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.