Shalimar by Guerlain: A New Vanilla Scented Vintage

The mythical perfume, Guerlain’s Shalimar, reinvests itself once more with a vintage that boasts vanilla as its crown jewel! It is the Shalimar Millésime Vanilla.

Guerlain’s Shalimar: A Vanilla kissed Myth

« I enjoy vanilla because it sparks various emotions. On one hand, its sweetness brings us back into our childhood. Yet, on the other, it a peak of sensuality, a key ingredient of Shalimar’s seductive nature. This duality fascinates me. » Delphine Jelk, the nose behind Guerlain’s Petite Robe Noire, orchestrated along with Thierry Wasser, Master Perfumer at Guerlain, this new vintage of the Shalimar myth around the thrilling and captivating scent of vanilla. 

Thus by bringing Guerlain’s olfactory signature – better known as “Guerlinade” – to the forefront, the nose sets vanilla as the sensual and carnal pedestal of an even more exhilerating Shalimar!

The Shalimar scent bears in its core composition this very same excitement of the senses that forges the mightiest myths of perfumery. The founder, and perfumer, behind the Shalimar blend, Jacques Guerlain, would proudly say that « wearing Shalimar is letting one’s senses take control. »

It is a love story inspired scent, that of Chah Djahan, once an emperor of the East, who imagined a magnificent garden baptized Shalimar, in memory of his departed wife… That same metaphor of a temple of love suits the romantic perfume perfectly.

And at the heart of this heightened sensuality is vanilla! It is said that it is by tossing a dose of vanilla into the vial of his famous perfume, Jicky, that Jacques Guerlain invented the Shalimar formula. One can better understand why Shalimar Millésime Vanilla serves as the utmost hommage!

Shalimar Millésime Vanilla: Accuracy and Depth

This is an extraordinary Millésime that offers up to the heavens the signature scents of Guerlain; vanilla, under the rough forms that are natural vanilla extract, vanillin and the household vanilla dye from Madagascar. And of course, opopanin, an exclusive in-house blend nicknamed the « Guerlain Amber ».

It is once again the Guerlain house which indicates the sublime orchestration of Shalimar’s Millésime Vanilla, an undoubtedly timeless scent: « The essential bergamot sets the ball rolling. It irradiates a floral core that blends the absolute rose with the elegance of the iris. In no time, the vanilla carresses the petals and deploys itself fully. Masterful. Of an absolute preciousness, the household dye made from vanilla cloves, Planifolia, is used almost to the point of overdose in the composition. […]

Subsequently, it expresses plentifully the depth of various facets, simultaneously suave, wooded and slighlty leathery. Supported by the ambered effects of the opopanin – the iconic Shalimar blend – and enveloped in musky comfort, the vanilla is magnified to the extremes in this generous and distinguished wake… »

The marvelous and poetic wake of the Shalimar Millésime Vanilla can be understood through the know-how that Guerlain perpetuates since nearly two centuries. Moreover, it is in a similar casket than that of the 1925 original Shalimar perfume that this exceptional nectar is distilled.

Shalimar Millésime Vanilla recycles the pedestal aesthetic of the vial that was created in 1925 by Raymond Guerlain for the same perfume. An inspiring container where one can find the famous « bat-cut » label, an Art Déco influence that underlines even more so the vanilla planifolia dyed scent which marks this brand new composition.

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