Monday, September 1, 2014

Gourmand Coquin by Guerlain c2008

Gourmand Coquin by Guerlain: launched in 2008. Created by Christine Nagel and Sylvaine Delacourte.



From Guerlain:
An irresistible desire to dive into one's fantasies is born from a unique drop of perfume. Let your senses decide what kind of woman you wish to be tonight. The Carnal Elixirs highlight the pleasure of marvelously daring olfactory discoveries. Subtle, forbidden fragrances that delicately reveal the many facets of a woman. 
Gourmand Cocquin - no game is off limits for this little darling who enjoys tying her willing victims up in her love from their heads down to their toes. With a penchant for sweet treats, her insatiable appetite indulges in every pleasure and naughty fantasy. Gourmand Coquin teases with a sprinkling of black peppercorns binding luscious chocolate. A dash of rum, spice and cocoa bean intoxicates the senses and then delights even further with rose and voluptuous vanilla.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an Oriental Vanilla fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: black pepper
  • Heart notes: rose, spices, cacao
  • Base notes: rum, dark chocolate, vanilla

Floral Romantique by Guerlain c2011

Floral Romantique by Guerlain: launched in 2011. Created by Thierry Wasser.



From Guerlain:

An irresistible desire to dive into one's fantasies is born from a unique drop of perfume. Let your senses decide what kind of woman you wish to be tonight. The Carnal Elixirs highlight the pleasure of marvelously daring olfactory discoveries. Subtle, forbidden fragrances that delicately reveal the many facets of a woman. 
Floral Romantique, the sensual romantic, is a tender nectar for a delicate and romantic woman. Fresh top notes of Mandarin orange lead to the core of jasmine, ylang-ylang, tiare, lily and carnation. Woody nuances of cedar in the base are harmoniously combined with smoked tea and mate.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral woody musk fragrance for women.


  • Top notes: Mandarin orange
  • Heart notes: jasmine, tiare, lily, ylang-ylang, carnation
  • Base notes: cedar, smoked tea, chestnut, ambrette, mate

Boise Torride by Guerlain c2009

Boise Torride by Guerlain: launched in 2009, created by Christine Nagel.



From Guerlain:
An irresistible desire to dive into one's fantasies is born from a unique drop of perfume. Let your senses decide what kind of woman you wish to be tonight. The Carnal Elixirs highlight the pleasure of marvelously daring olfactory discoveries. Subtle, forbidden fragrances that delicately reveal the many facets of a woman. 
Boise Torride, the sultry seductress, is a smoldering wood scent constructed around cedar and patchouli, two warm and noble essences traditionally used in men's perfume making. But in this case, like a tuxedo that enhances a woman's body, they embrace the softness of a sensual bouquet of jasmine and orange blossom caressed by white musk.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a woody floral fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: bergamot, tangerine, pink berries
  • Heart notes: marshmallow, orange blossom, jasmine
  • Base notes: patchouli, white musk, cedar

Chypre Fatal by Guerlain c2008

Chypre Fatal by Guerlain: launched in 2008, created by Christine Nagel in cooperation with art director Sylvaine Delacourte.



From Guerlain:

An irresistible desire to dive into one's fantasies is born from a unique drop of perfume. Let your senses decide what kind of woman you wish to be tonight. The Carnal Elixirs highlight the pleasure of marvelously daring olfactory discoveries. Subtle, forbidden fragrances that delicately reveal the many facets of a woman. 
Underneath the Chypre Fatal woman's cool, refined exterior, a passionate fire burns. A woman to love but never truly know, she always has the upper hand with those who dare to try to own her. 
The intense aura of this fatal fruity chypre haunts, as it presses and caresses with rose, to which patchouli brings its spicy, woody overtones. Vanilla and white peach sensually soften the harmony that leaves an indelible trail.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a fruity chypre fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: white peach
  • Heart notes: rose
  • Base notes: patchouli, vanilla

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Oriental Brulant by Guerlain c2008

Oriental Brulant by Guerlain: launched in 2008. Created by Christine Nagel and Sylvaine Delacourte.



From Guerlain:

An irresistible desire to dive into one's fantasies is born from a unique drop of perfume. Let your senses decide what kind of woman you wish to be tonight. Les Elixirs Charnels (Carnal Elixirs) highlight the pleasure of marvelously daring olfactory discoveries. Subtle, forbidden fragrances that delicately reveal the many facets of a woman. 
Consumed by intense desire and passion, the Oriental Brulant woman knows her lover will satisfy her every whim. Her beloved is spellbound, hypnotized and forever in her power. Simmering with sensuality, Oriental Brulant embraces with vanilla and tonka bean, creating an aura of seduction that is impossible to resist. White almond offers a tender lasting touch.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an Oriental perfume for women with a dominant styrax note.

  • Top notes: tangerine
  • Heart notes: almond
  • Base notes: tonka bean, vanilla, styrax

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune by Guerlain c1999

Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune by Guerlain: launched in 1999. Created by Jean-Paul Guerlain.

Pamplelune is sparkling and alive, flowing from its generous and tender sun-drenched flesh like and exotic juice - freshly pressed and chilled before it melts in a delicious blend of patchouli and vanilla.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a citrus fragrance.


  • Top notes: grapefruit, lemon and bergamot
  • Middle notes: petitgrain, patchouli and cassia
  • Base notes: sandalwood and vanilla


Click HERE to purchase Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune 2.5 oz Eau de Toilette
Click HERE to purchase Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune 2.5 oz Eau de Toilette
Click HERE to purchase Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune 4pc Set: 4.2 oz EDT, 0.25 oz EDT, 0.25 oz Lys Soleia EDT and Beige Guerlain Cosmetics Bag
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Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic by Guerlain c2007

Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic by Guerlain: launched in 2007. Created by Marie Salamagne.

An exhilarating expression of the imagination. Airy and breezy, the sparkling notes of fresh citrus and fragrant floral promise feelings of joy and hope.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a Citrus Aromatic fragrance for women.


  • Top notes are clementine, orange blossom, ivy, green tea and bitter orange
  • Middle notes are peony, chamomile, mandarin orange and basil
  • Base notes are sandalwood and amber



Aqua Allegoria Lilia Bella by Guerlain c2001

Aqua Allegoria Lilia Bella by Guerlain: launched in 2001. Created by Jean-Paul Guerlain.

Lilia Bella, a tribute to the spring freshness, a gentle and a feminine freshness. It is the symbol of back to happiness and to beautiful days. It is a tribute to a cheerful and capricious.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a green floral fragrance.


  • Top notes: green notes
  • Middle notes: lily of the valley and lilac
  • Base notes: rose and jasmine


Aqua Allegoria Lemon Fresca c2003

Aqua Allegoria Lemon Fresca by Guerlain: launched in  2003. Created by Jean-Paul Guerlain.

It's hot, very hot in Taormina. In August, this little Sicillian town is plunged into an abyss of dazzling light where time stands still at the merest hint of a breeze. It was during one of his numerous journeys to Sicily that Jean-Paul Guerlain had the idea to compose Lemon Fresca, an extremely citrus fragrance that fulfils a legitimate desire of freshness.

So what does it smell like? The pure aroma of a fresh, juicy lemon!

  • Top notes: lemon, bergamot, lime
  • Middle notes: anise
  • Base notes: woody notes, green notes

Aqua Allegoria Lavande Velours

Aqua Allegoria Lavande Velours by Guerlain: launched in 1999. Created by Jean-Paul Guerlain.

Eau de toilette line Aqua Allegoria is a fragrant fantasy, like taking a walk in the garden, and which garden it is depends on the main note of the composition, while all the other components are there to accentuate its beauty.

So what does it smell like? A true to life, dry lavender fragrance with a warm, woodsy base.


  • Top notes:  lavender and violet
  • Middle notes: iris
  • Base notes: sandalwood and vanilla



Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia c2012

Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia by Guerlain: launched in 2012. Created by Thierry Wasser.

Sun caressing warm skin.  Necklace of lilies.  Escape beneath the trade winds.  Lys Soleia - The spirit of lily and a note ylang-ylang.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a fruity floral fragrance.


  • Top notes: bergamot, lemon and palm leaves
  • Middle notes: lily, ylang-ylang, and tropical fruits.
  • Base notes: tuberose, vanilla and white musk




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cuir Beluga by Guerlain c2005

Cuir Beluga by Guerlain: launched in 2005 as part of the L’Art et la Matière collection. Created by Olivier Polge.



From Guerlain:

Like a pair of luxurious, buttery soft leather gloves, Cuir Beluga's smooth touch is a perfect fit. Guerlain has taken leather to new olfactory heights, blending it with Mandarin orange, amber, heliotrope and vanilla.

Enigmatic and mysterious, Cuir Beluga has lured both men and women into its velvety paradox. It is made for the woman or man with leather gloves curled around a steering wheel with wind-tousled hair, staring down an open road and happily consumed by the journey.


So what does it smell like? It is classified as a leather fragrance.

  • Top notes: aldehydes, tangerine, mandarin
  • Heart notes: patchouli, everlasting flower (immortelle)
  • Base notes: vanilla, amber, suede, heliotrope, leather

Click HERE to purchase Cuir Beluga 2.5 oz Eau de Parfum


About L'Art et la Matiére:

L'Art et la Matiere is a collection of rare perfumes that capture the world's most luxurious raw materials with vision and daring. "Matière" means "material" in French. The name of the line is actually a pun on the French expression "L'Art et la manière". It's used when you talk about there being a certain "correct" way of doing things, with "art and manner".

Angelique Noire by Guerlain c2005

Angelique Noire by Guerlain: launched in 2005 as part of the L’Art et la Matière collection. Created by Daniela (Roche) Andrier.



From Guerlain:
Angelique Noire coyly blends the freshness of angelica, the luminosity of bergamot and the smooth, feminine sweetness of vanilla. It is made for the woman who should not be underestimated; although seemingly shy at first, she may just be the one to steal the first kiss!

So what does it smell like?It is classified as a floral oriental perfume.

  • Top notes: angelica seeds, bergamot, pink berries, pear
  • Heart notes: jasmine sambac, caraway, spices, almond
  • Base notes: vanilla, angelica roots, cedar


Click HERE to purchase Angelique Noire 2.5 oz Eau de Parfum


About L'Art et la Matiére:

L'Art et la Matiere is a collection of rare perfumes that capture the world's most luxurious raw materials with vision and daring. "Matière" means "material" in French. The name of the line is actually a pun on the French expression "L'Art et la manière". It's used when you talk about there being a certain "correct" way of doing things, with "art and manner".

Cruel Gardenia by Guerlain c2008

Cruel Gardenia by Guerlain: launched in 2008 as part of the L’Art et la Matière collection. Created by Randa Hammami and Sylvaine Delacourte.



From Guerlain:
Cruel Gardenia doesn't concern itself with polite flirtation; it immediately pierces the heart and burns itself into its captive's mind like a beautiful obsession. The scent creates an eternal loop like the memory of a lover's last kiss, replaying the taste, warmth and passion over and over to the point of exquisite pain. It's so cruel; it's kind. 
Cruel Gardenia is brilliantly embraced with the sweet essence of rose and neroli, warmed by ylang-ylang and white musk and haunted by sensuous notes of vanilla and sandalwood. It is made for a femme fatale who completely possesses and kindly destroys her lovers. Women know not to leave their men alone with her, fearing her tempting web of desire will instantly ensnare them.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral perfume with a dominant gardenia note.

  • Top notes: Damask rose, peach, neroli
  • Heart notes: gardenia, ylang-ylang, violet
  • Base notes: tonka bean, vanilla, sandalwood, musk


Click HERE to purchase Cruel Gardenia 2.5 oz Eau de Parfum


 About L'Art et la Matiére:

L'Art et la Matiere is a collection of rare perfumes that capture the world's most luxurious raw materials with vision and daring. "Matière" means "material" in French. The name of the line is actually a pun on the French expression "L'Art et la manière". It's used when you talk about there being a certain "correct" way of doing things, with "art and manner".

Rose Barbare by Guerlain c2005

Rose Barbare by Guerlain: launched in 2005 as part of the L’Art et la Matière collection. Rose Barbare was created by Francis Kurkdjian.





From Guerlain:
Call Rose Barbare a rebel with a beautiful cause. It is a creation that explores the deep, mysterious and sublime darkness of rose. It presents itself directly without pretense or fanfare, with bold top notes of ottoman rose blending with the spontaneous sensuality of fresh honey chypre. The impressively smooth mixture sweeps in like a silent shadow, a beautiful darkness suffused with luminosity, gently caressing the skin. Always one to question authority, this daring beauty easily debunks traditional ideas and institutions.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral chypre fragrance with a dominant rose note.

  • Top notes: aldehydes, rose essence
  • Heart notes: rose absolute, fenugreek
  • Base notes: peach honey, patchouli, notes of undergrowth



Click HERE to purchase Rose Barbare 2.5 oz Eau de Parfum


About L'Art et la Matiére:

L'Art et la Matiere is a collection of rare perfumes that capture the world's most luxurious raw materials with vision and daring. "Matière" means "material" in French. The name of the line is actually a pun on the French expression "L'Art et la manière". It's used when you talk about there being a certain "correct" way of doing things, with "art and manner".


Bois D'Armenie by Guerlain c2006

Bois D'Armenie by Guerlain: launched in 2006 as part of the L’Art et la Matière collection. Created by Annick Menardo.



From Guerlain:
The ethereal Bois d'Armenie, inspired by Papier d'Armenie (the scented paper used as incense since the 16th century), is a panoramic sensation of wood, spice and oriental accents wrapped in a transparent cloud of smoke. A beautiful harmony using the heart of benzoin, pink pepper, coriander, patchouli and white musk creates a billowing mist of delicacy. Seductive and alluring, it is made for the woman who leaves a lasting impression, haunting those who dare to love her.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a woody oriental fragrance.

  • Top notes: incense, iris, pink pepper
  • Heart notes: guaiac wood, coriander leaves
  • Base notes: copahu balm, patchouli, white musk




About L'Art et la Matiére:

L'Art et la Matiere is a collection of rare perfumes that capture the world's most luxurious raw materials with vision and daring. "Matière" means "material" in French. The name of the line is actually a pun on the French expression "L'Art et la manière". It's used when you talk about there being a certain "correct" way of doing things, with "art and manner".

Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain c2010

Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain: launched in 2010 as part of the L’Art et la Matière collection. Created by Thierry Wasser.



From Guerlain:
Tonka Imperiale, a subtle blend of balmy scents, is rich in contrasting facets with accents of honey, gingerbread, almond, hay and tobacco. An astonishing construction that blows hot and cold between the freshness of rosemary (the aromatic, uplifting top note) and the sweet, pervasive fullness of tonka bean. Highly concentrated and beautifully balanced, it gives the fragrance a rare and memorable personality. Alluring and surprising, the tonka bean reveals all its power to arrest. An irresistible attraction and love at first sight.

So what does it smell like?


  • Top notes: butter almond, rosemary, bergamot
  • Middle notes: tobacco, tonka, jasmine, white honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
  • Base notes: ambergris, vanilla, pine, cedar, incense


Click HERE to purchase Tonka Imperiale 2.5 oz Eau de Parfum


About L'Art et la Matiére:

L'Art et la Matiere is a collection of rare perfumes that capture the world's most luxurious raw materials with vision and daring. "Matière" means "material" in French. The name of the line is actually a pun on the French expression "L'Art et la manière". It's used when you talk about there being a certain "correct" way of doing things, with "art and manner".

Coque D'Or by Guerlain c2014 Limited Edition Collector's Flacon

Coque D'Or by Guerlain: available in September 2014 as a limited edition collector's flacon filled with a reformulated version of the Coque D'Or perfume originally launched in 1937. Thierry Wasser has successfully recreated this long forgotten fragrance using safer ingredients and perfume materials due to IFRA's regulations (read: without oakmoss, as in the original formula).

You can read more here on my original post on Coque D'Or here.

To make this even more special, the parfum extrait will be housed inside of an original vintage 190ml Baccarat flacon which known in collector's circles as the Noed Papillon flacon, the rich cobalt blue bow tie shaped bottle adorned with a generous coating of gold enamel.

There is a limited supply of this edition of only 29 examples priced at 17,000 Euros (about $22,434) each. Exorbitant yes, but  I predict that the original vintage editions should also go up in value, as curiosity from the masses who cannot afford this limited edition, will look to buy those remaining vintage bottles which are sometimes available at auctions or other online sources.

Let's cross our fingers and hope that Guerlain will entertain the idea of issuing this fragrance in a bottle and a price that will be available to those not in the 2%.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a fruity-floral chypre fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, fruits, anise and lavender
  • Middle notes: jasmine, carnation, cyclamen and orris root
  • Base notes: vetiver, patchouli, tolu balsam, musk, moss, civet and vanilla

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Shalimar c1925

Shalimar perfume was originally created in 1921 by Guerlain. It was re-released during the Art Deco Exhibition in Paris in 1925. I have separate blog posts on Shalimar bottles and its flanker scents.

History of Shalimar Perfume


Shalimar was named after the garden in Srinagar, built for Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Shah Jahan in honor of his wife. Before he became emperor his name was Prince Khurram. According to the legend, twenty- year-old Prince Khurram met a young girl, named Arjumand Banu at the bazaar where her family worked.

Mesmerized by her beauty, after becoming emperor, he made her his wife as Mumtaz Mahal, meaning the "Jewel of the Palace". After the wedding ,the prince and Mumtaz were inseparable, in war and in peace. She had given 13 children to Shahjahan and died during the birth of their 14th child at the age of 39. Her death devastated Shah Jahan and had built Taj Mahal in memory of his wife and their undying love. Shalimar is named after ‘The Gardens of Shalimar’.It was Mumtaz’s favorite garden.

Guerlain filed a trademark for the name Shalimar on 8/24/1926, and noted that its first recorded use in commerce was 4/3/1926. The trademark was renewed in 1966 to include these Shalimar named products: perfume, cologne, toilet water, dusting powder, talcum powder, skin lotion, hair spray and bath oil.  The name was again renewed in 2006 and 2009.

Michael Edwards' book Perfume Legends: French Feminine Fragrances notes that at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris in 1925, Guerlain received an award, but it didn't attract much attention. It wasn't until later when traveling to the United States, Madame Guerlain and her husband  learned that Shalimar had already been desired by the American public before they stepped off the ship into New York.

A 1931 ad reads: "And if she seeks perfume, then will she find in the enchanting, the miraculous creations of Guerlain the end of her quest. Who can forget ever the emotion of gorgeous Shalimar . . . the muted voice of velvet Shalimar!' Its fame has gone round the world.."

A 1932 ad reads: " A perfume by Guerlain is the epitome of elegance, the consummate gift among luxuries. For it is a gift which enhances the elegance of women. Shalimar is the reigning perfume of the world. Women of elegance in all the great capitals bow to its power and beauty."

Controversy


Shalimar proved to be so successful that in 1927 a rival perfume company, was trying to use the name, subsequently a legal battle issued and   throughout the early part of the 1930s, Shalimar's name was replaced by "No. 90", Guerlain's stock catalog number for the perfume, on bottles for export. I am unsure of exactly what company Guerlain sued. I have two ideas, it could have been Du Barry et Cie or Villon Perfumers.

Du Barry et Cie (Goldstone Laboratories, Hove), was selling line of toiletry products named Shalimar, by 1930, the line was extended to include even more products than before. I saw ads for Du Barry's Shalimar manicure products and other toiletries in 1923, before Guerlain "officially" launched Shalimar perfume and I still saw ads for Shalimar Creme by Du Barry being sold in 1972.

Villon Perfumer, also decided to cash in on the popularity and launched a cheaper perfume. Samuel A. Klein doing business as Villon Perfumer was blending small amounts of Guerlain's Shalimar with his own cheap perfume blend and rebottling them into smaller bottles. He was advertising these bottles as "Guerlain's Shalimar et Villon Blend, Rebottled by Villon, NYC, Wholly Independent of Guerlain"  and "Genuine Extracts of Shalimar with Villon Blender". A legal battle ensued in 1931, suing Villon for using the trade names of Mitsouko and Shalimar. There was also uncontradicted testimony that scientific and practical tests reveals that there was a marked difference between Guerlain's Shalimar perfume and the contents of the small vials sold by Villon.

Composition



Shalimar's Fragrance Notes

Top notes: 
Lemon, Bergamot, Mandarin
Heart notes: 
Jasmine, May rose, Heliotrope, Opoponax, Patchouli, Iris
Base notes: 
Orris, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Musk, Incense, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Civet, Balsam of Peru, Benzoin, Leather, Ambergris

Shalimar was one of the first scents to incorporate the synthetic vanilla compound, vanillin (Methoxy-3-Hydroxy- Benzaldehyde). Jacques Guerlain believed that the scent of vanilla was an aphrodisiac, so while examining a sample of vanillin, suddenly poured the entire contents into a nearby bottle of Jicky,," just to see what would happen." The resulting concoction was to be named Shalimar.

Perfume Shrine has noted that "Vanillin was first isolated as a relatively pure substance in 1858 by Nicolas-Theodore Gobley, by evaporating a vanilla extract to dryness and recrystallizing the resulting solids. In 1874, German scientists Ferdinand Tiemann and Wilhelm Haarmann found a way to synthesize vanillin from coniferin, a glycoside of isoeugenol found in pine bark (they went on to found a company which now belongs to Symrise and produce it industrially). In 1876, Karl Reimer synthesized vanillin from another source: guaiacol. The laboratories De Laire bought the patent for vanillin and sold the product to Guerlain for their perfumery, first used in Jicky. But, Jicky already contained vanillin along with natural vanilla extract, as well as coumarin and linalool. The secret to the medicinal, smoky yellow vanillin of Jicky, reprised in Shalimar, was the remnants of guiacol and phenols, lending an autumnal darkness to what would otherwise be a confectionary sweet cream. This is the reason that Guerlain insisted on ordering the impure grade of vanillin even when the chemical process was improved."

Famous perfumer Ernest Beaux, realized that Shalimar was a great perfume and thus complained: "When I do vanilla I get crème anglaise, when Guerlain does it he gets Shalimar!"

Jean-Paul Guerlain has said, “Vanilla is famous as an aphrodisiac and I think that this is true. My grand-father, Jacques Guerlain, taught me how to love vanilla as it adds something wonderfully erotic to a perfume. It turned Shalimar into an evening gown with an outrageously plunging neckline.”

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 is one of the best selling perfumes ever and its magic is undeniable.  In 2001, it was slightly tweaked to appeal to a wider audience.

Personally I find that vintage Shalimar perfumes smell the best, as their perfume oils were more concentrated and natural and didnt have the synthetic chemical smell that today's reformulated versions have. The vintage perfumes have a delightful musky, smoky, velvety and well rounded accord that are not comparable in the Shalimar of today due to IFRA restrictions and the fact that the perfumers at Guerlain may not have access to exclusive perfume bases once used in the composition.

If you wish to obtain the earlier versions, I suggest the Shalimar of the 1920s up until the 1990s. 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.

If you can find it, a vintage bottle of Scherk's Intermezzo perfume smells similar to Shalimar, but it is weaker and lighter in character.


Ancillary Products


Shalimar was so popular that Guerlain came out with ancillary products that showcased its unique scent. The first of these was the Shalimar face Powder.

A 1931 ad reads: " So why do you not hasten to try Guerlain's new achievement, Shalimar Powder? It is scented with the famous Shalimar. ... Guerlain meant this Shalimar Powder to give the skin an effect of surreal loveliness. And his patrons say that it does."  In 1930, Shalimar face powder was then packed in a sealed container which had a “window” of transparent tissue, so that the purchaser could see the actual color.

Then came the Shalimar scented Lotion Vegetale, meant to perfume the hair before or after shampooing, combed through the hair to make it soft and smooth, although men also used it as an aftershave lotion too. The 8 oz capsule bottles were sold from 1953 til 1971, earlier bottles were tall and rectangular with a glass ball stopper..

Shalimar Eau de Cologne, released in 1936, in USA in 1937, it came in four sizes initially. “Toilet water in an oval bottle with atomizer top is new, $5.” ( 1939) “Guerlain now has a $5 size of toilet water in all the popular fragrances such as Shalimar, L’heure Bleue, Vol de Nuit, Coque D’Or, Liu, Mitsouko, Sous Le vent and Jicky.” (1940, Drug and Cosmetic Industry, Volume 46) Later the Cologne Spray was launched. A 1950 article reads "Guerlain recommends spraying a room with their famous Shalimar eau de cologne. This is a lighter form of their famous Shalimar. Because it is lighter, it is less expensive and can be used more lavishly."

Shalimar Talcum powder in the frosted bottle was introduced in 1950, it was being put up in a white plastic canister in the late 1960s, then it was sold in a turquoise canister in the 1980s.

Shalimar Dusting Powder was introduced around 1955 housed in a faux tortoiseshell plastic powder box, then inside of a white plastic powder box in the 1960s and 1970s, then in a turquoise plastic powder box in the 1983, then a navy blue and white plastic powder box starting in the late 1990s, and is still being sold today.

Guerlain's Creme Hydratante introduced in 1959, a lanolin based moisturizer, lightly scented and meant to be lavished all over the body, particularly on arms and legs. Still sold around 1967.

Shalimar Toilet Water debuted in 1925 in a splash bottle, succeeded by the Toilet Water Spray (Eau de Toilette around 1959) .

Shalimar Film Spray Body Lotion was a scented, pink, light moisturizing body lotion in spray form created in 1966 and sold until 1975.

Shalimar Capillaque hair spray,  Capillaque was the name of scented hair sprays/brilliantine sprays . A trademark was filed in 1961 for the hair spray and the trademark expired in 1988, but I am pretty sure this was discontinued by around 1971.

Shalimar Body Shampoo was released in 1976.

Guerlain released Shalimar's ancillary products in this turquoise packaging starting in 1983, this line was known as Les Voluptes du Bain de Guerlain and sold til 1999, when the products were given a makeover with a shape hearkening back to the original Shalimar flacon. Three new products were offered, Perfumed Bath Salts, Sensual Milky Veil.

These Shalimar products can be found in the online or at fine department stores or on ebay/etsy:

  • Eau de Cologne 2.5fl oz
  • Eau de Toilette Spray 2.5 fl oz
  • Eau de Toilette Spray 1.7fl oz
  • Eau de Toilette Gold Bee Bottle 16.9fl oz
  • Eau de Toilette Gold Bee Bottle 33.8fl oz
  • Eau de Toilette White Bee Bottle 16.9fl oz
  • Habit De Fete Eau de Parfum Spray Refill 1.69fl oz
  • Habit De Fete Eau de Toilette Spray Refill 3.1fl oz
  • Habit De Fete Perfume Spray Refill 0.27fl oz
  • Eau de Parfum Spray 2.5fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray 1.7fl oz
  • Eau de Parfum Spray 1fl oz
  • Eau de Parfum mini Parfum/Extrait 0.25fl oz
  • Parfum/Extrait 0.50fl oz
  • Parfum/Extrait 1 fl oz
  • Sensual Milky Veil (Body Lotion) 6.8fl oz
  • Moisturising Body Lotion Bottle 6.8fl oz
  • Silky Moisturising Body Mist Spray 3.4fl oz
  • Body Cream 7fl oz
  • Sensual Body Oil 3.3fl oz
  • Perfumed Dusting Powder 4.4oz
  • Bath Salts 17.6oz
  • Ritual Bath Gel 6.8fl oz
  • Shower Gel Bottle 6.8fl oz
  • Voluptuous Foaming Bath Bottle 6.8fl oz
  • Deodorant Spray 3.4fl oz
  • Hair Gel 0.25fl oz
  • Shalimar Light Eau de Toilette Spray 2.5fl oz
  • Shalimar Beautifying Hair Gel
  • Soothing Bath Oil Beads
  • Bath Essence
  • Body Shampoo

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