I’m not very fond of floral perfumes. I usually find them too much of a “cliche” and they’re usually too unsophisticated for my liking. I’m after all in my early-30s – at an age that I think needs some differentiation from when I was in my early 20s.
This is probably why I was pleasantly surprised by the new Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc by L’Occitane (that’s the name of one perfume, not two, by the way). This is an addition to its La Collection de Grasse collection.
Blended primarily by Iris, as you would have guessed from its name, I was worried that it was going to be one of those sickly sweet fragrances that I would find too cheesy.
Thankfully, even at the first whiff of its top notes, I knew this was a different type of floral scent. Its blackcurrant and citrus top notes invigorates but don’t intimidate, and offers a light sensation, reminiscent of morning dew.
The heart that’s rich with iris, is balanced out with the scent of ylang-ylang, which offers a spicy edge to the otherwise floral scent. The heart notes also consist of peach, giving it a velvety, comforting accord.
The perfume dries down to powdery notes of iris and white musk, both of them linger silently, caressing skin softly.
Its understated transparent flacon features a pretty mirror effect, which complements its elegant scent. This is created by a hot-stamped gold image of an iris bouquet.
The L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc EDT (75ml) retails at SGD97. The new launch is also accompanied by the introduction of the Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Perfumed Shower Gel (250ml, SGD33), Perfumed Body Lotion (250ml, SGD48), Perfumed Soap (75g, SGD11.50), and Hand Cream (SGD15).