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Greatly helpful Review 36
You don't wear Shalimar, Shalimar wears you!
On warm, spicy, oriental and vanilla wings directly into the scented sky... ...
Shalimar is one of those great fragrances that makes the wearer pause in awe for a moment. The prelude is splendid and opulent, with luxuriant floral splendour, the most tangy citrus fruits and a bitter, smoky and resinous tone, all swinging up to a true intoxication.
This is unbelievably delicious and when the initial awe turns into joy, after a short time more bright and radiant flowers and spices tempt you, accompanied by a wonderful vanilla. A vanilla that is probably the epitome of the much-described guerlinade, which I recognize in so many guerlain scents. This vanilla is seductive, warm, flattering and not exorbitantly sweet.
There is a certain hint of animalism to accompany this and give the whole a certain piquant fine spice, but without slipping into the all too violent. But this breath is clearly perceptible.
A resinous clay provides for this slight abrupt scratchiness. But this was a great success, because I think that in an effective and expressive fragrance even opposing notes should play together, so that the fragrance remains exciting and does not slip into banality.
Shalimar is definitely not a quiet scent, he is present, he is noticeable together with the wearer, he surrounds him like an elaborately worked cape incl. long train.
I like to be carried by Shalimar into the scented sky, the initial awe has turned into great enthusiasm. Meanwhile, I am no longer afraid to access fragrances that have actually been designed for ladies. In the course of time one realizes that this more or less strict classification can be disregarded. Especially with the rather strong and spicy fragrances.
And I'm glad I accessed it.
Shalimar is certainly not easily accessible, but if you give the fragrance some time and get involved with it, you will be richly rewarded. Even with a wonderfully long endurance.
This makes the fragrance very suitable for the cold season (although I have to admit that I have worn Shalimar before in summer). But sparingly dosed, of course...) and for evenings. The grand entrance is guaranteed. Shalimar appears so to speak still before the wearer, because he radiates very well.
One can rightly call Shalimar a classic, which has had a firm place for over 90 years. The term "oriental" is perfectly implemented here. In addition there is the beautiful bottle, which fits very well to this masterpiece.
I own the current version, but I also know an earlier one. The current one may be a bit more tamed and smoother, but it's still quite a force.
I can only advise everyone to test Shalimar at least once. Even if you don't like it, you should let yourself be carried away by the great classics into the scented sky!