Adori Odori

I HAD to add this when I got it in my e-mail this morning. 

So… continuing on through my neglected sample drawer of new’ish releases, I reached in for the Odoris – with a sigh.  There are six perfumes for this new (to me/us) line.  Created by the same guy that did the Bois 1920s, which haven’t been a huge favorite for me, my thought:  this will likely be a waste of time, and I better come up with a backup plan for a blog post today.

I sprayed the Iris, with notes Star anise, heliotrope flowers, Madagascar ylang ylang, iris from Florence, oriental amber, bourbon vanilla.  Um,  hello, Fath Iris Gris, have you been reborn?  Well, not exactly, but there is a feel to both that is similar, a sweetness added to the iris that lightens it, exposes it to the sun and makes it sing.  Iris Gris is more effervesent, lighter, transparent, but Odori Iris is just as stunningly beautiful as you irises go.  There’s more oomph in Iris Gris, which is a remarkable feat for a perfume that has been aging for a few decades, but I’m quite smitten with the Odori Iris – it is sunny and bright and a very happy iris, not a brooding rooty iris.  It’s love for me and a must-try for any iris fan.

Well, with that happy start, let’s go right on to Odoro Zafferano with notes of American cedar, Italian saffron, raspberry flowers, wild rose petals, Moroccan jasmine, lily of the valley, oriental amber, rosewood.  This is probably my new favorite saffron scent next to the L’Artisan Saffran Troublant and Laura Tonatto’s Safram. Not quite sure if it’s in first place or second or third, but certainly a very worthy entry.  Softened and mellowed by the floral notes, it’s not just about the saffron, but how it mixes with other notes, giving it the rich texture that only saffron brings.  This is another must-try for saffron fans.

Dare I spread my luck more?  Well, I could, but you’ll have to wait.  I found the other four in the line to be worthy of praise and am wondering why no more has been written about the Odoris?  They are $210 for 100 ml a Luckyscent, and I think First in Fragrance has them as well.  Not a cheap price, but certainly not ridiculous compared to what other import perfumes sell for given the exchange rate. 

  • Cazaubon says:

    These were pleasant, I liked the Saffron one best and Iris second. Wasn’t as excited about the Tobacco or the Leather ones as I had expected to be. Perhaps I should retest. It’s hard to get an accurate picture of anything for me without a full spritz anyway, so I’m reserving final judgement until I can go to Luckyscent and try them from the tester bottles.

  • March says:

    Ahhh!!! That saffron one sounds so delish!!! How much rose are you getting from it, I wonder?

    • Patty says:

      I’m not getting a ton of rose. It’s there, but closer to a general “floral” accord than rose specific. How’s that? i think you’d like it. Remind me to send you some. Welcome back!

  • rachael says:

    how’s the sillage/lasting power for Zafferano? it sounds PERFECT, but for that price, I’d hope for some real presence.

    • Patty says:

      It had good tenacity on me, lasting several hours, though it softened and faded during that time. The Iris lasted overnight.

  • violetnoir says:

    Odori? Dang, who’d have thunk it? 😮


  • Dane says:

    I just tried this yesterday and wrote about it this morning. Funny how that works. To me, Odori’s Iris is a less refined Bois d’Argent by Dior. Maybe this is just me though??? I’m sure you’ve tried BdA Patty…is it just me?

    I know we’re supposed to judge by the scent alone…but I can’t get over the hideous bottles the Odori’s come in! I get the “masculine” edge they were going for, but come on!

    • Patty says:

      Whoever does their bottles…. well, fired is the word that comes to mind.

      I’ve never smelled bois d’argent! Wish I had, but so far no go.

      • Musette says:

        Those bottles are simply shocking in their 80s ugliness. Plus, they look like they would hurt to try to handle them, all those sharp edges and unnecessary bulkissimo:-p


  • Debbie says:

    Did it have the bready note that iris sometimes has? As much as you love Iris Gris, and as much as I love the iris-bread note, I may be doomed if you say yes.

    • Patty says:

      Um…. yeah. The heliotrope is fairly prominent, so it veers a little towards Apres L’ondee in that way. Pretty close to that Dior 9 thingie that is iris as well.

      It’s really a great iris.

  • Louise says:

    I had to root around in recent samples, sure I had the Zaffereno…and finally found it. It is a pleasant saffron for sure, but my skin doesn’t draw much more out of it. I think I prefer my saffron stronger, too, with a backing of rose. I love two of my Arabian Oud shop blends with rose, spice and saffron, and my darling Rose Kashmirie :x, all stronger on saffron. Saffran Troublant is stunning, but goes sadly vanillic on me:(

    Happy Monday, all :d

    • Patty says:

      Well, Rose Kashmirie. For some reason, I know that’s a lot of saffron, but I keep grouping it in my head more in the rose category. It is a marvel, to be sure, and I’d put it ahead of all three of those too, but it just leans more to rose on me. 🙂

  • Carol Sasich says:

    oo-ooo-ooo…thanks for that. I just told my fellow travellers to Italy that this was a new line I wanted to check out there. I assumed it was italian..(?)
    you want info once I get there Patty ?

    • Patty says:

      You guys (sniffa, right?) are going to Florence? Pretty sure the maker is around Florence, so they should be there to try, make sure to sniff them, and have fun!!! I’d love to hear how the price compares there to what we have to pay fo rthem here, which is just … ugh!

  • carmencanada says:

    They don’t seem to be available in France, I’ve only recently heard of them through a PoLer friend, Cazaubon. The Iris intrigues me. The only one I can do is Iris Gris, but applications, as you can imagine, are few and far between…

    • Patty says:

      I think they come out of Florence, Italy. Odd nobody is carrying them there yet. I kept resniffing the two irises. They’re not a match, though at certain points they felt like at least relatives. The apprach is similar. The Tobacco and leather ones in the line are quite good as well. But more on that later. 🙂

  • Nina says:

    Patty, I was beginning to think I was the only person in the perfume world who’d tried and loved the Odoris – so I’m glad to find I’m not!

    I invested in a FB of the Iris from Luckyscent, and adore it – it starts off very rooty on me, then gets sweeter and more powdery in a way I love. I must say, though, that I spritzed generously before greeting my brother-in-law and his wife, and b-in-l immediately said “Ah! You’ve been sitting in a smoky office all day, haven’t you?”. As I’d been sitting in my (smoke-free) study all day, I had to conclude that Odori Iris may be a more personal pleasure than I’d anticipated…

    • Patty says:

      Whew! Most people that I’ve run into that have tried them have liked at least a couple of them quite a lot.

      Smokey? I think his nose is off! 🙂

  • Elizabeth says:

    It’s true, Odori doesn’t get much attention, for some reason. I am not familiar with them at all, but I love saffron in food, time to try it in perfume! Then again, with a price tag like that, it might be best not to try it – what if I love it? I’m glad that you enjoyed them!

    • Patty says:

      Saffron is tricky for me. It’s so rich, and if it goes over, it’s just too sticky sweet. LT’s Safran did that for me. I like mine tamped down a little and mixed in. 🙂