Hiram Green has launched a new perfume, Shangri La, a chypre inspired by James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon. When the perfumer reached out to me to try this newest launch, he “warned” me that it was rather different than the debut fragrance, Moon Bloom, which is now one of my favorite tuberose perfumes. And honestly, I was relieved to hear that it was different, as I don’t like too many redundancies in brands anyway. The chypre Shangri La is different than the white floral Moon Bloom; however, I find it equally as beautiful.
Shangri La is a vintage-y perfume (as most good chypres are). It opens with peach aldehydes and tangy lime zest. It’s closely followed by cloves and an indolic jasmine. It wears as carnations, spiced peaches and dusty florals. The heart of Shangri La is filled with spicy voluptuary florals. It dries down to a spicy oakmoss with a hint of lactonic (coconut-y) florals.
Moon Bloom is the tuberose for those that love tuberose and for those that hate it. Anyone that sniffs Moon Bloom can’t deny that it’s beautiful. I feel the same about Shangri La. It’s a chypre for those that love chypres and for those that hate them. It’s one that you wear and it doesn’t wear you. And like Moon Bloom, when I wear this one, I feel gorgeous. Even though the two perfumes currently in this line are different, they have many stylistic similarities. In my opinion, Hiram Green is a must-try brand for any perfume lover.
Notes listed include citrus, peach, jasmine, rose, iris, spices, vetiver and oakmoss. Launched in 2014.
Give Shangri La a try if you like vintage fruity chypres. Or if you like perfumes like DSH Perfumes Mata Hari, Guerlain Mitsouko, INeKe Gilded Lily, Rochas Femme and/or Chanel Coco. I find this fragrance unisex.
For a natural perfume, projection and longevity are above average. As an EDP, projection and longevity are average.
The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $165 at Indigo Perfumery. Samples and a travel size are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A fruity, spicy chypre. Absolutely gorgeous. I love how Hiram Green works with all these natural materials. I really hope the brand can give us a rose soliflore one day because I think he could make a lot of rose haters love roses.
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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from Fragrantica. Myrna Loy pic from www.fanpix.net.