Anyone else have this item come up in their eBay permanent searches for Iris Gris? Oh, don’t be coy and try and tell me you don’t have eBay searches you get e-mailed every day for Djedi, Iris gris, vintage guerlain, etc.? Well, if you don’t, you should.
So this listing pops up, and they claim:
“Created sixty years ago, in 1947, by one of the best French Perfumers for Jacques Fath, IRIS GRIS is considered by most as a monument of perfumery. Jacques Fath passed away in 1954 which brought a stop to Iris Gris, too expensive to manufacture. It was taken off the market never seen again, until now.
We are relaunching this amazing scent, with quality in mind.
In our formula, we only use the Irris Pallida and particulary its rhizomes process the “old way”, as it takes no fewer than six years to process and extract the precious Orris buter.
Unlike any other Iris products, the scent open on a harmonious accord between the Iris Pallida and the downy peach, delicately sustained by a floral bouquet of Tuberose, Lilac, Lily of the Valley and Jasmine. Dries down to a soft layer of Cedarwood, Musk and Oakmoss.”
If you thought I wouldn’t spring for the $20 to try this and see, you don’t know me very well. I have a teensy bit of Fath Iris Gris, like two drops, and I smelled it at the Osmoteque (sp?) in France a couple of years ago, so I have at least some famiarity with what it should smell like – rich iris, sweetened with peach. It’s the perfect iris scent.
How does this new re-creation hold up? Not enough peach, though it’s certainly been kissed by a peach similar to the one in the Fath Iris Gris. They just don’t feel exactly the same, but I think that would be a hard thing to hit exactly with the changes in chemical production for perfumes that’s taken place in the past few decades. It’s a little heavier on the iris powdery effect than the original Iris Gris on the open, and it’s not that vaguely sweet like the original early on but it has a very smooth, rich, buttery iris feel that’s a little like L’Artisan Iris Pallida. I wish I had enough of the original left in my bottle to put on my skin, but I can’t get those drops out without them vanishing forever, which would make me cry. Just as a stand-alone iris, without any comparisons to the legendary original, I like it a lot and will happily wear my little samples and may even go for a bottle. I’m a little too focused on it being a recreation for this, and it’s hard to separate out that assumption while I’m sniffing. It seems a little fleeting, but sometimes I get that impressions with iris scents because I keep sniffing too close, but I find they have a tremendously beautiful waft that I just can’t smell very long next to the skin. The longer I have this one, and I did a big spray all over to try and get the waft of it , the more of a lilting peach scent it has in all that iris, and I’m pretty infatuated with it. Still not sure that it’s a ringer for Iris Gris, I never dabbled much of the original on my skin ever, and my memory just isn’t that good, but it is in that mold, and it is well made and really lovely to wear as the notes delicately float around me. People were walking through the room asking what that great smell was. Hey, in this house when smells are always getting tested and sprayed, that a scent gets asked about is pretty telling.
Has anyone else spotted this and bought? Of course I got more than one! And I’m going to give away four (I’ll have to break two of the larger spray samples up into smaller amounts in a spray), but only if you promise to give me your thoughts for a future post. So tell me if you’ve smelled the original or not and if you have, what you thought of it. I’ll pick two people that have smelled the original and two that have not to send this to.