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    Default Listen carrot note compared to Iris Silver Mist.

    Recently, I've read about the carrot-like iris in ISM, and after wearing Listen yesterday, I was wondering how close it is to ISM. Anyone try both? I've been trying to arrange a decant swap over at MUA but so far no luck.

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    Default Re: Listen carrot note compared to Iris Silver Mist.

    I believe ISM to be the undisputed king of all iris fragrances - it's both rooty, earthy and yet with that touch of softness only iris fragrances have. I don't think I'm familiar with 'Listen', but even the better iris fragrances out there (Hiris, Bois d'Iris, Bois Farine, even Iris Pallida) that contain that that 'carrot root' type note aren't nearly as deep as ISM. The root element in ISM is quite strong. With respect to bell jars ISM is probably one of the more popular ones to have, but they're still hard to come by and expensive (I wish I had one!), so I don't know how easy it will be to find a trade. Good luck.

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    Default Re: Listen carrot note compared to Iris Silver Mist.

    Listen features strong/'rooty" carrot, but it's not iris (not powdery). I was wondering if the iris in ISM is like a powdery version of the carrot in Listen.
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    Default Re: Listen carrot note compared to Iris Silver Mist.

    ISM has both rooty and powdery aspects.... it's a 'sinister' iris. Have you tried L'Artisan Bois Farine? I recall that having a very breadlike, carrot-root type accort, same with Hiris, but Hiris is powdery, too. Chanel 28 La Pausa also has a very pure iris root accord that isn't very powdery.

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    Default Re: Listen carrot note compared to Iris Silver Mist.

    I tried Bois Farine a while back, and didn't like it at all. For me it had a dry, stale quality that made it too "rough." I'll try it again and see what I think of it now (only a tiny amount left in my sample).

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    Default Re: Listen carrot note compared to Iris Silver Mist.

    The orris root accord has elements of carrot and powder. FYI, orris is one the ingredients that gives gin its special flavour.

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    Default Re: Listen carrot note compared to Iris Silver Mist.

    To me, the carrot accord in ISM is very root like, almost like the smell of raw beets pulled from the ground.

    Have you smelled Route du Vetiver by MPG? It features a similar root accord. But in ISM, it's also decidedly floral and so the root/carrot accords are softened and silky. They really do smell 'silver'. I don't think they're too powdery (I don't like powdery scents myself) but rather airy and puffy.

    If you like the carrot accord then I think you will like ISM. It is worth it to buy a decant of it. I did and eventually bought a bell jar of it when I realized I couldn't imagine living without it.
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