Thread: Shalimar is Butch!
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".
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Can anyone verify that Shalimar is masculine enough to wear? It's not that I don't trust Ruggles, it's just that the more men who testify about Shalimar's manlyness the better. Also, is it true that Shalimar is similar to Jicky?
Current faves: CdG White, Amouage Dia, Millesime Imperial, Miller Harris Terre de Bois
I tried Shalimar a while ago and it seemed distinctly sweet, with lots of vanilla (hence the "feminine" tag). It was tough to love. I might need to try this old classic again, but it seems I might be more of a "Jicky" guy.
Last edited by zztopp; 30th March 2007 at 03:23 AM.
Like DJB, Shalimar is the fragrance I find most appealing on a woman. For a man, if you feel confident enough to wear it, I believe you can pull it off. There are numerous unisex scents out therethat are probably more feminine than Shalimar.
Last edited by narcus; 30th March 2007 at 07:03 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
For cripes sake man, you already have your own!!
Guerlain Habit Rouge is the masculine 'interpretation' of the Shalimar theme.
It is very similar but a little less sweet and densely powdery. I tend to wear it in summer when Shalimar is too cloying and powdery. Though I haven't tried it, I believe the EDP version is even more similar to Shalimar than the EDT or Cologne; (and yes there is an EDP strength available).
Favourite (Winter) Crazy Combos
Tabu + Orange Blossom * Hermes Rouge + Bellodgia* Voleur du Roses+ Rose Ispahan * Rasa Extreme + Paris * Wood Coffee + Cafe Noir *
Last edited by narcus; 30th March 2007 at 07:24 AM.
Shalimar has taught me that Vanilla has always been my touchstone. It helped me move my attraction to it from a sub-conscious desire into a conscious decision. Perhaps this is a version of Aroma Therapy?
I certainly hope that I don't loose my enjoyment of Caron pour un Homme as a side effect. LOL.
I couldn't agree more with your point that every fragrance house wears its signature on its sleeves. So many Serge Lutens are variations on a theme, Arabie and Santal de Mysore, for example. Love them both, but do I need them both? As far as Creed goes, I love so many of their top and middle notes, but then there's that Creed base that I just don't care for.