Maison Guerlain’s Shalimar was created in 1925 by Jacques Guerlain, as a tribute to the legendary love story between Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal, Before he became emperor his name was Prince Khurram. According to the legend, twenty-years old Prince Khurram met a young girl, named Arjumand Banu at the bazaar where her family worked. He was mesmerized by her beauty and her kindness to others . After becoming Emperor he made her his wife, and named het Mumtaz Mahal, meaning the ‘jewel of the palace’. After the wedding, the Prince and Mumtaz were inseparable, in good and in bad times. She had given him thirteen children, but sadly died during the birth of their 14th child at the age of thirty-nine. Her death devastated Shah Jahan and he had build the Taj Mahal, in Agra, in memory of his wife and their undying love.
Shalimar is named after ‘the gardens of Shalimar’, it where Mumtaz’s favorite gardens. Shalimar is seen as one of the most feminine and sexy fragrances ever, is still one of the bestselling perfumes ever and its magic is undeniable. Composed of citrus notes, lemon and bergamot, jasmine, iris, may rose, grey amber, tonka bean, vanilla, opoponax and Peru balsam. Shalimar comes in different concentrations and versions. In the years inhouse perfumer Thierry Wasser created several flankers of this beautiful and timeless fragrance.
Now, this autumn, Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense appears on the perfumery market and follows earlier this year’s edition Guerlain Shalimar Souffle perfume. According to Guerlain ‘A sensual and enchanting creation to be worn like a precious jewel. Thierry Wasser has breathed new life into this legendary perfume, taking it to the heights of sensuality’.
Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense is described as a sensual, cocooning and precious new perfume composed of floral/oriental notes and exquisitely seductive. ‘A flight of green lively notes a breath of nature. The luminous heart gives way to an armful of white flowers and jasmine Sambac from India combined with an unprecedented orange blossom water absolute note. Deep inside, the Tahitensis vanilla and the vanilla from Madagascar exalts a balsamed and amber sensuality, whereas the overdose of benzoïn its addictive and spicy facet’.
Like all earlier Shalimar versions, Shalimar Souffle Intense also comes in a beautiful fountain inspired flacon, in Guerlain famous blue color. Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense is available as 50ml. Eau de Parfum.
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