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Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue ~ perfume review

Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue advert

I love Prada‘s Infusion d’Iris. I bought a bottle when it launched in 2007, and it’s nearly drained — that probably doesn’t seem too impressive, but I own a lot of perfume at this point. To finish off anything, I must really like it.

I haven’t been so fond of the flankers (the Prada “Ephemeral Infusions“) and I didn’t see the need for the Eau de Toilette version of the original Infusion d’Iris, which was more citrusy and floral, less “rooty” — the rooty / earthy part of iris is the part I’m generally after (although mind you, Infusion d’Iris was not a root-fest in the manner of some iris fragrances). So the newest iteration, the Eau de Parfum Absolue, was more likely to appeal, and yes, that’s just how it turned out.

Like all the others in the Infusion series, Infusion d’Iris Absolue was developed by perfumer Daniela Andrier

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Prada Infusion de Rose ~ perfume review

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I want to love the Ephemeral Infusions series from Prada.1 Infusion d’Iris, the fragrance that inspired the series, is one of my favorite scents, and the packaging, as always from Prada, is picture-perfect. You could almost get me to buy them just for the gorgeous outer boxes (see below), and the perfectly-aligned, dyed-to-match fabric covering the caps.

So I do try to love them. But the “veil of scent” / watercolor concept that worked so well in Infusion d’Iris (and in Prada L’Eau Ambrée, although it is not part of this series) has just seemed, well, wimpy, and dull, in the scents that followed (Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger, Infusion de Tubéreuse & Infusion de Vétiver). It is not just a case of oh-this-is-really-nice-just-not-me, as it was with yesterday’s Jardin Sur Le Toit, but more wow-this-could-have-been-awesome-but-somehow-it’s-just-not.

Still. I like Infusion d’Iris, and I like Prada, and I like the work of the perfumer, Daniela Andrier. So I was happy to hear that rose was up next…

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