The scent of pushing up earth, the sound of being alone.
5 February 2013
Summary: Hiris is a masterpiece. There are a very few fragrances to which I would offer this classification, and this 1999 sleeper is definitely one of them. This is a perfume that is a result of a pure and concise concept with perfect execution. You are the iris flower pushing out of the cold, damp soil, emerging into a vast expanse of green fields and dewy, foggy grey skies. Hiris emulates these colors well - pale green and grey-violet.
Summary: Love this. When first applied, it does remind me of carrots covered in earthy dirt. But it is oh so nice once that fades away. It smells sophisticated and richly feminine. Others complain that it doesn't last long, but for me it does. Try this if you like Prada Infusion d'Iris. This one willl knock that one right out of the water. It is quietly reserved, but elegant at the same time. It makes me smile when I wear it.
Summary: This is a beautiful, dry composition. Iris with a carrot, earth and ambrette. Ambrette's funny on me: in Chanel No. 18, it smells like vomit, like someone threw up on a bunch of flowers. I wrote a long since deleted review of the Chanel, indicating this was the main problem when I wore No 18. In Hiris, the feel of ambrette might be one of the factors that keep it from seeming too ephemeral -- this is just a guess -- I get a hay-like musky skin scent (?
Summary: Like Iris Silver Mist, Hiris is a love/hate fragrance for me, but with H the "hate" aspect is physical, with ISM it's psychological. I agree with every hateful comment previous reviewers have made--I get the hairspray comparison, the furniture polish comparison, the sack o'rotting roots comparison. Sometimes it almost makes me feel queasy.
Summary: Oh my !!! Wasn't expecting to like this at all, given that it is a light scent. But what hasn't been mentioned is that it is a fascinating scent. Really loving Hermes. While I do not love all their frags, there is no mistaking that they do not skimp on quality. Hiris goes on sharp, metallic with that unmistakable bitter carrot seed note (check out essential oils and you'll know). Then there is an underlying delicate sweetness that pokes out occasionally.
Summary: Has anyone ever wondered why all of my reviews have 5 stars? Because I usually want to say something about fragrances that have won my heart in every, single way. Hiris is another one of them. This is one of my biggest everyday scents, one of my all time favorites. This is something that never smells wrong on me, a scent that always stays great with my body chemistry. I'll start by saying that this is a real masterpiece, a scent that is an olfactory miracle to me.
Summary: This is one of my favourite fragrances. Got a sample after reading reviews and thought I would love it. At first sniff I recoiled (I have yet to develop my broad taste in fragrances at the time) and thought "eww, carrots.." But I tried it again, left it on my skin for longer and knew it was FBW. As I've now smelt more fragrances with iris notes, I now know that the carrot smell is not carrot (although carrot is also found among the notes) but the iris root .