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Iris 39 (2006)
by Le Labo


Iris 39 information

Year of Launch2006
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 143 votes)

People and companies

HouseLe Labo
PerfumerFrank Voelkl
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Iris 39

Iris 39 is a feminine perfume by Le Labo. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Frank Voelkl

Iris 39 fragrance notes

Reviews of Iris 39

An iris-centred creation that knows how to enunciate – not in a plummy ‘dahlinggg’ manner, but with clarity of intent coupled with a satisfying and unforced sonority. As irises go the starring note in this is unexceptional – it’s very much in the powder puff meets suede manner. But it’s what’s going around this clean iris note that sparks my interest – there’s the sweet ozonic breath of violets, a completely on point cardamom accent, mellow richer floral notes in the background and subtle deployment of a humid and earthy patchouli. It all adds up to more than the sum of its parts and is eminently wearable. What more could one ask for? Well, a friendlier price point, I suppose, but of such dreams are heartaches born…
18th December, 2019
Love LeLabo and love Iris39. It is unique, it’s bold, it’s Iris and Violent up front and the Iris remains throughout about 4 hours for me. After that I get musky, woody nice warm clean scent. Ask for a sample at the LeLabo counter and see for yourself.
Also a major fan of Santal 33 and Rose 31. LeLabo rocks it for me.
I own about 35 bottles of fragrance so I consider myself an addict and definitely not impressed with run of the mill types. Thus, LeLabo is my new BFF
27th May, 2018
This is my “sunny” iris. It has nothing in common with my fave Iris Silver Mist, in fact it’s the opposite of ISM. However, instead of hating it I love it. It’s very Southern California, very Abbot Kinney/cement trapezoid succulent planter. And even though I am not the basic b*tch that would fit this description, I happen to enjoy the way she smells: The iris comes across as a buttery hue of yellow that shines across the whole composition of creamy sandlwood aroma cut by tart lime and ginger. It’s got that milky yet slightly tart vibe of Santal 33 and it reminds me of drinking orange tea with cream added. In essence it smells young, modern and liberated from familar gender associations. I do recommend wearing on a sunny breezey day for full effect.
05th March, 2018
iobhai Show all reviews
United States
You're deep in the city, on a rainy day, chasing your cat, and you definitely don't have time for this. You're led to a tiny alcove off of what seems like an abandoned alley, and you discover a garden filled with violet flowers. It's also filled with weeds, and a bunch of stray cats, and it's starting to get flooded with acid rain. You wonder if you should head back home, leaving your cat with its new tribe. Iris 39 by Le Labo.
25th February, 2018
I think JackTwist is right that there is some green note that makes this quite cold. It is also quite floral (something white) and too feminine for my taste.
24th December, 2017
Kotori Show all reviews
United States
First whiff: Living, growing hybrid irises in a garden with violets, something green, and something... spicy? These irises are alive, but they are no fresh spring irises shaded by a tree and sprinkled with dew: they are exposed in the sun, dying in the heat. They almost smell rooty at first, but not quite. It's a powerful Iris scent such as one might find at the Iris Garden in late spring at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, when they all are growing together.

But it's not just Iris. There is a healthy dose of violet here, which is not candy-like, but is nevertheless sweet. Then there's a sharp, spicy note that reminds me of cassia or camphor. It is reminiscent of the cinnamon note in Mitsouko, and that note persists after the Iris topnotes begin to fade.

The heart comes quickly, ushering a powdery woodiness, and the cassia/camphor note lingers into the final composition, which is less floral, and quite perfumey. At this point, it comes across as rather thinly stretched. The outcome is a cozier scent, but without much actual Iris.

Drydown: Now there is cedar and... is that patchouli?? Yup... Patchouli was the cassia/camphor note. No Iris in sight after an hour.
26th August, 2017

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