Strange title today, huh?
But it is true, Iris Silver Mist is such a great and poetic name, nothing I could come up with could be any more indicative of the mood this perfume gives off, any more evocative of its feel.
Iris Silver Mist is love. Serge has a few perfumes that are not part of the Moroccan canon, as I call them. All those heavy, dense, intricately woven and dark orientals, of which I like some, but many are just too much for me, they make up the largest part of his oeuvre.
And then there are some that do not fit into this mold, Iris Silver Mist is the oldest of these outsiders (1994), Bas de Soie the youngest (2010).
Iris Silver Mist was created not with Christopher Sheldrake, but with perfumer Maurice Roucel, which also sets it apart from the others.
Funnily enough Roucel is also chiefly known for opulent, highly orchestrated and complicated perfumes often in the oriental genre.
And these two endeavored to create a perfume that is so delicate and ethereal, a gauzy, airy, barely there, gossamer light, silvery presence, that makes me swoon (and throw around adjectives like there is no tomorrow). And for all its misty glory, Iris Silver Mist is not floating without anchor, on the contrary, it is rooted deeply in wet, black earth, reflecting its tenacity and power of endurance.
I could write another five hundred words about Iris Silver Mist, it moves me to great bursts of eloquence or massive logorrhea, depending on the viewpoint. ;)
It is not often though, that a perfume completely bewitches me, lets me forget or even more – not care at all – about its composition, about notes or whatnot. I just want to breathe it in, be enveloped in it and enjoy it as it is.
No analyzing, no dissecting, no post mortem on this one.
I am sorry to say that it is only available through Serge Lutens’ Paris Boutique at the Palais Royal Shiseido, their online store ships throughout the EU. That is one good thing we Europeans can boast of. ;) Update, July 2013: In the meantime Serge Lutens bell jars are also available in the US at Barney’s and through the Lutens website.
And for the obsessive-compulsive among us (okay, I am one of those) here are the notes: iris pallida root, galbanum, cedar, sandalwood, clove, vetiver, musk, benzoin, incense, and white amber.