Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Summer of Irises: Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist

Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist is described simply as
Wooded and powdery iris, gracefully.
Now Smell This! has the notes for Iris Silver Mist as “iris pallida root, galbanum, cedar, sandalwood, clove, vetiver, musk, benzoin, incense, and white amber.”

Lots of reviewers have commented on the quirky way that Iris Silver Mist goes on. It isn’t plasticy sweet like a lip-balmed teen kiss like Infusion d’Iris and it sure isn’t the mournful one note, straight tone lament that I love about Iris Pallida. The word I have settled on, after trying it four or five times, is one that lots of other reviews have seized on: weird.

Iris Silver Mist is weird. It’s original. It’s unique, quirky, and really speaks to the ability of perfume to be a one of a kind, you really will never smell anything like it, a work of art. It’s so spicy on me; I pick up on the clove and incense right away. One of the weird things about it as how green it seems, how alive. This is Iris the Living Organism, not Iris the Flirt or Iris the Lonely Soul. It feels like a breathing creature that is traveling on and around you, not something you happen to wear. Iris Silver Mist is not something that enhances you, it’s something you experience. On me in the dry down, it floats just above my skin, lightening up quite a bit as the sandlewood bleeds in. But it lives on, along with you, and it lasts and lasts. I was surprised at how clingy it became on me after such a strong start, like a herky-jerky romance.

On the whole, nice, and certainly worth experiencing, which thanks to samples available over at The Perfumed Court, you can do. Which is good, because Iris Silver Mist is on the SL “exclusives” list and can only be found at Les Salons du Palais Royal in Paris, where 75ml goes for €100.00. SL will not ship exclusives outside of Europe, so unless you've got a nice friend in Europe, it will be tough to find otherwise.

A review from Bois de Jasmin, Robin’s review over at Now Smell This!, and yet another review over at Perfume Smellin’ Things.

Photo from Flickr.


The Daily Connoisseur said...

Thanks for your reference to The Perfumed Court- I had no idea such a service existed! Great review as well...

double.bound said...

Thanks for the feedback. I was so excited when I found The Perfumed Court because it has allowed me to sniff a lot of get scents without breaking the bank entirely!