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.
Oh my, Dovey I really love your artwork! It's bright and cheerfull and it captures the spirit of Van Gogh's painitngs so well, I'm impressed! The way that you describe scents is just so way beyond me, I could never do it the way you do, I love every fragrance review of you because of this. I'm actually intrigued by the scent, I love floral greens myself, with just a hint of powder. Fabulous review!ReplyDelete
Hi Teri, Thank you so so much for your kind comment and encouragement; it means a lot! I really love how fresh greens smell too --- I'd certainly love to explore more!Delete
Such a comprehensive and beautifully written review - Dovey, you've done it again!ReplyDelete
Infusion d'Iris is also a favourite of mine but I am fond of Prada fragrances generally. Reading your review takes me back to remembering this scent in all its complexity xo
Hi Vita, Thank you so much for the kind words! It's awesome to hear that you're an Infusion d'Iris fan too ... we must have kindred noses :-PDelete
Lovely Dovey your artwork is BEAUTIFUL! You describe scents so amazingly well-I wish I could do it!ReplyDelete
Powdery fragrances are not for me though. I feel like they are too young for me haha!
Thank you so much for the encouraging words Tracy! I really really appreciate them! I don't have too many powdery scents either ... though they do seem quite nice on the right person!Delete
Your artwork is absolutely beautiful Dovey! You have certainly captured the essence of Van Goh's irises. I love your perfume write ups! Even if you're covering notes I don't like - your writing is so incredibly descriptive. I am able to construct a very clear picture in my mind's eye!ReplyDelete
Hi Kristi, Thank you so much for the kind comment, it means a lot!Delete
i haven't tried these prada scents and i'm not a big floral person. i prefer sweet/fruity i think :)ReplyDelete
Hi XLHX, Sweet and fruity is good in my book too!Delete
gorgeous artwork!!!! :)ReplyDelete
This perfume has a beautiful description and I would love to smell it :)
Thank you so much RD&L!Delete
That is beautiful, Dovey! I love the rich purple of irises, and their unique shape. Truly gorgeous!ReplyDelete
I like the concept of a lot of Prada fragrances, but I just can't love them on me. Such is life, I guess!
Hi Larie, Thank you so much! Irises do have such a special shape --- as for Prada, I know what you mean. Each brand definitely has a different character!Delete
Such beautiful photos and artwork Dovey! Prada's Infusion d'iris is one of the more unique and elegant fragrances in my collection. :)ReplyDelete
Hi Shannon, Thank you so much :) I'm so happy to hear that you're a fan of Infusion d'Iris too :)Delete
I am a huge Van Gogh fan and I love your artwork. Great review also I also find that stepping out of my comfort can make for some great experiences.ReplyDelete
Hi Liz Grace, Thank you so much for the comment! It's wonderful to hear that you're a Van Gogh fan too :)Delete
Your scent reviews and descriptions are excellent, Dovey! And I love your Iris artwork and photos. I've not tried any Prada fragrances, but I do really like the sound of this one.ReplyDelete
Hi Nat, Thank you!! It's really encouraging to hear your thoughts :)Delete
I adore your take on Irises - in fact, I prefer it over the Van Gogh. :DReplyDelete
I've tried so hard to like this perfume but it's just not up my alley. After a vigorous sniffing party at the Prada counter one day, the only one that I was really attracted to was Infusion de Fleur d'Oranger.
Hi Liz, why, thank you! :-P I'm happy I did it some justice. I actually have not tried Infusion de Fleur d'Oranger; I would have loved to try it!Delete
Beautiful review of a beautiful perfume! I have loved all of the Infusions, and recently became obsessed with Prada L'Eau Ambrée. I can totally see you wearing this beauty #elegantReplyDelete
Hi Jane, thank you so much for all the kind comment! I'm glad we share the Infusion love ;-)Delete
Wonderful review, Dovey! Your reviews just get better and better. You've inspired me to do more fragrance reviews. Lord knows, I have enough decants to review for months on end! hahahaReplyDelete
Hi Lexi, Thank you SO much for the kind words!! I definitely definitely look forward to reading about your wonderful collection on Former Girl at Bar :-)Delete
Also have tried Le Labo's Iris 39? It's my favorite Iris, it's powdery but very earthy and mineral like. It's wonderful and you must at least try it once if you haven't already.ReplyDelete
Hi Lexi --- this sounds like a must-try-at-once situation then! I haven't come across a Le Labo section, but there must be one somewhere! Thank you for the great rec :-)Delete
Wearing it today since it such a warm day in Chicago! I love to use it together with the Prada iris body lotion -even body lotion on it's own is amazing. I love to wear it during hot and humid summers. I took it with me on our vacation to Hawaii. In my 80+ fragrance collection it is pretty unique and holds special place in my heart.ReplyDelete