Thursday, March 29, 2007

Shalimar Is...

Fragrance: Guerlain Shalimar (1925). I'm in a Shalimar phase since discovering Stoned by Solange Agazury-Partridge (2006) which to me is almost like a baby powdery, muskier, more herbaceous and "skin scent" version of Shalimar. If you've smelled Shalimar Eau Legere (Shalimar Light), you can (almost) imagine a cross between the two Shalimars (but still different--they don't share all the same notes): a little bit more candy sweet like the Eau Legere version but still having the sharp bergamot weaving through the very Eastern wooded scent of Shalimar. Anyway, I'm still waiting to get my bottle of Stoned so for now, it's Shalimar for me.

Are they different from Guerlain L'Heure Bleue (1912) which could be considered my favorite perfume right now? Absolutely--they share similarities being from the same perfume house and also being from eras not too far apart, but Shalimar is (very generally speaking) a lemony (bergamot) scent with a woody-ambery-vanilla base. It smells very Oriental and is considered a classic representation of the genre.

By the way, bergamot, a key ingredient in classic colognes, and citrus in general seem to be popular on the perfume forums recently. Are you anticipating warm weather where you are? Happy Spring!

Basenotes says
Meaning 'Temple of Love' in Sanskrit, Shalimar is an oriental fragrance with notes of bergamot and vanilla.

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