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...a Shalimar training bra.
Shalimar Parfum Initial is the latest version of Guerlain's pretty, pettable warhorse (My Little War Pony?), Shalimar. The original Shalimar is crème brûlée vanilla with smoky chamois leather and a citrus twist. Shalimar Parfum Initial features Shalimar's citrus, rose, iris, vanilla and tonka, but paints a different picture with them. It's much more transparent than the original, it doesn't have Shalimar's spicy cinnamon side, and it's a LOT less powdery.
According to perfumer Thierry Wasser, the concept behind Shalimar Parfum Initial is that it's a young lady's “first Shalimar”, hence that “Initial” thing. Fittingly, the whole approach is girlier: it's got pink juice and the formula is lighter and sweeter. Oh, and Shalimar is reinterpreted as a fruitchouli.
Flowerbomb, then quotes Shalimar's burnt custard in the middle, then dries down to Narciso Rodriguez for Her: a sweet rose/patchouli musk. It's kind of fun, and not too urpy-slurpy syrupy. It's a decent way to forcibly "graduate" young Pink Sugar lovers to hitherto-unexplored levels of sophistication.