Woo Hoo Posse! For those that celebrate, Merry Christmas, for those that don’t I think we can all fervently wish for Peace On Earth. I figured that by now you’d all be sick of Xmas anyway so I can tell you it’s warm here in Sydney, my BFF Kath and 3 generations of her family will be coming for lunch and by the time anyone in the USA starts reading this we will be finished lunch and lying around in a food coma, desultorily picking at the various cakes, cheeses and fruit left on the table and absolutely unable to make any valuable conversational contribution other than grunts and groans. I am probably still shimmering in a cloud of CHANEL No 5, my choice for the 2015 festivities, and it will be my vintage spray Parfum in the bakelite and new to me vintage EdC bought from the Linda Beth Ross estate (still thinking of you Linda with love).
So let’s talk something new that’s taken over my sniffing lately. I bought a 2ml spritz decant from Surrender To Chance of… Vanille d’Iris…
Vanille d’Iris by Geza Schoen for Ormonde Jayne 2015
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Coriander seed, Sicilian bergamot, carrot seed, schinus molle (pink pepper)
Heart: Orris absolute, jasmine absolute, magnolia bud oil, osmanthus
Base: Vanilla extract, Tahitian vanilla bud, cedar wood, vetiver, amber, musk
Vanille d’Iris opens with carrot as the focus, like you’ve just grated a carrot to put on your sandwich. It’s all about the carrot for a little minute and then the rest of the opening shoulders its way in and takes the spotlight. The notes listed are there front and centre with a really fun riff on pink pepper that makes it fun and fizzy but grounded.
Does anyone else get a whiff of cardboard when orris absolute is in a fragrance? Here in Vanilla d’Iristhe coriander and iris seem to be backed by a sweet wall of waxy white flowers, green and white making a perfect setting for the iris and I get a poopy undercurrent (earthy poopy, good but unexpected) floating around with all these fresh cut and cool flowers. Maybe the iris is more earthy? Dunno where it’s coming from but it certainly adds an interesting by-line.
Photo Stolen Wikipedia
If your expecting gourmand due to the name you’ll be super disappointed, the vetiver and osmanthus work together with the woods to keep Vanille d’Iris dry and lightly green. Unusual combination that works so well on my skin, really opens up in the Australian heat too. Not big but fragrant, excellent sillage. While being different to any fragrance I know Vanile d’Iris manages to feel classic and classy, buttoned up but ready to roar.
How is your Christmas shaping up? Have you tried Vanila d’Iris yet?
Wishing you, and the world, a peaceful 2016.