The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Iris Cendré by Naomi Goodsir

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NAOMI-GOODSIR--Iris-Cendre-50-mlWHAT I SMELL:  Iris Cendré opens up cool, yet warm with a suede-like bergamot that starts to sparkle quickly with a dash of tangerine.  The perfume is semi-light and airy and reminds me of feathers descending to the ground after a pillow fight.  Soon the incense comes rushing to the forefront, but in a powdered and light-handed matter.  At this stage of the perfume, it feels like a giant powder puff of feminine floral magic.  What I find interesting is that you can feel the complexity and quality in the perfume, yet it carries itself in the most simple and elegant manner.  So where’s the iris?  It’s been there all along, but it’s soft, delicate and basking in warmth behind the other notes.  It doesn’t want to be the center of attention and instead choosing to be cool and aloof like iris can sometimes be.  As the perfume dries down, it becomes stripped of most of its moisture and ends it’s journey in a haze of incense which finally gives way to a light floral musk.  Iris Cendré has me mystified.

From the Naomi Goodsir website:

A fresh floral tone, led by bergamot, tangerine & spices. A rich & powdery heart of incense & purple iris. Sensuality is enhanced by cistus, tobacco & amber.

BlackSwanFeathersWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Black swan feathers.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE IRIS CENDRÉ:  elegant, elusive, restrained

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT IRIS CENDRÉ:  Kafkaesque, Colognoisseur, CaFleureBon

BOTTOM LINE:  Iris Cendré is an incredibly beautiful and restrained iris beauty.  It’s elegant simplicity and cool demeanor conceals a complex heart.  My only regret with the perfume is that the opening doesn’t last as long as I would like.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Floral
  • Noses: Julien Rasquinet
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $187 for 50 ml eau de parfum

Sample courtesy of Lucky Scent.  

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

14 thoughts on “Iris Cendré by Naomi Goodsir

  1. Good morning! As an iris lover, I will definitely try this one. Did you detect any ashy, embery burning notes? I really do not like burning embers, campfire notes in perfume. I hope the answer will be no, but again if it has burning embers I just saved a bunch of $ . If it’s really good I will have to have this :-))

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    • Ricky…the incense is front and center, but there’s not burning embers or scorched paper, etc. Just a light, but noticeable incense on me, but maybe on other that light incense may get heavy? I guess one doesn’t know until it’s tried themselves. Let me know your thoughts when you do. 🙂

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  2. Lovely review, S. As a not so Iris fan I really liked this. Love That it reminds you of black swan feathers, why black and not white?

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  3. Most people around seem to love it and they are raving about it. Except of me. I tried it several times but it doesn’t speak to me.

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  4. I’m an iris fan, but Iris Cendre is mostly cendre on me. Like Lucas, I get an ashtray note. Sour, bitter, acrid. Maybe urban swan feathers covered in soot? Of course now, perversely, I need to test it again. I may find a glimmer of what you’re getting, or perhaps the rotting carrot vibe will make its presence known. 😉

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  5. I haven’t tried it yet but look forward to.
    I got a little confused though by your review: it sounds positive but you gave it just 3.5 bones – and I have a feeling that you rarely (I’m not saying never) rate anything lower than 3.5. Did you like it? (other than the fact that you wished for longer lasting top notes)

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