Giving Thanks – Vintage Shalimar EdT Giveaway

This blog recently turned three, Thanksgiving lies ahead and so does Christmas.

Three reasons to be thankful and to give (and receive) a gift.

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I will give away a bottle of vintage Shalimar Eau de Toilette in a refillable Habit de Fête bottle (the much more elegant older style) from ca. 1984 from my personal collection. The juice is in perfect condition.

Unfortunately the shipping costs here in Austria are so prohibitively high that I cannot split this bottle to give to many of you, so instead we will have one really lucky winner.

To enter for your chance to win, please leave a comment in this post stating why you would like to win this particular fragrance. Please share this post on Twitter, Facebook and any other social media of your choice (doing so gets you an additional entry). The giveaway is open worldwide, I will post the winner here next Friday. Unfortunately I can’t replace lost packages or be held responsible for any postal shenanigans.

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Thank you for being a reader of this blog! Good luck everyone!

Update: The Giveaway is now closed! We have a winner!


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85 Responses to Giving Thanks – Vintage Shalimar EdT Giveaway

  1. Alica says:

    Wow, what an act of kindness. Sure it would be honor for me to win this vintage Shalimar, it is an eternal icon of the perfumery, especially in such a marvelous coat. I love and wear Shalimar with proud, it cannot be beaten by any of new releases. Thank you for such wonderful offer.

  2. Tatiana says:

    What an incredibly generous gift. I couldn’t understand the fuss over Shalimar after trying it in the local department store. A generous swapper or splitter included a teeny tiny sample of vintage EdT in a package I received. All of a sudden I was swooning over Shalimar. While the modern Shalimar is related to the vintage, it is the vintage that is truly beautiful. As much as I would love to win this incredible scent, you need not enter me into your draw. I’m in the process of downsizing my collection.

  3. Very generous indeed. I’ve continued to read your blog since your hiatus, but have been silent in the comments field. With the blog going on three, it feels like it is time for me to chime in and celebrate with you! And who is not in need of a smokey vanilla fragrance, especially such an iconic one?

    Best regards

  4. Alfred says:

    Wow, vintage Shalimar! How magnificent! Shalimar was the perfume that opened my nose to the world of great perfumes. Smelling Shalimar for the first time made me realize that some perfumes are much more than just fragrant water you put on yourself to smell better (although Shalimar certainly does this job well). Some perfumes are works of art.
    Funny thing is I was prepared to hate Shalimar before I tried it. I thought I didn’t like vanilla and oriental perfumes. Little did I know….. It was love at first sniff. That Jacques Guerlain is one brilliant perfume wizard. I’ve since smelled a lot of great perfumes from Guerlain but Shalimar is still near and dear to me as it was my gateway Guerlain.

    Thanks for the very generous giveaway!

  5. Sabine says:

    Oh, that is super generous.
    I love Shalimar and don’t think I ever smelled the vintage version. Yesterday evening at the Perfume meet up about Orientals it caused strong and very mixed reactions. I don’t care if people say it smells of “mature” woman. I am a mature woman and not afraid of it.

  6. isabeau1977 says:

    Wow that is really a great give away!! First of all I am a real Guerlain nerd..I love everything with the name Guerlain on it and second of all this perfume reminds me of my mother she loved this fragrance and I love it because it brings back beautiful memories.

  7. haefennasiel says:

    How wonderful! Happy Third Birthday, OT! Shalimar is one of those timeless classics that will be well-loved and appreciated through the ages. Bless you for your generosity, Birgit! 🙂

  8. Congratulations on turning three Birgit! No need to enter me in the draw, but what a fantastic way to celebrate this wonderful event!

  9. Carla Meiners says:

    Congratulations on your third year! I would love to experience the beauty of vintage Shamar, thanks for the generous offer!

  10. poodle says:

    Congrats! What a fabulous draw! I’ve always loved Shalimar because my aunt wore it. As a kid I always thought she was much cooler than my mom because she wore perfume and nail polish. I wanted to be just like her.

  11. Darilyn says:

    Oh Birgit, this is such a generous and thoughtful offer! My Mom always wore Shalimar, and when I was young I wanted nothing to do with it, for that reason. Now, I am so anxious to embrace it! Guerlain is the house that represents most of my collection. As they release these new versions of Shalimar (en route)… I purchase them with the hopes of Mom’s scent, but updated for me…I must admit, even though they are lovely, I think the smell of vintage Shalimar is what I wanted all along…Best wishes to the winner of this amazing opportunity!

  12. VeniH says:

    Congratulations, Birgit! Your blog belongs to my most favourite ones, and I do love Guerlain, no doubt. I try hard to work out a really compelling evidence why just me… Well… tomorrow I will be sitting for a Cambridge Certificate Exam in English, and there is a decent chance I succeed, so… :-))

  13. shellyw says:

    Shalimar was probably the first scent I ever knew the name of. A college friend wore it every time we would go somewhere. I would want to win for historical reasons I suppose. It is also a beautiful bottle. Congratulations on three years.

  14. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Shalimar is a legend and I can only imagine vintage Shalimar would be even more jaw-dropping. This would be a wonderful addition to any Guerlain fan’s collection. Will share this draw on twitter 🙂

  15. Edward Gomez says:

    Congratulations on your 3rd year. I have a weakness for vanilla & would love to experience vintage Shalimar. Thank you for your wonderful posts!

  16. dkchocoman says:

    What a great giveaway. 3 years and counting. That’s so wonderful. Look forward to many more posts. I would love to win this vintage Shalimar. I am a huge fan of all things vintage and vintage fragrances are what dreams are made of. Every vintage scent I have gotten my hands on, I love wholeheartedly. First, Chanel and now Guerlain. Thanks for the draw I will share this on twitter.

  17. Connie says:

    How amazingly generous! I would love to win this because it would mean I could stop stealing my Mom’s vintage Shalimar 😉

  18. Annina says:

    Wow, how lovely – thank you for such a generous giveaway! Congrats on 3 years!

    Oh I would love this! I haven’t bought a bottle since spring, as I’ve changed careers and things are really tight this year until my business picks up. And I adore Shalimar!

  19. ringthing says:

    I was late to discover Shalimar in the mid aughts. As a lover of big Oriental perfumes, it took my breath away. On bad days, when I just want to escape the world, my favorite thing to do is create a wall of perfume around me, almost always Shalimar; the irresistible lemon/opoponax/vanilla combination feels like the essence of beauty. I would love to win this fabulously generous draw! Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  20. Lavanya says:

    Oh what a generous giveaway! I think vintage Shalimar might be my favorite perfume ever (at least right now) so I’d love to win this. Not sure if I wished you already -but if not, a very Happy Blog Birthday to you!!

  21. Dear Birgit, That is a kind and generous offer. While I’d love to own that lovely bottle, it should go to someone who has not had the glorious experience of vintage Shalimar. It was my first bottle of fine fragrance, a gift from an aunt who was a globe-trotting teacher. When she gave it to me, I came close to passing out, literally, and had to sit down in a hurry. She said that was her favorite reaction to any gift she had ever given. So, I wish for a younger person to have an equally life-changing event. Fondly, AnitaATM

  22. Jane Elisabeth says:

    Congratulations on your third year! I am a avid reader of your blog. What a great chance to experience vintage Shalimar. Here in the Netherlands, I’ve never even seen it. What an amazing giveaway.

  23. Missionista says:

    This is a very generous gift–thank you for holding this giveaway! Also, congratulations on 3 years!

    I’d like to win this because I haven’t really tried much Guerlain and this is a classic.

  24. Marie says:

    Thank you for this great opportunity!
    I would love to win this, because Guerlain is my absolute favorite house, I dream of Guerlain at night and my best gift ever would be to travel to Paris to see “the mothership”. I want to collect many Guerlain perfumes, but my budget and small experience keep me from buying much. I’d love to be so lucky here.
    Thank you for your great blog, I always read, but never comment because I’m shy. But Shalimar is worth “coming out”. 🙂

  25. fleurdelys says:

    Why would I love to win this? Because to me, Shalimar is the Perfume of Perfumes, the go-to scent that is perfect for any occasion. When I can’t think of what I want to wear, “why not Shalimar?” always pops into my head!

    Thank you for the drawing!

  26. Amy Bella says:

    I have never smelled vintage Shalimar which is a shame because I love the modern EDT so much! Thanks for your generosity and congrats on turning three!

  27. Thank you for this offer, dear Birgit! And congratulations again for three years of wonderful writing and friendships 🙂 I have only sampled Shalimar in it’s newer form. I would love the chance to win the vintage bottle from your collection. Thanks again and happy weekend!

  28. Anna says:

    Wow! You are incredibly generous. Happy birthday! I would love to get my hands on a bottle of vintage EDT. I got a sample of EDP from early 1980s and it was stunning! I am just too cautious to shop on ebay (and too poor:(). I love Shalimar and have all the Vanille flankers but I am still lacking the original one as I dont like the recent version.

    Good luck everyone!

  29. Victoria says:

    Congratulations on your third birthday! I am keen on oriental scents, especially on vintage fragrances so that would be great to win vintage Shalimar for my collection. Thank you for what you do, Birgit! Sharing this on Twitter -) Love from Russia ❤

  30. hajusuuri says:

    What a generous draw! The Habit de Fete refillable bottle is as gorgeous as the scent and will complement my other Shalimar packaging!

  31. ncmyers says:

    Shalimar was the first perfume I fell in love with, at age 8 sitting at my grandmother’s dressing table. Thank you for the opportunity to win this fragrance and for your wonderful blog!

  32. julia says:

    what a beautiful bottle, thank you for the draw! i have never sampled vintage shalimar or in fact any vintages… so i am truly intrigued by this classic. 😀

  33. Victoria Casey says:

    What a amazing giveaway!

  34. Cybele says:

    How exciting Birgit, thank you for the generous opportunity and congratulations to you!
    What an adorable bottle would love such a special Shalimar for special occasions.

  35. LNielsen says:

    This was my mom’s signature scent. I am making peace with my past by wearing it myself lately. There is a special sort of comfort in this fragrance that trancends troubles.

  36. Jackie b says:

    What a fabulous draw, thank you. I have tried current Shalimar but it did not bowl me over. But that also happened with L’Heure Bleue, until I bought the vintage…delicious!!
    Would love to win this Shalimar!

  37. Maren says:

    In would love to be entered for this draw. My husband has told me that Shalimar was his mother’s favorite perfume because she always felt very “Ooo la la!” when she wore it. I would love to have the honor of wearing such an iconic vintage classic! Congratulations on three years of your lovely blog.

  38. Donna says:

    What a thoughtful and generous giveaway. I would love to win this bottle so that my Guerlain Vol de Nuit bottle can have a twin. Thanks for this fabulous offer!

  39. Lilly says:

    For some strange reason that I cannot remember, I had a bottle of Shalimar when I was a teen back in the late sixties. It was way too grown-up to wear to school (I wore Wind Song instead) but alone in my room I would take whiffs of it and marvel at its incredible sophistication that was so beyond my little world in Brooklyn. Today I live in Paris, love perfume and especially Guerlain, but the Shalimar of today is only remotely the scent that I remember. Would I love a vintage bottle of this scent? Of course I would. It will always have special meaning for me.
    Congratulations on three years of a great blog. I have never commented before, but Shalimar has drawn me out of my shell! Thanks for a generous draw.

  40. MariaA says:

    Wow!! Happy birthday! Guerlain is my go to brand, when in doubt what to wear I always spray a Guerlain perfume. I would absolutely love to win the vintage edition of the Shalimar as I find both the juice and the bottle most adorable! Thank you for your generosity!

  41. RuthF says:

    I am completely obsessed with Shalimar, it’s my favourite fragrance! Obviously I would love to have this in my collection. Thank you for such a generous give away, and huge congratulations on your third year! 😊

  42. Deborah Lane McGuire says:

    Such a generous offer. I would love to win this beauty, but even if I don’t win, I’m delighted that someone else will be introduced to the beauty of this formula. Nothing can compare to the older formulations. whoever wins, enjoy!

  43. Kandice says:

    Shalimar was my aunt’s favorite fragrance. Unfortunately, she is gone now. But I would love to be able to give something like this to my mom who still misses her very much. Thanks for your generosity! Congratulations on your third birthday!

  44. Catherine says:

    What a marvelous birthday present! I simply adore Shalimar and am a huge addict of Guerlain perfumes. We are now lucky to have a superb Guerlain boutique in Versailles à la Cour des Senteurs!(Where we can try all the exclusives) I currently wear the 2012 eau de parfum version of shalimar but would love to receive this vintage version and the gorgeous Habit de Fête. It is so generous of you. And your blog is simply great, I visit you every day.
    Happy Birthday Olfactoria !

  45. Dubaiscents says:

    Happy 3rd Birthday!
    While I have several flankers and the current EDP of Shalimar I have never tried the vintage and I would love to have the opportunity to. Thanks for the amazing offer!

  46. William says:

    My mother always wore this scent so every time I get a whiff it brings back good memories. I haven’t smelled the vintage in a long while. This is an awesome giveaway btw.

  47. Tomate Farcie says:

    Happy birthday! Shalimar is such an icon and vintage even more so!
    Thanks for all of the time and love you put into the blog.

  48. Marte says:

    Congratulations on your 3rd birthday, and thanks for the generous draw! I love the current EDP of Shalimar, and my boyfriend always compliments me when I wear it. But I’ve never tried the vintage, which I’m sure is beyond gorgeous. It would be the perfect scent to celebrate the fact that we’re soon to move into our new home together 🙂

  49. Lean S says:

    Congratulations on your blog’s third birthday. I continue to enjoy it and it continues to inspire my interests in fragrance. This is a very generous giveaway on your part. I love Guerlain but I have not tried many vintage Guerlain’s, and would love to try this version of Shalimar if I am the lucky one.

    I have also tweeted:

  50. Penelope says:

    Shalimar…just the name evokes feelings of sensuality. I have been unable to afford it for many years but can never forget its luscious scent. Whoever wins will truly blessed to surround themselves in its lovely fragrance.

  51. DRTVrMoi says:

    Both my mother and my dear friend’s mother wore Shalimar. We both keep an old empty bottle by their respective photos. A woman is know and loved for many things and her signature scent is one.

  52. Elly Wang says:

    Thank you so much for this generous giveaway and congrats on the 3rd birthday! I’ve yet to try anything vintage, and I really like Guerlain and this bottle/case. Would love to win this classic!

  53. Eva S says:

    Congratulations on the third birthday! I’ve never yet had a chance to smell vintage Shalimar, and I would love to! I own a bottle of Ode a la Vanille (the Madagaskar version) but so far no bottle of Shalimar. When it comes to the current version, which do you prefer, the EDP or should I try to seek out the extrait?

    • Olfactoria says:

      I think the current EdP is very good. I am only familiar with older extraits, so I can’t say anything about the current one, but in my opinion you would do very well with the EdP in any case.

  54. Ines says:

    Dear Birgit, it is very generous of you to share your collection.
    I was going to say no need to enter me, I have so many Shalimars in my collection but I don’t have this one. And I just love the way this bottle looks like.
    So, I’ll be selfish and take my chances with the rest. 😉
    Why? Because I love Shalimar in any concentration, variant and bottle. If I ever had a signature perfume, Shalimar would be it. 🙂

    P.S. I also want to say I am grateful you want to share such a gem with your readers, thank you.

  55. hildegunn says:

    Oh, that’s such a generous gift! And the bottle is absolutelu marvellous! Shalimar was the very scent that started the whole perfume-craze for me. I got this stunning, midnight blur bottle with the EDP from my husband as a christmas gift, and it was instant and complete love, and has been ever since. In addition to smelling wonderful and making me feel like a diva, it reminds me of my husband and the bond that we share. Its a perfume that will be with me forever. Happy birthday to the blog as well, I drop by every day- think its a wonderful blog, filled with the loveliest scents,thoughts and people. May it live a long and happy life!

  56. A vintage Shalimar would surely open my eyes to perfumery — I would love to be able to smell the classics, as they were. Overall I am fascinated by what makes a fragrance a classic that endures time and major changes in how we live, there is something so human in going back to these fragrances time after time. Thank you for this blog! It has surely helped me to expand my understanding of fragrance in many ways 🙂

  57. J Pendley says:

    First, congrats on your anniversary! Like many, my mother also wore Shalimar. I remember that smell as a little boy in church napping on my mother’s arm. Every time I am with someone that is wearing Shalimar it brings me back in time. A few days ago, I met with an older woman, she drove up and I went to the car to meet her, she was wearing ” a very old bottle dear of Shalimar, it is almost empty, you wouldn’t want it,” I was engulfed in the incredible scent because of the car heater. I almost burst into tears as it brought back so many memories of my beloved mother. I too have worn Shalimar on and off as a man for over 35 years. None of the new versions today of this masterpiece come close to my ‘nose.’ I have worked in the ‘beauty’ industry for over 40 years and still do. I just returned from Paris and after making my purchases, the sales woman gave me the virtual bath as they often do, I as washed in Shalimar, but it wasn’t the same fragrance I remember. I know that your giveaway fete bottle contains the juice I know and love so wellso well. I would really to win it as it brings back the memories of my youth. I read your blog daily and truly love your gift of verbiage. Good luck to all who enter this contest.

  58. citypark says:

    How generous! Your bottle of Shalimar is from the same decade when I was sneaking around the Guerlain counters but being a student had no money to buy one of them. So, of course I am interested.
    Congrats on these three years!

  59. Eric says:

    That’s a classic, my wife would love it!

  60. Doris says:

    I love Guerlain! Thanks

  61. Mariam says:

    I recently got into perfume! Pick me please!!!!!!

  62. Linda says:

    My collection needs it! lol

  63. Wade says:

    You are so nice to offer it. I would love t win it!

  64. Petit Coeur says:

    Happy Birthday to the blog! Thanks for sharing your beautiful scented thoughts with us… and there is always room for some vintage Shalimar in our lives, so it would be great to win!

  65. Natalie says:

    Happy birthday to Olfactoria’s Travels! Congratulations on keeping up your wonderful blog and, well, keeping it wonderful. 🙂 I always enjoy reading. Thank you so much for the generous draw. Why would I like to receive this? Because as much as I love Shalimar, I haven’t smelled it in vintage form!

  66. leathermountain says:

    I finally ‘got’ Shalimar, when a delightful Fairy Godmother sent me a sample. I might have stashed it for a while, but the Perfume Fates were smiling upon me, causing the vial to leak, just slightly. This meant that I:
    1) smelled the scent en force for the first time
    2) smelled it before I had figured out what it was
    3) wanted to use it quickly, before it all evaporated
    And now I am in love! I’m not certain of the vintage of this particular sample, but I have also been fortunate to have some vintage fragrances bestowed upon me by other Fairy Godparents, and I find them, as a rule, extraordinary. So, yes, please, I would love to enter this extremely generous draw. Happy blog birthday and happy holidays!

  67. Yes please enter me in your draw. I’ve tweeted your link as well. I am yet to try Shalimar on skin but I sprayed it on a strip last Friday and miraculously I can still smell it today. It seems to have nuclear staying power. I have however bought Ode Vanille ….. Mexique and Parfum Initial as I thought they would ease me into the real deal. I really love both of these and Shalimar is now calling to me as well. Thanks for the draw.

  68. Iuliana says:

    Happy birthday and many happy returns to this great voyage of yours into Perfumeland! As it is my turn to be increasingly drawn into it (and btw, OT made me discover the Non-Blonde, among others, for which I also thank you), I am lured by the mermaid song of vintage perfumes, but do not really know how to get to them… Also, I truly and deeply like and enjoy Guerlain, but never owned Shalimar (as I have only started to wear oriental perfumes), so I would love to make its acquaintance. And, last but not least, this version of habit de fête is so beautiful…

  69. StephenMc says:

    I would love to win this for my mother! She laments that her beloved Shalimar has changed, and not for the better! Congratulations for reaching the 3 year tidemark! Thank you for the draw!

  70. says:

    I’d love to be able to smell vintage Shalimar. I have the current EdP and it’s already a very good fragrance. can’t even imagine what the vintage smells like. What generosity!

  71. Well this is one of my favorite fragrances still. And this would be the first vintage in my collection ;-).

  72. Anne says:

    Happy Birthday! Such a generous giveaway. 🙂
    While I’m not for the old Guerlains (except VdN), my Mom adores them. So I’d give the bottle to my mom (for Christmas or just because) to say Thank you.

    Shared it via Fb, btw. 😉

  73. Susa says:

    Wow, this is so generous. Shalimar was my first must-have-immediately-perfume, when I started discovering the world of scents. I simply love it, especially the Madagascar Vanille, so rich and deep. But I never had a chance to smell the vintage EdT. It makes me very very curious.
    Thank you, I’m going to share this on FB as well.

  74. Panna says:

    What a generous giveaway! I’d love to try it as I’ve never had a chance to sniff to the vintage stuff. 🙂

  75. maysamassimo says:

    What an amazing giveaway! I really love Shalimar, I have it in EDP and in parfum but never had the opportunity to try the vintage version. I would love to win it!
    Thanks for the draw and happy 3 years to the blog.

  76. I ve tried it (not vintage version) for the first time 3 weeks ago in Prague – it would be great to win it and start to build small collection of Guerlain scents.:-) Shared this on my twitter.

  77. Alex says:

    I do not know what to write really. I just saw the word “Shalimar” in a web and it brought me here. When I wear Shalimar it walks after me but when I do not – I walk after Shalimar). Seems impossible to separate us.
    First time I met Shalimar..I lived in Eastern Europe and was divorced, with little son, feeling quite down. In Internet I met a French man who after FIRST time of talking to me decided to fly over to meet me. We met at a restaurant and after main course he simply took out from “somewhere” a dark blue box and handed it to me? saying “I Am sorry, perfumes are personal thing, but you are so much a Shalimar”… I never had any of Guerlain then, never heard of Shalimar. I didn’t open it then. I opened it later at home before night.
    It was strange feeling. Like Cinderella became a Princess. Everything was in it. My hopes, my longing to be adored, luxury of cosy fur on the frost, fireplace, late dance in the palace…I was bewitched. In that day I realised that it will be love forever and it is the best Thing – I ever had given.
    Years have passed, I Am not that miserable eastern-european girl, I live as I always dream – in UK – i have wonderful family and lots of other perfumes. But still I know and always say – the only Thing that I love and can not live without – is Shalimar.

    As about true love I could talk about it for ages. But anyway. That Is my story.

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