THE PERFUMER: Patricia Choux
THE MOLECULE: Iris aldehyde
With its cucumber-cool, earthy, slightly skin-like facets contrasting with bright, clean, lined-dried linen effects, this modern, powerful organic compound comes as close as you can get to orris butter without tearing an iris field out by its roots and waiting six years for it to yield its fragrance.
THE SCENT: Urban iris
In iri_del, Patricia Choux gives iris a contemporary twist by blowing off its aristocratic powdered wig and dressing it up in a slim, sharply-tailored suit. Bolstered by iris concrete and irone alpha (the main molecule of the natural ingredient), the iris accord is stretched over an angular structure of crackling woody-ambery notes. Bergamot and ambrette – a vegetal musk with crystalline rose, pear and iris facets – shed their radiance on the trim, dry blend.
This is iris gone urban: spare, fierce and sexy.
If it hadn’t been raining on the French Riviera where her family was vacationing, the Burgundy-born Patricia Choux might never have decided to become a perfumer at the early age of ten. That day, she went on an excursion to Grasse. The little girl was mesmerized by the alembics and essences of the Fragonard Museum. She drew perfume bottles and invented names for them. In 1993, after graduating from ISIPCA, the perfumery school of Versailles, she embarked on an international career that led her from Germany to England, France and finally New York, where she has been working for Takasago since 2009. A fearless perfumer who loves to break with convention, the globetrotting Patricia feeds her inspiration with painting, drawing and running marathons all over the world.
For Nomenclature, she signs orb_ital and iri_del.