Some people compare "Alahine" to "Bal a Versailles", others are reminded of "Tabu" or (as one reviewer put it) of "rancid Shalimar". I have to confess that neither "Bal a Versailles" nor "Tabu" are fragrances I like, but I am a huge fan of Shalimar, albeit not of the "rancid" version. "Alahine" is clearly an oriental fragrance, too heavy for me, but quite memorable and I can see why one could fall in love with this well blended fragrance. "Alahine's" sillage is powerful, intoxicatingly heavy floral notes of honeyed rose, ylang-ylang and jasmine plus its very pronounced labdanum-vanilla-musk-sandalwood-patchouli base (a strong one, really) turn this fragrance into a genuine olfactory weapon and I guess this is where the comparison with "Tabu" comes in. For me, there is no trace of "Shalimar" in this 2007-oriental, if there was, I'd probably like it much better. Although bergamot is listed in the top-notes, it does not compare to the opening of "Shalimar", neither does the base bear any resemblance to Guerlain's classic. Nevertheless, "Alahine" is a spectacular oriental, I guess it blooms most vividly at night and loathes fresh air.