I think you really have to know your perfumes to start discerning between interpretations – diffusions of an original fragrance. I posted a while ago about Shalimar Souffle Intense, an interpretation of the original 1925 version of Shalimar and loved it, so it’s no surprise that I love this one too. Shalimar is one of the fragrances that has stood the test of time – it’s heady, sweet and musky but in contemporary versions goes lighter and brighter. Shalimar Souffle de Lumiere is classed as an ‘oriental’ fragrance which I would swear not to like, and yet the addition of ylang ylang and jasmine, both of which I do like, make it less specific in its category.
The milky glass is reflective of the creamy nature of this new version of Shalimar… it’s smooth and warm at the same time as being fresh and bright. Clever. Created by Theirry Wasser, the recipe of begamot, jasmine, ylang ylang, vanilla, musk and benzoin tells you all you need to know and whether or not you’ll like it – the list is a perfect description in the same way as you might list out a cake ingredient list and know precisely what you’ll get when you’re done.
I often check across perfume sites to see what the experts think – the one real criticism of this is that the last isn’t good, perhaps only a couple of hours, and I think I’d agree but the joy of the spritz is so real that it’s not something I particularly mind. It’s exclusively at Selfridges HERE for £74.
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I stay away from the Flankers as they are known on the perfume forums. Shalimar original I love but pre 2000 version. They dumped down on the ingredients around 2000 but have now picked up again. I loved Shalimar Parfum Initial have two bottles! We never get the Souffle versions in Belfast though I asked at the counter a few times as I did want to sniff.
Wow!!!! Loved Shalimar as a child it was my nana’s signature scent!!!!! Love it as an adult. One of my favorite!!! Never smelled a Shalimar that I wasn’t fond of!!!! Love, love, love shalimar!!! Definitely gonna try this one!!!!! ThankYou
Love Shalimar. And what a lovely gift for someone to receive. That packaging, that bottle. Perfection! And that’s before the fragrance itself…
I love the old Guerlain classics even if I wouldn’t actually wear some of them. I generally don’t like ‘modernised’ versions but this sounds interesting and I’ll watch out for it in Selfridges. Love the bottle!
I wish I could find a Guerlain perfume that I liked. The bottles are so pretty but none of the juices appeal.