I like iris scents. Does my collection need another? Most would say “no”. But, There is something about Prada Infusion d’Iris that is unlike the other iris scents in my fragrance wardrobe. I typically go for dark/cold/metallic iris or a foody/gourmand iris with violets. Prada Infusion d’Iris is neither.
At first (when it was launched), I disliked Infusion d’Iris EDP and I didn’t see what the fuss was about. This is why I never tried it on my skin at the store and left the blotter card on the counter. I received a sample of Infusion d’Iris EDP (and the EDT which I’ll be reviewing later). These samples finally forced me to wear it on my skin. I’m not wild about the initial wear. It’s too light and bubbly. This is not something I want in my iris perfume (so I thought). Quickly the citrus notes turn into an iris. The perfume gets creamy and powdery. It isn’t very sweet but it isn’t earthy. Because of this, it is mysterious without being dark or moody. It’s powdery but in an incense powdery way. It is like a resin.That being said, the scent has some darkness but not an earthiness. Infusion d’Iris smells like an iris incense. For a smoky fragrance, it manages to have a cleanliness. It feels ritualistic, a purifying incense. The dry down is very warm and resiny but it has a punch of woodsy, fresh vetiver. This keeps it from being too creamy. The vetiver adds a needed sharpness to the freeform “smoke”.
I was turned off of this perfume during its initial release because it seemed too light. It seemed too much like a cologne. I find that it is a light fragrance, almost veil like, but it does adhere and wear nicely on the skin. After wearing it, I find that it “sticks” and wears like a solid perfume. Prada Infusion d’Iris has a subtle complexity unlike most solid perfumes and colognes. It goes through stages of carefree “lightness” to warm richness.Yes, this is a “light” wearing fragrance (wears closely), but it wears for a long time. I smelled it on my skin 10 hours later on 80° days and even longer on cooler days.
I felt that at its launch, Prada Infusion d’Iris was not liked by iris fans like myself. The perfume appeared to be for those that knew little about iris. (I’m going by the campaign). I now see its appeal to the iris fans because it is unlike others in their collection but it still is distinctively iris. I also see how people who dislike most iris scents because they are too sharp or too dirty would like this as well. I also see this as a unisex fragrance and I’m very surprised to see it continue to be sold as a woman’s fragrance.
I will buy a bottle of the EDP of Infusion d’Iris. I really like it. It isn’t mind blowing, but it will make a nice addition to my collection. It’s a fragrance that I’ll wear to work because it is close wearing. I see this being my late winter and early spring work fragrance. I’ll get some use out of it because all I do is work in the winter! Readers, here is an example of a fragrance that was worth wearing on the skin. For 3 years I’ve ran from Infusion d’Iris on blotter cards, sales associates kept pushing it on me, saying, “try it on your skin.” I finally did try it on my skin and really like it. If I could, I would apologize to those sales associates.
Notes listed include mandarin, orange blossom, galbanum, iris, incense, benzoin, cedar, lentisc, and vetiver.
Give this a try if you like iris or incense scents or if you like a fragrance that wears softly/closely. Give Prada Infusion d’Iris EDP a try if you like scents like Narciso Rodriguez Essence EDP, YSL Paris EDT, Aqua di Parma Iris Nobile EDP, Annick Goutal Heure Exquise EDT, L’Artisan Parfumeur Drole de Rose EDT, Etro Pegaso EDT, Guerlain Shalimar EDP, and/or Serge Lutens Clair de Musc EDP.
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