June 27, 2018

A Trip To Paris Was All It Took To Find Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Lumiere

5 stars out of 5

Guerlain Shalimar de Lumiere is a new limited edition variation on one of the brand’s most beloved fragrances, Shalimar. Over the the last three years, there have been two different Souffle perfumes I know of one of which was the original Guerlain Souffle de Parfum which was released in a few different bottles since 2014 and one Souffle Intense that launched last year. There are subtle differences with each year this releases in my opinion but nothing that would be terribly noticeable to an untrained nose like my own. However, this year I was quite delighted to hear that Guerlain was going a little lighter with their next Souffle scent that was inspired by jasmine.

You see, as much as I love Shalimar it is a pretty intense floriental and actually when Guerlain goes a little lighter with it! To me the perfect blend of Shalimar comes in the form of Parfum Initial which is a lighter version of the original juice with quite a powdery, sultry variation. I had hopes Shalimar Souffle de Lumiere would be just as light and sexy as that juice.

Finding Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Lumiere was a little challenging as it wasn’t available in the US when it initially released and still isn’t. I was able to get a bottle several weeks ago on my trip to Paris but I have good news! Guerlain has the updated their US site with a photo and description of Shalimar Souffle de Lumiere which could mean we’ll see this very soon in the US.

Shalimar Souffle de Lumiere arrives in a original triangle falcon with a blue crystal stopper and a frosty white bottle. It’s a little plainer than past bottles but still very pretty and looks lovely next to some of my older bottles.

I really enjoy the original Souffle de Parfum. It’s a beautiful sparkling citrus, vanilla floriental that’s a bit lighter than the original Shalimar but still contains much of the same DNA. I think Souffle de Lumiere even goes lighter and fresher than that version.

This is such a lovely variation of the original juice that maintains many of the same characteristics but still can proudly stand on its own two feet. The opening is a blast of zesty citrus and bergamot and quickly settles into a warm subtly sweet layer. The florals are quick to take over before the initial mist even dries down but you’ll still get a very healthy citrus note in the background. As the scent develops it starts to take on a shimmering luminosity. It’s warm, a bit sparkly, not terribly complex but light, airy, smooth, like a fluffy towel drying in the sun (but not the scent of linen).

I don’t think I’d feel comfortable going so far as to call this a floriental. As it dries down I think it takes on a bit of the original fragrance, you’ll catch a whiff here and there, close your eyes, and just smell Shalimar in the air but it lacks the complicity, floral notes, and powdery notes of that scent. The Spring/Summer launch is ideal for the scent since it isn’t as deep nor as rich as the original. It can hold its own as being a unique scent with its own identity yet still having a close relationship with the original fragrance.

I really hope this comes to the US soon as I could see myself wanting a backup bottle of this. It isn’t as lovely as my beloved Shalimar Parfum Initial but it still manages to capture my heart with its lighter notes and easy to wear formula that has excellent silage without being overpowering. It’s a nice way to embrace Shalimar in the day or at your office without offending anyone around you or since the warmer weather is here it’s a beauty of a fragrance for warm Summer nights.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Nanners

    Muse, I was in Paris just last week! Hope it was a good trip!

    • Isabella Muse

      it was amazing thanks! I was there end of May. Actually went to London but traveled to Paris, Amsterdam, and Belgium. How was your trip!?!

      • Nanners

        I looooved Paris! Was there for a whole week! I hope to do a cross-Euro trip like yours in the future 🙂

        • Isabella Muse

          Yay! 😀 It’s a beautiful city and always so magical with each trip I take! Eurostar! totally affordable way to travel ;-D Just book in advance!

  • Christina

    I’ve never tried Shalimar before…I always thought it was supposed to be a more “mature” shade. LOL.

    Be honest, Muse, did you go to Europe just to hunt this down? LOL! I won’t judge; I’ve done that before. Haha!

    • Isabella Muse

      seriously, yes lol! This and a few other scents that were on my wish list haha! It is, I’d consider Shalimar in the grandma fragrance realm but I still love it. It’s def one of my fav scents ;-D

      • kjh

        It was my G-MA’s signature, and she was born in the late 1800s. Yeah, pretty Grammie to me! It’s the one old Guerlain that I’m not wild about. Now Jicky, L’Heure Bleue, and Mitsouko are a totally a different story.

      • Jane

        I full on “stan” for White Linen, “grandma” or no. It’s amazing.

  • breyerchic04

    I wish they’d revisit the shalimar vanille series! I had a decant of one, and loved it so much.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’d love that ;-D You can still buy it on discount sites! if you need a backup ;D

  • Sara

    Ohh…let us know when we can get it here…my mom is a huge Shalimar fan and I’d love to get this for her.

  • Julie Fielding

    Fabulous review, and I am totally jealous!! I have the original 2014 Souffle, as well as the 2017 Intense version. I have a love-hate relationship with the original Shalimar perfume…okay, well, I really just love to hate it, but I have been working on trying to embrace it’s finer qualities over the years. It’s still a struggle, so that is why I gravitate towards the lemon vanilla aspect of the Souffle. I have avoided the other 3 recent years they were released, as they looked to be the same formula but in an annual bottle (although I am tempted by the 2017 peacock one on ebay for $48+ right now). I have been dying to try the Lumiere, with it’s white bottle and Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, and of course now I want it even more! So happy you found yours, and cheers to me getting my hands on mine one day soon. xoxo