Summary: After reading all the endearing positive reviews of Shalimar (here and at other websites), I just had to smell it for myself. I went to Macy's just to try it. It's very strong. Overpowering for sure! A bottle would last you a lifetime! It was rather annoying after I sprayed a tiny bit on. It settled down about 4 hours later and wasn't too bad. But who wants to wait that long to get an acceptable scent? Not I. I do not smell much vanilla in this fragrance.
Summary: I am rating the modern formulation here since I never manage to win an old sample on ebay ( but I live in hope! :) ) The bottle is prima, and what's in it started with a blast of musk ( read dust ) and settled into a stale vanilla mixed with soda baking powder. The End. If I get hold of a vintage I will update, but so far it's not worth the time I could take describing how disappointing that was.
Summary: I have used Shalimar for over 25 years. Have always loved it. The last few bottle I've bought...both Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette (purchased at Saks 5th Ave) no longer smell like Shalimar. When sprayed they have a harsh metalic smell. Shalimar has always faded to a warm, powdery, delicate scent. These do not. I thought it might be a change in my body chemistry or my sense of smell so I had friends spray it on themselves. They had the same reaction.
Summary: This is for the edt version -- "the Batman bottle" :P The parfum is 100% purely sublime, nearly perfect in every way. Its euphoric and spellbinding in a way only Samsara has ever been, to my nose. That being said, the eau de toilette is vile, revolting and sad. It smells sickly to me. I can't believe I am smelling the same perfume family. I sprayed at waited for the Shalimar goodness to unfold, but it never does. Have I been spoiled by the parfum?
Summary: I wanted to love this so much... I love the history behind the perfume, but I just can't pull this off. I don't know if it's the jasmine or the incense, but it smells like sweaty, spit covered microphone (I am a singer lol) on me. I respect the scent of the microphone and the scent of Shalimar, but there is no way I want to smell like it on my person! Cheers to all of you that this smells better on...
Summary: *Edit* Tried the eau de parfum yesterday and I must say, I like the deep, smoky, richness that it settles into, but I'm still catching whiffs of something acrid in it . Maybe it's the Iris. The main thing I dislike about this fragrance that I oddly never really noticed before is the strong bergamot top note. Never been a fan of bergamot, or any scent that has a lemony smell in general. And Shalimar's bergamot is too closely reminiscent of baby wipes for my comfort.
Summary: This review is for the Edp. I obtained a sample and was judicious with the application so as to get the full effect of this scent. The initial blast I get is of gasoline. I know this fragrance is from a different time and gets a lot of love from people, but it's just not for me. Tried to wash it off with soap and water before my DH came home, it lingers well enough.
Summary: To be honest, I don't understand at all what's so sexy and sensual about this scent. It smells strong, spicy and old-ladyish, period. I wasn't so impressed by this perfume. I did expect at lot more considering all the hype around it. I'd never wear this.