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Iris 39 (2006)
by Le Labo


Iris 39 information

Year of Launch2006
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 123 votes)

People and companies

HouseLe Labo
PerfumerFrank Voelkl
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Iris 39

Iris 39 is a feminine perfume by Le Labo. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Frank Voelkl

Iris 39 fragrance notes

Reviews of Iris 39

I think JackTwist is right that there is some green note that makes this quite cold. It is also quite floral (something white) and too feminine for my taste.
24th December, 2017
Kotori Show all reviews
United States
First whiff: Living, growing hybrid irises in a garden with violets, something green, and something... spicy? These irises are alive, but they are no fresh spring irises shaded by a tree and sprinkled with dew: they are exposed in the sun, dying in the heat. They almost smell rooty at first, but not quite. It's a powerful Iris scent such as one might find at the Iris Garden in late spring at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, when they all are growing together.

But it's not just Iris. There is a healthy dose of violet here, which is not candy-like, but is nevertheless sweet. Then there's a sharp, spicy note that reminds me of cassia or camphor. It is reminiscent of the cinnamon note in Mitsouko, and that note persists after the Iris topnotes begin to fade.

The heart comes quickly, ushering a powdery woodiness, and the cassia/camphor note lingers into the final composition, which is less floral, and quite perfumey. At this point, it comes across as rather thinly stretched. The outcome is a cozier scent, but without much actual Iris.

Drydown: Now there is cedar and... is that patchouli?? Yup... Patchouli was the cassia/camphor note. No Iris in sight after an hour.
26th August, 2017
Stardate 20170712:

An incensey soapy fragrance. Iris shows up top and then gives way to incensy patch.
Musk and soap make this office safe and delight to smell.
Late in drydown I get a smoky musky good ness. Reminds me of monsieur Carven drydown and anything coming close to that can't be bad.
A thumbs up.
12th July, 2017 (last edited: 13th July, 2017)
Le Labo Iris 39 is an excitng, innovative-smelling perfume. I like it. It smells like heavenly wet hay to me, with iris (orris root), and soapy undertones. I want to wear it in large doses as a conversation starter.

Something in this is taking me back to my last trip to Las Vegas, where perfume is in the air, and piped through the vents. This would be an excellent option for scenting a building.

As it develops, it becomes less earthy and more cosmetic-iris smelling, but still wet, even refreshing.
10th July, 2017
bokaba Show all reviews
United States
Standard white floral thing. Nothing else. No iris.
27th October, 2016
About a year ago I sampled over a dozen recommended iris scents, as I was unfamiliar with the note when centered in a fragrance composition. I came away from that exploration with two winners: Fath's Iris Gris and Serge Lutens' Iris Silver Mist.

Le Labo's Iris 39 begins for me with a burst of violet, followed by a warm leathery iris, but these top notes disappear almost immediately. What I am left with is a sharp, pungent, very green and very earthy, raw patchouli vibe that becomes quite linear in the dry down.

Ultimately, this is too cold, too metallic, too bitter an iris to suit my tastes, thus my neutral review.
26th October, 2015

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