Dorina by Nejla Barbir for Dorin Perfumes 2015


Post by Robert Herrmann


I will be the first to admit that I can be very finicky when it comes to Iris-centric scents. I loves me some Iris, oh yes I do. Growing up, when the Iris’s came into season, we always had a vase full somewhere in the house, a tradition I have yet to outgrow. (Ditto with Tulips, but that’s another story). There are only a handful of Iris perfumes that I truly love. Dorina is very quickly moving up that list.

Maison Dorin was founded in the 18th century and became quite a favorite of the court of Versailles. As other perfume houses came and went, Dorin stayed ahead of the game, by constantly embracing new emerging technologies, ultimately building a lab in Paris that was the envy of competing perfume houses for decades to come. Re-energized by new owners in 1998, Dorin continues to produce gorgeous perfume, cutting no corners and never scrimping on the finest ingredients and beautiful bottles.

Dorina, released this year is classified as a floral woody musk and is Dorin’s tribute to the noble Iris.

Dorina by Dorin Perfumes 2015

Dorina by Nejla Barbir

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Rice flower, rose, aldehydes
Heart: Iris, water jasmine, violet
Base: Vetiver, cedar, heliotrope, musk, tonka bean, iris, resins

For all the notes in the formula, Dorina smells like IRIS, or rather a dreamy sun dappled Monet watercolor of the perfect Iris. Floral? Yes and sweet at times but never cloyingly so. Just beautiful, deep and sensuous Iris, root! stem, leaves and bloom. Powdery but never loud and screechy, just resplendent with quality and that certain “je ne sais quoi” through and through.

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This powdery iris fragrance has been created as a tribute to those most rare women who have become timeless icons.

Secretively screened from view by the opaque glass of the bottle, this sophisticated fragrance is the perfect accompaniment to every aspect of a talented and daring woman’s life. From home to the red carpet, she is elegant whatever the occasion.

With 28 perfumes in the range, I can’t wait to get my nose around some of the others!

Dorin has a Retailers Page where you can find your countries stockists

What are some of YOUR favorite Iris scents?

6 thoughts on “Dorina by Nejla Barbir for Dorin Perfumes 2015

  1. Hi Robert,
    I have a hard time with Iris. I really don’t want to smell the powdery root or even the cold, vegetal leaves. I’m searching for something that resembles the ethereal scent I get when I stick my nose into the flower. Is that possible? Do you have a suggestion? In late spring I’m always sniffing the iris in the garden, trying to get my fill of their fragrance while the blooms are fresh. I’m not the only one who enjoys this iris perfume. There is a small fly that loves it too and every year I manage to sniff a few of these guys up my nose.
    Azar xx


    • Azar, I know the feeling…loving a scent but trying like hell to find something that’s spot on! For me my favorite Iris is Hiris by Hermés, I have both the old and new bottle, and both smell amazing to me! Good luck, and let me know if you find anything wonderful! Xoxo


  2. I would love to try Dorina! Some of my favourite Iris fragrances include Infusion d’Iris Absolue, 28 La Pausa, and just yesterday I discovered Penhaligon’s Iris Prima. Malle Iris Poudre is a LOVE. What I want to know though Robert, is what are the names of the few Iris fragrances that you truly love?


    • Love the Malle, but his whole range is a no-brainer for me! Yves Rocher has a rather inexpensive Iris thqt’s quite good, but the one I reach for most is Hiris by Hermés. That stuff just makes my head explode!! Let me know what else you find. But try to sniff out the Dorina if you can…..!!


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