Guerlain Shalimar was launched originally in 1925, and created by Jacques Guerlain. Shalimar means Temple of Love in Sanskrit. It is named after Mumtaz's favorite garden, The Gardens of Shalimar. While it has been around for almost 100 years,it is still one of the best selling perfumes in this legendary perfume house.
Shalimar is an Oriental fragrance with top notes of lemon and bergamot; middle notes of jasmine and May rose; and base notes of iris, incense, opoponax, tonka bean and vanilla. This is the EDP, eau de parfum.
From Influenster - " A complex romantic fragrance which embodies elegance and timeless style Shalimar is immediately recognizable, distinctly alluring and my favorite scent of all time. With a warm Bergamot Vanilla base, rich notes of Iris and amber with a slight powder tone This unique homage to romance and everlasting love is an Icon of the House of Geurlain."
From Makeup Alley - "But within an hour and on the dry down this becomes this soft, powdery scent. It's like a warming resin incense. It makes me think of temples I visited in Asia. The dry down keeps changing, first its warm vanilla, than its this firey fesin and ends in a bouquet of flowers."
From Bois de Jasmin (the reformulation, which is the current version - "Out of all Guerlain reformulations, Shalimar appealed to me the most. It has the character of the original, with the dark, rich, oriental accord still intact. Of course, it is missing the radiance of ambergris and some natural animalic notes in the original, but frankly, if it is a choice between a nice perfume and ecology, I will take the latter. The genius of the effervescent bergamot juxtaposed with the dark, rich vanilla still amazes me, despite this idea being used extensively in many fragrances created since 1924."