Iris Cendre by Julien Rasquinet for Naomi Goodsir 2015


Post by Portia


Naomi Goodsir is back with a new fragrance, four in the same number of years. I wish more lines would follow her lead and bring out their selections with more space between them. It could make the fragrance world a less dross riddled arena. My mate Jill from Peony Melbourne was recently at Pitti in Florence and she brought me back a sample of this baby which is available from this week on the website. EXCITING NEWS!

Iris Cendre by Naomi Goodsir 2015

Iris Cendre by Julien Rasquinet


Iris Cendre Naomi Goodsir FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Floral notes, bergamot, tangerine, spices
Heart: Incense, violet, purple iris
Base: Cistus ladanifer (labdanum), tobacco, amber

Iris Cendre opens fully iris on my skin with a lovely bouquet of citrus sparkling in cool winter sunlight. Someone else mentioned aloe and I have to agree, it smells a bit like opening the pot of aloe vera and the cool refreshing and calming feeling of slathering it over a sunburn. All that is background hum though to the iris, orris & violet which are showing their powdery, earthy and leathery aspects. The heart starts out wet and cool but within the hour Iris Cendre has warmed through considerably and the iris becomes intertwined with the warmer and sweeter base notes and dry smoky hints. Once the spectacle of opening and heart die down Iris Cendre leaves a sheer trail of balmy leather and soft, simple, sweet amber that fades and musks down to close.

BP Hair Aviator Naomi GoodsirPhoto Stolen Naomi Goodsir

Iris Cendre is freaking beautiful, especially for the first hour or two. I can imagine perfumistas spritzing in the morning and really enjoying getting to work by which time the fireworks are over and everything is lush and sotto enough to be office appropriate. Iris Cendre is also tenacious, I am left with a lovely wash of clean musks and a hint of resinous goodness over my just-woke-up skin scent.

Here’s the thing. I keep saying I have too much perfume and it’s true, you’d be appalled. Iris Cendre has made me reach for my Credit Card to pay full price. That’s got to tell you how good it is….. actually it’s even better than that. Iris Cendre could be the perfect iris.

iris-cendre-naomi-goodsirPhoto Stolen Naomi Goodsir

Further reading: Now Smell This and Colognoisseur
Peony Melbourne has $239/50ml
Surrender To Chance has $6/.5ml

Have you tried any of the Naomi Goodsir range? Are you excited about this one?
Now we just have to keep waiting for the next installment Nuit de Bakelite, a creation with Isabelle Doyen of the Annick Goutal range. MMMMM
Portia xx


20 thoughts on “Iris Cendre by Julien Rasquinet for Naomi Goodsir 2015

    • HA HA HA! Sorry love. Sort of sorry. NAAH not sorry at all.
      If you love Bois d’Ascèse then you may be a little let down by the dry down here but you will go crazy for the first 2-3 hours.
      Portia x


  1. Oh no Portia! You have managed to make a lemming out of this one. I love Cuir Velours. Now I cannot wait to try this. Wishing you a lovely weekend. Sandra xo


  2. Beautiful post. You’ve made me want to break out my sample and try it again. I, too, am in love with the opening, but then I get this sexy ashtray scent which I appreciate and love to smell, but don’t want to “smell like.” So then I put the sample away, and here you are enticing me to get it back out. The opening really is lovely, isn’t it?


    • Lizbee, the opening had me at hello. I don’t get ashtray but now you’ve said it I will go looking. I know this is totally icky but when I was a smoker I used to love the smell of emptying my car ashtray, LOVED IT. weird I know.
      Portia xx


      • Ha! That’s really funny. I can relate. I used to love the ashtray taste of kissing an old boyfriend who smoked way back when. Maybe if someone with a more experienced nose can help me understand what it is I am smelling, I will no longer get sexy ashtray. I want to want to wear this fragrance because I find it so elegant and mysterious.


        • You know my nose is no better than yours (probably way worse), it’s the link your brain makes to the olfactory information it’s given and your memory. Sexy anything is OK by me.
          Portia xx


  3. Great review, Portia talking about coincidence, I meet Naomi Goodsir this afternoon ! At a meet and greet perfumers. Loved Iris Cedre and Bois d’ascese. Will try them again especially after Reading your review. Can anyone ever have enough Beautiful perfumes ? How bad is it 🙂


  4. The perfect iris??? I was intrigued before, but I am on the edge of my seat now 🙂

    It sounds unique yet beautifully understated, which is what I admire about the scents in this line.


    • The first couple of hours are pretty damn gorgeous Tara, I can’t wait to hear what you think.
      Naomi G seems to have a steady handle on the exceptional.
      Portia x


  5. I have heard several opinions on this, and look forward to trying it myself. Thank goodness BD didn’t make it. Good chance I might, maybe, perhaps like it.


    • Yes, It seems to be polarising in the scentbloggosphere, though no one has hated it there are LOVERS and less than lovers.When I say the perfect iris it’s definitely and perfect for me thing.
      You don’t like BD?
      Portia xx


    • Hey Carlos,
      Great to see you. thanks for dropping by. Can’t wait to see your video when you get to smell this baby. Please facebook tag me when you do.
      Portia xx


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