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I love wearing violet and iris scents in the Spring. Both these notes have that distinctive green vegetal sap smell that wafts up when cutting new stems and leaves – almost sweet, almost woody, but more milky and rooty.
Several of the Chanel Exclusifs use the more expensive iris note. 28 La Pausa, created by Jacques Polge in 2007, is mainly just iris, pure and simple, with the merest whisper of vetiver in the dry down, making it a soft green floral that smells beautifully alive.

At first spritz, the rooty earthy green iris note is dominant, very cool but soft, with a hint of yeast, like rising bread dough or wild mushrooms. There’s a slight metallic nuance, and then the iris sweetens just a little and becomes more powdery, and unfolds on my skin into a pale violet-coloured bloom.
And there it stays, pure, soft, and perfect for an hour or so, until the vetiver comes up and 28 La Pausa develops a darker finish, transforming into a luxurious warm skin scent, creamy and smooth , wrapping me in a silky sheer veil. Quiet sillage and moderate tenacity mean a few spritzs are needed during the day, but that’s fine with me because those top notes are so brilliantly intriguing, and extra spritzes just add to the pleasure of wearing this perfect iris scent.

Chanel Exclusifs 28 La Pausa is considered one of the top iris scents, the Natural Iris, unadorned, clear, and radiantly beautiful in its simplicity.

If you love iris, you must have this one. And if you haven't discovered it yet, start with 28 La Pausa.
Notes: iris, vetiver
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Jacques Polge

Price: $5.00