Iris Fauve by Marie Salamagne for Atelier des Ors 2017




Hey there Niche Nerds,

Atelier des Ors is one of Ainslie Walkers fave modern houses. While she was writing regularly for APJ I knew she would grab the newbies and give us a post about them. It meant there was a house I could totally ignore. So it was really fun at Esxence to meet New Zealand born blogger Megan from St Maxime, who also does PR for the company, so she could personally take me through the range. While I was there with Pia and Nick and I got Fume Royalty’s blow by blow account of why the scents are so good as well as the PR spin.

Iris Fauve by Atelier des Ors 2017

Iris Fauve by Marie Salamagne


Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, cinnamon, iris
Heart: Patchouli, Haitian vetiver, cypriol oil or nagarmotha
Base: Myrrh, musk, labdanum, liatris

Iris! the opening of Iris Fauve is that cool, crisp, cardboard and autumn air cleanness that I associate with the best and most beautiful iris-centric scents. Slight citrus and patchouli background noise and a lightly salted grassy green vetiver but iris above all.

My mind is throwing me pictures of the layers of puff pastry, as if as I go down into the heart of the fragrance there are tiny, wafer thin layers of iris root with warm scented air rushing over them that create this comfortable, cosy iris scent. Light enough to capture the Asian market yet full enough to satisfy me Iris Fauve seems to have depth and breathtaking lift.

After the first 15 minutes Iris fauve seems to melt into my skin and become one with my fleshy humanity, a welcome whisper of beauty lying just above the skin. Here it seems to have a leatheriness too, hints of Cuir d’Ange and Cuir de Lancome, those softly and elegantly produced well loved gloves.

People that I respect are saying that this is an iris masterpiece, while I won’t go that far I think if you have previously found yourself iris-averse then maybe this treatment could change your mind. I get zero of the bread/carrot/earth on my skin that iris so often throws.


Further reading: Colognoisseur and Non Blonde
Peony Melbourne carries the range
Surrender To Chance has samples from $4.25/0.5ml

Do you know the Atelier des Ors fragrance house? What are your favourite Iris perfumes?
Portia xx

14 thoughts on “Iris Fauve by Marie Salamagne for Atelier des Ors 2017

    • Hi there Gina,
      If you’re an Iris lover then I think you need to find a sample of this beautiful baby.
      Portia xx


  1. This sounds beautiful, Portia. Anything with iris in it that smells cool and soft is right up my alley. I will sample this one for sure. Great review as always! Hugs to your puppies…


    • Hi there Rickyrebarco,
      It is very beautiful in a subtle and refined way, I’m totally enjoying it.
      Will hug the puppies at my earliest convenience.
      Portia xx


  2. Hi Portia,

    How nice that you got to hang out with Megan and the Atelier des Ors crew in Milan.

    I love trying iris fragrances, so this sounds good to me. Not too carrot-y is definite plus.

    I’m wearing 28 La Pausa a lot lately as it feels very spring-like.


    • Hey Tara,
      Maybe for 2019 we could organise to go to Esxence together? I really need someone steadying by my side so I can really meet everyone, smell everything and enjoy the fair.
      How much fun would that be?
      Portia xx


  3. Thanks Portia for this great review. It was a pleasure to meet you and I’m so glad you liked Iris Fauve. I do think it’s a great iris full stop but if you’ve had difficulties with this note, especially if you’re not a fan of the more rooty, carrot, metallic interpretations then this will be the one to change your mind. xx Megan


    • Great to see you here Megan, and yes it was special hanging with you in Milan. I’m talking Tara into coming with me in 2019, your help would be greatly appreciated.
      Portia xx


  4. Heya Portia, This is a house that has always piqued my interest but have not yet tried. I am so glad you reviewed this perfume as it sounds perfect. What did you think of the others? Sandra xoxo


    • Hey there Sandra,
      I think you were asking me about these guys recently? Do I remember correctly?
      Everything I tried from the house was interesting and smoothly wearable. They are complex and I think a couple might be challenging for non perfumistas.
      I think you might like the Cuir Sacre.
      Portia xxx


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