Iris 39 (2006)
    by Le Labo




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    Iris 39 is a women's fragrance by Le Labo. The scent was launched in 2006

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    jtd's avatar

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    Iris 39 gives a new perspective on the iris perfume. It twists the cool, rooty, powdery sharpness of the iris into a new shape. Where iris root tends toward the powdery in most perfumes, in Iris 39 it’s a cold, tingling, green, papery dust.  It comes off as dry but tacky like rosin.  Iris 39 keeps the conciseness of iris. The definitive quality of the iris. If iris root were a manner of speaking it would read as follows:

    Declarative statement. (“Declarative statement, pause, full stop”)

    The directness of the iris can read as cold (Chanel 19), sinister (Iris Silver Mist), unapproachable (Maitre’s Iris Bleu Gris) or chaste (Atelier Cologne Silver Iris). It’s a mistake to read standing apart as insult. Iris 39 bridges this gap in communication and keeps the objective tone of iris root, while easing the personal space restrictions

    The heart and basenotes don't venture far from the topnotes.  I 39's changes are noticeable not so much as movement as a shifting of gears.  You can drive 50mph in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th gear. The experience is different in each gear. It’s neither classically three-tiered nor linear. It stays in place, but it moves. It keeps an appealing sharpness throughout. Most descriptions of an iris perfume's drydown capture the result and how it came about.  'Softening to powderiness.'  'Fading to a whisper.'  On the contrary, I 39's basenotes are not about diminishing , but enduring.  I 39 remains dry but adherent. Prickly. 

    Often I'm left questioning a le Labo name until I give up and accept that the named note may not be the star of the perfume. I 39 is different. It is a definitive iris, released at a time of seemingly thousands of other iris perfumes. It is simply an exceptional and gorgeous one.  

    18 June, 2014

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    Genre: Leather

    This is a very fine, pure, earthy-rooty iris, made interesting by a whipcrack peppery top note. Austere and impressively bracing, Iris 39 is the first Le Labo scent to hold my attention.

    17 June, 2014

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    The Iris in the opening is brilliant - rich, elegant but strong, full and not sweet. The drydown adds violet, a light musk and a dash of rose to it. After two hours it becomes close to my skin, and impressions of ylang-ylang and civet a present. The first iris-laden hours are magnificent, and the total longevity is four hours. A benchmark iris.

    01st February, 2014

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    Don't Limit the Is

    Just a little swing through Fillmore Street and I found Le Labo. I gave my heart to only one and it was Iris 39. It's...think about it. It is...It's. You will have your own way to describe this on your body and I'm almost certain it will be complimentary. It's stellar Iris to me.

    Pros: It is lots of things
    Cons: There's a middle note a bit 'off' for about two seconds

    22 June, 2013

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    A springtime Iris, with green, hyacinth notes and a crystalline quality. Initially cool, there is a warm heart that becomes more obvious as time progresses. This is classy without being matronly.

    20th March, 2013

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    This is a floral effluvium ideally worn by an incredibly classy and mysterious middle-aged elusive french woman. Iris, yes, but also musk, civet and rooty/earthy elements in a deep, almost salty and sensual/organic effect. My first feel was in a while to be inhaling a complex, radiant, lemony and indolic floral aroma (violets in particular but also rose) over a musky bed and effectively this remarkably sophisticated fragrance arouses by soon a really classic aroma with a multifaceted floral temperament. The latter just in the dry down is exalted in its iris regal presence, an articulated, animalic and musky Iris with shadowy exotic trails (a bit Chanel N.19 and Narciso Rodriguez For Her-but in a far far more sophisticated way- and for other reasons conjuring up Diva Ungaro or K by Krizia). I detect for sure by soon the rose and the violet with some rooty vibe and sheer musky soft accents but in a few time the smell starts to evolve towards something more assertive, classic and mysterious, featuring a darker, spicier and mossier animal civet and a royal patchouli that elicits the mystic aura of some giants from the french luxurious classic perfumery. The dry down is a velvety and changeful valzer of royal, dark, earthy/rooty and subtle floral patterns swirling around a spicy patchouli backbone rooted in to a solid base of civet and musk. In particular i catch the mysticism and the almost soapy exoticism of this accord (musk-patchouli-civet a la V&A First) as surrounded by a valzer of spices and floral (iris-rich) patterns (and probably hints of aldehydes in my humble opinion) in a general exotic/indolic atmosphere (in this phase the enigmatic mysticism from fragrances as La Perla for Women or Aromatics Elixir come to mind). Frankly one of the most sensual, womanly and mysterious fragrance ever tested in my life. Stunning. Nothing to add.

    09 February, 2013 (Last Edited: 11th February, 2013)

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