Hey Hey Posse Peeps! Back in February while on holidays we went and had a look at the Santa Maria Novella store in Florence, Italy. It is ridiculously gorgeous and we had a wonderful time sniffing, chatting, looking and generally enjoying the experience. I only sniffed a few of the fragrances because I was completely overwhelmed by it all. I have been looking through some of my older large decants recently and one that I completely forgot about was Iris by Santa Maria Novella.
Iris by Santa Maria Novella 1901
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
When I spritz my first whiff is of that curiously bready iris note mixed with a little of the violets green plasticky weirdness. It’s dry and very austere like forgotten attics and dried out books. This opening doesn’t last very long. Soon there is a soft sweet fruitiness and the leather/earth aspect of iris, sheer and airy but quite definitely fragrant. Over all of this rises a violet so clearly that it makes me smile. Everything I wanted a violet fragrance to be Iris is. A warmer, friendlier violet that smells to me of youthful whimsy rather than its often melancholy disposition. In Iris I have found a violet that makes me want to engage with a springlike zest.
Later the iris shrugs off all other notes and stands alone and aloof. A dry, barren, and mildly leathered finale that reminds me of trying to find the moment sound becomes silence after you’ve rung a bell.
Not a big or bold fragrance but it does have surprising tenacity. Especially when you consider its being sold as an Eau de Cologne. While you will be smellable by others for the first hour or so after that Iris becomes an under the radar scent. It will huff softly out of your top and if you spritz back of hands and put your chin in your hand you will get a lovely fragrant reminder every time for hours.
I have 10ml that has dropped to 6ml this week. It’s a perfect mid season fragrance. This is my 3rd day wearing Iris for part of the day. It’s also perfect for a bedtime scent, sweetly relaxing.
Further reading: Black Narcissus and I Smell Therefore I Am
Santa Maria Novella has a USA website or can be found in some department stores.
There are also Santa Maria Novella stand alone stores popping up all over the world.
Have you spent time with any of the Santa Maria Novella fragrances, body products or teas? Which is your favourite?