Iris Prima by Alberto Morillas for Penhaligon`s 2013

Hiya Fellow Fumies,

My mate Nick from Libertine Parfumerie sometimes sends APJ product for giveaways. A package from Nick is ALWAYS a sweet surprise and he is a lovely guy who wants to have a great range of fragrance for Aussies to choose from. Please, even if you don’t enter today’s competition, go and have a look at the amazing fragrant beauties that Libertine Parfumerie has for sale, you will be astounded. Lately Nick’s buying power has become so good that some (not all) of his products are the same numerical value as you would buy them for in the USA, that means with the current Aussie dollar that they are in fact 10-15% cheaper!!! AMAZING!

Iris Prima by Alberto Morillas for Penhaligon`s 2013

Iris Prima Penhaligon`s FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, pink pepper
Heart: Iris, jasmine
Base: Leather, sandalwood, vetiver, amber, vanilla, benzoin

Iris Prima has certainly cut the blogging world in half. There are some who know Penhaligon’s aesthetic quite well and got a lovely fresh and pretty iris-ish fragrance with light sillage and wearing close to the skin unless you spritz yourself wet. Many people because of the name Iris Prima and the story of the ballet had extraordinarily high expectations that Penhaligon’s would completely change its soft focus, easy wear self for something cutting edge and boundary pushing. Naah. This is the softest, least intrusive scent I have smelled from the line. I wonder if it’s aimed at children of wealthy families who want to be ballerinas?

The bergamot and pink pepper are exactly as you would expect them to be and very much how they are in 1.000 other fragrances released over the last 5-10 years, the very first spritz has a whiff of leather but that burns off quickly to reappear later. It’s a fun, fresh, zingy opening that is completely unoffensive and will not scare anyone away. Very general public wearing and nice. The iris is cool and ever so slightly carroty on my skin and I hardly notice the jasmine at all, either my skin eats it, I am anosmic or it plays a far away back up role. After that Iris Prima becomes a very soft wash of fragrance that doesn’t really have notes so much as it is a quiet and reserved, I want to say leather but it’s so muted that I can’t even call it a name warmed by a splash of vanilla.

I get about 3 hours of fragrance until I cannot smell anything at all other than me. I can see Iris Prima being a big hit for non perfumistas who want to smell something as they get ready in the morning but who work in fragrance free or very close working conditions. Iris Prima is soft enough to be a very pretty fabric softener remnant that you are wafting, no one will be skunked by you EVER.

I like my fragrance bigger but many of you might really love Iris Prima.

Funny follow up: I was wearing quite a bit of Iris Prima to write about it today. Tonight THREE separate people complimented me on my fragrance at work, one of them was the barmaid who I never would have thought to be a fragrance noticer. Genuinely and totally entranced by Iris Prima. Interesting that others notice Iris Prima and think it’s drop dead gorgeous.

Portia xx

Further reading: Another Perfume Blog and Olfactoria’s Travels
Libertine Parfumerie has $254/100ml delivered in Australia
First In Fragrance has €170/100ml and €5/4ml samples



This week we will have 1 Major Winner who will get:
1 x Penhaligon`s Iris Prima 100ml bottle
(minus the Secondary Winners Prizes, the lid is wonky but spritzer perfect.)
P&H Anywhere in the world

3 x Secondary Winners who will each receive:
1 x 10ml decant of Penhaligon`s Iris Prima
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Go to Libertine Perfumes<<<JUMP and find me one of their BATH PRODUCTS and the COMPANY…………….. NO DOUBLE UPS!!

Extra Chance?
Tweet: @OzPerfumeJunkie @PenhaligonsLtd Iris Prima GIVEAWAY #Perfume #Giveaway @LibertineParfum


Entries Close Sunday 30th March 2014 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by
The winners will have till Thursday 3rd April 2014 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

Special THANKS to LibertineParfumerie for these amazing giveaways. Please visit their site because they are so generous and helpful. If you wonder why they are sometimes more expensive than the discounters or OS retailers it’s because they are the only licensed company selling their fragrances in Australia; where you know you are buying new, fresh and genuine product. The cost of importing, and buying the right to import, alcohol based fragrances (and having the right to send alcohol based fragrances throughout Australia, which are illegal to send in the Australia Post air system) is expensive and they must cover their costs to bring you these luxury goods.


48 thoughts on “Iris Prima by Alberto Morillas for Penhaligon`s 2013

  1. Loved Nick Smart when he gave a workshop in Perth recently, he knows so much stuff!
    Love bath products too, so I choose Lavandula bath oil by Penhaligons.

    PS my inner and outer ballerina needs to try Iris Prima…

    I follow by email.


  2. Thanks to Libertine and Portia (very much enjoying Galaad Nick). I was pretty excited to see Creed shower gel there. I had no idea such a thing existed and I love the idea of bathing myself in GIT. I follow via email.


  3. Costume National Homme Hair & Body Wash!
    I follow vie email, RSS, WordPress Twitter, FB.
    Have a great day. 🙂
    Thanks a lot to Libertine Parfumerie for generous prizes.


  4. What a generous soul is Nick & thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity 🙂 I follow via email & FB … Pure & White Italian Lime & Vanilla Body Butter sounds yummy


  5. Gee, generous again! Thanks, Portia! THanks, Libertine Perfumes!
    Iris Prima never sounded offensive to me when reading all the brow-raising reviews. Cool and carroty iris, and vanilla stands for something I would probably like!
    I found Creed Love In White Bath Gel on the site of Libertine Perfumes.
    I follow by email and FB.


  6. Generous giveaway, thank you so much Portia & Nick. I noticed Korres (my favorite line for lippies and some makeup) had Jasmine shower gel – that will be a must-try! I follow via email and facebook and live in the U.S.


  7. Tokyo Milk Rose Flower #12 soap in the gorgeous paper wrapping!! 🙂 this is on my Spring shopping list. We follow AJP al la e-mail, blog, and FB 🙂 Thank you for the contest!


  8. Please don’t revoke my perfumista card for loving this one so much. I was in New York City about the time they release this one in the states. My friend Josie was working at Saks at the time and she insisted I smell it. I fell in love and ordered a bottle the next day. I know people were expecting a heavy leather, iris, sweaty ballerina bomb from the way Penhaligon’s promoted this, so they were disappointed. I never care if a perfume matches the marketing shtick they put out. Not ground breaking, not complex, just lovely and light and wearable and sometimes that’s what you need in a perfume. This is one of my two “airplane scents”. Something I put on when I’m traveling and I want a scent that I will enjoy but won’t bother anyone else on the plane.


  9. Because I live in Spain, I had to choose Bath and Shower Gel
    By Hierbas de Ibiza. 😀 I’ve been meaning to try Iris Prima for a while but still haven’t. I’d really like a sniff!
    Thanks for the giveaway and I’m following via email.


  10. Iris Prima sounded somewhat uninteresting but now I’m curious – light and close and pleasing to others too. L’Artisan Parfumer La Chasse aux Papillons dry body oil. Follow by email and facebook.


  11. I had a look at the Lyric Woman body lotion by Amouage. I follow by email and Facebook. Love the subtlety of Iris and Iris Prima looks divine. Thanks Libertine.


  12. I think Iris Prima sounds lovely and it’s a nice surprise when others can smell it after one thinks it’s no longer “smellable” on them. Thank you, Portia and Nick for the generous drawing. The bath product I’ll choose is Penhaligon’s Lily of the Valley soaps. I follow via RSS (Feedly).


  13. Thanks for the link, Portia.

    As for the perfume, you give Penhaligon’s more credit than I do! As I said in my review, I thought the concept was a perfect opportunity for them to make a restrained fragrance that fits their aesthetic; I just thought it was too bad that they made a mindnumbingly boring one. 🙂

    No need to put me in the draw, natch.


    • Ha Ha ha! Ha Ha hA! Yes, I’m laughing with YOU Natalie. Hilarious.
      Thank you for being my friend.
      Portia xx


  14. Hi there I follow by email. I choose Amouage Gold Soap. Thanks for the chance to enter, I love Alberto Morillas!


  15. I’m following via e-mail, and I’ll say…L’Artisan Parfumeur Mure et Musc shower gel!
    Thank you for the draw


  16. I love iris so I’m looking forward to trying this one. I follow by email. Thank you APJ and Libertine for the giveaway.
    From Libertine’s website: Penhaligon’s Quercus Soap


  17. Another wonderful giveaway! You’re spoiling us! I am an email follower. I don’t believe anyone has chosen TOUR EIFFEL No.14 Soap By Tokyo Milk yet. Thank you!


  18. Thank you for introducing a new pretty fragrance and for the giveaway! Creed Spring Flower Bath Gel from the Libertine is my definite pick. I follow via e-mail.


  19. I follow by reading this blog. Maybe I didn’t understand instructions well 😉 I leave my email adress anyhow.

    Leather, vetiver and sandalwood sound so great, but there are so many variations, so it’s hard to imagine perfume only by it’s notes.


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  21. A little more interested in trying Iris Prima after the Skin on Skin discussion,
    Caarthusia Fiori di Capri Gel.
    I follow by email and tweeted


  22. I follow via Bloglovin’

    Tokyo Milk Let Them Eat Cake No. 11 Hand Cream (I have the perfume!).

    Thanks for the generous draw!


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  24. Many thanks to Nick for the goodies and you Portia for the giveaway. Epic body cream from Amouage is calling my name. I follow via email, WordPress and now Facebook too 🙂


  25. I know that the draw is closed, but I still can comment, right?

    I think it’s cute. I don’t plan on getting a bottle of it but it’s not a bad perfume and I’d rather have more of these released in the mainstream perfumery.


    • Hi there Undina,
      No, not a bad perfume, not an outstanding one if you’re after boundary pushing newness or something with good projection.
      I can see it being a big seller for Penhaligon’s, are they mainstream or niche?
      If regular DIOR released Iris Prima and called it Velour or Plush would we then be standing and applauding? Have they named themselves out of the game?
      Portia xx


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