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?