The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d’Iris


Image result for bois d'irisWHAT I SMELL:  Bois d’Iris is oh so inviting when it first goes on the skin.  It’s like soft iris infused cashmere that’s lightly sweetened and tinged with sun.  The perfume feels like a late spring morning where the dew of the evening before has just evaporated off the flowers and greenery of a beautiful garden.  The iris is very contained, but nicely warmed with the lightest amber that helps to give the perfume a golden hue of radiance.  After some time, the iris retreats to make way for a buzzing labdanum.  Still golden, the perfume moves from floral to almost entirely wood.  Eventually, the perfume moves to the powdery and it becomes slightly sweeter , but the sweetness is kept contained by a dried woody vetiver.  Overall, a very easy wear.

To smell wood, to see its scent from a totally different angle, forget the idea of the forest, leaves and earth , and picture it on a beach, floating in waves, and washing up on the sand.  Driftwood warmed by the sun.  I paired it with Ambergris and Labdanaum to underscore the solar and sensual dimension of this wood.  Iris and Vetiver bring out the texture and elegance of this fragrance.

– Emilie Coppermann

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Beach bonnet.  It’s a lightly sweet floral wood tinged with the sun, with a salty woodiness that is pretty, yet elegant and refined.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BOIS d’IRIS:  Now Smell This, The Non-Blonde, Perfume-Smellin’ Things

BOTTOM LINE:   Bois d’Iris is sweet, pretty, rather demure, and fun in a 1950’s kind of way.  A perfect perfume for wearing at the office, or a fun day out on the town.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral Woody
  • Nose: Emilie Coppermann
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $125 for 1.5 oz eau de parfum

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

7 thoughts on “Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d’Iris

  1. I really enjoyed Bois d’Iris but find it a bit too sweet- found my perfect iris in Dior’s Bois d’Argent, which I reach for so frequently without giving it a second thought. It’s a great scent.
    My favorite from VC&A is Rose Velours 🙂


  2. Bois d’Iris is one of the most dear irises to my heard. It holds a special place in my collection.
    Loved your vision when you smelled it. To me it smells of iris, slightly salted sand and a driftwood that is lying on the Beach, thrown out by the waves


  3. I know I have a sample of this somewhere, and I think I liked it. I’m sure it will eventually surface out of the depths of The Sample Sea!
    Beach bonnet. That picture is hilarious and just so weird! What exactly is going on there? 😀


  4. It sounds lovely! I am devoted to another of the Collection Extraordinaire: Muguet Blanc: I love your comparison to “iris infused cashmere.” I’ll have to try it!


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