I have been on an iris quest and tested several "masculine" iris scents. I have bought IBG, Iris Silver Mist and L' homme du Coeur. After several wearings of each I have come to appreciate the greatness of IBG. It was created in 1988, long before the "masculine iris" vogue in perfumes. Most other iris frags for men use the powdery note and build on it to create an atmosphere of introvert melancholy. IBG on the other hand goes on a totally different road. It sparkls with a bright green note. We know that iris absolute comes from the root, not the flower of the plant, but IBG smells like the stem of the flower would smell if the fragrance came from the flower, if you know what I mean. It is an extrovert, radiant fragrance, that stands in a genre of its own. Only ISM, created in 1994, can offer a similarly unique take on iris, capitalising on the carrot-like notes of the iris. Strangely enough all other male iris scents that followed in the 00s have chosen to focus on the melancholic aspects of the note. If you are a big fan of Dior Homme, IBG is something that you will probably find incomprehensable because it creates a joyfull, energetic vibrant aura, unlike DH, Prada, or even L'HdC. In fact I would find "Iris Bleu Or" a much more appropriate name for it.
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3/22/09 at 1:43pm