I’m finding that I really do love iris as a note, but I’m not easily impressed by perfumes that claim to be iris heavy. Why? Because, I only need a few good ones. Dior Homme, anyone? <wink wink> So, here I am, sampling Odori Iris.
Odori opens as a soft powdery heliotrope with almond. It wears very sweet and then I get a dusty orris root with time. It’s a little earthy but not too much. Eventually the orris becomes really sweet and powdery with amber and vanilla. It reminds me of an iris marshmallow. A dried out, but sweet iris marshmallow. My overall impression is that Odori Iris isn’t that it is “cool” or metallic. It’s very warm and sweet, but still unisex (and dry).
The fragrance is very close wearing and it’s an EDT so it doesn’t seem to last very long. I have a problem with this. See the price below.
Notes listed include star anise, heliotrope, ylang ylang, iris from Florence, amber, and bourbon vanilla.
Give Odori Iris a try if you must try every iris perfume ever or if you like sweeter iris scents or even floral ambers like Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d’Iris, Annick Goutal Ambre Fetiche, Juliette Has A Gun Calamity J, L’Artisan Iris Pallida (the new one), and/or Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial.
The 3.4 oz. EDT retails for $210 and is available at Parfums Raffy. I have noticed that this one is not easy to find. Aren’t they going out of business?
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Reminds me of a dried out marshmallow with iris root. Not bad but not great. One must be fantastic to go around with a price tag over $200, right? AND it’s an EDT!
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And if you want to make purple “iris” marshmallows, here’s a recipe.