I forgot to mention 28 La Pausa last night, but it looks like everyone else picked up the slack... I sampled it thie morning and it's probably my favorite iris fragrance. It's just in perfect balance between root/sweet, powder and clarity. The drydown goes on forever and it's exceptionally beautiful. It's a touch feminine, but not so much so that a guy can't comfortably wear it. It's on my list of 'Exclusifs I want to split'. I swear, if those Exclusifs were 100ml I'd have almost all of them.
I've sampled Iris Pallida, and its a touch sweet and not very rooty at all. It's pretty, but not $300 pretty.
Malle's Iris Poudre is very... well, very Malle. Bold, stong, definitive with tremendous longevity and sillage (for an iris). I like it and own it, but I'm rarely in the mood to wear it.
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I don't get they hype about many of the scents mentioned (just to stir the pot). Iris Pallida is "okay" (at best), but nowhere near the money they want for it. I smell almost no iris at all in Iris Poudre, as well as Ferre (which smell almost identical to me). They're both very nice, but like Iris Noble, I like the for different reasons other than the iris content. Odori's Iris is a blatant knock-off of Bois d'Argent, except for expensive and not as good.
Just my 2 cents. Frankly, after smelling ISM, it's hard for any other iris scent to stack up.
Great selection. Dzongkha is a blend of stone, incense, leather, and wood accords using several different notes. One of the notes happens to be iris. Iris does not dominate or drive the scent but I feel its presence in the smoothness of the stone accord.
I agree with this description. Dzonghka and Iris Bleu Gris are the only frags with a serious iris presence that I would consider as possibly FBW for me. (I would add Cuir Ottoman to that list as well, but I don't get a big iris note in that one, although some people seem to. It's a great leather, though!)
Dior Homme (powdery iris with leather and cocoa)
Creed Love in Black (buttery iris with violet and woody cedar + blackcurrant)
Hermes Hiris (carroty rooty iris - green hay. Light and airy)
And the last PG scent - Felanilla - also has an iris note included with saffron to make vanilla and hay absolutes to feel furry
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Bois is Iris as mentioned above has a lovely combination going on...theres a stark lime note and Iris with woody notes, i have never experienced this combo before....don't let a sample misguide ya in terms of staying power...try a spray decant.
Dior Homme has to be the king of all...sexy stuff.
I'm a big fan of iris note too and, aside the good ones you mentioned I'd suggest you to try:
- Hermès Hiris
- Chanel No. 19
- Chanel 28, La pausa
- Chanel No. 18
- Divine L'homme de coeur
- Prada Infusion d'iris
- Parfums d'Empire Equistrius
- Eau d'Italie Sienne l'Hiver
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I'm just beginning to delve into the world of iris frags so I need some help from you guys. I have tried Infusion d'Homme and and really didn't like it, I was afraid that all iris scents would be like that, very musty and powdery. But last night I tried L'homme de coeur and it was freaking amazing! I loved it, it was masculine, fresh, and easily wearable. BUT....... it didn't last a mere hour and a half. Can anyone recommend a similar iris frag with a little more kick?
A suggestion with a caveat: I get mostly a unique, sweet type of iris from Antonia's Flowers Tiempe Passate. However, I've never seen anyone else mention iris in that fragrance. Also, it's a rather classically feminine powdery scent, so it might not be what you're looking for. Still, I found it interesting.
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Another rec for Hiris and I'll add Yves Rocher Iris Noir and Guerlain Iris Ganache
Like Magnifiscent, I recommend you to try Sienne L´Hiver, I think you would find, at least, interesting
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as i wrote in my earlier SMN thread.....i REALLY think you should try the SMN Iris----it is truly great as an iris scent....as for why people don't write about it, i have no idea! SMN is not really pumped much on this board anyway.....kinda better that way
Not to say that if some iris fragrance totally captivated me I wouldn't rush off and spend more than I had to spend on it.
Ones I've tried since:
Sienne D'Hiver - Olives! Sorry, I just can't get over that rather drastic note. Needs some pimento in there.
Orris Noir - This is very nice and well made, but the notes made me expect something, I don't know... edgier? It's a bit too mellow for me.
Infusion D'Homme - I've tried this a couple times, and it's my most interesting of the three to my nose. It's very cold smelling, but in neither a mint nor an aquatic way. It's also a very pure, rather minimalist iris ( though reading the BN reviews, I realize I'm alone in this impression! ) I'll probably wear it one more time and then save the rest for summer and see how is smells then.
Only one mention for Equistrius? It's a nice one. I like Infusion D'Homme better though to be honest.
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I had the same experience w/ Orris Noir that you had - too, too light.
Same with Sienne D'Hiver - that vinegar-y/salty brine quality really ruins it for me, which crops up in a few other Duchaufour creations.
Infusion D'Homme is easy to love - I call it the Iris 101 fragrance. If someone is unfamiliar w/ iris scents, I always direct them to this scent first. It's a little gentler and easier to love than Dior Homme. But then again, DH also came out w/ Dior Homme Cologne, which is just Dior's version of Infusion D'Homme. Nonetheless, you need to smell Dior Homme one of these days. All lovers of iris should.
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I'm surprised no one likes MPG Bleu Gris. I just tried this and found it rooty and nicely complex. Infact I'm liking all the men's MPG's. I want to try the women's iris next because the men's is a bit too dry for me.
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I don't remember if you have tried 28 La Pausa.
It is a very nice pure Iris
I didn't see L'Heure Bleu mentioned...an absolutely classic iris.
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Even more "two cents" on iris: We both adore Iris Taizo, GB, so I think you would really appreciate the drydown on 31 rue Cambon which is to my nose is very similar -- warm, intensely vegetal iris, a little more refined and less woody smelling than in beautiful IT and still really wonderful. They are like sister and brother scents. The top of 31 is quite ladylike though, and might not suit you.
I found Iris 39 to be very violet-heavy somehow -- it took a fair amount of iris-sensitivity training before I was able to pick up the Iris. It smells purple: vivid and not quite organic.
I hate L'homme de Coeur with a passion so can't comment on Iris quality in there. Seems to bring out the worst in the note to me.