This is a lovely scent. There's a little sweetness from the bergamot, some powdery softness, the bitter, musky, sensual incense base. I've never smelled anything like this before. It's kind of dark and mysterious, yet fresh and sophisticated. The EDP is, anyway. I tried the EDT also, and while that one is nice, it has none of the complexity of the EDP. It smells more like a lightly musky jasmine water. The EDP lasts fairly long - after six or seven hours I can still smell it. It's pricey, but I think it's worth it.
This scent never misses. Every time I wear it, people say I smell so good and fresh. At first I thought it smelled just like soap, but when it dries down it definitely makes my day. I always wear it for my client meetings and formal events. Definitely a scent I can trust as I put my best foot forward.
At first spritz, this reeked of an inexpensive men's cologne mixed with bathroom spray - oddly cloying and strong.
With my body chemistry, this fragrance skipped middles notes, it went from top notes to base notes.
Dry down on my skin is soft, powdery, and slightly floral. It's okay, but nothing to write home about. Overall, an odd smelling fragrance.
Soft, just showered, white floral (but in a hint of expensive soap way). These are all the things I think of when wearing it. I love it. However it does not last longer than about two hours on me. The longevity is terrible :( I tried Chanel 19 as it was supposed to be similar (its not really) and that stayed way longer unfortunately. wonder if the absolute is better?
Airy, delicate, lemony, light, fresh & sweet at first -- then comes an earthy, woody-grassy, peppery, incense-y drydown. Not a warm fragrance -- it's cool, fresh, chilly, icy, and silver-grey. Gives you a cool fresh blast of lemony air-conditioning -- then a tickle of peppery incense. Fresh & lemony, with earthy notes added. Like Annick Goutal Eau du Sud maybe? (lemon & dirt)
Here are its notes, per parfumo.net:
Top Notes: Galbanum, Mandarin, Orange blossom, Pistachio leaf
Heart Notes: Iris, Vetiver, Cedarwood
Base Notes: Benzoin, Frankincense
The topnotes are as clean, airy, fresh, sweet & citrusy as Amazing Grace or Gendarme -- but the base has pepper, incense, & dry woody-grassy notes (like a birch or driftwood -- or like vetiver).
I can see where the outdoorsy basenotes could possibly be off-putting for some -- enjoying the fresh lemony topnotes but not particularly liking the earthiness that lingers in the drydown. At times, I feel that way myself and prefer a scent that stays clean & fresh throughout.
Cool, light, clean, fresh, dry, and intriguing. I picture this on women who are professional, educated, reserved, perfectly put together.
ADDENDUM 11/13/14: I'm wearing Infusion d'Iris right now, and I would almost lump this in with the vetiver group -- almost the same overall type as Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, Tori Burch, Guerlain Vetiver, and a bit like Clinique Wrappings too. That is: cool, clean & citrusy topnotes -- followed by light grassy/green/earthy basenotes.
HG forever. Fresh and powdery at the same time, perfect year-round, comforting but clean. This is the one bottle of perfume I have ever finished and repurchased more than once -- guess I should just splurge on the big bottle but the little ones last over a year. I have a vanity countertop full of half-used perfumes and when I can't decide, I go for this one and I'm never disappointed. I'll never be able to wear the same perfume every day without getting bored, but if I had to, it would be this one.
After reading online reviews & descriptions of this scent, I thought I had to have it. However, after smelling it on the tester card in the store, I was less than impressed. I put the card in my coat pocket and walked away disappointed. About 20 minutes later I took my phone out of my pocket and it smelled heavenly. What was this sophisticated, yet light and cheery, familiar and cozy, yet different and unusual scent I was smelling? YES, Infusion díIris had turned into everything Iíd hoped it would be.
The top notes of mandarin, orange blossom & vetiver are a little much at first. But after a few minutes of dry down the most lovely scent emerges. The combination of iris, frankincense, benzoin & cedar joins with the citrusy top notes and a star is born. The result is something thatís hard to put your finger on. As I said above, itís sophisticated, yet light and somewhat playful. Something about this fragrance is immediately familiar, like a warm blanket, yet itís like nothing Iíve smelled before.
Itís a great fragrance for those who work in office settings where they donít want to take over the room with their perfume or for wearing to a restaurant. The scent stays close to you and provides a wonderful surprise for only those who are lucky enough to get close to you. I feel sophisticated and sexy when I wear it, but not in a ďtrying too hardĒ way.
The bottle itself is sophisticatedly understated and beautiful as well. The clear glass with the Prada emblem makes it look like something that may have been on my great grandmotherís dressing table 100 years ago in Italy.
When this was released, I sniffed a bottle of the EDT and wasn't impressed, due to its lack of staying power. Fast forward a few years. I purchased the Homme version for my husband and loved it on him (the pour elle and pour homme versions are extremely similar). I then purchased an inexpensive bottle of Infusion d'iris edp on ebay to see how I would like it for myself and was amazed how quickly I fell in love!! I just finished my third bottle this week and can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet. I read a lot of reviews mentioning this as being an "old lady" scent. I'm never sure what to do with that description. The very last image that comes to mind when I smell Infusion d'Iris is anything paticularly old. I live in Europe and have spent time in Italy and France. It is an Eau de Cologne type fragrance. THIS is what I think of smelling this fragrance. I think cool, crisp elegance. A freshly ironed white blouse, gray pencil skirt, stilletos. This is a woman who knows her stuff and doesn't need a loud blast of fragrance to announce her. This smells "expensive" and stays close to the skin. You only get a whiff of this as she strolls by or when she leans across the conference table of the board room during her presentation. This is the absolute perfect work fragrance, but is a divine evening scent as well, as it is unexpected. The EDP lasts on my skin forever and leaves a beautiful hint of scent on my scarves and cashmere sweaters. I also highly recommend the Vetiver as well as the d'leau versions of this scent. The Rose, Tuberose and Oranger were duds in my book however. Prada, please don't ever discontinue Infusion d'Iris.
I'm always on the lookout for a fragrance that I will actually wear, and this is it. To me, this smells sophisticated and uptight in a good way, if that makes sense. It's definitely not 'pretty' in the typical sense, but I feel pretty when I wear it. I wear it to work because I feel it is subtle. It is long lasting and I can smell it on my coat at the end of the day. I have the edp. It is the opposite of warm and sexy. I would describe it as kind of icy. It's unique and not something I smell often on others.
I had a sample of this and as soon as I opened the lid of the glass sample tube and got a whiff of what had spilled on my fingers, I ran to wash it off. It smells so soapy and old-ladyish, at first whiff it really smelled like any generic bar of floral scented soap! I tried it a couple of more times just to give it the benefit of the doubt and no change, this kind of scent definitely isn't for me, though on the positive side I did notice it to be not too overpowering and not too intense, almost like a soft floral baby powder smell. I am not a floral scent person at all -- I absolutely cannot stand floral scents or soapy scents and much prefer citrusy or food-y scents. But having said that, if you are someone who likes the smell of flowers, irises or floral soaps and are looking for a scent that is on the softer and lighter side, then this just might be the scent for you.