. Out comes the Shalimar!

I love orientals, dearly, truly, completely. I love the spice, amber, woods. However, where I live summers are brutal, which call for lighter things like D&G Light Blue, Tommy Girl, White Linen, EA's Mediterranean--those sorts. But cooler autumn? Bring out the orientals (in my head, that sounded like Monty Python's "Bring out your dead!").

Anyway.

Shalimar. Lovely, lemony, spicy, woody, with a touch of rose and leather. Delicious. It makes me very happy; I find it uplifting. Rich, powdery (yes, I know that's the knell of death for so many, but I love it dearly). Warm, complex. Incense, vanilla, musk. It sounds as if it would be heavy as a brick, but it's so smoothly blended that it doesn't overpower unless you over-apply, which yeah, it would be easy with this powerhouse.

I wear fruity-flowery perfumes not because I particularly like them--they tend to smell alike to me--but because it's too hot to wear the orientals. Now with cooler/colder weather on the way, I can pull out the perfumes I *really* like, the ones which make me happy, which last forever on my skin (my skin loves woody, spicy scents).

If you haven't tried Shalimar--and some won't, simply because of the "old lady" connotation of a perfume which isn't candy-sweet or flowery--do yourself a favor and just get a sample. It smells good on a tester strip, but it really needs to be on the skin to bloom. It lasts hours and hours and all that time, it's developing and changing, and you're never bored with it. It's a classic for a reason.

Oct
01
2015
MsBacall
MsBacall

Shalimar begins with a burst of invigorating citrus. At first, I found this beginning rather odd given the notes of the perfume, but it got my attention! Every time I tested Shalimar I wasn’t sure I liked the beginning. Now, after finally purchasing a bottle and wearing it solely for three days, I find it intriguing and welcoming. Shortly after the citrus dries down, I am hit with a powder bomb. It is reminiscent of Molinard Habanita. I adore Habanita. I wore Shalimar in 90 degree weather and found that the powder component was extra strong. I love powdery scents and the way it is executed in Shalimar is pleasant and warm. The powder seems to really stand out with my chemistry, but after a couple of hours leather and smoky vanilla start to appear. I love the leather note and the smoky vanilla scent is intoxicating for me. The third day I wore this, I wore it on a chilly day. It’s so warm, cozy, sensual, and hypnotic. It’s exquisitely laced with cinnamon. The cinnamon note is more present in cooler weather.

This scent goes for miles. The final act of Shalimar is a unique vanilla. Not like anything found on the market today. It is not cupcake vanilla or anything I would deem as “frilly.” It’s sophisticated and sexual. I find this perfume remarkable and can now understand it’s longevity on the market. What I found surprising about this fragrance is at first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but I kept thinking about it. Then, I started obsessing about it. I kept testing it at the mall. Every time I wore it, I found something new within the composition I liked. This curiosity turned to adoration.

Who would like this? I think lovers of Molinard Habanita or powdery scents, Bvlgari Black lovers may like this, lovers of warm & cozy scents, 1920s history lovers, and someone looking for something unique, sensual, and multidimensional.

I recommend testing this one a few times before purchasing. Give Shalimar time to woo you. Think of her as a fine wine. You may just find you cannot live without her like I did.

Sep
28
2015
kingiug
kingiug

This is the LOVE of my life. The most beautiful fragrance history, the most beautiful storytelling. Absolutely love.

Sep
26
2015
greydove
greydove

No. 5 broke up with me. Shalimar has me on the rebound.

Sep
24
2015
Casiquire
Casiquire

Shalimar EDP is beautiful. In my opinion everyone should try it just to appreciate the artistry and the historic aspect of it, even though it's not easy to wear for everyone, and not everyone will even enjoy the way it smells. It begins with a big blast of citrus, mostly bergamot, but because of the leather and smoke in the background there's a bit of a burnt tire effect right at the beginning hiding behind the bergamot. The bergamot doesn't stick around forever though, the next phase is heavy powdery vanilla, leather, incense, and smoke. The whole effect is dry and oh-so-powdery. Heavier sprays bring out the smoky leather incense, but the sillage is mainly the powdery vanilla. This definitely does play the same trick as a few Guerlains I've tried in which smelling up-close reveals an edgy leathery-smoky scent with attitude, but step away a couple of feet and it's a dainty light baby-powder-vanilla.

There's the only real downside of the scent: the powdery vanilla smells very old. Everyone's smelled an old lady in a floral print at church wearing too much Shalimar. It's instantly recognizable and is one of the best-selling perfumes in history, which is unfortunate because that makes the old-lady vibe harder to shake.

Upon approaching the base, the leather, incense, and smoke start to die down and the vanilla gets better and better. At the end it's an amazing soft cloud of vanillin and not much else, but it really finishes the scent off on the right note.

There are a lot of other notes swimming around but the ones I mentioned above are really the main players. Behind the scenes I feel like there's so much at work and I'll get different whiffs throughout the day.

Vintage EDT: Despite using "true" bergamot and a few other notes that may be considered better-quality, I much prefer the EDP. The quality difference is not nearly as noticeable as you would think, especially when reading what some people have to say, but as a man the EDT is a nearly unwearable bright and almost girly vanilla. Everything that makes Shalimar outstanding--the leather, incense, and smoke--is toned down in the EDT.

If I could have my way, there would be a Shalimar for Men which would be essentially the exact same formula but cut the vanilla in half and replace half of the remaining vanilla with tonka. Just thinking about it is making me happy.

Anyway for the men out there, feel free to wear this, it's unisex, but know that it is a powdery scent. And definitely get the EDP! Sure maybe the EDT is "lighter" but that means everything that makes it unisex is stripped down. For the women out there, if you're younger than about 40, go right ahead and wear it. It's a bold and confident scent. If you're older than that, sure you can still wear it, but keep in mind that there's an age association that comes with the fragrance. The best way to fight against that is to wear it with a sense of class and stay easy on the trigger. If you're a human of any age, try this out for at least a few full wearings!

Sep
23
2015
janeofdoe
janeofdoe

I remember smelling a very older gentleman in a ballroom, wearing this. His face was so smooth when I hugged him, it was almost slick...and the big majestic curtains on the walls were the exact shade of blue that the cap has. This scent is not my favorite....but it reminds me of that old, dashing, sophisticated gentlemen. Therefore I just purchased this as a scent from my childhood. When grown ups smelled like rich, and larger than life beings. And people still danced in ballrooms.

EDIT: it is very much becoming my favorite. Idk what happened but I am absolutely in love with this perfume now. I have the cologne and the edt, and it's breath taking. Sometimes I layer it with burberry "my" and let me tell you....This is a combination that will make people's heads turn. Young and old alike are mesmerized by this combination. ...but when I'm alone. ...In bed....I always snuggle up with just shalimar.

Sep
17
2015
RoxanaDel
RoxanaDel

I applaud women who can pull off this perfume. I like the idea, I like the history behind it, the notes promise to blend together into something special. But on my skin the smoky leather is so sharp and overpowering, it makes me nauseated. Despite all this I have to confess it smells divine on my mother.

Sep
16
2015
saidesses
saidesses

I'm a 25 years old guy and I find this fragrance as the sexiest fragrance made for women ever , it's dark,mature,mysterious,elegant,sexy and it have a great performance,I don't know why only aged women wear it ,I cannot stand all these new fragrances (la vie est belle, la petite robe noire...)it's for teenagers.

Sep
15
2015
lulusmom
lulusmom

For EDT:

I have been waiting to aquire this for a while and it didn't disappoint. The opening was an eyeopener of tobacco and leather with an incense undercurrent. I got no citrus and little florals and a delicate spicy, powdery drydown. After the initial opening, it mellowed very quickly and too soon became a skin scent.

Took me a bit but I finally figured out what it reminded me of..sitting in a smokey nightclub, wearing a suede jacket and wearing Emeraude. Lol. They really are kissing cousins, not the same by any means but similar.

Update:

This is quickly becoming a favorite. Beautiful, complex, and has teeth. This is no fluffy kitten with a tiny bell on its collar, its a jaguar with a heavily encrusted gold and jeweled collar with sleepy eyes but be wary, her tail is flicking lazily, she's aware of you.

Sep
14
2015
sria
sria

Shalimar EDT

I find it to be a more happening and exciting version of L'Heure Bleue (very dear to me) with the climactic balance of citrus and vanilla backed up by many other parts that I can't distinguish. But both undeniably share the Guerlain signature. Also I would group it as Oriental Vanilla and Oriental Gourmand even.. I do not find it spicy enough to be Oriental spicy (Coco IMHO is)

Underneath the thick vanilla and citrus concoction, I feel there is darkness and smoke (must be leather, civet and incense) which gives it a mysterious character, almost dangerous but oh so alluring. Conjures a lot of exuberance and excitement. In fact I miss the calming intellectual sophistication of L'Heure Bleue here. I also find it a bit mindless (like a lot of noise but no meaningful conversation) but it is undoubtedly addictive. After my samples were gone, I was desperately scraping the last bit of the tiny drop.

It is like an exciting one-time encounter that you know is wrong but you go with it anyway; whereas L'Heure Bleue is a promise kept for eternity without a word spoken.

Also I am 28 and I think this could suit women of any age. Please give it a try. It is an experience.

EDIT: If you want something as exciting as Shalimar but with intelligence, sophistication and class go find Coco.

Shalimar EDP

It is all about incense and heavy on the dirty note.

TBH I will say the following with a sore broken heart. Sorry to shalimar lovers also. But such polarizing reactions makes it special and classic anyway.

Either form of Shalimar has zero sophistication or elegance or invincible power of a woman. That's fine - not all scents have to portray strictly that persona and I appreciate a very seductive sexy naughty message in a scent. But it does not serve that purpose either for me. It is just really dirty-smelling to the point of off-putting and offensive and irritating. May be it is just my skin. I tried to love it soooo much. May be I even did during a very momentary affair. But I do not think one should have to force affection, passion or love. It should just happen effortlessly. My story with Shalimar was destined to end this way. SORRY SHALIMAR!! I will stick to L'Heure Bleue for my Guerlain classic and Coco for the seductive woman.

Sep
13
2015
Gigi The Fashionista
Gigi The Fashionista

Shalimar, first released in Paris, 1925, at the Decorative Arts Exhibition, is a classic fragrance, the favorite of the flappers. Like flappers, this was a sexy, spicy amber fragrance for the modern woman. It still is. Vintage bottles from the 20's and 30's were huge and looked like decorative crystal containers. Perhaps it used to smell spicier and exotic. It was inspired by Shalimar, the garden at the Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in 1649 for his wife Mumtaz as her mausoleum. This is supposed to be a Hindi love story and garden in one bottle. It's amber, it's jasmine and vanilla. I think the vanilla makes the perfume a bit weak but if you're into subtle perfume this is perfect. Shalimar is a perfume that only someone you're intimate with, whom you allow close enough to detect the faint scent, will know you even have it on. Consequently it's a romantic perfume worn best worn in the evenings on dates, dinners, parties, weddings, and for special romantic getaway trips. Avoid the eau de toilette and the Initial the newest version. They only smell like vanilla and or lemon. Who wants to wear lemon. The original Shalimar is a top choice for any lover of classic perfumes.

Sep
10
2015
Profumella
Profumella

I like Shalimar but it is hard to describe how it smells like. It could be incense with vanilla that remind me of Coca cola somehow

Sep
09
2015
almondbreakfast
almondbreakfast

I am a man and starting today I can proudly add Shalimar to my all-time favorite list. Now I own 4 bottles (EDP, Madagaskar, Mexique and extrait).

Shalimar is a classic that is made for ladies, and gentlemen.

Magically beautiful.

AB

Sep
08
2015
ClippyluvsMU
ClippyluvsMU

I own Parfum Initial.
That is beautiful.
This is epic.

I owned a bottle of Shalimar in 2004 that was 2-3 years old and I gave it away. I was too young to "get" it. I SO regret that now, of course.
The change comes this year. I have been lusting after this bottle after I bought and fell for PI. I expected to really enjoy it, for it to become one that reigns in the High Court of favorites, for it to be one that my mother would try to get me to give her, but this is simply epic. Good and strong projection, AMAZING lasting power on my skin, warm (woods, spices), sensual (vanilla, spices), sexy, (Leather, incense). I love the hint of jasmine in there.
The opening was so unexpected; A blast of so many things- none of which could I decipher right away. I am sure part of it was a preconceived notion of what I thought it would be. I never knew, btw, that I could love incense as a note in any frag I would own. LOVE it here.
I am too excited to know that there is still so much to smell, especially from this house. That even what I have smelled is fair game for a revisit, and perhaps a change of heart.
My first order of the day though, is to collect the Guerlains that fit my tastes, as of now, I have but four. The rest of the fragrance world may have to pause just for a bit whilst I explore in the gorgeously sensual waters of House Guerlain.

Bottle: 8/10 (How I would love the glass topper)
Sillage: 9/10
Longevity: 10/10 (Seems to change constantly)
Juice: 10/10
Repurchase: YES

Sep
08
2015
kewldd7780
kewldd7780

Shalimar will always be one of my all time favorite fragrances and one that I can't simply live without.When I first smelled shalimar,it was on an elderly lady that lived in the complax building that I lived in.I could tell that what she had on smelled expensive and smelled lovely and only until a few years later that I recalled the same scent from a tester that I got when I had purchased another fragrance.I still remember that day so clearly.My mother and were getting ready to go out for lunch and I was trying to decide what fragrance to wear for the day(at that time I had about twenty or so different scents to choose from)when I came upon that sample it read Guerlain Shalimar edt.First thought was what a strange name for fragrance so I unscrew the cap(it was a dabbled)and smelled it.At first impression it smelled very old fashioned and strong but I was curious to try it so I poured the entire vial on myself and went out,my mother didn't like it,she said it smelled like bug spray,I wanted to give the fragrance a chance to develope and see if it was going to get better.I'm glad I did,through out our lunch I got wonderful whiffs of vanilla and spices and other notes that I couldn't possibly describe back then,only because I wasn't as familiar with fragrance notes as I am now,anyways as I was smelling myself that's when I remembered the woman who had worne it before.after a few hours the scent disappeared and how I longed to smell it again and one day when my mother and I went out shopping I saw Shalimar at a store in the local mall in my area and I remembered pleading with my mom to buy me that perfume and she eventually did.I was 14 back then and am now 35 and have and always love the scent of Guerlain Shalimar.

Sep
06
2015
Suzifun
Suzifun

I know weather has an effect, so perhaps smelling this in the middle of summer had something to do with it. Anyway, I really wanted to experience this masterpiece! So I'm at the perfume counter, expecting a smokey vanilla, and the woman at the counter sprays some on tester paper. Because I am not always good at editing my thoughts, I blurted,

"It smells like medicine!"
And I made a face of distaste and confusion. The sales woman lowered her voice and quietly said,
"Very old women buy this." she paused, and added, "Like in their eighties."
and then I said, "Maybe it helps their arthritis."

I reeeealy want to know what the fuss is about, but do I have to wear it for 3 hours to get that smokey vanilla drydown that everyone raves about? I don't know if I can do it.

But considering 80 years olds buy it, its been around forever, which suggests these women have been buying it for years. So that does say something.

Sep
05
2015
RapidScent
RapidScent

I wanted to like this perfume so much, but I just couldn't. It's so offensive and akin to dirty animal that I just didn't know what was going on when I sprayed it. What happened to the perfume people were ranting and raving about on the reviews? Unfortunately when I got my brother to wear it, on him it smelled like luxury. I ended up giving him the bottle. I felt so disappointed like a date that had cancelled. I guess it's a hot or a miss.

Aug
27
2015
Milladane
Milladane

I have a sample of the current formulation. For all the love and hate dedicated to this perfume, I just don't understand the extreme emotions. I feel like I'm supposed to express undying love or utter disgust at it. I just don't feel much other than that I like it, and It's nice. I hold Guerlain to the greatest esteem, and either like or adore to death everything they produce. And this one is a like. I actually prefer a lot of the Shalimar modern flankers and special editions, but straight up Shalimar is just an average Guerlain for me (but even an average Guerlain is still way superior than all the other junk out there). I enjoy the changes and complexity in Shalimar for sure if nothing else.

I also remember having a similar kind of reaction decades ago when borrowing my friend's treasured bottle of Shalimar from the late 80s. Nice blend of citrus, leather, and baby powder. I liked it, but no urge to obtain a bottle. I think I've unconsciously been waiting to see if I could come by a bottle for free. You know, how when a relative or friend didn't want theirs, and passes it down. So you can see the degree to which I like this perfume - enough to be happy to have it as a gift, but unwilling to pay for it.

I do have a bottle of the vintage stopwatch glass bottle EDC. The top notes are gone and it goes straight to the base notes, and has a more musty closet smell, similar to Germain Monteil's Royal Secret. Those are just okay with me too. No overwhelming love there either. By the way, the Shalimar perfume bottle pictured above is one of the sexiest, most elegant bottle ever. Simply looking at it makes me swoon.

Aug
25
2015
Carrieberry
Carrieberry

Update: I can't stop thinking about this scent... It is that soft, mysterious, classy vanilla dry down that I am addicted to. Yes the initial smell after spraying it is not the most amazing to me but that dry down. And I can still smell it on my wrist after 16 hours. This is a true master piece. I don't know of any modern vanilla that lasts this long. My husband doesn't like this but I decided that I will make him like it lol. Wish me luck ;)

UPDATE II:

I put on The Body Shop Raspberry body butter and applied Shalimar. The Raspberry scent really worked well with Shalimar. My husband loved that combination!

Aug
22
2015
mellybabydoll
mellybabydoll

To me Shalimar is, and always has been, a warm cashmere hug. For me, Shalimar is not citrus at any point while wearing it. In fact, I think I have an olfactory blind spot for the citrus notes in this, as I never smell them on any other person wearing Shalimar either. It is warm, soft, nuzzly fuzzy cashmere you stuffed your face into, the soft powdery note almost gently tickling at your nose. Just enough of that balsamic note to keep it sophisticated instead of soft, sweet baby. Maybe this cashmere sweater is stored in a lovely wooden chest, gently warmed from the heat radiating through the house on a cold winter's night. A mother, slipping on a cashmere sweater, tucking into a soft sofa with a warm, clean powdered baby nuzzled close to her neck. This is all maternal love for me, though my mother never wore this, and was a hideous woman in general...if I had had a kind and affectionate mother, this is what she would have smelled like.

Aug
18
2015
Carrieberry
Carrieberry

This only becomes wearable after 2 hours on my skin. Before that it's too leathery, too harsh and quite masculine.
My husband despised this. After I was wearing it for 1 hour he said it smells like an old hooker. After I was wearing it for 2 hours the sweet vanilla kicked in and my husband didn't hate it as much but he's said it smelled like an older lady walking into a computer shop and what you smell is her perfume and the computers. After 2 1/2 hours I actually liked it and my husband admitted it smelled not bad, like a tea bag but he still didn't like it.
I get why this was a ground breaking perfume and the smoky vanilla base is amazing however this scent (especially the first 2 hours) seems to repell younger men...lol. So if you want a perfume that attracts that specific species then this might not be it.
The way to pull this perfume off would be to spray it on sparingly (!) 2 - 2 1/2 hours before the occasion.

I would buy this for the lovely dry down but there is no point if my man doesn't like it.

UPDATE: after 5 1/2 hours on my skin this perfume is smelling like amazing vanilla with faint oriental spices. I'm surprised at how long lasting this is! And I love the smell right now. I can't understand why my hubby doesn't like it at this stage...:(
I might buy a little bottle just for my own pleasure. ;)

Aug
18
2015
Rsamorose
Rsamorose

I was first introduced to this frag when I was about 27 years old. A lady at Macy's approached me and asked me if I had ever tried it. I said no. She handed me a test strip and I took a smell. I told her it smelled "mature" she looked at me and said "I think you can pull it off, may I?" and sprayed my wrist. I walked around the mall and just kept smelling it thinking how lovely it was. It was mature for me at the time because I was wearing florals, and fruits. But I did love it. I forgot all about Shalimar for many years, until I was watching YouTube and saw a fantastic review on it. Well I just HAD TO HAVE IT. I'm 34 now and I can still pull it off. This is a fragrance I want my children to remember me smelling like. Powder, spices, incense, woods. Absolutely alluring and powerful (in a good way). The way this transforms throughout the day is like liquid magic. I wouldn't be surprised if it changes with your mood! There is a wonderful documentary on BBC about Guerlain and the recipe of this which is strictly followed and prepared the same exact way it was when it was first made. Such care and love goes into this fragrance. It is truly a masterpiece. I hope people keep thinking it's too "mature" because I don't want anyone to catch on to this liquid perfection. If you want a break from the mass produced, every other day something new trend (Which has its time and place) then get yourself a bottle of this. And please pass your love for it on to the next generation.

Aug
17
2015
emma12
emma12

This is my signature perfume. I wear this most days, to work, on dates, to family dinners etc & in all seasons. On me the leather and vanilla notes are strongest and I absolutely love the stuff. Here is what everyone ele has to say about it:

1) People I meet in bars LOVE it. (It's a very boozy scent!)
2) An ex actually said he would miss this perfume more than anything else during the breakup, lol
3) My sister: 'It smells nice on you but not on it's own, or on your clothes, or on anything you touch.'
4) An old colleague, when i had accidentally put too much on one morning: 'Can anyone else smell furniture polish??'

I think the fault lies with me in that I love it TOO much. I want everything to smell like Shalimar EDP and not everybody shares my enthusiasm. If you use it sparingly it is warm, sexy, spicy and definitely does not smell 'old lady' as some classic scents are wont to do.

Aug
10
2015
Jeffrey Ng
Jeffrey Ng

After the initial wet-wipes shock this settles in to being quite an exquisite experience. Definitely uni-sex...

Aug
08
2015
Swamp Lily
Swamp Lily

I was wow-ed by the intriguing combination of citrus, incense and a likable skanky note, leather perhaps. I loved the occasional touch of lime. But for me Shalimar went from like to love to dislike. I'm glad I didn't buy it on impulse because I don't like the powdery dry down like a bucket load of foot odour powder in overworn socks. I am so disappointed. There is a point in this changing perfume where, had it stopped there, it would have been perfect.

Aug
06
2015
MadMadamMimm
MadMadamMimm

This perfume is one I had to try on skin to believe. I genuinely disliked the smell of it on a cardboard tester, but tonight for once I wasn't already wearing a fragrance, so I tried it directly on skin. Wow, this is beautiful. It opened with a combination of incense and burning rubber, and then dried down to incense and vanilla. Lovely. It would smell lovely in any season, but I am happy for now to think of it as a winter perfume, as that will give me a few months to decide on a possible purchase.

Aug
02
2015
Angelica 000
Angelica 000

A staple in my wardrobe for over 40 years, my most complimented perfume by far. To me it fully deserves its' legendary status, & will always be Guerlains' Grande Dame.....Second only to Jicky (by a whisker!)

Jul
29
2015
Ambergris Intoxication
Ambergris Intoxication

This is for the vintage pre reformulation 1960s perfume. It was very well kept and every note is still fresh even the citrus.

First of all really I like Shalimar. I like the first blast of lemon on leather It's unusual interesting and very very cool! Like biker chick cool! Although some people think that the vanilla in this makes it smell warm and comforting or even sexy I don't. I feel it's moodier than that. The leather Tonka smokiness and civet seem to be presented in a brooding way. It's cold dark and even austere. Not like an old schoolmarm but more like a jilted lover or a mistress well aware she will never live haply ever after with her married beau

Shalimar moves and flows in the most wonderful way and is or was expertly formulated. I love it when I'm feeling tough! It makes me feel like an invincible women! I actually feel more aggressive more severe when I wear it. But only in the best way possible!

Jul
29
2015
Iguanatan
Iguanatan

The first time I tried this I was very, very unsure. The clash of citrus and powder seemed conflicting, and I was left feeling confused as I wanted to love it so badly.
Then, it became like a warm comfy slightly dirty but still classy vanilla that I felt was familiar and harmonious.
Despite my initial reaction I have not been able to get this scent out of my head, so have purchased a large bottle. Now, I feel like Shalimar and I are nodding acquaintances that are destined to be best friends.

Jul
28
2015
tfirebaugh
tfirebaugh

My Grandmother, a beautiful and elegant lady spent most of her working adult life behind the Perfume Counter at Famous Barr in St. Louis. To many, she was known as the "Perfume Lady". To me, she was my "Mimi", and I owe my love of finer fragrance all to her.

We lost her nearly two years ago. It was heartbreaking to say "goodbye", and I am so grateful that I had the chance to laugh with her just one last time before she took her next step in this amazing journey. It was her dying wish that we all take a little something (or things) from her home by which we could remember and cherish her--and enjoy.

The day of her funeral was mostly a haze. It was February in St. Louis, frigid, cold, yet hopeful. We honored her in a spirit of joy and laughter. I wore Neela Vermeire's Mohur. I knew Mimi would approve. My mom told me that I smelled "lovely", and took me in her arms and cried. My Great Aunts remembered with pride Mimi's Lunch with Elizabeth Taylor--not on one, but TWO occasions. It seems that she had sold the most White Diamonds AND Passion in the City, and that was her prize.

Getting back on track--Shalimar. Where does this fit in? For Birthdays and Holidays, Mimi always gifted my Mom with Shalimar. She had all of the concentrations, Extrait in the gorgeous, small Baccarat bottle. So heady and luscious. I remember Mom telling me the difference between the concentrations, and smelling them all back to back as a child, all the way to the Eau de Cologne, with its conical top. I was hooked.

After the funeral, we all went to Mimi's house, the home she worked hard to build and pay for, for so many years. There were no reminders to take off our shoes, or not to run by the stairs, in case we might fall down. No gentle voice reminding us to stay away from her succculents, lest the spines "jump out at us" and stick us. Just silence and reverence for a life well lived. I stepped into her bedroom, and on her night stand, I beheld her SOLE bottle of perfume displayed. A gold Guerlain atomizer. I picked it up, opened the lid and smelled the incense and leather, the vanilla and musk. I was home. Tears fell from my eyes, and I knew what gift Mimi wanted me to have. I treasure this bottle. When I want to feel close to her, I indulge myself, tenderly kiss the bottle that her hands held and again I feel her presence nearby.

This is the beauty and magic of Shalimar for me. A fragrance of unparalleled beauty and refinement, just like my Mimi.

Jul
27
2015
x_perfumecrazy_x
x_perfumecrazy_x

A very strong citrusy smokey soapy mens cologne. I dont know if its just me but this is very masculine to me. Reminds me of a cologne my uncle used to wear years ago. Still nice tho just very strong i personally couldnt wear this just yet

Jul
25
2015
estaesta
estaesta

gone through half a 90 ml bottle in one week. #shalimar originally 1920's ladies of the night juice , so strong, comatosed between leather and the deepest vanilla. this moves ridiculously well on me
also smells like flyspray, painfull guitar lessons and the nape of bad bad bad girl fur wild beast marshmellow sweat with glitches of being slapped around in the face by a giant italian bergamot barbers wetcloth.

intoxicating fascinating contradictive notes playing off eachother sex bomb. blows anything else of the shelve. this is perfume. this is the muse. x

Jul
25
2015
sleepy*weasel
sleepy*weasel

I already reviewed this last winter but I came back to Shalimar today, a really warm summer day. I was expecting the leather and civet to be amped up, but no - it's all about the vanilla. The everlasting drydown is a lot like one of those custardy pastry desserts the French do so well. It's delicious. Yet again a Guerlain drydown is a masterpiece. Also I wouldn't have pegged Shalimar as a go-to summer scent, but this vanillic cloud is SO good... Yum :)

Jul
18
2015
katemax
katemax

they had a bottle of this randomly reduced in Tesco and I sprayed my arm curiously but it dried down to a far too powdery smell. I was saddened because I so wanted to love it but it seemed to old lady like on me

Jul
12
2015
izzo
izzo

At first I hated this perfume. At first it smells very animal-like, almost meaty, or like a barbecue. After about an hour and a half, it started to change. The musky, animal scent was still there, but it had toned down to be very subtle and nice. It turned into a sweet, balsamic perfume that was VERY similar to Prada candy L'eau. Overall if you can get past the disgusting hour or so, it becomes a very beautiful scent.

Jul
01
2015
angelfishie
angelfishie

I picked up Shalimar's beautiful bottle from a perfume counter long ago and quickly dismissed it as too much - too dark, too smoky, too intense. Many years later I have come back to it in a quirky, roundabout way: I was Googling the Doctor Who TV character River Song, headstrong and sensual, and happened to wander across two perfumes oils named after her, both oriental vanillas, cozy with a kick. I loved the idea. I tried Dior Addict, Dior Hypnotic Poison, Kenzo Amour... but on me they all shift to just sweetness, none of the mystery of the orientals remaining.

And then there is Shalimar. I had seen it suggested over and over in perfume threads. Yesterday, on a whim, I sprayed it on my ankle, expecting an oriental bomb and trying to keep it far from my nose... but I spent the rest of the day ducking into corners and performing gymnastics to revel in the scent! Sweet, powdery vanilla and airy citrus overlaid with dark, smoky leather. The weather outside was nearly 100 degrees and humid from thunderstorms, the worst sort of day for perfume, but Shalimar stayed, close to my skin, clean and dry. The smokiness projected a little more and the sweetness stayed close against me. This morning - 19 hours later - smooth, gentle leather and vanilla linger.

I skimmed the reviews and saw many reviewers alluding to its duality... mother yet lover... comfortable yet dark... sweet yet smoky. And old, yet timeless.

Jun
28
2015
The Swedish girl
The Swedish girl

I tried the edt again, in a fancy perfume store the other day. And at first it smelled like the most lovely vanilla powder as usual, but after a while it was all civet.

I have never noticed civet in Shalimar before, not even in the edp.

It`s just like with Obsession, when they reformulated that one, they made it into an "all civet fragrance".

Civet must be very easy and cheap to replicate...?

Jun
26
2015
gatsby
gatsby

If you love quality music,if you re happy when you get tickets for a good theater show, if you think that the Moon isn t just a satelite and you have the confidence to feel in a simple black dress or shirt like you wear the most ellegant and expensive suit, you can t not love Shalimar! It was created for classy people, for humans with a level of tastes that can t be reached in the lack of culture, common sense, loiality and courage. All the ingredients are simply components of a story. Something good must happen when you have this masterpiece n your skin. Men can wear this too, but not ALL the men, just the brave enough ones ABLE to admit their feminine part inside, wich make their masculinity more lovable. Woman or man, if you know when you can wear it, and how many drops to put and where on your body, then yes, you re a STAR! Shalimar can walk for you when you can t find the courage to make THAT step. Shalimar can help you to find THAT word, in order to CONVINCE, gives you the key to conquer the bottom of every soul or- if you simply can t say any word, Shalimar speaks for you. One ingredient has been forgotten in the description above: The mistery.

Jun
20
2015
mrsg34
mrsg34

My sample came today! I love it!but I kind of new I would ;) Lovely vanilla, patchouli just fantastic!
EDIT: Just wanted to add that this perfume changes so much on my skin and I've never experienced that before and I love it! It's citrus then it's vanilla then incense adds to the mix then civet it evolves so much! It will always have a place in my collection :)

Jun
20
2015
nise
nise

Shalimar, oh Shalimar, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. The vanilla incense gorgeousness that fully envelopes is pretty much it. Just one squirt on each wrist, elbow and heart pulse point lasts me all day. Such a rich, sweet, sexy, mysterious, decadent, deliciousness. The initial citrusy top notes are an interesting uplifting beginning but when the vanilla incense comes through ... sigh ... warm heavenly perfection on a cold winter's day. Forever a favourite.

Jun
17
2015
freakypirate
freakypirate

On my skin, Shalimar Eau de Parfum opens with a lot of citrus notes and a bit of aldehydes. There is civet underneath, dark and animalic. Then, smoke appears, crawling around the citrus. The civet gets stronger, together with leather notes. I also smell a mix of resins at this point. The civet tones down again and the citrus notes become stronger again. Then, the scent changes again and becomes sweeter, more vanillic, and also softer. The citrus stays throughout. The drydown is a soft but dark smoky resinous vanilla with citrus on top.

Performance is quite good, longevity is long and sillage is moderate to heavy.

This scent is amazing and dark and animalic on a tester strip, but on my skin the citrus stays very strong. I do enjoy it very much, especially the smoke, wow! It is a little bit stinky too. Yup, I like it!

Jun
17
2015
rossyegio5
rossyegio5

Sono pienamente daccordo con le recensioni che sottolineano quanto questo grande classico sia stato ritoccato e riformulato...
I toni sono stati tutti smorzati, ammorbiditi, edulcorati.
Il profumo ora è una delicatissima polvere sabbiosa di crema e fiori bianchi resi più freschi e vivi da limone e bergamotto.
Incenso e ambra cancellati da tanta vaniglia soffusa.
Per ritrovare l'antico fascino e vigore, occorre, paradossalmente, rivolgersi ad un altro profumo, Reve Indien Fragonard, lo Shalimar moderno che ripropone i fasti dello Shalimar originario...
Strano destino di un profumo che ho amato molto.

Jun
12
2015
MaudeScent
MaudeScent

So unbelievably Belle Epoque! Powder, Paris, 1920, lipstick and the Moulin Rouge. A shame though, the beautiful art deco bottle has changed into a very cheap shadow of its former self. Just ugly. Same happened to many bottles.... (Ysatis Givenchy, Vol de Nuit Guerlain). There are still SOME people in the world that go for beautiful bottles to collect!!! An Art deco smelling perfume trying to sell itself in a very cheap bottle can be of damage to a well known brand.

Nevertheless this is an all time classic fragrance.

Jun
09
2015
asalljoon
asalljoon

يكي از كارها يا بهتره بگم شاهكار كمپاني گرلين هستش اين ادكلن.

Jun
08
2015
ianastar
ianastar

I've recently gotten rid of all of my other perfumes and am focusing on only collecting Guerlain. Shalimar was one that I was sure I was NOT going to love. It just seemed so old lady-ish based on reviews Ive read. However, I decided to give it a try and now I LOVE it.

On first spray and wet there is something so strong that I dont like: maybe the leathery notes. I dont get the citrus at all in this.

But within an hour and on the dry down this becomes this soft, powdery scent. It's like a warming resin incense. It makes me think of temples I visited in Asia.

The dry down keeps changing, first its warm vanilla, than its this firey fesin and ends in a bouquet of flowers.

I defnitely get the amber, vanilla and tonka bean in this.

Jun
02
2015
margarita.angelova
margarita.angelova

This is a citrusy and leathery alternative to a love of mine, Ange ou Demon by Givenchy - they are very, very similar.

A timeless classic - translates effortlessly to the modern era, doesn't smell outdated at all (unlike some other Guerlain's creations like Mitsouko e.g.).
Wonderful, warm, sensual and inviting pleasure.
Truly a special one.

May
27
2015
omixochitl
omixochitl

I bought Shalimar Eau de Parfum two years ago and I couldn't stop myself from wearing it, although I always felt that it was too fancy for me, I always felt underdressed when I wore it.

Suddenly, I was a bit sick of it *gasp* and I neglected it for some time. I can not add too much to the previous amazing reviews that have described this fragrance in so much detail but I will add my personal experience. When I spray it, I honestly don't love it: it smells like a bomb of smoky leather and civet. I find it really aggressive at that point. But I know that I have to be patient. It does not take long for the scent to change into a very tame version of itself, where the amber, vanilla, tonka bean and citrus notes come through and shine. Literally shine. And then Shalimar is everything that the legend had promised me. It smells HEA-VEN-LY. It is powdery and sweet and spicy and like that, I know I am hooked. It is everything I had expected and manages to surprise me all over again every time I wear it.

It is definitely best worn at night and in colder weather and I honestly think that the eau the toilette and softer versions might be better suited for me. I do like some heady perfumes but this one takes guts. Maybe that is why Shalimar is not for everyone.

May
23
2015
Mmclean
Mmclean

@Lettherebeme had a great description of a night club with the notes as guests, it was right on point. I have been obsessed with shalimar, reading reviews, watching videos on it, always researching the notes. There is something about the romantic origin story of Emperor Shahjahan and his grief over the loss of his wife along with imagining how flapper girls dancing to jazz in the 1920's wore this to symbol some sort of rebellion to society. I finally took the plunge and went out to ask for a sample, I know this is either a love it or hate it perfume and I was worried I would hate it...so deep breath, I sprayed onto my wrists. And got slapped in the face with the a strong citrus, bergamot, incense, civet notes. My heart dropped and almost scrubbed but I convinced myself to ride it out. For the next hour or so I smelled like musky old cough medicine, but oh! then the iris, rose and jasmine started to peek through, I sniffed my wrist and if felt like someone had sprayed me with a whole different fragrance, and as the day wore on the gorgeous yummy vanilla, tonka bean and smoky leather kick in. Can't stop smelling my wrist. I am not usually into musk, civet or incense notes (one of my fave perfumes is opium with the spices) but it melts together so well leaving you feeling, powdery & feminine and beautiful.

I understand why this may be a hard frag to love. It is like hanging out with a person that you can barely stand, and slowly over time realizing how amazing they truly are and then waking up one day to find you are completely in love with them. It is a frag that I would be proud to have in my collection.

May
18
2015
lotus and jasmine
lotus and jasmine

This review is for vintage EDP 80s, so pre-IRFA, but after animal synthetics became common.

On me, the opening accord is scathingly sweet, with a diesel fume note, like I'm preparing to self immolate. 30 minutes later, Shalimar opens her heart to me, softening, deepening, and becoming much richer. I LOVE the leather note! That diesel note has softened to creamy caramel. The citrus (I never get fruit notes, my skin usually eats them!) pairs wonderfully with the vanilla, and I detect a touch of evocatively dry vetiver, a hint of incense.

Four hours later, the dry down is well established, and Shalimar is rich, warm, soft, and sweet. Iris has arrived, although it is subtle. Incense has departed, but on my skin this has become SPICY. No other florals appear for me, and I'm good with that. The leather has receded, but is still present. Shalimar reminds me of a "good girl" dancing an Argentinian tango with fire and precision...but she is definitely a good girl.

In cooler weather, the civet shows up- just perfect! Mae West famously said "When I'm good, I'm very very good, but when I'm bad I'm better!" Shalimar is Mae West in a bottle ;)

I have learned the truth behind the Shalimar hype. It's not that people wear it once and fall in love, it's that this scent is ADDICTIVE. Wear it once, crave it ever after.

EDIT: I've picked up vintage EDC from the 60s, as well. Oddly, I can't smell the edc on my skin, but I get a terrific scent envelope. I can actually smell Shalimar around me better with the edc, and I get more compliments :) Highly recommended.

May
11
2015
Rie60
Rie60

I have vintage and new- and I want to love it because....well because it's shalimar. But I just can't get past the band-aid smell...it just smells to me like a powdery new band-aid.

May
11
2015
pauroj
pauroj

this is the double rainbow of perfumes , so intense!!!!!!!
OMG

May
10
2015
asalljoon
asalljoon

عطر شاليمار گرلين عطري هستش كه هم در شب و هم در روز قابليت استفاده رو داره، كاربرد اين عطر براي خانومهاست با توجه به شكل ظاهري و مجلل شيشه اين عطر اين امر كاملا پيداست كه كاربردي زنانه داره رايحه ماندگار چرم و همچنين بوي مطبوع انواع مركبات من جمله ليمو تازگي و طراوت رو تداعي مي كنه ماده طبيعي مترشحه از غدد سمور آمريكاي جنوبي رايحه اروتيكي رو در جنس مخالف تحريك مي كنه كه از نقطه قوت اين نوع از عطريات هستش كه ماده نت پايه اينها رو تشكيل ميده . ذنبق به داليل دارا بودن رايحه منحصر به فرد و متفاوتي كه داره اين عطر رو از انواع ديگه متمايز مي كنه . با استفاده از اين عطر نظر ديگران رو به سوي خود منحرف كنيد . كساني كه از اين عطر استفاده مي كنند با وقار شيك و قدرتمند و يژه در مجالس جلوه گري مي كنند

May
10
2015
chimidoro
chimidoro

Medicinal, animalic, smooth, sweet, powdery, woody, leathery & warm (to the point of being ON FIRE).

May
08
2015
Jack_Hunter
Jack_Hunter

Shalimar EdP opens with a astringent citrus accord of bergamot and lemon and then moves into a lovely vanilla scent.

When the incense arrives and melds with the vanilla the scent does become quite alluring.

Though as it evolves you begin to smell leather and civet which also mix's in with the incense in a unpleasant way. At this stage it starts to smell acrid like mothballs or bug spray.

The scent is complex and has many facets of development with floral notes adding to the above notes.

I like some elements of the fragrance like the vanilla and incense. But what kills my interest is the dated mothball/bugspray like accord coming from the civet and incense.

May
07
2015
domcho
domcho

I dont know how the Shalimar Smelled before, but nowadays, i know better parfumes then Shalimar. I didnt find it so special, just that.
I like the smell very much, by the morning when i wake up, i have some tention to go and smell it. Dont know why, but its something interesting. The same thing i Have with Versace Oud for Man. Shalimar is really well composition of notes, which can give you that feelings to be someone special. I bought it by blind cause of all reviews and i dont regret. Who likes citrusy, balsamic, heavy and long lasting scents, go for it. U will love it, like i do :)

May
04
2015
pinktoe
pinktoe

Shalimar ruined my other perfumes for me ..... and this is a good thing!
Let me start by saying that I sadly arrived late to the Shalimar ball, I'm enjoying my very first bottle ever, and boy am I loving it!
I have no childhood memories of this, no one around me wore it or had it when I was a kid. So, I was there to experience it with open arms and mind. I asked my husband to blind buy it in Paris last January. I didn't use it until last week because the weather remained really hot until the end of April (In Chile we are in fall as of now).
One thing about me, my skin tends to amp powdery notes, even with scents which don't have said notes, good thing, I love the smell of talcum powder.
Back to Shalimar, the opening smells of bitter bergamot, vanilla, a faint iris, some leather and what I think is incense. After a while it mellows down to powdery vanilla, I really enjoy this stage, after a while it downdries into the most beautiful, sweet vanill-y talcum powder. I LOVE it. And it lasts forever!! I can still smell it on me and on my hair the morning after, 24 hours after applying it.
I don't think it's sensous, or sexy, on me it's comfortable, cozy, like a blanket around your shoulders on a cold winter evening. But it does require confidence, because it can be loud, fortunately, my skin is not only powdery loving but also a kind of alien-monstrous-scent-eating animal, which is good, I can rock this to work and no one gets offended or upset.
Shalimar is certainly an experience, and for me, a really lovely one.

May
04
2015
pamelapuffadder
pamelapuffadder

i have vintage Shalimar in perfume and edt. I prefer the edt in the 1980s versions. It's the only perfume my husband thinks smells good. Everything else he thinks smells like cat pee. I also bought Shalimar Initial two years ago and like it too, but there is only one real Shalimar. As a collector and wearer of vintage fragrance, I have many likes and a few loves: vintage Shalimar, Vol de Nuit, Chanel 19, 22 and 5. I think Shalimar and Chanel 19 are easily unisex, so men, if you love it, wear it. You will smell fantastic.

May
04
2015
Fembot
Fembot

I love this so much. Every time I wear Shalimar I can detect something going on which I hadn't noticed before. I have never worn a fragrance that is so alive, so noticeably evolving on the skin.

May
04
2015
Iamagirl
Iamagirl

What a woman should smell like. Feminine beauty captured in a bottle.

I thought that when I died I'd like to go to Heaven.
I've changed my mind... I want to go to Shalimar.

May
03
2015
FragFrog
FragFrog

The current perfume is NOT the same Shalimar. it just cannot be the legendary perfume that has been describes in the books.
I tried and tried and tried to like it .
I find it to be heavy and old fashioned and don't know anyone who is still wearing it.

Apr
30
2015
lilalina
lilalina

Very intriguing.. It's a very sensual and warm perfume. Soft, smooth.. and kind of exotic because of the oriental feel to it.. Truly a masterpiece. Timeless.

Apr
30
2015
black_orchid
black_orchid

Sorry! this is not "Shalimar" anymore! This is kind of beautiful, oriental perfum. I sniffed the old formulation of Shalimar and there is a big difference between two perfume. Old version more melancholic, dark and strong than new version. Shalimar more populer now than previously because of the reformulation. More easy,likeable and wearable but as I said "this is not Shalimar..." Shalimar like event of Chanel No5 I think so. While many people already hate it, now it in many people's bag!

Apr
29
2015
meow_83
meow_83

After years of not understanding others’ appreciation of Shalimar, I gave it another try. I found no luxury in the medicinal burst that landed on my arm and I went about my errands. Imagine my surprise when getting into my car an hour later that I found myself softly radiating an aura of creamy vanilla. Hooray! I was wearing Shalimar!

Shalimar opens with a cool blast in which I identify lemon out of the citrus notes. After a few minutes, I get a masculine, slightly sweet herbaceous scent that reminds me of – wait for it – Neutrogena Rainbath. Before the herbs can fade, the animal stink emerges. I experience a period of olfactory dissonance where I can smell both scent profiles individually but not in harmony. It is as if I have sprayed myself with two clashing perfumes. The urge to scrub myself doesn’t last long, however, because the animalic scent eventually softens into leather with a powdery finish. A spicy powder lingers, revealing vanilla last.

Experiencing Shalimar was an educational opportunity for this perfume enthusiast. One doesn’t have to guess at the notes because their slow emergence allows each one time to breathe. The experience of Shalimar unfolding is not entirely pleasant, but the payoff is so worth it. Beautiful scarves were made to smell like Shalimar.

I think the EDT is better suited for daily life because it’s not as dirty as the EDP, and Shalimar is definitely not the type of perfume I can spritz on myself just before running out the door. Tonight I’m wearing it to bed. Off to the land of soft sheets and Shalimar dreams.

Apr
21
2015
Angeldaisy
Angeldaisy

Oh Shalimar...where have you been all my life?
i knew i had started to enjoy smokey leathery vanillas with rose and powder...woods and lemons...and you come along with your heavenly blend of them all, with your jasmine and incense...and none of the others matter any more.
this is the one. this is how it's supposed to be done.
someone mentioned burnt rubber?...or having to "wait" patiently for the best part?...what?! every moment is a joy.
am i unusual?...i LOVE the opening!
and i didn't get citrus for 30 minutes...and not a rose for an hour...but they came and they were divine. this smells like perfume, real perfume.
i bought this on a whim, then having read reviews, listened to my mum's thoughts on it and heard it is so overpowering and polarising, i had decided i needed to find a tester first! with a view to selling my unopened 50ml EDP on eBay as "brand new sealed" in case i loathed it. (thankfully i was unable to get a sample....my town doesn't do Guerlain.)
i opened it carefully tonight, had a teensy quirt (just in case) and "hello old friend".
You are one sophisticated lady.
i am transported somewhere, but i don't know where. this reminds me of nothing stored in my memory, but of everything that i know.
...my adoration for this has surprised me. and as i finish writing this...the flowers are beginning to waft up, like being handed a big bunch of my favourite blooms.
thank you Guerlain for this gift.

Apr
17
2015
Nicole5678
Nicole5678

Shalimar EDP starts strong--it's almost offensive, with a bracing citrus opening. You have to work for the beautiful part (which I like on a symbolic level--it's complex, moody, hard to love at first). But then something kind of magical happens. About 20 to 30 minutes in, it starts to turn into vanilla, smoke, and leather. I never would have liked it in my twenties, when I was more into fruits and flowers. Now I find it incredibly sensual and rich. A work of art.

Apr
16
2015
snifferdogx
snifferdogx

My god, what a feast this is. It's heavenly. It's completely unisex and utterly stunning.

Apr
16
2015
Bretto66
Bretto66

The worlds first masterpiece unisex perfume.

Apr
15
2015
benja
benja

Yes, this is absolutely the best perfume, I am a man at mid 30ies and i tried it on my wife, this is just pure beauty and and luxury second skin on my wife .

Apr
15
2015
M.Carolina
M.Carolina

What a masterpiece! My mom used it for diplomatic events when I was a child and I always thought she smelled like a Goddess, then she gave me a small EDP bottle when I was 15, I was so happy...! Someday I'll buy it again

Apr
13
2015
secamel
secamel

The best. Masculine. Feminine. Whatever. This thing is the reason why we have a nose. The best thing since ice cream and lying to ourselves.

Apr
11
2015
Raven3766
Raven3766

Timeless....

Apr
11
2015
missgingertulips
missgingertulips

For me, starting wearing Shalimar has definitely marked the beginning of a new me, or maybe the leaving behind of the girl I used to be. Now that I am a woman, knowing who I am more and more, Shalimar fits me like a glove. This wouldn't have suited me before. This is definitely a mature scent.
I love the citrusy opening, followed by this warm sensual smoky vanilla ending in a woody, powdery and classic dry down. I have a love affair with Shalimar.

Apr
06
2015
Thesheppardswife
Thesheppardswife

I really wanted to be able to wear Shalimar. It is such a legend. Unfortunately my body chemistry doesn't seem to work very well with it. I accept that I am probably more comfortable with a less spicy frags. If I am patient with Shalimar, I eventually get to the vanilla, powdery stage. Till I get to that point, I pick up a very medicinal scent.....like a medicated foot powder. Again this is just me. Shalimar is a grand old dame of a fragrance so do not want to come across as disrespectful of her. I would like to find an oriental that works for me as I feel like my frag wardrobe is incomplete. Is there something out there for me?

Edit - new review done in Dec 2015.

Apr
04
2015
MichalElian
MichalElian

Best bottle ever, including the label.

Apr
04
2015
RayF
RayF

Ok so I get it Shalimar is very classy and is the queen of all scents, but god, I just can't force myself to love it:( Not a fan at all. Maybe I am too young to wear it?

Apr
03
2015
moonprismpower
moonprismpower

seems there are a lot of folks who like to complain about shalimar not being sexy or smelling like an old person...well, i hate to break it to you but
1. you don't know what sexy is.
2. you don't know what old people smell like.
nothing could be sexier than a woman with a scent trail of mysterious incense and smoky, sweet vanilla. i love the leather and animalic notes as well, they really connect the perfume to the woman's skin.
this is the perfect perfume for a badass rock chick who is visually stunning yet could gut you like a fish with a flick of her knife. the juxtaposition of the fluffy, sweet, powdery soft vanilla with the animal raunch, smoke and leather makes me think of a bleach blonde with roots in hot pink lipstick and a leather jacket smoking a cigarette. shalimar is for sexy bad bitches who wear lipstick and carry switchblades, and if that happens to be your grandma, well, your grandma is awesome.

FOR ADULTS ONLY. this ain't some teenybopper spray, this is real perfume for adult women.

Apr
02
2015
fragrantlove
fragrantlove

I expected this to be a sex bomb, to be honest. I was so disappointed! Too much incense and the vanilla is sooo heavy, I guess that's the "old lady" scent so many describe. It's potent, I'll give it that, but on me it smells like an old church overcloyed with elders and incense. Not sexy at all. Sorry, Shalimar.

Apr
01
2015
stefafra
stefafra

Review of EdP, sprayed on my wrist.
Liked the opening notes a lot, balsamic citrus peels, incense, then the middle went a bit more "conventional", still nice, and the tonka/vanilla notes coming out later, intriguing.
However I did not like the dry down of leather, sandalwood and powdery smell, somehow too much like a "old person" smell, the box full of gloves my grandmother had, for example.
Not disgusting, just slightly annoying and too old fashioned.
Pity, I loved the opening a lot.

Apr
01
2015
guillermostf
guillermostf

First spray i get citrus, like bitter orange (IMO) is very noticeable to me. After 15 minutes, i smell something like camomille hair care-cream, something disgusting and bitter sweet. If is there any vanilla, i don´t like the way it's blended. Anyway, give it a try, is not that bad, i just don't like it a lot.

Mar
31
2015
ekalipso
ekalipso

@nieninque

I would suggest to go rather for the edp version, which is more complex, rich, deeper, with better lasting power.

the modern edt version is nice, lighter, perfect for an everyday use, but there is no magic :-)

Mar
28
2015
nieninque
nieninque

I have the opportunity to get the edt version for a good price and I am dying to know how it compares to the edp, whose smoky citrusy vanilla vibes I adore. Could anyone help me?

Mar
28
2015
9154mf
9154mf

I Don't get Shalimar. Not at all. I've tried the original and a couple flankers and they all make me sick. Like I literally smell vanilla scented petrol. I've never looked Into it enough to figure out why I get that.

Mar
27
2015
Carah
Carah

To me this is the ultimate fragrance: intoxicating, enigmatic, captivating, enchanting, alluring and mesmerizing.

Mar
27
2015
rose2008
rose2008

مشابه ل آلور سينسوال بس رائحته اعمق

Mar
26
2015
ginaivet
ginaivet

Shalimar is an absolute pleasure to my nose. I love the balsamic opening, it's subdued and complementary bit of harshness that warms up gradually and releases a bouquet of the most inviting, velvety amber,vanilla and smoke. When I wear this perfume I feel stronger. It's as if by spraying this mysterious concoction I have sprayed an invisible shield of armour. The last time I wore it I had to attend an obligatory event where I really did not want to go. Shalimar saved me by enveloping me in a wonderful cloud where I could escape in the midst of chaos.

Mar
24
2015
IndigoEye
IndigoEye

A further Shalimar anecdote: I took my 8-yr-old son to the Guerlain counter today and the SA, obviously having a quiet spell, fell for him, offering lots of strips to smell. Did he like the Petites Robes? Idylle? AA Mandarine Basilic? L'instant pour homme? No, he did not. He liked Shalimar, and he wasn't going to be fobbed off with any of this Parfum Initial nonsense either. The original - Maman should wear it. The SA nodded ruefully: "Men love it" she said quietly.

Mar
22
2015
Sherrywijaya69
Sherrywijaya69

Okay,just got a 50ml bottle on sale for $35 and when i opened it,the neck of the bottle kinda got stuck with the cap so i can kinda open the sprayer and make it a dab on,i cant fix the cap though since the neck is inside i cant properly close the bottle,its very loose,to the smell,(i have the 2011 edition with the newest bottle and its probably reformulated) im not a fan of the top,its citrusy but it smells like eucalyptus oil,coz the citrus isnt fresh,fruity nor sweet,its strange but i dont really like it but its okay,in the middle only then the vanilla comes out,veryvpowdery and sensual,then leather comes to make that skin scent,the newest version has less vanilla and more incense,and projection and longevity is still good but not asgood as the prevous

Mar
20
2015
andreaszabo
andreaszabo

Shalimar, almost too big, intimidating. Many years ago I tried it, it was heavy and sweet and way to big for me, besides I wanted to carve out my own niche and stayed away from certain perfumes just because of the associations of the women who wore them. Oh, I'm wearing Shalimaaar...(nose in the air). It was a status thing and basically I didn't like the Shalimar wearers I knew.

I'd grown up in New Zealand and it was a primeval paradise, spending most of my days outside immersed in rivers, beaches and forests, I recall the smells and tastes of moss, river rock and ocean salt more clearly than any perfumes I may have accidentally encountered by being near adults. I remember more profoundly all types of cigarette and pipe smoke (which I loved) because I would eavesdrop on mens after dinner conversations as I found them more interesting; politics, war and gossipy intrigue versus babies and diapers.

My first scent was " odorono", a roll on deodorant, fresh and aquatic slathered on to impress some visiting guests. I won't buy roll-ons today as I remember my pathetic attempts to smell good with no money.

I didn't encounter Shalimar until I was in America, and only in passing as I didn't visit upscale stores for quite some time. Wiebolts in Chicago was fancy, but scent sold in Community, Woolworths and Turnstyle was what I was exposed to. Evening in Paris and Old Spice but I digress. By the time I was able to afford perfume I was on to the more trendy current fragrances.

Finally I can put all aside and try Shalimar for itself. I actually craved something older after trying many of the clean, aquatic, metallic scents.

At first I get the citrus, cedar, jasmine and spice. Shalimar is a very sweet, spicy, round scent. 30 minutes later it's a warm, less spicy, rose, jasmine, sandalwood and musk, complex and beautiful different notes coming and going, myrrh, iris and incense, it's very rich. On the dry down the vanilla comes to the fore which is my least favorite aspect, but it's so soft by then it's not too overwhelming.
Shalimar is an absolutely rich complex gorgeous fragrance and I'm so happy it's still available as an antidote to many of todays colder fragrances. Super colossal, womanly not girly but I think a man would smell awesome as well. Scent is universal anyway.

Mar
19
2015
francie79
francie79

I got a bottle of this a few months ago and wanted so much to be in love but the more I wear it, the more it doesn't work for me. The vanilla isn't prominent at all but it's mostly leather/incense and not in a good way on me. My son said to me the last time I wore this that it was the nastiest thing he had ever smelled and I had to agree with him...lol I did say that was the last time I wore it.

Mar
12
2015
JaxTheMinx
JaxTheMinx

I bought Parfum Initial before finding a vintage bottle of the original Shalimar. I love the Parfum Initial on myself on a cold day but cannot say that I love the original Shalimar. It may well be that the ornate golden filigree bottle's juice has turned. I just find it too stuffy and frumpish. It deserves another chance so I will need to try it again when our weather cools.

Mar
12
2015
MattChartier
MattChartier

I've fallen in love with Shalimar every time I've ever spritzed some onto my wrist at a perfume counter, and remained in a heavenly cloud of bergamot-laced vanillic incense for hours after each trial. I actually never bought a bottle, though, for two reasons: 1) I've been afraid I'd be accused of smelling like "Bank of England," and 2) I know that as soon as I own my own bottle, I'll never want to wear anything else.

However, now that I've traveled the long and bumpy road of perfume-mania for a good while, I'm ready to say f**k it and dive in. I had a bunch of carefully selected and pondered-over perfumes in my basket at Sephora today, and with one spritz of Shalimar to the wrist, I was ready to put everything back and run to the check out with only Shalimar. Thank God they didn't have the EDP, or that's exactly what I would have done!

EDIT:
So I dove in with a 50ml bottle of EdP, and my fear was justified ... I haven't been able to convince myself to wear anything else since I got it. I've gone through 25ml in 1 month! Addictive is the word here, one sniff is like opiates hitting the bloodstream. I've also gotten more random compliments on my scent than with anything else in recent memory. Shalimar is genius because it's so easy to wear, from morning through to the night, in any weather or season. I need to figure out how to get a huge vat of this liquid happiness soon.

Mar
09
2015
LizzieDee
LizzieDee

I have this in my collection because it truly is one of the greats. Unfortunately, on me it smells like furniture polish. The vanilla comes through but the other notes disappear. It smells amazing on some people and I wish it worked with my skin, but it just doesn't.

Mar
08
2015
samlovefragrance
samlovefragrance

Shalimar doesnt need much introductions nor much description to what it smells like... this masterpiece has been around for 100 years now! And still it shines and bewilders.
smelling Shalimar is indulging in a olfactory treat... the first grade bergamot on top, followed by the buttery, creamy, animalic smoky vanilla is divinely sensual. Shalimar really is a great example of a perfume that changes and takes you on a ride. Fresh citrusy, then slightly powdery & floral,then warm and oriental.
Unlike the other classic Guerlains, shalimar is hard to not find utterly gorgeous.
Ingredients really feel so natural and high grade, and it all adds to the exquisite beauty of Shalimar.

scent: 9+/10 (edp 2008, vintage sure 10/10)
longevity: 6/10
sillage: 6/10

Mar
05
2015
beatrix75
beatrix75

amazing, beautiful experience with balsamic smell a little lemon vanilla tuch .never change with something als in. The winter autumm Shalimar edp , summer ,springthe initial EDP thei are My love eternal loyalty

Mar
04
2015
Englishrose77
Englishrose77

I get nothing but strong smoke and rubber, even after several hours. This smells gorgeous on my sister, who manages to carry off heavy oriental fragrances with aplomb, even though she is a petite blue-eyed blonde who is not the least bit sultry. I, on the other hand, have been trying to wear this classic vintage fragrance for three nights in a row, and I smell like I went to a bonfire where rubber tires were thrown into the burning leaves. ( and I am also a blue-eyed unsultry blonde). Life is simply not fair, and Shalimar is a scrubber for me. I'm going back to my Chanel No 19, and some fresh air.

Update: This is crazy. I began to miss this perfume, and to crave the smokey vanilla notes that seemed so wrong for me two days ago. I reapplied some, at home, and kept sniffing my wrists all evening, drinking in the scent. I can't believe it. I've fallen in love with Shalimar. This is the extrait, the real stuff. And, incredibly, I am going to buy a full bottle. I would never have predicted this in a million years.

Mar
03
2015
Beffie1963
Beffie1963

So gorgeous. I owned my first bottle in the '70's as a teenager. It was a birthday gift from my mom. Recently I decided to get a sample just for old time's sake. It's as beautiful as I remember. Lovely. Simply lovely. Timeless elegance. A masterpiece. *happy sigh*

Mar
01
2015
SmellyStuffLover
SmellyStuffLover

A classic. Need there to be anymore said?

Feb
27
2015
Pinnacos
Pinnacos

I finally bit the bullet, bought a 30ml vintage bottle of the extrait from the '60s (paper tag #91), and now understand why Shalimar is a mandatory stopover on any fraghead's olfactory journey. It really is quite magnificent. Men, don't rob yourself of experiencing this, whether on yourself or on your significant other.

I'll always have a bottle.

Feb
26
2015
bramebelle
bramebelle

As a romantic I love everything about the history and imagery of Shalimar... and I DO love the scent as well, but just not quite enough.

The first time I tried it I was overwhelmed by the smoke and not sure I liked it at all - but the next day I missed it - I wanted that enveloping warm smell around me again. Since then I've worn it a few times and found it very beautiful, but hmmm... perhaps a little sweet? or maybe just too recognisable, for me to take on.

I get mostly musk and vanilla in a haze of warm smoke throughout, except for a phase a few hours in when the smoke temporarily disappears and I get pure musk-sticks! (The Australian confectionary I grew up eating.) If I were to wear Shalimar I'd have to time it to have that phase at the right moment. :)

Feb
23
2015
Jenni_is_thirsty
Jenni_is_thirsty

I never 'got it'. It's strong and sickly.

Feb
19
2015
Sleek Geek Chic
Sleek Geek Chic

I couldn't find the EDT version on here to review but that's the one I bought.

This is a gorgeous and unique scent even though it slightly reminds me of a toilet bowl cleaner my mom used when I was a child--a pleasant smell promising of a pristine throne to soon use. Maybe that's why I like it?

The drydown is the star of this classic fragrance. It opens up with citrus and then becomes a spicy black licorice sweet incense mixed with powder. My husband said it smells woodsy and outdoorsy. He chose this one on me over Lancome's Tresor Lumineuse. I was pretty surprised.

This one is what I would call a true classic. Anyone can wear it since it's unisex, in my opinion. It's a warm scent, probably more suited for the wintertime and evening.

Feb
15
2015
Memi_La
Memi_La

I honestly wasn't sure whether or not I'd like this one, the combination of citrus notes and incense is one that has been really hit or miss for me but this combination and the transition between the notes is exceptionally well done here. The opening lemon is nice and welcoming, not sharp and synthetic and that smokey earthy quality in the dry down really has that "your skin but better" quality about it. It lingers very closely to the skin in the dry down and just feels alluring and luxurious. I'm so glad I took a gamble and gave this a shot because it's gone on to be one of my favorite perfumes. I have a modern EDP version though and I'm dying to one day smell some vintage bottles because I hear the old stuff was even better!

Feb
14
2015
Martaynd
Martaynd

Because Shalimar is considered a classic and is highly regarded around the world, and because I consider myself a perfumista, I have tried for years to cultivate an appreciation for it. I just can't. I remember the fragrance. I remember the 80's version, when I would swipe it from my mother's dresser. The current product does not smell as nice as what I remember. So, I settled for the newer Parfume Initial flanker.

Feb
13
2015
alice.livings
alice.livings

Shalimar. The glorious smokiness from the incense and the vetiver is there from the start, but initially mixed in with leather and bitter orange. It passes through a stage of being almost soapy, before the gorgeous musk, tonka bean and vanilla begins to shine through. There is a reason why this has stood the test of time.

Feb
11
2015
bri_castle
bri_castle

Hmmm... this is one interesting scent, that's for sure.

I had heard of and read about Shalimar for quite some time, and the scent notes intrigued me as they are straight up my alley. I read through pages and pages of reviews before heading to Sephora to smell it in person... I'm sure glad I read the reviews. Because of this, I was expecting a potentially offensive initial spray and knew I may only love the middle and dry down, so I sprayed Shalimar on and then went about shopping in the mall for an hour or so before returning to the store.

The initial spray was strong citrus to me, not bad, but not good. After about 5 minutes, the scent turned to gasoline on my wrist. Still not bad--and in a way, intriguing--but not something I want to smell of. Within 45 minutes or so, it changed to an animalistic, incense and powder type of smell. While I didn't exactly love it, I couldn't stop smelling my wrist.

I returned to the store to test some other perfumes on paper and think about whether I wanted to purchase Shalimar. Somehow, all of the other scents I tested now smelled flat and monotone. At the same time, I wasn't sure Shalimar was for me... I'm 28 and thought I might feel like an imposter wearing a scent that now smelled too sophisticated. I left the store and went to run some other errands.

In the midst of my other errands, I realized that I was continually going back to smell my wrist. I wasn't in love, but definitely intrigued. I drove back to the mall and purchased the EDP.

At first I thought I made an enormous mistake... but now, 6 hours after the initial spray, the scent is again changing. It's become a nice, close to the skin warm scent. My husband came home and said "smells like incense".

I guess I like it and I can see myself growing to love it. It definitely has many facets. Worth buying just to keep in the collection for sure.

Feb
10
2015
RosieRachel
RosieRachel

Shalimar: The Queen. This is one luxurious, classy and timeless perfume. I had very high expectations for this one. I found that all of the spices added a sort of festive feel, which would be lovely and comforting for the cooler months.

On my skin, Shalimar is very deep, dark, resinous, with a buttery leather handbag smell and smokiness from the insence. It's very warm, smooth and complex; although, sometimes there is a note of something slightly jarring. I wonder if this is the tonka bean, which is sometimes problematic for me. There is a more powdery vanilla in the dry-down, which suits me much more, and is utterly addicting.

Shalimar is so much better on the skin. I almost *gasp* didn't like this in the vial. As much as I appreciate the art here, I don't think this scent suits me; although I would probably adore one of the flankers. The perfume lasts for 8-9 hours and fades pretty fast to a skin scent; sillage was quite soft.

Feb
09
2015
black_dots_lady
black_dots_lady

I'm in love with spicy fragrances.
This is a divine creation. Joy in a bottle.

Feb
09
2015
MadeiraD
MadeiraD

What can I even say about this bergamot vanilla incense scent that has not been said before? It is an institution, a warm, glorious institution. This is a bit of history that belongs to the world. It is sexy and comforting, old fashioned and timeless. The opening is sharp and divisive and you might think you don’t like it, but let it settle, give it time, let the interplay of incense and vanilla come into the main. It is a true Guerlain masterpiece.

Even if you don’t want to own a bottle this is a perfume you must smell in your life, it is a classic of French perfumerie and to wear it is to wear history.

Feb
08
2015
Rick123
Rick123

Old classics stay popular for a reason, theres is something sooooo alluring about this perfume, it really does have a hold over me. On me it lasts all day and goes through a kaleidoscope of changes, all the women and men iv introduced this to have loved it, in my opinion its unisex for that reason, but then again i love perfumes and wear anything that i love the smell of. It starts off quite sharp and spicy, some people say peppery initially but after the ''dryoff'' its super beautiful and oriental with lots of different notes competing for your attention, yet they all work in harmony.

Feb
07
2015
craftyminx
craftyminx

I never thought I could wear this one. It was too heavy, too animalic, too rich. The most recent formulation, though, is absolutely beautiful on me. Unfortunately, I only get about 4 hours out of the EDP. Such a shame, that to make it wearable they had to water it down so badly that it doesn't last.

Feb
04
2015
McYvan
McYvan

Thank you @moodypaws, for me it is such a shame that Guerlain replaces civet with castoreum. I LOVE civet, It is really sensual and warm, no matter synthetic now. More importantly, casroreum means nothing animalic to my nose, I know it sounds odd, but I can not even get a strong animalic feeling from Yatagan de Caron(which contains lots of castoreum), certainly. So, leathery, yes, animalic, no.

Jan
29
2015
cinema1974
cinema1974

My mom has many beautiful bottles of pefumes and she has this mother monster on her shelf and I spray her purfumes on me when I visit. Well even if the fragrance is not my favoirte I still will try it and wear it. Well spray it on me a couple of hours before my turbo kick workout and during the workout the beautiful fragrance just aroma the area... Then when we went to do some burpees and wow, the shalimar just decided to come out. I am not a big fan of this perfume but it has many levels and changes on me. Maybe that why the flappers wore it becasue to hide the body odor when dancing all night. My mom can wear this and smell like a million bucks, when I wear it only at workout it smells like a million bucks. It is a beauty of a beast of the mother perfumes but I am on the fence with my body chemistry with this one still.... I have know women who wore this and they smell amazing.... My husband always said your aunt and mom always smells beautiful. I wore it and he like why does it not smell that good on you? why? I cant force it to be my signature... Why? I like to walk around and say my signature scent is Shalimar.

Jan
28
2015
moodypaws
moodypaws

@mcYvan the official animalic note in Shalimar is castoreum as I believe T Wasser confirmed in recent interviews, as opposed to Jicky's play of vanilla/civet. I clearly get the warm leathery castoreum note in my EDP from 2012. The vintage parfums I own are actually less animalic than the contemporary offerings.

Jan
28
2015
Boudoir
Boudoir

SHALIMAR VINTAGE

This fragrance is absolutely divine. At first spray you are blasted with the marvelous concoction of smooth leather wrapped in smoky vanilla & incense. I can not take my nose away from my wrist, this fragrance is quite simply a masterpiece, and it is not something you should try on paper, as this is a true fragrance and requires the warmth of the human skin to develop into the beautiful elixir that is Shalimar. Added straight to my want list!

Jan
28
2015
McYvan
McYvan

Strange, I got no civet from my current EDP! Is this due to the reformulation? Anyway, this legendary perfume smell gorgeous, I love the sweet yet dark vanilla with mysterious incense, as well as soft leather note. But I just expect more civet.
Really shares a visible similarity with another masterpiece by Guerlain, Habit Rouge the Shalimar for men, the fantastic Guerlinade. And I consider both two are unisex.

Jan
27
2015
Evelyn Orchid
Evelyn Orchid

It is a classic masterpiece regarding the composition and it also happens to be my kind of perfume for its evocative power. It creates the atmosphere and a distant feeling of some oriental fairytale, the balsams of One Thousand and One Nights. The woody powdery enclose that spreads after few minutes seems as a warm embrace and that's the moment the poetry and the magic begin.

Jan
25
2015
DragonflySparrow
DragonflySparrow

Gosh this is lovely. I have a small decanter as a tester and I really wish my body chemistry agreed with this beautifully feathered and powdered juice. I'll keep it in the bottle to sniff, as it takes a turn for the worse and turns musty-old-lady on me, but I LOVE the scent on others whom it works with. The opening smells very similar to L de Lolita Lempicka, but it evolves, smolders and fluffs itself out at the dry-down. Shalimar really is a masterpiece: Smokey incense and warm vanilla-spice powder. Yummm. ... Just not on me.

Jan
22
2015
flowers-in-the-springtime
flowers-in-the-springtime

I have been a blind fool, blinkered in my total ignorance of this masterpiece of olfactory art.

For years I have shunned this beauty, disrespected it's very existence until today that is.
I wanted to give this another chance, just to satisfy myself that it is still repulsive to my nose.

I just needed to draw a line in the sand and move on.

The first spritz conveyed everything that I had feared, peppery, sharp, headache inducing, savoury, woody, masculine smell that I had always found disagreeable and I could never understand what everyone was so totally enraptured about.

Twenty minutes later and I was reeling in shock and disbelief, what was this gorgeous sweet powdery elegance wafting up? Was I mistaken? This is the epitome of pure French chic perfume. It's gorgeous, in fact a magnificent classic and timeless beauty.

Shalimar is a tall slim French woman with impeccable taste, she is never vulgar or unrefined, she is a graceful and sophisticated lady who is enigmatic and elusive. A woman of great taste and breeding, she is well read, an academic, she knows how to hold a conversation, she studies the arts and loves the opera. Shalimar is utter perfection from every angle and now that my eyes have been opened wide, I beg your forgiveness dear lady and I shall be forever in your debt.

Jan
19
2015
Pinchu Prince
Pinchu Prince

A single line comment is an insult to Shalimar. So the legend of Shalimar and Me.

I wanted Shalimar. when I got it, I was excited to heaven and wanted to apply it to see the magic.
1ST SPRAY: i sneezed coz I felt pepper in it. I was like Whattt??? Pepper? Recovering from the initial shock, I felt the pepper changing to a METALLIC smell. I was disgruntled to the core. I said to myself :" This is not Shalimar" but after a few minutes the metallic changed into saffron. I was like : "wait, what is this?" I became curious. After sometime, it changed to cedar-lemonish smell which again turned into incense-like. I was like : "the legend has started its trail". A few moments later all those lemonish thing vanished into thin air i found rosey- aromatic vanilla.
I sprayed it on 10.05 am and it stayed with the same silleage upto 7.30 pm before i went for a shower. I was like "this is something very unique".
the next day Shalimar seemed a bit more softer and pleasant. I think legends wont try to impress you. they make their presence felt by us. Shalimar is a legend.

Shalimar also helped me during an exam. I was feeling nervous and about to collapse, I smelled my wrist and was wearing Shalimar,it uplifted my mood and instilled in me a spirit to fight, I rose and decided to be a fighter again and gave a fight for my life. Result: I cleared the exam :)
so shalimar can be a friend too, I love Shalimar.

Jan
19
2015
Sinotah
Sinotah

Only the story itself gives such a romantic feeling to Shalimar. For me, next to the notes, that was the main reason to try it. It has taken me months to discover her, fall in love and make my mind up about it. Now my feet are on the ground again, but with my head in the clouds I'm writing this review.

My first impression on the strip was the opposite of what I expected from it. I knew, it wasn't anything of what it used to be from the stories about reformulating. On the test strip she smelled very strong in citrus on me, almost like the citronella, used to keep out mosquitoes. The sample back in my drawer and not giving it attention for a couple of months.

When fall went over in winter, I tested her again in a boutique. The lady insisted that I wore it on my skin for a couple of hours, and so I did. After the first spray, again came the citruses. She was on my wrist, so during shopping, she didn't bother me that much.

But then! The deadly citrus was far gone to the background and on my wrist was the most feminine, romantic and godly scent I have ever smelled. From test strip to my skin.. I'd almost say witchcraft. The soft, warm vanilla, the relaxing incense and the bouquet of spices and powdery florals rushed to my head. The civet made the whole so alive.

In my eyes, this truly embodies the Art of Perfumery. So well blended, the magic it works on the skin and the result is just stunning.

The bottle (vintage and recent) are beautiful too, wears up to 7 hours on me with a good sillage (just out of armlength).

Jan
17
2015
Andorsia
Andorsia

I wish me and Shalimar could have an affair but it does not like me. I smelled this on a friend today and it was warm perfection. Just so perfect in every way. Blessed are the ones that Shalimar agrees with.

Jan
16
2015
Molko
Molko

Shalimar is my newfound fragrance:) I'd like someone who use this heavenly creation around me and I can smell on, I'll crush for sure...I can imagine for this fragrance sun burnished skin, naturally curly brown/black hair and dark brown eyes...
First feeling is confusing, strong, raw ctrus and bergamot, little bit oldish sense and it turns into something more gentle, soft, bold, powdery vanilla, but rests a hidden mistery yet, I think it causes the incense and I can feel the dusty/dirty touch, it has 2 faces...it's awesome and timeless classical that fits not only for mature person.
It could be unisex.
This is real oriental mistery that you must appreciate.
If you're a perfume lover, you must try Shalimar once at least:)
Smell 10/10
Sillage 10/10
Longevity 10/10

Jan
12
2015
sophiesnose
sophiesnose

I like this, I really like it.....but I don't love it. And for the price I would have to love it to part with my money. Too much dust/smoke for me. It is a real beauty though. I wouldn't mind it as a gift though. Maybe my husband will enjoy the sample on me enough to sit up and take notice. I don't think it's grabbed him yet though. I really do enjoy. I'll be smelling myself all day. Maybe I'll revisit it in a week.

Jan
11
2015
alex.the.girl
alex.the.girl

I have a vintage bottle of the Edt, in a tall bottle with 4 ribs and a gold plastic spray cap with a black band. I'm guessing 70's? I haven't tried the modern formulations, but I'd really like to because I think the one I have is just too strong on me. I adore the warm, cozy Vanilla dry down, especially about 12 hours after applying to skin. I get a hint of creamy macaroon at this stage with just a kiss of unidentified fruit. The sharp citrus and green top notes stick around for around 8 hours on my skin, and while I like this stage, it's too overpowering on me. I'm one that loves a strong scent normally, but this one wears me. It's worth it though, and if I wear layers of clothing or a jacket I can get away with it better!

Sadly, husband hates this. I think it smells sexy and alluring, he thinks it smells pungent and dusty. I tried mixing a spray with unscented lotion and wearing it that way, but then it's not strong enough. I'll find a happy medium somehow! I really like this stuff.

Jan
10
2015
cassandra5322
cassandra5322

I don't know if this is because I'm young and unsophisticated that I've come to find this fragrance revolting. I thought I'd give it a try cause it seems like MOST people love this. But honestly, it smells like an old man's leather smoking jacket who just hung out with a woman with opium perfume on. I don't smell any other notes besides, sweet incense, dusty smokey leather, and opoponax.

Jan
10
2015
martinipie
martinipie

I cannot add anything substantive to the many great reviews below, so have this instead: Shalimar makes me wildly happy. When I smell it, I smile, and not a pleased little smile, but an enormous satisfied grin I have no control over. There is simply nothing better.

Jan
07
2015
Planet_X
Planet_X

Shalimar is a point where my whole perfume journey have started. And where I realized that the perfume can be THAT good. That's why I could never describe it as a regular juice, talking about the notes...No matter how many bottles 100 or 1000 I will ever have, Shalimar will make its the way among top five. Always.
Something undescribable in this juice. It is so piercing-glaring beautiful, like the best night of your life.
Only most magical words which ever been written by humans would suit to Shalimar, from Song of Solomon, of course

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame

Shalimar IS like a seal upon someone's heart, who loved it once – will love forever.

Jan
03
2015
RaggedyAnne
RaggedyAnne

I had this and it made me feel nauseas, I loved the smell, but there was something there that made me feel really ill....so I sold it. My friend bought an excellent dupe of it, and brought it to show me, I sprayed it on and there was the fabulous smell, but it didnt make me feel ill, so I think the note that made me feel ill was missing from the dupe......which is fine by me. I then ordered the dupe from Perfume Parlour....and I can now enjoy the fragrance, without the sickness and headache.....
I think it may be a slightly less pungent smell, maybe like an EDT, but it works brilliantly for me and lasts 7-8 hours, cant say fairer than that! result.

Jan
02
2015
mylilacs
mylilacs

This is most definitely a perfume for the strong, confident, mature woman. The opening is sharp and spicy, oriental. Very strong. The citrus fruits listed as top note are there to add to the sharpness but I can't distinguish one from the other, the cedar and incense on the other hand are almost overwhelming. There is really nothing sweet in this perfume, and I wouldn't say it's powdery either.
I can't see someone in their twenties wearing this perfume, it's much too complex to pull off. Unless you are going to a costume party where you are dressed as a queen. The Shalimar could be a crowning jewel for a confident mature woman with sensual charms but I'm not ready for it yet.

Dec
30
2015
wesleyhclark
wesleyhclark

My mother-in-law's favorite perfume. It smells wonderful! I can see why it's so popular for women.

But for me - not so much.

I like the powdery vanilla, but I think the incense notes are the deal-breakers for me. There's something in this that kind of hits me in the side of the head. I couldn't wear it.

Dec
28
2014
Sister of the moon
Sister of the moon

I really wasn't sure about this one when I first sprayed it on my wrist - quite sharp citrusy notes. 10 mins later and WOW!! A beautiful warm, powdery, spicy, vanilla scent. I'm so glad I've discovered this beauty, it will always be part of my collection now. I don't find this perfume 'old' at all - although it's definitely a woman's perfume (my teenage daughter does not approve - she prefers perfumes such a Flowerbomb however even she doesn't think it smells 'old'). By the way, you may need to spend some time getting to know Shalimar before fully appreciating it - so be patient!! :)

Dec
27
2014
sleepy*weasel
sleepy*weasel

Oh lovely Shalimar! Such a sweet, animalic, musky, smokey, vanillic masterpiece. When I wear it, I enjoy smelling myself all day. Just walking around in a personal cloud of leathery gorgeousness... :)

Dec
27
2014
Arbre Amer
Arbre Amer

Every now and then when I visit a perfume shop I try Shalimar on my skin. I was never able to come to terms with the vile opening that ruins the experience for me, so I simply dismiss it. The citrus seem dead, drained from every living essence (or terribly oxidised) and behind them I can smell something stale, not at all perfume-like. Fortunately soon, a very potent tonka note comes to the rescue and the oriental fantasy begins. The rest of the journey is a succession of sweet resins that like veils, surround a tame civet. This is the best part, it reminds me a slightly perverted baby powder that is very unisex to my nose (by today's sweet standards for masculine releases). Alas, this all takes place at a maximum distance of 2-4cm from my skin as Shalimar doesn't project at all (at least for me) but I bet this can be fixed by a more liberal application. In general I seem to be having trouble with most of the Guerlain classics. It is a pity because I really really like their "l'art et la matiere" line

Dec
24
2014
kraxa
kraxa

I Have just scored a 1982 7 ml Pure parfum bottle in a golden refill, all packed in velour pouch and black- gold hinge top box. My goodness, aren 't charity shops Alladin's caves ;) my Christmas has come early this year.

Dec
18
2014
Michylaka
Michylaka

I knew of a lady who never feared the rain,
She never feared the sunlight either.
Her love was effortless and truth defined,
Her heart was bold and oh so sweet.
The days she spoke were made of kindness and fancy,
She merely whispered while men took note.
Nothing would be the same without her candor,
All would be dull with mindless clutter.
And so my love of the lady is here to stay,
She lives in me and I in her.
Her beauty is the mark of a genius and nature alike,
With ladies forever her secrets confided.

------
I am feeling the lady today! This fragrance is one of the most ladylike I have ever encountered. She is truly a masterpiece and a Grand Dame. She is soft yet bold. I find her vanilla and incense memorable and divine. I think if anyone does not know what this juice smells like they must have been hiding out under a rock somewhere. In any case give her a try and don't let the somewhat sharp initial beginning fool you. She softens into a wonderful cloud of elegance. A must have for a collector.
10/10++++++++

Dec
15
2014
evie71
evie71

I’m sorry Shalimar lovers but I just do not understand this fragrance. Considering its history and iconic nature I’ve tried to get myself to like it time and time again but I can’t. Maybe I don’t have the nose to discern all of the notes, because after the overwhelming and indiscernible opening all I’m left with is strong incense and leather. No vanilla, citrus, iris, musk, tonka, nothing. Even if I think about the note, I can’t get it. So unless the department stores have been putting out fakes, it just must not mix well with me.

After about an hour it becomes a cloud of only incense for the next 10. At the end of the day I feel like I’ve been sitting in a yoga studio absorbing the incense they’ve been burning. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I prefer white florals so obviously this is not overly appealing.

That aside I wouldn’t consider this “old lady” as is the usual complaint, more “old world”. It is definitely middle east and exotic, I imagine the Orient Express when I smell it even though it is so singular on me. I should probably try Eau de Shalimar to see if it is an improvement. I just don't get the complexity of this one.

Dec
13
2014
Thomaso7
Thomaso7

I tried this at the mall after reading about it's legendary status and that it was old - made in 1925?
So I had to check it out.
My first experience - I smelled what seemed like opening a package of balloons and that rubbery scent which seemed to expand, then the rich vanilla incense like scent came out. It did not blow me away instantly, maybe a little, but it was also new, and unique. I felt like I was smelling a piece of history. I could tell the age in this, or of the age - kinda smokey, grey and that rich scent afterwords and throughout. Not a girly girl perfume, but is feminine.
I got a sample and had someone try it at home and it was excellent.
Totally a luxurious scent, relaxed but sensual at the same time, it just seduces you with it's richness. But it's not necessarily sexy, it's very elegant. The setting was laying/sitting back along the couch, sun is going down, curtains partly drawn on the windows and golden rays of sunlight beaming through the partially open sections across the room, with a cigarette smoke rising from the ashtray. Fills the room with that rich perfume. excellent stuff. Gives off a refined but suave unrefined feminine maturity.

Dec
13
2014
Nekhbet
Nekhbet

I am organizing my perfumes and taking tests of some (probably three perfume bottles. Then I am rediscovering some pearls, like this Shalimar from the 80s-90s. Well, I put some on my wrist, and oh, the thick color! Like a balsam, a little oily, I didn't dare to smell it. My cat was not offended by it but I thought he would leave asap!. Then.... THEN! I, after a few minutes approached my nose to my wrist. It is .... heavenly! It is like a dream, in fact when I smelled it I felt it like a dream, so special, deep, beautiful. It was not a scent I was smelling, but as if my skin was THAT SMELL. I love it! What else can I say? I am lucky to have this formula still with me.

Dec
11
2014
horrorble
horrorble

I have no idea about different notes. I can not identify top notes, mid notes and base notes.

What I can say about Shalimar is that it's a perfume which chokes you with a sharp citrus spice when first sprayed and slowly releases it's grip into a full sexy vanilla musk.And when I say slowly, I mean 12 hours of ever evolving scent.
I love Shalimar best after about 2 hours when the vanilla musk starts to raise it's head and clash with the spice. It leaves a lasting impression which will never tire. Not one for the faint-hearted.

Dec
04
2014
LetThereBeMe
LetThereBeMe

I received a sample of the EDP from a generous swap partner. It smells nothing the way I thought / remembered / imagined it to.

The opening is all Big Band; loud and in your face - citrus, leather, incense and civet - upfront and brash. Somewhere in the background I can pick up the peppery patch and vetiver. What a way to start the party!

An hour later and the lemon burst has receded somewhat, leaving room for the smoother, creamier notes to develop.

Sandalwood and Tonka (dressed in leather) are entwined in a hot embrace, stealing sweet, resinous kisses while Incense smokes seductively in the corner.

2 hrs later ~ The band has changed its melody and is now playing a sweeter tune.

Musk and Iris take to the floor, for a slow dance. Citrus is having a quiet chat with Myrrh, while Incense works the room. Vanilla picks up with mic and starts crooning a sultry ballad.

3 hrs later ~ Cedar has joined the party and Citrus snuck out some time ago, unnoticed.

5 hrs later ~ Incense has dozed off, in a smoky haze. All the while Vanilla continues its bluesy serenade as Cedar chills quietly in the dark.

This is my kinda joint. I'll be here often.

Dec
03
2014
Marco Chau
Marco Chau

@Sezyvex & ScentologySummit ~ On the front of the commercial bottle, it should only say Shalimar and the concentration is not specified for both the EDT and EDP. One can only tell the different concentrations by the sticker at the bottom of the bottle, the box and the colour of the juice. Only tester bottles would have the concentration specified.

As for the smell of the 2014 EDP, I recently did a left and right hand comparison of Shalimar EDP from April 2011 (1R01) and May 2014 (4S01) and noticed that both versions basically smelled the same but the 2011 formulation seemed to be sharper and 'thin' comparing to the 2014 version. The civet note was also more noticeable in the 2011 formulation and a bit harsh to my taste. The 2014 version was significantly richer with more rounded incense and leather notes throughout and particularly in the dry down.

As the incense and leather notes are more rounded in the 2014 formulation, I suspect that is why you find them different. I would say that your bottle is most probably authentic.

Dec
01
2014
Capricorngal19
Capricorngal19

Oh Shalimar

You give me the experience of smelling like royalty. Your regal air and sophistication takes my breathe away. I feel like a powerful queen when I wear you. Yet your a seductress as well. I can see Cleopatra wearing you because you are so enchanting.
There is a story behind your development and I am so glad that you were created.
The frilly candy smelling girls will never understand. Lets not give them the time of day to explain your originality because it's either you get it or you don't

You can't sit with us.

For all of the Shamilmar lovers like Meryl Streep (love her) we can appreciate such a scent.

Now some of the biased buffoons will say that you smell like an old lady(so rude) but remember, children don't really understand much so it is up to us to teach them. Ever smelled that perfume that your grandma wore and as a kid, you hated it? Yet when you got older,you learned to love the complexity of the scent?
"Grandma perfumes" teaches you and takes you to some places.That's usually the natural order of things right?


Shamilar is feminine,strong and deep. sensual too.
Be brave and give her a try. Now something so different will turn you off by first sniff and that is normal. But Shamilamr changes on the skin over time and you will experience the magic.
Enjoy.

Nov
29
2014
GoodVibrations
GoodVibrations

Reformulated EDP:
Why does Shalimar merit a third review? Because it can only be discovered in layers. Even this revised version of Shalimar has hidden depths. I've finally realized why I love it. It has a spherical structure (rather than pyramidal or linear), and at its core is amber. It has slightly inedible vanilla and elegant citrus at its outer edges, but its core is melty, abstract, slightly salty (but never Play-Doh), elastic amber that has no gender boundaries.

Nov
28
2014
Strappyshoo
Strappyshoo

My mother: collecting me from my grandmother's house late at night after having been to a party. Her icy cold face, having walked in from the cold night, her fur jacket, beautiful dress and high heels. Enveloping me in a huge hug from which the scent of Shalimar would discreetly sneak. This is how I remember it, always. It is the smell of glamour, adults, parties and winter and I absolutely love it. I don't wear it as I kind of want to keep that memory sacred but thought I'd share. It is a masterpiece and even if it's not on your radar, go and sniff a bottle just because you can. Sublime.

Nov
25
2014
Snicole82
Snicole82

I have a sample of this and I can't get past the civet. I'm learning more and more about myself and I've learned that I absolutely do not like civet. I smell civet and incense. The sample I have is from Sephora and luckily small. I probably won't reach for it again.

Nov
23
2014
A La Angel
A La Angel

@beaker's November challenge (one perfume, five days) selection #4

Oh, Shalimar.

I have been determined to love Shalimar. I've bought samples, I've tried testers, I bought and gave away a bottle... DETERMINED to love this perfume because, really, what does it say about me if I can't see the Emperor's New Clothes? Everybody just GUSHES about this fragrance. Oh Shalimar, OH SHALIMAR! But despite my very spirited (and costly) efforts, I have felt like Shalimar was just so... one-dimensional. Sexy. Very sexy. But that's it. And sexy alone is not enough for me. (Woah.)

So of course because I'm such a rational being, I again bought a bottle of Shalimar EDP after falling so completely for the Parfum Initial version. If I can learn to love the daughter, I can learn to love the mother, right? Five days wearing Shalimar to meetings, to the grocery store, to church (!!!), to brunch.

On me, it is so... how can I say? It's a very RAW sexiness. That leather + vanilla + citrus + musk goes very... RAW on me. It's feminine at the basest level (perhaps 'female' is more accurate than 'feminine') - it's a primal femaleness that's almost pheromonal; not a lady, but a WOMAN. And the sweet smokey musky drydown doesn't help because then it's just a woman that just had her post-romp cigarette! It's not my type at all in the sense that that level of sensuality is not something I generally wear on my sleeve (ha!). It's so OBVIOUS, such an obvious sexiness, so obvious, so obvious. And yes, men do respond to it - notice it and comment on it, but in a measured way that makes me suspect that it's because they suspect... well. Let's just say I don't blame them.

Around day 3, though, I started to enjoy the idea of having a surprisingly overt Sexy. I wear a lot of white, a lot of neutrals, I don't show a lot of skin, I'm not particularly vixen-esque, but I started to really enjoy looking like a lady... but smelling like an i-don't-know-what. Shalimar became the equivalent of wearing a garter and thigh-highs under a church dress. Très risqué, non? Something about it makes me feel more mysterious, and more... like a woman that could ruin a man. Shalimar is Mata Hari for me. DEFINITELY not for every day, but I'm sure there will be days when this will come in very very handy *winks at camera*

Ultimately, with Shalimar, I've decided that the Emperor's New Clothes... are invisible. But the Emperor looks pretty good naked ;)

Keeping the bottle.

Nov
21
2014
r0r0
r0r0

In the past I have smelt Shalimar on others, smelt it on paper, smelt it on my wrist and never, ever liked it. Of course my fondness for the more classic Guerlains means that this fact has always deeply annoyed me, so in a fit of "I will wear this until I like it" I bought a bottle. I am so glad I did.

I don't know if it's body heat or just different skin chemistry away from my wrist, but it is just gorgeous. Amazing. Such beautiful musk, vanilla, opoponax, sandalwood, iris and laying over it this heady, almost herbal bergamot, this touch of delightful vetiver and patchouli and something that I think might be the cedar. On me it's not powdery at all, or acrid like it smells everywhere else I've ever scented it.

Once more I'm in love with a Guerlain perfume; I just wish I could get Mitsouko to work for me.

Nov
20
2014
ladyleelu
ladyleelu

My grandmother wore this, and I recently bought it on a whim to re-experience the scent. On my grandmother, it was a very sharp, powdery spice - very lush and classy. She was an intimidating and yet captivating woman, and I think it's quite beautiful that even she shared a wonderful love story with my grandfather, who was completely enamored by her.

On me, however, Shalimar remains mostly soapy and powdery, and almost none of the spice makes an appearance. While I considered permanently setting it aside, only to adore the bottle from a distance or occasionally sniffing directly from the bottle, I decided to break a few rules and attempt layering the Shalimar EDP with a couple of other scents I have.

With Diptyque's Tam Dao, it becomes a lovely masculine woods scent, soft and akin to (my memory of) Dior Homme. Layering it with Angel La Rose creates an extremely narcotic spice with a hint of powder and rose. I can't imagine what else I would want to try it with as these two perfumes in particular are not so powerful or complex, and I feel that allows the Shalimar to shine through brilliantly.

It seems that, on me, layering brings out more of the spiciness and creaminess of Shalimar. I know it's quite a huge rule to break, but the result makes it worth it for me. I have heard that trying it with more vanilla scents also creates a lovely outcome, though I would imagine something like Atelier's Vanille Insensee would be less gourmand and more sharp, which I think suits Shalimar better. I normally stay far away from layering scents, especially with something as unique as Shalimar, but I would say if you had a similar reaction on your skin, I would give it a try before moving on.

Nov
18
2014
Jernê Knowles
Jernê Knowles

English:

Shalimar EDP - Guerlain

The writings below refer to the fragrance Shalimar by Guerlain Eau de Parfum in its (EDP) version. Shalimar know for almost 10 years and this perpassar had never considered myself capable of writing anything about him even being aware that I'm no expert on the subject, merely before through my nonsense writings describe gotten bottled classic boldness and called Shalimar by Guerlain's Maison. There is a whole enchantment of the fragrance in the proposal that goes from his bottle to trapped within the same groove, featuring this masterpiece of perfumery as an Eastern classic, sexy, bold and modern at the same time. Count is endless stories about the creation of it, but what attracts us most to curiosity, is that Shalimar resulted from the dilution of timeless Jicky, also Gerlain in reaction with phenol aldehyde compound known as vanillin, the Jacques Guerlain own hands 32 years later, ie, this solvency originated Shalimar, a fragrance which carries with it even the mystery of the meaning of his own name, account up. The creation date of the fragrance is 1921, however, Shalimar was released in consumer market in 1925, through the hands of Jacques Guerlain (1874-1963), also creator of the iconic L'Heure Bleue classics, Mitsouko and Champs Elysees. Now, as then it is our perception of this classic ?! Shalimar opens with a citrus burst of bergamot and charged tones of freshly peeled tangerines added bitter cedar wood, and apparently jarring something discomforting, but soon the fragrance takes balance and Cedar wins robustness leaning against the middle notes. Your heart is where the "epiphany" of the fragrance lies, in my view, it joins the roots of Vetiver, the petals of roses, the subtle jasmine and dried leaves of Patchouli and it's all tied to the Iris "guerlaindade" forming a distinct aromatic thicket bordering on ineffability, I believe that this combination is more than evident from the competent claws Maison Guerlain in his more than exceptional way. Finally, Shalimar presents at its base a sweet Tonka, raw incense that gives a significant smoky fragrance, the resinous Opoponax, trillions of pounds of dry vanilla, animalistic and fierce plus the cool leather sprinkled with bushbuck and musk. The result of all this contact with skin, quietly fixed and projects for 10 h or more, depending on temperature. One thing is certain, for dressing of Shalimar is necessary to be conscious of dressing in the past that used at opportune days and in appropriate locations clothes attract not only looks, but excessive praise and aspirations. Indeed, finally, bring a famous quote by Ernest Beaux, creator of Chanel No. 5, about the audacity of Jacques Guerlain in having created the portentous Shalimar: "When I use vanilla, I make a caramel cream, when it uses Vanilla he makes a Shalimar ".


Português:

Shalimar EDP - Guerlain

Os escritos a seguir referem-se à fragrância Shalimar de Guerlain em sua versão Eau de Parfum (EDP). Conheço Shalimar há quase 10 anos e neste perpassar jamais havia me considerado capaz de escrever alguma coisa sobre ele, mesmo sendo ciente que não sou nenhum expert no assunto, tão-somente, antes através dos meus disparates escritos conseguira descrever a ousadia clássica engarrafada e denominada por Shalimar da Maison Guerlain. Há todo um encantamento na proposta da fragrância que vai da sua garrafa ao sulco aprisionado dentro da mesma, caracterizando esta obra-prima da perfumaria como um clássico oriental, sexy, ousado e ao mesmo tempo moderno. Contam-se infindáveis histórias sobre a criação do mesmo, mas a que mais nos atrai à curiosidade, é a de que Shalimar resultou a partir da diluição do atemporal Jicky, também de Gerlain, em reação com o aldeído fenólico conhecido por Composto Vanilina, pelas próprias mãos de Jacques Guerlain 32 anos mais tarde, ou seja, dessa solvência originou-se Shalimar, uma fragrância a qual carrega em si até mesmo o mistério do significado do seu próprio nome, conta-se. A data de criação da fragrância é de 1921, no entanto, Shalimar foi lançado no mercado consumidor em 1925, através das mãos de Jacques Guerlain (1874-1963), também criador dos clássicos icônicos L’Heure Bleue, Mitsouko e Champs Elysees. Ora, como então é nossa percepção acerca deste clássico?! Shalimar abre com uma explosão cítrica carregada de Bergamotas e tons de Tangerinas recém-descascadas somadas a madeira amarga do Cedro, algo incomodante e aparentemente dissonante, porém logo a fragrância assume o equilíbrio e o Cedro ganha robustez encostando-se às notas de meio. Seu coração é onde reside a “epifania” da fragrância, na minha concepção, pois junta-se as raízes do Vetiver, às pétalas de Rosas, ao Jasmim sutil e às folhas secas do Patchouli e tudo isso é amarrado às Íris da “guerlaindade” formando uma ramada aromática distinta que beira a inefabilidade, acredito que nessa combinação é mais que evidente as garras competentes da Maison Guerlain em sua forma mais que excepcional. Por fim, Shalimar apresenta em sua base a adocicada Tonka, o Incenso bruto que dá uma esfumaçada significativa na fragrância, o resinoso Opoponax, trilhões de quilos de Baunilha seca, animalesca e impetuosa somada ao Couro fresco aspergido de Civeta e Almíscar. O resultado de tudo isso em contato com a pele, fixa e projeta tranquilamente por 10 h ou mais, dependendo da temperatura. Uma coisa é certa, para se vestir de Shalimar é necessário estar consciente de vestir-se em roupas do passado que se usadas em dias oportunos e em locais adequados atrairão não só olhares, mas elogios e aspirações excessivas. Com efeito, para finalizar, trago uma famosa frase de Ernest Beaux, criador do Chanel Nº 5, sobre a audácia de Jacques Guerlain em ter criado o portentoso Shalimar: “Quando eu uso Baunilha, faço um creme de caramelo, quando ele usa Baunilha, ele faz um Shalimar”.

Nov
17
2014
John Mason
John Mason

A soft velvety vanilla cloud that hugs you from the first spray, comforts you when you are down and uplifts your spirit when you need it the most.
A timeless masterpiece! Taj Mahal of fragrances!

Nov
16
2014
becuille
becuille

Shalimar in the bottle is beautiful, on a tester card, it is beautiful, and on other women it is beautiful. On me... it's medicinal Play Dough.

I wish so much that I could wear this because I really do love it everywhere but on my own skin. On friends, it's a sexy, bold dream of incense and vanilla. Oriental at its finest. It's so womanly and complex.

But something happens when it makes contact with me that makes it a scrubber. I just cannot wear it. I just a tiny peep of incense, but the rest is all the weird play dough smell. I don't even get any of the citrus, which is so strong when smelling from the bottle.

Thankfully, I can wear the Parfum Initial, so I stick with that one instead and envy all of you who can wear this with aplomb.

Nov
16
2014
t4x3
t4x3

"If this is grandma-ish then your grandma has or had great taste." -Michylaka

Totally. A classic for a reason. You are lucky if anyone you know smells like this.

Nov
07
2014
Michylaka
Michylaka

Classic and wonderful! I don't wear it as much as I should. I have had the same bottle for quite some time. It looks awesome on my vanity always. I wore it the other day for church and loved it. My love for her is renewed. If this is grandma-ish then your grandma has or had great taste. Strong of citrus at first then there are florals, vanilla and sandalwood some of my favorite things...
10/10++++

Nov
05
2014
ellina1984
ellina1984

The opening is a burst of citrus. It seems a bit incoherent. Some bitter citrus here, some tart citrus over there. And an overall "dusty" feeling. It's not zappy, or screechy.

Then the citrus fades, and there's dark incense, and sleek leather. And of course vanilla. Indeed, not an edible vanilla, but a more aromatic one, adorned by the leather and incense. Mysterious and sultry.

The drydown is all vanilla and good old-fashioned powder. Very classy and elegant. A lady's perfume.

On the whole, there's a definite vintage feel I get from this. To me, Samsara and Coco smell dated. But this just smells vintage. This could have been created by a contemporary perfumer trying to recreate the atmosphere of a posh dinner party, with the guests having cognac and a cigar after the meal. But the scent of the recently served creme brulee still lingers in the air.

Nov
05
2014
[email protected]
gritzalimaria@yahoo.gr

No, it is not very powdery like initial. this is so elegant so fine, and yes it changes on the skin, very sensual, it is a dream.

Nov
03
2014
DarlingNikki
DarlingNikki

Shalimar

One of the Grande Dames of the perfume world

Alas, this Grande Dame and I can only be mere associates as she does not settle well at all on my skin nor is she pleasing to my nose.

Perhaps when I am older and more a Grande Dame myself (LOL) I will revisit her--who knows, we might become dear friends then.

Oct
24
2014
SheAlwaysSmellsGood
SheAlwaysSmellsGood

okay I'm not going to lie I really wanted this perfume because I'm sort of obsessed with the 1920s right now. I've always heard the hype of this perfume but never really gave it any thought because I always thought that it would smell too old for me. Maybe not too old but too mature. I am now in my thirties and I think it is a good time for me to experiment with those mature perfumes and Shalimar was the best first choice I've ever made. it smells powdery and delicious and very exotic and I just love it very much. I was so very lucky to find it on an estate sale on eBay for extremely cheap.I really can't express how amazing I think this fragrance is. I am secretly hoping that Joan Crawford wore this fragrance in the beginning of her career.she seems like the type of strong willed woman that would wear this beautiful perfume perfectly.

Edited to add: Alas, Joanie didn't wear this perfume. Her favorite was Jungle Gardenia and later Youth Dew. But, upon further detective work, Rita Hayworth was a devoted Shalimar-ian. ;)

Oct
20
2014
iow-pam
iow-pam

Although I have this one on my want list I decide today to take the opportunity to test it.
The opening is a little strange; strong woody and to me, not all that pleasant! After an hour I was going to wash it off, but decided to give it more time. And, boy, am I glad I did! This turned, after a good two hours, into a beautiful perfume that lasted the rest of the day.
Next year, when my finances have had time to recover from Christmas I will be buying this beauty. Meanwhile I will be retesting it at every opportunity (just to make absolutely certain)!!

Oct
17
2014
stephanierunghen
stephanierunghen

I really love this perfume. It is so mysterious. But it does not last long on me. I have to spray it a few times during the day... I am happy that this is not the case for other users...They are luckly. It it certainly one of my favourite

Oct
17
2014
skitten
skitten

Yep, truly divine and exquisite. A perfume one has to have in their collection. Is excellent for sexy nights or sublime days. A pure divulgent fume for the senses.
Sex in a bottle, wear sparingly......lol
Good luck............ truly lovely...x

Oct
16
2014
Dara813
Dara813

This is the first scent I ever fell in love with. I don't wear it because it is my grandmother's signature. She wears it almost every day - winter, spring, summer, and fall...and it always smells gorgeous on her. It is rich and classy; it has this unique powdery balsamic characteristic that just makes it so comforting too. Shalimar is like that beautiful, exotic woman who walks into a room and makes everyone stare. This is definitely not a scent for the faint of heart and it is such a classic. There is nothing that smells like it. Since I'm well aware that I cannot pull this one off like my Grandma, she bought me Samsara about 10 years ago and it is almost just as beautiful. I love these types of scents from Guerlain; their uniqueness and beauty is just unmatched.

Oct
11
2014
ankama
ankama

The first time I tried Shalimar was about 20 years ago.
My signature was Estee Lauder Private Collection then, I really was into green and flowery scents.
So Shalimar was an immediate shock and I thought "This stuff shouldn't be called perfume, it is just a disgusting smell." Some years later, after trying a lot of different scents I began to like it! I had a 50 ml bottle of Parfum de Toilette and used it until the last drop. Recently I sprayed it on in a drugstore again and it is pure magic. I ordered another bottle and decided not to be without it anymore. This is a true masterpiece.

Oct
10
2014
chrisndema
chrisndema

Mmmmh Shalimar! Shalimar i love you! This is a masterpiece of a fragrance. I understand what all the hype is all about. I don't know if any fragrance could top this one now.

My thanks to Galaxy86 for this amazing swap!!!

Oct
08
2014
Peta22
Peta22

So as of today, I am now the proud owner of a 15ml of Shalimar Parfum and it is absolutely magical! I think Shalimar and Nahema will become my Winter and Summer signature scents - I can't decide which I like better but I think the beautiful roses of Nahema will suit summer well... The powdery, dreamy warm vanilla of Shalimar is making me just want curl up in front of a fire with a glass of red. It's astounding to me that I've reached 40yrs old without meeting this beautiful fragrance before - I've missed out all this time! On me, my gorgeous Shalimar opens very full and sweet with lemon and spices, then it quickly starts to become the most beautifully powdered vanilla with soft rose and iris in the background... The vanilla just continues on and on giving me this lovely cloud of happiness whenever it wafts past my nose for hours. I am seriously in love with this fragrance - thank you Guerlain!

Oct
07
2014
collectyourdead
collectyourdead

I don't really like the way it comes out on my skin. The edP is better from what I recall, but the edT was the only one available in shop, so thats the one I picked up. The longer you have it on, the nicer it gets. That is my favorite thing about this fragrance.
Rather warm & inviting. I think this is great for fall. Shalimar exudes class and nice taste, and pretty much anyone could wear it.
6.5/10 for the edT on me...
Perhaps an 8/10 as a perfume overall.

Oct
06
2014
Bublegum
Bublegum

My grandma's sister was wearing this perfume for years. I really wonder though cause she wasn't the woman who was having any interest in cosmetics and stuff. Maybe someone had boughted for her. Having said that, I cannot imagine myself wearing that, maybe because subconsiously I have associate this perfume with another time/era etc. Still it is a unique perfume. Even with the new reformulation the scent is unique. It is also a perfume kind of difficult to read its notes. It is also one of the perfumes that I cannot imagine any teenager girl wearing it. But, even if it is a heavy perfume, I don't believe it is offending. It has good sillage and longevity and it terms of smell I give it a 7/10. Not bad, but I wouldn't pay to buy it.

Oct
06
2014
theuntrainednose
theuntrainednose

Old formulation: My mother had a sample in the late 80s/early 90s, and I remember loving it, the opulent spicy fragrance which I associated to winter and warm coats.

New formulation: I recently tested it at a department store. It does smell quite differently, still with the same inspiration, but the new version is a worthy fragrance in its own way. If I could, I would own both formulations.

The new formulation started with a combination that reminded me of the older Shalimar, spicy, warm, almost oily (in a good way), only not as round. Maybe a bit more angular and less oily.

As it dries, it becomes very different from the older one. The woods and sandal came to the front and in my opinion created a sour phase which previously did not exist. I quite appreciate this phase. Then amber and incense too, it becomes a little less sour and rounder, but still quite different from the older Shalimar, woodier, airier and not as oily. After a while the sour disappears and it is woods, amber, incense and a few spices in a rounded, warm, more "behaved" version of the older one.

Still a dense perfume, but different. As I said, I actually like both.

Oct
02
2014
sotto_voce
sotto_voce

I have a bottle of this, in the edT formula. My bottle is from the late 90`s. It smells much more lively than the current formula...I can definitely detect civet and it smells REAL.The medicinal opening I`ve read about is there in brilliant abundance. If you're looking for a vintage bottle of Shalimar but want to pay less, edT is a great way to go. Elegant and sultry, sophisticated and mature...gorgeous!!!

Sep
24
2014
loonad
loonad

i bought this one as i found it reasonably priced. when the bottle came,i was not expecting much.i was not expecting to fall in love on the first whiff but i did.God so in love.i could write poems about this.it is so comforting to me.whenever the world gets scary,i like to wear this soothing perfume.will definitely buy more of this in the future.i'm not very good at analysing notes but i love the powdery effect of this perfume.even my sister whose taste in perfume is very different from mine loves it.

Sep
20
2014
Waltzing Matilda
Waltzing Matilda

I find that Shalimar has a distinct lanolin note that I find offputting. On the other hand, the vanilla is not confectionary, but has a gentle smoky accord which is appealing. Funny how people can have an effect on how you perceive a fragrance. It was the signature perfume of someone who is no longer in my social circle, but had a profound detrimental effect on my self esteem, and maybe that's why it's never been a favourite of mine. To the many who love it, enjoy!

Sep
18
2014
klinkerbink
klinkerbink

With all the hype, I *really* wanted to like this. Almost ordered it blind.

Glad I tested first--on me, it smells very, very soapy [which is probably my number one aversion in perfumes]. Like little chalky-slippery hotel soap bars.

Bah. C'est la vie. From other reviews, seems to be a very polarizing scent in terms of how it reacts to skin.

Sep
15
2014
munchay
munchay

What can I say? I wish the young genaration will come to understand this classic.The only words I can say about Sharlimar is the more you grow, the more you will love this.A timeless classic, can't have enough of it.

Sep
13
2014
Chiquis
Chiquis

I love Shalimar and you can read the review I wrote for it a few months ago. I really wanted to share something I discovered today with anyone who loves Shalimar and is interested in extending its longevity.

So there's a company in California called Body Time that sells pure perfume oils, essential oils, and other "hippie" products. Last week I ordered a few products and on a whim decided to purchase a fourth of an ounce of amber perfume oil. I received my package today, whipped out the amber oil and rubbed a tiny dot of it on my left wrist. WOW, so now I know what the dominant note in Shalimar is... This amber perfume oil smells so similar to Shalimar EDP it's unreal!! I can imagine dabbing a bit of the amber oil on my wrists on days that I wear Shalimar to extend the scent. Plus the amber oil is MUCH cheaper than Shalimar. That 1/4 ounce of pure amber oil cost me only $12.

I just wanted to pass this little treat I discovered. Hopefully it makes someone's day :)

Sep
10
2014
Arlene-Beatrix
Arlene-Beatrix

Many years ago it was a lot too intense for me. Now I still find it intense, but I like it. Taste can change with age, I guess.
Incense, leather, citruses, iris. This is what I get when first heavy notes are gone. Middle and base notes are truly pleasant.
Shalimar woman is mysterious, dangerous and incredibly sexy. Like Ava in "Sin City", played by Eva Green.

Sep
08
2014
Henriette
Henriette

The old and the new Shalimar should bear different names. I am comparing my bottle of old (late '70es) with the new EdP and they can't be more different. I well understand Monsieur Wasser having to cope with IFRA restrictions (not to mention what he said in an interview, that the old Shalimar wouldn't appeal the present public, which I highly doubt) and fashion trends, but the old Shalimar is of an entire different league.
But read on.
The old Shalimar has a strong opening, almost medicinal, very similar to the opening of the vintage L'Heure Bleue (another one which is totally different from what it used to be), almost a slam on your face. Like a woman who refuses a man and then falls into his arms in a passionate kiss. The slope to the sweetness of the drydown in the old Shalimar is long and painful at moments: it goes through every stage known in perfumery - flowers, smoke, leather, spices, woods, balsams and take you to a sweetness that embraces you forever after hours and for many hours.
It's a perfect experience, it takes time and patience.
It takes love and devotion.
The new Shalimar opens with a caress instead than a slam: it's smooth, soft, luring. It's perfectly in line with the modern trends of sweetness everywhere in any perfume. Let's be happy that there's no trace of the candy fruity notes so popular nowadays.
You are taken to the drydown passing from sweetness to sweetnes, with vanilla grabbed to the leading role. A superb vanilla, it has to be said. The other notes - the smoke, the leather, the spices, the woods, the balsams - are only briefly hinted at while the vanilla leads the march.
Is this bad?
No, Shalimar is a masterpiece, Shalimar is a monument, Shalimar is one of the best pefumes ever created and still is.
If I regret the old Shalimar is for the happy memories of many happy years attached to it, it's for the daring beauty it was and now isn't. It's for the phenomenal lasting power it had and now hasn't.
Now it's a stunning beauty but less out of the chorus. Still stunning, still unsurpassable, but less unique.

Sep
07
2014
ClairaNox
ClairaNox

Was Shalimar created by God himself?

At the beginning of last week, I lost one of my closest and truest friends. By lost I don't mean they passed away, but unfortunately we've lost contact with each other due to unforeseen circumstances that were probably beyond either of our control.

I'm not going into the details, but I will say that for the past week and a half it's felt as though I've been lost and isolated in an ocean, and stuck in a sinking paddle boat with no oar.

Then, I dab on a couple drops of vintage Shalimar parfum, layered with the vintage EDT. Suddenly, I feel as though I've regained the power that was stolen from me; I feel hopeful and courageous again. I feel like the queen of the jungle!

I'm not saying everything is back to normal again, but Shalimar is amazingly comforting; it's nice to know she's there for me in my "time of need".

It's one of the most beautiful aromas I've literally ever smelled in my entire life. It's simply intoxicating and breathtaking, exotic and adventurous. She says, "Stand back and watch me ROAR!" Albeit, with class. She's somewhat dark, sexy and alluring, yet dignified and refined. She's an elegant, Arabian seductress. Just WOW!

The longevity and sillage are great.

Definitely 10/10.

Sep
04
2014
extrasensoryperception
extrasensoryperception

This is my all time favourite scent and I feel like a Siren when I wear it. Men adore it!!

To me, it is the perfect blend of scents combined to make me sigh with contentment. I first came across it when I was a teenager when a boy gave it to my friend as a present.

I just adore it.

Sep
02
2014
PLUMPIE
PLUMPIE

Imperial leather soap, vanilla extract dusted with Coty Airspun and a hint of burnt cookies with pipe tobacco is pretty much what I get from this not unpleasant but it's not the masterpiece it has been made out to be for me, well not on my chemistry - I actually find Organza indecence to have the same character yet more dripping with sexiness on my chemistry.

Aug
24
2014
natella
natella

Liked it very much, but could not wear it at a daytime. Had to give it as a present to my aunt. It's a more evening kind of a parfum.
Very womanly, classical, soft and deep. Wraparound and ambient.

Probably will have it in future :)

Aug
22
2014
aqua_de_la_vita
aqua_de_la_vita

After looking up this fragrance and all the amazing reviews with high appraise and recommendation's, I must admit I want to get my hands on the juice. Out of all Guerlain's fragrance ever made this must be their pillar of success!! Since I have realized that thou it maybe a woman's frag it doesn't mean you have to be metrosexual to wear it...you must be a purfume lover to open yourself up at what's out there and embrace it if it works for you. An update will follow once I buy the fragrance. Those who are using it..I'm jealous so enjoy ☺

Aug
20
2014
Rebemario
Rebemario

After reading all of your helpful and descriptive reviews, I have to say to the positive ones, I fully agree. A little story though, when I was about 20 some years old I smelled this on a beautiful young tall woman of means passing through the department store. What I smelled was a beachy type of smell in a very good way. I asked what she was wearing and she said (a little snooty I have to add) Shalimar. When I tried the tester I couldn't believe it was the same fragrance. I think I wasn't ready at that time. I am 41 now and have recently delved into the world of "classic" (maybe vintage?) fragrance and it has been awesome. These old fragrances which have tested time are for a reason so fabulous because of how well crafted and creatively they were made from the initial blast to the very last scent of the dry down, they are not boring. That being said, I decided to try Shalimar again and I have to say I think its the lemon and bergamot and my favorite that crazy civet that just knock me over. I am in heaven. My daughter doesn't like it but you cant please everyone, she is 11 and likes smells like sand and sable. Anyways, this is an amazing frag. and I give it a huge thumbs up!!

Aug
16
2014
annija8
annija8

Much to my surprise, I grew to love it. I guess it is a sign of maturity, and the next step will be the appreciation of dry red wine :D
When I smelled it in the shop, my first thought was "old lady perfume". But a bit later I got a sample with a purchase, so I decided to give it a try. I kept discreetly sniffing myself throughout the evening, because the scent seemed so complex and intereseting. No wonder it is such a classic.
It is not an everyday perfume, obviously. But I would wear it for special occasions (or when I want to feel a little special). Fortunately, my boyfriend is drawn towards scents like this one. I'm more of a sweet, floral perfumes kind of girl, but starting to reconsider.
If you want to decide, whether to buy this or not, spray it on your skin and let yourself get familiar with it. I made the mistake of dismissing it by only spraying it on paper. Don't do that, otherwise you won't get half of the complexity and beauty of this scent.

Aug
13
2014
Marciu
Marciu

This is definitely more masculine than many current (mainly mainstream) designer releases marketed "for men".

Shalimar on my skin is mainly about iris, leather and frankincense. There is some sweetness of course, there are woods, some flowers to round up the composition. An yes, sometimes I do feel something rough and sour - that may be the civet.

Longevity on my skin is 10+ hours. Sillage is big within 4-5 hours or so.

Definitely a masterpiece and you have to like fragrances "with oomph" to wear it. I'll consider buying it when winter comes.

Thank you Jacques Guerlain!

Aug
08
2014
chris.kragel
chris.kragel

Edit from Earlier review

Shalimar is a wonderfully delicious scent that has well outlived its name and era.
When I smelled Shalimar for the first time, I was blown away by its citrusy, fruity vibes that immediately pushed their way to the surface, just to give way to various layers below that eventually found their way to the top in quiet succession.
This smell is fresh, and clean. And somewhat seductive.
I'm a guy, and I wear this like there is no tomorrow. With this being said, I would recommend some discipline on the trigger, as the first time I sprayed about three times and literally thought my head would explode from the fumes.
Two sprays and done on this one! No more. There honestly should be a trigger lock after two sprays for the next 16-24hrs, as any more will grow quite cloying.
Seasons? Any, including summer and spring. Although, I would adjust your spray area and amount, since this one is POWERFUL (hence, EDP). I have never 'felt' a fragrance like I felt this one, as it stuck with me quite well throughout the day. They say that if you can still smell your own cologne after a couple of hours...then you're probably doing something wrong. Moral of the story- less is more with this, so go easy.
The smell is wonderful, and evolves over time. I discovered probably three or four different layers as they gently unfurled over the course of three or so hours.
Buy, try or pass? Definitely a BUY. Boy or girl, man or woman, gay or straight- I'm sure this one is a definite BUY for any serious or avid collector. Even for the casual wearer, this one complements any collection quite well.

Longevity: 10/10 (All day- 10+ hours)
Projection: 10/10 (Go easy on the trigger- beast mode projection!)
Versatility: 8/10 (Casual day, or nightwear- any season)
Smell: 9/10 (Fruity, clean, seductive- a true classic!)

Aug
06
2014
blue_belle
blue_belle

The first time I tried Shalimar, I was seventeen and in possibly the worst conditions to try this perfume: the heat of summer, high humidity, and in a place I would be walking around outside. I had never heard of the house of Guerlain before, because at the time I hadn't gotten seriously interested in perfumes, but I tried it because my dad was nostalgic for his mother's signature. It became a roaring civet-laden beast on me almost immediately in the heat and within half an hour I was horrified and had to scrub it off.

Now I'm trying it again in summer, but I was only outside long enough to give the vanilla a little kick--since I don't burn through perfume all that fast, it sometimes needs help getting through the top notes. What I'm left with is--shockingly--gorgeous. This is creamy, almost candylike vanilla with a spicy, smoky base and a powdery finish. Certainly unlike anything I've smelled, this is sexy to the point of a femme fatale perfume. It's very easy to understand how this was such a favorite of flappers when it was first introduced!

Sadly I'm the only one in my house that likes this, and because it has such a huge presence I won't be able to get it anytime soon; my mom actually hates it, and my dad's reaction was basically "eh." After I move out, though, I think this might be my housewarming present to myself.

Aug
05
2014
boutonstendres
boutonstendres

Shalimar is actually one of the first scents I ever smelled (as a four or five year old) and the bewitching mystery of the smell haunted me for decades, which I am thankful for.

The vanilla-dominant formula is equal parts:
* Baby powdery
* Sweetly, mystically myrrhy and incensed
* Grounded by leather

As perfect and timeless the Shalimar composition is, there is a time and a place for different vanilla perfumes. You can have various vanilla-dominant parfum in your wardrobe and they will all mean different things and be appropriate for different sentiments. For me, Shalimar is not intoxicating and heavy--mystical, yes, but that's friendly. The baby powder undercurrent is cherubic, not vixenish. When Hypnotic Poison or Dior Addict are just too much, Shalimar is my choice.

Aug
05
2014
Grodanmimmi
Grodanmimmi

Curiously i get a top note that remind me of wunderbaum? Must be the bergamott :)

Aug
05
2014
Mrbigbigtoe
Mrbigbigtoe

Saying this is "unisex" is the same as saying Viva La Juicy is unisex.

Aug
01
2014
benzippo
benzippo

My first encounter with Shalimar was not a pleasant one as I found it like smells bugspray.

Fast forward 20 years later..., now I couldn't get enough of it.

I have in my collection, the EDT, the EDP, the Eau Shalimar Floral Limited Edition and Ode à la Vanille Sur la route de Madagascar.

Not for the faint hearted as this is indeed a very rich and lavish fragrance.

Go try it if you are ready. You will, like me, grow to to love it!!!

Jul
31
2014
Juliana6
Juliana6

She found an adorable, refined bottle, took off the wonderfully shaped, deep blue cap and... set the genie free. And she doesn't know if the genie has slept a million years inside that bottle or it has hidden inside herself, inside her desires, her dreams and wishes and now with this scent it all has come true.
Gourmand vanilla and oriental spices, a mixture of sin and desire served in a heavy, silver goblet covered with oriental decorations and wrapped into a sensual, soft piece of leather. A magical potion for her and for her beloved. Deep, rich, exciting, sensual, black silk serpent.
This is not a perfume, it is a personality. Well... The Personality. You can't "wear" it like usually, you can only live with it, respect and love it.

Jul
31
2014
lovetribe
lovetribe

another guerlain unisex.balsamic,vanillary and leather.
open with many citruses...after became leather and vanilla!!!good!!!!

Jul
30
2014
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, sultry, intriguing 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
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 after you've been running for your life. Stops you dead in your tracks. You are comforted, at peace. 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
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
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
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
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 it. I think half the problem is that it wasn't what I was expecting after reading all these glowing reviews and pieces on why it is so iconic.

What was I expecting? A warm, sweet citrus with a generous dollop of vanilla. 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. Vile stuff.

Jun
04
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.

Compared to the current formulation of EdP, the vintage EdT has prominent leather while the vintage EdC is slightly more indolic on top.

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. I was not a vanilla lover, or so much into heavy orientals. One day, I was shopping, bought something and I could choose between two perfume samples from Guerlain which the sales lady quickly gave me La Petite Robe Noire(already tried it) without even asking me and I said "hey! whats that other one? Shalimar? Ive seen that before but never tried..." She said quickly replied "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 disguise also greets me and escorts me deep into the heart of Shalimar where I am soon surrounded by incense, amber, roses, iris, and tonka and then vanilla unveiling and revealing itself to be the most intoxicating, warm, sultry, sensual, and 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 a hazy dream like paradise.


Overall: Warm, cozy, smokey, spiced, powdery, sweet, sultry, sensual, exotic vanilla. The EDP last forever on my skin. The perfume alone I feel overdressed, I feel like royalty having this on my body. I now understand why this is a classic and will continue to be until the end of time.

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 whom 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
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
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
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
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
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. As complicated as I am, I feel like this perfume understands me.

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
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
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
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
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
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
deeanna
deeanna

Too dry, too strong, too old fashioned, reminds me not sympathic old woman !

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sociable Hermit
Sociable Hermit

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
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 makes 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, bitter 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 fragrances.

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
StellaDiverFlynn
StellaDiverFlynn

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
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
CeeCee
CeeCee

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
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 Carlos Gardel tangos playing on my laptop, 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
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
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
AveParfum
AveParfum

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
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