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I have and love Hiris by Hermes, so I wanted to try more iris, and based on the reviews (mistake!) I bought this one.
I don't understand how it can be described a gritty, earthy, austere. I guess my nose misses something, and probably I'm not sophisticated enough, but to me it smells artificial, powdery, cloying, perfumey - in short, all I dislike in a perfume.
Compared to it, Hiris shines even more: it's sober, bracing, fresh, elegant, subtle.
To me, Iris Bleu Gris is perfume an old lady of not particularly refined taste could wear.
29th May, 2010