The Legend of Shalimar

A passionate love story was the inspiration for Jacques Guerlain’s oft-iterated perfume Shalimar…

The Guerlain movie The Legend of Shalimar, directed by Bruni Aveillan and starring Natalia Vodianova will be released August 28, 2013 on a screen right in front of you.

Is this release a movie-movie, a mini-movie or as Persolaise  eloquently tweeted (in reference to a billboard in France which appeared yesterday) “an advert for a perfume advert”?


This legend has extremely high production values and the quality to match. I love a love story, don’t you too?

Which is your favourite Shalimar?

And do you douse or bathe?


Bathing in La Légende de Shalimar

Futher Reading
Movie Poster

Olfactoria contemplates and compares Shalimar:
Extrait de Parfum, 1967
Eau de Toilette, 1967
Eau de Cologne, 1967
Eau de Parfum, 2010
Extrait de Parfum, ca. 2010
on Olfactoria’s Travels

Shalimar Ode a la Vanille sur la route de Madagascar
Olfactoria’s Travels

Shalimar Ode a la Vanille sur la Route du Mexique
Now Smell This

Shalimar Parfum Initial 2011
Australian Perfume Junkies

Shalimar Parfum l’Initial l’Eau
The Black Narcissus

The History of Shalimar – The Perfume Shrine

16 responses to “The Legend of Shalimar

  1. Shalimar Parfum Initial is a beautiful scent to me, I prefer it over the original Shalimar. Also it’s surprising how alike Parfum Initial smells to Coromandel (Chanel) 🙂

  2. I have a big 750ml bottle of the EDC that my godmother gave me. I loved it from the time I was a kid and was beyond happy when she gave it to me. It still has a decent amount of juice in it too. So I guess for sentimental reasons I’d have to say the EDC is my favorite. When I do wear it I generously dab. I probably should transfer some to an atomizer one of these days.

    • Well, with all those iterations I suspect you will have to look elsewhere for satisfaction Undina. Just as well there are other options to explore. And I know you to be an explorer par excellence. Waft on.

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