Shalimar was born in the middle of the Roaring Twenties, at a time when Paris was fascinated by the mysteries of the East. Inspired by the legendary love that united the Emperor Shah Jahan and Princess Mumtaz Mahal in 17th-century India, Jacques Guerlain composed a legendary fragrance with typical creative daring, using vanilla as the cornerstone of his creation. More than a perfume, Shalimar’s unprecedented and almost erotic sensuality was a revolution.
The scent of Shalimar is extraordinary. It doesn’t just envelop you, it precedes you and remains after you are gone.
Thierry Wasser, Guerlain Master Perfumer
The latest iteration of the cult-classic Shalimar fragrance, the Shalimar Millésime Vanilla Planifolia Eau de Parfum has arrived, a limited edition flanker to 1925’s Shalimar, and follows 2020’s Shalimar Philtre de Parfum.
The new composition, by perfumer duo Thierry Wasser and Delphine Jelk, is dedicated to the beloved perfume ingredient vanilla. The Maison’s loving tribute to one of the most iconic and luxurious essences in its palette. Overdosed in the composition, Guerlain’s signature vanilla tincture reveals all its facets and enhances the sillage of the iconic oriental scent.
Millésime pays homage to the key note in Shalimar’s legendary trail: vanilla.
Part tribute, part innovation, Shalimar Millésime Vanilla Planifolia adopts the graphic codes of the bottle on a pedestal created by Raymond Guerlain in 1925. The famous ‘bat’ label is paired with typography in Art Deco-inspired geometric lines. A leather tie encircles the neck: an evocation of the fragrance notes of the Vanilla Planifolia tincture that distinguishes this unique composition.
Guerlain is one of the rare Perfume Houses to manufacture its own tincture of vanilla. This ancestral process is passed on to perfumers from generation to generation. Entirely produced in the factories of the House, the vanilla tincture is made from pods from organic farming of exceptional quality.
Coming from Madagascar, these are received fresh at the Orphin factory and then manually cut using a cutter – a tool that Jacques Guerlain was already using at the time of Shalimar’s creation… Finally, they are macerated in alcohol from organic wheat farming for several months. This process allows them to develop the absolutely unique richness of their aromas.
Guerlain Shalimar Millésime Vanilla Planifolia is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum at Guerlain boutiques, selected stores worldwide and online. Come into the beautiful world of Guerlain.