Shalimar Parfum Initial (2011)
    by Guerlain



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    Darvant
    Italy Italy

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    Unfortunately i tested this fragrance just on a paper picked up (and dismissed for a while) in the course of a full "testing day" roaming around for perfumes shops in Rome so i didn't give it a deep immediate examination on the skin while on the contrary tested the "accomplished" dry down just on paper the day after. I just can say that the final aroma seems to ideally combine in an unique elixir several facets from different renowned perfumes as Mademoiselle Coco, Ange Ou Demon, Phul-Nana Grossmith, Etro Heliotrope, Hammam Bouquet, Japuir Saphir and Opium Pour Homme Edp (probably Heritage yet). The Guerlinade is absolutely notable in the notorious "particularly orchestrated" game of hesperides, spicy/incensey balsams and rooty patchouli lifting up at the beginning some Habit Rouge's and Heritage's nuances. The latter is the key element mastering the white/balmy general muskiness surrounded by soapy and powdery floral notes plus fruits (may be plums, blackcurrant i suppose, orange for sure) and tobacco. The final aroma, compared with the classic old-school Shalimar, is drier, less ambery/animalic, more white/powdery/musky, decidedly spicy/orangy and patchouli centered. The patchouli is basically earthy, delicate, aromatic, exotic and surrounded by powder, white woods and musk. Velvety and romantic.

    26 December, 2013 (Last Edited: 16 April, 2014)

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    Captain
    Canada Canada

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    I most definitely get the traditional Shalimar vibe from this glorious scent. It's not as gritty and dirty though - Wasser seems to have upped the iris, replaced civet with patchouli, added a touch of caramel which melds perfectly with the Guerlainade/vanilla in lieu of most of the citrus. It's to die for, powdery sex in a bottle. I get no "musk base". Sounds like a case of over studying the stated notes.

    06 December, 2013 (Last Edited: 03 March, 2014)

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    gmstrack
    United States United States

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    Shalimar Parfum Initial by Guerlain is not a disappointing “very berry cupcake”. Basically, take Shalimar EDC, add a dash of Angel, hit yourself in the head, and there you have it. The composition opens with citrus, vanilla, iris, and spicy leather, and at this stage, the genetics of the Grande Dame dominate the composition. As the fragrance develops on the skin, I pick up liquorice loud and clear. Basically, a huge liquorice root is chasing me around the room, trash talking and spewing obscenities. An hour later, the liquorice thug sulks in a corner and suddenly crazy Auntie Angel shows up with caramel and funky patchouli. Crazy Auntie and I are fabulous friends—we have caused quite a bit of trouble together—and we spend the next four hours trying on clothes and deciding if I look better in the vintage floral dress or the one made out of rubber (it snaps).

    4/5 Just try it!

    12 February, 2013

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    Smells much like Dior Homme Intense. I find it unisex as well. Great take on vanilla and iris. Smells wonderful. It just could last more. Projection is soft.

    29 October, 2012

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    Jeszra
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    I haven't been able to try the original Shalimar, just this and the new edt. This has a strong opening that sent hubby reeling, oops. The middle reminded me strongly of flowerbomb, but with a much deeper/smokier base behind it. I like flowerbomb but don't like being hit about the head and neck area with bergamot, so this is a welcome find for me as it smells more well rounded.

    27 October, 2012

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    Berlynnvintage
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    very fruity and sweet. not what I expected at all. It was nice, but I find the musk base a little weird on me.

    07 September, 2012

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