Guerlain Les Parisiennes L'Initial (2020) {New Fragrance}


Guerlain have reissued under the new name of L'Initial in Les Parisiennes collection, the fragrance initially released as Shalimar Parfum Initial in 2011...

We're told it's back by popular demand. It is now bottled in a 125 ml Bee Bottle and made less accessible, more "niche", although now available. Emphasis is put on the lushness of a set of natural ingredients.

The floriental has top notes of bergamot, jasmine petals and orange, while the heart features an absolute of rose and iris pallida. The base deepens with tonka bean, patchouli, vanilla, white musks and caramel - the two latter notes being very contemporary in this rethink of the über classic Shalimar.

Vetiver, green notes and fruity notes are no longer mentioned in the new olfactive pyramid, while caramel is an explicit addition in a fragrance composition originally inspired by the idea of creating a more juvenile Shalimar. In-house perfumer Thierry Wasser signs the reissued jus, which appears to be slightly tweaked, at least.

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