Sunday SCENT N°12
Not many fragrances carry with them a history as long as this legendary creation by Guerlain. Established in 1925, Jacques Guerlain created the first oriental fragrance to ever grace the western markets, based on the newly discovered exquisite ethylvanillin molecule blended with the Jicky accord. This was the beginning of a small scent revolution, marking the birth of the first pure oriental fragrance. Today, these intense and opulent creations are celebrating their comeback, and we jumped at the chance to get close and personal with one of them. Here’s our exclusive test of the light and feathery Shalimar Eau de Toilette ... This scent reminds me of: Whether or not you are aware of the story behind the fragrance, the oriental feeling celebrated by this Eau de Toilette is definitely unmistakable. Walking through an Arabian souk with all the spices and the sweet smell of rich flowers is the soft charm of this pungent creation.
What it feels like: The love story that this perfume is based on (more about that at „The Side Note“) seeps into your pores when you wear this precious thing on your skin. This is clearly one of the most sensual creations you could ever wear, a feeling that I experienced intensely as well – so overwhelmed by the richness and power that I needed a few minutes to become aware of its strength and match its powerful attitude.
For: This fragrance was definitely created for a vamp. A woman who is aware of her womanly weapons, made to seduce everyone that crosses her path. This creation is undoubtedly powerful and rich and the Eau de Toilette is a modern version of the age-old legend, making it perfectly accessible for the present … especially on cosy winter nights, when everybody is longing to get closer to each other and to be touched by something special.
Side note: The original was inspired by the passionate love story between an emperor and an Indian princess. Shalimar, which means „temple of love“ in Sanskrit, is the perfect name for such a creation of pure desire.
Available at: douglas.de for € 62,95 (30ml Eau de Toilette).
top notes | Flight of flowers, Bergamot
middle notes | Iris, Jasmine, Rose
base notes | Vanilla, balmy Notes and Tonka Bean