The powdery scent of Iris is easily detected in this new offering from Valentino. Editor Trudi Brewer reveals why it could be a hit for Valentine's Day.
Valentino Donna EDP, 50ml, $174.
What is it?
A floral Oriental, eau de parfum.
What's in it?
Rose, iris, bergamot, vanilla, patchouli and a musky leather accord.
Why do we like it?
There are a plethora of pretty floral fragrances on offer; it's hard to choose one from another these days, especially when a new perfume hit's beauty counters almost every month. But there is one bloom we have fallen for recently - and that is the Iris. Classic, old-fashioned perhaps - this delicate flower is enjoying a significant comeback. It was Tiffany and Co that launched late last year and is loaded with Iris that reinvigorated our love for this pretty bloom. Dramatic in colour, its the orris root from the Iris pallida native to Croatia on the Dalmatian coast used in this scent. It has a warm, violet-like aroma with woody qualities, not to be confused with the granny-like sickly sweet scent of Iris your nana would have worn. Today the essence of this root, once cut, dried and aged for up to five years remains potent, and does not lose its quality over the years. In this latest fragrance, it's added as the heart note and blended with red roses, to soften the tart, top note of bergamot. It also helps add an earthy warmth to the base notes of musk, patchouli and vanilla. The result, perfume that has a powdery softness that lingers thanks to the creamy vanilla and addictive musk. And did we mention the bottle - cut glass in a prism design, it shows off this feminine pink fragrance in the very best light?