My introduction to Shalimar was two-fold: a vintage EDC that I won on eBay, and a bottle of extrait that my generous mother gifted me with. For nearly a year I’ve diligently bid on every reasonably priced bottle of vintage extrait that came up on eBay, but never come close to winning.
In a rare twist of fate, I bid on and won both a vintage (un-opened!) bottle of Shalimar parfum and a bottle of vintage L’Heure Bleue EDT, for a laughably reasonable price. I nestled my little box of Shalimar in the back of the perfume cabinet, and forgot about it.
Today, when I couldn’t decide what to wear, I reached for the little black and white encased purple velvet box. After dabbing it on, I thought, “Hey, this is great!” and decided to put a dab of the current formulation on my upper arm, for the side-by-side comparison.
Just for fun.
Next to the vintage stuff, the current formulation is sharp, astringent, and… chem-ih-klee. The vintage is so smooth, so organic (yup, that’s civit!), so purrfect that it’s narcotic. I can’t keep my arm from my face, and am actually considering dabbing some on the tip of my nose to reduce the possibility of arm strain.
So what’s problem? I’ve got a 30ml bottle, and a 7.5ml bottle of the new stuff, and a precious 7.5ml of the vintage (not including the lovely EDC). Does this mean I’m going to spend my days scouring the interwebs in search of back-up bottles of vintage parfum?
Yeah, that’s what it means.
2 thoughts on “The Dangers of Vintage”
Oh, dear. Yes. Yes, that’s what it means.
If it helps, I feel your pain.
(If I’m honest, I let go kind of quickly, because I’m just a smidge jealous…7.5ml beats .00ml any day… 🙂 )
Have you opened the L’Heure Bleu? (Asked without a hint…okay, a hint…of drooling….
I have opened the L’Heure Blue… and I’m still in limbo. I read too many reviews (which I’ve learned is a mistake) and now I filter what I smell through other people’s opinions.
Play-Doh is all I can smell…
I can send you a decant, if you like! Shoot me an email @
firstname.lastname@example.org with your address : )