Frederic Malle Iris Poudre

I read a review of Iris Poudre on Makeup Alley that had me very intrigued. Reviewer isk107 wrote, “I have to be in the right mood to wear Iris Poudre. Perfect blowout, polished makeup, chic clothing.” I love the idea of dress-up fragrances, including Frederic Malle’s own Lipstick Rose, so I figured that I couldn’t go wrong with Iris Poudre. Then I actually tried it.

Iris Poudre is surprisingly sweet and very soapy. It is blindingly bright, very high-pitched in tone. I understand what isk107 meant by “polished”: Iris Poudre brings to mind platinum highlights and a somewhat chilly demeanor. It is more elegant than glamorous, more Grace Kelly than Marilyn or Mansfield. I can even see it on Tilda Swinton’s terrifyingly tempting White Witch.

Does anyone else wish they could be SWINTON for a day? I want to be 5’11” and live with my 2 boyfriends.

I am intrigued by Iris Poudre conceptually, but would not actually want to wear it. I have read many comparisons of Iris Poudre to Chanel No. 5, but Iris Poudre lacks the golden warmth that I adore in No. 5. There are 2 types of blondes in this world (this is not remotely true, but just go with it): Marilyn Blondes and Hitchcock Blondes. Iris Poudre clearly belongs to the latter category. In contrast to the bubbly demeanor of the Marilyn Blondes, Hitchcock Blondes are aloof and frankly a little scary. As Kim Novak said of Marlene Dietrich and Jean Harlow, “When they gave a man the come-hither look, the poor guy didn’t know whether he was going to be kissed or killed.” I’m afraid that I’m just not blonde enough for this perfume.

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20 thoughts on “Frederic Malle Iris Poudre

  1. Somehow this makes me want to try it because recently returning to my natural roots — my natural roots when I was probably 10, mind you — I feel that I’ve always been much more of a Hitchcock blonde than a Monroe if we’re getting technical about it. Chanel No. 5 is truly one of my favourite fragrances, but it’s a ‘comfort scent’ of mine. I wear it to bed, spray it on when I’m not certain exactly what fragrance I’m in the mood for.

    This morning decked out in gunmetal sequins beneath a black tailored suit and frosted eye makeup complete with the barest touch of glitter, I was searching my perfume collection for something just icy enough to complete the look and ended up coming back empty handed and spraying on No. 5. Iris Poudre sounds like it might have been the fragrance I was looking for.

    1. You are clearly the woman that Iris Poudre was made for. On that note, I’ve loved seeing all of your various hair colors on your Twitter pictures. You are even lovelier than I had expected!

  2. MAN. I’m totally not getting the “icy” IP vibe. I think it’s cuddly-fluffy. Elegant it is, definitely, but for me it’s very much angora and feather boa, not diamante and sequins!

    1. Wikipedia tells me that he’s just the baby daddy, not her husband! Either way, she is clearly a very unconventional woman. And to keep things on topic, the perfume community seemed to really like her celebrity perfume!

    1. I was really surprised by the sweetness after all of the “elegant”, “refined” comments! I had always wondered why it only had three stars in The Guide, but I have to say I pretty much agree with that rating.

  3. I find it very chilly as well. That’s about as far as my opinion goes, though. I haven’t ever found it compelling enough to try it again beyond my first sample.

  4. I have a problem with Iris Poudre as with most perfumes from this line: I get no nuances. They just serve me up what they are about in the first 10 seconds and then boom! That’s it.

    Iris Poudre does not come across to me as neither Grace Kelly or Marilyn Monroe. Iris Poudre is a Lana Turner. Too much gloss, a blond bait. It has a pseudo-innocence that I find disturbing.And as most from EdPFM I feel it wears like a garment: never quite gets into the skin.

  5. As an olive skinned brunette, who makes an awful blonde (I’ve tried, more than once: epic fail), I LOVE IP. It feels like the lightest, sheerest, purple-gray velvet on my skin; my only complaint is that it lasts about an hour on me!

    I find it elegant, but also highly wearable. Maybe it’s not a blonde’s iris at all… But a brunette’s? šŸ˜‰

    1. An iris for all hair colors! I am naturally olive and brunette as well (as far as I know, it’s been many years since I’ve seen my natural hair color. Whatever it is, I’m in denial about it.) Your Iris Poudre experience sounds lovely! As Luca Turin said (possibly about Iris Silver Mist), “The perfect perfume for a poet’s funeral”.

  6. Internet-impaired for a while, I want to chime in now: Mals and Dee are the closest to how I feel about IP (though there are still some variations). I really like (and own) a FB of it. It’s a very warm, elegant and long lasting perfume on my skin. I don’t think of it as sweet but – as I’ve learned by now, – my skin and/or my nose interpret some sweet notes (not all) differently from other people’s interpretation.
    Last February, I think, I had a posting where I compared IP to Tuscany Per Donna (by Estee Louder). Now I wonder if that resemblance was influenced by my not smelling sweet notes in one or both of them?

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