Ah, Patty! I have you to thank for my recent iris adventure. 🙂 Really, though, thank you for your recent iris roundup post. You had me digging out each of those samples that I possess, ordering a few more and going on a full-blown iris “bender” (all iris, all the time for about a week or so). But among all the lovelies, and believe me, there were some beauts, one newish one prompted me to slow down and spend a little more time with it. Now I’m a big fan of raspberry (the fruit), but as far as in coffee, tea, candy, body products, etc. — not so much. Those rarely seem to capture the glory that is this fuzzy, bumpy, yet divine berry, and too often those flavorings and scents tend to come off as artificial. That alone made me a bit leery of Ramon Monegal Impossible Iris.
But it turns out, thanks to a decant from a lovely Posse reader (thanks, H!), that I needn’t have feared this framboise. The iris in this is softly pretty and the raspberry smells just right and adds just the right touch to enhance it and keep it from being too dry or chilly or rooty. Jasmine and ylang-ylang also do their part to sweeten the pot, ever so lightly.
This is a well-blended scent with no big changes, surprises or last-minute curveballs. On me it wears fairly softly, and is just about perfect for the office or for an event where you want to smell wonderful but not overpowering. Or for a day when you just want to be surrounded with your own little aura of sweet and lovely.
Now if you like your iris dry, dry, dry, or down-and-dirty rooty, Impossible Iris may not appeal to you. But hey, that’s why there are so many great iris scents out there –- something for everyone.
I have to give this bonus points for giving me a little retro vibe. As I’m smelling this wafting up from my wrist, my memory is getting ping-ping-pinged. Impossible Iris recalls something from my past, and for the life of me I can’t remember what. Don’t you just hate that? But I guess that’s bound to happen when you’re my age; so many things tend to remind you of something else that you’ve smelled over the course of your perfume-cognizant life (for me, the past 40 years or so).
I do adore those Monegal bottles as well, with their satisfying flip-top caps and attractive inkwell-inspired design, and so I’d really like to find a scent in this line that would be FB-worthy. Not quite sure if Impossible Iris is the one –- it’s definitely a contender though. As cautious as I am to part with that much moolah, however, more testing is definitely in order.
What about you? Have you fallen in love or perhaps “in like” with any of the Ramon Monegals? Did Patty’s roundup help you discover a new iris to adore? Or do you have a favorite fragrance containing raspberry?