Shangri La by Hiram Green 2014


Post by Val the Cookie Queen


I run a mile when I hear the word “naturals”. Not only with fragrances, but skin care, shower gels, foodstuffs – you know? Not because I am anti-natural (whatever that means) but because it generally sucks. Just read the backs of anything that claims to be all natural to see what I mean. However there are exceptions to every rule. After the explosive beauty of Hiram Green´s Moon Bloom I was thrilled to get the opportunity to try Shangri La. I do not know the first thing about natural perfumery. Hiram Green obviously does.

Shangri La by Hiram Green 2014

Shangri La, Pinks + Preconceived Ideas

From Hiram Green site: “Hiram Green creates handcrafted fragrances made exclusively from natural materials.
After founding Scent Systems, a perfumery located in central London, Hiram learnt that most perfumes, even the best quality ones,
are manufactured using synthetic materials. Wanting to offer a natural alternative to his customers, he was hard-pressed
to find anything suitable.
After relocating to the Netherlands, Hiram spent several years researching and experimenting with natural fragrant materials. in his
studio in Gouda he develops and produces his natural fragrances in small batches.”

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Shangri La is named after the mythical city in the Kunlan Mountains, from the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton. Random info –
US President Franklin D Roosevelt named the presidential hideaway in Maryland Shangri La. It has since been renamed Camp David.
(Camp David conjures up an interesting picture as a fragrance name huh?) )

Coty´s Chypre played a role in Hiram Green´s inspiration. I have yet to smell it. One day when Portia takes me to Paris perhaps I will have the chance. Hiram Green is extremely talented. In my limited knowledge I do know the classic chypre, with the countless regulations in force, is an endangered species. Somehow with new technology, knowledge and talent, Hiram Green has found a way to keep it alive.

Shangri La reminds me of Mitsouko.

Hiram Green writes: “Shangri La opens with a sharp burst of citrus, followed by a rich bouquet of peach, jasmine, rose, iris and spices,
all anchored by an early base of vetiver and oakmoss.” And you know what? It really does.

Shangri La is fruity and spicy, and melds perfectly with the body. It doesn’t hover over you announcing its presence. I like that in perfumery. It is a vintage-y perfume but of the moment too. Softer than normal carnation, it smells of old fashioned “pinks”. The gardens of yesteryear. They fill the summer air with the scent of cloves. Soft, natural beauty. In medieval times, pinks were added to wine to give the flavor and smell of cloves. Spices would have been very expensive and this plant was a very good substitute and
would give the impression of mulled wine. Hiram Green has a nose and an eye for beauty, not to mention a nostalgic streak.

Hiram Green Shangri La Skyline_sunset WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Shangri La is gorgeous. The reputation that naturals have of being short lived is not the case here. Shangri La lasts around ten hours.
Musky, peachy, slightly leathery, right up until the end. Office or opera.

And the icing on the cake? Hiram Green do 5ml bottles. No excuse not to try either Moon Bloom or Shangri La.
The 50 ml bottles are stunning and I would love to have one. I think it´s time for another trip to Holland.

Further reading: Scented Hound and Chemist In A Bottle
LuckyScent has $165/50ml
Hiram Green has €25/5ml

All natural bussis.


25 thoughts on “Shangri La by Hiram Green 2014

  1. I usually switch off at the mention of naturals but this really does sound great. Thanks for sharing it Val. Vintage-y, peachy and a bit leathery is extremely appealing and I love chypres.

    Just seen that Roulier White stock this. Too bad it’s south London.

    5ml bottles would be fab!


  2. Val, You do great review.
    Reminds you of Mitsouko? One of my life long favourites. I will get around to this one soon, it sounds killer.
    Portia x


    • Of course it might not remind others of the Holy M in which case I shall probably be virtually stoned, but I don´t care. xxx


    • Hello Steve 🙂 How nice of you to drop by. Yes. I agree. Both classically beautiful scents. With bottles to die for. I hope to meet him one day. Hugs. xxx


  3. Val, I absolutely love Moon Bloom and hope to have a bottle someday. So I have been very excited about Shangri La and have wanted to try it for months now. That said, your comparison to Mitsouko leaves me wondering if I’d like it at all. Mitsouko and I have never gotten along no matter how much I’ve tried. Oh well, I guess that’s what samples are for 🙂 Thanks for the review!


    • Hahahah! Like me and Shalimar. Hate the stuff. I have an underlying fear of admitting it.
      Well maybe you won´t like it then. No matter. If you come across it then try it. You may be surprised. Lovely seeing my dear. Bussis xxx


      • HA! So the truth is out! Now I too can admit that any version of Shalimar runs a distant second to the old Lucien Lelong Sirroco. There…I said it. Azar xxx


      • Oh dear. I can’t do Shalimar either. Something about the powdery notes in a lot of quality and vintage fragrances just don’t agree with me. Such a shame but I guess it saves me a lot of money 🙂


  4. Shangri La is a timely scent for my new natural perfume/weight loss experiment.
    I just ordered a couple of small samples. I absolutely trust your reviews, Cookie and love reading them too. BTW I have bottles of EdP and EdT of Coty’s 1980s Chypre re-issue. Even these remakes are pretty wonderful.
    Azar xx


    • Hello Azar my dear! I can only hope you bring a small suitcase along on our up and coming breakfast/lunch date!!! You might well like this, Hirman Green must have taken quite some time to create it. Have nice day. xxx


    • Thanks Ann. It is great when folks let us know where fragrances are available. It is never a full list!! I hope I can visit Indigo Perfumery one day. I will be in the US this year, but only on the west coast. Hugs. xxxx


  5. Hmmm, this one sounds gorgeous. My encounters with natural perfumes haven’t been so great. Just one or two I liked but nothing more… so I’ve been staying away from “all natural”s for a while. I might give a try on this and other Hirams.


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