As a fan of Chloe and Love, Chloe, I had to try this. And to my amazement, it's my favorite of the three! A perfect fragrance for spring, like a fresh floral bouquet with some sexy spices thrown in for good measure. A previous reviewer mentioned Downtown Girl, which was my absolute favorite way back when, so maybe that's why I find this irresistible. My guess is that they're very similar -- it's probably no accident that the images of the ad campaign are so similar (each features a young girl in a leather jacket). It's sexier than the very green Love, Chloe, or the sweet lychee rose of Chloe, but there are enough similarities that if you like one, you should like all three. And for those of us who grew up on Downtown Girl, it's not just springtime, but youth in a bottle.
The name is misleading -- they should have called it The Little Pink Skirt, or something equivalent. It's too sweet, lively and flirtatious to be the olfactory equivalent of an LBD. However, much to my surprise, I love it. At first sniff, similar to Goutal's Quel Amour -- which disappeared on me within ten minutes -- within an hour, it seems more like the classic vanilla-based Shalimar spinoffs -- and then it settles down on me to a softer, gentler version of Lolita Lempicka. Since I would still be wearing LL if it weren't so damn strong, this is a good thing. A sweet, sexy perfume that is still light enough to go anywhere, but unlike many fruity florals, the sillage is excellent. A good mood in a bottle.
Wow, Parfum Initial is getting absolutely no love on MUA. Let me be the contrarian here and say that as someone who always wanted to love Shalimar, and just couldn't wear it (I ended up chucking a bottle of the Eau de Cologne because even that was overpowering), this is the Shalimar for me -- and I'm way out of the target demographic here. I find it similar enough to the classic formulation that the two could be layered, but light enough to wear anywhere. It's Shalimar without that burnt-rubber accord others have commented on, or the funky spice-bazaar drydown. Lighter, more contemporary, but not "watered down" in feeling. Still sexy and complicated, and lasts all day. Sure, Guerlain was trying to copy the phenomenal success of Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere, but for me, it worked. Even the great classics have to be tweaked from time to time. And obviously the old version isn't going anywhere!