Originally published on Australianperfumejunkies.com 24 February, 2015
Dorina by Dorin Perfumes (2015)
I will be the first to admit that I can be very finicky when it comes to Iris-centric scents. I loves me some Iris, oh yes I do. Growing up, when the Iris’s came into season, we always had a vase full somewhere in the house, a tradition I have yet to outgrow. (Ditto with Tulips, but that’s another story). There are only a handful of Iris perfumes that I truly love. Dorina is near the top of the list!
Maison Dorin was founded in the 18th century and quickly became a favorite of the court of Versailles. As other perfume houses came and went, Maison Dorin stayed ahead of the game, by constantly embracing new emerging technologies, ultimately building a lab in Paris that was the envy of competing perfume houses for decades to come. Re-energized by new owners in 1998, Maison Dorin continues to produce gorgeous perfume, cutting no corners and never scrimping on the finest ingredients and beautiful bottles.
Dorina, released in 2015 is classified as a floral woody musk and is Maison Dorin’s tribute to the noble Iris.
Notes listed are: top notes of rice flower, rose and aldehydes; middle notes of iris, water jasmine and violet; and base notes of vetiver, cedar, heliotrope, musk, tonka bean, iris and resins.
For all the notes in the formula, Dorina smells like IRIS, or rather a dreamy sun dappled Monet watercolor of the perfect Iris. Floral? Yes and sweet at times but never cloyingly so. Just beautiful, deep and sensuous Iris, root! stem, leaves and bloom. Powdery but never loud and screechy, just resplendent with quality and that certain “je ne sais quoi” through and through.
With 28 perfumes in the range, I can’t wait to get my nose around some of the others!