I’ve loved Shalimar since my teens. What about you? It’s such an iconic, meaningful, common and yet uncommon fragrance. It’s exactly what every perfume to debut before and after aspires to be.
Created by the historic Jacques Guerlain for the House of Guerlain in the 1920’s the original Shalimar parfum still, thankfully, bears a resemblance to this 2015 edp (I purchased from Sephora) and many other flankers of Shalimar. Of course the notes of bergamot, sandalwood, civet, vanilla, opopamax, jasmine and rose are all rendered into a powdery, chic, ever romantic glory of perfume. …Of course, the extremely similar Emeraude came before this Guerlain, but Shalimar is the refined version of the Coty Art Deco olfactory genius. And it’s a genius refined to perfection.