My dislike of Iris has been a running theme throughout this blog, possibly because my first experiencew with Iris was the legendary Iris Poudre by Pierre Bourdon. It’s hard core Iris and brings out the root like vegetable smell of it, like a flower bulb.
However, despite valiant attempts to like Iris, I couldn’t pretend any longer. Like a long polite lunch with disagreeable in laws, I decided me and Iris were through, and I wasn’t going to try anymore.
So how come an Iris fragrance has just rocketed to the top of Christmas Wish List? Step forward Prada Infusion D’Iris, you gorgeous creature you.
You may recall that I was recently enamoured with Miller Harris Terre D’Iris which was a citrussy Mediterranean take on the flower. The zing brought out a prettiness in Iris I hadn’t smelled before but I assumed it was a fluke.
Looks like it wasn’t a fluke after all, for Prada Infusion D’Iris has just knocked several competitors off the top spot and Mr IScent will shortly be directed towards a large bottle of it in time for Christmas.
Maybe it’s because the notes are extracted via the soaking method, producing a sweeter result, or maybe it’s because citrus, in this case, orange, brings out a bright, floral side to Iris that I found too grey and powdery before.
The basenotes are Incense, vetiver and galbanum, and whilst they all come through in their own measured way, at the top of the pile is iris, ladylike and prim and sophisticated. All the carotty, dry root smell has gone, and in its place, a perfect, supremely chic flower.
Superb, excellent, marvellous, splendid and wonderful. Je t’aime, Iris.