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Infusion d'Iris Eau de Parfum Absolue – The devil’s not the only one wearing Prada - May 28, 2012 New Fragrance Listing

Kay and I were sitting around enjoying the warmth of a late spring evening over a cool glass of rosé, when she pulled out the current issue People magazine and said “Have you seen this?” 

There on a page titled “Hot New Scents” was a picture of Infusion d'Iris Eau de Parfum Absolue by Prada along side Selena Gomez EdP and Dreams Unlimited by the Body Shop - really? Really? My wine nearly came out of my nose.

“Wait. There’s more” Kay said, opening the current issue of Chatelaine magazine “Look at this.”

And there was Infusion d'Iris Eau de Parfum Absolue, on a page surrounded by other frags – again! This time it was in better company, but c’mon!

I mean, I believe in spreading the word and sharing the love of great scents and I don’t want to slag other frags, but this stunner deserves better than being crowded on a page with other summer scents, so let’s give it to her.

Infusion d'Iris Eau de Parfum Absolue comes from the house of Prada, the Italian fashion label founded in 1913 by Mario Prada in Milan. The gold-toned stopper on the bottle is textured to resemble a spool of thread – a nod the provenance of the brand.

It opens with a zing of bitter neroli softened with sweetness from orange blossom. While the top notes linger powdery, dry iris shows up, its cool nobility beautifully playing off the warmth of the orange blossom. Iris is a powerful note. Writer Annabel Rivkin says “Iris is woman squared in fragrance form” and it certainly has presence here. It’s not aggressive or bold, but intense, rich and luxurious. At the base, resinous benzoin gives it a medicinal, almost balsamy, note which adds depth. Tonka bean adds a spicy/vanilla dimension that complements the sweetness of vanilla, while white musk gives it an arousing, animalic note.

Infusion d'Iris Eau de Parfum Absolue is a variation on Infusion d’Iris, which was launched in 2007. Revisiting her original work, perfumer Daniela Andrier brings out its the darker, denser features, making the Absolue cool, rooty, balsamy, slightly sweet and arousing. It gets romantic real fast which is probably why it’s getting so much traction in the press.

But it’s such a stand out that it really deserves it’s own page – hell, it’s so good it should have its own kingdom cause people are going to want to visit it often.

Infusion d'Iris Eau de Parfum Absolue is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.