Shangri La by Hiram Green

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Notes: citrus, peach, jasmine, rose, iris, spices, vetiver, and oakmoss.

Perfume lovers don’t always agree on much. But one thing I think most of us want out of a fragrance is some kind of longevity. A refreshing but short-lived Eau de Cologne has its place (the hottest, most humid days of summer), but I think a lot of us appreciate some serious wear time from our perfumes. That’s one reason I’ve been skeptical of natural perfumes. No sillage and no staying power seems to be the consensus when it comes to natural scents. Enter: Hiram Green Perfumes, which perfumer Hiram Green launched in order to work exclusively with natural materials.

I was browsing around Luckyscent, as I tend to do, when Shangri La popped up as a recommended scent for me. The fruity chypre genre isn’t usually my favorite, but I was intrigued enough to order a sample. The fruit is the dominant note on my skin here, particularly the peach, which comes across as a realistically ripe note, as though this peach is just soft enough to bite into. I get the tiniest sparkle of citrus from the opening, just a wink, and then it’s all peach from there.

The floral heart notes appear fairly quickly here. The jasmine is a clean bright white floral, but it brings a full-bodied aspect to the composition. The rose meshes well with the peach note, really bolstering the impression of ripe lushness here. At this stage, Shangri La reminds me very strongly of Liaisons Dangereuses from Kilian, another fruity chypre. In that case, the peach note was also very pronounced on my skin. Apparently, my skin chemistry just loves a peachy chypre!

Shangri La remains this way, a lightly spiced fruity floral, for several hours. I get some really nice sillage out of it before the composition begins to settle a little bit. I was hoping for some smoky earthiness from the iris and vetiver, but both notes seem lost on my skin. Ditto with the oakmoss. The depth I get from this fragrance is from a spiced clove note, which is lovely since I do like cloves. I wish a little more depth overall would come through on my skin though. Unfortunately, this means the dry down is mostly lost on me.

Shangri La disappears on me after five hours, which is honestly a longer wear time than I was expecting. It fades out as the rose note verges on turning from lush ripeness to that sickly type of decaying floral note. I’m not a fan of that kind of floral, so the composition probably bows out at the right time on my skin. I’m really impressed with the projection I got out of this, as well as the gorgeous full-bodied fruit and floral notes. My skin chemistry was stubborn and just did not want to pick up the vetiver or oak moss during any of my wearings of this. Still, Shangri La is a nicely put together composition, particularly for a natural fragrance. It has definitely made me question my skepticism of natural perfumes, and I’m sufficiently intrigued to keep an eye out for more from Hiram Green.

***Edited to add: The lovely Lavender brought this post by Luca Turin concerning Shangri La and Hiram Green to my attention: EU Natural. It’s VERY interesting and casts a different light on the process of working with so-called natural materials. It’s definitely eye-opening as to what the industry can classify as a “natural” composition. I’m intrigued to try more scents from this brand now simply because my curiosity has been piqued. I will try to do more research on natural brands and fragrances in the future to see just what type of “natural materials” are being used in the compositions.


Hiram Green Perfumes are available from Luckyscent, which is where I ordered my sample.

Both the image and info on notes are also from Luckyscent.



13 thoughts on “Shangri La by Hiram Green

    1. Intriguing really is the best way to describe it! I would love to try more from Hiram Green, either just sniffing or really sampling them. Just looking at the notes, Arbole Arbole sounds like it’s right up my alley, and Moon Bloom sounds like a dreamy floral.

  1. I have tried all from the collection and somehow there is a similarity to all of them for me. I like them but don’t love them enough to warrant the price of a full bottle.

    1. Huh, that’s interesting that all the HG scents have a certain similarity. I like that it’s a small collection, but similarities can be inevitable.

        1. I suspect you’re right that he uses a similar base for all of his scents. Maybe to give the natural compositions some longevity?

        2. Yes, I think that might be the case. I read somewhere that he uses naturally created chemicals that most other perfumers get for a fraction of the cost in synthetic…but because he wants to keep his perfumes as all natural he pays the higher price (which means we pay the higher price-LOL!) Honestly, I tend to steer away from natural perfumes as I think it is much cheaper to just wear essential oils if that is what one is looking for (the all natural aspect)

        3. I just got the chance to read this… !!! Well, now we know why these fragrances are so expensive. I will edit my orignal post to include this link because that’s extremely important to know about a “natural” brand.

  2. While I do enjoy my perfumes sticking around for considerable time, short tenacity is not the main reason I do not like natural perfumes. Most of them just do not smell good to me. I can dance around that fact when it comes to several small brands that I like (as brands) but the truth is that I just don’t like most of natural perfumes I tried so far – I wouldn’t mind re-applying them otherwise.

    Currently there are just two all-natural (if not to take into the account the information from the article, a link to which Lavender provided above – I read it earlier today and was amused) perfumes that I like and paid to have in my collection. One of them – Arbole Arbole. I think that it is one of the most unusual perfumes I’ve tried in the last couple of years. But it is one of those perfumes that you definitely need to try before you buy – I do not think that it is a universally pleasant scent for everybody.

    I tried Shangri La but I’m not sure yet what I think about it. It doesn’t work nicely on my skin in warm weather but I plan to try it again once it gets colder.

    Moon Bloos, in my opinion, is great – for those who likes tuberose. I hate it – but I can still appreciate this perfume (same way I appreciate Carnal Flower, even though I wouldn’t wear it if it was the last perfume on Earth). And I also think that all HG’s perfumes have something in common – though I don’t think it’s a bad thing.

    1. I just got the chance to read the article Lavender linked to and I’m so glad she brought that to our attention! Very fascinating indeed. I would like to try Arbole Arbole because I’m curious but, after reading that article, I don’t think I’ll be purchasing from this brand. The cost for an “EU natural” is ridiculous.

      And like Lavender said, I imagine people who are truly serious about green beauty and natural fragrances likely already have a favorite essential oil that they wear.

  3. Most of the Hiram Green’s I have sampled do not smell like natural perfumes to me at all. It is interesting to read the link above regarding his usage of “naturals” and I am wondering if other so called natural perfumers are doing the same (which might explain the exorbitant costs of full bottles, case in point Mandy Aftel, whose fragrances don’t agree with me at all). Like Undina mentioned, most of the “naturals” don’t really smell good on my skin…I have tried quite a few…and those that do I suppose really aren’t composed exclusively of essential oils… is the case with Hiram Green based on the article provided above.

    1. Yes, that link is fascinating and very eye-opening about what the industry can classify as a “natural” composition. And it definitely explains the price point!

      I was surprised and impressed by Shangri La’s longevity and full-bodied notes. After reading that article, I guess we all have a little better understanding of why it’s so well-rounded for a “natural.” It’s all verrry interesting!

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