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28 La Pausa, to me, is a bit of an anomaly in the world of iris perfumes. First of all, it pairs the iris with the bright topnotes of a citrus splash cologne, a wonderful mix of orange and lavender and pepper that give a happy burst of energy. It's that trick where the lavender doesn't smell like lavender as much as it gives a clever earthy dirty quality to both the citrus topnotes and eventually the iris. 28 also doesn't use an overdose of vanilla and musk (like most iris perfumes do) to give the iris that creamy luxurious quality that iris perfumes usually go for. Instead, the iris gives a carrot quality to the dirty citrus topnotes, as well as a subtle cheesy undertone, like the earthy smell of a funky brie, so it ends up smelling like a glass of orange/carrot juice next to a cheese plate dusted with black pepper - hardly your typical iris perfume...
28 February, 2012