The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

The Random 10: Shalini Parfum’s Shalini



Shalini portrait July 2021You can’t fake passion.  Passion is something that comes from deep inside you and surrounds you and those you touch.  Shalini Kumar, better known as “Shalini,” is passion personified.  From her early days in Bombay, to her childhood spent in exotic locations like Seville, Dubai and Provence, her passion for fragrance developed through the scented memories of these extraordinary settings.  But while her passion to create perfume was yet to be imagined, Shalini was working on her passion for fashion; first creating for Valentino Couture and then creating her own haute couture line of clothing and jewelry aptly named Shalini Couture. 

It was through happenstance that Shalini’s passion for perfume came to fruition.  In 2001, a friend’s introduction to Master Perfumer Maurice Roucel was serendipity.  The two had an immediate connection.  It was at their first meeting that they had a discussion about Shalini’s favorite flower, tuberose.  She said that she wanted a perfume that reminded her of her childhood memories of moonlit nights filled with rapturous tuberose and intoxicating orange blossom.  That meeting led to their collaboration in creating the very first Shalini perfume, simply titled “Shalini.”


Shalini Parfum Lalique Flacon

Since Shalini Parfum debuted in 2004, Shalini and Maurice’s collaboration has been a continued passion project.  In total, they have created 6 perfumes, the latest being Vanilla Rêve which takes the wearer to the tropical islands of the South Seas.  Each of Shalini’s perfumes seems to take the wearer on an olfactory journey to an exotic location that stems from those wonderful memories captured from Shalini’s childhood. 

All Shalini perfumes are pure parfum in concentration, as such, they’re an extension of her haute couture fashion collection using only the finest of ingredients and are created using the principals of classical French perfumery. Thankfully for us, Shalini’s passion has graced the world with an exquisite collection of the finest perfumes.  I can only wonder where Shalini and Maurice will take us next.

So, let’s find out what else Shalini is passionate about:

  1. I am a hoarder when it comes to… owning multiple bottles of …Bordeaux!
  2.  If I could have one superpower, it would be… gardening – my personal olive grove and a vineyard.  
  3. In 10 years, I see myself …living by the sea painting and writing, growing olives trees and lavender.
  4.  I am most grateful for… all the people whom I love.
  5. The most beautiful sight in the world is… a Provençal scene, any town, any street, any garden…
  6. If I had my way, I wish that perfumers/brands would…use more naturals. 
  7. A guilty pleasure of mine is …reading by the Mediterranean with a glass of cold rosé under the heat of the Riviera sun.
  8. My favorite way to relax is… writing in a café in the morning with a steaming cappuccino.
  9. My favorite holiday is …by the sea, any sea. 
  10. My taste in music leans towards…classical – Chopin, Debussy, Satie nocturnes…

Thanks to Shalini for sharing her passion with The Scented Hound.  You can go to the Shalini Parfum website for more information about these extraordinary perfumes:

The Scented Hound Shalini Parfum reviews:

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

7 thoughts on “The Random 10: Shalini Parfum’s Shalini

  1. Wonderful post! I was not familiar with Shalini before and I will certainly try these lovely fragrances now. I do love a good tuberose.


  2. One day I’ll make it to one of the B&M stores that carry the line. Whenever I read about super-expensive lines, I hope that they create perfumes for which I’ll want to pay their prices. Since I don’t need any more perfumes, I could afford to spend a large portion of my perfume budget on one or two perfumes – if I were to love it.

    I think it was you from whom I learned about that brand first. So, if I ever try and like it, I’ll blame you 😉


    • Oh, to only have unlimited wealth. There are some brands like Shalini that are expensive…but you can tell the quality of the perfume, it’s just not expensive to be expensive. I love these in so many ways. And now this fall she has a new perfume Fleur Japonais coming out….sounds perfect for the Spring. I’m sure I’ll be crushing on that as well.

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      • I’m totally for expensive perfumes if the price is paid for ingredients and artistry. I’m definitely not the one to think that everything should be accessible to everyone. I think that whoever says that they cannot afford some perfume should look into their perfume buying habits: if they can afford ten $30-50 “bargain” bottles from TJ Max and such, as well they could have bought just one $300-400 bottle of a masterpiece. But since I’m not buying unsniffed even $30 bottles, I definitely will not be buying $300+. But if I can smell them, I might decide to buy.

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  3. Sniffapalooza recently had a Zoom session scheduled with the Shalini brand, but I missed out on it, unfortunately. Sigh! I would have liked to have the samples at least.

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