No, it isn't fall yet, but in case you're planning ahead (or just sick of summer), here are five iris fragrances to consider as the air takes on a bit of a chill and darkness falls a bit earlier every day. If you missed it, do see my list of iris picks for summer.
Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue: I included "regular" Infusion d'Iris on my summer list, but the Absolue version is the one I reach for more often, year round. As you'd expect from the name, it's more: more iris-y, more earthy / rooty, more buttery, more everything. It smells more expensive than the regular, but it's really only a few extra dollars, plus, the bottle looks great in gold. Beware, though, it was a limited edition and may not be around forever (I checked, it's still for sale as of now).
Byredo 1996 Inez & Vinoodh: After the fruit-bomb Pulp, 1996 is easily my favorite of the offerings from Swedish niche line Byredo. 1996 is a perfect match for a perfect fall day — it starts cool and crisp but warms up nicely with a mild leather-patchouli base, and it continues to warm up the longer it's on skin.
Divine L'Homme de Coeur: It's easy to forget about French niche line Divine — they're not flashy, they don't do ten new releases a year, I doubt there's ever been a profile of the owner in Vogue. But there are some real beauties in their range, including this fantastic composition from perfumer Yann Vasnier. When I reviewed it, I noted that its brisk aromatic aura was "perfectly evocative of a crisp fall day spent tramping through the fields". It's easily the most masculine of the five listed here, but a woman could pull it off.
L'Artisan Parfumeur Dzongkha: L'Artisan says "temple stones and incense, the sweet aroma of spiced chai tea, the heat of warm leather around fires, the heart of any temple or home in snowbound lands", and Bertrand Duchaufour's Dzongkha very nearly lives up to the hyperbole. It should appeal to iris or incense lovers alike, and with any luck, L'Artisan won't discontinue it (but I do hear rumors so I wouldn't count on it).
Thierry Mugler Oriental Express: I thought about including the ultra-fabulous Honoré des Prés I Love Les Carottes, but even I would admit it's possibly an acquired taste. The Mugler tones down the vegetables a bit, and adds enough spices, woods and creamy powder to make it stand up to fall weather. Iris lovers who have not tried it yet (I rarely hear it mentioned!) should really give it a try.
What are your picks?