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 is a sweet oriental, missing musk. Sultry-spicy, somewhat camphorous opoponax stands in for warm, golden amber. Without animalic notes or woods, Shamilar ought to be sweeter than it is. However opoponax is the dominant note, softened by florals and vanilla. It is a very interesting fragrance, an accomplishment certainly . . . sophisticated, involving. Not love on first or even second try for me, but one I might come to love one day.
It's named after the Shalimar Garden in Pakistan, which the Mughal emperor, Shah Janan reproduced around the Taj Mahal because his beloved wife, Mumtaz who is buried there, enjoyed Shalimar so much when she was alive.
Shalimar dries down very much like it starts. Opoponax is still strong, but softer. Now the vanilla stands out. Somehow, my soul yearns for woods and musks.
Original notes from Thierry Wasser pyramid--Top:Vanilla, Leather, Bergamot, Lemon. Mid: Jasmine, Rose, Vanilla, Orris, Patchouli, Vetiver, Incense, Civet. Base: Vanilla, Tonka bean, Musk