I have finally received my package (US postal service, BOO) from a very generous and wonderful Foustie. Being the Iris nut that I am, I predictably went straight to Impossible Iris.
I am afraid I don’t have an experienced nose of Basenotes Maestros participating in this thread or the skill to write undulating heart tugging passages (very beautiful, drseid
), but I will try to give it my best... So here goes:
In the opening it reminds me of Iris Pallida, then Iris Silver Mist; but as it progresses it is definitely a happier Iris closer to Iris Poudre. However, while Iris Poudre is a bit full of itself, Impossible Iris is less serious but no less sophisticated. It is very uplifting, but not in a cheesy rainbows and unicorns way. The surprising use of raspberry is very well done so it never tips it into Hello Kitty territory. I could smell ylang-ylang very prominently too, and I think it lends subtle sexiness, while iris adds maturity and class. I don’t get any powder either: on my skin it is very airy and very femme. As Foustie mentioned, the cedar is barely there, but adds to overall effect without weighing it down.
In short, I think it is very well done; I am surprised to find an Iris fragrance that is so happy, yet elegant and sophisticated. I am usually drawn to gloominess in Iris fragrances, but Impossible Iris managed to steal my heart by making me happy - I will take it over Iris Poudre anytime of the day. I think the reason why irises in general are so interesting is that they have an ability to cut straight to the heart, but what is amazing about Impossible Iris is that it does that too, but instead of bringing you down, it lifts you up. Now I know why you like it so much, Foustie…Well done, Mr. Monegal!
I haven’t tried the rest of Monegal line yet, but judging by Impossible Iris I don’t think it is as restrained and understated as Heeley.- - - Updated - - -
Mr. W got home from work and his first reaction was "OH, WOW". I guess, it is decided - I need a bottle for myself as well.