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Racked's Present of The Day: Hermes' New Fragrance, Iris Ukiyoe

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Tis the season to be shopping! Welcome to Racked's 2010 Gift Guide Advent Calendar, where everyday we'll be bringing you holiday gift ideas—from fashionable stocking stuffers to mindblowing must-haves. Click below to unveil today's present-of-the-day—and make sure to check out our full calendar of prezzies to see tons of other gorgeous giftables for your friends and loves ones.

Iris Ukiyoe, the ninth fragrance in Hermes' Hermessence fragrance series is a labor of love by the luxury house's perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena—his own garden at home is filled with blue and white irises every May and June.

"I wanted to reconstitute the olfactory sensations that certain varieties of iris produced in me, by looking for a sort of common denominator in their perfume," he says. "The almost cold effect of roses, the delicate voluptuousness of orange blossom, the moist vegetable quality of petals punctuated by mandarin zest. In order to express that floral ambiguity hovering between presence and fragility, between discretion and generosity, I worked using small impressionistic touches. It was by juxtaposing these facets that the fragrance assumed its identity.”

Packaged beautifully, Iris Ukiyoe ($235) is the perfect luxury beauty gift for the Hermes fan in your life. Every fragrance in the Hermessence series is housed in a bottle decorated in Hermes' saddle-stiched leather—Iris Ukiyoe in a violet calfskin stopper and case, which is, in turn, lined with the contrasting Hermes signature orange goatskin.
· Hermes Iris Ukiyoe [Hermes]