Greatly helpful Review9
If Shalimar would be a leopard, this version is a friendly housecat with a leopard print. Unmistakably Shalimar, but a much easier, softer, sweeter and smoother take on it.
SOALV Mexique opens directly with vanilla mixed in with caramel into a wonderful balmy and soft scent that remains for many hours, but stays relatively close to the skin. Next to the caramel I also detect a light milk chocolate note together with a slight fruity flavour. But most of all Mexique shines in the drydown, which is imo the best in all of Shalimar versions and to my nose perfumed caramel and vanilla.
Somehow Mexique is even softer than the Madagascar. Also the citrus in the opening is more diluted in the Mexique version. The biggest difference, however, is the prominent caramel note. Occasionally (maybe because of weather conditions?) I also get whiffs of smokiness.
If you already have a version of Ode a la Vanille I'm not sure that you need to get this one, because all of the SOALV versions are more alike than different. Only when you get up close you can tell them apart. Anyone around you would not notice any differences in the versions. That said, personally I'm very happy owning a bottle of the Madagascar aswell as this Mexique version. If you missed out on the previous versions and you love Shalimar this is practically a must have.