Naomi Goodsir Iris Cendre Eau de Parfum is a soft, buttery iris that is lightly powdery, creamy, and accentuated by hints of smoky incense.
Iris Cendre Notes
It is described as being inspired by “memories of orris ashes.” It is “a floral tone, fresh, led by bergamot, tangerine, and spices” with “rich incense and powdery heart of violet and iris” that is “enhanced by cistus, tobacco, and amber.”
- top notes: bergamot, tangerine, spices
- heart notes: iris, violet, incense
- base notes: amber, cistus labdanum, tobacco
What does Iris Cendre Smell Like?
It opened with fresh, but soft, hints of lemon and orange followed by smooth, creamy iris and subtle, smoky incense. The perfume had a soft, airy feel to it, not at all heavy or intense in any way. There was a green note that enveloped the iris that appeared about 15 minutes in, while the citrus notes died down. The perfume became slightly smokier, more filled with incense tendrils after a half hour of wear. It was slightly smoky and woody with creamy, buttery iris.
The scent ended up progressing more linearly overall with subtle changes over the next four hours. I noticed more of a honeyed, resinous facet that sweetened against the iris after three hours of wear with dry, piney incense smoke in the background. In the drydown, around the sixth hour, it remained a honeyed iris with slight powderiness and a hint of woodiness.
It lasted for six hours until it was a skin-scent and about 10 hours before it was quite difficult to detect on my skin. The sillage and projection were both on the lighter side to begin with.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise.
I purchased my sample in February 2022; fragrances are known to be reformulated over their lifetime, so be mindful of when a review was made, e.g. a review from 2010 may not reflect what the same-named perfume smells like in 2022.
Iris Cendre is available for $187/50ml.
If possible, I highly recommend trying a fragrance before purchasing a full bottle because fragrance can wear differently just because of skin chemistry. Skin chemistry can effect not just the longevity of a fragrance but also what notes are prominent or hidden.
Iris Cendre Samples
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