When I say I actually own a bottle of the precious and ultra-rare Iris Gris, the question is always the same: is it really that good?
The simple answer is yes. It is. It can walk rings around any iris on the market today.
Now the good news is, it might be reissued. A French perfume company, Parfums Panouge, who also did a reissue of Isabey Gardénia, have recently purchased the licence to manufacture Jacques Fath perfumes.
On the subject, the experts I've consulted are divided: some say that with the new, cheap irises on the market (why did you think iris was the "in" note of 2007?), it shouldn't be too hard. Others think that there is simply no orris butter currently on the market that's good enough to duplicate the wonderful effect of Iris Gris...
To find out how I discovered this priceless gem, and what it smells like, please click on this link to my fellow blogger and friend Helg's The Perfume Shrine, where I originally published my story and breathless review...
You can also go to 1000fragrances, where another fellow blogger and friend, Octavian Sever Coifan, analyses the scent in a much more learned way. He was present at the unsealing!
Please leave your comments here. I'm expecting questions!
Image: A model from the House of Fath, 1954, courtesy of the London Telegraph.