I started to review L'Occitane's new Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc (the latest fragrance to join La Collection de Grasse) together with The Different Company's I Miss Violet, but that wasn't working out so well, so here is a quick review of just the Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc.
I'll start with the name, which should save time for at least some of you: if I was naming it, it would be called Iris Blanc Eau Fruitée or something like. This is a pleasant, clean but not quite detergent-ish iris with plenty of peach to go around (there are also notes of blackcurrant, citrus, iris, ylang-ylang, fig milk, cedar and white musk). It's sweetish, especially in the early stages when the fruit is still making a good showing (and the peach lasts longer than you might expect), but it's not terribly sweet or jammy. There is also plenty of iris, likewise clean, so it's powdery, not particularly earthy. There is, as usual, far more white musk than I'd like, but that seems to be the way things are going to be for the near future.
Verdict: a good starter iris, perhaps, or just a good iris for someone who likes their iris mild, clean and fruity. I found it nice enough if not really my style, but would add that the later stages do seem a bit flat. I'd wear it for a day before you buy it, especially given the price, which to my mind is crazy for this sort of fragrance — but then, I've thought that of the entire La Collection de Grasse, and for that matter I probably think that about at least half of the fragrances I try. So!
The quick poll: name a good starter iris fragrance, and then name the most difficult iris fragrance you know.
L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc is available in 75 ($78) ml Eau de Toilette and in matching body products.