Shalimar perfume was originally created in 1921 and re-released in 1925 by the perfume house of Guerlain, it is is classified as a refined oriental fragrance. Shalimar is the flagship perfume of Guerlain.
The design of the bottle was designed by Raymond Guerlain and Baccarat and remains the most successful of all the Guerlain perfumes. It was named after the garden in Srinagar, built for Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Shah Jahan in honor of his wife. Shalimar means 'Temple of Love' in Sanskrit.
Shalimar proved to be so successful that in 1927 a rival company, Du Barry, decided to cash in on the popularity and launched a perfume of the same name, a legal battle ensued, forcing Guerlain to temporarily replace the perfume's name with its stock number "No.90" on bottles that were exported. These bottles are very rare to find.
Photo by ebay seller botlbabes.
Shalimar was one of the first scents to incorporate the synthetic vanilla compound, vanillin. I read somewhere that Shalimar was created from mixing Jicky and vanillin. The scent of Shalimar is deep and velvety black with the scent of lemons hinted with medicinal vanilla. Night-blooming flowers, vanilla and musks blend exquisitely in this heady, romantic and sensual scent to create instant and lasting intrigue.
Shalimar Fragrance Notes:
For Autumn 2010, the world will be treated to a new limited edition Shalimar flanker called Shalimar Ode de la Vanille, created by Thierry Wasser. Showcasing Shalimar's iconic basenote, Ode de la Vanille will be comprised up of two varietal essences, tienture de vanille from Mayotte, and Absolute de Vanille from Madagascar. The eau de parfum will be available in the 1.7 oz bottle designed by Jade Jagger and priced at $110. Photo above from Fragrantica.
In 2010, Guerlain released a limited edition flacon for Shalimar, it was titled "Shalimar Secret de Parfum". The tall, cylindrical, modern styled blue glass splash bottle held 1 oz of eau de parfum and was topped off by the familiar blue fan stopper. The juice has not been changed, it is the same Shalimar eau de parfum.
Shalimar Eau Légère, also known as Shalimar Light, introduced in 2003, it skips the musky accord and goes from the cool lemon top into a warm vanilla heart. It was created by Mathilde Laurent, a young in-house Guerlain perfumer, however in 2004, Jean Paul Guerlain slightly changed the composition. It is lighter as the name suggests and less complex than the original Shalimar. Shalimar Eau Legere was discontinued and replaced by Eau de Shalimar in 2008.
Shalimar Flower 75ml eau de parfum and Eau de Shalimar Flower 75ml eau de toilette, are two limited edition bottles for collectors, introduced in 2009. Guerlain explains that the perfumes were "created to celebrate the most bewitching and sensual note of the classic fragrance: vanilla blossom. Protective of its own rarity, it only blossoms for a few hours at sunrise. In awe of this quiet, intimate moment with vanilla flowers Guerlain set out to capture a second of eternity, etching its blossoms on the Shalimar bottle for two limited editions. The vanilla blossom on the voluptuous neck of the bottle underscores the perfume’s intensity, then appears in a precious, radiant hallmark - first in midnight blue on the glass of the bottle, then in gold on the packaging which shields its mysterious blossoming from observation".
Shalimar Edition Charms 75ml eau de parfum and Eau de Shalimar Edition Charms 75ml eau de toilette are two limited edition collector's flacons holding the usual juices introduced in 2010. "The desire to experience sensuality, feminity, mystery...to succumb to SHALIMAR ÉDITION CHARMS, whose bottle decorated with Oriental motifs, evokes the splendours of India. Slender arabesques unfurl their delicate volutes over the bottle and box. They are inspired by the motifs on the rings worn by Indian women on every occasion, along with the embroidery admired on the shimmering colours of ceremonial saris. A blue silk thread is wound around the neck of the bottle, holding the famous golden "signet" engraved with the double G."
To celebrate 180 years in business, Guerlain presented Shalimar in a limited edition flacon, In the year of the 180th anniversary of existence of Guerlain, beautiful flacon titled "Shalimar Yellow Gold" and is in eau de toilette concentration The new, golden edition is very appropriate for the enviable anniversary the house is celebrating: opulent and special, created in matte gold colour, with transparent golden belts which reveal gentleness and grace of the flacon.
Guerlain has imagined a legendary décor to accompany the new opus of Shalimar eau de parfum. The slender silhouette of the perfume’s two guardian angels throws a matte shadow outline against the night-blue backdrop of the box, illuminated by the gentle shimmer of the golden logo. The bottle’s feminine shoulders appear bathed in glossy moonlight, wearing a sophisticated silk feather draping around the neck, held in place by a blue satin ribbon. The Oiseau de Paradis signature is inscribed in golden ink with light, slender handwriting, resembling the creatures that have inspired it. A sort of invitation to a mirage, in which dreams could take flight into the evening light, rising towards other tales that Shalimarmay soon whisper to us in our sleep…Guerlain Shalimar Oiseau de Paradis is a new edition of Shalimar available as 50 ml EDP.Shalimar Oiseau de Paradis is the same Shalimar eau de parfum, and it was introduced in 2009.
Among the most prominent and legendary fragrance in history, Shalimar was created as an ode to love. To recapture that magical feeling, Guerlain reinterprets the Shalimar legend, with a nod to designer Philippe Starck. Much like his famed black crystal Baccarat chandelier, the latest offering from the Shalimar family is a modern rare jewel. Crafted of smoky black crystal with burnished gold accents, the beloved oriental scent of Bergamot, Iris, Vanilla and Amber finds a new home in this mysterious and striking flacon. Shalimar Black Mystery Eau de Parfum and Shalimar Black Mystery Parfum are housed in limited edition collector bottles, the fragrances stayed the same.
Eau de Shalimar by Guerlain is a oriental vanilla fragrance for women. Eau de Shalimar is a new fragrance and it was introduced in 2008. Top notes are orange, bergamot and lime; middle notes are rose and jasmine; base notes are vanilla, iris and resin.
For Christmas 2009, Serge Mansau created a superb limited edition sculpture featuring 5 vintage 1930s Baccarat crystal Shalimar flacons resting inside of a plexiglass slab. Four of the flacons are empty and are fixed inside the slab, and only one is full of freshly made parfum extrait in a 20ml size and this one is loose so that it can be removed for applying the perfume. Only 19 examples of this limited edition set will be sold in Guerlain boutiques around the world. The limited edition is known as "Naissance Shalimar Guerlain" and represents the birth of Shalimar.
Shalimar limited edition packaging introduced in 2006. Juice remains the same, only the packaging is different.
Shalimar limited edition from 2005 (shown above), celebrating 80 years of Shalimar. Only the packaging is different, the juice stayed the same. 75ml Eau de Parfum spray. 80th Anniversary Edition Shalimar by Guerlain."In 1925, Jacques Guerlain created Shalimar, the perfume that reinvented the world of fragrance and signalled the birth of the Oriental fragrance family. To celebrate 80 years of Shalimar, the House of Guerlain has created a bottle reminiscent if the Art Deco era that embodies the style of the Roaring Twenties - Shalimar for Women by Guerlain Eau de Parfum Spray 2.5 oz - 80th Anniversary Limited Edition Annees Folles Collector Bottle."
In 1986, Shalimar was sealed in a block of lucite (shown below). It celebrated the 60th anniversary of the perfume. The bottom of the bottle reads 60th ANNIVERSARY. It measures 4 inches high by 3 inches wide
Shalimar Anniversary Edition (shown below) from 1998. This special bottle had a clear crystal cap instead of the usual blue, and the bottle was filled with Eau de Parfum splash. It came in two sizes, 1 oz and 2 oz. It also came in a 4.2 oz Eau de Toilette splash. The box is a flocked midnight blue color.
Shalimar Eau de Cologne circa 1999. Clear frosted plastic cap. Shown below.
In 2010, designer Jade Jagger redesigned the eau de parfum flacon for Shalimar. With a clean, modern simplicity that replaces the familiar bat wing bottle.Please note that this is a spray bottle, Guerlain photoshopped the photo to hide the atomizer hardware and siphon tube. The bottle itself is glass, but the blue grey cap is plastic, a black leather ribbon encircles the neck of the bottle. The bottle comes in three sizes,
At Saks Fifth Avenue, a special exclusive offer was made by Guerlain to celebrate Fashion's Night Out for 2010. The offer is comprised up of twenty limited edition Shalimar Parfum bottles, designed by Jade Jagger. Known as the "Shalimar Prestige Edition" these 20ml Shalimar Parfums will retail for $1,500 and are part of a collection of only 182 pieces in existence worldwide, representing the 182nd anniversary of the Maison Guerlain. Jade has decorated these bottles with a majestic sapphire on the neck of the bottle, a jewel set in gold and discreetly engraved with the "G" of the Maison Guerlain. The sapphire is set on a black and gold silk cord, which was tied and sealed by hand by the Guerlain "ladies of the table" and can be detached and worn as a pendant. Fashion's Night Out could be the only chance to purchase this limited edition parfum bottle in the U.S.!
A rare limited edition will also be released as a lcollector's piece for 2010 Shalimar is the Exceptional Edition: studded with diamonds and sapphires, these bottles retail for 49,000 pounds or $75,750.00 each. See the photo above.
Shalimar Fourreau du Soir is a limited edition for 2011, made in honor of the legendary perfume.
Top notes : lemon and bergamot. Heart: jasmine and May rose. Base: tonka, incense, iris, vanilla and opopanaks.
The fragrance comes in a bottle covered in lace as 50 ml EDP.
NOVEMBER 2011. This Christmas, Shalimar presents itself extra extravagantly. Baccarat has made a blue quadrilobe crystal bottle containing 500 ml, and Guerlain's "dames de table" have dressed it with a thick cord to seal it and brushed the tassel more voluminously than ever. The presentation, called "Shalimar Midnight Blue", is one of Guerlain's most beautiful for Shalimar since 1925. A very limited quantity of bottles are produced, containing either Shalimar Parfum (6.500 €) or Shalimar Parfum Initial EdP (6.000 €).
Personally I find that vintage Shalimar perfumes smell the best, as their perfume oils were more concentrated and didnt have the chemical smell that today's versions have. The vintage perfumes have a delightful musky and well rounded accord that are not comparable in the Shalimar of today.
If you wish to obtain the earlier versions, I suggest the Shalimar of the 1920s up until the 1950s. They have aged beautifully, like a fine wine. Ebay always has some really good examples, and they are usually at bargain prices.
I suggest getting the perfumes that look dark, syrupy and thick. I find that these last a very long time when applied to the skin and the vanilla warms up nicely. Please remember that the older Shalimar is, the darker it will be in the bottle. If it is light colored, it is newer. Compare the two pictures below to see difference in color.
These Shalimar products can be found in the online or at fine department stores:
Starting in 1955, Shalimar was presented in a beautiful bottle called the Amphore flacon. It recalled the lovely perfume bottles of the 1920s and 1930s with its frosted and clear crystal curvilinear shape topped with a molded rosebud stopper. The bottle was designed and produced by Baccarat, but was also manufactured by Pochet et du Courval, so check the base for the acid stamp or logos. The Baccarat logo is circular in shape and the Pocher et du Courval mark is an embossed entwined HP symbol. This bottle was used for the perfumes Shalimar, Ode, Vol de Nuit, Chant D'Aromes, Liu, L'Heure Bleue, Chamade, Jicky & Mitsouko.
Made by Pochet et du Courval to hold extraits of Shalimar, L'Heure Bleue, Liu, Jicky, Sillage and others.
Shalimar was presented in several different flacons over the years, all bottles will have a gilded label. The oldest design is it's original one from 1925, the urn shaped flacon, called the "Chauve Souris" by Baccarat (#597), this design was also copied and used for Shalimar by the glass houses of Cristal Romesnil, Saint Gobain des Jonqueres, Pochet et du Courval, and Cristal Nancy.
Cristal Nancy closed its doors in 1931 so if your bottle is marked with their logo, your bottle was made between 1925 and 1931.
Look on the base of your bottle for acid stamps for Baccarat, Cristal Nancy or Cristal Romesnil, these markings add value to your bottle. The mark for Pochet et du Courval is an entwined HP molded into the base of the bottle. The bottle is made up of clear crystal with a fluted base, and a blue glass stopper with Guerlain in gold. A very rare example will have the stopper in just plain clear crystal and gold lettering. This vintage bottle would have came housed in a lilac flocked hinged box, simulating velvet. The bottle will lay down perfectly in a specifically cut out portion of the box.
The two photos above are a Cristal Nancy bottle, notice how the stopper has a hole in in in which thread has been pulled through for sealing.This bottle is a 120ml size. Photo from worthopedia.
This bottle is acid stamped with the Baccarat logo, see how this stopper is also pierced at the base? Bottle 6" tall X 4 1/2" wide. Photo from worthopedia.
Two Shalimar bottles, both 15ml extrait, different designs,slightly different heights, made by two different makers. Photo from basenote member ayelfior.
One on the left was made by Saint Gobain des Jonqueres and dates from 1981-1986. See how the foot is much wider and thicker than the other bottle, also note that the label is also slightly different in shape. This bottle is embossed with "SGD Guerlain Paris Bottle Made in France" and has a clear plastic label on the base that reads "Parfum GUERLAIN Paris 15ml 68% vol." and the date code "WX 4PC1". (Picture below)Photo from basenote member ayelfior.
The bottle on the right is by Pochet et du Courval and dates to after 1978, the base is acid eitched with "Bottle Made in France Net Cont 1/2 fl oz"..(Picture below) Photo from basenote member ayelfior.
Difference in the two boxes. The SDG box on the left is only marked Guerlain inside and is a lighter lavender color, the Pochet et du Courval box on the right has the Marly Horse logo and the box is a darker purple.Photo from basenote member ayelfior.
Saint Gobain bottle from 1981-1986. Note the label on font reads "Parfum SHALIMAR guerlain 15ml 68% vol". Photo from ebay seller thepaintedpast
A very rare presentation, called the Presentation Avion (airplane transportation presentation), used this style of box and was offered on the Air France Paris-New York flights, starting in 1960. The box was slightly different in the fact that instead of laying down inside the box, the bottle would stand up snugly inside a small plinth, in which the box lid would slip over making a cover. The stopper was not inside the bottle itself but was inside a tiny cardboard box which was included in the presentation box. The perfume was sealed with a cork covered in a thin plastic seal. These bottles were made by both Baccarat & Pochet et du Courval, look for their logos on the base, an entwined HP or the Baccarat symbol.
During 1940-1945, because of wartime restrictions, Shalimar was presented in its usual urn shaped bottle packaged in a simple blue and white boxes called presentations de guerre, marked "Conditionnement provisoire du manque d'ecrin-la qualite et la quantite du parfum sont rigoureusement identiques a celles de notre presentation normale."
Bottle created by Pochet et du Courval to hold eaux de toilette only. Bottle also made by different manufacturers over the years.
Bottle on left showing "dolphin label" which dates this to 1923-1979
Bottle on right showing more black and gold label and gilded glass & plastic stopper dating this to 1987. Photo by ebay seller vintage_whim.
Starting in 1936, Shalimar came in a round, disk shaped eau de cologne bottle with a cone shaped stopper. This is called the Montre, or watch bottle. Flacon created by Pochet et du Courval to hold eaux de toilette, first used with Cachet Jaune in 1936, also held various other scents such as Shalimar, Mitsouko, Jicky, Fol Arome, Chamade, Chant D'Aromes, Liu, L'Heure Bleue, Vol de Nuit, Sous Le Vent, Chypre 53, Parure and more.
A rare 1950 Christmas holiday presentation for Shalimar consists of the disk shaped bottle and a small, square red cotton ladies scarf printed with an image of this Shalimar flacon.They were housed in a rectangular, white cardboard case, with white satin interior.
Since it was used for all of Guerlain's standard colognes, only the central disk of color varied with the names of perfume.
Starting in 1952, Shalimar extrait was presented in a clear glass, ribbed, elongated perfume bottle. This was called the parapluie or umbrella flacon and was based on the footed Baccarat bottle called the Gratte Ciel, or skyscraper flacon that housed Atuana and Fleur de Feu.
This purse flacon was made by Pochet et du Courval and sometimes featured the Marly Horse logo. Some bottles came in a leather pouch or the purple flocked box. It held 1/4 oz of extrait only. The bottle was also used for other Guerlain perfumes up until 1978.
Pochet et du Courval:
For a short time in the 1940s, Shalimar was launched in Guerlain's original squatty rectangular bottle with the mushroom stopper, called the bouchon quadrilobe, manufactured by Baccarat. The bottle came housed in a green box with Art Nouveau like gilded designs of stylized lotus flowers. This bottle was originally created for the perfume Rue de la Paix in 1908. The bottle was also manufactured by Pochet et du Courval and Cristalleries de Nancy.
This bottle is marked with the Baccarat logo on the base. Photo from worthopedia.
These bottles were meant to hold eau de colognes of Guerlain's standard perfumes: Shalimar, L'Heure Bleue, Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit, Chamade, Liu and Chant D'Aromes. The bottles were probably made by either SGD or Pochet et du Courval. They are ribbed and look a little like the parapluie bottles, but have a black spray mechanism at the top, the name of the perfume is usually written in gold on a black band just below the cap, there is also a label on the base of the bottle. The bottle has a goldtone cap over the spray nozzle, it had a black plastic disk imprinted with a G for Guerlain on the top, this bottle was packaged in the same black and white boxes as some of the Montre bottles.
The 1960s also saw a different type of bottle for Shalimar eau de toilette, this was a cylindrical metal bottle which housed a 3fl oz glass spray vial which could be replaced with a new refill when finished. The metal bottle was enameled with blue and white Oriental designs. This copyrighted design was launched in 1968. Other scents were packaged in similar looking enameled cases.
In the 1980s, gold purse sprays were available for all scents and the original Shalimar bottle got a modern makeover and now came with a plastic cap and spray nozzle. The original bottle continued to be made, but for the Parfum only. In 1981, a limited edition goldtone cylindrical bottle was offered with a glass spray bottle, which could be replaced with a new refill when finished.These gold bottles hosted all Guerlain eau de toilette fragrances at one point between 1981 and 1989.
Flacon created by Pochet et du Courval to hold extraits of Apres L'Ondee, Muguet, Mouchoir de Monsieur, Violette a deux Sous, Le Bon Vieux Temps, Ai Loe and others. Flacon has also been used for special limited editions such as Chamade and Shalimar in the 1960s-1970s?.
The next style that replaced the Delft atomizers and was rectangular, goldtone and had a pierced basketweave or lattice design, it was introduced in 1982 and used up until 1989, these thin metal cases held refills for eau de toilettes and in 1987, the parfum de toilettes.
As the millennium approached, Guerlain wanted a fresh, modern look for some of its bottles, and introduced the Habit de Fete limited edition bottles. These bottles are an updated version of it's classic refillable styles, but come in three different sizes. The bottles are a thick gold tone studded with silvery dots. Refills for these bottles can be found at the Guerlain counters or purchased online. Although there are several styles of these refillable containers, they all fit the same size and shape of refills: 50ml/1.7 oz Eau de Parfum, 93ml/3.14 oz Eau de toilette and 8ml/0.25 oz parfum extrait. The eau de parfum bottle is shorter, wider and flatter, while the eau de toilette is taller, thinner and round.
A factice is a "dummy" bottle, it is meant to be displayed at the perfume counters of department stores and in Guerlain's own boutiques. Factices do not contain perfume, but they do contain colored water to resemble perfume. Some factices do not contain any liquid, and the bottle may be colored amber to resemble perfume. At times you can find factices marked "factice" or "dummy". Factices can come in a variety of sizes from small to giant. The giant sizes are often the most desirable.
Largest factice, the giant, measures 17.5" tall x 12.5" wide x 5.25" deep. Made by Pochet et du Courval. Bottle not meant to hold liquid, but has amber tinted glass to resemble perfume instead. Photo by ebay seller guise-girl.
15" Factice by Pochet et du Courval. Photo from Silke's Giant Factice World.
Shalimar Factice stands 11.75" tall x 8" diameter x 2" wide. Made by Pochet et du Courval. Photo from worthopedia.
Limited Edition Shalimar Bottle. 4" tall. Only 50 imported to US. Signed by one of the Guerlain's on the stopper, also includes a blue stone necklace. Photo by Atlanta Antique Gallery.
– scent of desires, joy and sensuality arrives in a flacon which reminds us of shape of the traditional edition. The new bottle is taller and sleeker than the previous. It is decorated with blue stopper and blue tassel on the neck of the flacon. Liquid of the flacon is coloured in warm pink.
Composition of Shalimar Parfum Initial is created of citruses, green notes, flowers, woody accords and oriental scents. Starting from citruses, the composition adds zest of bergamot and orange. Rose flowers and jasmine enjoy embrace of woody accords of vetiver and patchouli, while oriental notes of vanilla, white musk and luscious tonka give seductive warmth to the whole composition. Green notes provide a fresher tone to the composition.
Face of the advertising campaign for the new Shalimar Parfum Initial is Natalia Vodianova, photographed naked. These photos are supposed to represent innocence and chastity of woman's body, new Eve. The photos were taken by Paolo Roversi.
Shalimar Parfum Initial will be available as 40, 60 and 100ml EDP, from March 2011.