Guerlain have launched a new version of their classic fragrance Shalimar (1925) with Shalimar Cologne, a more luminous, fresh and intensely hesperidic interpretation of the original oriental...
The composition is signed by in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser who explained,
"Shalimar Cologne is an interpretation in which a symphony of citruses are carried in majesty by a vanilla playing pianissimo" (Our translation.)
Shalimar Cologne est une interprétation où une symphonie d'agrumes traités en majesté laisse place à une vanille orchestrée tout en douceur."
The scent is technically speaking offered in eau de toilette concentration with the "cologne" term used more as an anchoring word for an inspiration in search of freshness. The blend is also described as being "fizzy, delicious and fresh."
Top notes of bergamot, lemon and grapefruit open up the fragrance with a "Calabrian cocktail of citruses" seguing into a floral and fresh heart of freesia and petaly jasmine and rose. The base rests on white musks, vanilla and iris.
The bottle is designed by Jade Jagger.
This is not the first time that Shalimar is proposed as an eau de cologne. It once was part of a stable lineup of ancillary products which included the bath oil as well. The composition however would be completely rethought according to contemporary perfumery codes.
Price: 77€ and 105€ for 50 ml and 90 ml respectively.