Following continuous customer requests, Hiram Green reintroduces Shangri La!
Shangri La was originally introduced in 2014 as a follow up to the debut fragrance Moon Bloom. In 2018 production stopped and since then customers have asked to bring it back. Like all fragrances in his collection, Shangri La is an all-natural eau de parfum.
The fragrance was inspired by and named after the fictional land described in James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon. Hilton describes Shangri La as a mythical Himalayan utopia, an earthly paradise isolated from the rest of the world where people are almost immortal. Hiram translated the beauty and purity of Shangri La into a contemporary interpretation of a classic chypre perfume.
Chypre perfumes are characterised by a contrast between a fresh citrus accord and a woody-oakmoss base. The first chypre dates from 1917 and since then this genre has enjoyed enduring appeal.
Shangri La is a bright and airy perfume with a lush and exotic character. The fragrance opens with a sharp burst of lemon, orange and bergamot that is followed by a rich bouquet of peach, jasmine, orris, rose, cinnamon and warm spices. This opulent heart is anchored by an earthy base of vetiver and oakmoss.
It takes a good nose to distinguish the 2022 edition from the original Shangri La. The most noticeable difference is perhaps the greater emphasis on the floral and spicy notes.