Summary: THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO DESCRIBE THIS PERFUME. IT MAY COST A LITTLE MORE BUT THE FRAGRANCE IS HEAVENLY ON MY WIFE. SHE ABSOLUTELY LOVES THIS. PRODUCT ARRIVED IN GREAT SHAPE. WILL BUY AGAIN ... AND AGAIN.
Summary: A simple and bright accord of citrus, white flowers and aromatic woods, with a talcum/soapy feel and a sweet musky base (I don't want to sound repetitive and use that "sweet soft musky shampoo base" aromachemical name again...). It gets slightly mentholated after a while. Pale and suave like a Victorian girl. The floral notes are there, but they are developed in a way I do not enjoy much - somehow plain, restrained and innocuous.
Summary: Primarily a white floral with a pale gold aura, Iris Nobile manages to be both opulent and elegant at the same time. Its opulence is apparent in the three most detectable notes besides the eponymous: tuberose, vanilla and ylang-ylang. The elegance is in how artfully those oft heavy, cloying notes are measured into chorus, the only casualty being the tuberose taking on a rather waxy aspect.
Summary: There are a number of floral fragrances of this house that are fairly formulaic in the composition and not really top in their ingredients and authenticity of their notes, but this one is not one of them. Sure, the magnolia is not all-natural top quality, but very good, and blends well with the whole structure of their scent.
Summary: Blond woods, Cedar, Acacia, Birch, Patchouli, Musk A pleasant orange opening with ylang-ylang, and I get more jasmine than in the original, and a touch of a very faint rose. Again the iris is in the background. It is a bit less sweet on my skin, and the base notes' wood notes are lighter; it is not that sweet on my skin. Silage and projection are not good, more on the restrained side, but, interestingly, the longevity is superior at about six hours, albeit weaker.
Summary: An opening that is fairly typical bergamot, orange and star anise, with lots of aldehydes. Ylang-ylang is prominent together with a sweetish vanilla in the drydown, and on my skin the iris is pretty much drowned out by the other notes. Overall not bad; it is dense, rich and intense, but a fairly formulaic scent following a trodden path. Decent silage and projection with three hours of longevity on me.
Summary: I honestly believe that Iris Nobile (specifically the EDP) is one of the best perfumes in the world. Yes, I know it's clearly based on the extraits of No 5 and Joy, but I think it's so fully realized and achingly beautiful that it can confidently sit aside them in a short list of the greats. It's got sparkling champagne aldehydes, but made richer than the grand dames with judicious use of neroli and thick, honeyed orange blossom instead of the typical powdery lemon.
Summary: Iris Nobile is, as MonkeyManMatt has stated, more about star anise ~ in the opening. With anise being such a love it or hate it type note, your appreciation for this frag will certainly depend upon how you take to star anise! I personally enjoy it, so you can guess I really like Iris Nobile! After the initial blast of anise, the rest of this scent is truly a partnership of orange blossom and iris.