According to Now Smell This,
Iris Pallida is based on Tuscan Iris, the symbol of Florence. The notes include lily of the valley, orange blossom, Turkish rose, anise, violet leaves, cedar, vetiver, iris absolute, ambrette seed, white musk, gaïac wood and patchouli.I love Iris Pallida. I know it’s expensive. Really more expensive than it has any right to be, honestly. But at the same time, it moves me. Some scents are like that. When you smell them, they move you emotionally. To me, Iris Pallida is the saddest perfume in the world, and each and every time I smell it I have the sensation of a sob catching in the back of my throat.
It’s a beautiful iris, pure and strong. It's not rooty like some irises, or particularly flowery and sweet like others. It’s not a complex smell; it holds more or less the same scent on me for hours. There’s little change for initial application through dry down, though it does soften over time. To me, this softening completes the conveyance of the emotional moment, as though you are suddenly moved to tears by something, and then you feel a release as you give in and begin to cry after holding it back as long as you can. In fact, this video, this moment of music in film, is precisely how smelling Iris Pallida makes me feel:
What's more, Iris Pallida is a limited edition. So even though it is the most expensive perfume I can ever imagine myself buying, I might just do it. I've smelled quite a few irises now, but only this one is actually emotion in a bottle.
Video from David Lynch's film "Mulholland Drive."