Yves Rocher Iris Noir ~ fragrance review

Yves Rocher Iris Noir

Maybe more than any other flower used in perfumery, iris is a chameleon. In Chanel No. 19 or Hermès Hiris, iris is as elegant as a beautifully dressed woman in a Mercedes sedan you admire from your seat in the bus. In Le Labo Iris 39, iris is as earthy and inviting as a rundown house with a wild garden and The Decemberists playing in the background. In Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist or Prada Infusion d'Iris, iris is intellectual and absorbing. Annick Goutal Heure Exquise and Guerlain L'Heure Bleue feature moody iris, and Frédéric Malle Iris Poudre and Gianfranco Ferré Ferré are infused with iris that oozes dressing room glamour. Yves Rocher Iris Noir is Party Girl iris.

With so many perfume lines to explore, I never spent much time with Yves Rocher. Yves Rocher fell between the cracks of the high-end niche lines and fêted perfume houses that are so alluring and the drugstore fragrances with their bargain prices and reverse snob appeal. Yves Rocher is a reasonably priced French perfume line that embraces botanicals but is definitely commercial and probably won't be found at the neighborhood health food store any time soon.

Yves Rocher offers its highest end fragrances under the name Secrets d'Essences. Iris Noir is the third of the Secrets d'Essences releases, the first two being Voile d'Ambre and Rose Absolue (they've since added Tendre Jasmin). Olivier Pescheux and Nathalie Gracia Cetto created Iris Noir. It launched in France in 2007 and in the United States a year later. Described as a “floriental scent over an iris-chypre base”, Iris Noir has notes of bergamot, coriander, ambrette seed, iris, patchouli, and tonka bean.

Iris Noir opens with a pillowy waft of warm aldehydes that are brought down to earth with what smells to me like bergamot, mint, and black currants. Right away iris and a little rose join in, and the combination of fruit and iris reminds me more of iris flowers than of the rhizomes that are used for the iris note in fragrance. Iris Noir would be just another fruity floral if not for the coriander that adds a slightly dirty, personal note. The iris-currant-cardamom combination lasts right into the dry down of gentle patchouli and wood that borders on incense.

To me, Iris Noir smells like it could be a Guerlain department store release. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Guerlain Insolence. Insolence has less spice and smells more of violet and shampoo, but Iris Noir and Insolence share the same weight and feel and would both appeal to the woman looking forward to putting on her Jimmy Choos, grabbing a pink cocktail at a club downtown, and making a night of it. Only, while Insolence has her eye on the rookie stockbroker, Iris Noir is intrigued by the guy in the corner talking to the deejay. Of the two, I prefer Iris Noir.

Iris Noir comes in Eau de Parfum in 50 ml, a 10 ml purse size, and a 5 ml mini. It has medium sillage and good staying power. The 50 ml bottle of Iris Noir normally sells for $58, but last I checked it was offered for half off on the Yves Rocher website. A mini is $5.

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  1. miss kitty v. says:

    You almost had me sold until the comparison to Insolence was made. I guess I should say thanks for the warning? ;) Insolence was NOT my friend at all. Shame, because this sounds wonderful otherwise.

    • Dawnkana says:

      If it makes a difference, I did not get the Insolence similarity at all. To and on me Iris Noir was dark and earthy whereas Insolence was kind of like scented laundry detergent.

      I would sample the Iris Noir because the sense of smell is so individual.

      • Angela says:

        You didn’t get the sample sort of party feel with the fruit?

        I agree with the laundry detergent comment. Iris Noir does not have any of that going on.

        • Fuddy Duddy 101 says:

          Hi Angela, Will you please clarify your comparison to Insolence? Is it the EDT or the Edp version you used for comparison? The reason I ask is because the 2 are like night and day, meaning the Insolence EDT vs. the Insolence Edp do not smell all that similar to each other to my nose. Thanks

          • Angela says:

            I was thinking of the EdT–thanks for asking me to clarify. Also, I love your gravatar!

    • Angela says:

      It doesn’t smell so much like Insolence as it has a similar attitude and feeling as Insolence, You know what I mean?

      In any case, it’s never bad to be able to cross something off the list!

      • mals86 says:

        I thought Insolence was like a small room jam-packed with shrieking parrots that Just Would NOT Shut Up.

        Am I just about guaranteed to hate this one? Iris-heavy frags I like are Chanel No. 19 & 31 Rue Cambon (I know, not iris-focused, but I think there must be a ton of iris in there), the Prada Id’I, and OJ Orris Noir. Hiris did that musty-basement thing on me.

        • Angela says:

          This isn’t one of those musty, turnip-y irises. It’s more of an earthy, fruity iris. I’d say, if it passes your way, why not try it? But it sounds like you and iris don’t agree.

          • mals86 says:

            It’s not so much iris as the extreme volume of Insolence I hated… I really did experience it as an aural thing: the shrieking violins from the shower scene in Psycho, or all the panic alarms on all the vehicles in a parking lot being on at the same time, or my idea of Fwooper song*, all high pitched and very loud.

            (* from JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Fwoopers are brightly colored magical birds whose incessant singing drives humans mad.)

            So my question was really, is YR Iris Noir “loud” like Insolence?

          • Angela says:

            I would say that it isn’t as loud as some of the 1980s whoppers, but it is a definite presence.

        • Musette says:

          I’ve never smelled Insolence but now I have to – your description is ROFL! funny! I nearly spit out my coffee!

          Thanks! I needed that laugh!

          xo

          ps. the only Irises I ‘get’ are Le Labo Iris 39 and vintage Coty L’Origan. LHB is all powder to me and the rest of the iris clan I’m largely anosmic to.

          This one sounds like it might be worth trying, just for comparison.

          • Angela says:

            I really do like Iris 39, and I like lots of the more “weedy” iris, too, like ISM, although Hiris turns to dirty hair smell on my skin, unfortunately. I like it on fabric, though.

  2. krokodilgena says:

    I wanna try a ~*party girl*~ iris

    • Daisy says:

      Hey Krok…I just ordered the purse spray—anything with that much lurvely purple in the ad needs to be tried!—so send me an email and I’ll gladly share a bit with you. Daisyloo82 at gmail.com

      • Jill says:

        I was thinking the same about the purple in the ad … like it!

        • Angela says:

          The purple is nice. The ad really gives the feel of the fragrance, I think.

          • RusticDove says:

            I have three of the ‘Secrets d Essences – Amber, Rose and Iris – and the Iris Noir is my favorite. I will definitely try the Jasmine, because at their prices, I feel like I have to. haha Mitsouko was mentioned and that’s very timely for me because i wore some yesterday [I recently snagged some of the parfum] and looking at the list of notes I was wondering why oh why do I get, what I perceive to be, either violets or orris?! Is that just me? I don’t get peach at all. To me, it really smells like violets [along with the moss, some rose, some spice and some other notes]. It really is gorgeous stuff.

          • Angela says:

            I can’t say I think of violets when I think of Mitsouko, but now I’ll have to go home and try some!

          • RusticDove says:

            I’ll look forward to your thoughts on this.

      • Angela says:

        You’re such a good perfume buddy!

        • Daisy says:

          speaking of perfume buddies….I am enjoying my bottles of Eau Suave and Mitsouko….and just the other day sprang for a bottle of Mitsouko pure parfum (egad, do I still have to pay the mortgage?)…..I didn’t notice at first who submitted this review….but I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN when I dashed off to buy a small bottle….Angela you are a bad influence! ;-)

          • Angela says:

            Mitsouko really is a must-have, in my opinion, and I’ve been getting a lot of use out my Eau Suave. I hope you enjoy them!

          • Daisy says:

            oh I am , I am! Mitsouko has become a new favorite….and I tried layering it with Theorema (as recommended at the Perfume Posse) and it was even more heavenly!!! I owe you a humungous tub of whipped shea! :-)

        • Rappleyea says:

          Is ‘perfume buddy” a euphemism for enabler? LOL! Just kidding, Daisy is da bomb!

          • Angela says:

            Enabler, buddy, you got it!

          • Daisy says:

            that’s Super-Enabler! But see, I take off my cape and put on these glasses and you’ll never recognize me….. ;-)

          • Rappleyea says:

            I’d recognize you Ms. Daisy by your trail of sillage!

          • Daisy says:

            hmmm, well…I hadn’t considered that!
            Clark Kent never had these sorts of problems!

    • Angela says:

      Hey, everyone needs a little party girl once in a while!

  3. Jill says:

    Thanks for reviewing this — I actually like quite a few of the Yves Rocher frags, including Voile d’Ambre and Rose Absolue from this line. Seems like they’re almost always on sale too!

    • miss kitty v. says:

      The price for the mini certainly seems reasonable. I think I am going to ignore my initial Insolence-based repulsion and try it anyway.

      • Daisy says:

        some of the shower/bath gels look enticing as well….got to make the 4.95 shipping worth it ,eh?

        • Angela says:

          A good bath gel is always nice to have on hand. I bet the Voile d’Ambre would be a good lotion, too.

        • sacre bleu says:

          Don’t know about the bath gel, but the hand soaps are very nice, and last a long, long time. . . a little goes a long way.

          • Angela says:

            I love to put a scented hand soap in with my linens. They’re great sachets.

      • Angela says:

        The mini is a pretty good size–5 ml. That’s what I have.

    • gvillecreative says:

      Hey Jill!

      Do those two remind you of anything by other lines that’s currently out? I really like the YR Gardenia and their Blackberry frags. I’d love to hear more info on their others…

      Also– I saw that they have a sample pack on their website. How come they don’t have a FRAGRANCE sample pack?! They are missing out on a huge market, in my opinion.

      • Angela says:

        Good point. I’d be interested in a fragrance sample pack.

        • ScentScelf says:

          But they *do* have samplers. Look under “gifts,” perhaps? I know I’ve gotten sample packs with five of their frags, which included the Secrets d’Essences, so that I could share/swap with friends…

          • gvillecreative says:

            Yay! When I looked the other day, the only sample packs that I saw were the lotions/oils. I’ll look again under gifts.

          • Angela says:

            Hey, thanks!

      • Jill says:

        The Voile d’Ambre reminds me of Burberry Brit for some reason. Maybe that’s just me though. Not sure about the Rose Absolue as I am pretty behind on my trying of other rose frags. One of the YR’s that I love for summer is Fraicheur Vegetale de Verveine … reminds me of AG’s Hadrien, but much cheaper! Agree about the Blackberry … haven’t tried the Gardenia though!

        • Angela says:

          I really need to give this line more attention. Anything to keep me away from those jillion-dollar niche fragrances.

    • Angela says:

      I want to try both of those now, especially the Voile d’Ambre. The prices are hard to beat.

      • pyramus says:

        You should try the Voile D’Ambre. It’s bright and sunshiny all the way through, right down to the base–the least heavy amber you ever wore. (You can wear it on all but the very sultriest of summer days and it’s like donning a golden halo.)

        I can tell that the Rose Absolue is a beautifully made scent, but it sort of leaves me cold: I really wanted to like it, but it just didn’t grab me at all.

        Iris Noir hates me, but then all iris hates me. Thanks, iris.

        • Angela says:

          O.K.–it’s a definite. I’m going to order a mini of the Voile d’Ambre!

          • Haunani says:

            I love my mini. It’s one of those ultra-versatile fragrances, I think, and very pretty! I even like the bottle.

            As far as Iris Noir goes, it sounds like the kind of iris I *might* like (I like Bois d’Iris, Terre d’Iris Taizo, and Iris Taizo). Thanks for this review, Angela.

            I really do think the word “noir” is being over-used in fragrance names, however!

          • Angela says:

            I agree. If a company can’t think of a way to glamourize their fragrances, they seem to add “noir”.

  4. ScentScelf says:

    I have the three US released Secrets d’Essences. While much has been made of the rose–and it is nice–I think I prefer the amber. But I’m an amber sort of person. The Iris Noir I had big hopes for, but turns out I expected to be something else. Was thinking it would be dark and smoky or leathery or something. Instead, it is syrupy but spiced. A young party girl, I think. :)

    • Angela says:

      It sounds like you got exactly the same hit from it I did!

      I definitely plan to try the amber.

  5. Quarry says:

    I put a short spray of Iris Noir on each wrist virtually every night after brushing my teeth. Heavy, sweet, purple, dark, it suits the night.

    • Angela says:

      That could easily be used as copy for an Iris Noir ad! It makes the bath gel even more attractive.

    • Haunani says:

      I like your description, Quarry. Purple and pulpy = YUM.

  6. monstabunny says:

    I am pretty sick of sticker shock and I was impressed by YR’s Gardenia EDT which is utterly straightforward and specific gardenia – though diaphanous – no lasting power. I wonder sometimes if most perfumes couldn’t be this inexpensive if the companies weren’t so greedy. Less greed, fewer releases, smaller sizes, please. I love Iris anyway so I will definitely try this one. (Though nothing can ever come up to Chanel No. 19 or for that matter No. 18!)

    • Angela says:

      I’d be curious to see the breakdown of the real cost of a fragrance, from the cost of materials, marketing, and packaging to the cost of hiring the perfumer.

    • annemarie says:

      I’ve often thought that thought too, about why some companies can keep their prices down. Okay, so quality and originality comes at a cost and some fragrance raw materials are very expensive. But if Estee Lauder can sell some pretty good fragrances at moderate prices, why can’t more do it? I guess a company like EL can build up such a head of steam with its marketing, and has such market penetration, that it can afford to let some of its products sell themselves.

      I was impressed to read Sarah Jessica Parker (as told to Chandler Burr): that she remembered her mother having to save up for her once a year fragrance purchase (White Linen), so she wanted her fragrance – Lovely – to be really good value for what people would have to pay. Which it certainly is, I think. And it’s available in 30ml bottles – yay! I wasn’t beggared by my first purchase of 30mls, have used it quickly, and have just very happily bought some more.

      I recently compared Lovely with Chloe, which is a fragrance with a similar intent as Lovely. I thought – nah. Not by any means is Chloe worth paying the extra $$ for.

      • Angela says:

        I guess comparison shopping with fragrance really does pay, and you have a good point about the ELs. And I agree with you–more 30 ml bottles, please!

  7. Lars Lapsus says:

    I heard this was really good as a masculine (allright, I admit it was LT again…) but then, I didn’t like it at all! I don’t remember well, but I think to me it just smelled like a strangely hay-y, spice-infused fruity thing. Very loud and “common” smelling. I think I just can’t stand fruity scents, except for bright citrus. But, as I often liked what you seem to like, Angela, I will try it again. Soemtimes it takes me several sniffs to “get the idea” of a scent.

    • Angela says:

      Well, it definitely does have fruit going on, and although I’m enjoying my mini, I doubt that I’d buy a bottle. I never thought of it as a masculine, though…I think it would work better as a masculine without the fruit.

  8. lydiadrama says:

    Alert: Yves Rocher scents are 50% at the stores. Parfum originally priced about $60 CDN is now less than $30–zowie!

    • Angela says:

      It seems like they have sales all the time! Good for us.

  9. CynthiaW says:

    I just ordered the purse spray of this, the mini of the Voile d’Ambre and two of the purse sprays of Rose Absolute (because they were half price). You can almost always Google a discount code as well – I got 15% off of my paltry total that way. I was trying for the free shipping, but the code wouldn’t work for me for some reason – it kept saying that I needed a total of at least $25 to use the code, even though I had a total of $25. The 15% off took off $3.75, so it was pretty close to free shipping.

    I can’t wait until my order gets here – I just hope that I like at least one of them. Of course, this means that I’ve already started my 3rd quarter expenditures – plus, I bought a bottle of CK Summer at Marshall’s the other day.

    • Angela says:

      Those are all such bargains, though. Really, they should add up to one bottle.

      • CynthiaW says:

        That’s what I keep saying – the CEO doesn’t seem to buy that argument. Of course, he did preface his last question with “I’m not mad or anything”, but then wanted to know “what’s up with this perfume business”? He also wanted to let me know that he was already quite attracted to me, thank you very much. I had to explain to him that perfume was for me, not him, although I do like it when he likes something I’m wearing.

        • Angela says:

          That’s so funny that he thought you bought perfume just for him! The next time he buys a golf club or a ticket to the Super Bowl something like that, you can say, “Honey, what’s up with the sport equipment? I think you’re manly enough just as you are.”

          • CynthiaW says:

            lol – that’s perfect, I can’t wait to spring it on him!

          • mals86 says:

            Can I use that one on my own CEO?

          • Daisy says:

            oh that’s perfect! I can hardly wait to use it.

            The question I got was even worse—my CEO asked “don’t you have enough perfume already?” Proof positive that husbands just don’t get it.

          • boojum says:

            Mine would never dare, since he’s the sort who has to have exactly the right ____ for every occasion. And that blank can’t be filled in w/just one category of thing, like perfume. :D

          • Daisy says:

            LOL a bit OCD ? Funny….my CEO is only that way about CARS….he’s a major car-guy.

  10. huntergpt says:

    OOOH! I will definitely try this out, esp with the sale. Thanks for the review.

    • Angela says:

      Let me know how you like it!

  11. Rappleyea says:

    Great review Angela! The lovely Daisy recently sent me a sample of OJ’s Orris Noir and I’m in love with that, although Rue Cambon is just okay.

    • Rappleyea says:

      Meant to say I’m dying to try the Le Labo Iris as I’m curiously in love with the bizarre Patch 24.

      • Daisy says:

        Is Le Labo Iris 39 really even an iris scent? I know it has Iris in it’s notes…I seem to remember a lot of patchouli…..but then, if you like Patch 24 you may find the iris interesting too. (do your classic Guerlains know about this fling you are having with Le Labo?)

        • Angela says:

          I get a lot of ginger in Iris 39, and as my bottle has aged, the ginger is really taking over. But there’s definitely some patch in it, too. I’m going to put some on right now, in fact.

        • Daisy says:

          Thank ya kindly Miss Rapple!
          Did y’all hear that? I”m lovely ! ;-)

          • Angela says:

            You sure are!

          • Rappleyea says:

            Of course the Guerlains don’t know about my philandering with other scents! And don’t you mention it to them either. Since I love patch, I would probably like the Le Labo Iris. And btw, I don’t smell patch at all in the Patch 24!

            And finally….of course you’re lovely!

          • Angela says:

            I don’t get much patch, either, if it makes you feel any better. It’s all smoky vanilla rubber on me.

      • Angela says:

        I like Iris 39 a lot. It’s a whole different mood than the Patchouli, but it’s a good, year-round scent.

    • Angela says:

      I can’t think of an OJ that I wouldn’t love to have a bottle of.

      • Daisy says:

        on me they smell a bit thin and watery…..Tolu is nice though….I only have the Orris Noir because I like iris scents and lost my mind over a very fine deal….it’s nice but I don’t share the love for OJ that is always floating around….I’m going to go have a extra spritz of JHaG Midnight Oud to console myself….

        • Angela says:

          Well, you’ve saved yourself some real money by not falling in love with the OJs. I have a bottle of Ormonde that I adore, and I’m hankering for some Tolu. Champaca is another of my faves.

        • mals86 says:

          So how is that Midnight Oud anyway??

          • Daisy says:

            It’s good , but Citizen Queen is secure on her throne. It opens with a pretty substantial blast of oud…which is a dauntingly medicinal on me but after about 1/2 hour it’s calmed enough to let the roses out….and it’s a big full dark rose too. It’s a little reminscent of the Montale roses. or maybe it just seems that way because Montale lives for oud. I have a decant and that’ll do me—I don’t see this turning into an FB purchase.

  12. asuperlongusername says:

    I love iris (just had a friend pick up a bottle of ISM on her way through Paris and I’d bathe in it if I could readily get more) but fruit! Fruit gets me every time. Whether it’s Serge Lutens boiling up a big batch of spicy jam or the latest Ed Hardy’s Hard Candy: Red, fruit makes me want to bite off my arm in protest. I don’t know why. It’s a shame because this is sooo freakin’ cheap!

    Second that Mitsouko = must-have. I’ve been skirting around buying a sample of the parfum because I know I’ll love it and I can’t afford it. D=

    • Angela says:

      A sample of Mitsouko might last a long time. And you know how they say it’s better to have loved and lost than never loved at all? Well, it’s better to have sniffed and loved and not bought than never to have sniffed at all. That’s what I think, anyway.

      ISM is a true marvel. It’s what I wear when I want to be intelligent.

      • asuperlongusername says:

        Well, I guess I’ll have to now. Doesn’t mean I have to buy it!

        I love that! It is a smart smell, isn’t it. But I wore it to the beach the other day (oh, the humidity!) and it worked beautifully. Of course, when one’s in love, it doesn’t matter where one wears it.

        • Angela says:

          It sounds like a real “coup de foudre” for you and ISM. Fabulous!

      • annemarie says:

        I survive on just 8mls ( I think it is) of the EDP of Mitsouko from the Perfumed Court. One spritz lasts all day – it really does. And I don’t wear it every day – I’m not always up to its high intellectual standards! I’m thinking that when this one is done I’ll just buy another 8mls and spend the $ difference on other things. Like, I found out today that I am probably going to have to buy a new car …

        • Angela says:

          Oh no, not a new car! I’m still nursing along a 1986, so I know the impending dread. I’d so much rather spend money on something else.

    • Daisy says:

      just in case you are truly interested….I just got an email for a second chance on a Mitsouko parfum tester bottle 30ml new, on ebay….I bid but lost and then bought another bottle from a friend….then I got this second chance offer on it this afternoon…it’s a pretty good price if anyone wants me to pick it up for them.
      $117.87 + 4.95 shipping then I’d have to ship it to whomever.

      Just thought I’d mention it.

      • asuperlongusername says:

        While that is terribly tempting, I think you misunderstood: I haven’t even ever smelled the parfum, on skin or otherwise. I was putting off buying a sample. Man, what a deal though! I really would if I knew whether it was worth it to me. Thank you so much, though! If you’d proposed a deal on an EDP bottle, though, I’d be counting my pennies to see if I could squeeze it.

        • Daisy says:

          ah, yes that would be a major lump of moolah for an unknown…it’s a major lump of moolah even for something you love!….. I had been looking and waiting then when it rains it pours I guess—two lurvely bottles of Mitsy parfum waving temptingly beneath my nose! Too bad I can’t afford 2 of everything I like!!! (for heavens sake, I can’t even afford 1 of a fraction of the things I like—sigh, it’s just bad planning this NOT being born wealthy!)

          • Angela says:

            Oh, I know what you mean. I really think I’d be a better rich person than most of the rich people out there. Or at least I’d like to try.

          • Daisy says:

            Oh me too! And I’d be too busy buying perfume to get involved in a single scandal….

  13. mariablogrom says:

    There was the day when I decided to have a iris perfume. And it was Hiris on one hand and Iris Noble on the other and I gave a try on skingb to Iris Noir, too . May be it’s my skin but it smelled so plastic and after an hour so cheap compared with the other too :-(.
    Sorry, I would have loved a iris at that price.

    • Daisy says:

      Have you tried Prada Infusion d’Iris? It’s a very nice “middle of the road” iris….usually can be found on ebay for a pretty decent price , as well as cheap decants on scentsplits. Prada Id’I is more nichey smelling than most designer fragrances (IMO) and mixes very nicely with Hermes Hiris.

      • mariablogrom says:

        Thank you. Yes, I tried Prada, too, on the same day, but I ended up with Hiris. How you said, Hiris smells so much of expensive life style. Personally I see rich women, dressed in white and blue polo shirts, long suntanned legs, on the porch of their expensive boats anchored in ports or going for a drink at the exclusive clubs in the ports. And it’s summer. So it goes :-)
        Prada Infusion d’Iris was too much for pretty girls for me.
        But you are not the first expert (I mean it :-)) to say that Iris Noir is worth for a good Iris. So, probably it’s a skin matter. Or it takes a good nose.

        • Angela says:

          Hiris is a beautiful fragrance, elegant and smart, and it sounds like your nose is pretty good to like it so much. Iris Noir is, in my mind, a young, friendly fragrance and whole different experience on the skin.

    • Angela says:

      Hiris and Iris Noir are so different that they’re a good example of why iris can be treated so differently. I hope you found the iris you love!

  14. 3xasif says:

    wow! well we all have such different sniffing experiences….i found Iris Noir to be a dry iris, more along the lines of Heure Exquise and nowhere near or even in the same family as Insolence, which i found a sugary cloying nauseating headache inducing mess.

    i really like the Iris Noir though and agree, it is on par, and frankly better than most department store releases of late. thanks for pointing me back to Yves Rocher- i walk by it almost every day but talk about “bang for your buck” value :D

    • Angela says:

      I definitely got a generous helping of fruit with my Iris Noir–maybe I have fruit-enhancing skin. I’ve been wanting some Heure Exquise, I wish Iris Noir did smell like that on me!

      • Daisy says:

        “fruit-enhancing skin” in the instant visual, you were fuzzy like a peach…a human sized peach….but still drinking iced tea on your back porch! …which started me giggling like crazy….I really do need to get out more!
        SOTD—Mitsouko EdP layered with my newest love: Theorema…good lord, I smell FABULOUS! (visions of tasty peach cobbler!)

        • Angela says:

          I will have to try layering the two. It’s going to take some courage to try, though. Mixing anything with Mitsouko seems sacrilege. But on your recommendation…

          • Daisy says:

            Live dangerously!!! Try it!

    • CynthiaW says:

      Oh my – there’s an actual store? It’s probably a good thing that there isn’t one by me – I would overspend for sure since individual items are so inexpensive.

      • Angela says:

        I know the temptation very well. Thank goodness there’s no store near me, either.

  15. Late in this, but have to say I loved your introduction: it’s so true. Iris has many versions which makes it such an interesting material!

    • Angela says:

      I’m so glad you dropped by! Yes, iris is such a changeling. I think if I were a perfumer I’d be obsessed by it.

  16. sickpuppy says:

    Hi everybody, I’m Brigitte from South Carolina officially delurking. Iris Noir sounds lovely, unique, and well priced. I’ve fell over Bois de Iris’s spell lately and am compiling a list of other iris’s to bing on.

    • Daisy says:

      TDC Bois d’Iris? A very nice Iris indeed but my skin eats it up and in about 1/2 hour it’s just gone! Does it have any lasting power for you?

      • sickpuppy says:

        It lasts a good bit on me, about 3 or 4 hours before it turns into a nice skin scent.

        • Daisy says:

          Brigitte…so which Iris scents have you tried other than Bois d’Iris ?

          • sickpuppy says:

            Daisy, I am rather new to iris’s which only deepens my infatuation with them. I love how they verge on being edible- with their buttery, almondy nature- without being cloying. I’ve only tried 2 others: Hiris and PG Iris Taizo.

            Some days Hiris is a little too elegant for me. And I think the yummy iris/ wood pudding Iris Taizo would be better suited for Autumn. But Bois d’Iris has been just right for the cool rainy days we had this spring, and the overcast tepid days that are popping up this summer. Topping my to try iris list is Le Labo Iris 39, DelRae Mythique, PG Cuir d’Iris, Guerlain Iris Ganache, L’Artisan Iris Pallida, Iris Silver Mist.

          • Daisy says:

            Nice list…a few on there I wouldn’t mind trying myself! I was going to offer up some Hiris, Iris Taizo and Prada Infusion d’Iris but you’ve already tried 2 of the 3. This thread is 3 pages back but if you see this—I would happily send you a smallish decant of Prada Infusion d’Iris (I have a rather large bottle- -plenty to share) here’s my email Daisyloo82@gmail.com

        • Angela says:

          Lucky for you! I should try it over lotion.

    • Angela says:

      Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. Iris is an amazing essence and such an intriguing lure into fragrance. Bois d’Iris is gorgeous. I love the wood in it. I wish my dry skin would hang on to it longer.

  17. parisa says:

    *Heavy, sweet, purple, dark* – I espected that, but on my skin it just turned too alcoholic for too long (EdT) and then too light for my taste. In my country it is still possible to buy old, black Ispahan and Rose Ispahan, especially the first one is great perfume, one of my most loved orientals.

    • Angela says:

      Too bad it didn’t work on your skin, but it’s always nice for the budget to rule out a perfume. I’ve never tried Rose Ispahan, but now I’m curious!

  18. eminere says:

    The ad is very Guerlaine Orchidee Imperialesque. Right down to the orchid and colours.

    • Angela says:

      There really is a little Guerlain envy happening, isn’t there? Right down to the tonka.

  19. sorsara says:

    I live Montreal and would like to buy iris noir where can I find it. t’s not in the Yves Rocher Catalogue
    Thanks

    • Angela says:

      I’m sorry–I’m not sure where you can buy it, or even if it’s still in production. Maybe an email to the Yves Rocher company would help you out. Good luck!

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