To begin with, Shalimar is one of Guerlain’s classic yet iconic perfume which came out in 1925. The first-ever oriental perfume was created around vanilla which remained its main “ingredient”. Guerlain then launched different Shalimar versions over the years which were each discontinued to be replaced by new ones.
In 2015, the brand’s perfumer, Thierry Wasser, introduced Shalimar Souffle de Parfum (a floral fragrance in eau de parfum) and Shalimar Cologne (a citrus fragrance in eau de toilette). Although they both have vanilla in common, they are each a totally different interpretation of the classic Shalimar – as they are not as strong as the original version.
Very often, people who wear the classic Shalimar tend not to be fond of its other interpretations – and vice and versa. All I can say is that you have to take your time to appreciate a perfume because you may be surprised.
Shalimar Cologne is all about duality.
Fizzy and cocooning, as it starts on a dynamic citrous note to then unveil a soothing and enveloping heart.
Fresh and soft, as the fragrance is a delicious summertime cocktail with a delicate hint of warmth.
Tangy and sensual, as the sparkling first drops smoothly melt into the skin to a delightful velvety scent.
As spring and summer perfumes tend to be mostly fruity, I would suggest Shalimar Cologne to those of you who are looking for a light fragrance with a slight powdery touch to it. I find it to be very easy to wear but certainly not mundane. As it is an eau de toilette, you might want to spray it again once or twice during the day – depending on how it lasts on your skin.
Hint: when trying a perfume, spray it directly on your skin as it may not evolve the same way on you as on another person. (I also recommend not to rub your wrists together after applying it – rubbing perfume on your skin may change its original smell and make it go bad!).
Top notes: lemon, bergamot, grapefruit
Middle notes: freesia, rose, jasmin
Base notes: vanilla, white musks, iris
[This perfume was gifted to me last year by Guerlain at the end of a training session I attended before my two-months internship in one of the boutiques.]