Iris Poupre is a fragrance by Keiko Mecheri presented in 2009. The perfume incorporates iris, ylang ylang, iris root and chypre accords. Available as 75ml edp.
ShourahaubcoM – 2019-07-21:
Iris Pourpre is rather invigorating.
The initial, candied burst has an almost chilly quality, the kind of effect you get from a noseful of Vicks Vapour Rub or mint. It’s terribly interesting and quite pleasant!
Though it contains iris and orris, Iris Pourpre is not particularly powdery or fuzzy to me. Gourmand and quite intense sweetness from ylang ylang, plenty of warm iris, a touch of white flowers from neroli… Everything is grounded in a base of earthy patchouli and what smells like synthetic oakmoss (which I generally don’t mind). An interesting chypre! The sweetness, I find, remains prominent throughout it’s respectable longevity of about 6 hrs. Sillage is surprisingly good, especially when sprayed on clothes. Comments from people around me indicate that I leave a slight trail; most either liked Iris Pourpre or hated it. I seem to be the only one who loves it, though.
AlfonsKingTiger – 2019-07-21:
“Iris Pourpre” is a marvelous scent. I did not expect much, but got oh so many things out of this. It was an instant love story and I loved it all trough it’s development (and it does develop really nicely).
Upon applying I got almost candy-like scent, I think the ylang-ylang does this, I don’t think I’ve tried an iris-ylang-ylang combo before and it’s beautiful, it has such a gourmand quality that it’s enchanting.
The heart brings a different aspect of “Iris Pourpre”, there is a bigger focus on patchouli, here it’s dirty, earthy and yet also has this chocolat-y quality patchouli sometimes posseses. All in all I have to say it’s beautiful.
“Iris Pourpre” is a very feminine altough it does get earthy and bitter in the heart. The drydown is sublime and sweet. Silage is moderate and staying power is very good – around 7 hours on my skin.
I think iris lovers will love this. And also those who don’t enjoy iris so much (well, as me, who would have thought I will love iris so much?). Worth the price tag. Amazing and very versatile, suitable for all occasions and seasons. On my wishlist it goes.
valek78 – 2019-07-21:
Dark, dusky, powdery, masculine iris–think a patch of irises growing in the middle of a creepy forest being watered by Dementors. Has an aftershavey aroma after about fifteen minutes. It’s interesting and has decent lasting power for a perfume from this company.
krasilver – 2019-07-21:
I don’t immediately smell anything resembling iris, but rather an assertive, citrusy, aldehydic opening, presumably the citrus top notes of the chypre accord. These dissipate quickly, leaving behind a sweet, only slightly powdery orris along with some other floral notes. I really don’t smell ylang-ylang as a separate note. Instead, it recedes into the general blend, softening and sweetening it. There’s a little bit of that refried bean scent that’s characteristic of orris, but not too much.
After an hour or so the fragrance sharpens up again, but not in a citrus or aldehydic way. There’s an almost ambergris-like note that shades everything with a golden sparkle. This is the point where the scent really comes into its own, with lovely sillage. In the end, the drydown seems more ambery than mossy, but in any case it’s very good. The scent lasts 6-8 hours on skin, and evolves quite a bit during that time. I like it a lot.
999welcome – 2019-07-21:
Keiko Mecheri IRIS POURPRE (that’s purple iris, not xivwoidvnwob iris…) is a sort of inverted chypre perfume which begins dark and a bit dirty and slowly transforms into a spare, pristine iris solifore as innocent as a newborn child. The evolution of this composition reminds me of a corrupt person who suddenly has an awakening and decides to begin his life all over again, leaving all of his dingy past behind. Old habits die hard, but slowly, over time, he transforms into a new person bearing scant resemblance to the person who did what he once did.
I’m intrigued by the structure of this fragrance, how what would usually be basenotes appear as topnotes and somehow the clean iris prevails in the end. I do find the drydown slightly powdery, but mostly clean. IRIS POURPRE has good staying power and medium sillage, and its unique structure sets it apart from other niche-quality iris perfumes.
primma – 2019-07-21:
Sunshine, lollipops and … a touch of oil?
Iris Pourpre is such an utterly warm fragrance that it almost feels deep-fried for the first half or so. Exactly as Kterhark said – “golden” indeed but not always like a flower. Sometimes like a delicious liberty fry.
But what an opening! If this is death by ylang-ylang, I want no other. This perfume is worth it just for that. The iris that follows feels stripped of its aristocracy without the usual massive blast of powder (I detect some though), which you don’t often see. I’m not particularly fond of the transition, though, from the opening ylang-ylang to the heart and base of iris – there’s a period of ylang-ylang’s sweetness superimposing on the reserved iris starting to peek through, and that’s not a coherent picture to me.
What I really like about this scent (besides the ylang-ylang!) is that it is natural and unassuming – like most of Keiko Mecheri’s creations and unlike most of iris scents. If I could avoid spraying it every five minutes to get a fresh blast of ylang-ylang, I’d get a full bottle in a heartbeat.
risovaka_2 – 2019-07-21:
Iris Poupre … finally I get to try it. Tanks to ‘Chandramukhi’, she gave me a saple.
These three notes should be so nice together, I thought, surely it is also true but not on my skin 🙁
On me the development got weird… in an unpleasant salty manner.
ThisIris Poupre will be loved by someone else.
tarakashka – 2019-07-21:
A month ago i was walking through the redwood forest when I came across patches of wild iris. I plucked a flower, gave it a good sniff and was instantly reminded of freshly snapped green beans with a hint of sweetness.
Here it is blended with oily, earthy ylang ylang and it loses the greenbean affect and takes on an almost ‘oriental’ feel; like a golden, ambery iris.
This is one of my favorite notes and I am very sensitive to cheap, poorly made synthetic versions. This is one I could see myself adding to my collection someday; it’s well done.
one thing that surprises me: i’m not getting that powdery, iris dry down. I certainly get this in Citizen Queen, Chamade and l’heure bleue, but not so much here. Again, this is more of a ‘golden’ iris.
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