When Parfum Initial came out in 2011, I wanted to like it– as a lover of all things Shalimar– and, happily, I did. I thought then, as I do now, that it’s a gorgeous take on Shalimar– even if it could never replace the original.
Parfum Initial L’Eau, which I hadn’t been aware of until it arrived in my mailbox, is a nicely done summer flanker to a nicely done flanker. Say that three times fast!
L’Eau goes on like a weird mess (with a bizarre, acrid, green accord), but within a minute or so of landing on skin, it’s evolved into an airy, creamy confection, with the grande dame Shalimar still very much legible. The iris is toned down from the fantastic overdose of the original Parfum Initial, and L’Eau is, as the marketing materials claim, both lighter and fresher too. That sugar-spun meringue accord that lovers of the earlier summer flanker, Shalimar Eau Légère, are familiar with is present, through I find that it reads both smoother and drier.
If you’ve been looking for a wear-anywhere, any-weather Shalimar, L’Eau is up to the task.
- Bergamot, Grapefruit, Neroli, Damask Rose, Iris, Jasmine, Vanilla, Tonka, Rose
My sample of Parfum Initial L’Eau came to me via of my Fragrant Fairy Godmothers, Tara.