"An exquisitely alluring blend of dew soaked orris roots and pale irises bathed in cool rivulets of aquatic amber with a whisper of Japanese incense."
Okay so, there is much more than a whisper of incense. I smell a lot of incense, a holy and head shop-like incense followed by amber. I have never smelt an 'aquatic amber' before and from what I smell in this, it is really lovely. Amber is a bit balmy but unlike the regular vanillaic/cistus based/powdery/perfume-y amber, it is light. The combination of incense and amber smells unusually fresh and crisp. This phase of strong incense seems endless, but it is kind of addictive and I can't stop smelling it. Underneath this glaring but beautiful incense, emerges the orris root. It is somewhat cold, rooty and metallic, only slightly powdery. As I have mentioned a few times in this blog, pure orris root smells more like paper to me than the famed 'makeup smell'. In Naiad, the orris has that same dry quality of paper but it is faint, like a whisper. I wish it had less of all the ambery incense and more of the orris root smell. In the dry down it smells like soft incense-y orris root.
Naiad, the third perfume in the amber series (I have not smelt others), is based on water fairy/spirits and it is supposed to smell 'watery'. Well, to me, Naiad doesn't really feel aquatic, but it does give a cool sensation. It is fresh, clean, cold and dry. It is an airy and light but a strong perfume nonetheless. I like the headshop nature of incense/amber here. It is a calming/meditative perfume.
Naiad is nothing like I expected. I bought a full size bottle without even sampling it first because Iris/orris based perfumes are hard to come by in the world of indie perfume oils. I expected an Iris perfume, something like my beloved Infusion d'Iris. Naiad turned out to be a totally different perfume but a lovely one albeit. I think my lust for an incense perfume is satisfied with Naiad.
Did I mention the wonderful lasting power? Yeah, Naiad is a beauty!