Shalimar (1986) Eau de Parfum

Shalimar (Eau de Parfum) by Guerlain
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Shalimar (Eau de Parfum) (Guerlain)
Shalimar (Eau de Parfum) (Guerlain)
Shalimar (Eau de Parfum) (Guerlain)
Shalimar (Eau de Parfum) (Guerlain)
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Shalimar (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women and was released in 1986. The scent is oriental-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBlossoms, Bergamot
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris, Jasmine, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesVanilla, Iris, Opoponax, Tonka bean

Ratings

Scent

8.3 (858 Ratings)

Longevity

8.9 (569 Ratings)

Sillage

8.1 (537 Ratings)

Bottle

8.9 (594 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 12.05.2018

Interesting Facts

The Persian word Shalimar means "The purest of all human pleasures" It is the name of an Indian garden which was extended by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved main wife Mumtaz Mahal. After her death he erected the famous Taj Mahal mausoleum which today symbolizes the dazzling grandeur of the orient. Thus, the name Shalimar invokes love, beauty and a perception of the orient.

Shalimar is an iconic oriental fragrance.

According to the often told - but not very reliable - legend Jacques Guerlain accidentially added too much vanillin when blending a batch of Jicky. It smelled unexpectedly good.

Variant of the fragrance concentration

Shalimar (Eau de Parfum)

This is a variant of the perfume Shalimar (Eau de Toilette) by Guerlain, which differs in concentration.
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The queen of my nights
Oh Shalimar, you are the queen of my nights and always will be. Femme fatale in a bottle, not the cheap femme fatale, the sophisticated one, the one that knows she is all woman and not a bit apologetic about her female powers. She is my favorite fragrance right after my signature fragrance Jil... Read more
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    3
The Timeless Classic
Shalimar will live forever. It is a truly inspired fragrance from its wonderfully fresh flowery opening through to its vanilla drydown. One magical touch is the inclusion of opoponax in the recipe. In this restless world, it's reassuring to know that there is Shalimar. And we all say... Read more
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Very helpful Review    7
Still blowing minds, all these years later
There are so many reviews for this one. I was on the fence on whether it would be worth adding another one, but here we go anyway. This is not what I expected. I really don't know what I expected, just that it wasn't this. I expected to be sorta "eh" about the Shalimar EDP. It... Read more
Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
Helpful Review    5
Vanilla Garden
They say Jacques Guerlain poured a bottle of vanilla into Jicky and Shalimar was the result. Maybe the story is a tongue-in-cheek way of expressing just how much vanilla Shalimar contains because, if their pyramids are correct, Shalimar only has 4 of Jicky’s 21 notes, other than vanilla. Shalimar... Read more
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    5
And the Gods gave us Shalimar ...
As many others have already said, shalimar is a classic, perhaps the most classic of them all, and equaly a work od a genius perfumer. For me is smells more msculine than feminine, what is no surprise after Prada pour Homme Intense, Eau Sauvage Parfum, Burberry Brti for Men, Tom ford noir and many... Read more
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
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Like a Version
I'm wearing the 1990s EdT, the one in the very upright chiseled fan shape bottle with the comically huge blue plastic lid. Of all the Shalimars I own in different concentrations and vintages, this one is most bliss-some beginning to end. The rindy citrus tingle begins it, and it is my private... Read more
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    6
My closest thing to a signature scent
I consider this a perfume for more mature woman. When I was a teenager Shalimar didn't suit me, much to strong and mature. Jardin de Bagatelle suited me much better. Now I'm older I absolutely love Shalimar. It makes me feel confident, save and secure and even a little more prettier. I love the... Read more
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 9.0/10
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Masterpiece... The Original "Bad Girl"
Typical example of a fragrance that you need to let grow on you before you can fully appreciate it! Fist time I tried this... a very strong, very dirty, almost bitter vanillic leather aroma hit me and I found it quite pungent and almost overbearing. But after a few days, and other applications... I... Read more
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Scent 10.0/10
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shalimar
simply a work of art in every sense ,deep oriental and unique ,sensual and it helps to dream about ancient eras and luxurious people
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Very helpful Review    10
Can You Accept The Responsibility Of Wearing Shalimar?
Shalimar evokes such pleasurable memories for me. And it's scent is so deliciously decadently devious. Guerlain designed this perfume to be that way. It is a woman's scent. It is for those who know they are a woman, when they want to be a woman and when they luxuriate in being the woman they are.... Read more
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Very helpful Review    11
Seductive
The few sniffs I've had of this in the past did not thoroughly prepare me for for the complete seductive qualities of this perfume. I'd tested it on paper and sprayed a little on my wrist from time to time and thought wow that's really nice. But after taking this beauty home I found I need to use... Read more
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Scent 10.0/10
Very helpful Review    5
Memories of a timeless beauty.
I never had the pleasure of trying the original Shalimar on myself, but it was my dearest grandmother's signature scent. I remember one day, as she opened the velvet box in which a bottle of pure perfume was nestled in dark blue satin, I saw her face lit up like a little girl's. She loved Shalimar,... Read more
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First Impressions and Day 2
This perfume makes me think of the drink orange julius that was all the rage when I was a teenager. I get more of a food scent rather than a botanical scent from this perfume. And I completely don't get any Middle Eastern or Oriental aspects. I would expect an Oriental or Middle Eastern quality to... Read more
Very helpful Review    6
Like no other
I won't even try to comprehend what they did to Shalimar in its IFRA complience reformulation, so I am reviewing the Shalimar I have, which is a 1936 bottle of extract. It's a typical Guerlinade opening, bright, sunny and juicy, which quickly descends into a sumptuous gathering of slightly... Read more
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Very helpful Review    9
What should we DO with the classics?
We all have our classics that are nothing like we remember from back in the day. ('I used to wear [insert classic] until they RUINED it!) I tend to get more wistful than angry over this (Odalisque.) But just as I've sat to write about Shalimar I've found another reaction, which is to notice and... Read more
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    3
Love of a lifetime...
What can I add to all those wonderful love-letters to this scent? I can only add my own love and admiration for this Queen among perfumes. I knew from the first time that I smelled it that I would love Shalimar forever. It is not just a smell, it is a feeling! When I wear it I feel warm, sexy,... Read more
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    4
Distance
The Orient calls. I am beguiled. As an absolute smell newcomer here in the large round I 'only' am able to follow these substantial, terrific comments this time and ask for understanding;-) What else shall I greatly contribute to it? Shalimar is an unusual, excellent smell for me. The first... Read more
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
Helpful Review    4
A Jewel of the Sahara
Guerlain's Shalimar conjoures images of an Luxurious Garden at Midnight on a clear dark Sapphire sky a full moon with it's beams shines above a bush of fragrant Jasmine the marble statues of angels kissing and looking wistful the ground is elegantly Displayed mosaic of Different colored... Read more
Scent 6.0/10
Helpful Review    5
OMG. What has happened to Shalimar?
There's not much I can say about Shalimar that hasn't been said before ... but I do have two suggestions. First, try all the concentrations, even some of the flankers, judging them - not on the opening, but rather on the drydown. Of the Salimar concentrations, I like the EdT the best. As it... Read more
Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
Very helpful Review    4
Old-fashioned vanilla classic
It is not difficult to see why Shalimar has stood the test of time. Shalimar is still unique after all these years. Such a beautifully done fragrance, composed with careful consideration and oozing sophistication and elegance. This fragrance is a warm, smokey and slightly spicy vanilla... Read more
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