Guerlain Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route de Madagascar EDP Perfume Review

Guerlain Shalimar Ode la Vanille 2012

Guerlain Salimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route de Madagascar is the longest perfume name on the planet. For the sake of this post, I shall call Shalimar Vanille Madagascar because abbreviating it to GSOalVSlRdM drives me crazy and it looks like a cat just sat on the keyboard.

Shalimar Vanille Madagascar is a limited edition version of Shalimar that resembles 2010’s Ode a la Vanille. I do notice some differences. Are the differences great enough to warrant searching for this 2012 limited edition Shalimar? Depends on how much you love Shalimar 😉 I would say no if you own the 2010 version; however, I do prefer the 2012.

There’s an opening of the citrus that you’ll recognize as Shalimar citrus. I always think of it as oranges, lemons and motor oil. Shalimar Vanille Madagascar has a softness that the current Shalimar EDP lacks. Shalimar Vanille Madagascar does have extra helping of vanilla. This vanilla is balsmic and smoky; mingling with all of your other favorite Shalimar notes. The base is a vanilla incense.

Rita Hayworth

Notes listed include citrus, mandarin orange, cedar, bergamot, lemon, iris, patchouli, jasmine, vetiver, rose, leather, sandalwood, opoponax, musk, civet, vanilla, incense and tonka bean. Launch date 2012 PERFUMER – Thierry Wasser

Try Guerlain Shalimar Vanille Madagascar if you love Shalimar or if you want a really good vanilla perfume. It’s a stunner.

Projection is above average and this stuff does have classic French sillage. Longevity is also above average.

Guerlain Shalimar Vanille Madagascar is only available at Guerlain boutiques. So call around. And it’s limited edition 🙁

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONThe best Shalimar. OK, I can’t compare it to countless vintages but I think I can say this is the best Shalimar in production.

Want more reviews? Try…

Olfactoria’s Travels – Compares the 2012 Ode a la Vanille with this one.

The Girl Who Smelled Everything

Fragrantica – Member reviews

*Product pic from Fragrantica. Rita Hayworth from Sample given to me by perfume pal Brady. I don’t think when he gave me a sample that he knew he’d start this obsession of me trying to get my hands on this stuff. It’s my job to spread the hysteria.

11 thoughts on “Guerlain Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route de Madagascar EDP Perfume Review

    1. I’m *pretty* sure it’s under $200 but please don’t quote me on that. Vegas has/had it as well as Orlando.

  1. Hmmm. I’m just now developing a relationship with Shalimar, and you calling it the best current version is tempting. I can tell, however, that I would call it “Uh, that Route thing”, which does sort of reduce the glamour.
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    1. I agree. I say “Ode Route Thing” and it does take away most of the glamour. I mean, I think “best Shalimar” would be a better name.

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