Originally Posted by shifts
I would love to read your take on this one. Haven't searched the archives yet, maybe there is a lot written about it but I can't recall any lengthy discussion about it. My vote goes to Hiris, but I've had very limited exposure to iris scents...
Hey, Shifts, thanks!
I'm sure I've not written much on it before, if anything. IBG is pretty close to Hiris, but still they're very distinct. Much closer to Hiris than anything like Duel, which uses the iris in a mix of obvious other smells. Hiris has iris in the forefront in the same way IBG does, but in Hiris it is a darker, more shadowy version of the flower. I think I remember thinking of stems of the flower when I smelled the fantastic Hiris, but with IBG the mental slideshow that pops into mind is the pedals of flower, and a powdery softness. Iris in general smells of powder to me but in IBG its a slightly sweetened white powder, at times I've wondered if vetiver wasn't a hidden fixitive but I can't be sure. I know the name of the scent calls to mind "blue grey" color but that's not what comes into my brain--white, powdery softness does. Hiris I think darker, and not caring whether it has flecks of bark, rot, or cold pebbles in its powder. Hiris is the sublime beauty in muck, like the beauty of motor oil irridescent floating on top of a road's puddle. Iris Bleu Gris is the shiny irridescence of the reflective pebbles scattered onto the white paint of crosswalks or lane dividing paint lines to make them reflect head lights.
Duration on IBG is very long.