Do we really need more soliflores, especially those that retail for $220 for a 100 ml bottle? Before tackling that question, let's first consider the soliflore, then look at the latest Les Nombres d'Or offerings: Tubéreuse, Vétyver, and Vanille. A soliflore fragrance focuses on one note....

And so sprang from the earth the Gardens of Shalimar. The story of their boundless love fired the imagination of Jacques Guerlain who, in 1925, created the world's first oriental fragrance. A subtle mix of flowers and sensual amber-woody accents, Shalimar has become the eternal essence of...

First of all, what does the "little black dress" motif have to do with Guerlain, one of the few major fragrance brands that has no fashion connection? (It would make perfect sense for a Chanel perfume, of course.) Did anyone really think that the cartoonish silhouette of a dress fits well on...

When I first heard about Noël au Balcon from Etat Libre d'Orange , it was being offered as a limited edition fragrance for the 2007 holiday season. I was disappointed that I wouldn't have a chance to try it, since it was only available at Sephora in France. Fortunately, Noël au Balcon joined...

If you're too young to remember the original Guerlain you're probably also too young to appreciate it's rather strong fragrance but you'll be happy to know that new lighter version of the fragrance has been bottled just for you! Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial - 40ml EDP - $72, 60ml EDP -...

Fragrance reviews are silly. Fragrance marketing is even sillier. So from now on, we'll be crowdsourcing our fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk. What Chanel thinks it smells like: "With a composition of exhilarating...

Guerlain has done flankers of Shalimar before (Shalimar Ode à la Vanille, Fleur de Shalimar, Eau de Shalimar, Shalimar Light and Shalimar Eau Légère, to name just the ones I've posted about). They tend to make some perfumistas cranky, because, well, it's Shalimar, right? It's like messing with...

Thierry Wasser explaining how he conceived Shalimar Initial I really wanted to steal away one of these giant factices... Shalimar Initial in the press presentation box Yesterday I went along to the new fragrance launch from Guerlain; Shalimar Initial. It's a kind of Shalimar 'lite'. The...

Fragrance reviews are silly. Fragrance marketing is even sillier. So from now on, we'll be crowdsourcing our fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk. What Bulgari thinks it smells like: "Inspired by the shimmering hues of...

I have already talked about my current favorite day scent, the Guerlain Herba Fresca . Today I'll talk about my default scent for the evening which is Guerlain Shalimar (P3,998). It's one of the most iconic fragrances in the world and toted as the first oriental scent ever created. It's got a...

 

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