Shalimar Philtre de Parfum 
Guerlain (2020)

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Guerlain
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Thierry Wasser
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With Philtre de Parfum, imagined as a love philter, Thierry Wasser continues the myth of Shalimar and the passion between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal that inspired Jacques Guerlain.

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Philtre is Shalimar that's been modernised for a younger audience. The citrus - bergamot - (aromatic) top is well worked to give an instant hit, but it's brash and has a long-lasting sharp quality.

Underneath that is a powdery iris bouquet, with hints of rose and jasmin, and at bottom is the other main player - real vanilla; 'durty' with the dark gunge of sticky black pods. This replaces the civet that was originally used, but there might also be a touch of leather and castoreum to give it extra oomph.

The citrus - powder - vanilla aspect is gourmand, but, with the big vanilla and discrete patchouli, Filtre doesn't fess up to the Angel style - it just alludes to it.

The name is a word play on Filtre d'amour, love potion, so the gourmand comes as no surprise.

But, looking at it from another point of view, if you take the bright citrus and iris in the top half, Filtre is not that different to Dior Homme Sport 2017.

Guerlain have positioned this well in the market, it's not too animalic, not too heavy, not too gourmand and not too loud; it pushes the right buttons but I'm not sure it's a hit. It feels like Teen-Shalimar with an eye on the fruchouli market, and there's little mileage in that me-thinks.


It's a bit modernized and gourmandized version of Shalimar that should be satisfying to Shalimar fans and also could work as a gateway scent to Shalimar if the original classic fragrance felt too difficult or too vintage-smelling for you.

Here Shalimar is stripped of its leathery and smoky facets, vanilla and powdery aspects are amplified, the citruses are softened and a bit of lavender added to the top notes. It still feels like Shalimar, but it's much sweeter and feels even a bit gourmand. It's still quite a mature fragrance, but doesn't feel as vintage as your usual Shalimar. I personally love both - and already noticed that Philtre is just perfect for baking - or when you want to smell delicious.

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