Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Toilette for Women
A Scent that Stands the Test of Time
While hundreds of fragrances come and go each year, Guerlain’s Shalimar has been surrounding ladies with a spellbinding aura of exotic florals and vanilla since the fragrance was first introduced in 1925. Shalimar, which means “temple of love” in Sanskrit, draws inspiration from a love story between an emperor and an Indian princess. A waft of this romantic scent signals that love is indeed in the air, evoking the type of sensuality and femininity that befits a candle-lit dinner for two.
- Top: flowers and bergamot
- Heart: iris, jasmine, and rose
- Base: vanilla and tonka bean
- Sensual, feminine women’s fragrance
- Recommended for evening wear
- Inducted into The Fragrance Foundation Hall of Fame in 1989
- Introduced in 1925
- Sleek glass bottle with a ribbon around its neck and a blue cap resembling a faceted gem
- 3 fl. oz. spray bottle
In 1828, Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain opened a perfume shop in Paris. Behind his simple storefront, he began to dabble in perfume-making himself. By the 1850s, he was bottling custom fragrances for royalty, including Eau Imperiale for Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III; Queen Isabelle of Spain; Sissi, the Empress of Austria; and the Grand Duke Alexandrovich. Queen Victoria wore “Jicky,” and 100 years later, so did Jackie O.
Today—five generations later—the company’s in-house “nose” continues to create new fragrances. They also introduced a line of skincare products and makeup. Vogue writes that the company “still, today, has all the elegant, exclusive cachet it had during the Second Empire.”
Aromatic or aquatic? Eau de toilette or eau de parfum? Check out our rundown of fragrance types and tips for wearing.
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