Guerlain Shalimar Eau Legere: A Shalimar I Can Truly Love


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!



6 thoughts on “Guerlain Shalimar Eau Legere: A Shalimar I Can Truly Love”

  1. Dearest Iscent
    Drawing a veil over your snubbing of our dearest sister Shalimar, we are however so pleased that you are able to welcome (soon we hope) one member of her enormous extended family into the bosom of your home.
    Legere was/is well too legere for The Dandy, but I can see if the mother ship is trop then this should be just enough.
    Hurrah. The iscent has found a Shalimar for her!
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    1. Dear Mr Dandy,

      Yes indeed, I am clearing a space for my very own first Guerlain! All the Guerlains I test belong to Lisa. I have had the birdcage bottle of Apres L’Ondee for nearly a year. Sometimes I just gaze at it and touch the glass.

      Your friend

  2. Well Guerlain Shalimar is strictly no , no for me. I call it jinxed & awful smelling (remember after wearing it last time I almost broke my nose & had to shower twice to get rid of it) But your new fancy Shalimar Legere does interest me. I love citrus, vetiver & amber so I need to sniff it very soon.

    1. Dear Cilantro- a warm hello! I’m glad it’s not just me who doesn’t get on with Shalimar, but this Legere version is just right for me! Hope you get to try it. best wishes Samantha

  3. There has been such confusion and controversy in the Scented Geekosphere over the various versions of Diet Shalimar! I can’t keep up with it all, but apparently there are half a dozen iterations out there, including a limited edition called Shalimar Eau Legere…

    Don’t hate me!!!
    And I am TOTALLY with you on disliking Shalimar original. It really does smell like diesel on me too.

    1. Dearest Lisa, try as you might, you could never make me hate you! You will never shake me off. Bwah hah hah (insert villain’s laugh).

      I did notice that the flankers went on into infinity which kind of annoys me as it always give me the impression that the fragrance is being over exposed or that they are diluting the thrill of the original. Yes even naughty Guerlain.

      I had the devil’s own job sorting my eaux and my lights from my legeres to pinpoint the right one and I’m only 99% sure now!

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