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    I thought it would handy to have a thread listing iris scents (or scents that use iris as the predominant note) focusing on the men's or unisex scents (debatable of course). A good resource for those just learning, and also for those scents that often slip our minds. Please contribute..I'm sure I forgot lots!

    1. Iris Gris (Jacques Fath) - probably not going to find this on the shelf anywhere, but the granddaddy of iris scents could not be omitted

    2. Iris Silver Mist (Serge Lutens)

    3. Iris Bleu Gris (Maitre Parfumeur)

    4. Iris Ganache (Guerlain) - iris gourmande

    5. Infusion D'Iris (Prada)

    6. Dior Homme (Dior)

    7. Iris Noble (Acqua Di Parma)

    8. L'Homme Coeur (Divine)

    9. Bois D'Iris (The Different Company)

    10. Iris Pallida (L'Artisan) - limited edition

    11. Iris Poudre (Frederic Malle)

    12. Iris Taizo (Parfumerie Generale)

    13. Hiris (Hermes)

    14. Irisia (Creed)

    15. Iris (Santa Maria Novella)

    16. Iris 39 (Le Labo)

    17. Eau D'Iris (Heeley)

    18. 28 La Pausa (Chanel)

    19. Terre D'Iris (Miller Harris)

    20. Bois Farine (L'Artisan) peanut butter & iris

    21. Citta di Kyoto (Santa Maria Novella)

    22. Equistrius (Parfum d'Empire)

    23. No. 19 (Chanel)

    24. Ysatis Iris (Givenchy)

    25. Orris (Tauer) - no longer in production

    26. L'Heure Bleu (Guerlain)

    27. Apres L'Ondee (Guerlain) - violet & iris

    28. Cuir D'Iris (Parfumerie Generale) - iris & leather

    29. Bois D'Argent (Dior)

    30. Dzonhka (L'Artisan Parfumeur)

    31. Passage No. 8 (Dior)

    32. Paprika Brasil (Hermes)
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    Nice list sofresh. Thank you. I would add Bulgari Extrême pour Homme
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apis View Post
    Nice list sofresh. Thank you. I would add Bulgari Extrême pour Homme
    I don't see Iris listed in the notes?

    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26120271.html

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    Ah, ok...would you classify it as a predominently iris scent? I'm gonna have to track it down and test it!

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    It is not an iris dominated scent. The basenotes is made of wood, musk and I detect a certain earthyness that I take for the iris note. It is actually through Bulgari PH Extrême that I developed an interest for the iris note.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apis View Post
    It is not an iris dominated scent. The basenotes is made of wood, musk and I detect a certain earthyness that I take for the iris note. It is actually through Bulgari PH Extrême that I developed an interest for the iris note.
    I'd like to keep the list to predominently iris-based scents...

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    Indeed, Prada's new fregrance wears quite nicely on men! Once again marketing has doen it's wonder... in stores, at least up here in the North of Europe, Infusion D'Iris is placed among women fragrances. By the way, is Bulgari's Thé Rouge equally unisex or am I pushing it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michailG View Post
    Indeed, Prada's new fregrance wears quite nicely on men! Once again marketing has doen it's wonder... in stores, at least up here in the North of Europe, Infusion D'Iris is placed among women fragrances. By the way, is Bulgari's Thé Rouge equally unisex or am I pushing it?
    I'd wear the Prada iris in a heartbeat...it should have been marketed as unisex, but its not a surprise. I'm sure it'll only be so long before the boys realize how good it really is.

    The Rouge is definitely unisex...I'd say the white tea is the most feminine of the three, but all are wearable by a man. Again, something that the stores put on the shelves in the women's section that should be on both.

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    Ok sofresh, you seem like a knowledgeable nose... for some time now I have been looking for the Dry citrus perfume that will not turn sweet or too floral... and that would linger for a few hours. Any suggestion to try?

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    Please, add Cittá di Kyoto (Santa Maria Novella). notes: Iris, Lotus.....

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    An argument could be made for adding Equistrius by Parfum d'Empire.

    Notes: Orris (iris), violet, rice powder, chocolate, ambrette, sandalwood, vetiver, grey amber.

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    A great list, but separate the good from the great ones. You must have given some critical thought to which are the best Iris men's scents?? I would like to know the opinions of some of the basenotes wise guys on the best iris!? I know some I like more than others but Iris is a difficult scent to find a great fragrance with for some reason. My least favorite on the list is Iris Taizo from Parfumerie Generale - the spices in this one just blast past the subtlety of the iris. Many iris scents just get too powdery to work well for a men's fragrance. But it is a wonderful note - iris.

    My three favorite Iris scents are (1) L' Homme Coeur by Divine because of its juniper green twist, and (2) Bois d' Argent from Dior (not listed?) due to the dryness and sweet woodiness of it, and (3) Iris Silver Mist by SL - very natural and stimulating.

    It's interesting to me that Dior released Bois d' Argent - a great fragrance! and then followed with a mass market release of Dior Homme - a less good fragrance which tries to do too much by combining the iris with leather, IMO.

    what are your favorites?

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    I didn't include my personal opinions on each because I wanted to keep the list itself objective...nothing stopping anyone from stating theirs though!

    Iris Silver Mist is clearly my favourite if you noticed my signature...I also love Bois D'Iris, and was pleasantly surprised with Infusion D'Iris. I'm also a big fan of Bois Farine's iris note, Chanel's 28 La Plausa is beautiful on a man or a woman, and Hiris is lovely, although a bit too feminine for me to wear personally.

    My least favourites would be Iris Bleu Gris (waaaay to powdery), Iris Ganache (too....weird), Iris by Santa Maria Novella (too strong and medicinal).

    I've yet to, but am hoping to try Divine's L'Homme Coeur, Iris Pallida by L'Artisan, and would DIE to try Iris Gris by Jacques Fath

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    You might add Cuir d'Iris by Parfumerie Generale. I haven't tried it yet, but my sample arrived in the mail this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galamb_Borong View Post
    You might add Cuir d'Iris by Parfumerie Generale. I haven't tried it yet, but my sample arrived in the mail this morning.
    I hadn't even heard of that one??? Do share what you think!

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    ADP - Iris Nobile
    warning : classified feminine
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    Quote Originally Posted by narcus View Post
    ADP - Iris Nobile
    warning : classified feminine
    #7 on the list

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    MPG's Iris Bleu Gris is my favorite iris. Hiris I love also. I also love the iris in Annick Goutal's Duel.

    Wish I knew more of the ones on the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DustB View Post
    MPG's Iris Bleu Gris is my favorite iris. Hiris I love also. I also love the iris in Annick Goutal's Duel.

    Wish I knew more of the ones on the list.
    That's the idea of the list...to know what to try!

    Have you tried Iris Silver Mist? I don't think any iris-lover can go on living without at least trying it once.

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    Great idea sofresh - where the hell were you about six months ago when I went-a-huntin' for iris scents and found out that a) some of them I really hate b) I like the 'green' ones and c) iris can be very manly..?

    My fav: Le Labo Iris 39

    A fellow Basenoter is sending me a sample of Iris Silver Mist by Serge soon. Mostly because of you sofresh...your positive comments about it prompted me to give it a whirl.
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    Iris Silver Mist is at the top of my list for sure!

    Great list too, by the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DustB View Post
    Iris Silver Mist is at the top of my list for sure!

    Great list too, by the way.
    I'm curious to hear if anyone's tried Iris Pallida. Its easily the most expensive on the list (295/100ml). I tried the most recent orange flower harvest scent by L'artisan, and it was nice...but not 3 bills nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sofresh View Post
    I'm curious to hear if anyone's tried Iris Pallida. Its easily the most expensive on the list (295/100ml). I tried the most recent orange flower harvest scent by L'artisan, and it was nice...but not 3 bills nice.
    Gerald wears it - perhaps he'll see this thread and comment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sofresh View Post
    I hadn't even heard of that one??? Do share what you think!
    I put some on an hour ago, and so far the impression has been quite positive.
    It opens with a strong iris note supported by a leather note of nearly equal strength. After a while a spicy, incense-ish blend emerges, reminiscent of the incense notes of Tauer's L'Air du Desert Marocain. Though the iris note is dominant, this is a very earthy scent and a lot less sweet than some leather fragrances I've tried - notably Cuiron and Dzing! - so I wouldn't class this as a "floral" scent.
    Unfortunately, I'm entirely new to iris scents, so I can't give any comparisons.

    Edited to add: You might not have heard of it because it's not part of Parfumerie Generale's usual selection; apparently you have to write them and ask for it. I got my sample from The Perfumed Court.
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    I guess one can add Diptyque - The Essence of John Galliano room spray. Very heavy on the smoke, but also nicely backed up by prominent iris. Also, now discontinued Andy Tauer - Orris. Lovely fragrance with smoke, roses and iris. Guerlain - l'Heure Blue as well. The crayon like note in it is a combination of helitrope and iris and that part is quite dominating.

    Nice thread. Love the iris.

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    i just realized how much i love iris
    wishlist:
    Chanel - Cuire de Ruissie and Eau de Cologne
    Penhaligons - Quercus, Castille, and Raquets
    Dior -Eau Noire, Dior Homme Cologne, Dior Homme Intense, and Dior Sweet Sun
    Frédéric Malle - Angelique sous la pluie and Eau d'Hiver
    L'Artisan - l'eau de l'artisan and bois farine
    Hermès - Elixir des Merveilles, Jardin sur Nil, and Hermessence Confret.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Great idea sofresh - where the hell were you about six months ago when I went-a-huntin' for iris scents and found out that a) some of them I really hate b) I like the 'green' ones and c) iris can be very manly..?

    My fav: Le Labo Iris 39

    A fellow Basenoter is sending me a sample of Iris Silver Mist by Serge soon. Mostly because of you sofresh...your positive comments about it prompted me to give it a whirl.
    I like the green ones too...I think you'll really like ISM, it has a sharp vegetal opening, but then smooths into a dry, papery iris with floral undertones. Beautiful.

    I didn't add Andy Tauer's to the list because its no longer available, and although L'Heure Bleu is absolutely stunning, I wouldn't classify it mainly as an iris scent...but I'll add it if everyone disagrees with me.

    Isn't roomspray a bit strong to use on your person? I've never tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sofresh View Post
    I'm curious to hear if anyone's tried Iris Pallida. Its easily the most expensive on the list (295/100ml). I tried the most recent orange flower harvest scent by L'artisan, and it was nice...but not 3 bills nice.
    I like Iris Pallida very much, very warm and earthy iris, the high price is of course debatable.

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    I think we have two more heavy irises missing: even though they're in the "feminine" category, if some guy wears Dior Homme, he can surely wear any of these 2 scents:

    Chanel No.19 and Ysatis Iris

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