I have often complained of my dislike for Iris, despite trying what feels like every permutation before putting it to bed and saying goodbye for good.
However, in the perfume world, the mood can change on a sixpence. Thus I sampled Miller Harris Terre D’Iris with a heavy resignation, only to be pleasantly surprised. Within minutes my eyes had lit up and my nose was firmly attached to my wrist. At last an Iris I really, genuinely love! Iris knows how to get on my good side, and opens with two of my favourite notes: Bergamot and bitter orange. The Iris, which is there from start to finish, is framed in a different way that I haven’t previously come across . Rather than bringing out its rooty carroty notes that have been so offputting before, the jangling citrus opening showcases the best of Iris, bringing its feminine and floral qualities, previously hidden from me, to the fore.
The middle is herbal: Rosemary and Clary Sage, and this keeps it light, almost presenting Iris as hesperide/cologne style, which for me, really works.
The basenotes are again herbal, with patchouli, green fir, and a rich, green balsamic finish. It’s like a citrussy pine forest, gracefully sidestepping any kind of disinfectant similarity, thankfully.
This fresh approach to Iris works brilliantly and I can finally say, hand on heart, that this is an Iris scent that I would truly love to own. Another triumph from Miller Harris.