Xerjoff Irisss was released in 2008, and it is an amazing example of an iris perfume. Notes of carrot seeds, carnation, bergamot, iris, violet, rose, ylang, jasmine, vetiver, musk, benzoin, cedar and incense. It is a parfum.
Perfume Posse - "Then, one evening, Patty and I met for dinner and she unveiled Xerjoff’s Irisss. Again with the moronic recoil. But – well, let me tell you about Patty and foolishness. She is not here for it. You will act your age or she will embarrass you, trust me. So, faced with the Patty Look, I opened my mind… … and my mind was blown. And owned. Forever. A rooty iris is the whole of Spring. Cool and carroty, but with a slicey/bitter touch that cuts the carrot sweetness, while the floral aspect replaces it, but in a different, more astringent way – it’s that scent that you can only get in Spring (Autumn brings chrysanthemum but that’s Autumn – and it has a drier, more resinous tinge to it). Xerjoff Irisss is so elegant – It’s the hothouse iris placed in the cool glasshouse. It’s the Regency Era iris. It is slow to unfurl, giving you its beauty in the fullness of time."
Perfume Smellin' Things - "There is a certain chic about this decadently luxurious composition, something in the refined floral note, perhaps, which does not let the scent overstep the border between Elegantly Expensive and Nouveau Riche, but only just about. Irisss is hanging by a well-groomed, glossy hair over the abyss of furs, 10-carat pink diamonds, Maybachs and Louis Vuitton logos.”
Basenotes - "This is, by far, the most stunningly beautiful iris scent I have ever smelled: somehow both elegantly luxurious and yet rooted and earthbound. It is slightly more petal-soft and buttery than its close cousin, Iris Silver Mist (which truly feels a bit sharp and cold in comparison)."
Basenotes - - Irisss is by far the best pure iris fragrance I have ever smelled, and I feel depressed even writing that, not because it isn't true but because I'd hate to admit that price might actually correlate to quality when it comes to matters of pure iris root. It matches the iris in Iris Silver Mist for its stunning, crystal-cut purity, but paces well ahead of the Serge Lutens in terms of sheer naturalness and beauty. Irisss is like ISM with all the sinister, synthetic elements removed, and is therefore both less of an artistic statement and much, much easier to wear on a regular basis."
Fragrantica - "I think the violet note makes all the difference compared to ISM.
ISM is the raw interpretation of iris. Earthy, soily, cold, aloof, dense. Irisss has more finesse, a tad of lipstick sweetness, a less shocking opening and smoother transition.
I'm still a devote to ISM as a portrait, but this one is more wearable and more "beautiful" per se. Really gorgeous iris."
Fragrantica - "A masterpiece. The opening is all about orris, the vegetal part of it, it's green, bitter and medicinal, here Irisss is very very similar to Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist. A hint of a beautiful bergamot note comes to the surface, and the perfume starts to change, it evolves you. The rose and jasmine mentioned in the pyramide are not so loud, they are here to show you some facets of the king of the composition, the iris. The perfume changes once again, and now you can feel the lipstick or make-up aspect of iris. There's no end in this fragrance, but the last change that I can feel is the luxury soapy aspect of iris. I wish I could spent a vacation inside a bottle of Irisss."