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on 12/29/2016 12:09:00 AM
More reviews by Aimbl
Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
It's easy to overlook iris poudre especially if you think that you are not really a fan of floral aldehydes (I find Chanel 5 sharp and head ache inducing) Or, if you are not a fan of rooty, vegetal iris (notwithstanding SL Iris silver mist which is olfactory art, but not necessarily easy to wear). Or, not a fan of powder in fragrance. This is neither sharp nor vegetal, nor powdery. This is refined; well rounded and almost buttery. It's not an acquired taste; not overtly vintage in character like a guerlain or Caron. It seems creamy and lush. Like all FMs, it's in a fixed spray container. For people like me who prefer to dab, one scant spray is more than enough. It will eventually evolve into a close skin scent with a linear dry down. Office friendly but not generic or department store. Classic, not conservative. Modern and mature in the sense that it's a refinement on other floral aldehydic fragrances. no individual ingredient stands out. Although some reviews below have described it as sweet, IMO its rather soft and without acidity. Another review described it as heavy on rose. I associate rose with a bit of acid and a less dusky tone, like FM Une Rose. A very different fragrance that I do find quite sweet (but similar in refinement - or usage in my perfume wardrobe. . . Wear when you want to smell good but not really draw attention or be controversial) is Shiseido Fem d bois (which I prefer to the later SL version) . In a perfect world, perhaps luxury hotel soap should smell like this but doesnt. Other floral aldehydes are more recognizably floral (like EL beautiful). I don't have a strong memory of amouage gold, but I have a feeling that this is a bit more subtle, less bright. perhsps the iris lends a dusky quality? Or contributes to the creamy poudre. I have so much perfume that I rarely mark would buy again, but it's very very nice as a change from my usual roster. It's also very French in composition, in that it's structured and has a distinct point of view, but not a literal naturalistic impression, if that makes sense. Not edgy or challenging or particularly sensual; maybe that's why I think it's modern but mature.
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on 5/23/2016 12:04:00 PM
More reviews by Melloney
Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
Iris Poudre . Aldehydes ,fizzy and then beautiful Iris. Hello Chanel No 5 EDP aren't you similar but with more Ylang ?Then Iris Poudre veers away and becomes very sweet with iris ,rose and vanilla. Incredibly sweet. I have tested Iris Poudre before and I do not remember the drydown being this sweet. Very heavy on the rose vanilla in the drydown and a bit too much .Beautiful fragrance but I think I will stick to Dans Tes Bras.
on 8/30/2014 9:55:00 AM
More reviews by fergiefergie
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
Bought samples from Aedes of fragrances I've been wanting to try. Iris Poudre was one of them. I have skin that eats fragrance. Unfortunately, it ate this one too, in record time. It's a beautiful, elegant, and well-done fragrance. If this lasted on me, it would be a keeper. Iris Poudre is lovely.
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on 6/29/2013 1:54:00 PM
More reviews by Lill
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
I have had a manufacturer's sample of Iris Poudre for years, stuck in my sample box. I am not sure where it came from but I think it might be from a generous swapper here on MUA. I never bothered with it because I don't care for iris-- years ago, I had a bottle of Hiris and it never clicked with me. I ended up either swapping it or giving it to a friend.But the other day as I was going out for an anniversary dinner I wanted something different, maybe even cool, in juxtaposition to the warm fragrances I usually favor. I was ready to deal with it for the evening because even if I didn't care for it it would be new.I heedlessly sprayed the sample all over myself and continued getting dressed. Imagine my surprise when, all of a sudden, I smelled the memory of my grandmother. This might sound terrible to some of you, but my grandmother was one of the most elegant, polished, and self possessed people I have ever known. She was for years and to some extent still is the person I want to be when I grow up (and I am 37). I don't know if she wore something similar. My great-grandmother wore Chanel #5 and my mother tells me that my grandmother wore fragrance as well, although I don't know what it was and I don't recall seeing a perfume bottle on her dressing table. So I think that this scent memory may be due to the confluence of an unconsciously-remembered actual scent and my perception of what Iris Poudre represents.Iris Poudre to me smells elegant, cool, polished, and reserved. It smells to me like someone who is capable yet removed, someone polite and warmly courteous but not overly familiar. Someone who can see the big picture and is not too attached to the little things that can often derail one's self confidence. I suppose it smells like a "lady" in the most positive sense.As far as notes go, I can't really separate them out: it is mostly all of one piece, to me. I can smell a rush of aldehydes at first that are not as harsh as most, then sweet florals, then a white musk and vanilla-ish base. It is warm, but not too sweet, and I do smell a slight haze of iris throughout but it is certainly not the cool, vegetal iris that I smelled in Hiris. The next day I wore it again and I kept applying it over and over: there was a point where I felt like I had applied too much and it became a little metallic (not in a good way). Anyway, I will be getting some. It's the first time in awhile that I have had such an immediate emotional reaction to a scent. I think it will be fantastic for times when I feel the need to be professional yet approachable, or when I want a little of my grandmother's mojo surrounding me, even if she didn't smell exactly like this. (I'll probably wear it a lot.)
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on 4/28/2013 3:50:00 AM
More reviews by zeynepd
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Red, Other, Other
Iris in fragrances has been an acquired taste for me, my first ever reaction to the rooty, gritty rhizomes being a surprise but not an instant love. In time, I started to distinguish the velvety, powdery texture of iris which was a nice addition to many musks but again, I wasn't infatuated. Perhaps this is the reason why my favourite iris is Roucel's Iris Mist, where you get iris, iris and iris, in all its earthiness, nevertheless with a very urban, stony approach. And perhaps this is the reason why I kept some samples of İris Poudre in my drawer for a long time, without paying much attention: I didn't expect much else from iris. And what a surprise. Iris Poudre, in my opinion, is the most approachable of Malles, a pleasant that can be addictive either in its serenity or in its friendliness. I think the dosage decides that. One spritz only: This reflect all the radiant, nose tickling (but I love that) aspects of aldehydes without revealing much fruit. It's a fluffy cloud, the first snow of the year, a beloved white angora jumper. My ultimate destination in white comfort fragrances. Very full-bottle-worthy. After the summer. Two-three spritzes: This time, the fruit note is revealed. I don't know what fruit that is, whether it really exists or not. But it's on the sweeter side like an apricot or peach without the tired impression they may sometimes leave on my skin. There is even a fruity bubblegum moment; however, Iris Poudre never gets into a neon-fruity zone. Soon, I get sweet, meaty, balmy petals of magnolia and luckily not much jasmine. All dries down to a fruity, velvety iris musk. Lovely, but I think modesty is better with Iris Poudre. On my skin, neither of these resembles Chanel no.5, which often smells a bit tired and like fur on me. Iris Poudre is clean and fluffy. Perhaps a bigger sister to my new found love Rive Gauche.
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on 1/31/2013 10:43:00 AM
More reviews by Piper47
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I purchased a sample of this from a seller on ebay & was dying to try it. The way it was described as a "skin scent", subtly feminine & the raves on makeupalley.com - I was sure I would be in love. Whoa was I wrong. Barely any lippies here for me. WAY too powdery. I felt like I was wearing an old lady's bathroom on my wrist & could not wait to scrub it off.
on 7/17/2012 7:39:00 PM
More reviews by GucciDiva
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral
I love perfume, but I am very picky. I don't like fruitiness, I don't like sugariness, I'm not a huge floral fan, but I also don't like spicy scents that much. I love this. I don't know much about notes, but it smells creamy, warm, and maybe a touch floral-y? It stays close to the skin, which I like. Some perfumes smell screechy on me, this smells....natural. Like it fits in with my skin. However....lasting power on this sucks. It's gone in an hour or 2.
on 11/8/2011 7:22:00 AM
More reviews by ccspringer
This is the perfume I turn to when I want to feel pampered, elegant, and glamorous. I imagine an Old Hollywood movie star in a pale purple gown would smell like this. Creamy aldehydes, iris, violet, and orange blossom on top. Exquisitely refined, not even that powdery, despite the name. The drydown is glorious. The scent steadily becomes warmer, molding to the skin with just a hint of musk and vanilla (I feel like the sensual skin-scent drydown is a Malle signature). It's elegant but still a little flirty, plush but never heavy. Iris Poudre is a masterpiece that you can also have fun wearing - like dancing in a gown.
5 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 10/3/2011 7:44:00 AM
More reviews by ckapp
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
A grown up, womanly fragrance with a little 1950's retro thrown in; perfect for those wanting to feel sophisticated and polished. A beautiful rendition of Iris but it's quite powdery...too powdery for my taste. It's the modern counterpart to Chanel No.5, the fragrance my mother always wears, so it feels a little odd wearing it myself. I feel like I'm playing dress up when I wear this scent so it obviously does not suit me but it's a head turner in a good way. I love smelling it on other people.Now, this may sound strange but I think I'm slightly allergic to this scent...it does induce a bit of a sneezing fit for the first hour or so after application hence the 3 stars. Beautiful though...so sad it doesn't work on me!
on 6/6/2011 3:09:00 PM
More reviews by Sazzakins
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
Iris Poudre got me in to H/E fragrance but I've not found anything I love so much since. The silage is great which is important to me since I've dry skin. The first 30 mins is all about sparkling aldehyde - very similar to Chanel No.5, but younger, savoury iris flowers and warm luxury goodness. It dry's down in to a luxury, sexy, powdery hug. IP never gets compliments from men (including my BF!) but women notice. I would wear it every day if it weren't too much for work :)
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