Penhaligon’s bottles ballet

Iris Prima, created by Alberto Morillas, draws inspiration from English National Ballet

British fragrance house Penhaligon’s has collaborated with master perfumer Alberto Morillas and English National Ballet for its latest fragrance, Iris Prima. Morillas was granted exclusive access to rehearsals and worked with dancers Nathan Young and Lauretta Summerscales in order to create a fragrance said to capture every aspect of the ballet world.

Iris Prima opens with notes of fresh bergamot, softening green amber and pink pepper, before fading to iris and jasmine sambac, enlivened with two innovative molecules from Firmenich: Hedione and Paridisione. At base, a musky leather note represents the pointe shoe, while sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla and benzoin evoke the scent of the theatres, rehersal studios and corridors of English National Ballet’s home in South Kensington’s Markova House.

The fragrance costs £85 for a 50ml edp and £120 for the 100ml variant, and will launch in the UK at Penhaligon’s boutiques, online at and in selected department stores on 9 September 2013.