Sadly the legendary Guerlain Shalimar disagrees with me. This makes me feel like an outcast in the fragrant firmament. Unfortunately Shalimar smells like petrol or engine oil on me and there’s nothing I can do about it. However, I have discovered that Shalimar Eau Legere is a different story and I may well clear a space on the dressing table for my upcoming birthday, wedding anniversary, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. The way I see it, that’s four occasions and therefore four new bottles of something lovely. Poor long suffering Mr IScent.
Shalimar Eau Legere opens with a delightful citrus burst onto my skin that has a background of warm dust, like the powdery film from an ancient undiscovered dressing table. The Lemons are especially dominant, which is fine by me. The middle phase is all about Vanilla, which would normally make me wary. So overused is Vanilla in perfume that my son, whilst cooking yesterday, commented that the Vanilla extract smelled like perfume. It used to be the other way around.
The Vanilla in Shalimar Eau Legere seems to have had its sweetness taken out and the richness kept in. The Lemon provides the sweetness in a pleasant tart sort of way. In fact, just briefly this smelled like Boucheron Trouble, which in turn smells like Lemon Meringue, but almost as soon as I thought that, the deep dark Amber moved in and wiped out the evidence. What I ended up with was a deep rich, resonant scent that smells like Amber, dried fruit and Vetiver, but outlined with Citrus all the way through.. I love it, I love it, I love it. And not a whiff of Castrol GTX.
Curiously, I can’t find this on the Guerlain website and I don’t know why as it is a 2003 launch that is still widely available and I have seen no word of it being discontinued.
EDIT- Yep, the high price and lack of availability tell me that it is discontinued. To eBay! and don’t spare the horses!