Guerlain – Shalimar

Perfume: Shalimar
House: Guerlain
Perfumer: Jacques Guerlain
Source: The Perfume Court
Size: 1mL EdP

OsMoz Notes:
Top note : Bergamot, Mandarin, Cedar, Lemon
Middle note : Patchouli, Jasmine, Rose, Orris
Base note : Vanilla, Benzoin, Peru Balsam, Leather

Date: 3/3/08 Weather: 40 degrees, clear

Comments: Starts with almost an orange blossom note laced with vanilla. Lemon appears about 2 minutes in. 5 minutes in, incense and spices appear with the lemon and hint of vanilla. Not catching many florals in this one. Within 10 minutes, the incense, benzoin and vanilla begin to dominate. 20 minutes in – vanilla, some leather, the benzoin and a hint of incense. I think the “lotiony” note I’m picking up may be the roses, but I’m not entirely sure. Gorgeous stuff!!!!! A bit of “powder” (maybe the iris?) appears at minute 30. 90 minutes later – settles into a beautiful spicy vanilla. There is a leather note that appears at the 2 hour mark along with the spices, vanilla and incense. Except for the slight lotion note in the heart, I luv this stuff!

Date: 5/6/08 Weather: 70 degrees, evening

Wore this to bed.
SO: You smell good. Like a funky pumpkin pie.
Me:(shoves wrist in face) It’s Shalimar.
SO: Smells like patchouli up close.
(20 minutes later)
SO: Not liking it so much now. It’s more like a dusty pumpkin pie. I prefer flowers and vanilla. I like vanilla.
We fell asleep before the vanilla portion of the program.

Date: 6/2/08 Weather: 65 degrees, evening

Comments: A dusty lemon meringue pie. Faded fast this time. Or my nose quit working.

Date: 10/7/08 Weather: 55 degrees, evening

Comments: The citrus is quite dominant this wearing – especially the lemon. As it dries down, becomes a stunning amber / vanilla blend laced with lemon without the astringency. The next morning, could still faintly smell the Guerlainade. Now that the weather is cooler, I will be wearing this more often.

Date: 5/5/09 Weather: 56 degrees, rainy

Comments: Today, an essay in leather, smoke and vanilla. Completely lost the top notes here – mostly because of allergies and benadryl. The vanilla and amber facets become more dominant as it dries down. Lasts for…ev….er. Still going strong almost 14 hours later. Showered.
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~ by Wendy Wickham on March 3, 2008.

2 Responses to “Guerlain – Shalimar”

  1. Sadly, this one turns into pure baby powder on me after about 10 minutes, and stays that way for hours. Then I get a leather/vanilla/baby powder. I was so sad, because it sounds great!

  2. Elizabeth – I can EASILY see how this can turn to baby powder. I was kinda shocked it didn’t on me. Actually, I was expecting Shalimar to be too strong/difficult/not me. We’ll see if my good fortune continues to be the case after multiple wearings….

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