Shaal Nur by Etro 1997


Post by Tina G


Mid-December holds the final hurdle of the year, where everyone seems to be a little bit exhausted and holding in there just a few more weeks until the Christmas break. I’m the same. I’ve got three weeks of holiday coming up and summer is my favourite time of year, so I just can’t wait to play and chill and catch up with friends and family. December in Sydney has started out positively tropical. Bright sunny clear mornings, warm days, and massive thunderstorms rolling in around 4:00pm. So stepping out the door in the mornings I’ve been looking for something that is just simple, light and easy to wear in the heat and humidity. Three out of five days this week I’ve gravitated towards a new purchase from Etro – Shaal Nur.

Shaal Nur by Etro 1997

Shaal Nur Etro FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Top: lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, mandarin, rosewood, coriander
Heart: thyme, tarragon, rosemary, karo karoundè, rose, petit grain
Base: patchouli, nutmeg, vetiver, cedarwood, opoponax, incense, musk

Etro was established in Italy, 1968 as a prêt-a-porter and haute couture textile company. The have men and women’s fashion, a home range, and fragrances and there is a boutique located in Mosman, Sydney (so the internet tells me).

Shaal-Nur is the Indian queen of the glowing light of dawn, promises abandonment and playfully ignites the senses, calming anxiety and easing stress. (ETRO)

Shaal Nur ETRO Maharani Gayatri Devi Ramesh Thakur FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Shaal Nur begins with a fresh cologne-like puff of citrus on opening, a citronella-lemon & grapefruit with a hint of watery mandarin and black pepper. This wooshes through in an invigorating rush, pulling up in its wake a fresh green petitgrain along with some herbal and floral notes. Silage is good and a few quick sprays on arms and chest has me smiling and ready to get my day started.

After about half an hour, this fragrance is all about patchouli and vetiver although there is a dusting of rose in the background. The patchouli is fresh cut and verdant, and there is open, aquatic vibe to the scent with an underlying spiciness. Over a period of about 4 hours a peppery note comes through changing the dry down, preventing it from being completely linear. At 8 hours, it is totally a skin scent but is still there with a kitchenesque vanilla and subtle amber plumping up the residual green notes.

Shaal Nur ETRO incense PDPics PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

Further reading: Now Smell This and Bois de Jasmin
First In Fragrance has 74/50ml and samples

A three-word summary of Shaal Nur: Uncomplicated, light, refreshing. An easy-wear summer scent and one I’m very glad I picked up.

Have you tried the Etro range of fragrances? Please let me know your thoughts on which of theirs I should try next!

Tina G xx

8 thoughts on “Shaal Nur by Etro 1997

  1. Thanks for this post Tina. I’ve never come across a tester of this fragrance but it’s fascinated me for ages.

    I’m even more fascinated after reading your review because I find it hard to imagine a refreshing patch/vetiver frag. I really must seek it out.

    Enjoy your lovely summer weather!


    • Hi Tara, and thank you! I wore Shaal Nur again today, it is proving to be a great summer scent for the office, quite airy & refreshing. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on it if/when you have a chance to try – and also how it holds up in cooler weather. 🙂

      Best wishes and hope you enjoy the holiday season! x Tina


  2. Hi Ms TG! I don’t own this but often steal a spritz in my local town because they have it! it is lovely I must admit. One day I will take a 5ml bottle and fill it. Don’t think I would get through a bottle. Hugs. xxxx


    • Hey MsCQ – hope you are keeping well! It is a lovely one, I’ve been enjoying it. Glad to hear it’s on your radar. Love sneaky spritzes…. 🙂

      xx Tina


  3. I’ve never tried this – but I’ve read so many people love it. I’ve never seen it in stores, but maybe one day I’ll find a sample. Thanks for the review – and the photos are lovely!


    • Hi Sun Mi, I’m glad you liked the review, thanks! I hope that you are able to try it – I know they are available in David Jones in Sydney if you’re in that area.

      Tina x


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