One might well ask how many variations on cold, earthy iris a person could want or need. If the question had occurred to you after this week's discussion of Hiris, Bois d'Iris, and Iris Silver Mist, you could of course skip this article, but it would be a shame to miss out on L'Homme de Coeur, which is a beautifully crafted fragrance and probably the least well known of the iris scents discussed so far this week.
L'Homme de Coeur starts with a burst of spicy aromatic notes, heavy on the juniper berry and cypress. It is very brisk and cool, and perfectly evocative of a crisp fall day spent tramping through the fields. Iris-based fragrances frequently have a serene, almost meditative cast, but L'Homme de Coeur feels very alive and rugged.
The fragrance gets softer, smoother and earthier on the dry down, with woody-musky notes tinged with green and a very light dusting of powder from the iris. The lasting power is good, but it stays very close to the skin after an hour or so. It is probably the most masculine of the iris fragrances considered this week, although it is not so much so that a woman could not wear it. This woman will wear it, anyway.
For another glowing review, check out Victoria's report on Bois de Jasmin. As much as I like L'Homme de Coeur, I might like Divine's L'Homme Sage even better. Either Marlen or I will review that one soon.
L'Homme de Coeur is an Eau de Parfum. For buying information, see the listing for Divine under Perfume Houses.