Finally, spring is in the air, and so I dug down deeply in my collection and pulled out Prada's Infusion d'Homme.
Infusion d'Homme has the image of being a modern version of a classic orris root fragrance. Indeed, it does not have too much in common with a classic orris gent's cologne such as Mouchoir de Monsieur. Its freshness also discriminates Infusion d'Homme from the contemporaries such as Dior Homme or Divine' L'Homme de Coeur. Orris root is expensive – and Prada may very well have used something else that is providing an iris resemblance. I.e., for their flanker Infusion de Vetiver they dropped the orris note in the pyramid, yet the typical iris smell is still there. Be that as it may, the orris in Infusion d'Homme is not quite as powdery as one would expect. There is no “carrot smell” either that the less well done iris perfumes can have. What strikes me as orris-like has a certain resemblance to the violet candy note in Prada's Amber pour Homme, and so Prada keeps a certain style. Violet and orris may not be too far away from each other for our olfactory sense.
The orris-maybe-violet accord in Infusion d'Homme is topped with a nice citrus, but then more or less determines the whole fragrance. It is combined with a very comfortable soapiness and freshness the style of washed and ironed cotton shirts, and a specific green twist apparently denominated as vetiver. Personally, I would not take the known scent pyramid too literally. Possibly, the unique Infusion d'Homme accord does not consist of lots of different notes at all as there is not much development.
Infusion d'Homme is quite a unique fragrance. It was popular when it was launched in 2008, and with full right. However, it is not everybody's darling. Some men want something more than freshness and cleanliness in a perfume, and the very slight powder and violet candy note may be irritating. Despite its name Infusion d'Homme will not infuse masculinity where it is missing.
I like Infusion d'Homme, and looking at my statistics I have to ask myself why I haven't worn it more often. It is comfortable to wear, on a sunny spring morning where it would reflect the freshness and energy of the new season. As it transports the image of “cleanliness” and optimism, it would work as an office scent - although the less “sunny” flanker Infusion de Vetiver would fit even better there. Infusion d'Homme is not strongly advertised any longer, but I think it is about to become a classic. Other than its predecessor Prada Amber pour Homme there is no scratchy or rough cheap amber note spoiling it, and so the quality is very good.
I suppose it is still easily available and so you should not find it too difficult to test it if you don't know it already.