One of my all time faves. Fantastic earthy-dirty beginning and a soft, powdery and light drydown.
Lots of wearers of Hiris have commented that it's a "wear anytime, anywhere" fragrance, and after giving it a few chances, I would definitely agree. I bought this unsniffed, and the first time I sprayed it on, I thought "Whew, carrots. Ew?" But I tried it a few more times, eventually spritzing enough on to last me through a day at work, and boy, did it smell nice throughout the day. It eventually dried down to a lovely clean smell that makes me visualize a large bar of lovely (expensive) white soap. But without smelling soapy, which is very weird. I am growing to really like this, another lovely scent from Hermes. I am blanking on the name of the nose (Olivia Gia-something) who created Hiris, but she also did Dzing, which is fantastic. And the bottle is just beautiful: simple, smooth, elegant. Actually, kind of like the progress of the fragrance itself.
Bleh. For a Hermes product, its a waste of money. Hopes dashed
Trashy synthetic weak watery iris with carroty undertones. One of the worst. Luca Turin (in "The Guide" which so many MUA'ers worship)also considers this to be a crappy fragrance. As we all know, Luca Turin is always right ...what Turin says goes.
Well done fragrance, amazing bottle, but I'm into other kinds of Iris: my most perfect Iris is in Lorenzo Villoresi Teint de Neige, which is ages away from this, or The Different Company Bois d'Iris, which is simply amazing. Hiris (the "H" at the beginning should stand for "Hermes", right?) is tart, a bit acidic. If I stick my nose to my wrist I can smell the orris root and it's perfect, though carrot-y, but of course any root smells carrot-y. The sillage, though, strangely feels chemical to me, and overall I feel as if I've done a great hair up-do and worn lots of Elnett hairspray to fix it: I feel great in my updo and I sense that the hairspray smell is just a necessary thing to hold everything up, but that is all, and of course I'll reach for one of my fragrances which are better than my hairspray smell.
Has anyone ever wondered why all of my reviews have 5 stars? Because I usually want to say something about fragrances that have won my heart in every, single way. Hiris is another one of them. This is one of my biggest everyday scents, one of my all time favorites. This is something that never smells wrong on me, a scent that always stays great with my body chemistry.
I'll start by saying that this is a real masterpiece, a scent that is an olfactory miracle to me. It is a transparent, light, breezy, intryguing fragrance of the \ most beautiful flower on Earth - Iris. The flower of Iris has it's beautiful earthy, rooty undertones that stay beautifully combined with it's powdery sweetness. The carrot accord is a gorgeous ingredient in this case, it does NOT smell weird. Perhaps carrot and orris both come from rhizomes - they actually have more in common than we thought. It is the most delicate and pure scent to me - the scent of heaven. How does it manage to have that beautifull, earthy depth with it's unquestionable purity, I don't know. I shall thank Olivia Giacobetti for this most unusual, remarkable perfume.
I hate to say it but it's time to admit that I just can't do Hiris justice. That carrot note sticks in my nose and just won't budge. It's creating in me a prejudice against all Iris scents.
And the thing that most annoys me is that the bottle is unbelievably stunning - I feel more connected to the bottle than the fragrance. It's squarish but tall, cobalt opaque glass and topped with a brass (?) lid.
I have to be in the mood for wearing this perfume- its so floral and sweet. I live in a warm climate, and I think I prefer fresher-smelling perfumes to cut through the heat! I love the packaging however- simple, but beautiful colours.
Woody Iris fades down to a slight hairspray edge. Not really a floral: Very earthy and plain. Not what I was looking for in an iris, but I like my iris a bit more old fashioned and floral. Also, this didn't give enough punch for the price. Not a lot of last on my skin.
This is one of my favourite fragrances. Got a sample after reading reviews and thought I would love it. At first sniff I recoiled (I have yet to develop my broad taste in fragrances at the time) and thought "eww, carrots.." But I tried it again, left it on my skin for longer and knew it was FBW. As I've now smelt more fragrances with iris notes, I now know that the carrot smell is not carrot (although carrot is also found among the notes) but the iris root . For me, this is what fall smells like. As if I were walking in the forest after a rainfall when the woods and leaves are wet and you can sort of smell the soil. The iris adds a powdery feel to it but it's more of a light and airy fragrance (as with most O. Giacobetti fragrances) than a sickly baby powder smell. Hiris has a cold feel to it, not like gloomy & freezing but like a sudden breeze or a blast or fresh air during spring/fall. Although it is not the usual foody comfort scent type, I find this scent quite comforting and calming. If you have smelt other Iris fragrances this is nothing of the floral sort like, say, Iris Nobile. It is more similar to Iris Silver Mist but in a less dirty, more pretty and wearable way. continued >>