Shalimar Souffle de Lumière 2018

Shalimar Souffle de Lumière by Guerlain
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Shalimar Souffle de Lumière is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women and was released in 2018. The scent is floral-sweet. It was last marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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Top Notes Top Notes
Heart Notes Heart Notes
Calabrian jasminum grandiflorumCalabrian jasminum grandiflorum Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang
Base Notes Base Notes
Bourbon vanillaBourbon vanilla


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Submitted by Exhale, last update on 29.12.2023.


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Wherefore art thou, Shalimar?
I won't bother going on to a rant over how many times can a brand milk a cash cow, but one thing should be noted straight away. Shalimar Souffle de Lumiere has absolutely nothing to do with the original Shalimar. Not even any of the flankers known to me. Understandably, this is an attempt to cash on a big name, however, I will focus on the scent itself. One might argue that there is a grain of the original DNA present via the top layer of citruses and vanilla. The scent comes off to a very bright, crisp and delicate opening. The sweet, sparkly bergamot is rounded by a delicate vanilla touch to resemble a dessert in some way, not too sweet though. The heart is a warm jasmine, fairly creamy, "fleshy" in a way, thanks to ylang, and I wouldn't call it airy. Overall, this is not a complex composition, it's very straight to the point, and does not pretend to be what it's not. It is behaving like a souffle, and you absolutely certainly get the "luminous" feel from this scent as the name suggests. Souffle de Lumiere is a fresh scent and perfect for those looking for something simple and perhaps, more traditionally suited for the warmer times of the year without the need for opting for something blander. I personally enjoyed the scent, it lasted a very long time, but the projection left me wishing for a better performance, and there is a certain need to reapply, and a lot you will be reapplying. I can understand why this has been discontinued, but at the same time I personally have little complaints about it. The price point, nonetheless, is all up to interpretation because my bottle has been obtained at a bargain price. Perhaps, I should note that I would not want to buy this had it cost more.

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In the garden of the white bloomers
Recently, Thierry Wasser, who has also broken this scent again, declared that the perfumeries demanded it so much that he constantly creates new flankers. The customer must be kept in a good mood by constant new releases, it is said. If these new releases then recycle, as here, the big name and iconic flacon of a recognized masterpiece, all the better because: Recognition value. Shalimar Souffle de Lumiere (SSDL) has nothing to do with Shalimar, not even with Shalimar Initial and imho not much with the Shalimar Souffles.
A white Shalimar - that's something different. Above all, it's also paradoxical. Shalimar "Classic", the heavy, wickedly oriental, sensual pattern - and SSDL, the offshoot that dances its name on Midsommar Night as a noble light figure with blossoms in his hair.
I only smell orange blossoms, but not yet opened, innocent ones; jasmine, but not the one that beguiles the white nights of Seville, but the mild, reserved version, even Ylang not in full kit.
Pale green in the heart note, fresh spice in the base. Could perform a bit more, but such delicate dream plants fade away too quickly...


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