Unlisted Brand • Huitieme Art - Naiviris • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||50%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
Who would guess that African Red Iris and Zebra Wood Essence would eventually smell like a mid-range rosy cosmetic skin product on my skin:) Certainly, it would be unfair to reduce the entire story of Naiviris to this, as the fragrance has many more angles, but the innocent, shy and modest creaminess is undeniable. But before that a parade of impressions, which I wouldn't expect from a fragrance with so few notes.
Topnotes: Surprisingly, Naiviris opens with a thin cologne which gives of a slightly rubbery smell. This happens to me with Francis Kurkdjian's colognes, too but I'm surprised to smell the same thing here.
Heart: The iris shows its face. On my skin, this is a shy, softened, tamed, cutesy iris without earthy or vegetal notes. It doesn't stay with me for long, leaving the stage to something eerily akin to Leau d'Hiver, minus the honey. Then comes a slightly sweet but lightweight rose which connects this phase with the creamy drydown.
Drydown: A delicious milkiness, a very soft and well-rounded scent. A lovely comfort fragrance that reminds me of the milky softness of Penhaligon's Artemisia.
However, it doesn't evoke any emotions in me and I don't think that the parts (or impressions) I get from this are very well orchestrated. I guess the same effect could be achieved with more affordable fragrances.
I also layered it with Timbuktu and the result was something like the slightly suedey sweetness of La Traversee du Bosphore without the cutesy aspects.
I'm aware that I've mentioned a lot of other fragrances in my review, and it is now showing me that, unfortunately, this isn't a very unique or original creation on my skin.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
The very first whiff of Naiviris is all public swimming pool. ??? Not what I expected. Thankfully, the "chlorine accord" goes away within minutes and one is left with what predominantly reads to my nose as a cold-cream, camay soap accord. I love these types of associations, so to me this is a winner.
This is a soft, powdery, musky, lingerie-type scent that has more sophistication and complexity than Narcisso Rodriguez For Her, for instance, but falls in the same category asFM Eau d'Hiver, or the musky warm rice accord of the (now defunct) shiseido line of bath and body products. The iris is very well blended, and hefted by spice/saffron, to warm up its often cold edges (although I love my iris chilly). I
was thinking there was something very reminiscent of another favorite of mine, Tonkamande, a warm almond milk accord in the base when I realized - to the glee of my geeky fumehead heart - that Pierre Guillaume is the nose behind both of these. I had not realized Huitieme Art is his line, as well as Parfumerie Generale.
Nooooowww it all makes sense....
Naiviris is a quiet, beautiful composition. Sillage and longevity are not tremendous, appropriately for this soft scent. Perhaps 3-4 hours my skin.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
Iris plus woods, dusted with a little spice. Sheer enough for hot weather. No powder. Dry. If you like Mythique, you might like Naiviris. Something in the composition and quality of ingredients also reminds me of Ormonde Jayne’s fragrances. This one’s a bit of a shape-shifter on me. Sometimes it opens with, briefly, the same tar/gasoline notes I get from leather scents. Sometimes in the drydown, I get cocoa notes, dry, not too sweet. Fascinating. Low to medium sillage, very good longevity.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
Notes: African red iris (Kigelia Africana), zebrawood, iris, leather.
This fragrance opens with an indistinct warm and sweet accord similar to Bois Farine. Once it settles, I smell a pale, slightly sweet exotic wood base with a dash of spices on top of which floats a sheer, powdery Iris note. A barely-there, dry leather note not only counterbalances the sweet aspects of the fragrance, but adds more sophistication to the composition. As the fragrance warms on my skin, the notes become more intense and I feel the fragrance is in full bloom at this stage. If I had to assign a colour to this fragrance it would be a shimmery grey with touch of red, like the cloud lit by the setting sun. Lasts for roughly 4 hours on my skin.