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Shalimar Ode à la Vanille (2010)
by Guerlain

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Shalimar Ode à la Vanille information

Year of Launch2010
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production / Limited Edition
Average Rating
(based on 26 votes)

People and companies

HouseGuerlain
PerfumerThierry Wasser
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Shalimar Ode à la Vanille

Shalimar Ode à la Vanille is a feminine perfume by Guerlain. The scent was launched in 2010 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Thierry Wasser

Shalimar Ode à la Vanille fragrance notes

Reviews of Shalimar Ode à la Vanille

I had the chance to test Shalimar EDP (current version), Shalimar Souffle de Parfum and buy a 70s vintage version Shalimar, the first version of Ode à la Vanille, sur la Route de Madagascar and sur la Route du Mexique.

The current Shalimar EDP was a bit disappointing. A lot of bergamot with some cardamom and then a powdery rose (almost itchy). Then it settles down finally but doesn't give a good sillage. What's funny is that it smells different if you smell it one cm away from another spot.

Shalimar from the 70s is so much better. Both softer and spicier, with an amber, cashmere feel. You get the bergamot and the rose, but nothing is too strong.

Souffle de parfum shouldn't be compared. This is not Shalimar, don't expect Shalimar. There are some common notes, especially if you wear vintage Shalimar on the other wrist. But it's very good on its own! A wonderful floral with some spices and a gourmand dry-down. I'm happy I randomly got a sample of this and I hope I'll get a full bottle. Sillage could be better, though.

The original Ode à la Vanille opens in a very bitter way. It's balsamic. Then it goes towards a powdery bergamot. The acid vanilla comes later. It's a bit sweeter than the vintage Shalimar but quite similar in the dry down. It also has more fruit.

Sur la Route de Madagascar shares a lot of notes as well, but it's more floral than fruity. It's more animalistic. Dirtier in a very sexy way. It has more vanilla than the others as well.

Sur la Route du Mexique opens with more pepper. It's something between rhum and gin, with spices. It might have a more itchy, synthetic feel for me.

Note that the three bottles are exactly the same. You've got to keep the boxes to differentiate them.

The opening of all those Shalimar, except for souffle de parfum, is the biggest difference. The more they dry, the most similar they get.
01st August, 2017
Has that old school vibe, but not bad at all. Reminds a lot of Dior's Fraicheur Cuir. Lemon and leather with a nice touch of vanilla. With two sprays max, this can be worn in the summer as well. 7/10
29th June, 2014
I was invited to the Guerlain flagship store when they introduced Shalimar Ode à la vanille. I did not really know what to expect since the original Shalimar is already a vanilla-based fragrance. Well, introducing a second variety of vanilla to the mix did not bring much to the already magnificent composition, in my opinion. The friend who invited me to the presentation bought a bottle. Although the fragrance seemed a little "darker" than the original when first applied, there was no noticeable difference on her skin once the dry-down began.

Personally, I don't care much for all these variations on classic perfumes. However, I would love to see a special masculine edition of Shalimar with just a slightly harder note (a hint of leather, maybe). That should be interesting... In the meantime, I shall continue to wear the original Shalimar which I do consider to be a shared fragrance (at least in the EDT concentration).
11th June, 2012
Shalimar is my signature scent and has been for years. I was a little concerned when this flanker was brought out. But this is wonderful. It keeps the essence of Shalimar and builds on it. The vanilla is not overdone but works with the other ingredients like a symphony with each one playing its part. My only criticism is this is a limited edition and will not be a part of the Guerlain collection of scents.
09th February, 2012

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