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    Default Shalimar Parfum Initial - natural?

    I had the vague impression that Guerlain used expensive all natural ingredients, essential oils. But then I look at the back of the 1ml .03 fl oz sample packaging and I see a rather long list of chemicals including the 'parfum'.

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    Default Re: Shalimar Parfum Initial - natural?

    That's because natural, essential oils are made of chemicals that the plant has made. Your vague impression was wrong.

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    Default Re: Shalimar Parfum Initial - natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by David Ruskin View Post
    That's because natural, essential oils are made of chemicals that the plant has made.
    Very true.

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    Default Re: Shalimar Parfum Initial - natural?

    No, definitely NOT natural.
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    Default Re: Shalimar Parfum Initial - natural?

    Redone:
    I had the vague impression that Guerlain used expensive all natural ingredients, oils pressed from real flowers. But then I look at the back of the 1ml .03 fl oz sample packaging and I see a rather long list of synthetic organic compounds and vague 'parfum'.

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    Default Re: Shalimar Parfum Initial - natural?

    They do use many expensive, superb quality ingredients...but definitely not all natural. In Parfum Initial, the big giveaway (if you needed one) would be the blatant, soapy-esque musk.

    The list on the back is required as they are "allergens". "Parfum" covers the other ingredients not required to be listed.

    Guerlain (along with Chanel, etc.) is on the top of the pile when it comes to quality for the most-part, but synthetics (some of which can also be rather expensive) are a necessity in modern perfume (although there have been a few outstanding natural perfumes as of late).

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    Default Re: Shalimar Parfum Initial - natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by joekingbn View Post
    Redone:
    I had the vague impression that Guerlain used expensive all natural ingredients, oils pressed from real flowers. But then I look at the back of the 1ml .03 fl oz sample packaging and I see a rather long list of synthetic organic compounds and vague 'parfum'.
    I don't understand how you can be asking this question when you have a perfume website address as part of your signature?

    Try starting here for some leads on how perfume is constructed - it might help dispel some of your 'vague impressions'

    http://www.google.com/search?client=...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

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    Default Re: Shalimar Parfum Initial - natural?

    No oil is produced by pressing real flowers. Citrus oils are extracted from the peel by rupturing the oil containing cells, but no other type of oil is extracted like this. Where do you get these "vague impressions"?

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    Default Re: Shalimar Parfum Initial - natural?

    In Shalimar Initial I detect loads of real bergamot, very likely a bit of high quality orris root, and possibly some vanilla absolute too. I'd be very suprised if it was more than 5% naturals by weight though.

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