Birchbox Subscribe to Birchbox Subscribe to BirchboxMan Shop Birchbox Shop BirchboxMan Gift Birchbox BirchboxMan
Makeup Hair Skincare Fragrance Bath & Body Lifestyle Accessories Tools Nails Gifts with Purchase $25 and Under Birchbox Exclusives Best Sellers Limited Edition Boxes Birchbox Discovery Kits Value Sets What’s New Sale Brands for Women Latest Articles and Videos
Skincare Hair Body Beard Shave Fragrance Apparel & Accessories Gifts with Purchase Sampled This Month $25 and Under Best Sellers BirchboxMan Exclusives BirchboxMan Collections Gift Sets Sale What’s New Brands for Men View the Guide

Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial 40 ml

Some scents fade quicker than you can say “eau de toilette,” but this one lasts all day. Master Perfumer Thierry Wasser was inspired by his young niece to create this modern interpretation of Guerlain’s classic scent — which debuted way back in 1925 — after she challenged him to create a Shalimar for her. The resulting fragrance is a gorgeous blend of amber and floral notes. Leave it to the French to create a perfume that lingers well past your evening commute.

Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial 40 ml
4.1 out of 5 stars, based on 11 Reviews 11 Reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars
5 Star
6
4 Star
2
3 Star
2
2 Star
0
1 Star
1
my profile
people who
purchased
sampled
Age
17 & under
18-24
25-34
35-44
45-54
55 & over
Apply
Sorry....

I have been addicted to Shalimar since I first smelled it on a Mother who I babysat for when I was 13! This scent is nothing like the original. You can't improve on perfection.

3
Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
Luxurious

This is a luxury brand for a reason, very high quality, this brand always hurts y pocket but it's always worth it :)

5
Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
Heady and mysterious without being overpowering

I tend to be pretty fickle when it comes to scents... I'm a tomboy and don't like anything too flowery smelling - most perfumes are just too girly for me, and the "clean fresh!" perfumes for us "sporty" types are too citrus-y. This scent has a wonderful combo of musk and wood, with a very slight powder aftersmell. It's opulent without being overpowering. It reminds me of silk-padded wallpaper and ball gowns, but without being too old and fuddy-duddy. It's a winter or evening perfume - not sure I'd wear it just hanging around or on the day I wear jeans to the office.

5
Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
fun, flirty, and sophisticated

I like this perfume a lot - at first it reminds me a bit of lemon meringue, and then there is smooth iris and vanilla with a touch of biscuitty-nutty-yumminess that lasts all day. It's a bit gourmand and a bit oriental without being too in your face or too frou-frou. Would love more modern classics like this!

5
Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
Smells better than...

Smells better then the original shalimar, but I just can not get over the dense powder and musk smell. I know it is a classic, but it just does not smell good to me no matter how many times I want it to. I do not understand the hype.

1
Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No 1 of 2 found this review helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
Shalimar & How It Takes Me Back

My maternal aunt Jan wore Shalimar. Such an amazing & ladylike scent. I cannot wait to wear it & think of her.

5
Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
smells different
Purchased

I received a sample of the parfum . I totally loved it! I ordered a full size bottle and it smells completely different :(

3
Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
My Shalimar

My mother has worn Shalimar my whole life and while I love it on her I don't want to smell like my mother. This is my signature Shalimar scent. It's so divine. Two spritzes and I smell it on me all day. And although it's expensive this bottle will last me 3 years.

5
Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
fantastic classic fragrance
Purchased

I first started enjoying this fragrance in college when I received it as a birthday present. After decades of use, I still use it and still love it. It's sweet and spicy, without being overpowering. As advertised, although it does mellow as the day goes on, it lasts.

5
Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
Classic and no allergy

I have been wearing this since I was a kid. I am allergic to most, so it's nice that this still works for me. It is weird, however, because it smells good on me (like warm cinnamon rolls), but doesn't smell good on some people. It's a body chemistry thing.

4
Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No