Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau (2012)

Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau by Guerlain
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Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women and was released in 2012. The scent is powdery-floral. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Perfumer

Thierry Wasser

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Neroli, Citric notes
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine
Base Notes Base NotesVanilla, Tonka bean

Ratings

Scent

8.1 (283 Ratings)

Longevity

7.4 (214 Ratings)

Sillage

6.6 (219 Ratings)

Bottle

9.1 (239 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 14.07.2019
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MightynafMightynaf 7 years ago

„Most beautiful Guerlain Iris note.. sure! To me at least!:=)”


First I read the comment text on the packaging of Shalimar L'eau, quoting Jaques Guerlain "A burst of freshness...
SorceressSorceress 6 years ago

„Parfum Initial-The Younger Sister Of Shalimar EdP, Wistful And Fleeting”


So disappointing for my favorite old friend, my Shalimar. Initial is so young, so bold but yet so shy. Initial...
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Greatly helpful Review    16
The Mona Lisa of fragrances
What do I associate with the Mona Lisa? First of all, old venerability. And immediately afterwards, timelessness. There's a certain contradiction in that. And it doesn't stop with this one, because she smiles and she doesn't smile. She's looking at you and she's not looking at you. Because although you think her gaze is for you and you can only look at one person at a time, the one next to you thinks she is looking at him. Her name is Mona Lisa, in Italian La Gioconda, those are female names, but the painting does not show a clear gender.

So venerable, timeless, contradictory, serious and yet smiling, unisex, a mystery like the Mona Lisa, Shalimar Initial L'Eau seems to me as well.

At first glance, the picture and scent seem so simple: a single woman dressed in plain clothes against a background of little complexity. No accessories. And a fragrance with ubiquitous notes of citrus, jasmine, vanilla and tonka. No attachment.

But appearance is here punished lies. If one looks and smells more closely, then both know how to fascinate. And what fascinates is difficult to describe in both cases:
On the one hand, it is quite as expected: I smell fresh, very natural-looking citric notes, jasmine with some indole and soft, also natural-looking vanilla with tonka. First of all, it is surprising that the citrus does not disappear with the top note, but remains strong and present. Then I am amazed by a jasmine that appears translucently light, strangely clean and dirty at the same time.
With each use Shalimar Initial L'Eau seems to unfold more depth and more facets.
He keeps a perfect balance between citrus-fresh and cozy, between cool and warm, between light-blooded and dark-animal. It is a distinguished, rather unsweet scent, but nevertheless cheerful - or not? Is he rather cautiously gloomy with a few portions of Schalk, who flashes through jasminanimalisch?

It is an old-looking fragrance that is timelessly modern. A contradictory scent that smiles and yet does not smile. Unisex. A masterpiece.
Thanks, Mkshadow, for letting me get to know this fragrance.
Thanks, Katt007, for finding his way into my collection.
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Manson

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The scent of bygone times
The perfume smells incredibly complex and I find it hard to put into words. First there is the bergamot in its full beauty followed by I think Iris/Violet. I smell powder and lipstick and a huge amount of nostalgia, I have a picture in my head there; a beautiful, seductive young lady of the 20s comes home after a night dancing through, loosens her silky blonde twisted hair, takes off her dress, slips out of the pumps and takes a bath. She puts a shot of milk in the bath water and lights a cigarette. She dries off and pollinates her alabaster skin with a sinfully expensive powder from Paris.
Seldom has a fragrance inspired me so much and managed to be so many things at once - lascivious and yet playful, mysterious and yet suitable for everyday use again. The bottle is beautiful, H+S are not too strong but sufficient.
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Sorceress

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Parfum Initial-The Younger Sister Of Shalimar EdP, Wistful And Fleeting
So disappointing for my favorite old friend, my Shalimar. Initial is so young, so bold but yet so shy. Initial comes on strongly, visits for a bit, chatters voraciously as usual with her sweet notes, then exits almost as quickly as she entered the room. She's pretty, she's sweet to be around, but you cannot depend on her at all. She's just too young and innocent, batting her eyes flirtatiously, sweeping her skirts, then running away leaving a trail so faint you hardly remember she's been there.
She is nothing like her older sister. She's pink after all. But then again, no one could ever compare to the original. And no one should ever try to compare, but unfortunately, because of the name, the comparison constantly occurs.
Shalimar Initial to Shalimar Eau de Parfum gives me these analogies: silver jewelry to gold; ponies to thoroughbreds; ponytails to chignons; fields to the moors; pantyhose to garter belts and stockings; pink to a deep burgandy; young lady to a woman. It's the inexperienced younger sister of Shalimar that hasn't yet garnered the worldly knowledge needed to attract the sensual, deeper, basal desires of a Significant Other. She's just too wistful and fleeting.
Initial is beautiful as others have said. I enjoy the delightful fragrance, slightly reminiscent of the original in a more fruitful way to me. But this one lasts no more than an hour on my skin. Try as I might, I cannot get the musk or patchouli or the vanilla from this to settle for me, it simply disappears. I wish it would linger longer. I really do love the fragrance. I really do love the house of Guerlain.
Definitely try it a few times at a counter to see how it blends with your own body chemistry.
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Mightynaf

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Most beautiful Guerlain Iris note.. sure! To me at least!:=)
First I read the comment text on the packaging of Shalimar L'eau, quoting Jaques Guerlain "A burst of freshness revealing one of the most beautiful Guerlain Iris notes.." And surely to my nose it is! I love the original Shalimar version, all of them except Ode Vanille. Shalimar Initial was wonderful with the great earthy patchouli note in there.. but I guess this one Shalimar L'eau will appeal to more people because of missing this strong and sometimes strange notes (Caramel!)of the Original Initial version. In Initial'Leau there s only a splashing green freshness of Bergamote, Grapefruit and Neroli.. and then not long after these fresh opening the Iris kicks in, warm , powdery, caressing , flowery ..so much enhanced by the rose .. My dream combi! Iris, Rose, Tonakabean, Vanille, always a winning combination for me! And yes, there s a fine sweetness to it of course through the vanilla and tonka, but that s to a great effect, never sickening sweet only flowery, powdery. Also a great iris-rose combi is Burberry Body Intense.. but that s another story and somehow sweeter then Initial L'eau. I m not very often disappointed by a new Guerlain, this one no exception. Only downside point : it s an EDT and not as long living as some would wish, but 3-4 hours will do. Needless to add: Totally LOVE IT!

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