by Debbie on Mar 6, 2017
I do not know why I have waited so long to try this oriental beauty! The opening notes danced on my skin like champagne bubbles. The dry down is narcotic and dreamlike. A scent that takes you to another place in time and keeps you there. I can only imagine what the original was like!
Nice powder bomb but animalic.
by Melanie on Mar 4, 2017
At first I get mercurichrome, which is not a good thing, but that settles into something more perfume-like. I respect this fragrance for it’s iconic status, but this is not something I could wear on a regular basis. It’s very dated, but the big puffy incense and soft powder cloud is nice. I can certainly see why this was a winner in the past.
It’s far from intolerable, to it’s credit. There are intolerable perfumes that make me nauseated, give me headaches, make me sneeze, or make me smell like strong cat pee the minute I go into the sun (and this happens with citruses more than being an animalic problem, oddly)… but Shalimar is guilty of none of that. It’s worth wearing just to understand what it is like, and on some people, it may work really well with their chemistry. Some love it. I would be interested in smelling this on a man despite how feminine it is. I find that it’s very similar to an inexpensive black off-label incense oil that can be found in many forms for many uses.
I give it three stars for it’s qualities, but cannot rate it higher because it reminds me of moving into an old musty house years ago that badly needed cleaning, and it’s animalic quality reminds me of some old messes that needed to be cleaned and covered up by sprays, incense and other things I had on hand. However, the animalic smell lingered faintly. It certainly smelled better than it did, but that sneaking animalic background was tapping me on the shoulder, having permeated. It’s the exact same nostalgic experience with Shalimar and I cannot help but to negatively associate it. Animalic is in the background of Shalimar and I am not a fan of animalic. It is not strong and some people may not even notice it, but it stands out to me perhaps because of the similarity to the incense and sprays I used on that occasion. Mental association picking the civit out. I now know to avoid civit in perfumes, so thank you Shalimar. The rest of this perfume is a good, comforting smell that I would not pay too high of a price for in any case. Worth a try if for nothing more than to satisfy curiosity. It works great for some.
The Guerlain legend
by Anna on Oct 11, 2016
From everything I've read about Shalimar I was expecting this to be very overpowering. I have not smelled any flankers created prior to the newest reformulation, but I was surprised at how tame it was. I think that is just due to the reformulation though.
Even so, I can't get over how French and classic this is. This smells like pure wealth to me. This is a classic vanilla, the standard. But it's not a cloying artificial vanilla. This is just so sophisticated. It dries down to a lovely powdery musk, never really losing the vanilla top notes.
A Tried And True Classic
by Gail on Oct 8, 2016
A vanilla and leather based beauty that reminds me so much of the 1950's. I will bet that this perfume was a means of seduction at many drive-in movies. A little goes a long way. Remarkable longevity and sillage.
Love Love Love
by Ashley on Jul 18, 2016
Absolutely love this perfume. It's so nice. It lingers forever and smells great. It may be considered a little "old-fashioned" by some, but I seriously don't care because I think this classic perfume is timeless.
by MrsPress on Jun 18, 2016
This is more than a fragrance...Shalimar is an experience! This is the most beautiful fragrance I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. The opening can be a little harsh but it doesn't stay that way long. Once it starts to calm down it begins to turn into something amazing. The heart of this is pure sensuality, unfortunately this "phase" does not last anywhere near as long as I would like it to on me. The base is so delightfully warm and enviting that I can not describe it justly. To me all of the notes are present in all phases of this fragrance, they only change in intensity. The only complaint I have is that sillage and projection are not quite what I had expected from this legendary scent. I still gave it 5 stars because it is amazing. I have never been obsessed with a fragrance before...now I am obsessed with Shalimar!
Classic, but not for me
by lls on Jun 10, 2016
I have tried the edp, the edt, and several of the flankers, and with all of them, something in the base is unpleasantly musty on me. The Soufflé de Parfum was the most wearable for me, but also the least interesting. I can appreciate the quality, but just don't enjoy wearing Shalimar.
by Amber on Jun 10, 2016
This is a classic and timeless perfume. Reminds me of a mysterious woman with a lot of money.
by Tatyana on Jun 7, 2016
I know it's a classic perfume which is appreciated by many. I'm not one of them. It smells old-fashioned to me. I don't want to be in public wearing that kind of perfume. The only part that I like is the vanilla dry down. It's very long lasting on both skin and clothes.
Perfume with personality
by Rose on Apr 12, 2016
I love wearing a little Shalimar on a cold winter's evening. There's something so grounding and satisfying about it's deep citrus/spice/vanilla/smoke notes.
For me it's strictly winter weather perfume. I sometimes wear it on Christmas day as it lasts so long and the smoky vanilla dry down is gourmand enough to go with all the Christmas feasting. I've also worn it as a pick-me-up when I have to face a difficult work meeting. This might sound weird but it's like a glamorous older aunty giving you a fierce hug of support!
Yes, it's a bit old fashioned, it has a powdery edge that I know some men don;t like, but loads of them adore this too it must be said. Depends on the man. I'd not wear it on a date for that reason.
Though the opening can seem a little harsh (citrus/smoky) the dry-down is one of the best in the world of perfume, like a perfectly torched creme brulee, delicious, comforting
by Alicia on Mar 20, 2016
Since Shalimar was created about a century ago, one shouldn't be surprised that it was the scent of your mother, grand mother and perhaps great grand mother. This is an iconic perfume which has been well loved by generations of women. It deserves respect You might not like it: that is a personal preference, but not a standard of value. I happen to enjoy Shalimar, although I prefer other Guerlains and some Chanels. These are not better than Shalimar, they are simply different, and more in accordance with my personality. As a work of the olfactory art Shalimar is a classic. No work of art becomes a classic by chance. It is the consensus of a century of perfume lovers which made it a classic. From the perspective of such a long history one's personal taste is only accidental. The history of modern perfumery can't be written without Shalimar. That is what really matters. Classics are timeless.
Shocked at How Much I Hate This!
by rhapsodii on Jan 11, 2016
I had read Shalimar's notes online and fully expected to love it. Imagine my surprise when I sprayed it in-store and recoiled in horror... All I get is smoke!
Not only is this perfume an unpleasant olfactory experience, but it delivers an emotionally ugly one as well, eliciting memories of house fires. Awful, just awful!
by Jessica on Dec 24, 2015
I like this scent bc it has so many layers to it. It smells very musky and woodsy. Like a sensual leather, middle notes are more wood than leather. Base note are very fruit. It's nice and unexpected
by Deidra on Nov 20, 2015
This was my mother's scent all through my childhood. It's strong and spicy. Reminds me of an elevated Jean Nate. There is something clean about it. But most of what I love is that it brings back sense memories of her. I get why people say it's a mature scent, but it also sends me back to a younger time if that makes sense. There is warmth in this fragrance.
by Kadaffi on Aug 24, 2015
After hearing people rave about this scent I was extremely, extremely disappointed. It smells so dated and is overpowering in the worse way possible. This is something I envision someone in their 60's and 70's wearing.
Better Than EDT
by Nazia on Aug 19, 2015
Mmm how I love this fragrance. It almost has a fizzy aspect to it, as if the smoke and citrus are mixing to make a slightly Coca Cola scent. I love it. This lasts longer and is smoother in my opinion than the EDT - the citrus is fresher and brighter, the vanilla is not harshly smoky, just sexy. Now to get my hands on the parfum...
Ah, my love...
by Nyree on Aug 5, 2014
Shalimar....my lovely shalimar. Potent floriental. A little bit dirty and oh so sensual. There's leather and a fair dose of animalic notes, but dries down to an oriental vanilla and lasts! I would recommend for evening wear, but I'm not one to follow the rules. Which is why Shalimar and I are so compatible, I guess.
Everyone should, at least, try this once in their lifetime! A Classic!
This is a mature scent
by Carrie on May 29, 2014
I will always think of this as my mothers scent. This was her fragrance when I was a kid and from time to time she'll still wear it. It's not sweet. I can smell a lot of the amber and incense. It's a very mature scent. Very warm. Not overly floral. Settles down to a powdery scent. Long staying power