Shalimar Eau De Cologne

DSC01694 (2)Shalimar Eau De Cologne differs from the other variations of Shalimar.  There is something wilder about this fragrance, in my opinion.  It’s more bubbly, tangy, and outspoken. While the Eau De Parfum is a powdery sheer veil of scent, the Eau De Cologne jumps off the skin (at least on me).  Of course, generally the EDP is supposed to be more dense and long lasting, but while the longevity may be weaker in the EDC its liveliness compensates fully for any sort of missing depth or intensity.

I decided to discuss Shalimar Eau De Cologne (Guerlain 1925) today because of the story that it was inspired by.  Shalimar was given its name by Jacque Guerlain who named it after the Garden of Shalimar, in Lahore Pakistan.  The garden was built by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan for his supposedly favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal (1593-1631).  Of course, the Taj Mahal was also built as her resting place by the Emperor Shah Jahan.

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This week I picked Shakespeare’s Sonnets to be in keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme.  I first purchased this book when I was in high school and one of my teachers made us memorize the rather dark but poignant # 64 for his class.  Of all Shakespeare’s works, I think these are my favorites, actually…

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Sonnet # 64

When I have seen by Time’s fell hand defaced
The rich proud cost of outworn buried age;
When sometime lofty towers I see down-razed,
And brass eternal slave to mortal rage;
When I have seen the hungry ocean gain
Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,
And the firm soil win of the watery main,
Increasing store with loss, and loss with store;
When I have seen such interchange of state,
Or state itself confounded to decay;
Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate
That Time will come and take my love away.
This thought is as a death which cannot choose
But weep to have that which it fears to lose.

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Taken the other night near our neighborhood.

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