Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Guerlain Shalimar Light

After such a hellish week, I treated myself to some retail therapy and hit my local Marshalls last Saturday. They had 25% off all clearance prices so I hit that section first and stumbled across a lone bottle of Shalimar Light. All the other boxes of Shalimar Light were still set at the normal price so I took it as a sign that this bottle was meant to go home with me. After all, it was only $11.25! I remember having tested Shalimar Light before but couldn't remember if I liked it or not. I hate when I buy things unsniffed as it usually more misses than hits so I did hesitate a bit before checking out.

Shalimar Light is described on Sephora as:

A new seduction ... Shalimar Light is a transparent, youthful, lighter incarnation of Guerlain's original, classic Shalimar fragrance. This softer blend of fresh, luminous floral notes and sensual vanilla, is the perfect casual, yet stylish accent.

High Tech Bergamot, Jasmine Petals, Vanilla.

Fresh. Cheerful. Feminine.

It starts of rather citrusy, a lot of lemon. More of a lemon custard type fragrance over fresh cut lemon. The jasmine is the most predominant floral note in here, not to say that the jasmine is predominant because it's not. The sweetness of the vanilla seems to be cut with soft, pale amber and light incense.

The initial application doesn't blow me over but once it dries down and warms to the skin, it turns out to be a really pretty fragrance. While pretty, I don't know if I'd pay the retail price for it or even re-purchase this again but I really couldn't beat it for the price. They drydown seems somewhat similar to The Different Company's Jasmine de Nuit if you were to remove the lemon from Shalimar light.

I love this as a comfort fragrance as it has a very cozy vibe to it. I could see wearing this year round but not on days when the temperature's up in the hundreds - it would be far too cloying then. The staying power is really good and a little goes a long way, this is a fragrance I feel you have to apply with a light hand because it easily gets to be too much with more than one spray.

Shalimar Light retails for $50/1.7 oz. or $60/2.5 oz. at Sephora.

I dismissed this when it first came out, because I thought it smelled too simple, like lemondrops and baby powder, but now that I've finally smelled the full drydown, I think it's really pretty. I wouldn't have bought it at the original price but at the discount prices I've seen it at ($20 or $25 online), I think it's definitely worth it.
I agree, it's the drydown that really makes this fragrance!
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