Odori's Iris is beautiful and easy to love. While this was apparently marketed to men, this would be stunning on either gender.
The opening is a blast of cold, papery irones (iris) mixed with their less expensive cousin, ionones (violet), to produce a crisp and clean and almost aquatic purple floral accord. The ionones in this case read like violet leaf more than flower giving it a greenness that bolsters the coolness of the irones. There is a sweetness present from the first spray that is also more characteristic of violet fragrances than of iris.
As it dries down this gets less cold, less austere, less overtly floral. A warm musky vanillic (heliotropin+ a very soft ylang + amber combo) base accord rises to meld with the cool purple floral accord creating a very realistic reference to old fashioned lipsticks. I can't smell the star anise, but that's just fine with me.
Important Note for Iris/Orris Lovers: While there is orris in this, the prominent violet and heliotrope keep this from being a typical gray toned orris fragrance. As an avid fan of the funereal, gray toned orris fragrance genre, I admit that I was initially bummed by the violet since it is not listed and was therefore unexpected. However, to my mind this might be the nicest iris + violet combo I've every smelled. The dry down of this is incomparably ethereal.
Iris is a soft fragrance, it wears fairly close to the skin and smells chic, clean and sophisticated. This is a beautiful addition to any iris and violet lovers collection.
The good news is that Iris by Odori is a very nice fragrance, the bad news is that rumours want both Odori and Bois 1920 (the two italian outfits run by Enzo Grimaldi) being on the edge of stopping their production and retire from the market. Too many releases and too much competition with bigger houses can lead to a disaster for relatively small brands such as the ones we're talking about.
Said that this is an incredibly refined a kinda discreet Iris based fragrance that's not too far from other crowdpleasers of the genre such as Dior Homme or, let's say Chanel's 28 La Pausa. The main note is enriched by heliotrope and a slightly powdery ambery-vanilla base. During the drydown I notice a soapy vibe that's typical of the brand. A perfect fragrance for nights out. Unisex. Stock up before it's too late.
10th July, 2011 (last edited: 10th December, 2011)
Very pleasing scent. Another iris fragrance that doesn't end up smelling like lipstick (see Dior Homme, Ferre for Men). The vanilla really blends everything together but it feels like such a cop out. Much like the coupling of lavender and vanilla. This seems more elegant and suitable for a higher-end job in an office or even a night out for us grunts. Social commentary aside, I find this to be quite pleasing to me. Thumbs up from this middle-class fool.