All Frederic Malle's fragrances are fabulous and Iris Poudre is no exception. Pierre Bourdon, a Parisian perfumer known for coming up the household name of Davidoff Cool Water, collaborated with the Frederic Malle fragrance house to come up with exquisite blend of Iris Poudre.
I'm not generally a floral person as such, often scents like these are too soapy and detergent-like. My nose tends to prefer the slight musky, spicy and plenty of vanilla. I am particularly fond of winter-scents, i.e. Serge Lutens Tuberose Criminelle, Thierry Mugler Angel, to name a few. During the summer, I keep things quite simple with Jo Malone colognes.
So Iris Poudre is no walk in the park. I consider it a scent you would wear on the slightly cooler temperatures; i.e. Autumn or Spring. It opens fresh and floral, but the woods, powder and vanilla comes through as it dries down. Vintage, deep, smooth, sensual and extremely cosy. There's a small story it wants to tell you, but it does so silently with a strong feminine presence. Sometimes it disappears, then it reemerges again, delighting the senses softly.
Sillage is good, lasting about 5-6 hours of summer wear. It was love at first sniff for me, and I had picked this up during my last visit to London Liberty. This is my second bottle of Frederic Malle, and I know that I will be collecting more soon.
Do you own anything Frederic Malle? What fragrances do you love?