Shangri La 2014

Shangri La by Hiram Green
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Shangri La is a popular perfume by Hiram Green for women and men and was released in 2014. The scent is spicy-fruity. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Hiram Green

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCitrus notes
Heart Notes Heart NotesPeach, Jasmine, Rose, Iris, Spices
Base Notes Base NotesVetiver, Oakmoss

Ratings

Scent

8.3 (72 Ratings)

Longevity

8.4 (59 Ratings)

Sillage

7.8 (60 Ratings)

Bottle

8.1 (61 Ratings)
Submitted by Michael, last update on 21.11.2020.
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9.5
Scent
10
Longevity
8
Sillage
10
Bottle
Polyanthes

25 Reviews
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Polyanthes
Helpful Review    2  
Side by side comparison with Mitsouko. ...
I'm becoming such a fan of Hiram Green. I'm surprised and delighted by each new genius creation of his I smell :-)
Rich, ripe, full and sweet. Shangri La opens with a burst of citrus which quickly gives way to a soft and fuzzy, bruised and sweet peach which is a little past its sell by date. The flowers are subtle and beautiful they are well blended into the whole, I don't notice the iris which is a shame. It is lovely, 3D plush and smooth and obviously expertly blended.

There is no denying that it does bear a remarkable resemblance to my all time favourite Mitsouko. Perhaps it's unfair to pit this all natural against one of the greats but Shangri La is so good that I think it can handle it. So out of interest I’m doing a side by side comparison as there are a couple of significant hairs to split:

The main differences to my nose are that the citrus evaporates off of the top of Shangri La much more quickly leaving the over ripe peach pulverised into the oakmoss and making the composition as a whole more immediately available. It has the very lovely Hiram style moist yet powdery thing going on and is ever so slightly gourmand (I'm sure I can smell a smudge of coconut). The flowers show themselves more than the spices do. That deep, plump smoothness is really something special.

In Mitsouko, the peach is harder and more squinty juicy. The bergamot zest holds its ground right the way through the dry down, the spices show up more than the flowers do and even as the perfume sweetens into the voluptuous, sexy base, it holds together with some restraint, it stays somewhat tart and a little serious, I suspect there is more vetiver in Mitsouko. The oak moss is very sensual yet dry as a bone. I love this about it.

So, Shangri La is more smooth, languid, ripe and friendly, leaning towards gourmand and Mitsouko is more dynamic but controlled, serious and demanding, leaning towards animalic.
Both are beautiful compositions and I’m seriously impressed by Hiram Green.
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ScentFan

327 Reviews
ScentFan
ScentFan
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Soft Moss
Shangri-La's citric top notes and accomplished fruity-flowery-spicy heart dominate the mossy base. Soon the peach takes center stage, reminding me a bit of Mitsuoko, if a much fainter version. No more blasts of oakmoss these days, I suppose. Lacking sultry labdanum, this isn't a chypre, though Mitsuoko wasn't either. Perfumers just started calling everything chypre that had a strong note of oakmoss. Chypre is a citrus-labdanum-oakmoss accord, usually with musk, the oakmoss often replaced, if ingloriously, by patchouli-vetiver since the EU ban. Here, Hiram Green's spice becomes just a little stronger than I prefer. However, this perfume should appeal to many because it elegantly delivers interest and beauty without being overly sweet. Because the notes don't really disappear into each other, but hold their own while blending, Shangri La reminds me of a souk. You can smell the spice, the fruit, the flowers and perhaps a woody incense. Very appealing, very rich. For myself, I prefer intoxication, as found in Hiram Green's enthralling Voyage and his alluring Dilettante. Like his others, this is a very well made all-natural perfume unlikely to assault most noses.
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Rickbr

190 Reviews
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Helpful Review    5  
Chypre Paradise
The second production of independent and natural brand Hiram Green has a mysterious touch in the concept. At first I was puzzled by the choice of the name in homage to the classic chypres from the past, but a search was enough to understand that there is an intrinsic relationship between chypres and Shangri-la.

This is a city of the book Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. It is described in the book as a mystical valley, bucolic, a synonym for paradise on earth, a utopian place where people are living in isolated land from the wold in a state of permanent joy. Shangri-la for your visitors can be both desired as a possible new world or a frightening and oppressive place, in my view due to their utopia state and isolation.

The chypre family is a kind of Shangri-la of perfumery since its beginning with the creation of Coty Chypre in 1917. The main combination of patchouli, oak moss, labdanum and bergamot had and still has a mysterious air, harmonious and bucolic, as a fragrant utopian paradise that can be developed in many ways, still keeping its main aspects of abstraction, harmony and mystery. Just as Shangri-la, chypre classics can be seen by some as a lost paradise in time at which you want to be or a a scary and oppressive place outside the reality perhaps even more if we compare the dense and multifaceted character of a classic chypre with less complex aura of a current perfume, made to be easily understood and please the greatest number of people.

In Shangri-la, Hiram Green recreates the bucolic paradise of Coty Chypre and Mitsouko. It's like for me they had never changed because of restrictions or changes in consumer taste. Still, Shangri-la is not exactly a copy of any of them, not having so evident peach lactone aroma of Mitsouko or more dry and earthy aura of Chypre. In Shangri-la I realize more obviously the sweet and bitter bergamot nuances, which briefly gives me a mouthwatering effect. It is the opening to a beautiful scent of jasmine, sweet, with a hint of orange and grape, a subtle link with Moon Bloom. Jasmine here avoids the austere tone of the classic chypre and its more evident presence that is the most enchanting side of this paradise for me. The iris appears to confer a controlled earthy touch, elegant, which evolves into a woody base, harmonic, less dense in labdanum and patchouli and with more vetiver in the composition.

In fact, some ideas stop in time. Not because they become old, but perhaps they have always existed and we as humans just discovered its wonders and associate with that time. I just see this natural creation, a harmonious paradise, abstraction, a reminder of a past classic that can be revived and appreciated. I understand that I am among the group of people who would not mind living in this utopia of a past where quality, art and creativity were more important.

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