Originally created by Jacques Guerlain in 1921 as a classic soft amber (oriental) parfum.
Inspired by the love of an Indian Emperor for his magnificent wife, Mumtaz-Mahal – for whom the Taj Mahal was built – Shalimar is named after “The Gardens of Shalimar,” where their love grew. Shalimar means the ‘Temple (or abode) of Love’ in Sanskrit.
It was then re-released in 1925 in a bottle designed by Raymond Guerlain and made by Cristalleries de Baccarat and launched at the Decorative Arts Exhibition as an antidote against The Great Depression.
A subtle mix of flowers and sensual amber-woody accents, Shalimar has become the eternal essence of love and radiant femininity. A deliciously fresh flight becomes hazy and sensual when the vanilla and powdery notes of its sweet, sensual base are discovered.
Bergamot, Lemon, Jasmine, Rose, Iris, Incense, Opopanax, Tonka Bean, Vanilla.
Wildly Guerlain, marvelously classic, it continues to fascinate young women just as it conquered every generation that came before.
The top notes are light, invigorating blend of bergamot and citrus, but after a short time the rich heart notes of sweet myrrh and florals come through. Later, the base notes of vanilla and musk deepen the experience, giving an animalic sensuality.
My first ever Guerlain perfume, I was so fascinated & intoxicated by this when I treated myself a bottle, with my first pay cheque, years ago – grown up, nostalgic, prudish yet dangerously animalistic perfume for me.
I am rather drawn to vanilla scent ( remember vanilla coke? I am a sucker for this ). It makes me feel coy, comfortable yet sultry & sensuous.
Check out Jade’s guide on ” Perfume – How to test/choose ” on http://jadepaloma.wordpress.com. Very insightful indeed.