Sanctuary Black Iris and Peony: Another Beauty Bargain


 A cheap and cheerful scent which, judging from its price, looks likely to be  discontinued soon. There was certainly a surplus in my local bargain store, and I am always on the lookout for a frugal fragrance.

I am a firm believer that smelling good needn’t cost the earth (although sometimes its worth it!) and occasionally, through the debris of cheapo scents available today (I am still traumatised by an impulse buy of Charlie Blue *shudder*), there shines a little gem.

Having said that, I’m not sure this is a real diamond, but its certainly respectable enough to introduce to your mother. Whilst the peony is sweet and flowery, the dryness of the Iris kind of sobers it up, so what you get is a floral that’s not too girly to wear to the office, but rather grown up and sensible.

The drydown is sweet and powdery however, with hints of a Coty L’Aimant flanker that I have in my possession called L’Aimant Fleur de Rose. The powdery floral base is similar in both.

I’m not sure I would buy Black Iris and Peony again, but its pleasant and I like it enough not to list it on eBay the same day as I bought it. (Are you listening Charlie Blue? You vile effort, you! Be gone!).  However, for 3.99, I may well let another bottle of Black Iris and Peony land in my basket next time I am buying toothpaste.

Pleasant enough, no harm done and it’s NOT a fruity floral, so hooray for The Sanctuary! Not a bad job. Not a bad job at all.

7 thoughts on “Sanctuary Black Iris and Peony: Another Beauty Bargain”

    1. Oh dear, I’m not doing very well on the old tactful thing, am I? mea culpa! Just remember that what smells bad on me smells great on other people and vice versa. My dear friend Lisa loves Iris Poudre but I hated it. She always smells lovely so I know she chooses well. Perfume is like poetry, there’s no right or wrong reaction, only personal responses.

  1. Personal taste is the ultimate ‘get out of jail free’ card, and quite right, too. 🙂

    I can’t wear the famously lauded Chanel Cuir de Russie. Had a bottle of extrait, had to sell it on. I’m far from infallible. 😉

    1. A lot is to do with olfactory memory that you often can’t explain. Since no two people have the same olfactory life experience, they will always like and dislike different things.e.g Amougae Dia smells exactly like my late grandmother’s bedroom. It always smelt lovely. That perfume nearly had me in tears. Nobody could possibly have had the same reaction as me to that perfume, but I wouldn’t buy it as it was too sad.

  2. Mitsouko smelled like my Nana to me. I asked my Mum and she said Nan never had anything expensive like that, but… it’s my Nana.

    I can’t wear Diorella, even though it’s lovely, because it smells a lot like Eau Sauvage and I have bad memories of that. But Eternity for Men just makes me happy when I smell it because of happy memories. And Old Spice smells like my Dad… 🙂

    1. Aww, that’s really sweet. Perfume memories are more vivid than photographs. Old Spice smells like my Dad too! Bit Freudian as husband got some for Christmas off his Mum and now he will smell like my Dad. I’d better go shopping…..

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