Parfums Delrae Mythique

After the last scent from Parfums Delrae, an orgy of melon, Emotionelle, I was not incredibly excited to try out their newest scent introduced this year, Mythique.   Inspired by Diane de Poitiers, the Duchess of Valentinois and mistress of Henri II of France, Mythique has notes of Florentine iris and flowers found in the gardens of Chemonceau, the Loire Valley castle given to her by Henri II.   Can I just say that if a man wanted to give me a chateau, I’d be on board for that mistress bit. It also features notes of mandarin, bergamot, ivy, peony, jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli and ambrette.

So far I believe just Les Senteurs and First in Fragrance have this scent.  I’m still waiting on my bottle from les Senteurs to be shipped, they were out of stock on it when I was there in July.

Several people have reviewed this already positively, and I just want to add to the admiring chorus. This is a slightly fruity, but not syrupy, iris scent, almost slathered onto your skin like butter, with the same sensuous feel to it. Created by Yann Vasnier (Divine perfumer) and not Michael Roudnitska, it has a whole different, lighter feel than the other Delraes.   Not light like Ellena’s  barely-there creations, but light like bordering on myth.  We spent time in the Loire Valley last year, crawling through chateaus. We didn’t make it through Chemonceau, but the notes in this absolutely feel like those charming places from another world, like history wisps lifting up from your skin, inviting your mind into another time/place.  This is one gorgeous iris scent.  That’s saying a lot for me because iris is one of my favorites, and it takes a lot to put one in my Top Five, but this is one that should be there.

Les Senteurs was nice enough to send a couple of larger samples to me while waiting on the bottle to show up, so we’ll do a giveaway to two commenters today.  Okay, Top Five Iris Scents, what are yours?

Mine:  Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist, Fath Iris Gris (I know, not fair, you can’t get it anymore), Parfums Delrae Mythique, Odori Iris, and… yikes!!!  TDC Bois d’Iris or L’artisan Iris Pallida?  But Guerlain’s Apres l’Ondee really should go in here, even though it’s not strictly an iris scent. What to do, what to do.  Well, that’s my list.

I do have to mention that I’m very studiously trying to ignore the pleasantly howling Roja Dove No. 4 on my left arm.

  • Somerville Metro Man says:

    My favorite Iris scents:
    Dior Homme
    Prada Infusion D’Iris
    Hermes Hiris
    Yves Rocher Iris Noir
    Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist

    Please enter me in the drawing.

  • Rappleyea says:

    Just catching up on my reading on a steamy, hot Sunday and thought I’d add a vote in case there are others out there like me reading late. The best use of iris EVER – Vol de Nuit parfum! Nothing else is even close. I too have a pack of the Delrae samples coming so no need to enter me in the draw. I was very disappointed to read that Mythique was done by Yann Vasnier as I’ve sampled all of the Divine’s and while beautiful initially, they turn syrupy sweet on me. Fingers crossed that Mythique will be the exception.

  • Heather B says:

    I am very new to Iris as a note but my favorites so far are Bois d’Iris and Hiris. I haven’t tried Iris Pallida or Iris Silver Mist, but I have high hopes for those two. I would love to try the Mythique, I’ve been wanting to try it but couldn’t find a sample anywhere to save my life, so please enter me in the drawing.

  • chrissyinoz says:

    i’ve recently truly discovered iris and lordy it’s LOVE i tell you. Faves are hiris, prada, 31 rue cambon, no. 19 & apres l’ondee and i can see that it’s going to be an expensive affair. Please enter me in the draw as i’d love to try mythique.

  • Sara K says:

    Chenonceau is my favorite chateau…I would love for someone to give it to me! (with enough money to maintain it, and have servants, of course!).

    I like iris, but I am not sure that I have a favorite, but I love the sound of the new Mythique!

  • pyramus says:

    I do not like iris very much. Or thought I didn’t, anyway. I had a sample of 28 La Pausa and sloshed some on without knowing anything about it, and my first two thoughts, in rapid succession, were, “Jesus–IRIS IRIS IRIS” and “Actually, not that bad.”

    Still don’t like the Prada iris, and Demeter Iris is one of their genuine disasters, hideous and chemical. Didn’t care for Chanel No. 19 years ago and probably still wouldn’t. Am neither here nor there about Dior Homme and Hermes Hiris. But I need to investigate 28 La Pausa more deeply: my first impression was that it was very restrained and very expensive-smelling, which is to say classic Chanel. It could be the one that at long last wins me over.

  • HollyGolightly says:

    Heure Exquise and Iris Nobile~ unfortunately, just the two so far. I would love to be entered to appreciate a new iris.

  • Kathryn says:

    Hi Patty, your inspiring use of “mythique” reminds me of Urrea’s The Hummingbird’s Daughter. I bet you could feel the creosote bush if you tried. So, my iris favorites are Après l’ondée, Jacques Fath Iris Gris (got it from TPC) SL Iris Silver Mist, Heeley Iris de nuit and TDC Bois d’iris. Hope I can find more than these five.

  • Syu says:

    I’m having trouble naming five, but my top four are: Apres l’Ondee, Iris Pallida, Ferre, and Hiris. I would love to be entered in the draw for Mythique, a buttery iris sounds perfect for fall.

  • Ms. Irresitible says:

    I’ve been a “lurker” till now. Being a newbie I want to learn more before I “spout off”. But I find myself entranced by Iris. And leather. I was going to wear leather notes today, but read this and decided to revisit my irises. A meal of iris..

    Appetitizer–Prada Infusion d’Iris. Peppery touch nice for office (and I live in perfume-phobic Seattle!!)
    Main course–SL Iris Silver Mist–filling, long lasting ,a smokey carrot pudding.
    Maitre Parfumer–Fleur d’Iris–another vegetal, long lasting delight
    Dessert- Chanel-La 28–warm creamy with vanilla (oh for it to last longer)
    AdiQ Iris nobile–gardenia w/Iris-sweeter, golden. Yum!

  • CynthiaW says:

    Let’s see – I’m only a budding perfumista, so I haven’t tried everything. So far, I love Infusion d’Iris, 31 Rue Cambon, Apres le Ondee, Hiris, and Iris Noir. I have yet to try Iris Silver Mist, so that’s on the list.

    No need to enter me in the drawing, I have a sample pack from Delrae on the way.

  • Michelle H says:

    I actually don’t have a favorite Iris. I am working on becoming a perfumista! I have so far that I adore, Hermes Ambre Narguile (love amber), Fracas by Robert Piguet (never smelled tuberose), and Hermes Un Jardin en Méditerranée (wanted to smell figs). I linked here from Now Smell This and have now bookmarked here. Sorry I can’t list a favorite Iris, but would love to smell a good one!

  • Debby H says:

    I love a few iris scents – TDC’s Bois d’ Iris, Heeley’s Iris de Nuit and CHanel’s No. 18 and a few Delraes – Bois de Paradis and Amoureuse – please include me in the drawing as I’d love to sniff Mythique! Thanks.

  • Bev says:

    This list is a slice of heaven. I’ve only recently discovered that I love iris. So far my favorite is Prada Iris Infusion.
    Hermes and AdP don’t thrill me. But now I have “The List” and my education will continue. Perhaps you can contribute to the education fund with a sample of Mythique!

  • thescentmuse says:

    I don’t think I have five Iris scents to list…Iris Nobile, with the gardenia accord; Iris 39 fom Le Labo–green, green, green; Lutens Iris Silver Mist and from BPAL, Sheol. Iris and I have a strange scent relationship…most of the time she’s entirely too powdery for me. In the right potion, fabulous! more from BPAL~Nefertiti…Five!!

    If Les Senteurs is as sensual as you say, it is worth trying!
    Sign me up for the draw!! Make me a lover of iris!

  • perfumequeen says:

    top five irises, I almost forgot
    Iris Poudre is just too lovely
    Iris Gris
    Bel Ami
    Apres L’ondee
    to be determined!

  • perfumequeen says:

    Oh goodness, please put me in the drawing! Mythique sounds like just the thing to lift me out of new mommy-perfume ennui/laziness. I just haven’t had the same drive since my little man arrived

  • maitreyi1978 says:

    I like the Prada iris and the Yves Rocher Iris Noir. I don’t think the last one has any really noticeable iris though. I also like Unicorn Spell, Hiris, and Iris Ganache. Please enter me in the drawing.

  • tammy says:

    No need to enter me in the drawing, but within my limited iris exposure the winners were ALO and the Prada. Iris Poudre was meh, Orris Noir meh, Hiris goes all Musty Basement on me, too.

    Still hoping to try TDC Bois d’Iris and Heure Exquise some day, but am trying to slow down on my sample-ordering.

  • mals86 says:

    I’m with Mariekel. I really love iris when it’s not the main focus, as in No. 19 and 31 Rue Cambon. Apres l’Ondee is a glorious silk chiffon scarf of a thing, all iridescent periwinkle and green and silver, and I wouldn’t have said it was iris-centric, but that might just be because I feel no inclination to dissect it for notes, it’s so beautiful.

    I haven’t had great luck with iris frags, actually. Iris Taizo was nice, but not FBW for me, and OJ Orris Noir was great but somehow I have difficulty telling the difference between it and Ormonde Woman. Hiris goes all Musty Basement on me, and Iris Pallida goes all Sweaty Old Guy Who Never Bathes. (Gah.) Prada Id’I is great now and then, for a “just smells nice” sort of thing.

    So. I’d love to smell a wonderful iris thing – please enter me in the drawing, and thanks!

  • Debbie R. says:

    apres l’ondee & iris ganache….that’s it. I think I would love the Fath, but haven’t tried it.

    So you can see why I need to be entered in the drawing. Iris is something so lovely when it’s done in a way that I like.

  • karin says:

    Hi Patty! Well, don’t think I’ve even TRIED five irises! In fact, don’t think I’ve tried any fragrances with a predominant iris note either, except for Prada Infusion d’Iris, which I didn’t care for AT ALL. As far as I know, I don’t have anything against the note, though, so I should get on the ball, shouldn’t I??? Would love to try the Mythique.

    There are a couple of fragrances with iris in them that I DO love, though – 31 Rue Cambon (yearning for a bottle big time) and Cologne a la Francaise. I also have a decant of Apres L’Ondee that I can’t say I’ve given a fair chance, having only dabbed it onto the back of my hand a couple of times. I suppose I should commit and wear it like I mean it one day…

  • mariekel says:

    I must admit that I always want to like Iris in perfume more than I often do — bearded irises are, after all, my favourite flower. But I often find Iris smells too much like carrots for me. I have found that when Iris is used as a note — even a strong one — but is not dominant, I tend to love it. I am also a big fan of Cuir Ottoman.

    What surprises me is that my absolute favorite perfume — and not even mentioned here so far — is Andy Tauer Orris. I was lucky enough to score a full bottle recently and eke out my decant sparingly. There, the Iris is enveloped in incense and leather and is just, frankly, fabulous. I love it so much I pleaded with
    Andy Tauer to bring it back (he sent me a sweet email telling me the ingredients were too difficult to source).

    While this may well be heresy, I also recently landed some Iris Gris. While it is very pretty, the earth did not move for me. The Prada Iris parfum reminds me a bit of it.

    • Robin R. says:

      Actually, mariekel, Nika and lavanya and I have all mentioned Tauer Orris. And you are SO right. Isn’t it a treat?

      I guess it’s because nobody really likes to say they like Armani Prive, but if somebody tucked a bottle of Pierre de Lune under my pillow I wouldn’t kick it out of bed. . . 😉

      • mariekel says:

        hmmm. must have missed those mentions.

        I am actually wearing Mythique right now — the Delrae samples arrived this afternoon. Sadly, I am underwhelmed. Another carrot.

  • Scott says:

    My top five:
    Lutens: Iris Silver Mist
    Divine: l’Homme de Coeur
    TDC: Bois d’Iris
    Fath: Iris Gris
    Prada: Infusion d’Iris parfum

    Please enter me in the drawing, and thanks for the post!

  • Lavanya says:

    ooh- This sounds lovely- I’d love to be entered in the draw..
    As far as Iris fragrances go- I remember smelling and liking Tauer Orris..
    I have a soft corner for Iris Poudre which is not an out and out raw iris perfume, but pretty. I haven’t yet fallen in love with SL Iris Silver Mist, but I might get there..:)

  • Violaine says:

    I’m a greeny newbie in the blog community and the perfume universe 🙂 today I wear Lalique by Lalique (classic edition); iris is in top notes & I love it very much; i have an Prada Iris maybe will succumb in buying a bottle. Iris is a beautiful flower and a seducing note.
    Please add me in your draw, i’m curious now !
    Thanx, Violaine

  • Robin R. says:

    Sign me up, Patty!

    Gosh, I love iris. The last time I was blown away by it was sniffing vintage Chanel No. 19 in extrait. I think that is the most heartbreakingly beeeoootiful iris note my nostrils have ever quivered to.

    First, LEAST fave, because for some reason I just have to get this off my chest: FM Iris Poudre. Smells like Dr. Scholl’s foot powder to me. Sigh.

    Four more top irises besides No. 19 — and this took all of eight seconds to figure out. Much as I love Hiris and Cuir d’Iris and Homme and all sorts of other nifty variations on the theme, the winners for me are:

    Tauer Orris.
    Iris Ganache.
    L’Artisan Iris Pallida
    LL Iris 39

    • Musette says:

      Great gravy!

      THAT’S what I’m smelling in Iris Poudre! ROFL! When I said it was irritatingly good I meant that in a ‘what the hockeysticks am I smelling in there that isn’t a ‘bad’ smell – but shouldn’t quite be in there?’. For me, it’s not Dr Scholl’s Foot Powder – it’s Gold Bond Medicated Powder which I suspect is very similar. I love the smell of Gold Bond Medicated Powder, though I don’t want to smell like it! IP is a glammed-up Gold Bond!

      RobinR, you are thanked from the bottom of my feet!

      xo >-)

  • waftbycarol says:

    I 2nd the Cuir Ottoman . I’m gonna go put some on right now…

  • Gretchen says:

    I haven’t yet explored the iris scents, so perhaps I’ll be able to start by winning one of your samples. Wish me luck!

  • Karen G says:

    Oh no. I don’t need another beautiful iris to be lemming after. Iris is my favourite note, so it shouldn’t be too hard for me to come up with five…

    28 la Pausa
    No. 19
    31 Rue Cambon (I love how Chanel keeps iris spare, and not powdery. At least they read that way on my skin.)
    Prada Exclusive No 1. (I’ve been nursing a tiny sample forever.)
    Dior Homme. Love! Iris and lavender and COCOA. So good.

    I would be very excited to try the Mythique. Thanks for putting me in the draw!

    • Karen G says:

      I forgot to add Cuir Ottoman! Sexy and elegant leather and iris. Getting a FB for my birthday next month…

      • Musette says:

        huh. you’re #2 to mention CO – I have that – and wear it a lot – and never knew there was iris in it.

        huh. gonna go spritz some now, see if I can smell it.


        xo >-)

  • Tara says:

    Iris is hard for me. I eagerly awaited my sample of ISM, but I just don’t get it..all I get is dirty rooty carrot, not the ethereal magic everyone else seems to get. I’ll keep trying maybe someday the magic will strike! Here are the few Iris I like (I know..not very original):

    Iris 39 (actually this is more true love than like..I see an FB in my future)
    Iris Poudre (Musette hit the nail on the head when she described it as “sort of irritatingly good”)
    29 La Pausa (so elegant)

    I would really like to try to Mythique as I adore all the Delraes (well maybe I adore Emotionelle a little less than the others!) especially Amourouse and Bois de Paradis. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks..

  • tmp00 says:

    I’m with Kathy T on Iris Taizo..

  • Mindy says:

    I’m not lucky enough to have tried five. I do love SL Iris Silver Mist and Apres L’Ondee. Does Tocca Florence count?

  • Kim says:

    Chanel’s 28 La Pausa & Lutens Iris Silver Mist – they are so amazing that everything else pales in comparison for me. They are both truly gorgeous in such very different ways – the cool rooty, earthiness of ISM vs. the warmth and subtle spiciness of La Pausa. Other favourites: Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir & The Different Company”s Bois d’Iris. Guerlain Apres L’Ondee Parfum is lovely but disappears quickly on me – am I the only one with that problem?

  • Kathy says:

    I’m patiently waiting for Mythique to hit the US. But I’d love a sample!

    My favorite iris scents:
    Hermes Hiris
    SMN Citta di Kyoto
    Odori Iris
    Heeley Iris de Nuit
    Yves Rocher Iris Noir

  • CagneyFan says:

    Patty, thanks for being willing to share your Mythique samps with the lucky winners.

    My favorite iris scents are

    28 la Pausa
    No 19
    Heure Exquise
    Apres l’Ondee

    I know Calandre isn’t known as primarily an iris scent, but the iris is there all the same. Also, I’m glad to see 28 la Pausa getting some love here.

  • Sweet Sue says:

    I don’t have any iris perfumes but I love the Delraes (most of them) so, kindly, enter me in the draw.

  • Marsi says:

    Apres l’Ondee
    Iris Ganache
    Iris Nobile

    I have tried other irises, but haven’t been partial to them.

    Please enter me in the draw.

  • Nika says:

    Hmm, iris is hard note to tackle, so I barely have five that I can wear but here they are”
    Iris Ganache
    PG Cuir d’Iris
    Heure Equise

  • Christine Lasky says:

    Hhhmmmmm….I really can’t list ANY frags with Iris in them because I’ve always operated under the assumption that iris smells instantly powdery on me….but for the life of me I can’t think of where that particular belief stems from. So I respectfully ask to be thrown into the draw for a sample without my list. Perhaps this iris scent will show me how wrong my previous assumption is?

  • Suzanne says:

    Okay, off the top of my head, I’d say my favorite irises (no particular order) are Iris Taizo, Silver Factory, Iris Pallida, Prada IdI (though I don’t get much iris) & the iris note in Daim Blond. I would love to try Mythique!

  • Musette says:

    I have shrieked about how I am largely anosmic to iris but it turns out I can smell quite a few of them – and like them!

    The flat-out can’ts are Prada Infusion and L’A Iris Pallida – I get nothing but wet water with those. ISMist isn’t much better. So that’s that.

    The cans and loves (or at least a deep liking) might not quite get to 5:

    Iris Poudre (sort of irritatingly good)
    Le Labo Iris 39 (Shelley made me and I’m glad she did – it’s lovely)
    Apres l’Ondee, though I get only a little iris
    Dior Homme
    31 Rue Cambon

    huh. that wasn’t so hard…

    I know nothing of Hiris. I’d decided I was anosmic so stupidly I decided to not even bother. I’ll have to sniff Shelley’s – I won’t go back into Hermes, as you know, lest I end up in jail. 😀

    would love to try the Delrae. Wonder when it’ll hit Barneys (Chicago)… I think they’re still waiting for Apothia Pearl, the slowtops.

    xoxoxo >-)

  • Elle says:

    I need to go retry Mythique. Liked it, but it didn’t create any magic for me. Maybe it will now (this has happened more than once when I resample things). My current faves in the iris universe are Washington Tremlett’s Iris Absolute, Iris Pallida, ISM, Dior Homme and Iris Poudre.

  • Fernando says:

    Sheesh, I don’t think I’ve ever smelled any of the iris scents you guys mention… Frustrating!

  • ScentRed says:

    I second the Iris Nobile. Makes me feel like I’m wrapped in a purple cashmere sweater. Love it.

  • kathleen says:

    Not necessarily in the following order:

    No 19
    Iris Pallida
    Iris Silver Mist
    28 La Pausa
    Le Labo Iris

    and I must throw in, Heeley Iris Nuit & CDG Sticky Cake

  • Dane says:

    I just couldn’t resist commenting on an iris-fav-poll. Besides the obvious ISM, 28 La Pausa has stollen my heart. It’s the only jug I decided was worth the cash in the exclusives line. Lovely stuff, and for some reason, it lasts all day on me. Maybe I over-apply? My other fav – L’Homme de Coeur (another Vasnier special).

  • Aimee L'Ondee says:

    I love hearing all the iris recommendations! My top five are: No. 19, Prada Iris No. 1, Bois d’Iris, Apres L’Ondee, Iris Silver Mist. I’d love to try Mythique! And I second the YAY for no melon.

  • london says:

    I’ll go for Iris Nobile (though I don’t really get iris from it except in the name so it’s a bit of a cheat), Hiris, Heure Exquise, Iris Bleu Gris and Iris Pallida with 28 La Pausa as honourable runner up and the Dior Particular Passage one just to be different.

  • March says:

    I like 28 La Pausa, I don’t think that’s on the list yet. Iris is tricky.

    YEah. Where the hell is my chateau? Drums fingers impatiently…

  • Maura says:

    Oh, this sounds great and YAY for no melon. ;-). Where’s LeLabo Iris in your list? Add Odori, FM Iris Poudre and Iris Pallida to my list. Will hold out a top spot for this one. Thanks for another fab drawing!!

  • Louise says:

    Yup, Diane did OK with getting Chenonceau for her labors…: ) I remember seeing Chenonceau at the end of a long, trying day with my parents, touring the Loire, then…why, here it is:

    I have yet to try Mythique, and haven’t done so well with irises. I am coming to appreciate them, but beleive I’m at least partially anosmic to the scent. I now wear and appreciate Iris Poudre, most of all, but also Dior Homme, Bois d’Iris, Ferre (almost a dupe of Iris Poudre,), and the iris note in Bois Farine.

  • KathyT says:

    At the moment my favorites are Iris Taizo (need a bottle, I think), Bois d’Iris, Chanel 28 La Pausa, Hiris, and Apres L’Ondee. Please enter me into the drawing – thanks!

  • Kathryn says:

    Hmmm….Iris Taizo, Iris Pallida, The Unicorn Spell, Bois d’Iris and Hiris are my top five today, but that’s always subject to change. I would love to smell Mythique.

  • Ann C says:

    I have a newly discovered love for iris. I like Chanel 28 La Pausa (if it had decent lasting power I’d buy the big bottle) and 31 Rue Cambon, Le Labo Iris 39, Apres l’Ondee, and Iris Nobile. Mythique sounds like another interesting iris to add to my growing collection.

  • Monica says:

    My top five off the top of my head:

    SL Iris Silver Mist
    PG Iris Taizo
    Hermes Hiris
    SMN Citta di Kyoto
    and I agree.. Guerlain Apres L’Ondee counts too =)

    oh Le Labo Iris 19

    • AWench says:

      Ah, Citta di Kyoto – I haven’t had the chance to try Santa Maria Novella, but I have a trip to Antwerp planned later this month and I have just found out they have a shop there. I didn’t realise CdK had iris … there go my holiday Euros.

  • vidalicious says:

    ah…Dior Homme…one of my faves! well, actually the ONLY iris i like.

  • AWench says:

    I just love iris beyond sense or reason. My top five: SL Iris Silver Mist; Hermes Hiris; Le Labo Iris 39; LezNez Unicorn Spell and AdP Iris Nobile. Each for a different mood and reason, I love it straight up, rooty and dirty, and laid-back, elegant and refined. The first plants to flower in my garden every year, before snowdrops, before crocuses, are the little dwarf irises in vivid blue and yellow.

  • waftbycarol says:

    I took me years to figure out iris,,it can be rooty and metallic and I do not want ANY metallic notes in my frags…but the soft powdery iris is my favorite note of all .
    Hermes Hiris did the most for my iris education .
    Faves ? Still looking , ha .
    From what you say , it may be Mythique ! I also love Iris Taizo but Prada Iris parfum is number one at the moment . I get alot of cool iris from Miller Harris Coeur de Fleur too and am wearing that alot this summer .
    Love to win a samp of the Mythique .

  • annie says:

    This is really kind of creepy…I’ve just started exploring Iris,and also honey,dried,mixed fruit,and fragrances with dates…I know,I know,I’m a little whack job;but I could be experimenting with worse things,ya’ know(snark)….so,I’ll be reading all of these,to start my treck down this fragrant path…..carry on……

  • Laura M says:

    Hi Patty! You’re up late! I have so many more irises to smell: I’m just starting. So here are my 5, but they’re likely to change in a couple of months: PG Iris Taizo, MPG Iris Bleu Gris, MPG Fleurs d’Iris, Heeley Iris de Nuit, Bulgari Omnia Amethyste. I’ll be sure to check back for suggestions on what to try!