Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile: HRH Queen Iris


At the beginning of this colourful scent journey that I am undergoing, I couldn’t bear either powdery scents, or anything with Iris. How things have changed. If you could see my dressing table now you would see a couple of good Iris scents and a whole colony of chypres. Never say never.

With Iris I was turned off by trying both Frederic Malle Iris Poudre by Pierre Bourdon and Parfum Maitre et Garnier Fleur D’Iris.  To me, both were grey and smothering and “rooty”.  However, when I tried Iris that incorporated citrus, it was a revelation.  I am now a big fan of Miller Harris Terre D’Iris and the proud owner of a 50ml EDP of Prada Infusion D’Iris.

Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile  showcases Iris in the way I like best: surrounded by Mediterranean oranges and lemons. Trust our Italian cousins to get it so.. well Mediterranean.

The Iris in Iris Nobile still smells like grey velvet to me, but the Orange, Bergamot and Orange Flower make it more floral and pretty. This is an Iris that can be worn by non Iris lovers.  Whilst the Iris is centre stage, there is enough going on in the background to make it an all rounder.  There is a hint of Anise, which I often get from Iris, and the Cedar and Amber in the base provide welcome warmth.

I wore this all day yesterday and kept getting  whiffs of it throughout the day.  I am surprised there isn’t Musk in this, because the finish is like a faint White Musk cloud as the petals of the flower finally dry up and lose their bloom.

All these different notes might make it sound messy, but it is blended so seamlessly, it’s like listening to a symphony. The violins didn’t suddenly start, they were always there already.

Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile was created in 2004 by legendary Noses Francis Kurkdjian and Francoise Caron.  You can tell it was made by the best in the business. If you find Iris your Bête Noire, go in through the back door via the Orange Grove and you might be pleasantly surprised.

11 thoughts on “Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile: HRH Queen Iris”

  1. Dearest Iscent
    So pleased to have bee there at the moment of your final conversion to the ways of the Iris,
    This one is delicious, in a simple thing I’ve just thrown together sort of way. isn’t it?
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    1. Dear Mr Dandy,

      Yes indeed. I think I did my Iris journey the wrong way round. I started with the hard core and didn’t get the appeal at all, but blended with some gentle citrus it becomes a different story. Iris Nobile is very wearable indeed!

      Your friend

      PS You will be pleased to know I am turning a corner on Shalimar too. Never say jamais.

  2. You have really changed your views on iris. I’ll have to give this a sniff if it shows up at my (small) local Sephora.

    1. Dear Laurels,

      Lovely to hear from you as ever.

      I am jealous of your small Sephora. I haven’t got one at all. My nearest one is France!

      Best wishes

      1. I hear the French stores carry lines like Serge Lutens. The one near me has a selection very similar to that of an average department store, and doesn’t even carry some things that they send me emails advertising. I know they carry at least some Acqua di Parma scents online, but I haven’t seen any in the flesh. Maybe eventually, though!

      2. The last branch I went to was in Poitiers in France and I was overwhelmed by the sheer size and choice. They had almost all the Lutens line, loads of Hermes and Guerlains, as well as the usual celeb fare. I also noticed that the prices were eye wateringly high.

        I did love the sales lady at the till though, who gave me two boxed Serge samples.

  3. Wow, as usual brilliant review, dear Iscent! Seriously one of the top fragrance house should hire you on big fat pay check .

    1. Oh my dear Cilantro! I may well Tweet that in the hope that they take pity on me! Thank you always for your loyal support and appreciation.

      warm wishes

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