Monday, July 21, 2008

Prada Infusion d'Iris: A Review

Let me start by admitting that I’m not a huge iris fan. I like iris focused fragrances but I don’t usually love them. I have Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist because there is something addictive about that cold, metallic, damp scent, but Iris Silver Mist is an anomaly for me.

For the most part, I find iris fragrances cold and verging on dreary and sad. When I’ve worn The Different Company’s Bois d’Iris or Aqua di Parma Iris Nobile, I seem to become melancholy, introspective and quiet. When a fragrance seems to change my mood I do think there is something to the science of aromatherapy. I am deeply affected by the aromas around me and by the fragrance I wear. Iris fragrances make me feel like a character from Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights; like a woman trapped in a dreary life she doesn’t want to lead.

Prada’s Infusion d’Iris is a completely different sort of iris fragrance. I feel happy when I wear this scent. It most definitely smells like the traditional cold metallic iris, but this iris is suspended in light & joyful citrus and wrapped in a gauzy earthy green aroma. Prada’s Infusion d’Iris speaks to me of spring, summer and celebrates rebirth, budding, damp gray April days after a rain shower, but, with the promise of beautiful vegetation and blue skies just around the corner. Prada’s Infusion d’Iris is perhaps not for the typical lover of iris, there aren’t any clumps of cold wet dirt or flower bulbs nestled 6 inches under the cold March soil here. For the person who hasn’t yet found an iris fragrance to love, perhaps because they find the cold, wet dirt smell off-putting, then this could be your new iris. It is a very easy scent to wear, it’s extremely subtle and sheer and by that I mean I have about 8 heavy-handed sprays on right now and I still have to bring my wrist to my nose to smell it. It is subtle and delicate yet it does remain on my skin for many hours. If it’s possible to be both delicate and tenacious, Prada has managed this. I’m pleasantly surprised by this fragrance. I bought a bottle a few months ago and I’m glad I purchased the 3.4 ML size because when I wear it I apply a lot so the bottle is already only half full.


Tania said...

I've tried to like this one, but sadly, it's a scrubber on me. I'm not a huge fan of the usual iris scents (you describe their effect very well), and I was hoping this one would be different. Well, it is, but not in a way I can wear. On me it goes strident. Oh well....

Abigail said...

Yeah, iris is a tough note. It seems to be either a love or hate scent. I can easily imagine Prada's iris going strident on you. When I asked my husband to sniff it, he said "it smells like alcohol, Tanqueray gin."

Tania said...

Yes, he's right. And I prefer Bombay Sapphire... ;-)

I'm not giving up on iris - somewhere out there is an iris scent that will like me. I want to believe!