I do like a good love story and a perfume that signifies one is even better. Shalimar was created in 1925 by Jacques Guerlain. It tells the story of the romance between an emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Heartbroken with grief when the love of his life passes away suddenly, the emperor immortalizes his love for her by building one of the most beautiful structures known to man, the Taj Mahal.
Shalimar is named after “The Gardens of Shalimar,” where their love grew and meaning “temple of love” in Sanskrit, symbolises the promise of eternal love forevermore.
Just like the Taj Mahal and The Gardens of Shalimar this perfume is beautiful and simply spellbinding. With citrus notes and fragrant florals over a rich base of vanilla, patchouli, amber and musk, Shalimar is wonderfully warming, sensual and oriental.
Top Notes: Fresh flowers and bergamot.
Middle Notes: Iris, jasmine and rose.
Base Notes: Vanilla, tonka bean and opoponax.
It’s sophisticated and feminine all while having a slight warming spicy-ness. It’s utterly delicious and wearable for all occasions and anytime of the day.
Not only does Guerlain Shalimar smell totally wonderful, it is packaged in the prettiest bottle I have seen in a while. The scallop detailed clear glass bottle allows you to see the pale amber colour of the perfume which paired with the dark blue topper looks divine.
Guerlain Shalimar is available from Click Fragrance for only £35.21 for a 75ml bottle which is incredibly cheap considering the saving of £19.79.