Perfume Review: L'Artisan Orchidee Blanche
I am commencing The Iris Week with the review of my most favorite iris scent and one of my overall favorites, Orchidée Blanche by L’Artisan. A fragrance called White Orchid is an iris scent? Strangely, it is. I am not an expert in orchids, and for all I know there does exist a white variety that smells like iris and honey. The mystery of the name aside, Orchidée Blanche is an iris perfume that gives an elegant, very attractive tribute to all aspects of the note. Iris here demonstrates its airy floral side and its earthy rootiness, but what I especially like about the scent is the fact that it also shows the warm, sweet side of iris, something that does not seem to be often emphasized in perfumery (I can, however, think of an even warmer and sweeter iris scent, Parfumerie Generale’s Iris Taizo, an exotic, honeyed and balsamic rendition of iris).
Orchidée Blanche is one of those harmonious, perfectly balanced compositions that unite seemingly incompatible characteristics. The scent is dry and sweet, almost-harsh and velvety; it is simultaneously refined, chic, comfortable and easy-going. The near-harshness I mentioned pertains to the very beginning of the scent, where the earthiness of iris is accentuated by a very dry wood-and-honey accord. This dry leitmotif would run parallel with the warm, sweet theme throughout the scent’s development, making sure that although from the middle notes forward the honey and iris accord of Orchidée Blanche acquires a much softer, truly “honeyed” quality, the earthy-rooty-woody undercurrent is forever present, emphasizing the multifaceted, complex character of iris.
Orchidée Blanche is a fascinating, masterfully designed composition, and it saddens me to think that L’Artisan is discontinuing it. To produce fleeting, rather simplistic limited summer editions like Mandarine Tout Simplement and to stop making such beautiful modern classics like Orchidée Blanche…I realize that the more hyped up one-summer wonders sell better, but surely there can be found a place in L'Artisan's collection for what is one of their most charming creations.
Orchidee Blanche seems to be still available at laboutiquedelartisanparfumeur.com, $110.00 for 100ml. Get it while you can.