Infusion d'Homme is simply one of the best soap-smelling perfume ever, isn't it? It smells bubbly, aqueous, and floral. Ain't like your typical men's scent. If subtle, crisp, light, neat, powdery, balmy, unoffensive, polished are how you imagine your dream perfume to be like, this scent is for you. If you can't have enough of soapy scents, this scent is absolutely for you. Iris has many facets, usually green-earthy, buttery, powdery, reminiscent of makeup lipstick as in renowned Dior Homme, yet this time it's in its soapy and floral violet-like shape. The first time I tested this on a paper strip, I missed the soap accord, and my nose zeroed in on the iris. Repeated wearings, especially on warm, humid days like these, revealed the soap.
The redolence it carries is just like an image of waking up between linens from grandma's closet into a white and clean room saturated with the smell of bath soap that is not impertinent to your snouts. It is suited with an excellent projection that keeps you from wearing it all the time. Don't be biased by the preconceptions that iris belongs to the female world. It's a powdery finish with neroli and frankincense, never overpowering or crowd-pleasing yet is up to you to make it or break it.
Prada Infusion d'Homme opening kicks off with soft, tangy mandarin orange and crisp, sweet neroli blossom. The first thing that hits you with this fragrance is the powdery, dry type of scent. It's in a fresh shower, fancy French soaps, casually slipping into a white dress shirt knowing you walk the line between joking and serious evermore.
The attractive core of this fragrance is slightly more earthy, due to the addition of green galbanum, blond woody cedar, rooty-floral iris, and leathery vetiver. This concoction dries down, revealing a light, transparent vetiver mixed in with the top notes. The light whiffs of vetiver made me beg for a more substantial vetiver presence - the iris wears very strong and linear on this fragrance. Besides, the scent uses the iris as one of the leading characters, along with other notes and not as a dominant one. The effect is an intriguing aroma that waves between the earthy chill of iris and the warm smoke of incense.
Afterward, here comes the base. The extremely iris rounded top and middle notes, so dry, almost brittle and throat parching, yield the place to a perfect blending of the balmy notes provided by a sweet, lightly oriental trail of silky olibanum and burnt-vanilla benzoin. These fascinating blend starts strong and then becomes soft. As this transition takes place, to my surprise, the iris makes a comeback.
My last take on this, it's slightly aromatic, soapy and clean, and would be best suited to the spring or summer, and worn through the day. It's quite a light scent so that it could be worn for work, college, or casual. My compliments go to the scent designers that were not afraid to be flower prominent. It seems that Kenzo is right on the heels of Infusion d'Homme, with their noticeable floral fragrance for men: Power, which I've already reviewed here.
The longevity of Infusion d'Homme is above average, quite a few hours. As for projection, it stays quite close to my skin when I wear it, and it is perfect for a day when you want only a hint of fragrance on your skin or when you don't want others to be aware of your perfume. It would be great to wear on a business day. You'll smell clean and "freshly showered," but your fragrance will not be intrusive.