People, people, I think I have found a new way to do matchy-matchy! I got a sample of Guerlain Shalimar Eau Initial L’eau the other day, and I liked it so much that I wore it for several days in a row. And then I had this light bulb moment: why don’t I wear that and my Shalimar Rouge Automatique? Oh the kick I got out of it!
Forgive me for having very little knowledge about the creations of this perfume house with a long history. I started getting hooked on Guerlain with my first Rouge Automtique, but their perfumes never spoke to me till I tried La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum (my favorite for this time of the year). After trying Shalimar Parfum Initial L’eau, I definitely need to do more research!
I am normally more intrigued by the “original” version of a scent instead of the “l’eau” version that seems more watered-down. However, in the case of Shalimar Parfum Initial L’eau, everything just falls into the right place! The top notes consist of neroli and several members of the citrus family (bergamot, grapefruit, and orange). However, rather than a fresh burst, the citrus notes in Shalimar Parfum Initial L’eau produce depth with a sweet and sour twist.
The middle notes are a happy family of floral, including iris, jasmine, hyacinth, freesia, rose, and lily-of-the-valley. Here is the interesting thing: I have no idea where the “spicy” vibe in this scent comes from, but even the floral notes have a mildly spicy edge. The base notes are tonka beans and vanilla, but the spiciness stays till the end.
Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial L’eau is supposed to be a fresh summery scent, but I actually think it has enough warmth and depth for this time of the year as well. It is rich, but not so rich that it wouldn’t work for daytime or the work place. If you are familiar with Guerlain perfumes, you might have heard of “Guerlinade,” which is the special little something in all Guerlain scents. I can definitely pick that out here as well!
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Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx