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Guerlain-shalimar-parfum-initial.34252570
8.4 out of 10

Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial

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Reviews and Problems with Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

beatricerex, makeupalley.com
19 March 2014
  • Summary: I really enjoy wearing this when I want a cold-weather scent that's warm and comforting without screaming "vanilla!" A touch of sweetness and brightness but never straying into "baked goods," it's like a nice sweater in pale pink. One spray on your neck and you'll be smelling it all day, but it's definitely softer than Shalimar.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

izumilove, makeupalley.com
7 March 2014
  • Summary: I adore this. I know people keep comparing this to Shalimar, but please judge this perfume on its own terms. I respect the original, it is well made and carries a lot of history but it is a harder fragrance for younger women to wear. I don't think it is a bad thing that they made a younger and modern version, if it gets the younger generation to discover the original, surely it isn't a bad thing?
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Overall 8
8.0

What's in a name?

JMK, parfumo.net
19 January 2014
  • Summary: If the rumours about Shalimar Parfum Initial (SPI)'s discontinuation are true, then I can't help but think that the name given to the fragrance has been the biggest contributor to its downfall. By all accounts, this should have been a massive success. As much as the association of a Guerlain 'fruitchouli' may have been enough to send fragrance enthusiasts running for the hills, I feel that Guerlain's handling of this recent perfumery trend put rival fragrances - such as...
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Overall 8
8.0

Skin coloured velvet

Fanny, parfumo.net
19 January 2014
  • Summary: For a long long time I have been strolling in the woods, adoring them in the company of spices, amber, incense, benzoin, etc. Recently I have been gifted a decant of SPI and I find myself in grave danger of becoming ladylike at last. Soft, intoxicating, alluring and very sweet. Not too sweet, just adorable. Along the day it reminded me of Le Bain de Joop!... SPI is more refined of course: no cedar, no sandalwood, no aldehydes.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

pennypencil, makeupalley.com
23 December 2013
  • Summary: Some of the most beloved fragrances in my collection began with triggering mild disdain. I love it when a fragrance gets a grip on me and changes my mind. The first time I tried this odd beauty I detected the medicinal, powdery note you get from the inside of First Aid cupboards. A note that can't fail to be nostalgic for anyone who has cut their knee, but not something a sensual young woman necessarily wants to douse herself with.
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

VeroniqueDubois, makeupalley.com
6 October 2013
  • Summary: Nope. Smells like baby powder mixed with memories of no-nonsense church services in the 1970s... albeit the nicely-dressed middle-aged ladies back in the 1970s in the surrounding pews. Kind of chokes me and puts me on edge instead of putting me in a happy place. Funny how fragrance is so associated with mood and memory.
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Overall 3
3.0

Parfum Initial-The Younger Sister Of Shalimar EdP, Wistful And Fleeting

Sorceress, parfumo.net
6 September 2013
  • Summary: So disappointing for my favorite old friend, my Shalimar. Initial is so young, so bold but yet so shy. Initial comes on strongly, visits for a bit, chatters voraciously as usual with her sweet notes, then exits almost as quickly as she entered the room. She's pretty, she's sweet to be around, but you cannot depend on her at all.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Melloney, makeupalley.com
8 July 2013
  • Summary: Pretty little Shalimar flanker . I must say i have mistaken this for Coco Mademoiselle EDP numerous times when my friends have asked me to guess what they are wearing. Me ? I'm sticking to the old Guerlain classics.
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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

SorceressOfTheDark, makeupalley.com
29 June 2013
  • Summary: So disappointing for my favorite old friend, my Shalimar. Initial comes on strongly, visits for a bit, chatters voraciously as usual with her sweet notes, then exits almost as quickly as she entered the room. She's pretty, she's sweet to be around, but you cannot depend on her at all. She's just too young and innocent, batting her eyes flirtatiously, sweeping her skirts, then running away leaving a trail so faint you hardly remember she's been there.
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Overall 10
10

Excellent !

Wendy Kroy, fragrancex.com
13 March 2013
  • Summary: Perfect !
  • Pros: Long-Lasting, Not Overpowering, Sensual, Sexy
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