Tuesday, May 02, 2006

REVIEW: Trish McEvoy #11, White Iris

Notes: White iris, sandalwood, honeysuckle, jasmine, and Bulgarian roses.

Sumptuous but simple, with an almosty minty overtone.

Cons: Pricey and hard to find.

Reminds me of: L'Eau d'Hiver; Richard James for Men

Development: The fragrance waivers between layers of rich florals and an almost buttery sandalwood/iris pairing.

Longevity: Pretty good, lasted about 5 hours on my skin.

Sillage: Good projection, just right.

Where can I buy it? $38 for a 15ml edt spray at eLUXURY.com.

Bottleworthy? I can think of very few ways to better spend $38.

The Bottom Line: A mysterious scent with many facets, White Iris is a huge surprise from Trish McEvoy. I'm a loyal fan of Trish #9, and am happy to have discovered another of her exciting aromas. The star of this fragrance, to my nose, is the jasmine. Keeping a balance between the earthier basenotes and sweeter florals, the jasmine serves as an anchor and the effect is dazzling. Though I'd like the iris root to play a stronger role in the overall effect, the scent is especially interesting when compared with other iris fragrances such as the sweeter Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile. Somewhat rough around the edges, and somewhat green, Trish #11 almost achieves a sweet oriental quality and could easily be enjoyed by a man. A must-try for iris lovers.

Rating (out of 10): 7

What's your favorite Trish McEvoy scent?

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