Portia with you again from AustralianPerfumeJunkies and thrilled to be part of your weekly read.
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Guerlain Shalimar Fourreau du Soir (Foo-roh dee swahr) or Shalimar Evening Frock is a redressing of the current formulation of Shalimar in a glamorous lace covered Shalimar urn bottle that went out over Christmas 2011. The copy reads that it’s the same juice but I find it more bitter and leatherier, a slightly tougher look at the old favourite. Like a chic niche brand was reinterpreting a standard, keeping everything good and making it darker, deeper and a tiny bit malevolent.
Photos of red carpet Fourreau du Soir Stolen Zimbio
Still it opens all lemon & bergamot, powdery iris with vanilla overload but before we hit 15 minutes there is a lovely, dirty, resinous, leather feel, darker than suede that stays for over an hour before we return to regular scheduling and the rest of the life is current Shalimar to the end. I was worried that I may have been imagining it but side by side there is a definite difference.
Fragrantica gives these notes
Top: Lemon and bergamot
Heart: Jasmine and May rose
Base: Tonka, incense, iris, vanilla and opopanax
What is your favourite Shalimar incarnation? I’m still an old fashioned vintage parfum lover but the 1980’s EdC is pretty special too, then I rather like the modern EdP and this, not to mention the hundreds of flankers that now seem to spring up. I don’t know. All of them.
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