Super Member
Oct 7, 2021
Paging all iris enthusiasts, your best, most interesting and beautiful iris centric perfume recommendations are needed here!

The two I love are Chanel No.19 Poudre and Naomi Goodsir's Iris Cendre. What else should I try?

So far on my list:
Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist
Pierre Guillaume Cuir d'Iris
Aedes de Venustas Iris Nazarena

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

Basenotes Plus
Jul 1, 2011
Dior Homme (original).
Definitely the original 2005 release. Dior Homme Intense is great if you want a sweeter take on Dior Homme
Chanel No.19 parfum
Satori Iris Homme
Sultan Pasha Sohan d'Iris
Sultan Pasha Irisoir
Xerjoff Irisss
Henry Jacques Down to Heart
The older bottles of Xerjoff Irisss are my favorite iris scent. It's quite similar to Iris Silver Mist

Redneck Perfumisto

League of Cycloöctadiene Isomer Aestheticists
Basenotes Plus
Feb 27, 2008
TDC Sel de Vétiver is a nice iris under the mineral and aquatic notes. I tend to like that level of iris - more than subtle, maybe centric, less than prominent. If prominent, I like clarity. I have No. 19 Poudré, and that's just a bit too girly for me. I love all the Prada iris scents, including Infusion d'Iris. The new Gentleman by Givenchy (EdT) is a nice iris under the other floral and fougère features.

And of course the original Dior Homme. Great scent.

L'Artisan's Iris Pallida is great if you can find it!


Basenotes Dependent
May 15, 2015
Some of my favorites with descriptors:

Airy and powdery: Chanel La Pausa
Darker and Woody: Heeley Iris de Nuit
Dense and Leathery: Chanel Cuir de Russie
Creamy: Gucci Tears of Iris

These are all fairly expensive, I'd say the best iris in the 100-150 range is any version of Chanel No. 19 or Dior Homme (original) EDT

heavy black heart

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Mar 20, 2022
iris silver mist for cold root

iris cendré ashen like - amazing

iris poudre - beautiful no 5 style but with a focus on iris my fav Bourain

iris perle a more perfume like approach to the style of ISM

iris nazarena in the style of ISM

iris 39 I don’t know I like it it’s cute but you need to like the Labo dna

hiris - so fresh wish it lasted longer

Chanel no. 19 (vintage parfum is glorious)

opus v super unique take on iris or anything really

the Heeley smells more of candied violets than iris to my nose & am not a huge fan

heavy black heart

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Mar 20, 2022
Thanks, especially for the Xerjoff rec, it appears Iris Silver Mist is actually discontinued.



Super Member
Oct 7, 2021
This is interesting! It’s been showing up as unavailable on the European site for some time so I assumed that’s it. Also I think I read on some blog that it’s gone (Persolaise? Don’t remember who). Well thanks for the good news!

Nom de Guerre

Basenotes Dependent
Jan 2, 2020
Dior Homme Original is beautiful on my wife, no need to track down the first formulation (even though it is as great as they say).

I just had a sniff of the new Bois d’Argent by Francis Kurkdjian (Menardo formulation?) and really like it. I prefer it to Demachy’ butch take. If you go for this one, I’d recomment to make sure you get the new one.

Many great options are already here: Aedes, Lutens, Heeley etc.

I’ll add La Pausa by Chanel, yum.

Panthea Iris by Stéphane Humbert Lucas — have heard great praise though I’m not sure on availability.

Iris Cendre by Naomi Goodsir



Basenotes Junkie
Jul 1, 2015
Someone already mentioned SHL 777 Khol de Bahrain, which to me is the best iris out there
I would add a few more
L'attesa (Masque Milano)
Le Cri de la Lumiere (Parfums d'Empire) - Iris and Rose
Francesca Bianchi's Black Knight and Lover's tale has Orris Butter/Iris but I have not been to find it :)
Dusita Splendiris - longevity is not the best and it does not get a ton of mention, but I like it a ton.
Hedonist Iris by Victorya Minya. Stay away from absolu version thou, that one is horrible
Prada Infusion d'Iris and Purple Rain. The two are fairly close, but Purple Rain is like 3X the price of Infusion d'Iris
Armani Privée Iris Celadon
Atelier des Ors Iris Fauvee
Carter Barcelona D600
Baruti Dama Koupa (not the top player, but it is there)
VCA Bois d'Iris
Ormonde Jayne Vanille Iris
Providence Irisque


Basenotes Junkie
Apr 8, 2021
Several lovely suggestions in this thread!
I love iris/orris, but iris fragrances tend to be hit or miss for me, for sometimes inexplicable reasons. (I don't like the carrot smell, for example, if it's too prominent, or combinations with too much violet. Other times, something I should love just doesn't work for me.) I'll add these that I think are worth a try, even if I didn't love all of them myself. Various ways with iris:
- Dusita - Splendiris
- Histoires de parfums - Tubereuse 1 capricieuse
- HdP - 1905 Madame Butterfly
- Bulgari - Eau parfumée au thé bleu
- Teo Cabanel - Oh là là
- Anatole Lebreton - Incarnata
- Chanel - Misia
- Edited: I forgot to add Nuée bleue, Tanagra and perhaps Pourpre d'automne from Maison Violet.


Super Member
Jun 5, 2019
My top 5 would be:
—Chanel N.19 EDP (all formulations)
—Iris Gris and l'iris de Fath
—Vintage Après l'Ondée Extrait
—Dior Homme Parfum
—And OG Iris Ghalia


Super Member
Oct 7, 2021
Thank you everyone for the fantastic suggestions! I hope the samples I ordered will arrive soon, and I will keep you posted about impressions in case someone is interested in this iris quest of mine.

So far this is the situation:
Iris Cendre/ Naomi Goodsir - ordered another sample, because mine is a dabber. Seriously considering FB.
Amouage Opus V - have a sample, but will retest
Lutens Iris Silver Mist - Found a used bell jar for sale. Yes? No? What say you sage Basenotes residents?

Samples I just ordered:
ELDO She Was An Anomaly - just curious
Pierre Guillaume Iris Oriental - liked the sound of it
Pierre Guillaume Naiviris
Laboratorio Olfattivo Daimiris - had a sample before and loved it, need to try again
Alexandre J. Iris Violette - because why not
Jul et Mad Iris Noisette - ordered by accident bc. wasn’t paying attention

Also will be getting:
Pierre Guillaume Cuir d'Iris
• Masque Milano L'Atessa
• Aedes de Venustas Iris Nazarena
• Heeley Iris de Nuit
• Atelier Materi Iris Ebene
• Frederic Malle Iris Poudre
• Dusita Splendiris

• Hermes Hiris - will check my local perfumerie
• Prada Infusion D'Iris - can’t say I like this, but I’m feeling generous and will try again
Dior Homme - this surprised me, but I’m definitely testing in store

The rest I have no way of sampling atm, but I’ll update as I go.

Thanks again 🖤

The Colognnoisseur

Basenotes Institution
Apr 7, 2013
Dior Homme - this surprised me, but I’m definitely testing in store
If you are testing in store, you will find no iris in Dior Homme 2020. Dior Homme Original, marked as such, would be the closest to the original Dior Homme silver stemmed masterpiece from 2005, currently available in stores today.


Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Sep 7, 2020
All of the big ones have been mentioned already. In my opinion, the three best soliflores are Iris Silver Mist, 28 La Pausa, and Irissoir. The Xerjoff Iris is a pretty good dupe of ISM but not quite as good.

Of the Iris-plus-something-else fragrances, my top two are Apres L’Ondee (violets) and Iris Nazarena (smoke).

Also, special shout to the Malle Iris Hand Cream which may smell better than all of them but only if your nose is buried in your hand.

If anyone knows any of the other artisanal Iris scents I would love to hear about them (never heard of Jacky by HJ, thanks!). All of the ones I’ve tried (except for Sultan Pasha’s fragrances and Rising Mysore 3) seem to bury the Iris. Can’t ever find it in the Ensar Iris fragrances, and Elixir Attars Iris Chypre, while wonderful, should be called Jasmine Chypre if it were honestly named.


Basenotes Dependent
Jun 16, 2018
If you are testing in store, you will find no iris in Dior Homme 2020. Dior Homme Original, marked as such, would be the closest to the original Dior Homme silver stemmed masterpiece from 2005, currently available in stores today.
Wow! Really? :oops:
So, do you find the current version better than the previous one?
What a surprise!

My bottle is from 2018. My brother has a bottle from 2011. I detect an additional unctuosity in the old version, which I love.
Does the current version have that unctuosity/creaminess?

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