Saturday, May 5, 2007

Shalimar Perfume de Guerlain

I love taking pictures of the Shalimar bottles, as you can see. This bottle was designed by Raymond Guerlain in the 1920s and was inspired by the fountains in the gardens of oriental palaces. The cap is meant to suggest an oriental fan. The amber scent inside created by Jacques Guerlain in 1925, has been called mythical, mysterious, magical, and has stood the test of time. Thousands of perfumes have been dreamt up and presented to the public by top perfume houses only to be forgotten after a few years. But Shalimar remains the favorite of the House of Guerlain. A masterpiece.

'A perfume must be more mysterious than a copy of something in nature. When a man sees a woman, he shouldn't think of a rose; he should think of that woman..'

--Perfumer Jean Paul Guerlain
(on the philosophy of his grandfather Jacques Guerlain)

The Shalimar bottles are so well-designed. Although there are many other designs, these are the three you will probably see most often in stores today.

Shalimar was created in 1925, and was an immediate success. I put this bottle down on top of a beautiful advertisement that said 'Future' because Shalimar is truly a timeless scent. The bottle is a classic art deco design. Shalimar is a time traveler that transports you to mysterious enchanting lands that no longer exist, and to the future where anything is possible.

Shalimar was created as a tribute to the legendary lovers Mumtaz Mahal and Emperor Shah Jahan and the Shalimar Gardens of Agra. (In Sanskrit Shalimar translates to '' the home of love''. ) When his Queen died just after giving birth to a daughter, Jahan was completely devastated and spent fourteen years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal.

(Photos by Chedwick)