Originally Posted by castorpollux
Yes, I'm sure. The bottles were expensive for manufacture, so Guerlain stopped making them, also, they did not sell as expected, so the extraits went back to their original bottle designs, which were more affordable for the House and sold well.
Guerlain had a big stock of the bottles so they used most of them until 1960. Some of the latter bottles had a slightly different design (the "legs of the body" or the "waist down" were much slimmer, so there was less perfume in it), that's why i dated your bottle as manufactured between 1950 and 1955.
Thanks so much! It sounds like you know your stuff! It tells me that the chances of finding an amphore
with good juice is lower than the later designs, so I won't try again with one of these bottles. I have my beautiful slinky little flacon (with not so beautiful juice) - I don't need another.
Originally Posted by knit at nite
Karma Lee you crack me up! But I agree....rubegon, sweetie...seriously "it's good
?????? More adjectives, s'il vous plait
! I didn't have time! Too many mundane matters filling my days lately. I barely had time to pop it open, dabbed some on my arm, sniffed it and posted my little tease.
By the way, that little charm was tough to get off! I swear it's made of heavy gauge copper or brass foil - much stronger than the aluminum foil ones with gold tone on the outside that they put on the new bottles and the vintage EdC and EdT.
Today, I put one spray on my arm so I could feel it developing throughout the day. I couldn't give it a full wearing - I can't walk around work smelling like the Abode of Love, you know. It may
undermine my authority.
I reapplied this evening to play it back.
Originally Posted by mikeperez23
... It's going to be less intense with the bergamot top notes (due to the age) but then it will be extremely smoky and animalic, with an almost petroleum-type of smell, I swear I am not kidding.
That's it, Mike
! The citrus is very subdued, but still there, I think. It's overshadowed by - everything else! It's incensy, resinous, sweet, animalic - and in a very complex organic way, not the "check-the-box", "yeah, it's in there" civetone aromachemical way. I know what you mean about the petroleum - it has this nose-singing kerosene bite. It literally stings when sniffed up close.
intense, and utterly captivating. It goes in through my nose, works its way through my brain, down my spine, and grabs me by the core. I swear - sniffing the first movement is so charged and overwhelming it has a physical effect. Weak in the knees, feeling faint - it sounds like it must
be hyperbolic, but I totally get it.
The opening is the best part by far. After that, it's still gorgeous, but it loses that gut-wrenching power. Much more floral, rounder and juicier that the current parfum. Much more feminine, I would say. I don't care, though. It's too good for that to matter. I'm not great with notes, but I think I smell jasmine, rose, and iris. It's very natural and complex to my nose. Are these all still natural florals? Does the current still have them? I don't know, but there's a big difference here, I think. Comparing to the current version by analogy - this is like an oil painting, where the current is like a pixelated digital image. The new one is very angular and sort of represents the idea of the floral elements, where the vintage is just ... there!
The drydown is pretty much the same as the current version. At least I can't tell the difference. I haven't compared back to back, but if they are different, it's not a dramatic difference. It's pretty much all smoky vanilla and sweet resins, with the fading light of the heart.
It's easily the best perfume I've ever smelled.
OK - I put it all out there. I hope I didn't make too big a fool of myself! That's certainly the most detailed report I've ever given of any perfume anywhere. I usually don't trust my nose/brain enough to say so much, but it kinda gushed out.
Originally Posted by KarmaLee
I wait with held breathe, ok that is a lie. I am breathing deeply of my own bit of Shalimar extrait--for you to open and experience and report. Let us know when the opening ritual is complete!
I am sorry you might have some tampered with juice, but then again, with that fount of Shalimar excellence awaiting you, you are still blessed among earthlings. I think I am drunk on Shalimar fumes. It happens. I swear.
Details of the opening and the smelling. I need vicarious pleasures this week!
- It was
hearbreaking to realize how degraded the juice in my amphore
are. But, the awesome perfection of the contents of my bigger urn flacon go a long way towards making up for it.
I know exactly what you mean by being drunk on Shalimar now!