I missed many synches before, but I am not going to pass this one. Not being particularly original but Shalimar was absolute 180 degree turn for me. I have a certain Lady to thank for that
. My first experience with Shalimar was a spray on my wrist in a department store. I was so horrified that I ran in to the first bathroom and frantically scrubbed my wrist though some of still remained. Since then I avoided it like a plague; that is until said Lady sent me Edt, EdP, and Eau de Shalimar.
I took my time with it and let it progress to its famous vanilla/amber stage and it grew on me after each subsequent wearing. I couldn't believe that I could hate it so. Turns out there was some very unfortunate formulation which was the one I encountered in the department store. I am so glad that I let myself be persuaded, as I (won't be saying anything new) it's a masterpiece. Since spending much time on Basenotes lately I learned to appreciate vanilla, but there is no perfume niche or designer where vanilla is so sophisticated and ladylike.