Sunday, 23 January 2011

A brief look at Shalimar

I'm not intending to write about Shalimar in any great detail, suffice to say that I have enjoyed it for a number of years, having bought the eau de parfum for my wife. I wear Shalimar regularly and don't find it overtly feminine. I love its combination of rich, sumptuous vanilla, smoky oppoponax and zingy citrus. Today I came across the eau de toilette at Boots and without really thinking gave myself a spritz. What struck me most was how different the opening is to the eau de parfum. It starts much lighter and with a much fresher and modern citrus. It was not until about half an hour later that I started to properly recognise it as Shalimar. Opinions differ, but many people seem to think the parfum extrait is the best concentration of Shalimar, while some mention the cologne. I haven't tried either, or any vintage versions, so can't comment. However I definitely prefer my eau de parfum concentration to the eau de toilette. 

What versions of Shalimar have you tried, and which is your favourite?

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  1. This is what happened to me when I tried Shalimear ode a la vanilla. I could not recognize it until some minutes had passed by. Then I have to say I used the old shalimar eau de parfum and the concentration. Shalimar is feminine but also masculine and if there were more sexes then Shalimar would surely fit with them too. It is a great fragrance.

  2. I like your expression "if there were more sexes then Shalimar would surely fit with them too"! Well put - that's a great way of expressing it.

  3. You know, I don't know what version I have - I bought my latest bottle maybe 3-4 years ago? I love Shalimar and always will (well, unless they really screw up the formula!)

  4. PS: I think it's really cool that you wear it!
    BTW, have you ever worn Grey Flannel? I used to spritz that on myself at the dept store counters in the early 80s. I'm really wanting a bottle of it, but have no idea if they still make it!

  5. Frida, thanks for the comments. Touch wood, they won' interfere with Shalimar too much. I get the feeling Guerlain don't mess with their stuff as much as other houses do, but I'm not really qualified to comment!

    Re Grey Flannel, it's funny you mention it, but it is actually stocked at one of my local department stores! They only started stocking it less than a year ago. I couldn't tell you if it has changed though. If you like I can try get a sample of it for you...

  6. Thanks so much for the offer - let me see if I can get my hands on some over here first, though. If I cannot, I'll definitely take you up on your offer!



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