Shalimar with all the good bits taken out, leaving nothing but overly-sweet fluff. OK for bed, but if I wore it out of the house would feel totally uncomfortable, like a grown woman wearing a puff-sleeve pink party frock and sucking a lollipop.
03rd December, 2015 (last edited: 10th December, 2015)
You made up your hair,drees up and walking with style and grace but something is missing.it is not until you buy your first bottle of SHALIMAR PARFUM INITIAL. This is a great sensual fragrance and you always get compliment when you wear this.Modern with a hint of sophistication and sex appeal that lasts for a a long time. Rich,Seductive,Powdery,Carnal,Exciting, Adorable, Gorgeous and Impressive.
This perfume blends bergamot with orange in a sheer floral exquisite where feminine bouquets of iris,jasmine and rose make way for a base rife with vanilla,musk and caramel for a sexy and passionate effect.the dry down is interestingly delicious yes sensual.this scent makes woman feel passion,a woman who she is not afraid of her sensuality.
It is perfect for a romantic night be sure to spray this perfume around the room and especially on the bed sheets for an unforgettble night.It is suitable for Autumn and Winter.ladies if you want gorgeous smelling perfume that will make the men drop at you feet SHALIMAR PARFUM INITIAL could quite possibly be the one for you.what more can i say?let your inner self out,let others envy you!watch your world unfold!
Longevity?pretty good on my skin.
Citrus with a fruity-floral drydown - some rose and jasmine - with a vanilla-musk base. Dull.
On my skin it is quite nondescript, with poor sillage, limited projection and three hours of longevity. 1.5/5.
With this one, I did 180 after I thought I finally found a wearable/current Shalima. How wrong I was..even though I tested twice before I bought a bottle.
It starts to smell fruity and fizzy with Shalima undertone. It is never dark or mysterious like Shalima. Its smell reminds me of lemon meringue. It has this fruity sweet gourmand going on which eventually became very off-putting for me. I think I am voracious in terms of scents spectrum, enjoying happily from Aramis to Pink sugar. Less and less often, I get to use Shalima initial. Every time I spray, I found myself not enjoying it, more like enduring its presence.
I think Guerlain did a bang up job of modernizing Shalimar for the tastes of the younger market. Personally, I love the original Shalimar, but from what I smell on young girls around my neighborhood, their tender young noses would likely wrinkle at the smell of all that smoke, leather, balsams, and dirtiness. Some perfumes need to be grown into, and Shalimar is definitely one of those. (Don't worry, girls, she will be still there waiting, still great, when you are finally ready) In the meantime, Parfum Initial is a very good rendition.
Parfum Initial is essentially an add-and-subtract job that was done with taste and thought. Wasser removed the stinky grade of bergamot used in the top notes of the original and replaced it with a sunny orange/lemon combo unlikely to offend young noses. He took away all the smoky leather, balsams, and incense, and added a huge dollop of what feels to me like Angel-like notes, mainly caramel, berries, and patchouli, thus bringing Parfum Initial to the teetering brink of the modern fruitchouli epidemic, but never pushing it all the way in. Finally, he added a massive dose of iris, giving it a plush, vevelty, powdery mouthfeel that puts it in the same family as the great Dior Homme Intense. It is also vaguely reminiscent of Coco Mademoiselle and Angel, but always retains its own character. It smells a bit like Shalimar too, of course, but the overall feel is different, more gourmand, sweet, plush, and uncomplicated. For people who hated the baby powder in the original, this version will also likely provide some relief - it is not nearly as powdery as the original.
For all of that, I don't LOVE love it. The original Shalimar simply blows this out of the water on all levels, and it is an impossible act to follow. Moreover, repeat wearings of Parfum Initial has wearied my nose to it somewhat, and there are some things in it that I'm picking up and irritating me. I find that there is an intensely sweet, almost syrupy note in there (the caramel plus berries probably) that I can almost feel in my throat. It kind of throws the perfume off balance a bit. There is nothing to balance out the sweet syrup in this, and it makes me appreciate the original even more, because at least in that, the sweetness of the vanilla is perfectly tempered by the smoke and leather. Anyway, overall the scent is gorgeous and will appeal to the younger market, and (hopefully) bring a new generation of scent lovers around to the great Shalimar when they are good and ready for her.