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DK Collection Iris (2010)
by Donna Karan


DK Collection Iris information

Year of Launch2010
Average Rating
(based on 10 votes)

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HouseDonna Karan
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies > Aramis and Designer Fragrances

About DK Collection Iris

DK Collection Iris is a feminine perfume by Donna Karan. The scent was launched in 2010

Reviews of DK Collection Iris

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Yes, iris opens up this scent, and it is a lovely iris, fresh, clean, on the bright side with a green undertone. Then additional florals appear, mainly a violaceous addition; delightful up to his point. Quite elegant, I don't get any powderiness at all.

Then the fragrance collapses on my skin, with a somewhat generic ambery note remaining that is very close to my skin. The sillage overall is quite soft, the projection limited and I get three hours of longevity.

The first part is lovely in spring for the iris aficionados and worth a try, albeit necessitating frequent reapplication. The rest is a disappointment. 2.75/5
07th December, 2015
I love the smell of iris in nature, however in fragrances, while appealing, they just don't seem to live up to the natural flower. Iris fragrances are often too powdery, too green, too creamy or just a floral mess. My favourite iris scent so far is Heure Exquise by Annick Goutal, however I've always been open to finding another iris love.

Donna Karan's Iris tries to be as natural as possible, choosing to avoid the powderiness and the buttery qualities found in most iris perfumes. I find it quite dewy and refreshing, perhaps a diluted version of the actual flower.

In the top notes, the soft and green iris note was quite delightful, however the more it developed, I began to detect a slight soapiness that turned me off it a little. Once it reached the drydown I was disappointed with how mediocre this fragrance was.

While certainly wearable and pretty, Iris leaves much to be desired. Layering is a possibility, however I have to be honest and admit that I can't imagine iris blending easily with just anything. Experimentation would be in order to achieve something magical.

Because this fragrance is so simple, it does come across as being quite cold and a little transparent, especially with the lasting power being so weak. Like Robin said on the Now Smell This blog, "if you’re after impressive sillage or lasting power, you’re bound to be disappointed".

Give it a chance and it may grow on you, however it won't impress straight away. Iris is not something you'll dislike, because it is extremely pleasant and predominantly floral and Spring-like, however for those, like me, that seek something unique and mind-blowing, Donna Karan's Iris is just not the one to blow you away.
23rd March, 2012

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