I wasn't sure what to expect when the Aerin fragrance brand launched in 2013, but after smelling the first five, I got the general drift. The latest two, Iris Meadow and Waterlily Sun, are in the same easygoing light floral mold as Lilac Path, Ikat Jasmine and Gardenia Rattan (the other two, Amber Musk and Evening Rose, had a little more heft). None of them are the perfumista-bait some of us had hoped for, but they're wearable enough, and I've come to think of the Aerin brand as a sort of mashup between the (early) Jo Malone brand and the (later) Guerlain Aqua Allegoria range: (ostensibly) material-driven, clean, youthful and easy to wear. The bonus factor, I suppose, is the casual-luxe "Aerin lifestyle", which seems to be the key selling point of the advertising.
If Prada Infusion d'Iris was too much iris for you, Iris Meadow might suit your purposes (and if I'd paid more attention to the Eau de Toilette version of the Prada, I could tell you how it compares to Iris Meadow, but alas). The opening is light blackberry + citrus, the heart is a wisp of jasmine-ish floral, very soft and clean and transparent, and the dry down is a pale but warm musky woods. All of it is wrapped in a little veil of creamy iris powder. The lasting power is fine, but after about 30 or 40 minutes it smells oddly flat on skin. I found it competent but lacking in charm; of course, you might love it.
I did not expect to love Waterlily Sun, and I don't — it's easily my least favorite of the seven fragrances so far. It's a green watery floral with tropical fruit accents, sharp (and loud) in the top notes, and sour in the dry down. I wore it three times, but the third time, I gave up and washed it off — it reminds me of stale air freshener.
My overall favorite so far is Evening Rose, but the $110 asking price seems ambitious, and the timing of this new launch is a puzzle: both Iris Meadow and Waterlily Sun seem better suited for warm weather. Perhaps they're for cruise wear?
Aerin Iris Meadow and Waterlily Sun are $110 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum. There is now a limited edition coffret with 10 ml bottles of all seven Aerin fragrances for $130, and the brand has introduced matching body creams.