Summary: The first spray of Shalimar is true to notes, a lemon-lime ultracitrus smoothed into powdery gourmand by way of vanilla and jasmine. Orange is here but it's riding along in the back seat, kindly adding just a touch of tart sweetness. I've spent hours memorizing the zingy top notes, waiting for the mellow, muted heart and then reapplying. The drydown is faithful yet delicate, a sugar-spun flower that the top notes coat protectively lest you take it for granted.
Summary: Oriental perfumes are something I grew up with, and to me, heady oriental notes are more nostalgic than 'exotic'. While Shalimar is a unique perfume with a strong personality, it is one of those perfumes that befits a certain occasion and a certain age group. I bought this perfume a few months ago, wore it quite frequently one semester, after my bottle of Versace's Vanitas was over- and let me just say, this perfume confuses most western audiences!
Summary: Inheriting a bottle from my grandmother, I'm sure the formula has since changed, or the bottle I have has since taken on its own distinct smell. (For reference: the shape of the bottle I have is a circular disk with a cone shaped cap, which was in production from 1936-the mid 1960s). The vanilla is less powdery and the opopanax stronger from this bottle than when I try a sample in a store.