Shalimar Guerlain Perfume

Shalimar Guerlain - eau de parfum for women

Shalimar by Guerlain - "The setting: Northern India, four centuries ago. His name was Shah Jahan. Hers was Mumtaz Mahal. Dazzled by her beauty, he idolized her; so madly in love was he that he wanted to make her life a perpetual garden of delights. And so sprang from the earth the Gardens of Shalimar. The story of their boundless love fired the imagination of Jacques Guerlain who, in 1925, created the world's first oriental fragrance. A subtle mix of flowers and sensual amber-woody accents, Shalimar has become the eternal essence of love and radiant femininity. Wildly Guerlain, marvelously classic, it continues to fascinate young women just as it conquered every generation that came before."

Perfume House   Guerlain
Introduced 1925
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Scent Classification Oriental
Perfumer Jacques Guerlain
Fragrance Notes Fresh flowers, bergamot, iris, jasmine, rose, vanilla, opoponax, tonka bean
Package Designer Bottle by Robert Granai
Print/TV Campaign Natalia Vodianove (model 2008), Paolo Roversi (photographer 2008)
Available Products Guerlain Shalimar - Eau de Parfum 1oz, 1.7oz, 3oz
Guerlain Shalimar - Extrait
Guerlain Shalimar - Eau de Toilette

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The Eternal Myth
Elegance, sensuality, subtlety, feminine influence. Inspired by an oriental love story, Shalimar is the dazzling essence of a woman who is endlessly desirable and forever desired. Like her, Shalimar is at once sublime and intimate. Suave and luscious, this elegantly sensual and undeniably attractive perfume expresses itself in multiple and astonishing facets depending on the moment, the skin or the hour. Shalimar is the essence of femininity. Like all legendary elixirs, it springs from the basin of a magic fountain. The curves of the bottle evoke a gentle roundness while the transparent blue stopper recalls the eternal water fountains of the gardens of Shalimar. Inside the clear glass bottle emblazoned in gold, the mythic perfume glistens with a secret flame.

Fragrance Description
Oriental Voluptuous, sensual, spellbinding Tonic top notes of fresh flowers and bergamot are calmly intrepid. Like the savvy disorder of rumpled silk sheets, powdery notes of iris, jasmine and rose suggest or promise sensual embraces. The creamy softness of addictive vanilla, the penetrating charm of iris, the balmy roundness of opoponax and the gourmand warmth of Tonka bean orchestrate an intimate symphony of scent for languorous interludes.

Perfumer's Secret
Eau de Parfum is more concentrated than Eau de Toilette, and leaves an exceptional fragrance trail that underscores the presence of the woman who wears it. It is used in the same manner as the Eau de Toilette.

Source: (Oct. 2011)

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perfume editorials

Shalimar Guerlain Perfume editorial Harper's Bazaar Beauty
Harper's Bazaar - Jan 2018
Shalimar Guerlain

Find Your Perfect Scent - Discover new favorites and soon-to-be classics that accentuate your personal style.

Bold and Opulent
How does a mere fragrance become a signature scent? Perfumes with edible, consumable quality often become favorites for life. "It's connected to desserts, from chocolate to praline to vanilla," explains perfumer Annie Buzantian. "I use those notes to create the addictive part of a fragrance, without making it heavy." ...Guerlain Mon Guerlain mixes in a hefty amout of Tahitian vanilla (also a hallmark of its classic Shalimar) to create an enveloping effect. "These notes are how we perfumers have our fun."

(Guarnieri, A. "Find Your Perfect Scent." Harper's Bazaar Jan. 2018: 226-228)

Shalimar Guerlain Perfume editorial Marie Claire Inspiration Board
Marie Claire - March 2016
Shalimar Guerlain

Fragrance Files - GENDER FLUID
Who's the say what a woman or man should smell like? The coolest new scents occupy neutral territory.

Ann Gottlieb credits some of this line blurring to the growing influence of Middle Eastern perfumery. "We don't differentiate between 'male' or 'female' scents in the Middle East," agrees Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah, a Kuwaiti fashion executive who launched his own fragrance line, The Fragrance Kitchen, in 2005. Rose, for example, is universally loved. "I'm a huge fan of the original Paloma Picasso," he says, citing the (women's) perfume made with rose and ylang-ylang. "And you'll sometimes see bottles of Chanel No.5 and Shalimar on men's vanities in this region."

Sprays That Go Both Ways

(Goldstein, J. "Beauty: Fragrance Files - Gender Fluid." Marie Claire Mar. 2016: 220-221)

Guerlain Shalimar Perfume
Marie Claire - Sept. 2012
Guerlain Shalimar Perfume

Worldly Scents
Intrepid fragrance explorer Courtney Dunlop uncovers informs history of how culture informs what smells good to us. ... The French aren't afraid of their dark, spicy statement scents (think Guerlain Shalimar and Chanel No. 5).

(Dunlop, Courtney. "Wordly Scents." Marie Claire Sept. 2012: 346-348)

Guerlain Shalimar Perfume
Elle - Nov. 2011
Guerlain Shalimar Perfume

Trail Blazers
The choice between wearing a scent that introduces itself to strangers and one that's detectable only in an embrace is a very personal one.

Strong Statements
Guerlain Shalimar became a sensation in 1925, when Raymond Guerlain's wife wore it on a transatlantic voyage, its lingering scent allegedly earning her many admirers.

Other Strong Statement Perfumes
- Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne
- Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
- Clinique Aromatic Elixir
- Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
- Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

(Long, April. "Trail Blazers." Elle Nov. 2011: 244-248)

Guerlain Shalimar Perfume
Allure - Oct. 2011
Guerlain Shalimar Perfume

Heavy, sexy, spicy, and usually wintry -- with a whiff of Middle Eastern souk -- these scents were born to be dabbed on the cleavage.

If you like...
Guerlain Shalimar: Contains most of the vampy, genre-defining oriental artillery, including patchouli, sandalwood, and musk.

Then try...
Yves Saint Laurent Opium - An oriental carried to the incense-y '80s max.
Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle Noir Epices - More woody and less sweet than many of its spicy relatives.
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist - Lush and soft, with lily of the valley notes.
Bulgari Black - The gritty urban cousin, it smells like a beautiful, intoxicating brew of tea, smoke, and rubber.
Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan - Often mentioned by perfumers as their favorite perfume, it smells like sex (no joke).

(Van Gelder, Lindsy. "All in the Family." Allure Oct. 2011: 263)

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