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The Shalimar Face-Off

Guerlain Shalimar, bottle detail

Has everyone recovered from Friday’s group project of wearing Guerlain Shalimar? Today I’ll test your endurance with a Shalimar Face-off. For the past few days, I’ve been wearing different formulations and vintages of Shalimar to suss out their differences.

Before we start, let’s have a quick Shalimar refresher. Jacques Guerlain created Shalimar, and it launched in 1925. Its notes include bergamot, lemon, iris, jasmine, rose, vanilla, incense, opopanox, patchouli, musk and tonka bean. What you smell are chiefly Shalimar’s tent poles of lemon, vanilla and rotting squirrel. Wafting over these tent poles is a complex fabric smelling of incense, amber, tonka, opopanox, vetiver, musk and powder.

For the face-off, I dug out every concentration of Shalimar I had on hand: a 1970s Eau de Cologne, the sought-after 1980s Parfum de Toilette, a 1990s Eau de Parfum and a pre-1985 Extrait…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2016, part 1

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes collector editions from Guerlain, Hermès, Givenchy and Philosophy, plus a new Eau de Parfum concentration of Eau de Cartier.

Guerlain Le Bouquet de la Reine

From Guerlain, Le Bouquet de la Reine, which is reportedly the brand’s Jasminora in a numbered collector bottle, €550 for 125 ml, to be sold by subscription with proceeds to benefit the restoration of the royal apartments at Château de Versailles…

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