With apologies to those who hate iris and so have been bored stiff by the iris-fest this week, here are a few more iris fragrances worth considering:
Frederic Malle Iris Poudre: Created by Pierre Bourdon, and featuring notes of bergamot, rosewood, ylang ylang, carnation, magnolia, jasmine, lily of the valley, violet, rose, aldehydes, iris, musk, amber, vanilla, sandalwood, and ebony. Iris Poudre starts as a sweet, velvety, and very lady-like floral blend; as it dries down, it takes on darker, more interesting undertones. It is powdery but not overwhelmingly so.
It is a beautiful fragrance, very elegant and grown-up and sophisticated, and just miles away from the earthy, outdoorsy iris scents featured here earlier this week. I tried Iris Poudre briefly last year, and it struck me as so ill-suited to my personality that I felt almost like an imposter wearing it. I have been meaning to give it another try and hopefully will manage that soon.
Côté Bastide Iris: This is a summery Eau de Toilette splash. It starts as a light, fresh floral with citrus top notes, and dries down to a soft floral blend with a subdued iris note. Like many from this line, it is better appreciated as a refreshing pick-me-up than anything else, as it is neither complex nor long lasting. $72 for 500 ml at beautyhabit.
Dior Homme, which Marlen reviewed last week, is nicely done, but like Marlen I found it a bit too sweet for my taste. It is worth trying, especially if you like a dash of cocoa in your fragrance. I did not find it at all too masculine to wear.
Did I miss something wonderful? Please comment.
Note: the lovely illustration is courtesy of Laura from Laurelines.