Hey There People of the Posse! Tom is dealing with some personal stuff so I’m filling in today, fingers crossed he’ll be back next week. Shalimar is my favourite scent of all time. I found this marvellous film online and wanted to share it with you. Yes it’s shameless propaganda. Yes, there are some things that seem like glaring fallacies. There is also another yes, here is a really lovely piece of theatre about something I adore . So I choose to let myself get swept away on it’s magic carpet ride. Hopefully you enjoy it too.
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Shalimar by Jacques Guerlain for Guerlain 1925
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Citruses, mandarin orange, cedar, lemon, bergamot
Heart: Iris, rose, vetiver, jasmine, patchouli
Base: Civet, musk, tonka bean, opoponax, leather, incense, vanilla, sandalwood
Here is the spiel attached to the video:
Paris, 1925. The International Exhibition of Decorative Arts ushered in the new aesthetics it would give its name to: Art Deco. This is where Guerlain launched Shalimar, a quintessence of the West’s Oriental dream that took perfume back to its earliest origins.
But the scent had already been conceived by Jacques Guerlain since 1921. He is said to have gotten the idea when the chemist Justin Du Pont offered him a new vanilla note. To test it, Jacques Guerlain poured it into a bottle of Jicky, sketching out the first major fragrance of the oriental family.
If Shalimar is oriental, it is because its suave gourmand notes recall the sweet balsams of the lands of the One Thousand and One Nights. Its joyful burst of citrus, laced with an overdose of bergamot, adds sparkle to its sensuous, unforgettable base. Its exquisite and paradoxical balance between freshness and sensuality, the garden and the boudoir is sealed by the mythical Guerlinade, an accord of bergamot, iris, rose, jasmine, tonka bean, resins and above all, the vanilla note that forms the luscious heart of Shalimar…
The scent is also oriental through its inspiration. It was a maharajah visiting Paris who told Jacques and Raymond Guerlain the story of the gardens of Shalimar, which sheltered the loves of the fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved wife, the Persian Mumtaz Mahal, in the 17th century. A love so absolute that, when his spouse passed away, the emperor erected a white marble mausoleum for her in Agra. It would go on to the Taj Mahal, which the poet Rabindranath Tagore called a solitary tear hanging on the cheek of time…