WHAT I SMELL: Fleur Japonais opens with a soft milky magnolia that is quickly greeted by lilting cherry blossoms that are seemingly caressed by a light breeze. The perfume is intoxicating in that it’s full of body, yet light in presence. But there’s also a hidden strength in the blossoms in that their beauty is full of passion and power with the promise of rebirth. As the perfume develops, the soft and beautiful florals even out in consistency creating for a blanket that’s silky smooth. And along with that beautiful blanket is just the right amount of light incense that dreamily floats above the blossoms. Here, Fleur Japonais feels as if it is creating a passage to an ancient Japanese temple. In the end, a light powder with the incense and a soft sandalwood residing underneath, makes you feel as if you’re walking along a quiet path laden with freshly fallen pedals; pink above and pink below. Beyond gorgeous.
Fleur Japonais is inspired by the revered Cherry blossoms of Japan. The “Sakura” season is a celebration of life as the pink flowers embrace the temples of Kyoto.
The parfum is a heavenly composition of ephemeral Cherry blossoms, intoxicating Magnolia flowers, Frankincense, Labdanum and Sandalwood.
Fleur Japonais reaches for the heavens as the pink flowers merge with the ethereal smoke from the woods and resins.
In Japanese culture there is an association between the Sakura and the Samurai – the flower and the man. They are both admired for their fleeting beautiful lives. It is believed that the soul of the Samurai lives in the Sakura.
Clouds of pink caressing your face. The delicate fragrance of Cherry blossoms scents the air. The temple bells chime softly as the soft scent of the fragrance floats like pink petals caressing the earth.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Dreaming in a sea of pink.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE FLEUR JAPONAIS: soft, serene, spiritual
BOTTOM LINE: Simply put, Fleur Japonais isn’t a perfume that is mean to shock, surprise or jolt you with twists and turns. Instead, it’s quiet beauty just takes you in without force and leads you softly to the most sacred of place within your soul.
Expense: Cubique glass bottle with the glass stopper $500 for 50 ml, Cubique glass bottle with black bulb atomizer $500 for 50 ml, Small spray bottle $150 for 7.5 ml. Byzantine glass flacon $1,100 for 100 ml. White Lacquer and Gold Plated Travel Spray, $415 for 12.5 ml. All parfum extrait.
PARADIS PROVENCE – WHAT I SMELL: Paradis Provence opens with a sparkling, yet slightly salty thyme and lavender along with what I found to be just a hint of sweet caramel. Almost right from first spritz, the perfume seems to lift off the skin as if it’s ascending towards the sky. With this airy quality, it’s as if it’s a sheet that has been hanging on the clothesline, soaked in the sun and infused with the herbaceous thyme and lavender from nearby fields. In the most quiet of ways, there’s an orange blossom note that rests within the perfume which helps to temper the stronger aspects of the lavender, making its’ persona softer, while still buzzing with energy Additionally, the perfume also has an interesting textured quality to it, as if it has been painted on with a soft and powdered dry brush. Overall, Paradis Provence has a very calming presence (as I write this, I’m sitting in the dark without electricity as a tropical storm charges through…thanks to Paradis Provence, no worries). Paradis Provence doesn’t change much beyond this point which is a good thing as the perfume rests in this powdery herbal and lightly woody heaven that is quiet, intimate and grounded in positive energy.
Paradis Provence is the essence of the land we call Provence, Paradise on earth.
Fields of blue lavande, thyme, orange blossoms, sunflowers following the golden Sun, ancient olive trees, the sky that turns pink as it touches the azure of the Mediterranean and amorous nights drenched in jasmine.
Where the solar energy lights your soul. the golden sunshine warms your skin, and soft breezes caress your senses, a feeling of deep relaxation prevails.
Paradis Provence is the fragrance of the eternal summer – of our youth, our imagination and our passion. A happy summer of blue salt and crystal.
The parfum is a solar composition of lavande absolut, thyme and orange blossoms. It carries you to the days of blue and gold and warms your soul with its sunlight.
Lavande absolut is the purest essence of this blue flower that is the heart of Provence. The sight of rows of endless blue in the summer is magnificent.
Thyme with its golden beam of light cleanses and heals. It opens your heart to receive love.
Orchards of orange blossoms laden by the bees, swaying in breeze, scent the air. The orange absolut carries the glorious energy of joy and abundance.
The oak moss lends a delicate forest-like, rich and earthy aroma to the composition.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Inner peace.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE PARADIS PROVENCE: comforting, serene, centered
BOTTOM LINE: It has been a long time since a perfume has made me feel so at peace and so incredibly secure and relaxed. And the fact that it’s so incredibly beautiful just makes it all that much more special. I can have problems with lavender perfumes as they tend to overpower me. But here, the lavender is tamed by the orange blossom in the most exquisite of ways. Personally, I would say that Paradis Provence, along with the original Shalini are my two favorite perfumes in the line. And that’s saying alot since all of the perfumes are beyond gorgeous.
Expense: Starting at $150 for 7.5 ml. Also available in 12.5 ml, 50 ml and 100 ml flacons. Available via the Shalini Parfum website. Parfum extrait.
Paradis Provence is the Golden light and Iris Lumière is the Silver light. The twin lights of creation. – Shalini Parfum
IRIS LUMIÈRE – WHAT I SMELL: Iris Lumière graces the skin with a soft, cottony muguet tinged with the slightest of moistened leaves and tempered galbanum. The perfume is tender and quiet; as if you laid your head on an exquisite pillow which is cool to the skin and surrounded by soft and lilting violet and muguet caressing your head with lullaby whispers. There’s a light earthiness that rests under the tender florals and a dry wood that keeps the perfume just out of the clouds. The opening of the perfume lasts a very long time and the development moves oh so slowly which is just as well as the innocent florals are in a place that begs not to be left. When Iris Lumière decides to walk along the garden path, the green begins to grow and the lightest wisp of frankincense lifts gracefully with each quiet step along the way. Here, Iris Lumière moves from the delicate innocence of the muguet and to a more mature orris root and it begins to warm ever so slightly as it begins to pulsate off of the skin in a lightly woody timbre.
Iris Lumière parfum is the Silver light of peace and acceptance.
The Moon shines upon the earth and lights everything in its path. The night is cool and peaceful, a moment of respite for the world.
Iris Lumière is a luminous Parfum, like the moonlight bathing and caressing in a mysterious way.
Meadows of Royal irises clothed in regal purpura-blue; rising above the moist soil reflecting the silvery moon – are luxurious gifts from the heavens. The King is in the field – calling His beloved – swaying in silvery breezes whispers of love and passion.
The parfum is a lunar composition of luxurious Orris Absolut, Hyacinth Orientalis, French Muguet, Galbanum and Frankincense.
Orris butter is the heart of Iris Lumière. It is extracted from the rhizome of the Iris root. Creating an exquisite woody, violet-like aroma of unearthly beauty and luxurious delicacy. Rapturous.
French Muguet’s elegant sweet floral bell shape is borne in sprays during springtime bringing a sense of tender happiness and inspiration.
Hyacinth Orientalis creates a heady green soft note like crushed fresh leaves – deep and exhaultic.
Hyacinth promotes well-being.
Galbanum grows in the marshes of Iran – where the two rivers meet the sea. It brings an earthy, green and fresh watery quality to the parfum. Verdure.
Frankincense, the purest of incense, lends a fresh balsamic, and woody note to the parfum. It is a resin from the Boswellia tree that has been used since biblical times for prayer, clarification and healing.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Self assurance.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE IRIS LUMIÈRE: introspective, connected, centered
BOTTOM LINE: Iris Lumière is beautiful with its’ very serene, yet spirited persona. Even though it’s a peaceful perfume, there an energy of strength and confidence that is unexpected, but very welcomed.
You 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:
I am a hoarder when it comes to… owning multiple bottles of …Bordeaux!
If I could have one superpower, it would be… gardening – my personal olive grove and a vineyard.
In 10 years, I see myself …living by the sea painting and writing, growing olives trees and lavender.
I am most grateful for… all the people whom I love.
The most beautiful sight in the world is… a Provençal scene, any town, any street, any garden…
If I had my way, I wish that perfumers/brands would…use more naturals.
A guilty pleasure of mine is …reading by the Mediterranean with a glass of cold rosé under the heat of the Riviera sun.
My favorite way to relax is… writing in a café in the morning with a steaming cappuccino.
My favorite holiday is …by the sea, any sea.
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: