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    Hey gang,
    I'm currently on an iris binge and have a sample of this Le Labo creation currently in transit. My confusion is over whether this is labelled a male or female fragrance, since I've seen images attesting to both! Not that it really matters, but I'm just curious really. If anyone owns a proper bottle of Iris 39 let me know. (And if you own this bottle of Iris 39, post a photo, because it looks very nice indeed).




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    And for everyone else, let's hear about your favourite irises! Mine: Iris Silver Mist (of course!) and Dzongkha.

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    I love Divine L'Homme de Coeur best. Great juniper opening and then a rooty, slightly sweet orris that rides close to the skin but lasts quite well.
    And Dior Homme is really fine stuff, too. Some days it seems too sweet to me and others I get the carroty/dirt thing more prominently and love it.
    I'd be interested in your reaction when you get your mits on Iris 39.

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    As far as I know, Le Labo markets its fragrances as unisex. I think Iris 39 is one of their better offerings, but it does not displace other outstanding iris scents, especially Iris Bleu Gris, L'Homme de Coeur, Iris de Nuit, Iris Silver Mist, and 28 La Pausa. My personal favorite among iris scents is Iris Bleu Gris, followed by Iris de Nuit and L'Homme de Coeur.

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    My top iris picks are Iris Silver Mist, Iris Taizo and Bois d'Argent. Probably my favorite is Iris Taizo, at the moment, as I feel it would be more wearable on a day-to-day basis than ISM.

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    1- Iris silver mist
    2- Iris Nobile edt and edp by ADP
    3- Iris poudre FM
    4- Iris blue gris
    5- Dior Homme

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    Must put in a good word for Bois d'Iris, my personal favorite.
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    XerJoff's Irisss is a stunner. Probably my fave Iris scent.

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    There was a very extensive thread on iris scents several months ago. If you don't get the responses you hoped for, you might try searching back for it.

    I have a large sample of Iris 39 and like it, but I don't intend to buy a bottle of it - it's a bit too floral for my tastes. I would place it more in the feminine category than masculine.

    Other iris favorites:
    - Bois d'Iris - Fantastic dry, woody iris
    - Iris Silver Mist - Ultimate iris
    - Dior Homme - In my Top 5, and not simply for the iris note. It's just good.
    - 28 Rue La Pausa - Spectacular feminine iris
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    I LOVE Iris 39. I have a little bit but would love a FB. It has the most stunning drydown's I've experienced in a long time, and every minute of it is better than the last. Moments of a fabulous lush "dirty" note that makes it even more delicious.

    Kind of floral but in small doses a man would smell divine in this. YUM

    My fave irises:

    1 Apres l'Ondee
    2 28 La Pausa
    3 Iris 39
    4 Heeley Iris de Nuit

    I'm dying to try Iris Bleu Gris but I'm worried it is too masculine.
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    Haven't sampled this but it sure does sound delish

    My current Iris fixes are TDC Bois d'Iris, MPG Iris Bleu Gris and a rooty orris prominent attar called Khadin.


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    One of the best for me, has been the Frederick Malle Iris Poudre.

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    well a new iris I just sampled is
    Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d'iris
    its not on sale until September
    but at most NM its on the counter
    what I love about it is the longetivity
    most irises are to fading for my taste
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    I'm not a fan of iris, so perhaps what I like won't be representative of the best iris offerings, but after trying quite a few (Iris Silver Mist included), the only two that I like enough to potentially own would be Divine L'Homme de Coeur and Dior Homme Cologne.
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    I'm sorry for saying that, but I think Iris Bleu Gris is the perfect iris... for those who doesn't like iris. It has no iris at all. Actually it's violet, which reminds me very much of Grey Flannel (which is good, but much cheaper).

    Iris Poudre is a nice scent, but also is not really about iris. It's more like Chanel No.5.

    These two were really a frustrating experience for me. They dont deserve the word "iris" in their names.

    Iris Silver Mist is my favorite of all. This is a real iris. Earthy, ethereal and beautiful.

    Bois d'Iris (TDC) is also another awesome scent. Beautiful, dry and woody iris.

    Chanel No.19 EDP has a very beautiful iris note too, mixed with some other florals and over a chypre base. Very classy.

    Dzongkha is a great incensy iris, calm, meditative and relaxing. Very nice too.

    Hiris starts very well, with an earthy iris, but unfortunately it fades away too fast and gets too subtle.

    Dior Homme starts with a very nice iris too, which tends to evolve to a gourmand-like base. The iris adds a classy veil to it, while the base adds the modern feel. Great fragrance IMO too.

    I'll post later if I remember any other iris fragrances i've tried.

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    I'm dying to try Iris Bleu Gris but I'm worried it is too masculine.
    Don't be afraid, this is one of my favorites, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vibert View Post
    As far as I know, Le Labo markets its fragrances as unisex. I think Iris 39 is one of their better offerings, but it does not displace other outstanding iris scents, especially Iris Bleu Gris, L'Homme de Coeur, Iris de Nuit, Iris Silver Mist, and 28 La Pausa. My personal favorite among iris scents is Iris Bleu Gris, followed by Iris de Nuit and L'Homme de Coeur.
    You hit all the big names in men's iris/orris scents! I like Iris 39 because it smells a little dirty in a very French sort of way... TDC Bois d'Iris, Dior Homme, and Lanvin Arpège pH are also pretty good, each one tweaked to appeal to one kind of taste or another. The reviews in the Basenotes Directory for each one run the pros and cons of various preferences...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vitorscpaiva View Post
    I'm sorry for saying that, but I think Iris Bleu Gris is the perfect iris... for those who doesn't like iris. It has no iris at all. Actually it's violet, which reminds me very much of Grey Flannel (which is good, but much cheaper).
    That concerns me about IBG....

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    To me, Grey Flannel is all about lavender. I don't get that in IBG. IBG has vetiver and a rooty iris. It's a deep blue sweet iris, like the flower. If you have had PG - Iris Taizo, I get some of this, almost blackberry sensation there, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vitorscpaiva View Post
    I'm sorry for saying that, but I think Iris Bleu Gris is the perfect iris... for those who doesn't like iris. It has no iris at all. Actually it's violet, which reminds me very much of Grey Flannel (which is good, but much cheaper)...
    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat
    To me, Grey Flannel is all about lavender. I don't get that in IBG. IBG has vetiver and a rooty iris. It's a deep blue sweet iris, like the flower. If you have had PG - Iris Taizo, I get some of this, almost blackberry sensation there, too.
    I'm afraid I'm with kumquat on this. I don't get much violet in Iris Bleu Gris, and smell very little resemblance to Grey Flannel. (I just sniffed the two side-by-side to check. )

    Quote Originally Posted by victorscpaiva
    Iris Poudre is a nice scent, but also is not really about iris. It's more like Chanel No.5.
    I do agree that Iris Poudre has a lot more than just iris going on in it, though I happen to love the stuff. Of course No. 5 itself is chock-full of iris, so it's not a completely unfavorable comparison!

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    Let us not forget FUBU Plush for men !

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    I think Iris 39 is wonderful & deserves more hype. As has been mentioned, it's dirty and this aspect combined with the florals makes it distinctive and unisex.

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    Iris with patchouli to emphasize the rooty part of orris butter = Iris 39.
    Great, transparent and very long-lasting iris scent.

    Yes, I`ve got a bottle from NoLIta with my wife`s name on it. Sorry, I have not a picture.

    As for best irises for me - IBG, Iris 39, La Pausa, Iris Pallida L`Artisan, Irisss Xerjoff. Not in order of preference.
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    The best Iris fragrances have been mentioned above, my personal favourites are Xerjoff Irisss and SL Iris Silver Mist on the rooty, earthy side; Heeley's Iris de Nuit, L'Artisan's Dzongkha, Iris Pallida and Odori's Iris on the fresh, boozy side. La Pausa and DelRae's Mythique are lighter with a mellow floral aspect, beautiful for warm summer days. Iris 39 is one that I really like but that gets cloying on my skin if overapplied, because of the strong patchouli note that appears after a while.

    As much as I wish to like Iris Bleu Gris, I never got any iris note there...

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    Awesome responses here! I've loaded up my cart on the perfumed court with the ones I haven't tried, particularly keen for Heeley's Iris de Nuit and Divine L'Homme de Coeur.

    I liked Iris Pallida a lot, but found it a touch too sweet and delicate for me to regularly wear, but had a very nice fruit note. (It also disappeared very quickly). Dior Homme I liked initially, but found the synthetic fruit a little grating (the same ingredient seems to be centrepiece in Burberry The Beat for women) when over-applied. I'll agree that Iris Poudre has a lot more going on than just iris. I was expecting Iris Silver Mist redux and got a little disappointed, but I'll definitely try it again next time I'm in store.

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    Also any idea how I'd go about sampling Xerjoff Irisss?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    XerJoff's Irisss is a stunner. Probably my fave Iris scent.
    Does anyone sell this in North America?

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    My faves up to date are Bois d'Iris (slightly soapy, touch of ginger and dry woods) and Hiris (nice fresh-carotty opening, powdery floral heart).
    Dzonghka iris? I need to resniff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    To me, Grey Flannel is all about lavender. I don't get that in IBG. IBG has vetiver and a rooty iris. It's a deep blue sweet iris, like the flower. If you have had PG - Iris Taizo, I get some of this, almost blackberry sensation there, too.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vibert View Post
    I'm afraid I'm with kumquat on this. I don't get much violet in Iris Bleu Gris, and smell very little resemblance to Grey Flannel. (I just sniffed the two side-by-side to check. )
    Well, you know I am not a specialist and maybe you both are right and i'm wrong. But, here on BN, Grey Flannel has no lavender in it's pyramid (but here it may be lacking some notes). Also in some others well known fragrance sites, lavender is not listed on it's notes too. Violet is there in all of them. Anyway, it can be just a different effect in different skins, but I'm not the only one here in BN that found resemblances between Iris Bleu Gris and Grey Flannel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vibert View Post
    I do agree that Iris Poudre has a lot more than just iris going on in it, though I happen to love the stuff. Of course No. 5 itself is chock-full of iris, so it's not a completely unfavorable comparison!
    Maybe you are right here again, but for me they have no prominent iris note to justify the name. I think they are more about Ylang-Ylang.

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    I don't really like Iris scents per say but I have to say Xerjoff Irisss is amazing!
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    From Perfume Intelligence - Grey Flannel-Geoffrey Beene,1976
    A fresh floral-woody masculine edt with top notes of green lemon, neroli and labdanum, heart notes of violet, mimosa and orris on base notes of amber, vetiver and oak moss, classified B6m.
    Presented in a true ‘bottle’ shaped bottle coloured a smokey grey with old fashioned screw cap designed by Geoffrey Beene.
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    Re-orchestration of the original
    Well, you're right about the notes. I have only smelled the newer, probably lesser version. It smells soapy & lavenderesque to me. But, hey, that's just me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
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    Well, you're right about the notes. I have only smelled the newer, probably lesser version. It smells soapy & lavenderesque to me. But, hey, that's just me!

    From the back of the box:
    Alpha-isomethyl ionone, anise alcohol, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl cinnamate, benzyl salcylate, citral, citronellol, coumarin, eugenol, evernia prunastri (oakmoss) extract, farnesol, geraniol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene, carboxaldehyde, limonene, linalool
    From what I can dig up through Google, GB is listing common potential sensitizers/allergens for a lavender accord (natural or synthetic). Some of the other compounds point to the prominent violet note, a lemongrass/neroli/citrus, as well as the oakmoss and tonka common to fougeres.

    Back to the topic, alpha-isomethyl ionone can be used in both violet and orris notes, so there's a reason to be reminded of iris. (I do get lavender in the opening, btw)

    To digress some more, this sounds like the sort of evil perfumer's brew that IFRA is trying to save us from.

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    Holy hot custard batman, I just tried 28 La Pausa and it's insanity in a bottle. I could sustain a whole novel of elaborate copy on this perfume. Gorgeous! Makes me want gender reassignment surgery pronto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hob Dobson View Post
    From the back of the box:


    From what I can dig up through Google, GB is listing common potential sensitizers/allergens for a lavender accord (natural or synthetic). Some of the other compounds point to the prominent violet note, a lemongrass/neroli/citrus, as well as the oakmoss and tonka common to fougeres.

    Back to the topic, alpha-isomethyl ionone can be used in both violet and orris notes, so there's a reason to be reminded of iris. (I do get lavender in the opening, btw)

    To digress some more, this sounds like the sort of evil perfumer's brew that IFRA is trying to save us from.
    Thanks for clearing that up. I know these chemicals are assigned lots of different names (and duties) so that leads to all kinds of confusion.

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    Well guys, I've found my favorite iris scent (I'm not include DH Cologne here), PG Iris Taizo. What is this? A semi-gourmand iris!!?? Mmmm, it's so delicious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hob Dobson View Post
    From the back of the box:


    From what I can dig up through Google, GB is listing common potential sensitizers/allergens for a lavender accord (natural or synthetic). Some of the other compounds point to the prominent violet note, a lemongrass/neroli/citrus, as well as the oakmoss and tonka common to fougeres.

    Back to the topic, alpha-isomethyl ionone can be used in both violet and orris notes, so there's a reason to be reminded of iris. (I do get lavender in the opening, btw)

    To digress some more, this sounds like the sort of evil perfumer's brew that IFRA is trying to save us from.
    Most of those same ingredients are listed on a box of Amoauge Silver Man EDP, so I don't know about that. A lot of those ingredients are components of essential oils as well (citral, limonene, etc), so it's not necessarily a list of just synthetics.
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    I really like the way the iris is rendered in MPG's Bois de Turquie and also Amouage's Reflection. It's a bit drier in BdT and very lush, round, and velvety in Reflection - smells like a really good orris butter, and perhaps most amazingly is the way the spices are tucked into the soft folds of the orris note. The orris is always present, the stage upon which all other notes dance in and out.
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    I don't know if this question was ever answered, so here's my input. According to Le Labo's website (http://www.lelabofragrances.com/), Iris 39 is classified as a women's fragrance. However, I am a man, and I can easily pull this fragrance off--it's one of my very favorite fragrances of all freakin' time! It is rather rich and perfumy, so it's best for cooler weather, nighttime, and more formal occasions. Incidentally, upon emailing one of the co-creators of the company (both are men) and getting a reply, he said that Iris 39 happened to be the fragrance he was wearing the day he emailed me back : )

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    First off, I don't think anyone should be concerned about this being too feminine. It has a wonderful rooty/woody quality and some nice animalics in the drydown that make it a superb masculine. I picked up a bottle yesterday and could not be happier.

    On top of that, I also just got the most lavish compliment I have ever received on a fragrance. (And in NYC, compliments happen pretty much...never.) One of my coworkers asked what it was, and I told him it was Iris 39. He's not into fragrance at all and never wears them. I did once give him a sample of Aventus because he likes things that are constructed from money, and I thought he'd be amused by the "freshly printed bills" aspect. He was only moderately impressed by it. But he went on and on about Iris 39. Where to buy it. How much it costs. That I should wear it more often. That I smell really good. It's so unusual to get a compliment in New York, but to get one that is off-the-charts is really kind of cool.

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    Personally I think Iris Ukiyoe by Hermes is much better than Iris 39.

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    I like Iris Ukiyoe, too. I'm not sure I really think of them as comparable. Iris Ukiyoe is shimmering and veil-like, and Iris 39 is rich, woody, and strikingly present with the violet note. My only issue with Iris Ukiyoe (which I intend to have a bottle of someday, too) is my own: it really does come across as a traditionally feminine scent. Still, it's worth getting over that hang-up, I know.

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    I love Iris 39 too and prefer it to the Iris Ukiyoe, because, as you said, it's richer and rootier (but then, I'm not too much in watery, light stuff). I also have the body cream and the oil, and they are also superb. For a light, fresh iris I prefer La Pausa.

    Next time, with your coworker you should try Iris silver mist and see where this goes (by the way, I tried Irisss recently, and that's also excellent, but the price is simply silly)

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    I am yet to smell Iris Silver Mist. I need to get my hands on some of the SL exlusives though, as I'm going to Paris in July and am not sure which ones I want to get.

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    Great bump here, Brian C. This a a wonderful thread, as is the thread referenced towards the top here, for iris lovers. It reminds me that there are several that I have not sampled yet, and I need to get on that.

    Enjoy your Iris 39! It wasn't for me, as the violet bothered me (some iris frags lean heavy on the violet). But it is worthy of it's many fans.

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    Dior homme
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Chambers View Post
    First off, I don't think anyone should be concerned about this being too feminine. It has a wonderful rooty/woody quality and some nice animalics in the drydown that make it a superb masculine. I picked up a bottle yesterday and could not be happier.
    You have the nerve to recommend Sel de Vetiver over this and buy a bottle the very next day! For shame!

    Well, now I'm back to being completely interested in I39...I really do love my sample. I think the lime gives it a wonderful tartness. Iris Ukiyoe is also fantastic, I don't find it completely feminine, in fact I think there's something to it that gives it a slight masculin feel somewhere deep in the background.

    (side note, after sampling a few iris based fragrances I would no longer count Dior
    Homme as an iris wonder...it's good but the iris in it is nothing compared to some of these)

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    Quote Originally Posted by starshipvelcro View Post
    You have the nerve to recommend Sel de Vetiver over this and buy a bottle the very next day! For shame!
    I already own a big, beautiful bottle of SdV! Although I have been drooling over this one: http://world.thedifferentcompany.com...4,VETI501L.cfm

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    Wow, I have to say, The Different Company has some cool bottles. I appreciate that they offer refills at a cheaper price.

    I have a 90ml Sel de Vetiver bottle, but I don't know if it's refillable - is this a recent change to the bottles?

    Back on topic, I really need to try Iris 39. In fact, I'm missing a solid iris scent in my wardrobe (a crime considering how much I love iris).

    Brian, I'm interested to hear your thoughts on I39 vs Iris Silver Mist, whenever you get to try it.

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    I should have some ISM next week, so I'll let you know. I will admit I'm not a huge iris fan. My interest in Iris 39 had more to do with the complexity and beauty of the overall composition than any great love for iris. But I am very curious to try the Lutens...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes22 View Post
    Wow, I have to say, The Different Company has some cool bottles. I appreciate that they offer refills at a cheaper price.

    I have a 90ml Sel de Vetiver bottle, but I don't know if it's refillable - is this a recent change to the bottles?
    I believe T. de Bachmakoff's TDC bottles have always been refillable. The base must screw off somehow, but I'm not sure how. Perhaps I read somewhere that they screw off counter to the top, i.e. clockwise?

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    I don't really think that Hermessence Iris Ukiyoe smells like...iris. I like it, in fact I want a bottle, but it's not iris prominent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Chambers View Post
    I already own a big, beautiful bottle of SdV! Although I have been drooling over this one: http://world.thedifferentcompany.com...4,VETI501L.cfm
    Tell you what, you can sell me your old bottle at a discount and then you'll free up some space for that beauty

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    Iris 39 has been my favorite wearable iris. I have gone on many an iris-binge in the past, and many were sold off as they didn't hold my interest for any length of time. Iris Silver Mist is amazing, and I'm glad I own it; I almost never wear it... not sure why. I think it's just too elegant, maybe? sort of strange thought, there.

    I39 has a doughy, earthy quality that is absolutely amazing. very linear, but that's fine by me. it is VERY easy to overapply though, and then it becomes a bit stifling.

    Lots of good contenders in here, and I'll second Dzonghka as another top five number. People mention 28 la Pausa, and that is true. I prefer 31 rue Cambon-- iris elegance and far less traditionally feminine. If I had to conjure any comparisons, I'd call it a long-lasting, more iris-y Sous le Vent. In fact, I'd put it as my second favorite iris scent.
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    I like Iris 39 too. It has some natural green in the scent that I think really work well - notes like patchouli, lime, violet, ginger, civet. It is very close to 28 La Pausa but it just seems more contemporary in style and more masculine also - it's one of my favorite iris fragrances. I also like Dzonghka for its leathery incense direction, 28 La Pausa for its creamy relaxed dreamy quality and Moderne by Thirdman which manages an iris based daily wear cologne perfect for a minimal aesthetic.

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    I just finished my sample of Iris 39. I wore it 4 times in 2 weeks, and each time I was amazed by its unique scent and overall projection and longevity. I would highly recommend to everyone to try it, even if you are not a fan of the iris note. For me, it is definitely worth owning a bottle, and it will be my gift to myself this coming holidays season.

    P.S. My gf loved it on me and found it as a masculine fragrance.

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    I have come to the conclusion that this is the best scent in the Le Labo lineup. It is not at all obvious at first sniff.

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    Even better than oud and patch? Not for me, but it is indeed a wonderful scent (I own also oil and cream), and curiously effective in combination with slightly swampy pool water.

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    I just testing my sample of Iris 39. It smells really good. yes it is a bit feminine so if you're concerned about that with others scents, this one may be an issue for you. But if not, then test this one out.

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    Glad to see some love for Iris 39. I wore it till I ran out of the stuff. It's mostly a green irisy floral with a dose of skank. I thought it smelled a little feminine but the ones who complimented me for smelling great were young women.

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    Let's see what irises my wardrobe contains...

    Prada Infusion d'Homme
    Prada Infusion d'Iris Absolue
    Le Labo Iris 39
    Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile
    Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d'Iris
    L'Artisan Parfumeur Iris Pallida

    About Le Labo Iris 39. It is magnificent, clean, soapy iris with strong tones of neroli, jasmine and ylang ylang. Very prominent, long lasting and really unusual. It's price is high but I believe it's adequate to the fragrance quality.

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