I've read on these boards, and tend to agree that we aren't all having the same perception of smells, and some of us may be especially sensitive to civet. It simply can't be the case this perfume could be continuously produced for over 100 years if it smells like a lavender-scented diaper pail to everyone. I tried this on in the store, and about 15 minutes later started sniffing around trying to figure out where that smell was coming from before I figured it out. It smelled great at first.
I also can't deal with Shalimar EDT tester in the store, although when I tried my sample from TPC on skin it was sort of OK-ish. I don't know what concentration it is though, just says "Shalimar" on the label. Seems like it must be a wonderful scent if you subtract the diaper pail from it.
I wish it weren't the case! I also detect civet in LHB although at a more tolerable level. Maybe I could learn to tolerate civet. I've learned to tolerate cilantro - which is a taste that not everyone perceives the same way. Only a certain percentage perceive cilantro as tasting like soap.