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

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Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
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Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5051397768585
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
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Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
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Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
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La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.5018177259621
Iris Zara
1.5017550457566
Iris Meadow Aerin Lauder
1.5014416447286
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5013162843174
Modoc Xerjoff
1.5006268020559
Cher Michel Klein
1.5006268020559
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5002507208224
The Virgin Suicides La Folie a Plusieurs
1.5001880406168
In Peace Space NK
1.5001880406168
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001880406168
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5001253604112
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5001253604112
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5001253604112
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
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Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.5000626802056
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.5000626802056
Florentia 16 Dolci Fiori I Profumi di Firenze
1.5000626802056
Addiction Blackglama
1.5000626802056
Oro Rosé Jequiti
1.5
Dorina Dorin
1.5
NÈH?! Zeromolecole
1.5
Volkamaria 2015 WienerBlut
1.5
Dilis Classic Collection No. 3 Dilis Parfum
1.5
Cologne Noble La Manufacture
1.470897572521
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4570522082236
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4376344570641
Iris Odori
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Io Hilde Soliani
1.4293858426727
Titania CJ Scents
1.4288217208224
Classic Bath and Body Works
1.4286068529522
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.428571
Peccato Simone Cosac Profumi
1.4251822030839
Iris Bottega Verde
1.4184126461076
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.4167296802056
Mini Magic Ulric de Varens
1.4099481321299
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.4055562554845
Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior
1.4006268020559
Pure Cotton Korres
1.4001253604112
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.4
Legacy WB Alexandre.J
1.3999880066441
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.3969974575655
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.3879310051398
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3851791218503
Tuberosa Agave Voluspa
1.3849910812335
Alyssa Ashley Green Tea Essence Alyssa Ashley
1.384615
Zara For Him Gold Edition Zara
1.3830875736492
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.3815389002131
Hiris Hermes
1.3796113333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3769430863733
Iris Yardley
1.3763162843174
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3750626802056
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.375
Rhizomes L`Atelier Boheme
1.3714933758305
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3668775789144
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.3664297768585
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.3651270582926
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3648896041118
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3643312724082
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3642628020559
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.3638240406168
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.363636
Golden Hemisphere Wild Eden Natural Perfume
1.3614996498684
Imari Blossom Avon
1.3612990406168
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.3601835845556
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3599640457566
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.3585139701642
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3575190812335
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.3568703814717
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Christian Dior
1.3547449146296
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3495629341858
Fearless Victoria`s Secret
1.3487035228783
Flor Alegria Avon
1.3480767208224
Gaia Eau Mythique Jardin de France
1.3454895686348
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3393442843174
So Elixir Bois Sensuel Yves Rocher
1.3389742185032
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3366550508963
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.334711964523
Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3345239239062
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3345239239062
Al Hajjar Al Aswad Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3338971218503
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3338344416447
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3338344416447
Attraction Summer Lancome
1.333646401028
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.333646401028
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.333646401028
Capricorn CnR Create
1.333581288705
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3333956802056
Ambery Lavandula Asgharali
1.3315446909866
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.330721152689
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3306137135515
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3287765444403
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3275698884292
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3245018039363
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.3243360457566
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.322894401028
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.3225370966529
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.3223189799423
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.3207160051398
Armani Privé Ombre & Lumiere Giorgio Armani
1.3201880406168
Blanc de Sienne Evody Parfums
1.3198116853454
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3178714909114
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.3175440457566
Eau de Shalimar Edition Charms Guerlain
1.3159700986586
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3154769239062
Armani Prive Sable Or Giorgio Armani
1.3144156192804
Chance Eau de Toilette Chanel
1.3110808884292
Burlesque Maria Candida Gentile
1.3084441624671
Jette Eau de Parfum Jette Joop
1.3078800406168
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.307692
Magnum Iris Ramón Béjar
1.3065229103673
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.3054514061677
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3052882030839
Dangereuse Sentifique
1.3034474113075
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.3027501778864
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.3025698884292
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3006268020559
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.3006268020559
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3005014416447
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.3004387614391
Valentino Donna Valentino
1.3001880406168
Rue la Boetie Molyneux
1.3000000308387
Iris L`Erbolario
1.2981912843174
No1 Iris Prada
1.295496964523
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.295183563495
Samba Red Woman Perfumer`s Workshop
1.2944884164473
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.29246416347
Clair de Musc Serge Lutens
1.2923564822615
Moon Oriflame
1.2916057186912
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Christian Dior
1.2890670051398
Les Cascades de Rochas Songe d’Iris Rochas
1.2859647208224
Cashmere Iris Dr. Taffi
1.2859020406168
Kashkha Arabian Oud
1.2859020406168
Peaceful Harmony Philosophy
1.2837083352137
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.2828170051398
mark Night Iris mark.
1.282394365551
Caterina de Medici I Profumi di Firenze
1.2822536280557
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.281692365551
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2812661218503
1905 Madame Butterfly Puccini Histoires de Parfums
1.2779033604112
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2752041727466
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.2739179239062
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2734164822615
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.2731657614391
Iris 39 Perfume Oil Le Labo

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