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Under My Skin by Francesca Bianchi

by Therapeutic Fragrance


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Who? I See Wearing the Fragrance

Sharon Stone

Where? I Use the Fragrance


When? The Season I Use the Fragrance


What? Occasions or Events I Use Fragrance

Signature Scent,Date Night


Francesca Bianchi


Price Per Millileter

111 30ML

Perfume Classification

Extrait de Parfum


2 Feet Or More



Up To 10 Hours


Medium To Long Tailed

How? I Apply the Fragrance


Without a doubt, I am getting used to iris. Is this the new patchouli? I recently went through a ton of patchouli-based compositions to get a handle on the note, with documented reviews on YouTube. But anything with iris in it I avoided. If my perfume-sampling friends would offer iris perfumes, I would shake my head from east to west. Reviewers on YouTube would start in about iris, and I would click “next.” A hint of powder smells in the mall, and I would turn the opposite way.

If you’re going to get into perfume, I aptly told myself, I need to search and seek out the reason iris is constantly used. Here is my beginning journey into iris. Francesca is not responsible for starting it, but for only allowing me to take another higher step and get closer to understanding how special this ingredient is.

Among the reviews for this perfume, there are frequent references to its animalic notes, but you are OK to not really listen to those notes. They are barely present; it is stated in perfume marketing perfectly. It’s totally the taming of the wild beast by the vixen in the form of powders.  Yes, I like powder now, and it’s because of people like Francesca pushing the envelope this direction. It is one of the best complements to strong, dark, mean scents. Why did we take so long to get here? Because designers dropped the ball in order to please uneducated audiences, and we had to wait for a band of I-am-going-to-move-this-thing-forward-anyway-without-abandon-and-see-what-I-can-do people.  Francesca is one of those people.

I easily see past marketing, but it is dangerous to be so provocative when it’s unfair a lot of people will be turned away before even smelling Under My Skin. If you can get past the names and seduction, the juice is absolutely divine. Sorry, I just had my marketing hat on for a bit.  

Off of the top, I get the leather and balsams with the pepper. I would swear there is a huge saffron note, but this I am guessing is the ambergris. Grapefruit and lavender don’t stand out on their own but add to a seductive vibe that is clearly meant by the title of this fragrance. Coming into the heart, the full sniff becomes like a condensed version of Baccarat Rouge extrait version accord, which itself is already condensed. This smells like an airy ozonic narcotic accord on steroids. Real ambergris and orris butter are obvious in here, and it is lovely against the masculine leather.

Make no mistake: this is a powder bomb. With the ozonic thing going on, this stabilizes into something I personally don’t mind. I’m starting to see this accord being used very heavily, which is a little disturbing. Yes, it is the most mass-pleasing realm of synthetic, but it reminds me of staying in hotels. The drydown is straight-up vanilla, santal, and powder. It’s freaking sweet and good, like the fluffiest, flakiest croissant ever. I never got any of the tree moss notes. Under My Skin is making me think I am loving orris butter, and it’s made even more beautiful with rich animalic synthetics behind it.

Bottle Presentation

Company:Francesca Bianchi
Perfumer:Francesca Bianchi
Fragrance Family:Animalic Iris
Classification:Extrait de Parfum
Pricing:$3.70/fluid ml
What:Signature Scent,Date Night
Projection:2 Feet Or More
Longevity:Up To 10 Hours
Sillage:Medium To Long Tailed
Short Description:Animalic Iris
Fragrantica Score:4.23 out of 5 with 230 votes

Therapeutic Fragrance Score Chart

Under My Skin

Experience 14/15
Branding & Originality 4/5
Projection & Sillage 4/5
Longevity 17/5
Composition 20/20
& Price per ML


TOP: 4/10
HEART: 6/5
BASE: 4/10


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  1. I never would have guessed there was iris in this if you hadn’t pointed it out. I get all dark brown colors: ambergris, musk, spices, leather, castoreum. But I resampled with orris butter in mind, and as it settles, it does get a bit floral powdery, not like other iris scents, still animalic and musky. Cozy intimate beautiful (slightly more) masculine scent.

    1. AMY thanks for this great comment. So getting more familiar with the note it is one of the most beautiful ingredients to use against darker notes, it just accentuates and adds extra layers of depth that really show up in the sillage I have noticed. Do you remember what the end of this fragrance was on your skin? A lot of the darker notes left for me.

    2. Therapeutic Fragrance Still musk, ambergris, balsamic, but in an airier way, and sweeter with a little bit of lavender, some sandalwood. More soft and powdered in texture, not smell.

  2. 4 sprays? U wanna choke somebody?? Not smart to wanna turn an intimate scent into a loud scent.
    Ps I own 'Under My Skin' and 2 sprays r just perfect (2 sprays in the morning and 1 in the evening when I go out, more is not needed). I also own 'Etruscan Water' and 'SS Neroli'.

    1. I am probably really going to set you off when I tell you my last wearing was seven! I did do five of Etruscan Water and The Lover's Tale. That was an embarrassing day. I was a walking cloud of perfume. I don't get the huge projection off of Under My Skin like I do the other Francesca's. I think the powder in it helps also.

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