Originally Posted by loungeboy
...To me, part of the genius of Jicky and MdM are the ability to smell so rich and full yet to actually be very light in wear.In my climate that is a gift. It sounds like Shalimar may be a little more heavy but testing will be the only way to know.
It looks like I have some sniffing to do....
I would not classify Shalimar
as 'light'. I wear it daily, but I wear it to bed, in an air conditioned house. Not outside. The 'lightest' formula is Shalimar Legere (Light)
that I recommended above, because the lemon notes are so sparkling and sharp in the top notes and it manages to ease up on the powdery dry down. Still, if it's a hot day outside, I have to think a second before I'd grab even that version because some
days it will definitely not
(as the names suggests) wear light. But for occasions where a heavier oriental is appropriate, it fits the bill.
When I first bought Shalimar
I had already been on BN for about a year-and-a-half. I purposely avoided sampling Guerlain fragrances (both masculine and feminine) because I had heard so many wildly different comments about the line I felt like I needed to take some time to explore scents that I could easily get ahold of and learn more about fragrances. When I was ready to smell Shalimar
I PM'd Mr. Guerlain and asked his opinion about which formula I should try, etc. I finally decided to buy an Eau de Cologne (in the gold 1980-90 box) from my local Walgreens pharmacy that looked like it'd been gathering dust for 10 plus years. I brought it home, took a shower, got dressed and then finally sat down and sprayed some on. I hated it. I mean I almost washed it off. I kept thinking, 'Oh so this, is what everyone's always talking about when they speak about powdery, old-lady fragrances!' [no offense to the old ladies of Basenotes
] I tried it every day, for about a week or so - each time, I disliked it but somehow...something else was happening. I was becoming a bit familiar with the Guerlinade and one day I paid attention to the dry down: It smelled...well, it smelled like NOTHING I'd ever smelled before. I researched it here and there on the internet. I learned that Shalimar
made a revolutionary use of the vanilla note back when it was created...which surprised me because vanilla is NOT the first thing I thought of when I smelled it. So, the next day, of course my nose honed in on the vanilla...ahh! What a wonderful, subtle vanilla it has. Almost like that old book smell, you smell in old book stores or libraries. And all of a sudden, something clicked, and I found that I couldn't go to sleep unless I put on my nightly spray of Shalimar
. I was smitten. Just like that. Moral of the story: test, test, test. Magical things can (and do) happen with repeated wearings of Guerlain fragrances. They are not called 'classics' for nothing.
Originally Posted by loungeboy
...Fingers crossed it isn't too much like Habit Rouge as Mike suggests because HR actually makes me physically ill. Well almost. Again, I tested it years and years ago and I tried it more than once...but it was stomach turning stuff! It didn't smell like an open sewer or anything but that was just the reaction I had. The manager at the Guerlain Boutique kept asking me to try it for it's "freshness". I kept declining. LOL...
Oh so sorry you don't like Habit Rouge
. What formula did you smell? Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum or Extrait? Vintage or new juice? I only own the vintage
Eau de Cologne, which IMO is the one you should sample. I hesitate to recommend the extrait...it's just gorgeous, but it's so