Shalimar is one of the flagships of French perfumery. Travelling through time as only a classic does, it never dates and remains the epitome of oriental notes.Rumor has it that Jacques Guerlain created this perfume as a tribute to the legendary love story between Mumtaz and Emperor SHAHJAHAN in the Shalimar Gardens of AGRA. In Sanskrit Shalimar means ” the home of love”. When Mumtaz died, died, the emperor was devastated and had a tomb built for the woman he had vowed to love unconditionally. The ”TajMahal” was finished fourteen years later.Shalimar is also the first perfume to contain vanillin ethyl, an artificial molecule smelling like vanilla and marked by an overwhelming intensity.
The top note draws its freshness from a high dose of hesperides (especially bergamot). The floral hues that follow give the perfume a sense of escapism and opulence with embracing and powdery accents of iris, jasmine and rose. Iris leaves a sensual trail enhanced by the famous vanilla scent and balsamic notes such as opoponax.
Designed by Raymond Guerlain, Jacques’ cousin, the Shalimar bottle is reminiscent of the fountains in the gardens of oriental palaces. The cap is like a deep blue fan suggesting the traditional customs of those mysteriously enchanting countries.
Bergamot, Mandarin, Cedar, Lemon
Patchouli, Jasmine, Rose, Orris
Vanilla, Benzoin, Peru Balsam, Leather
recommended age: perfect for anyone
scent strength: moderate
recommended use: casual
scent life: 6-10 hours