Heya Perfume Posse! Portia back again from Australian Perfume Junkies. It’s no secret that my first and foremost perfume love is Shalimar. I have a lovely collection of many strengths, from many years, in quite a few of the bottles, flacons and cages that it came in. When I was lucky enough to fall in love with an Indian man he took me to his home state Rajasthan and showed me many of its wonders, so many of them in these videos, I learned the story of Shah Jahan and his great love Mumtaz Mahal and how he nearly bankrupted his kingdom in his grief for the loss of the woman he loved. We traveled to some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring castles and India holds an incredibly special place in my heart.
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Even though this was my Mother and her friends fragrance, and that is a huge part of my love for it, Shalimar will forever remind me of the magic of India, its people, history, stories, architecture, art and music. In 2010 my BFF Kath and I traveled quite a bit of the route that Varun and I had and I returned to the Taj Mahal, as we came through the gates to the full view of it I was so moved that tears poured from my eyes in unashamed and soundless gratitude and I had to sit down to pull myself back together, and I was not the only one, many people did exactly the same as I completely overcome by the magnificence that love built.
Shalimar by Jacques Guerlain 1925
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Fragrantica gives these notes
Top: Lemon, bergamot, mandarin, citrus, cedar
Heart: Jasmine, May rose, vetiver, patchouli, iris
Base: Tonka, incense, iris, vanilla, civet, musk, opopanax, sandalwood, leather
Shalimar smells like nothing else on earth thouggh many fragrances have tried. I can’t explain its beauty to you any more than I can try to tell you how I think. You must go to your nearest store, the modern incarnation is still beautiful, transportative and wonderful, though different. Or grab a sample/decant and live the magic yourself.
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Loads of love,