It’s iris day! Three new iris releases or releasing soon – Atelier des Ors Iris Fauve, Coolife Le Sixième and Armani/Prive Iris Celadon. Can there be any better day on the face of the earth than when three great iris perfumes materialize in perfume world? No, there is not.
Atelier des Ors Iris Fauve has been getting a ton of hype for months now, since it showed up at one of the Italian perfume cotillons. The lovely, talented and amazing Josie at Osswald sent me a sample (yes, some to share too!). Notes of Bergamot, Cinnamon, Iris, Patchouli, Haitian Vetiver, Cypriol, Myrrh, Cistus [amber resin], Musks, Liatrix. Kafkaesque reviewed this a little while back, and her review is really in-depth. For me? Spiced iris and incense with a little vanilla dolloped on enough to make the journey smooth. Pure love. From the open and a couple of hours in or more, it is complicated and evolving, and the iris transforms into almost a backdrop for all the other action. Cinnamon iris punches you in the nose on the open with a little bitter myrrh. If you aren’t fond of that – and I love it – just wait, and the cinnamon will smooth out with a light spicing that stayed for a long time, just softer and more subtle as time goes along. Incense and vanilla warm this up, take out some of the myrrh bitter edges, and under it all is the iris.
I find it distracting in all the best ways. This is an absolutely must-smell for anyone
that calls themselves an iris fan. Yeah, that’s better. Atelier des Ors has rapidly become one of my favorite perfume brands. I’m thinking of combining this in close proximity on my arm to Lune Feline. Oh, yum!
While we talked about Iris Fauve, Josie also hooked me up with the Coolife Le Sixième, another of the handful of iris perfumes that just released and is also available at Osswald’s. Floral woody with notes of lemon, bergamot, pink pepper, iris flower, osmanthus, jasmine, suede, patchouli, ambroxan, cedar, labdanum and musk. This is a bright slightly greenish iris on the open. Hey, I like that. This stays very upbeat and bright with an emerging leather and incense. None of that is overpowering, it adds a lot of interest. Okay, Josie was completely right on this – a great iris and any iris lover worth their orris butter should try it.
Armani/Prive Iris Celadon was just released. Notes of Iris, aldehydes, bergamot, cardamom, chocolate, mate absolut, musks, ambrette seed and patchouli. A somewhat sparkly open, the ambrette seed is interesting there. I’ve always wanted a chocolate iris, so yeah! I’ve loved what Armani/Prive did with those super-exclusive iris scents – well, everything but the price tag.
Armani/Prive Iris Celadon has an almost buttery smell/feel to it after the open. Patchouli has more of a presence than I expected, but not in a bad way. It’s a milder effect on the chocolate than Serge Lutens Borneo, which is all good. Love Borneo, but the patchouli is overkill for me in it. Nicely done. So basically a very iris buttery Borneo. I really love it. It’s subtle and doesn’t amp as far as projection.
Listen, when the universe plops down three great iris perfumes in your lap at the same time, you just thank anything and everything you believe in. They are each different and unique and all worthy of sniffing.
Winners of the perfume sample grab bag plus a sample of the Atelier des Ors Iris Fauve – Lena and Doreen. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won, give me the ten samples you want and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you.
And we shall give away FOUR sample sets of these three gorgeous iris perfumes. Post a comment on this post to be entered. Samples of the Atelier des Ors Iris Fauve is courtesy of Osswald’s in NYC. So if you love it and want it, when it releases, grab it from them as a thank you for the sample donation.
Oh yes please. Iris and incense? That sounds like pure love. I’m a little afraid to even check out how much this is going to cost me.
I’d love to win this set! I love iris in perfumes. I’m very curious about this Iris Fauve.
I’m just getting into iris and loving it! Thank you for the opportunity!
Looking forward to trying Iris Fauve the next time I’m in NY
My mum grows beautiful irises, and that’s probably where my love of the flower in general – and iris perfumes in particular – stems from.
Thank you for the draw 🙂
thanks so much for the giveaway.iris is one of my favourite notes.i have a vase full at home right now : )
Thank you!! I personally have not me an Iris I do not like!!!
I’ve been anticipating the Iris Fauve and just learned about the Coolife the other day! Thanks so much for the draw opportunity. I, too, love those chocolatey-irises in the super luxe Prive collection, but would never spring for more than a sample.
Iris is so delightful! I would love to win this sampler set, all of them sound intriguing! Thanks for the review of these new releases!
I love me some iris! Iris Fauve sounds gorgeous and the others sound tempting, too. Might need to get out my Silver Iris today. Thanks for the drawing!
Interested! Somehow I don’t think I have a single iris sample. Although I got samples of the first four Coolifes and honestly didn’t love them.
Love, love, love iris perfumes. Got a bunch of iris samples last year from STC and I was in heaven. Also have tried Atelier des Ors Lune Feline and it’s lovely – so I’m interested in their take on iris. I’d definitely love to try these. Thanks for the draw.
These sound gorgeous, iris scents are heavily represented in my collection.
The Armani Prive……..waaant
thank you, intrigued by iris fauve
I remember the first time I truly learned to love iris. It was with you. You introduced me to Xerjoff Irisss – and that opened my brain to be able to revisit the L’Artisans to which I was previously anosmic. So now I wear the snot out of iris – and happily!
dnem, of course – just wanted to add my mite here.
Thanks for the draw, the Armani has been on my must sniff list since I heard about it!
Iris Fauve sounds wonderful! Would love to give these a try.
I don’t have one iris fragrance, but I really want to try one or two or three… Thanks for the draw.
Wow! These sound amazing! And I’m glad you compared the Armani to Borneo 1834, because that’s what I immediately thought of — good to know, since the patchouli in Borneo is a bit much for me. I’d love to try these — thanks for the draw!
I love iris perfumes, if they don’t smell only carrots. That Armani perfume sounds great, and I wouldn’t mind testing something from Atelier des Ors.
I love iris dominant perfumes! I love ISM and the Iris in the original no 19.
Iris has always been one of my favorite notes. Do you know if the Iris Celadon is permanent or one of those limited editions with only a few bottles that you have to hunt down madly?
All three of these sound very intriguing indeed.
Oh these sound so amazing! Iris in perfume was something that took me a while to get, but now that I do, it is true love. Thank you for the draw!
Love iris, and I’m looking forward to trying all of these, but especially Iris Fauve. Thanks for the drawing!
I love iris ….I am wearing Chanel # 19 Poudre right now, as it feels like Spring here in suburban Philadelphia. I would love to try these new iris fragrances…please enter me in drawing…thanks.
Iris = spring.
Thank you Universe! Thank you Josie! And thank you Patty! I love iris and would love to try these!
Iris Fauve sounds like heaven in a bottle, but Iris Celadon doesn’t sound half bad either. I would love to try these.
You know, I was just thinking I’m not as much of a fan of iris as I could be- but I do have a few in my collection. Cuir de Nacre and Bois d’Argent are the big iris-focused ones. Would love to try these!
I love iris perfumes and am keen to try these! Thanks for the drawing.
Saddle up! We’re going to round up some amazing Iris perfumes for the Perfume Posse! I’m most interested in the Atelier des Ors Iris Fauve, cinnamon and myrrh…
That Atelier sounds amazing. I love iris and regret not buying a bottle of La Pausa years ago. Thanks for the drawing! And thanks to Josie!
I have not much experience with iris scents and would like to expand my horizons. And I still don’t know if there’s a difference between iris and orris…
Thanks for the chance.
What would Renoir do without a field of irises? What’s my favorite flower? What fills my garden?
Thank you! Iris is such a wonderful perfume note, I’d love to try these. And Osswald’s is very high on my list whenever I visit NY. Everyone says nice things about the people who work there!
Wow, these sound amazing!
I would love to experience them all.
And, thanks for the photo. It reminds me of my mom’s garden, she used to have a bed of purple iris.
Patty, this is TOT, but I’m feeling a little desperate here….. Back in December, you announced me as the winner of the Comprehensive Serge Lutens draw. I have repeatedly emailed you through “Drop Us a Note” to give you my choices for the samples and my mailing info, but have received no response yet. I was so thrilled to have won this! Is it possible that all my emails went into your SPAM instead of your email? I hope that this does not come off as rude and, if you wish to, feel free to delete this after you’ve seen it as it really isn’t anything to do with THIS post. I’m sorry to contact you on the blog about this, but it has been quite a while since I won and I could not think of any other way to get in touch with you.
Sherry B. (CrystesMom)
Sherry, just e-mailed you. If you don’t get it, reply back here. I’m checking now. I can’t remember this specifically, but Abby will know and we’ll get them sent if we haven’t! sorry!
I’ve been wanting to try Iris Fauve since I first heard about it! This review definitely reinforces that desire.
I like iris but am having a hard time finding an iris perfume to love. I have been curious about Atelier des Ors Iris Fauve and was just reading about Coolife Le Sixième – to open your 6th chakra. I would love to try all three. I am especially interested in the Atelier line. Lovely draw.
my absolute favorite note of all times! Yess, 2017 seems a good year for iris lovers
Oooohhhh love me some irises! What an exciting draw 😉
I’m in danger of blind buying Iris Fauve. I really need to win that sample…
I’m always interested in expanding my iris horizons since it’s a note I struggle with. I love it but it’s usually either too cold and remote or too clean. I am pleased that it seems to be a note that’s getting some creative attention lately.
The first flower I ever loved – as a tween – was iris. And the love continues. Please enter me. And thank you!
I’m looking forward to trying Iris Fauve!
Crazy for iris! Please enter me!
I’m in the mood for spring and Irises (my late mother’s favorite flower)! I would love to try these.
Iris Fauve sounds like a joy ride for the nose. Thank you for the reviews.
Wow, a delectable-sounding handful of scents! I dearly wish that there was a treasure trove like Osswald’s close by me. 🙂
Same, and I even live in a larger city that is bereft of a great perfume shoppe.
Iris is everything! I just got an iris only garden catalog in the mail today. 🙂
I have been working through my iris perfumes recently. These sound amazing… cinnamon and chocolate? Would love to sniff!!
The Iris Celadon is really great. the more times I put it on, the more I appreciate it. It’s subtle and crazy good. The chocolate makes it smoother.
This sounds amazing! ?
My obsession this fall/winter has been irises! I am so excited to try these. Thank you for your review and giveaway 😀
Iris always my obsession. 🙂