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Friday, October 07, 2005

Pinup No 2: Iris Poudre by Frederic Malle

The description on Frederic Malle site portrays Iris Poudre as a "raw classical beauty"; I respectfully disagree. Beauty- undoubtedly, classical- yes, perhaps more classical than modern, raw- not at all. For raw, rooty iris may I recommend you try Jean-Claude Ellena's Bois d'Iris. Iris Poudre is a pampered iris, grown in the most luxurious surroundings, a spoiled, coddled and cherished belle.

Iris Poudre is a warm, sweet, dark-golden scent; aldehydes don't bother me here at all, I will go so far as to say that they are practically a no-show, to my nose’s delight. I love the musk note in the drydown, it brings a hint of “animalic” to the whole composition, adding a certain sensuality and a risqué feel to what otherwise could have been a rather tame albeit imposing perfume. I must add that, despite the name, the fragrance is not powdery at all, on my skin.

Iris Poudre demands to be worn in cold weather, accessorized with cashmere (but of course!), or in any weather at all for a posh evening out. It may also deign to help you out and make you feel like you are comfortably sitting in the very lap of luxury, even if you are at the moment dressed in your old pajamas. Then again, it may not.

In an interview, Pierre Bourdon revealed that his favorite artistic style is the period between impressionism and fauvism, characterized by a balance between figurative interpretation and transcendental reality. I apologize to M. Bourdon for not perceiving his wonderful Iris Poudre as one of the paintings of that period. To me, this scent is an idealized version of what a beautiful woman should look like, a stunning pinup. To illustrate my point, please take a closer look at these paintings by Elvgren, Vargas and Runci. Each of those stunners looks the way Iris Poudre smells.



Iris Poudre is available from Editions de Parfum or Barneys, $160.00 for 100ml

*Painting No 1 - Suzette by Gil Elvgren; Painting No 2 – Beauty by Alberto Vargas; Painting No 3 – Sheer Delight by Edward Runci

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10 Comments:

Blogger boisdejasmin said...

I adore Iris Poudre, which is one of the most classical compositions. In fact, I recall someone mentioning that it was Chanel No.5 with iris, and I, in part, agree. It has a richness of No.5 with the beautiful powdery notes and silky iris petals. I love the images you provided with this fragrance, as they capture perfectly the feeling of it.

1:11 AM EDT  
Blogger ParisLondres said...

This is possibly my favourite FM fragrance. It is so perfect in colder days as you mentioned. I wore this quite a lot a couple of years ago and enjoyed it a lot. It was in another phase of my life when I was trying to decide how I could contribute to the world- one of those strange times. ;) I cannot revisit most perfumes easily as they hold very special places in my heart, mind....

Again a super review dear M! You have a great gift of crisp and beautiful writing.

Have a great weekend. :)

2:50 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

V., this is indeed like Chanel No 5, only much much softer and sweeter to me. Iris Poudre is beautiful and warm and somehow it comes as no surprise to me that both you and N. (comment below yours) love and wear this scent.

9:31 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Thank you, dear N, you are so kind!
I know what you mean about not being able to easily revisit perfumes that you wore some time before. Those don't even have to be bad times, sometimes happy memories are just as overwhelming. There are some scents like that, when I smell them, they almost "knock me off my feet" with the flood of memories.

9:34 AM EDT  
Blogger mireille said...

a side comment: I love the sense I have of you through your blog ... the visuals, the thought processes, your perception of the fragrances. lovely. xoxo

2:25 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Oh thank you M! Coming from you...it made me happy on this tenebrous day. :-)

2:27 PM EDT  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

*pouts* Is powder week over now?

j/k, and must echo M: it is a lovely blog!

4:39 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

I am only just starting on powder, R. *snickers* I am kidding, it is over...for now.
Thank you!!!

4:49 PM EDT  
Blogger katiedid said...

GAH! I really need to organize my samples. I am CERTAIN I have a sample of this, and it is not revealing itself to me. I still have not tried it (so many samples, so little time) but you've made me want to dig it out. And what gorgeous pinup images you've found, very nice.

4:10 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Thank you, K! I am curious to hear what you think about it, when it finally deigns to be found.

4:39 PM EDT  

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