Iris fragrances have been very popular lately, but for the most part they’ve been somewhat pale, evanescent things. Iris 39 goes in a rather different direction. Iris 39 is a spicy, full-bodied fragrance. It contrasts a rooty iris note with sweet patchouli. Interesting in concept, sure, but does it work? Almost. The patchouli here is a bit too sweet; the iris-patchouli combination produces the illusion of a chocolate note. If I find a chocolate note to be overly sweet, it is safe to say that the vast majority of the population would not find it enjoyable. If the patchouli could be toned down, I think that Iris 39 would be a very viable earthy iris (as opposed to the more common powdery irises). Love it or hate it, at least it’s something different, and I applaud Le Labo for taking a risk. Now all it needs is a little polish.