The Scent of the Ballet – Penhaligon’s Iris Prima

Recently another company released a perfume based on the ballet story which unfortunately did not live up to the idea I had when reading about it.

If you watch the movie done in collaboration with the English National Ballet, all I can add is – this perfume might (live up to the idea of ballet).

“Iris Prima is a work of olfactory choreography, with Iris Absolute in the role of the prima ballerina. In a unique partnership with English National Ballet, Penhaligon’s has set about capturing the very essence of the ballet, turning to master perfumer Alberto Morillas as choreographer.  Iris Prima will launch on the 9th of September…”

I got goose-bumps watching it. 🙂


P.S. My favourite part: ” Hard work and Deep Heat.”  (it’s what I use on my aching muscles too)

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20 thoughts on “The Scent of the Ballet – Penhaligon’s Iris Prima

  1. James Dennard August 27, 2013 at 17:11 Reply

    What a beautiful video and a great idea for a fragrance.


    • Ines August 28, 2013 at 09:10 Reply

      I think so too!
      Can’t wait to try it. 🙂 (don’t know when that might happen though…)


  2. ulrike August 27, 2013 at 22:05 Reply

    Thanks for sharing this – goosebumps on me too 🙂


    • Ines August 28, 2013 at 09:11 Reply

      I am going to watch it again – I really enjoyed it. 🙂


  3. Undina August 28, 2013 at 06:32 Reply

    Ballet is probably my most favorite performing art so I would love this perfume to live up to the promise.


    • Ines August 28, 2013 at 09:11 Reply

      Undina, the optimist in me is very happy contemplating the possibilities. Let’s hope it all comes true. 🙂


  4. Beautiful Things August 28, 2013 at 14:46 Reply

    Great video. I’ve worked with many ballet companies over the years and I must admit this did strike a cord. Given what’s happened at the Bolshoi recently though, I will say I did find the comment, “Passion, jealousy and competition” quite creepy.


    • Ines August 29, 2013 at 20:32 Reply

      I completely missed the Bolshoi, should I call it an, incident. What happened?
      Although I do believe that jealousy and competition feature strongly in the ballet world. Still, it would be a work of art to transform that into a perfume.


      • Beautiful Things August 30, 2013 at 09:41 Reply

        It’s pretty heavy stuff. The artistic director was blinded when someone threw acid in his face, apparently on the orders of the principal male dancer in a dispute over the artistic direction of the Bolshoi! ALSO, one of their prima ballerinas had to seek asylum in Canada and their First Violinist died after a fall into the orchestra pit. Talk about a toxic working environment!


  5. parfumistasdiary August 29, 2013 at 13:41 Reply

    I must admit I hate ballet. The scent of this in my mind is powdery, sweaty with some wood polish and stale air.


    • Ines August 29, 2013 at 20:33 Reply

      Now you have me wondering how far or close to the mark are you? 😉


  6. Natalie August 30, 2013 at 18:05 Reply

    Well, I’m going to have to smell this. I actually liked the approach they took with this video, connecting people’s personal smell associations of ballet. It could have so easily been another cheesy video romanticizing ballet. Moments of it were, but there were enough other moments to make it interesting to watch.

    Of course, I still think Penhaligon’s will make a namby pamby “pretty” perfume.


    • Ines September 2, 2013 at 09:50 Reply

      Namby-pamby? 😀
      I’m hoping for the best but we shall see. I do want to try it very badly – my hopes are up. 🙂


  7. baconbiscuit212 September 7, 2013 at 21:03 Reply

    I love this video! I love how very few of the smells that the dancers remember are conventionally pretty. Let’s hope that the fragrance lives up to it but doesn’t actually smell like male dancers, heated rosin, sweat, musty costumes, and hairspray 🙂


    • Ines September 8, 2013 at 18:19 Reply

      He, he, he, I’m thinking the same thing. But I won’t mind a hint of dirtiness in it, after all, sweat is an unavoidable thing with physical exercise. We’ll know soon enough. 🙂


      • baconbiscuit212 September 10, 2013 at 02:08 Reply

        Yes, we will 🙂 I must admit that I was disappointed by Vaara. It was so . . . tame and . . . uncomplicated.

        That’s me trying to be diplomatic 😉


        • Ines September 16, 2013 at 11:36 Reply

          He, he, he, yes, I can see that. 😉


  8. Vanessa September 13, 2013 at 14:04 Reply

    Loved the perfume – it is pretty and delicate and perfectly suited to the ballet imagery – but it is also (sadly) very fleeting on me, which is unusual.


    • Ines September 16, 2013 at 11:37 Reply

      Oh well then, I’ll probably be disappointed. I was looking for some of the “bad” notes to appear in it…


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