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    Default Your recommendation, Shalimar or L'heure bleue ?

    Hi.

    May I have your recommendation for a Valentine's gift ?

    She's 36, executive-type, alluring...

    I'm thinking Shalimar or L'heure bleue.

    I'll appreciate your help.
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    Default Re: Your recommendation, Shalimar or L'heure bleue

    i'm more familiar with shalimar but either would work :-D i know that doesn't help but i'm sure she'd be happy with either. maybe l'heure bleue though , just because since it's less familiar in general (ie you can't find it in almost every single drugstore) it might be more alluring. this has nothing to do with the way they smell but there you go.

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    Default Re: Your recommendation, Shalimar or L'heure bleue

    I think perhaps "L'heure Bleu" has more cachet, although any Guerlain perfume is fine by me!
    My favourite is actually "Jicky." Hope this helps.
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    Default Re: Your recommendation, Shalimar or L'heure bleue

    I'm very fair skinned & I broke out in red welts when I used Shalimar. Love the way it smells but can't wear it myself. L'Heure Bleue, on the otherhand is an absolute fravorite of mine.

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    Default Re: Your recommendation, Shalimar or L'heure bleue

    What a lovely thought. Classic femininity, those gorgeous bottles, romantic history, quality.

    I am not so much older than your lady friend, and of the two I would pick l'Heure Bleu. Indeed, I used to wear it. Shalimar is too grandmotherly and a little oppressive.

    Not to totally throw you off track, *but are you sure you might not want to pick something a bit more current or younger than either of those two Geurlain's? *

    A new "classic but alluring" fragrance perhaps? She is still a young woman, after all.

    If I were the recipient, I would vastly prefer to receive:
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    Annick Goutal le Jasmin

    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26123343.html
    http://www.escentual.co.uk/annick_goutal/le_jasmin.html

    Lucienne by the Countess Lucienne von Doz, available through Bergdorf Goodman in NYC
    http://<a href="http://www.luciennep...age=parfum</a>

    Serge Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger

    http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/ca...0442cat9590737

    Jo Malone Pomegrante Noir

    http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/ca...0442cat1090734

    http://www.chandlerburr.com/newsite/...s.php?#newtop2

    Frederick Malle En Passant available through Barneys

    http://www.chandlerburr.com/newsite/...s.php?#newtop2

    Michael Kors

    http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/ca...0440cat2590734

    Isles d'Or or *Nirmala by Molinard 1849

    IdO http://<a href="http://www.aedes.com...ct_id=1767</a>

    Nirmala *http://<a href="http://www.aedes.com...ct_id=1764</a>


    George Sand by Maitre Parfumeur et Grantier [MPG] *

    http://www.aedes.com/product.php?product_id=1256

    BTW: *Molinard's Nirmala is my current favorite feminine scent. *Tenderly sexy, distinctive, elegant










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    Default Re: Your recommendation, Shalimar or L'heure bleue

    Well, I'm early 20s and wear Shalimar all the time. But then again I do sort of have a grandma complex and go for &quot;old-smelling&quot; scents a lot of the time :-[. But I guess what I'm saying is it's probably more of a personal taste thing than an age thing. I'm sure Sandalwood has reason to believe his lady would appreciate a nice Guerlain, and from my pov, nothing beats a nice Guerlain!

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    Thank you for your kind replies.

    Lizzie, thank you for taking the time to broaden my alternatives.
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    Default Re: Your recommendation, Shalimar or L'heure bleue

    NO doubt about it Jacques Guerlain was a genius. That said, the thing about Guerlain fragrances is that they all smell like Guerlains. They are built around a common core. As one of the basenote's members once said in a review, they all immediately say, &quot;I&quot;M HERE AND I&quot;M GUERLAIN!!&quot; when one comes into a room wearing any of them. Their core is, however, a safety net, your grandmother (or great Grandmother) and a twenty year-old can both wear Shalimar and both smell exactly the same.

    If Guerlain is a sentimental must ahve for this V Day, perhaps consider a more exclusive one such as their relatively new Rose Barbare, a new take on Mitsouko with a Rose heart (Mitsouko has a jasmine one). It is exquisite and slightly less expected.


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    Default Re: Your recommendation, Shalimar or L'heure bleue

    Lizzie, thank you for taking the time to broaden my alternatives.
    You are more than welcome. It is the least I can do for a man as thoughtful and romantic as you. (Anyone who chooses Sandalwood to go by is OK in my book!)

    For the items carried by Aedes, you can get samples overnighted for $15. Select Nordstroms, N-Ms, SAK's will have the others, except for the Lucienne (Bergodorf's only) and Frederic Malle (Barneys)

    Have a very happy, very wonderful Valentine's Day Sandalwood. And I for one would love to know what you finally decide on.

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    Default Re: Your recommendation, Shalimar or L'heure bleue

    Quote Originally Posted by Lizzie
    NO doubt about it Jacques Guerlain was a genius. That said, the thing about Guerlain fragrances is that they all smell like Guerlains. They are built around a common core. As one of the basenote's members once said in a review, they all immediately say, &quot;I&quot;M HERE AND I&quot;M GUERLAIN!!&quot; when one comes into a room wearing any of them. Their core is, however, a safety net, your grandmother (or great Grandmother) and a twenty year-old can both wear Shalimar and both smell exactly the same.

    If Guerlain is a sentimental must ahve for this V Day, perhaps consider a more exclusive one such as their relatively new Rose Barbare, a new take on Mitsouko with a Rose heart (Mitsouko has a jasmine one). It is exquisite and slightly less expected.
    Have you tried Rose Barbare? I read somewhere that it was actually pretty tame and safe--which I don't feel is so for Mitsouko!
    Please, spritz responsibly.

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    Default Re: Your recommendation, Shalimar or L'heure bleue

    Shalimar, as long as it's parfum, is lovely. *Same for L'Heure Bleue. *However, I would recommend Must de Cartier and second MPG George Sand. *

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    Both are phenomenal, but L'Heure Bleue is more esoteric. *Presenting a bottle of Shalimar sort of says, &quot;I don't know perfume and got one of the most famous names in the world because it was this, Opium, Poison, or No. 5.&quot; *L'Heure Bleue will show you've really been looking and found something rare, chic, and off-the-beaten path.

    Whichever one you go for, get eau de parfum or stronger. *Those Guerlain eaux de toilette tend to have terrible longevity, especially in regard to Shalimar.

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    If you are planning to get the parfum, I prefer Shalimar. If a perfume is not available, l'Heure Bleue will smell a lot more special.
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    My vote too goes to the perfume version of Shalimar. I find it much younger than the EdP. Also, it´s such a classical bottle:

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    All these raves about Shalimar parfum have me very interested. I know a lot of people don't like the EDT (perhaps because of the pungent bergamot top note?) But I love the EDT -- this might sound strange but when I smell that strong, sort of headache-inducing pungent note it just makes me feel happy, like it is a familiar smell, or maybe it's just an acquired taste -- sort of the way I feel about olives. Kind of strong and unpleasant but alluring too. Anyways, so what's the parfum like? Also, the EDT seems to last really long on me -- all day really. Sometimes I'll forget I put some on early in the day and when I take a shower the explosion of vanilla that happens with exposure to hot water reminds me. So now I'm thinking that the parfum must have the staying power of a lunar month. So, exactly how does the parfum (and i suppose the edp) compare to the edt?

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    Default Re: Your recommendation, Shalimar or L'heure bleue

    Quote Originally Posted by LoneFish
    So, exactly how does the parfum (and i suppose the edp) compare to the edt?
    That is a very good question, and I'd also be thankful for answers, also beacuse you only get EdT to sample.
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    Default Re: Your recommendation, Shalimar or L'heure bleue

    I would say L'Heure Bleu.

    Tis my fave of them both and its also more difficult to find (well over here anyway) so it would be a little more unusal.

    I have all variations of it (EDT, EDP and Parfum) and there all wonderful and long lasting.

    ;D

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    Poor Sandalwood... So many advices...

    I say none of L´Heure Bleu or Shalimar. I just smelled them last week, and found them very strong and unfashion. If the woman is fashion-interested, smell also at L´Instant de Guerlain, when You shall buy the present. It´s a very obvious Guerlain, with many notes, but a modern one. A seducer from this new millenium.

    Of course You shall follow Your own nose!
    Faves right now: Chanel No 19, Stella Rose Absolute, L´Heure Bleu, Elixir de Merveilles, Samsara.

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