Treasure Trove of Perfume Samples Giveaway

Bois de Jasmin reader Rebecca  contacted me recently, because she has a big lot of perfume samples to share with another perfume lover (to save on shipping costs, she can mail it to one person in the continental US). In exchange, she only would like some recommendations from you:

“I would love to get some springtime fragrance recommendations from the perfume community. I am an iris lover and am in deep with Chanel 28 La Pausa, Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist, Atelier Cologne Silver Iris, and Parfums DelRae Mythique. My other current favorites are Frederic Malle L’Eau d’hiver, Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin, Aedes De Venustas Signature, and Bruno Acampora Volubilis. All of these discoveries are thanks to you and others in the perfume blog community.”


The samples Rebecca will send include Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule, Gris Clair, De Profundis, Bas De Soie, Arabie, Tubereuse Criminelle, Penhaligons Elixir, Narciso Rodriguez Parfum, Annick Goutal Ambre Fetiche, Nuit Etoilee, Sables, Frederic Malle Le Parfum De Therese, Dans te Bras, Vetiver Extraordinaire, Dries Van Noten, Bigarde Concentree, L’Artisan Safran Troublant, Poivre Piquant, Hermes Vetiver Tonka, Aedes de Venustas Iris Nazarena x2, Santa Maria Novella Colonia Rusa, Acqua de Cuba, Melograno, Amouage Lyric for women, Epic for women, Parfum d’Empire Cuir Ottoman, Parfumerie Generale Bois Blonde, Carthusia Mediterraneo, Jovoy La Liturgie des Heurs, Lalique Encre Noir, Profumum Alba, Lubin Idole, Acqua di Parma Mandorlo, Colonia Intensa, Colonia Assoluta, Diptyque L’ombre dans l’eau, Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir, Olfactive Studio Chambre Noire, Heeley Ophelia, Frapin L’Humaniste, Arquiste Aleksandr, Dior Granville, Jules et Mad Stilettos on Lex. What a generous offer! Thank you, Rebecca.

The draw is now closed; I will announce a winner next week.

Photography: Douglas Iris (cropped) by jar (), via flickr, some rights reserved.

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  • Liz G.: I love Tocca Giulietta. It is such a soft, subtle floral that, to me, is perfect for spring and summer. February 21, 2014 at 7:40am

    • Rebecca: Liz,

      Tocca makes some very pretty fragrances. I will have to try Giulietta.


      Rebecca February 21, 2014 at 4:39pm

  • Becky: Have you tried Iris Prima yet? It’s a lovely, delicate leather-iris, perfect for spring. February 21, 2014 at 7:52am

    • Rebecca: I haven’t tried Iris Prima yet. Thanks for the suggestion! February 21, 2014 at 4:22pm

  • Jillie: As you love iris, what about Chanel No 19? I suspect that you would prefer the edp, which is richer, with a touch of suede,
    than the edt. And what about 19’s mellower sister, Annick Goutal’s Heure Exquise?

    Guerlain’s Chamade is full of bluebells, but with a warm veil of vanilla and incense (to my nose), and is a reminder of spring but without the cold winds that sometimes blow then!

    I can’t participate in your generous draw, but would like to say congratulations to the very lucky winner! February 21, 2014 at 8:02am

    • Rebecca: All of your suggestions sound tempting! I haven’t tried Chanel 19 but it sounds amazing. February 21, 2014 at 4:23pm

  • Martha: Thanks for the draw! Since Rebecca likes Mythique by DelRae, how about Debut by the same house? Debut has lovely violet, lily of the valley, and sandalwood, among other notes. It is on my full bottle list right now. Or, what about Ballet Rouges by Olympic Orchids, a well-balanced rose chypre that lasts and doesn’t turn sour (on me). February 21, 2014 at 8:19am

    • Rebecca: Hi Martha,

      Thank you for your fragrance input. These suggestions are great! I would love to try Ballet Rouges.

      Rebecca February 21, 2014 at 4:41pm

  • rainboweyes: As a fellow iris lover I’d recommend Hiris – to me it’s the quintessence of spring in a bottle! I also love Ramon Monegal Impossible Iris (although I prefer it in late spring or early summer), Annick Goutal L’Heure Exquise, Andy Tauer’s Miriam, AP Mimosa Pour Moi and Iris Pallida. February 21, 2014 at 8:23am

    • Rebecca: I am dying to try Impossible Iris! It has been on my list for awhile. The other fragrances sound wonderful too. What a beautiful name for the Goutal perfume. Thanks for your recommendations. February 21, 2014 at 8:56pm

  • Connie: What a generous offer! I would recommend Iris Oriental/Taizo from Parfumerie Generale, Bois d’Argent from Dior, Cuir de Nacre from Ann Gerard… maybe Equistrius from Parfums d’Empire, Tubereuse 1 from Histoires des Parfums, Heure Exquise from Annick Goutal? February 21, 2014 at 8:24am

    • Connie: Oh, and Iris Ukiyo and Cuir de Russie! February 21, 2014 at 8:28am

    • Rebecca: My Equistrius sample is on heavy rotation. It is SO good! Iris Oriental, Bois d’Argent, and L’Heure Exquise, Miriam, Iris Pallida, and Mimosa Pour Moi sound fantastic. Thank you for sharing. February 21, 2014 at 9:16pm

      • Rebecca: Cuir de Russie sounds perfect. Everything Russian has been on my mind lately with all the Olympics coverage. February 21, 2014 at 9:18pm

  • AubreyZ: WOW! What a generous drawing!

    I agree with Jillie above— definitely check out Chanel 19 in its many forms, including Poudre (it doesn’t get as much love, but I think that it’s FANTASTIC). The current edp is mellow and lovely and perfect for work. The vintage edt is easily found on ebay— in my opinion, this is one of the best buys that ANY perfumista can buy. It’s a steal on ebay and just freaking fantastic, especially if you’re a galbanum fan.

    And what about Cuir de Russie?

    I’d also recommend some non-irises, like OJ Ta’if, Hermes Rose Ikebana, and Chanel 1932 if you haven’t tried them. I like a lot of the stuff you like, and these are amongst my favorites. :)

    Good luck and keep us posted.

    PS — I noticed that you offered up samples of Iris Nazarena. Did you not like it? February 21, 2014 at 8:27am

    • Rebecca: Hi Aubrey,

      I was in love with Iris Nazarena after reading the description but strangely when applied to my skin it did not love me back.

      Thank you for your suggestions!

      Rebecca February 21, 2014 at 4:37pm

  • Sean: I recommend AdP Iris Nobile edp. It has great sillage and fits my desire for a great iris. February 21, 2014 at 8:34am

    • Rebecca: Sean,
      Thank you for the recommendation! You had me at Iris. February 21, 2014 at 9:22pm

  • Gina: I would recommend the Fueguia line, especially Thays, for some really complex greens. Also, have you tried Serge Lutens Daim Blond? It evolves just beautifully on the skin. I would also second everyone’s Cuir de Russie recommendation. February 21, 2014 at 8:39am

    • Rebecca: Gina,

      Luckyscent is going to get a substantial order very soon. I am so excited about all the new possibilities. Fueguia has caught my eye but is as of yet unsniffed. Thays sounds right up my alley. Daim Blond is superb but hasn’t made it to full bottle status yet. Thank you for the lovely suggestions. February 21, 2014 at 9:25pm

  • Safran: Hi there, I don’t participate in the draw, but here are my suggestions.
    Have you tried Portrait of a Lady by Frédéric Malle yet? It’s a bit scary, if you use too much, but starting with a tiny spritz, you might like it, if you like Fille de Berlin. Another iris scent suggestion would be Bois d’Argent by Dior. It’s a very enveloping, tender and woody iris scent – and quite unique imo.
    Good luck! February 21, 2014 at 8:40am

    • Rebecca: POAL is intense and drop dead gorgeous. I am afraid she tends to wear me rather then the other way around. If I put a drop in the small of my back that seems to develop the best. I have been courting POAL for some time now but have not made the leap yet. But like Willie Nelson says “You/she is always on my mind.”
      Bois d’Argent sounds intriguing. Thank you for your comment. February 21, 2014 at 9:28pm

  • Inventress: If you don’t mind crossing the gender boundaries, I recommend Dior Homme/Intense. If not, Narciso Rodriguez Essence Iridescent or Prada Infusion d’Iris if you haven’t tried it already. And then, of course, there is the classic L’Heure Bleue de Guerlain. Also from Guerlain: Iris Ganache for a slightly sweet take. From niche – Frederic Malle Iris Poudre. Cheaper alternative – Crabtree & Evelyn Iris. :) February 21, 2014 at 8:46am

    • Rebecca: Hello Inventress,
      All fantastic suggestions. Crabtree and Evelyn is a genius idea. Iris Poudre is addictive. I am not sure if I can wear it properly. It seems best suited to a special occasion but WOW is it lovely. My friend just purchased it and I think of it everytime I see her. February 21, 2014 at 9:32pm

  • Truehollywood: I would love to participate in the draw. I’ve never tried the perfumes listed. I have tried Francis Maison Kirkdjian Amyris por femme and Tom Ford Shaghai Lily which are enjoyable. Not an iris scent, but so pretty to me is Guerlain’s Après l’onde. Has she had an opportunity to try this for spring? February 21, 2014 at 9:00am

    • Rebecca: Truehollywood,
      Guerlain’s Apres l’onde sounds charming for spring. The name alone is light and refreshing. I will have to try it. February 21, 2014 at 9:34pm

  • Melissa: How generous, Rebecca! I’ll suggest a cheap thrill: Tokyo Milk Marine Sel. It’s a little bit powdery-earthy — I’d guess it’s an iris-woods accord — with a nice saltiness. It’s beachy without being “aquatic” in that weird blue-smelling way. February 21, 2014 at 9:01am

    • Rebecca: Tokyo Milk makes some wonderful products. Thank you for telling me about Marine Sel! So far aquatic scents have not been my cup of tea but I am ALWAYS willing to give them another chance. February 21, 2014 at 9:37pm

      • rainboweyes: I don’t know Marine Sel but it sounds very much like my two salty iris scents TDC Sel de Vetiver and Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel. I would’t say they’re aquatic, though…rather herbal and spicy. February 22, 2014 at 5:23am

  • Heather H: How about Guerlain Après l’Ondée, Boise de Violette, and Le Labo Iris? February 21, 2014 at 9:04am

    • Rebecca: I will try these. Thank you! February 21, 2014 at 9:42pm

  • Elena: I second Ann Gerard Cuir de Nacre, and how about Ann Gerard Perle de Mousse? Also seconding L’Heure Exquise and no. 19. February 21, 2014 at 9:10am

    • Rebecca: L’Heure Exquise and Chanel No. 19 must be very good! I can’t wait to try them. Perle de Mousse was good but not well suited to me. I haven’t tried the Cuir de Nacre. Thank you for the comment. February 21, 2014 at 9:44pm

      • rainboweyes: Cuir de Nacre is gorgeous! I wore it a lot last autumn but I think it’s great in the spring too! February 22, 2014 at 5:17am

  • d3m0lici0n: If you like Iris you should try Dior Homme and Dior Homme Intense and Dior Bois d’Argent also Van Cleef and Arpels Bois d’Iris and Parfumerie Generale Iris Oriental and Cuir d’Iris. And if you like Malle L’eau d’Hiver you should really try Olfactive Studio Lumiere Blanche February 21, 2014 at 9:17am

    • Rebecca: I LOVE Lumiere Blanche and the VC&A Bois d’Iris. Still need to sample Iris Oriental and Cuir d’Iris. Dior Homme is wonderful too just not for me. Have yet to try the Dior Homme Intense. February 21, 2014 at 9:46pm

  • Sajini: You might want to try i profumi di Firenze Caterina de Medici. It’s gorgeous and light for Spring: iris, green rose and lily of the valley. The dry down is slightly woody/honeyed with an elegant trace of iris. February 21, 2014 at 9:17am

    • Rebecca: Oooh la la. Sounds enchanting! February 21, 2014 at 9:47pm

  • Erika: My favorite springtime fragrance is Lollia Wish. Just flowery enough to bring forth images of spring but not overbearing. I love it! February 21, 2014 at 9:18am

    • Rebecca: A lovely suggestion! Thank you. February 21, 2014 at 9:50pm

  • jirish: I would recommend an iris that doesn’t get a lot of attention – Equestrius, by Parfums d’Empire. And Chamade is always a great spring classic. And for one more, since you love La Fille de Berlin (as I do!), I’d suggest By Killian’s Rose Oud (don’t let the oud part scare you – it’s the most beautiful rose I know of). February 21, 2014 at 9:21am

    • Rebecca: Equistrius is fantastic! Chamade is now on my list along with Rose Oud. Always game to try something new. February 21, 2014 at 9:52pm

  • Edward G: Byredo 1996 has an interesting take on iris & was on many Best of 2013 lists. Thanks! February 21, 2014 at 9:32am

    • Rebecca: Byredo has me hooked with Bal d’Afrique. 1996 sounds interesting. Thank you! February 21, 2014 at 9:54pm

  • Bhama: Thank you for the generous giveaway Rebecca!!For springtime fragrance recommendations, I would suggest Frederic Malle Angelique sous la pluie, L’eau de Chloe, and Ann Gerard Perle de Mousse. As for Iris based perfumes, I never had the opportunity to sample a lot, but from the ones I know, I would highly recommend Dior Homme (works well on me even if it’s marketed for men) and Ann Gerard Cuir de Nacre (it has a gorgeous iris note in it!). February 21, 2014 at 9:35am

    • Rebecca: Bhama,

      After being enlightened by this and other perfume blogs I no longer see gender when sampling fragrances. Thank you for your great suggestions! February 21, 2014 at 9:57pm

  • Judy Ware: The following might be nice to try for Spring: Ann Gerard Perle de Mousse, Nasomatto Absinth, and Vero Profumo Mita. I especially like Absinth for the very early Spring earthiness. Good luck in your quest. Judy February 21, 2014 at 9:37am

    • Rebecca: Profumo Mita and Absinth both sound lovely. Thank you! February 21, 2014 at 9:58pm

  • Holly: What a wonderful idea, Rebecca. I suspect my wallet will suffer from all the suggestions here, but what fun! I am a recent iris convert, put I’ll give this a try. How about SSS Voile de Violette, or DSH L’eau d’Iris?

    Best of luck in your hunt, and thanks for the draw. I look forward to passing on my samples in the future, and I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. I’m in the US. February 21, 2014 at 9:55am

  • Lynne Marie: Hi Rebecca.

    What a generous offer! Have you tried Prada’a Infusion d’Iris? It is one of my favorite florals. Another great springtime fragrance with iris is Bond No.9’s Andy Warhol Silver Factory. But my favorite springtime fragrance is Hilde Soliani’s Il Tuo Tulipano Red – slightly green, slightly fruity but with a lovely floral freshness. I hope everyone’s suggestions lead you to a new perfume love ( or two)! February 21, 2014 at 9:56am

  • Jan Last: What a lovely thing to do! There is a Lanvin, Eclat d’Arpege which doesn’t get much press, but is altogether a marvelous spring scent. How about AG’s Eau de Ciel? And I’m in total agreement with Chanel 19, although Chanel 1932 would also be very nice. February 21, 2014 at 9:58am

  • Lainie: I love to paint irises – such an exquisite flower. I second Tokyo Milk Marine Sel. It’s a beautiful fragrance and very easy to wear. Please enter me for the samples drawing, and thank you everyone for this blog and comments. February 21, 2014 at 9:58am

  • zari: So generous! I would recommend Prada Infusion d’Iris and Prada Infusion d’homme (I wear the men’s version and that is strong and soft at the same time) and my current favorite is Parfum Sacre by Caron and Portrait of a Lady. February 21, 2014 at 10:05am

  • Lora: Thank you for your generous gift!
    I would recommend Armani Prive- Le Femme Bleue or Hermes- Hiris.
    I think you would adore either or both of them! February 21, 2014 at 10:09am

  • Julie: How very generous. I’m very much a novice when it comes to perfumes. A very enthusiastic novice however!
    I agree with Chanel 19 and Tocca Giulietta is wonderful! Thank you for the sample drawing, and the topic of the post. I am an Iris lover too and didn’t realize so many variations were available. February 21, 2014 at 10:09am

  • ralu: Thank you so much for the giveaway Rebecca. That’s so generous of you! I would recommend Frederic Malle Iris Poudre and Chanel No 19 Poudre. February 21, 2014 at 10:16am

  • Mary P.: I have discovered how light and lovely and fresh both Guerlain Shalimar Initial and Guerlain Insolence edt are, they would be perfect for spring. And of course the eternal spring favorite – Guerlain Apres l’Ondee. An iris that I have recently fallen for is Parfumerie Generale Iris Oriental/Taizo. Thank you for offering this wonderful and generous group of samples in this draw! February 21, 2014 at 10:16am

  • NeenaJ: I am sixthing (by my count) Chanel No. 19 for the obvious iris and want to mention Chanel No. 18, too. It’s a different breed. There’s just a hint of iris in a gorgeously animalic (on me) skin scent.

    Thank you so much for your generousity! Happy sniffing! February 21, 2014 at 10:23am

  • sara: What a generous offer! thank you so much! I recommend you l’Heure Exquise by Annick Goutal, Infusion d’iris by Prada, if you like violet you can try Verte Violette by l’Artisan Parfumeur which is still available in shops, Hiris by Hermès, Chanel 19 (the perfume or extract) and Impossible Iris by Ramon Monegal. If you love both rose and iris give a try to Ombre Rose L’Original by Jean Charles Brosseau.
    Sara February 21, 2014 at 10:37am

  • Barbara: I know this has been mentioned by others, but Hermes Iris Ukiyoe makes it feel like springtime even when it is 30 below. (I know this because it worked for me!) L’Artisan Mimosa Pour Moi is also a sunny light one that brightens the day. February 21, 2014 at 11:03am

  • Claire: A treasure trove indeed! Thanks for this offer! I like The Different Company Bois d’Iris for a dark, rooty, cedared iris, and if you like the smell of fresh narcissus flowers, Parfums de Nicolai Le Temps d’Une Fete is a cousin of Chamade and the most evocative springtime fragrance I know. February 21, 2014 at 11:11am

  • Susiebelle: This giveaway is incredible! Thank you! I agree with the Chanel 19 recommendation. If you want to spend some major bucks, I would go with Dimanche by Strange Invisible. Iris, hydro-distilled rose, honey, amber. It’s a spring day! Maybe try a sample! February 21, 2014 at 11:13am

  • Amanda: Hello and thank you for the offer!! My best experience with iris is prada infusion d’iris or Van cleef & Arpels bois d’Iris which is one of my favorites! February 21, 2014 at 11:15am

  • Rose: I am a newbie to perfume. So my recommendations are limited. I love annick goutal Neroli. L’heure blue when I want something more long lasting even samsara when I feel like recreating a balmy Indian summer night.
    Thanks a lot for the oppurtunity. February 21, 2014 at 11:17am

  • Rose: Thank you so much Rebecca for the generous offering! One perfume that comes to mind is Bond No 9’s Silver Bond. Some of the notes include iris, grape fruit and lavender, which makes the perfect scent for the springtime! I love Silver Bond and recommend it to anyone! February 21, 2014 at 11:41am

  • Mary K: This is such a generous drawing! There would be so many wonderful perfumes to sample here!

    My favorite springtime perfumes, some with iris & some with other great spring-y flowers are: Apres L’Ondee, Iris Prima, Ineke After My Own Heart, AG Un Matin d’Orage, AG Eau Du Ceil, L’Essence de Mastenbroek Eau de Polder, Ellie Nuit, Bond No 9 I Love New York Earth Day, Cabotine Green, Mary Greenwell Plum and Byredo La Tulipe.

    I am in the US. February 21, 2014 at 11:42am

  • sandra: Thanks with your generous offer.
    For iris I agree with everyone that No19 and also the No 19 poudre. It smells good on other people but on me, I can’t smell it at all.
    For spring scents I enjoy Samsara, Shalimar Initial, Amyris and Angelique Noir February 21, 2014 at 12:10pm

  • Candace: Iris Nazarena Aedes de Venustas is a new favorite. It initially brings to mind Serge Lutens’ wonderful iris creation, Iris Silver Mist. Whereas Iris Silver Mist is quite linear, Iris Nazarena also has some interesting subtle spicy things going on beneath the iris, and the addition of those makes it a bit easier to wear. Lovers of iris should definitely give this a good try. Worth every cent, IMO, and hopefully destined to be a classic. February 21, 2014 at 12:18pm

  • Laurels: I’m pretty much a newbie, so I imagine you’ve tried more spring perfumes than I have, but I will fourth (fifth?) Ann Gerard Cuir de Nacre. (Perle de Mousse and Ciel d’Opale are also lovely and appropriate for spring.) Tom Ford Violet Blonde and Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile are my other iris recommendations. Other spring scents I’m partial to are A Wing and a Prayer Carmel (green with a hint of sweetness), Donna Karan Gold edt (a beautiful, natural-smelling white lily), and if you like orange blossom, I’ve never smelled anything prettier than Houbigant Orangers en Fleurs. February 21, 2014 at 12:25pm

  • Lisa: I think it’s been mentioned several times over, but Hiris is lovely.
    And what a generous draw! February 21, 2014 at 12:35pm

  • LindaB: What a generous giveaway – thank you! I recommend CB I Hate Perfume Black March. It’s the epitome of the beginning of Spring and all the good and beauty that is to come! February 21, 2014 at 12:36pm

  • Domestic Goblin: I am not asking to be considered for this giveaway, but just wanted to recommend Love Chloe, by Chloe. :) February 21, 2014 at 12:47pm

  • Nancy A.: Rebecca,

    An iris lover as well, have you considered/tried The Different Company’s Iris. February 21, 2014 at 12:48pm

  • Kandice: I saw someone recommending Prada’s Infusion d’Iris. I’m not a huge iris fan, but I thought it was a pretty fragrance. I have a very small mini of this fragrance I’d be happy to send you if you’ll email me your details. My email is kden124 at hotmail. I live in the US and would love to be entered in the draw as well. Thanks. February 21, 2014 at 12:59pm

  • Anna: What a generous offer! Iris is not a favorite note of mine and I can’t give a suggestion there. One of my favorite springtime perfumes though is Bellodgia by Caron. It is a very pretty carnation/rose that doesn’t smell dated at all despite being originally released in the 1920’s. February 21, 2014 at 1:04pm

  • Donelle Talintyre: Such a generous offer, Rebecca. For a full-scale rich soliflore iris, I just can’t go past I Profumi di Firenze, Iris di Firenze in parfum or edp. It is lush and deeply irisy and unlike many iris perfumes I have tried it has excellent longevity, and lasts about 8 hours on me. The edp around 4 hours. For another springtime floral I keep reaching for Memoire Liquide’s Lilas Fleuri, which is a lush and beautiful lilac solifiore. February 21, 2014 at 1:10pm

  • fleamarketjunkie: How generous, I live in the US in case I should be so lucky. My recommendation is Annick Goutal Petite Cherie, it is a lovely light fresh scent. February 21, 2014 at 1:14pm

  • Snowyowl: Thanks for the draw!
    My favorite springtime scent is Guerlain Chamade. L’Heure de Nuit would be lovely for spring also, it is slightly lighter/more effervescent than ‘l’heure bleu. I’m wearing it today and am in love :).

    Some newer (to me) that I”ve been exploring and would also highly recommend come from Bois 1920. I love the whole line, I have three now. My heart was drawn initially for my first purchase to the 1920 Classic which has notes of Chinese citron, Haitian Vetiver, Antilles Sandalwood and slight drydown of amber. I wore it yesterday and it kept surprising me all day. Fresh and bright initially, mellow skin scent with depth throughout the day.

    Another spring love is vero profumo Kiki! Bright herbal lavender later juxtaposed with caramel yumminess if that is your thing (it is mine, in well-made doses, as it is here for me). Heavenly, works really well with my chemistry. People comment positively all day on that one for me.

    Thanks! Viva Spring! (I’m waiting!) February 21, 2014 at 1:18pm

  • xtopher: I recommend L’eau d’ Iris and Iridum by Dawn Spencer Horowitz.
    Thanks for your generosity! February 21, 2014 at 1:20pm

  • wefadetogray: I will absolutely recommend Bois de Iris by Van Cleef and Arpels and Bois de Iris by the Different Company.
    A lovely spring scent perhaps, too often overlooked, is Louanges Profanes by Parfumerie Generale. A soft woody lily. If you are feeling a bit risky, there is a strange iris by Parfumerie Generale called Iris Oriental.
    Thanks for this generous gift to the perfume community.
    I am in the US. February 21, 2014 at 1:31pm

  • helical gnome: I would suggest Xerjoff Irisss (I dont remember know how many ssss’s the name has, sorry!), Iris Gris, and Iris Ukiyoe. I love iris myself and enjoy them all from very powdery to very rooty. Good luck finding new ones to love!
    I am in the US. February 21, 2014 at 1:42pm

  • Courant: I’m not in the U.S. (No cigar) Many others have mentioned the greats so I would like to propose Nuit Etoilee in EDP by Annick Goutal. The absolue version of Prada’s Infusion is bigger on the Iris and worth searching out I have been wearing Dior Homme Intense this week. Sex on a stick. Happy days. February 21, 2014 at 1:48pm

  • Carla Meiners: What a wonderful offering! Some thoughts from me for spring, which are things I am looking forward to wearing too would be Aedes Iris Nazarena, Kai, Santa Maria Novello Melograno and Aftelier Secret Garden. I hope you find some wonderful scents to enjoy this spring! February 21, 2014 at 2:09pm

  • Austenfan: No need to include me in the draw, as I have plenty of samples, plus I’m in Europe.
    I would suggest trying another Parfumerie Générale iris, the wonderful Felanilla. Gorgeous fragrance with a rather silly name.
    Have you ever tried any Divine’s? L’Homme de Coeur is one of my favourite irises. They have a sample programme, and I am just a fan, not affiliated. February 21, 2014 at 2:44pm

    • Austenfan: Oh, and if you love ISM, do try Love les Carottes, which is wonderful and earthy. February 22, 2014 at 5:57am

  • sylvie: Such an amazing collection of samples! What a joy it would be to win. I don’t have much experience with iris, but have enjoyed and recommend Hermes Hiris. Thank you! February 21, 2014 at 3:06pm

  • Kaleigh Bickleman: I suggest Aedes de Venustas Iris nazarena and Atelier Cologne Sous le toit de Paris February 21, 2014 at 4:06pm

  • songeuse: Thank you for the generous giveaway!

    I will echo the suggestions of Chanel No. 19 and the Poudre version, plus Prada Infusion d’Iris. If you like that one and don’t mind trying male-marketed fragrances, many people also like Prada Infusion d’Homme as an iris fragrance.

    Because you like Iris Silver Mist, another iris that is very unique and a bit out-of-the-box is Dzongkha by L’Artisan Parfumeur. It is a cool, zen sort of iris with spices, tea, leather, and incense. February 21, 2014 at 4:27pm

  • Rebecca: Hi Everyone,

    Thank you for all the great perfume suggestions!
    I am having a great time reading all the entries and will try to reply to each one.

    Rebecca February 21, 2014 at 4:27pm

  • Tomate Farcie: While I share your love of Iris maybe something a little different. I’m thinking of
    Vero Profumo Mito in edp or extrait, Hiram Green Moon Bloom, or Neela Vermeire Ashoka.
    Good luck with your search and thanks for your generosity. I’m in the US. February 21, 2014 at 4:42pm

  • Katyk: Hi, what a huge amount of samples to give away-thank you! I’ll admit I don’t know too many iris scents– I do like iris poidre and especially silver iris. For spring I like diptyque eau moheli, balenciaga Paris, and un jardin après la mousson by Hermes. Hope you
    Find something to love! February 21, 2014 at 5:04pm

  • Maria B.: Thank you for your generous offer. Neither of my two springtime fragrances contains iris, I’m afraid. Instead they are violet centered. They are Bulgari Pour Femme and Penhaligon’s Violetta. February 21, 2014 at 5:14pm

  • Janis Varo: I would say my top picks would be Apres l’Ondee by Guerlain, or Chanel No. 18–lovely iris and rose combo. I also really like Dior’s Diorissimo. It isn’t iris based–but it is the most lush spring fragrance I know. Stick to the EdP version of the Dior–it is nice and lush and wonderful. The EdT is a little thin and sharp. February 21, 2014 at 5:44pm

  • Ziggy: I can’t comment on the iris thing (I haven’t gone through that phase myself yet, but I’m sure it will happen) but CDG Kyoto says spring to me, and I don’t completely know why. (I know most people see incense as a winter scent.) I think it smells very like cedar woods in a rainstorm and being from the South, I associate warm rains with early spring. Anyway, it’s a great scent and is on my own Buy list (which my husband has taped to the wall next to the number for the marriage counselor–kidding, but my perfume habit is tolerated rather than celebrated!). February 21, 2014 at 6:00pm

  • Jennifer W.: Unfortunately, I have yet to dip my toe in the pool of iris. Or jump right in, I guess. Chanel No. 19 is beautiful, though. : )

    For springtime beauty, I have two: fresh/slightly bitter and fresh/sweet.

    Le Temps de Une Fete relies heavily on greens and lily of the valley. It really captures how magical springtime is.

    Kiss Me Tender: heliotrope, soft powder and almonds. Beautiful.

    I hope you find your true love! February 21, 2014 at 6:25pm

  • FearsMice: Hi, Rebecca — there are so many wonderful recommendations here! Has anyone mentioned Le Labo Iris 39 yet? I really like that one. For non-iris spring scents, I love Lancome’s Climat and Carthusia’s Caprissimo. February 21, 2014 at 7:05pm

  • BasiaS: Hi – thanks for the draw! I highly recommend Parfums de Nicolai’s Odalisque and Le Temps d’une Fete. Odalisque has a gorgeous LOTV note but my favorite part about it is that it’s just green enough to suggest spring but cool enough to remind you that winter just barely left. It’s green and cool and it has this unique characteristic that reminds people of marble or stone – you have to try it. Le Temps d’une Fete is a pretty, soft floral, one of the best narcissus-centered scents around. Dior’s Diorissimo is the best LOTV-centered scent and a spring-time mainstay for me. YSL Paris is all pink roses – very pretty. Hermes’ Rose Ikebana is one of the prettiest citrusy/vanilla roses around, very soft and great for spring (I love Lutens’ Une Fille de Berlin also; in comparison RI is springier and gauzier). Chanel no. 5 EDT is the fizziest version of the classic, it’s fabulous on a cool spring day. Frederic Malle’s Lipstick Rose is a classy, rounded rose-violet blend that smells of vintage makeup. Speaking of iris, Crazylibellule’s Toute Oublier is a lovely woody iris with some rose and citrus (it’s more complex than its price would suggest, I am not sure if they still make it, though). Yves Rocher’s Iris Noir is another inexpensive find. It’s sensual, velvety and mysterious, definitely worth a try if you love iris. They no longer make it but you can still buy it on ebay. And when May rolls around, try out L de Lolita Lempicka – a citrusy smell-alike of Musc Ravageur without the lavender top notes or the heaviness. It also has a great immortelle note that plays along very nicely with the bitter orange on top. That should be a nice transition scent into summer. Have fun! I can’t wait for spring personally. February 21, 2014 at 7:19pm

    • Ziggy: L de Lolita is an excellent spring scent, and it’s also very easy on the pocketbook, which I have to confess is a major consideration for me in building my collection. I second this! February 21, 2014 at 8:45pm

  • Rose: I’m craving spring perfumes at the moment too!

    I love iris, and for a different take on it I recommedn the perfect spring perfume Iris de Nuit by James Heeley. You can order a sample from his website, in fact you can order three generous samples for about £10.

    Also by Heeley is a lovely spring-like perfume called Ophelia, it vaguely reminds me of Diorissimo but it’s less animalic and slightly more transparent, still has a creamy quality though.

    Heeley uses high quality ingredients, the perfumes last but aren’t loud February 21, 2014 at 7:22pm

  • Lean S: Wow! This is sooo incredibly generous! Thank you for this chance! My suggestions would be Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea, I love orange blossoms during springtime. Prada Infusion d’Iris is also lovely if you don’t mind a more “fresh,” citrusy scent. February 21, 2014 at 8:03pm

  • Christine Corretti: What about Crabtree and Evelyn’s new perfume ‘Iris’. This is a little bit like Tresor Midnight Rose. I love the C+E perfume b/c it’s floral and deep at the same time. Very complex. — beautiful bottle, too.

    It also comes in mini solid perfumes ($5 each). February 21, 2014 at 9:33pm

  • Margaret: I’m face-down in L’Artisan Parfumeur these days. Verte Violette. February 21, 2014 at 10:12pm

  • Cass S.: Far and away the most generous giveaway I’ve ever seen! Thank you so much!

    I’m going to echo BasiaS’s comment: Odalisque and Le Temps d’une Fete are must-tries. The narcissus/hyacinth/galbanum combo in LTdF especially calls to mind the peak of spring when the air is so heady with the smell of flowers and new grass, you almost feel drunk on it. I’ll also throw L’eau de Chloe out there as an easy-to-find rose/citrus that reeks of springtime going into summer (also one of the few flankers that I infinitely prefer to the original).

    As a fellow iris lover, if you’re ever in need of respite from cold, carroty irises, I recommend Keiko Mecheri’s Iris Pourpre. Don’t let the “pourpre” part fool you; starts out dark and dirty but eventually shakes off the grime to reveal a warm, golden iris gilded at the edges with ylang-ylang.

    I’m in the US (and still buried under snow, no less…) February 21, 2014 at 10:16pm

  • Dawn: It is spring now where I live in in Oregon. I wear Prada Infusion d’Iris this time of year and find it very comforting and soft. How kind of you to give the samples. February 21, 2014 at 10:33pm

  • Ella: I would love to participate in the drawing.

    How about Yardley’s Iris? It’s inexpensive but really wonderful layered with a more complex iris scent like Chanel no 5 or Apres L’ondee. Layered with L’heure Bleue, it actually smells like Apres L’ondee :)

    Yardley is great for bringing out the iris note in many perfumes. February 21, 2014 at 10:50pm

  • Lucile: As everyone says, a generous offer! I am 72 and just becoming obsessed with fragrance after years of working where perfume isn’t allowed. I feel like I am such a novice. For spring I love anything with LOTV, and also, this spring I am enjoying Lauren which I loved and hoarded in the 80’s. I am trying everything and find I love things I didn’t love at 35 & 40. Love this blog. Thank you. February 21, 2014 at 11:01pm

  • Jeff B: What a bountiful giveaway, I am already excited for the person who gets it. My suggestions for a moderately priced perfume would be L’Occitane’s Notre Flore Iris and Armani Prive Le Femme Bleue should you wish to try a more, much more, expensive alternative. February 21, 2014 at 11:03pm

  • silverdust: How generous of you, Rebecca! Thanks! Echoing some of the above, my favorites for warmer weather are L’eau de Chloe and Prada Infusion d’Iris. February 21, 2014 at 11:04pm

  • Kaarie Blake: Hi, thanks for the draw, very generous! Dreams Unlimited by the Body Shop, Shalimar, Violet Blonde by Tom Ford, or Violet Bottega Verde are a few suggestions. You have a slew to sniff through judging by the entries, good luck! February 21, 2014 at 11:07pm

  • Nemo: I am not hugely experienced with iris perfumes, but I did find L’Heure Exquise very interesting and different from anything I had tried before :) I am also fond of Iris Ukiyoe, but the one Hermessence that really makes me think of spring is Osmanthe Yunnan! February 21, 2014 at 11:25pm

  • molly l: Hi Rebecca, what a very generous offer! My favorite springtime (or all the time!) perfume is Ormonde Jayne Frangipani. It is gorgeous. Her Champaca is a favorite too. Also consider Serge Lutens Un Lys and A la Nuit.
    I’m not very familiar with iris fragrances, although I know Ormonde Jayne has Orris Noir. I love it, but I wouldn’t consider it necessarily a springtime perfume though. Although I just wear whatever I want whenever based on my mood on any particular day.
    In any case, I hope you find something you love! February 21, 2014 at 11:47pm

  • Liz K: I am not a huge iris lover but Sonoma Scent Studio Voile de Violette and To Dream are a couple of my favorite springtime scents. Also, completely un-iris but very springtime to me is CB I hate perfumes’ Wild Hunt. It is earthy and leafy and gorgeous and one of my all time favorites. February 22, 2014 at 12:31am

  • Maren: What a wonderful giveaway. I am an iris lover also, and own 28 la pausa and La Fille de Berlin, so I’m guessing tastes are similar. Everyone has already made many iris recommendations that I would suggest too, but a couple of spring time fragrances (not iris) not mentioned that you might like are Diorella or Parfum de Nicolai Odalisque. Also, I am waiting for my bottle of Apres l’Ondee in anticipation of spring. I think you might really enjoy that one. February 22, 2014 at 12:40am

  • Deborah: What fun! I love Acqua di Parma’s Iris Nobile. It’s beautiful and straightforward iris. I love their Magnolia Nobile too! February 22, 2014 at 8:02am

  • Isis: HI Rebecca! You’ve had so many recommendations your head must spin by now… Many of my favorites have been mentioned, but I’d like to add one suggestion: Gucci Rush. Its weird, but it incredibly fun to wear. Rush is pure joy and playfulness to me. I also find it very feminine.

    Oh, and has Dior Eau Sauvage ben mentioned? It is quit easy to find and its fantastic on a woman n spring. February 22, 2014 at 8:55am

  • Alessandra: Wow, what an amazing offer!

    To clarify, this is open only to US readers, right? Too bad. I live in Italy.

    However, I do want to give my recommendation for springtime fragrances, as I have indeed been looking for some special ones myself.
    I know it’s not about iris but Byredo’s Inflorescence is such a lovely take on lily of the valley, as it is also combined with (I think) lilies… in any case, it’s not pure lily of the valley and it’s one of the chicest fresh fragrances I can think of, for the season.
    Also, Annick Goutal’s Ninfeo Mio, with which I am quite obsessed, at present – such an original fig!

    Then… what else? Oh yes, Atelier Cologne’s Sous le toit de Paris is an excellent thing. I am wearing the sample a lot these days. Fresh and warm at the same time. However, I prefer Oolang Infini, if I had to pick only ONE AC cologne to buy.

    Last but not least… Heeley’s Verveine and / or Ophelia.

    Enjoy the discovery, Rebecca! :) February 22, 2014 at 9:11am

  • Bastet: My favorite iris-heavy scent is Chanel No. 19, and I also love Prada Infusion d’Iris, especially the Absolue version. I live in the US, so please enter me in the draw! Thanks. February 22, 2014 at 12:37pm

  • Poodle: I can’t say I’m a big iris fan. I like it in small doses. Tom Ford Noir is really nothing but iris on me. If you like the rose in La Fille de Berlin you might also like ELDO’s Rossy DiPalma Eau de Protection. February 22, 2014 at 1:00pm

  • Tati: What a generous giveaway! Iris can be difficult for me but I love penhaligons Iris Prima it’s a beautiful scent and easy to wear. I also enjoy Prada infusion d’ iris, and AdP Iris Nobile. Some of my favorite spring scents are Tambela Verdigris (it’s green spring heaven), and Après L’Ondee. Thanks for this opportunity February 22, 2014 at 2:32pm

  • Aber: What an irresistible offer, Rebecca your generosity is commendable and has me truly enthralled :) Dare I unabashedly state that I can partake in the draw and have my fingers crossed.
    As someone who has only begun on this exciting adventure and fallen hard for iris and vetiver, I would suggest Dzongkha by L’Artisan Parfumeur, a beautiful green. If there was one word for it, it would be gorgeous.
    Other springtime suggestions would be Geranium Pour Monsieur which opens beautifully with mint, peppermint and geranium, fairly refreshing for a bright and beautiful start to the day.
    Another light and surprisingly straightforward smell I’d recommend would be Mistral Patchouli by Atelier Cologne. Fresh and Serene. February 22, 2014 at 2:58pm

  • Matt M: Thank you for the generous giveaway!

    For an iris, Jacomo Silences is a friendlier take on Chanel No. 19 that smells like springtime rain showers with soft iris and plush rose in the foreground. Absolutely gorgeous!

    For a non-iris, Chanel Cristalle is my perfect spring fragrance (particularly the EdT). The bright citrus and sprightly florals match the optimism of springtime perfectly! February 22, 2014 at 4:18pm

    • Ferris: Is the iris smothered in Silences by the rose? I’ve been meaning to grab a sample of this. February 22, 2014 at 5:50pm

  • Mezzogiorno: I have been reading and loving this blog for about a year but I believe this may be my first comment–who can resist such a lovely and generous giveaway! And reading Alyssa Harad’s beautiful Coming to My Senses memoir has inspired me to be brave and chime in on the perfume blogs instead of just lurking. Despite my username I am in the US (I just love Italy), so I’d love to be entered. I am still such a novice about perfumes that I don’t have an iris favorite, but some spring ideas are L’Artisan Fleur de Narcisse (I think I learned about that here, thanks!), CB I Hate Perfume To See a Flower or (as already suggested) Black March, and Guerlain Acqua Allegoria Jasminora. (The latter seemed perfect for spring two years ago, but I confess that as I’ve learned more about perfume it now seems a tad lightweight or something. But it’s awfully pretty.) Good luck in your search and thank you for the giveaway! February 22, 2014 at 4:44pm

  • Kathy Bible: I’d love to try the iris nazarena- I am a 100% iris lover! February 22, 2014 at 5:03pm

  • Ferris: I have a number of suggestions for you. Dior Homme is a nice iris that is perfect for year round wear. Don’t let the name fool you, it is wonderful on a woman.
    Bois d’Iris from Van Cleef & Arpels is a beachy iris with a subtle sweetness that you might find appealing.
    Eau DesvMerveilles edt has the same beachy feel with ambroxan/ ambergris as a primary focus.
    My last one to recommend is Chanel N°19 edt vintage or the modern extrait. Both are wonderful!
    I hope you find these helpful and thanks do much for generosity ! February 22, 2014 at 5:44pm

    • Lydia: Thank you, Ferris, you made me want to run out and try Dior Homme on myself and not on my homme! February 22, 2014 at 10:45pm

  • Rachel S: My favortie iris perfumes at the moment are Hermes Iris Ukiyoe and L”Heure Bleue. Some lovely (non iris) springtime scents that you should try are L’Artisan Selville a L’Aube, Elie Saab Le Parfum, or Parfums de Nicolai Violette In Love. February 22, 2014 at 6:52pm

  • Jerome: Chanel No. 19, which was her signature scent, remains the bench mark for the peppery exotic sophistication of the iris, to my mind. It’s makes me realize why this rare ingredient is so prized, and when not tempered becomes something for a perfume sophisticate with a lot of confidence. I love a brief spray on my bed linens before going to sleep. February 22, 2014 at 9:24pm

  • Lydia: Thank you Rebecca and Victoria for this phenomenal give-away! I’ve always wanted to sniff Lutens’ Bas de Soie.

    Rebecca, have you tried Acqua di Parma’s Iris Nobile? Victoria did a lovely review of it, that focused on how the scent tries to bring out the odor of the flowers, and not just the roots. I often find myself reaching for it when I want something soft and elegant, but with enough presence to give me some confidence during the work day. (The sillage is not strong, though.)

    Right now my “spray and run out the door” spring perfume is Roger & Gallet’s Fleur d’Osmanthus! February 22, 2014 at 10:44pm

  • kuri: What a generous giveaway!

    Hrm, I see you’ve already tried Frederic Malle’s Iris Poudre – which I was surprised to love.

    I don’t know if it would suit your taste, but I have an addiction to Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger – a really beautiful floral in my opinion. I only had a sample – but that’s the fastest I’ve ever used up a sample!

    I’ve only sampled Prada Infusion D’iris but found it very nice too. February 23, 2014 at 2:43am

  • Rebecca: Hi Everyone,

    It is going to be very difficult to pick a winner out of all these wonderful entries! The new suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Thank you all,
    Rebecca February 23, 2014 at 6:15am

  • Belle Yang: Lolita Lempicka has an iris-violet chord. This is an herbal-ethereal scent. February 23, 2014 at 6:33am

  • Rebekah: Someone already suggested Lolita Lempicka, which was going to be my recommendation. You could also try Sonoma Scent Studio’s Fig Tree or Serge Lutens Miel De Bois. Both are nice for spring. February 23, 2014 at 12:35pm

  • David: I think Cuir Ottoman by Parfum d’Empire would be a lovely spring leather. It mellows to such softness, yet still has traces of that animalistic leather. Please consider me for the contest. February 23, 2014 at 12:56pm

  • Em: Did no one mention Hermes Hiris yet, truly? February 23, 2014 at 2:27pm

  • rosiegreen: My favorites for spring are . Chanel 19 vintage., jacomo Silences, AdP Gelsomino Nobile and Hermes UJd Mediterranee. February 23, 2014 at 3:29pm

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