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Shalimar Eau de Parfum Limited Series 2020, a journey to the heart of Guerlain’s secret garden



Shalimar Eau de Parfum Limited Series 2020, a journey to the heart of Guerlain's secret garden

The new bottle of Shalimar Eau de Parfum Limited Series 2020 from Guerlain

This year, the House of Guerlain has decided to give pride of place to one of its most famous perfumes: the emblematic Shalimar, born almost a century ago, in 1925. World famous, it is almost useless to present this fragrance, so much its notoriety precedes it. This time, Guerlain has decided to reinvent its bottle, while retaining its initial fragrance. So, how about rediscovering one of the most beautiful gems of female perfumery? Let yourself be enchanted by its scent of vanilla, bergamot and iris, while contemplating its bottle loaded with exoticism!

The unchanged fragrance of Shalimar Eau de Parfum

For this 2020 Limited Edition, the Guerlain house did not wish to reinvent the smell of its cult perfume. Thus, it is still the emblematic composition of Shalimar, conceived in 1925 by Jacques Guerlain himself. Very oriental, this juice starts off with a fresh, zesty breeze of bergamot and lemon. Then, its intoxicating freshness gives way to a much more floral and feminine heart. There, rose, jasmine, iris and opoponax become one, before being relayed by a more oriental and sulphurous background. Shalimar ends with a trio of vanilla, civet and incense, for an indelible and unforgettable finish.

Guerlain offers us a dive into the gardens of Shalimar

If this perfume has survived the ages without ever taking a wrinkle, it is probably because it owes its existence to one of the most beautiful love stories there is. Everything takes place four centuries ago, in the heart of India. There, Emperor Shah Jahan lives an incredible romance with his beloved, Mumtaz Mahal. Together, they like to get lost in the gardens of Shalimar. From this love are born 13 beautiful children. Unfortunately, at the age of 39, Mumtaz Mahal died giving birth to the 14th. Mad with grief, Emperor Shah Jahan decides to build the most beautiful mausoleum in his honor, in the heart of Shalimar gardens. Today, it is one of the most touristic spots in the world: the iconic Taj Mahal. It is therefore precisely this romance that inspired the birth of Shalimar Eau de Parfum and, moreover,

Shalimar Eau de Parfum Limited Series 2020, in an amber and bluish bottle

On the visual side, Shalimar Eau de Parfum Limited Series 2020 takes almost the same form as its predecessors. Its bottle was initially designed by Raymond Guerlain, in collaboration with the Baccarat house. This chiseled pedestal basin even won first prize at the International Decorative Arts Exhibition in Paris in 1925. Its emblematic amber color is still there, as is its midnight blue cap, supposed to evoke water gushing from fountains. from Shalimar’s garden. This time, the novelty is more on the blue designs that slip on its glass walls. Inspired by the main notes of its recipe, Guerlain draws a blend of citrus fruits, flowers and leaves, for a highly feminine and totally timeless look.

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