As I've mentioned in a story oft told, I embarked on a self-imposed fragrance buying ban almost a year ago (started here). It was a remarkably successful experience (ended here) that was the catalyst for perfume becoming a regular feature on Cute and Mundane. The experience also required me to step outside my comfort zone and experience scents that I normally would not choose for myself. Well into my explorations, I encountered Prada Infusion d'Iris on a top shelf, nearly out of reach. Though it might not have been love at first sniff, this green woody floral scent became rooted in my mind and slowly grew on me. A few repeat sniffs and a sample vial later, I was the proud owner of a bottle of Prada Infusion d'Iris Eau de Parfum! Infusion d'Iris will always be a special scent for me, as it marked an evolution in my pursuit of perfume.
*Incidentally, Van Gogh painted Irises the same year and location as Vase with Roses --- the topic of my most recent Inspired by Art post!
Irises have such a whimsical shape, which you can appreciate in Van Gogh's painting. They look like birds in flight, and the scent makes your heart fly too! There is some debate as to whether iris perfume is actually consistent with the flower itself, or with orris (the roots of the iris plant, commonly used in perfumes). However, generally speaking, iris is a beautiful, powdery, uplifting scent that leans a bit earthy or green.
Iris is a beloved scent that has starred in a number of perfumes, including Prada Infusion d'Iris. Other iris-focused fragrances include greats like Chanel 28 La Pausa, Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist, Frédéric Malle Iris Poudre, Hermès Hiris, and Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile.
|Notes: Mandarin, Galbanum, Orange, Orange Blossom, Iris, Cedar, Vetiver, Incense, Benzoin.
To me, Prada Infusion d'Iris channels whole irises rooted in the red earth, much like those seen in Van Gogh's Irises. The perfume showcases an uplifting powdery and feminine interpretation of the iris flower, as well as the smooth leafy green scent of the stem. At the base, we get a mixture of cedar mulch, sticks, plant detritus, and earth; it's organic but fresh, much like when nature's garden is covered in cold morning dew. It's wonderful to find a construction that feels so clean and balanced from top to bottom (or should I say from petal to root?). This clean and minimalist (though not simplistic) construction is an aesthetic of Prada perfumes that I've really come to enjoy.
They say perfume has the power to evoke memories and transcend the senses. For me, Prada Infusion d'Iris brings forth the feelings of creative freedom I had as a child, splashing paint onto canvases with joyful abandon. Those who enjoy art can probably relate to how truly free the mind feels in those moments spent with a brush or pen. Thanks for reading! Have you tried Prada Infusion d'Iris or other Prada perfumes? Do you like iris scents? What scent makes you feel alive?
P.S. For more of my Prada perfume reviews, check out my posts on Prada Candy and Prada L'Eau Ambrée.