Iris

lat. Iris

Group: Flowers

Iris Iris
Iris Iris
Iris Iris
Odor profile: powdery starchy note with a nuance of boiled carrot and earth.















These butterflies of ours –
If they could speak, what pretty dreams
We’d  hear about the flowers.


                                                Reikan
 

Iris is a special flower. It’s not common in bouquets or arrangements. It’s very fragile. That’s probably why many don’t even know about this flower. But once you see an iris for the first time you will fall in love.
 

The name “Iris” came from old Greek Rainbow Goddess Irida. According to the legend Irida used a rainbow to come from sky to earth to bring the will of Olympic Gods to the people. When she touched the ground, beautiful iris flowers came out of her footprints.
 

Amazingly we can find all the rainbow colours and shades on iris flower. Also the sparkling petal texture brings us unbelievable impression. There are hundreds of iris societies in the world as well as gardens and botanical collections. For example in Europe the most famous iris garden is the Giardino dell'Iris in Florence which every year hosts one of the most famous iris breeders' competitions in the world.


 
Iris is perennial plant from the Iris family (Iridaceae). The genus is widely distributed throughout the North Temperate Zone. Their habitats are varied, ranging from cold regions to the grassy slopes, meadowlands and rivers of Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa, Asia and across North America. In spite the fact that there are hundreds of species most popular are Iris Pallida, Iris Germanica  - with purple flowers and Iris Florentina  (with white flowers) are used in traditional medicine and aromatherapy.


 
Rhizomes (commonly called roots) of the German Iris (I. germanica) and Sweet Iris (I. pallida) are harvested as orris root (the term is used for Iridis Rhizoma) and are used in perfume and medicine, even more commonly in the ancient times than today.
The iris root preparation is an extensive time and labour-consuming process.


 
For orris root production, iris rhizomes are harvested, perfectly cleaned, cut, dried, and aged for 3 to 5 years. The scent is said to be similar to violets. Probably they mean Viola Tricolor cultivars that smell is fragile and beautiful. Also only long dried rhizome get the aroma. The aged rhizomes are steam-distilled which produces a thick oily compound, known in the perfume industry as "iris butter".


Iris oil is one of the "strongest" and doesn’t loose the quality within years. The best way to "keep" it in alcohol. But the most important that iris root scent is the "heart not" in many perfumes. The aroma is mystical, languorous, elegant, soft and cold a little bit... It's a shady pair to rose and jasmine music... Good for meditations iris opens up you soul and a third eye. The flower symbolism associated with the iris is faith, cherished friendship, hope, promise in love and wisdom.
 

      Iris roots (Rhizomes)


                       
                         IRIS



White Iris, how pure, how lovely,

Like a virgin
In her starched lawn fete dress

Iris, pallid blue, gold veined,

And as if coloured from dawn chills,

Or from the yellow-fingered touching
Of curious starlight

Purple Iris,

Streaked with amethystine memories of the night,
Health-glossed and firm are those ripe wings
Of Oriental butterflies

So in my garden
Undulating ranks of Iris,

Slimly holding their broad flat blooms

(Like tripods of incense)
Aloft towards the moist spearing

Of morning sunlight.


                            By Michael Strange

 

 

IRIS IN FRAGRANCES:

Iris Nobile Acqua di Parma
Iris Poudre Frederic Malle
Orris Noir Ormonde Jayne
Iris Ganache Guerlain
Iris d'Argent Keiko Mecheri
Mythique DelRae
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoe Hermes
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
Iris Crabtree & Evelyn
 

Second image of irises in the garden and dried iris roots by Olga Ikebanova



Author: Olga Ikebanova
Biologist, aromatherapist, photographer, floral designer and passionate believer in Power of Nature.
 
 
 
 

 

 

Perfumes and Colognes With Iris

1.5214068079154
Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5054588877516
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5035482770386
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5027976799727
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.50197884681
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.5019106107131
Iris Zara
1.5015011941317
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5013647219379
Modoc Xerjoff
1.5008188331627
Iris Bottega Verde
1.5007505970658
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.500682360969
Cher Michel Klein
1.5004562988741
Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5003411804845
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5002047082907
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001364721938
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5001364721938
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5001364721938
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5000682360969
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.5
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.4620802330263
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4549057355851
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.429867485841
Io Hilde Soliani
1.4286392360969
Classic Bath and Body Works
1.424964716479
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.4209926663255
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4168717082907
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.4093888604572
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.4026050757421
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.4012282497441
Caterina de Medici Il Profumi di Firenze
1.4006613462982
Iris Odori
1.4001364721938
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.3978054994882
Imari Blossom Avon
1.3965111385193
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3930953599454
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.3905379686114
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Christian Dior
1.3904448386216
Hiris Hermes
1.3897760692596
Al Hajjar Al Aswad Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.3851615687479
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.3789023333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3788162193791
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.3776612077789
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3764329580348
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3756141248721
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.375
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.375
Comma Comma
1.3749317639031
Rhizomes L`Atelier Boheme
1.3731808389628
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.3721441385193
Iris Yardley
1.3714435267827
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3707498730809
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3705747082907
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.3686928167861
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3655466107131
Irisss Xerjoff
1.364932485841
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3641136526783
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.3637042360969
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3578007052201
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3551685510065
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3524391071307
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.350696304333
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.349381758103
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3457911521665
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3428959580348
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3396683056977
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3381095267827
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3370177492323
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.334629485841
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3342883053565
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3338788887752
Attraction Summer Lancome
1.3338788887752
Incidence Yves de Sistelle
1.3338788887752
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3336741804845
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3336059443876
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.3335377082907
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3335377082907
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.3334694721938
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3334012360969
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.3334012360969
Mini Magic Ulric de Varens
1.333333
Christian Louis Maitre Parfumeur Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.333333
1538 Rheims D.S. & Durga
1.3268798604572
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.325682360969
Fleur d’Iris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3216931081542
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3216758082566
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3215574524053
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3213331692255
Chance Chanel
1.3210295121119
Iris L`Erbolario
1.3200243746162
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3199327072671
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.3156535373593
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3147344831116
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.314407360969
L´eau d´Iris DSH Perfumes
1.309943591607
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.309152457523
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.3078967082907
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.3078961385193
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.306521457523
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3049621248721
Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3017741385193
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.300682360969
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3004776526783
Acqua Mirable Odorosa di Firenze Il Profumi di Firenze
1.3003411804845
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.298935429205
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.2984642214261
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.2979033599454
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.2920764165814
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.2913438901399
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Christian Dior
1.2892622770386
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.2892404302286
Ibitira Xerjoff
1.2874199024224
Azzaro Couture Azzaro
1.2867088877516
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.282546485841
mark Night Iris mark.
1.2821397048789
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2814329580348
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2800036779256
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.2779144721938
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2775679024224
Little Kiss Me Salvador Dali
1.275673733538
Iris Crabtree & Evelyn
1.2749787911975
Iris d`Argent Keiko Mecheri
1.273409360969
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2729317082907
Follow Me Night Novaya Zarya
1.2727952360969
Rose M. Asam
1.2722394592289
Love Chloe
1.2714062603207
Eternal Magic Avon
1.2706794165814
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.2686655267827
L'Homme de Coeur Divine
1.2680317219379
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.2677083882634
Feerie Gold Van Cleef & Arpels
1.2674175970658
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2668156192426
Iris Poudre Frederic Malle
1.2667752340498
Iris 39 Le Labo
1.265447485841
No1 Iris Prada
1.265388360969
Eau Moderne Thirdman
1.2651552613443
John Galliano Eau de Toilette John Galliano
1.2635828154214
Midnight Fantasy Britney Spears
1.2634991804845
Aqua Incanta Dr. Gritti
1.2632351920846
Parfume d’Extase Marchesa
1.2619776339133
Clair de Musc Serge Lutens
1.2608969959058
Heure Exquise Annick Goutal
1.260692731491
Iris Noir Yves Rocher
1.2598731248721
Chateaux de la Loire Faberlic
1.2590645551006
Nirmal Laboratorio Olfattivo
1.2579975551006
Lazy Sunday Morning Maison Martin Margiela
1.2569021521665
Jacques Fath Irissime Jacques Fath
1.2566829443876
Regina Farmacia SS. Annunziata
1.2566077755032
Bois d`Iris The Different Company
1.2543682487206
Silver Iris Atelier Cologne
1.254224276015
Fantasia de Fleurs Creed
1.2537511920846
Aqua Allegoria Figue - Iris Guerlain
1.2532876925964
Classique Jean Paul Gaultier

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