Guerlain Iris Ganache is a fragrance belonging to the exclusive collection of scents known as L’Art et la Matiere. It was created by Thierry Wasser in 2007 and since then it became one of the most iconic fragrances among Guerlain exclusives. Sadly this perfume is being discontinued so if you spot it somewhere and like it – bear in mind that this might be your last chance to get a bottle. Iris Ganache is an oriental woody fragrance dedicated mainly to women. That’s how wealth smells like.
Iris, a lot of powdery, voluptuous iris with a sheer, almost transparent rooty/woody feeling. That’s how Iris Ganache smells in the opening. The aroma is intoxicating, reacting with all the senses. It’s rich but after few seconds some floral notes come to play. They’re not very strong and it’s still definitely iris but from the angle of it’s purple petals. Floral of elegance. There’s something in the opening of Iris Ganache that makes me think it’s a truly mature creation, not something a cheeky girl or self-confident 20 year-old would wear.
One of the greatest stars in Guerlain Iris Ganache is white chocolate. How many perfume with white chocolate you know? Exactly, not many! This white chocolate is huge and erotic as hell. It’s smell is vibrating and evolving from something that brings the feeling of creamy to something that could be associated with delicious pastry custard. To me the best word to describe white chocolate here is buttery. There really is something buttery, a little bit oily. Like a real butter infused with precious essences of iris. The way it smells make an unforgettable impression. It’s like no other.
After this luscious buttery chocolate a vanilla appears that makes Iris Ganache even more into gourmand style. Its sweet smell is calm, toned down so that the fragrance is not sugary. It is sugary to the acceptable point but no sugar overdose here, no toothache. Musk in the base of Guerlain make the fragrance long lasting and it provides a velvety finish. Notes list suggest there’s also cinnamon in here but couldn’t smell it. My nose didn’t notice any spice vibe coming from it.
Ambery notes also create a drydown of Iris Ganache. I don’t doubt it is here but the sweet notes are so smooth, so melted together into delicious unity that it’s hard to pick a creamy amber there, so as far as I’m concerned I trust Guerlain that Thierry Wasser put some amber into it. Bergamot is also supposed to be here which is more doubtful since I couldn’t smell it at all. Maybe it adds some lightness to the scent in its late drydown, its not there to entice us with its juicy smell. Notes at Fragrantica also indicate patchouli – also not noticeable in Iris Ganache. Will I go too far if I say that it probably plays a role of fragrance fixative? The last note listed is for this Guerlain is cedar.
Guerlain Iris Ganache seems to be one of the most luxurious smelling fragrances known. It has a rich, complex smell that I highly associate with, lets call it financial status. It’s the smell of wealth. Who I imagine smelling Iris Ganache? Probably a refined women in her early or middle forties. She’s wearing tailored black dress made of silk, on her wrist and neck some white gold jewellery shines. She’s on a ball under crystal chandeliers, drawing attention of everyone around.
Iris Ganache was created as eau de parfum and is available in 75 ml bottle.