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6 irises for festive season

Boom, it’s 17th of December which means that Christmas Eve is only 7 days from now. The time is really passing by and now is the highest time to get serious if you still haven’t finished your holiday shopping. It’s also a good time to do some general house-cleaning before it will be too late and of course some of the dishes require some time to be prepared or to “mature” for your Christmas Dinner. I know that in many cultures Christmas Eve on 24th of December is not as important as Christmas Day, December 25th but no matter how you look at it, it’s a special moment of the year. The food is special, you most probably wear some more elegant clothes and if you’re a perfume lover you are going to spend some time deciding what fragrance to wear for this occasion.

The fact of me being an iris lover is widely known to all of you, my dear readers. But if you give it a deeper thought, iris – as a note, with its noble and elegant character and with so many possibilities to interpret it makes for an ideal choice for a leading accord in your perfume for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Following that thought I present to you 6 irises that in my opinion would be a very good options as scents of a festive day. Presented in no particular order.

  • I decided to pick Atelier Cologne Silver Iris due to the fact that I find it pretty unusual iris. A situation where iris and black currant meet at the crossroads results in a refined, crisp and tart fragrance. It also has some ozonic dewiness of violet leaf as well as a little bit of citrus sparkle coming from tangerine. In this perfume powdery notes entwine with those delicately spicy and sensually attractive ones. You will love this one & who knows, maybe it will gain some additional values when it mixes with the scent of gingerbread floating around the room?
  • Christmas is also a time of decoration and sparkle. The trees that we bring home each December would not be the same if you couldn’t put some shiny & shimmering Christmas balls on it. Thus Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue is my second choice – because this perfume is like liquid gold. In this alternative to iconic Infusion d’Iris the perfumer enhanced the sensuality of all ingredients. Iris is very soft and buttery in it, with a rooty vibe. Benzoin, lentisque, vanilla and tonka add depth, structure and dimension. Even if it doesn’t last as long as its predecessor, it’s absolutely worthy the experience you’ll get in return.
  • Woody iris with a twist is what we like and what I consider highly alluring when it comes to festive attitude. Frederic Malle Iris Poudre might not seem to be an obvious choice of mine but come on… It’s uber powdery what makes it feel very luxurious, especially when it blends with vetiver and sandalwood. And those aldehydes, sparkling like bubbles in a champagne – they just add some retro glamour to this perfume. Musky tones when not overdone will embrace you and will provide additional portion of invisible cuddle.
  • There is absolutely nothing bad in reaching for oriental fragrance to wear during winter holidays, unless you are reaching for some serious heavy-hitter.I don’t recommend those. But Stephane Humbert Lucas 777 Khol de Bahrein is not a heavy-hitter. It’s a “smooth operator” as I call it. A combination of savory sweet notes, resins and iris is bewitching. The opening is lightly sugary and to me it reminds the smell of nougats. As it progresses it unveils luxurious-smelling resins and iris – dense, buttery, very refined and elegant. It’s a balsamic perfume with an aura that will envelope you in happiness.
  • Are you afraid of stepping beyond some invisible line of wearing a perfume that others might find too bold? No problem, why don’t you go with the classic thing. Namely – Le Galion Iris. Revived and remade fragrance, based on a recipe from 1937 easily stole my heart when it was launched in 2014. It begins slightly citric to evolve into a powdery being after a few minutes. It might feel like talcum for a short time but later the powderness becomes more pronounced. This perfume is colored white, because of lily. Galbanum, mimosa – they all add to floral and green-ish side of this composition. Very classy.
  • Last but not least I wanted to suggest Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d’Iris. This balsamic composition is starting with a bit cold and reserved iris accord that gains depth thanks to vanilla and amber. Incense, driftwood and myrrh add this unusual feeling of something salty, woody and smoky at the same time. Like finding a piece of old wood on the wild beach. Sugar adds a bit of simple sweetness, while ambergris and labdanum introduce darker and more animalic elements. But the perfume is blended so well that even those tones never become overly strong. This is a very well-behaved perfume. Suitable both for modern gentlemen as well as for slightly old-fashioned lady.

Which one out of these 6 would you go with? Or maybe you have another option? Do tell!

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Blue velvet, SHL 777 Khôl de Bahreïn

As you might have probably noticed, in the perfume world there are brands that I avoid due to too much hype going on around them, or when in my opinion the packaging and bottle are over the top and hiding a very average juice inside of them. When perfumer Stephane Humbert Lucas decided to create his own fragrance line titled 777 (as 7 is his favorite numer and three 7s represent spirituality, protection and luck) this project quickly earned lots of interest among scent enthusiasts.

Back then I decided not to follow the general interest in Stephane Humber Lucas 777 line (SHL 777 for short) making a small mind-note that I want to try them at some point when the initial crowd quiets down. I didn’t seek the opportunity, it found me first. Mister Lucas has made an appearance with his brand at Esxence in March 2015 and his stand was one of the closest to the main entrance. It was also quite a big booth. As Megan really wanted to meet with him, we visited the stand together. Stephane turned out to be a very funny and easy-going man, we really enjoyed talking with him about fragrance. When it came to testing, there was one composition that mesmerized me.

The name of that perfume was Khôl de Bahreïn and on my skin it started with a very mild smell of fragile violet petals with a gentle hint of sweetness in the background. Within few minutes that sweetness started to build up and form something more substantial. Also violet aroma grew stronger on my and the smells combined into one pretty, luscious smell of candied violets. Few minutes later I noticed that as much as violet is slowly starting to dissipate, the sweet smell was still strong or even becoming even more intensive. At some point it even felt like visiting a candy shop where they offer hand-made sweets. As soon as you open the door of such place you are struck by the warm smell of sugar and caramel. That’s how Khol de Bahrein smells on me.

Further progres revealed few facets of resinous tones. They were balmy, powdery and sensual. They had this perfect substantivity that can be smelled on the skin and at the same time the feeling didn’t feel overpowering or cloying at all. Then, at some brilliant point around 40 minutes after applying, SHL 777 Khol de Bahrein unveils the iris accord. This is heaven! I have never smelled an iris perfume that would have a quality like this. To me it’s like the most sensual (and sexual) smell of iris one can even imagine. It smells incredibly rich and dense, as if you were smelling the raw material such as orris butter or orris absolute, not a composition diluted in alcohol. In addition to that, this iris feels very warm and embracing. As you smell it, you can easily imagine a velvely surface of the petals and feel their softness as you examine the flower.

I don’t know if other people experienced this as well by Khol de Bahrein in reaction with my body chemistry evolved from this brilliantly sensual & buttery iris to a very gentle suede leather note. It smells so beautiful yet so delicate, as if it was so thin as peach skin. As the time flies this composition from Stephane Humbert Lucas becomes even warmer when sandalwood joins in. Just as expected from a perfume with such magnificent build-up, wood note has been presented here in its soft, slightly sweet and smooth form. Ain’t nothing heavy about it as it’s light as a feather that provides you with wafts of very pleasant, vanillic woodiness.

Use of true ambergris enriches Khol de Bahrein with very warm and sensual effect that oscillates on the edge between sexy and animalic. I really like this effect as it gives me the impression that this perfume is tailored to suit the needs of all those who love to cuddle and experience very gentle touch interactions between two people. Peru balsam and musk are the finishing touches of this perfume, providing the last elements of this unbelievably pleasurable fragrance. To say that SHL 777 Khol de Bahrein is sex in a bottle would be an offense as there is nothing vulgar or dirty about it. It could be easily considered as ultimate cuddler or foreplay perfume. This smell is arousing for sure!

Khol de Bahrein from perfumer Stephane Humbert Lucas is haunting me ever since I tried it in March and I suppose that at some point I won’t be able to resist and will buy a bottle of it. This is an extrait de parfum and a little amount goes a long way so there is no way you are going to drain that 50ml bottle quickly. In a concentration this high the traces of fragrance can be even noticed after taking a shower (if you’re using a lightly-scented body wash), intimate, as often with extracts – it’s intimate, staying really close to the skin. Iris lovers – it’s a must try for you.

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