Head: Bergamot, Green Amber, Pink Pepper
Heart: Iris Absolute, Jasmine Sambac, Hedione, Paradisone
Base: Leather, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Benzoin
Penhaligon’s most recent release was inspired by the English Royal Ballet and what better perfume material to represent this rarefied world than iris? The opening of Iris Prima
is a pleasant coupling of raspy iris and happy-go-lucky bergamot, followed by a dusting of powder and clean jasmine.
While iris tends to come across as rather cold and aloof, the other heart notes combine to give it brightness and sparkle. The iris is cheered up by a big bouquet of flowers in full bloom. Longevity is reasonable on me, eventually drying down to a base of very soft vanilla suede.
might be worth checking out if you are still looking for a pretty, easy to wear iris for your collection.