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Iris des Champs

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The House of Houbigant has modernized a classical crystal bottle from the beginning of the 20th century that was originally designed and manufactured by Baccarat for Houbigant. The bottle was originally created for Parfum Idéal for the Exposition Universelle that took place in Paris in 1900, symbolized by the Eiffel Tower, which was built at the entrance of the exhibition. The blue and gold box reminds of the beautiful iris flower and opens into fields of blossoming irises. As Houbigant’s newest addition, this scent is nonetheless a blast from the past, combining flowers, woodiness and musk – Houbigant’s signature scents. Iris is a plant with elegant and stylish flowers that conceals a hidden treasure. Already considered sacred by the Egyptians, the iris became, under the heraldic name of Lily, the symbol of royalty in France. Surprisingly, it is not its sublime flower but its underground part that holds this olfactory treasure; the rhizomes, the roots of the flowers contain the Irone, a unique fragrant and rich molecule that makes up the iris notes. The flower itself has no smell. The Iris extraction process is very long and delicate. The plant has to grow for 3 years before being harvested. The rhizome, from which the “beurre” is then collected, must dry for at least three years before the perfumer can proceed with the extraction. Its smell is extraordinarily present, almost invasive, with powdered facets, and deploys its wooded green accents, evoking a comforting smell of warm bread. Many perfumers have worked with this fabulous raw material, unveiling its earthy facets but none of them has given thought to what the smell of the flower should be. We have taken a completely different approach by creating an olfactory interpretation of  the flower and by doing so we have been following into the footsteps of our predecessor Paul Parquet, who created Fougère Royale. Iris des Champs will transport whoever smells it in a blossoming field of irises, in the Tuscany countryside, on a beautiful spring day. Head notes: Bergamot, Lily of the Valley, Pink Pepper Heart Notes: Iris Butter, Iris Absolute, Rose Absolute, Jasmine Sambac Absolute, Ylang Ylang Essence Extra Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber woody notes, Vanilla, Musk
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