Originally Posted by Ruggles
I've tried Jicky and I just can't get past that "baby vomit" top note. I'm a vanilla and lavender fanatic and I am freaking out over Shalimar. It is, that good. The current "gourmand" frags have a huge debt to this sublime creation. Mind you, I am not the biggest gourmand fan, but I think that these days, "sweet" equals modern. I realize that the original oak moss has been replaced, but this stuff is so, "wrist to nose".
(for a man), that's nail on!
Shalimar (1925) is the next generation in Guerlain perfumes after Jicky. And they are both based on latest discoveries of making vanilla in chemical labs of their time. With Shalimar their famous house smell, the Guerlinade
was born. The backside of this: a similarity in perfumes extending to Habit Rouge
(1965). House smells can get a little enervating if you own more than two or three from the same (Creed, Montale, Lutens, and a few others). After an overdose of Shalimar vanilla in fragrances has become slightly problematic with me, and I now enjoy Caron's p.u.Homme
(1934) less than I did before - much to my regret!