I confess that i always had a peeve with the fragrance house Byredo. Not that its creations were bad, but the didn't seemed consistent with the position that their price put them I felt that there was lacking a clear nexus bettwen the very personal inspirations and the fragrances, that could been part of any other brand. Because of this i got surprised with 1996, born from the parternship bewteern the brand and photrographers duo Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
The idea was born initially as a gift limited edition to the friends of the photrographers duo, one which was inspired in their favorite notes and the 'Kirsten, 1996', photography. I imagine that the reaction was quite positive and both the brand and photrographers saw that they had in their hands a product which could be commercial success.
As they describe, 1996 is really cozy, warm and doesn't seem exactly ultra modern neither old fashioned. If i was going to sum up, i would say that it's an iris creation in a good ambar and patchouli background. The iris here seems for me delicate, devoid of its violet nuances or its cold aroma. It's an iris accord that reminds me a lot of the carrot aroma, that texture of a carrot which is slightly sweet, earthy and, somehow, orange on its smell. It's an organic aroma delicious for me, which goes along with good mixture of patchouli and ambar - an ambar which gives more emphasiss on the vanilla part and that with patchouli ends producing a sensation of semisweet chocolate on skin. I like how the spices are used in this creation, giving a fresh spicy touch which is secondary and it's used to soften the base notes intensity. If you are looking for a good oriental iris, 1996 is a great choice.