Perfumed Alphabet: I is for Iris

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What can I say? It’s a legend.

Iris sits on a precious throne,

Its high price rightly unquestioned.

Maturing of the roots alone

Takes 3 to 5 years. Then other

Processing yields orris butter.


Mellow, creamy, softly woody;

Iris boasts many possible

Facets—sweet, powdery, or carroty.

Violets or suede are plausible

Doppelgängers in some cases.

You’ll find it in many places.



The list is long; examples aplenty. I didn’t think I liked iris as a note until I had the chance to smell real orris butter, and was instantly converted. Orris Givco is nice, too, but nowhere near as beautiful as the real thing. Now that I’m realizing I haven’t smelled most of the representative iris perfumes, I’m not sure where my original impression came from—maybe a misguided general association with “powdery” scents, which are usually not my preference. I found Atelier Cologne Iris Rebelle very carroty, backed by wood. Chanel N° 19 and Creed Green Irish Tweed contain iris, and I quite like both.

What are your favorite iris perfumes?






5 thoughts on “Perfumed Alphabet: I is for Iris

  1. Oh, where do I start? 🙂
    Iris is one of my favorite notes. Chanel No 19 (EdT, extrait and EdP – in this order), Annick Goutal Heure Exquise, Masque L’Atessa, Houbigant Iris Des Champs, HdP 1904 (Madame Butterfly), Frederic Malle Iris Poudre, Prada Infusion dIris… I should probably stop because I can go on and on. In February 2018 I had a project on my blog – FebruIris, where I wore another iris perfume each day.

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