Iris is a powdery, clean scent that has been used in fragrances since the ancient origins of perfumery. While the notes of iris have played a role in many fragrances, its popularity and prominence rose with the success of Dior Homme. The powdery nature of iris dominant fragrances often make them a genre that takes time to be fully immersed in, but for those willing to explore the wonders of iris — there are amazing discoveries to be made.

Here are 5 of the best iris fragrances worth discovering!


Dior Homme by Christian Dior

This aforementioned Dior Homme is a journey of a fragrance. It opens smelling like the powdery insides of a makeup bag. Yes, a makeup bag. But wait — as I mentioned it’s a journey and for that matter, a journey worth taking. While the iris helps create that makeup bag accord, it stays on through a transformation where it later intermingles with a light leather and cacao, creating a clean and welcoming chocolaty essence that is an experience all its own.

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Les Infusions d’Iris Eau de Parfum by Prada

A lush floral, musk from the Les Infusions de Prada collection, d’Iris mixes notes of Tunisian neroli, Italian mandarin, benzoin, and cedar along with a glamorous iris. This blend creates an aura of classical elegance harmonized with a modern sensibility.

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L’Homme Prada by Prada

Prada once again amazes the senses in the iris genre with L’Homme Prada. Here a lightly sweetened amber gently coats the iris note making for a refined fragrance that won’t be in anyone’s face but will get noticed.

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Tenue de Soirée by Annick Goutal

For the young and the young at heart, Tenue de Soirée is one of Annick Goutal’s greatest achievements. That’s saying a lot for a house that has some of the best quality fragrances in perfumery. Tenue de Soirée opens with a fresh fruity accord. But this isn’t the typical citrusy freshness, this is an airiness that lends itself to an olfactory odyssey. As the scent dries down, the iris note makes its presence known. It doesn’t take over the scent, rather it joins the fruitiness in a dance that truly mesmerizes. 

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Uomo Intense by Valentino

Deviating from the more powdery fragrances on this list, Uomo Intense takes the note of iris and smooths it out in a way that calls out its sophistication. The powder is still present but in a much quieter tone. Notes of leather and vanilla come out right behind the iris, noticeable but without ever overtaking the iris. 

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Disclaimer: While fragrances are often advertised as for men or women, this is strictly an advertising gimmick that was created ages ago to sell fragrances to men that didn’t want to wear perfume as they thought that was something only women did. Scent doesn’t know gender. You determine what scents are most wearable for your lifestyle, not by how they’re advertised.