Lost - gone forever
The current version of "Shalimar Eau de Parfum" is ... how shall I put it ... not anymore what it once was. I ordered a bottle just for the sake of nostalgia and was certain that it would be a reformulated version of the 1980 version I had and cherished. My signature. My treasured possession. So many memories attached.
Well, either my taste has changed, or the perfume has changed. Probably both. So, what I sniffed was an aroma full of soft flowers, with some depth but not the special aroma of yesteryear. Further, there was a hint of oil, an ugly oil, like a puddle of something that has been standing for a while. I did not utter the usual words when I have in my hand a really good buy, "now THAT'S a nice perfume" ... I was just tempted to wash it off and get rid of it.
And it was mailed back to the shop where it came from. No use crying over the past. Instead I shall use what I have, and like, such as "La Route d'Emeraude", "Tonka Imperiale" and "Rouge No. 2".
Now THAT'S a nice perfume.