Shalimar Souffle d’Oranger, when the Guerlain legend comes to life
Shalimar de Guerlain is a perfume that we no longer present, so much its notoriety precedes it. Designed from a love story, charged with exoticism, and infinitely refined, it never ceases to intoxicate women and make us succumb to its charms. Shalimar is one of the fragrances that all generations covet. He is a true legend of perfumery and as such regularly sees reissues of his scent . Still revealing to us a new facet of his personality, Shalimar becomes Shalimar Souffle d’Oranger, in a fragrant variation that is brighter and more summery than ever.
Shalimar Souffle d’Oranger, a very luminous fragrance
Shalimar Souffle d’Oranger is a perfume that brilliantly reinvents all the intensity of the previous Shalimar. For the occasion, and as if to celebrate the arrival of sunny days before the hour, Shalimar Souffle d’Oranger becomes brighter than ever. It starts with a combination of citrus fruits, and is composed of bergamot and mandarin. Lively and tangy, these ingredients are associated with a brighter and more sun-kissed grain. The latter is relayed by a neroli flower, one of the major elements of this fragrance, juxtaposed in its heart with a more opulent sambac jasmine. Orange blossom, for its part, fully takes on its full extent in the base of this fragrance. It gains in sensuality in contact with vanilla, while enveloping itself in the softness of sandalwood.
Guerlain adds color to its bottle
Shalimar Souffle d’Oranger is presented to us in a well-known bottle: that of the very first Shalimar, from 1925. It must be said that its bottle is perfectly timeless. Although having almost a century of existence, it remains fully relevant today. It is a sort of glass bowl resting on a chiseled foot. The set is topped with a midnight blue cap, evoking both the water gushing out of a fountain, but also the very popular fans used by women during the Roaring Twenties. This container, designed by Raymond Guérin, in collaboration with Baccarat, is embellished this time with a little touch of eccentricity. Very colorful, it dares a mix of orange, white and blue, for an explosive and sparkling finish.
Back to the love story of Shalimar Gardens
If Shalimar seems to be able to go through the ages without ever getting a wrinkle, it is probably because he is inspired by one of the most beautiful love stories in the world. It takes us to the heart of India in the 17th century. The country was then ruled by Emperor Shah Jahan who had several wives. One of them, Mumtaz Mahal, was by far his favorite. The two lovers used to have a good time in the sumptuous gardens of Shalimar, whose name means in Sanskrit “temple of love”. On the death of his beloved, Emperor Shah Jahan built, between 1631 and 1641, the most beautiful mausoleum in her honor. This is how the Taj Mahal was born, in the middle of Shalimar gardens, giving birth a few centuries later to one of the greatest perfumes on the planet.