Easing into spring with Impossible Iris by Ramon Monegal

We had a really strange winter this year (more like no winter at all) so it started feeling like spring in the middle of February. But the spring is basically here this week. even though it seemed to have been hesitating for a while.

Like me when it comes to perfume. I’m not really sure what to wear these days, something still for the cold days or something spring-like?

So, at the moment I’m exploring the flowers with some warm undertones. Which is how I came to try and like Impossible Iris with its fruity warmth and cool iris.

Notes:Β Italian Iris Concrete, Cassie d’Egypte Absolute, Raspberry, Comoran Ylang-Ylang, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute and Virginian Cedarwood.

I saw that many reviews center themselves around the raspberry note. It makes sense, as that fruitiness cannot be missed and lasts for quite a while. But for the life of me, when I first smelled it, I couldn’t come up with raspberry as the fruit I smelled. I thought it was more in line with forest berries with some orange (possibly peaches) thrown in. Turns out I was very wrong.impossile

The thing is, I have a hard time putting into words exactly what I smell.

I love the fact that it feels like a cousin of Cuirelle, due to a similar grey feel (I wonder if that’s cedarwood). I haven’t explored many of the Monegal perfumes so I can’t say if there is a signature to it.

For me, Impossible Iris starts with a light cleaner-like smell, slightly citrus-y with a hint of evergreen. Hmm, looking at my notes and the official notes, I wonder what in the world do I think I’m smelling?! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, the fruitiness is there from the start basically and at some point it actually overpowers the flowers. But not for long. The perfume also veers on the edge of white muskiness (or whatever kind of musks is in everything these days) but I say veer, as the musk never bothers me like it usually does, instead it feels more like a facet of the iris than anything else.

The general feel of this perfume is like the raspberry iris is resting on a warm mattress of hidden white flowers. With some cedar chips thrown in to make it more elegant. With such a beautiful aura.

That is one thing I cannot help but think about when I think of this perfume – the beautiful warm iris-y aura you waft around yourself when you wear it. Definitely helped by the raspberry note. πŸ™‚

My sample came courtesy of the Monegal company.

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14 thoughts on “Easing into spring with Impossible Iris by Ramon Monegal

  1. cookie queen March 11, 2014 at 23:03 Reply

    It actually sounds quite appealing. Maybe I’ll get the chance soon. xxx


    • Ines March 12, 2014 at 10:11 Reply

      If you do, please try it. πŸ™‚ It is very appealing.
      So easily likeable.


  2. Asali March 12, 2014 at 00:30 Reply

    Thanks to your review I must get back out my sample πŸ™‚ When I last tried it, it wasn’t quite the right time of year, but now, as you point out, it should work perfectly. Thank you for reminding me.


    • Ines March 12, 2014 at 10:12 Reply

      Yes, I would say this is one of those perfumes that need the right time (weather) to bloom fully.
      I wonder if you’ll enjoy it better now. πŸ™‚


  3. lucasai March 12, 2014 at 20:20 Reply

    Perfect choice Ines!


    • Ines March 12, 2014 at 21:47 Reply

      Thanks Lucas! πŸ™‚
      I really love it!


  4. Undina March 13, 2014 at 08:23 Reply

    I’ve got me startled: your opening phrase is a word for word the first sentence in the post I’m writing! πŸ™‚

    I really liked Impossible Iris last year (and bought a bottle of it). Probably it’s time to wear it again (andmaybe even write about it…)


    • Ines March 13, 2014 at 09:54 Reply

      Ha, ha, ha! πŸ˜€ You know the saying, great minds think alike… πŸ˜‰
      I believe a bottle of this is in my near future as well. It’s been awhile since I really fell in love with something so much that I wanted a bottle.
      Funny how lately that seems to be happening with Monegal…


  5. […] Ines recently started her post with the exact phrase but I swear I had this part already written by the time I read her […]


  6. Jordan River March 17, 2014 at 09:35 Reply

    Undina had a really strange winter too! I hope to have a really strange winter, in Thailand, and thus escape the NZ cold.
    Have not explored this Spanish house yet but the bottles are handsome indeed.


    • Ines March 17, 2014 at 10:14 Reply

      πŸ™‚ It’s been a winter of opposites it seems.
      Some people had more snow than what usually falls in 10 years, and some had no winter at all.
      I would have preferred a more balanced winter I must say.


  7. parfumistasdiary March 17, 2014 at 17:13 Reply

    I like this Impossible Iris very much. More than I have expected. And it is not impossible at all ;-).


    • Ines March 18, 2014 at 11:29 Reply

      Yes, it’s not impossible at all! It’s very possible many people will like it and wear it. πŸ™‚


  8. […] got to try Dublin Next To Me and I like it a lot and I basically fell in love with Impossible Iris. πŸ™‚ The name is a reference to how difficult it is to work with iris (the longevity issue […]


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