Prada Infusion d’Iris Eau de Parfum is one of my signature scents. In 2007, when I gifted Mama Spoiled Pretty with a bottle for Christmas, I was seduced by its charm, and I’ve been wearing it ever since. In fact, I carry a full-sized bottle in my handbag. So when Prada announced Infusion d’Iris Absolue Eau de Parfum, a sequel to the award-winning original, I couldn’t wait to get a whiff.
Unfortunately, it was originally only sold at Neiman Marcus. Neiman is a little rich for my blood, so I it took me a while to get my my hands on one of the gold-adorned bottles. But, in the past few months, I’ve noticed the perfume popping up at other stores (Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s) – so I recently reached out to my friends at Nordstrom to request a sample. They happily obliged, so I’m now able to bring you this long-awaited review.
Absolue definitely smells like it belongs to the Infusion d’Iris family, but it is distinct enough that it stands on its own. The original is an elegant and crisp floral , while the new iteration is softer and youthful, thanks to the addition of powdery and sweet notes (Laos Benzoin, Venezuelan Tonka Bean and Madagascar Vanilla).
I assumed that with a name like Absolue, this new perfume would be more concentrated than the original, but I actually found it lighter and more youthful in comparison. It also isn’t as long-lasting. Not that it disappears quickly, but after dry down, it’s much more subtle of a fragrance.
If you’ve tried the original Infusion d’Iris and liked it, but found it too heady – I highly suggest investing in a bottle of Infusion d’Iris Absolue. And even if you are a fan of the original and already own a bottle, I think the sequel will be an ambrosial addition to your perfume wardrobe.