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Seasonal Fresh Carrot Soup
When I wear Hiris in the warmth of the Summer months, it starts off powdery fresh iris, neroli and soft rosewater for me for the first few minutes and I can never remember why I don't wear this more often. I was sure this was going to be my 'signature scent' when I purchased it. After about 10 minutes I remember what happens next. Carrots. Not just any little baby carrots either, it is as if I went into the garden and stuck my hands in that deep rich moist soil and pulled up the biggest jumbo stewing carrots ripped the tops off and punched myself in the nose with them. Then I took them inside and started to grate them, getting into that well developed carrot slightly sweet rooty pulp, no doubt created by the addition of honey, vanilla and amber in the base. At the same time there is a spicy bite, as if I just got the notion to make a chilled carrot soup with Indian spices, a pinch of coriander, cumin and grated turmeric root appear. Cedar in this well-constructed fragrance is almost edible, which is hard to wrap my brain around. Hiris is at once fresh, rooty, powdery, sweet, savory and earthy, but it is definitely Carrot Soup for me. This fragrance has excellent sillage, IMHO about 2 meters (6.5 ft.) for the first 2-3 hours then a more reasonable 1 meter (3.28 ft.) for another 2-3 hours. When I wear this in the cooler months, it smells almost like a brisk clean iris with a neroli-rose and carnation shampoo/body powder scent with a coriander and cedar base. In any case, Hiris projects as a confident, proper, fresh powdery unisex fragrance for daytime, it feels trustworthy, grounded, yet energized. It is the the smell of a natural leader, so be prepared to have random strangers stop and ask you for directions when wearing this one.