The season of niche irises

Although I said in a previous post that Myrrhe Ardente from Annick Goutal was my first niche, actually Iris Nobile from Acqua di Parma was my first one, but I didn’t know that when I got it.

More than ten years ago, I had an acquaintance that sold perfumes, testers, samples and commercial editions. I discovered so many nice fragrances at that time, fragrances that were not available in shops in Romania.

One time, I got Iris Nobile, without a box or a cap, unfortunately. I was conflicted about this fragrance since the beginning and I still am.

For me, it’s a bit to flowery and annoying, and I am able to wear it one or twice a year. Although is a sweet perfume, which I usually like, this one has something that bothers me. Maybe it’s the classical scent, of old perfumes, because it reminds me of Chanel no. 5, Jean Patou’s Joy and other similar. This might be the touch of the creators, Francoise Caron and Francis Kurkdjian.

Don’t get me wrong, it is not a bad fragrance, not at all. It smells interesting and expensive, exactly how a niche should smell, and it is also very long lasting.

The composition is complex, with lots of first and middle notes, that you can really feel when spraying. It is like a bouquet of spring flowers mixed with some freshly squished orange juice and some star anise. Those notes don’t disappear, just tone down an stay over the simple base notes of amber and vanilla.

Although is a floral perfume, I prefer waring it on cold days, because I find it a bit overwhelming for hot summer days. I like wearing it on a normal day at work, nothing fancy.

Even if I cannot say Iris Nobile is a favorite of mine, I developed a special connection to it in 2016, when I have visited Rome. Let me explain in a few words my logic. My all time favorite movie is The Talented Mr. Ripley. In one scene, Tom Ripley sets a meeting with Marge Sherwood at a cafe in Piazza di Spagna in Rome. Visiting all the places in Rome where the movie was shot, I have discovered near Cafe Dinelli in the movie (which actually did not exist), the Acqua di Parma shop. So, from my love for the movie another love was born: my love for Acqua di Parma!

So, it you are tempted to buy it, first try it on, because it is not a universal fragrance, suited for all tastes.