Hi there APJ?
How have you been?
I don’t know about you, but it has taken me years to come to fully appreciate Guerlain’s Shalimar and some of its flankers. I am not sure what put me off of it for so long, but about a year and a half ago it was as if a light switch went off in my head. The mental block was lifted and I started to savor the current version of the EdP.
The last couple of months I have spent cleaning out my perfume cabinet and found my unloved bottle of Shalimar Eau Legérè Parfumée. I have heard from many perfume lovers that Shalimar is a wonderful perfume for summer. (Boy did I have my doubts.) As we are having a fabulous summer this year, I decided to pull it out and give it a try! This was a month ago…
Shalimar Eau Legérè Parfumée by Guerlain
Here are the notes that are listed on Fragrantica:
Lemon, bergamot, jasmine, iris, orange, vanilla and amber.
It was created by Mathilde Laurent back in 2003. She created this delectable light Shalimar and made it a perfect pairing for summer by removing many of the deeper, spicier and leathery notes that are commonly associated with Shalimar. In this day and age where we have flankers of a flanker, it is hard to imagine that this was the first Shalimar flanker and in my view the absolute best.
So how does Shalimar Eau Legérè Parfumée smell? As soon as I lavishly spritz I am overcome with the sense of having fresh lemon juice squeezed onto my skin. This is very fresh lemon juice, bright and sunny for a glorious day. It almost feels like I am about to delve into a lemon meringue pie because the tartness is tempered with a slight fluffy sweetness. There is a joyful dance in my mind and the juicy citrus reminds me of summers in Atlanta squeezing Meyers lemons for fresh lemonade on a hot day.
The jasmine and iris come into play just as I think that the art lemon is dying down. It is as if the Tuscan jasmine in my garden has been added to my lemonade to scent it ever so lightly. Jasmine is forever a summer scent for me, but I find it challenging at times. Thankfully, Mathilde Laurent mixes the florals with a touch of orange making it almost impossible to tell them apart.
On a normal day the dry down is a velvety smooth amber with wisps of vanilla leaving me with a distant memory of what Shalimar smells like. However, on a sunny balmy day which teeters on the brink of actually being considered hot, I could swear that there is more than a hint of incense still mildly clinging to the shimmering citrus opening which captured my attention and heart. This incense is warming and comforting and together with the amber vanilla lemony dry down this makes Shalimar Eau Legérè Parfumèe my favorite perfume for this gorgeous weather.
Although I do not like to talk about discontinued fragrances, I just had to give this one a nod as it has put a smile on my face for well over a month now. When the perfume is gone, it is gone and I will not seek out another bottle, I will remember the joy it brought me and hope that Guerlain will once again release something this good.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss
I have been holding onto this one for such a long time. I vow now to wear and enjoy the fragrances I have.
Do you wear your discontinued fragrances? Or do you hold onto them?
Happy summer and oodles of fragrant kisses,
Sandra xo (All photos taken by me.)