Iris

lat. Iris

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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 Dior
1.5055658627087
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5035731464303
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5028172885316
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5019927162784
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.501924001924
Iris Zara
1.501443001443
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5013742870886
Modoc Xerjoff
1.5006871435443
Cher Michel Klein
1.5006871435443
Iris Bottega Verde
1.5005497148354
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5003435717721
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5002061430633
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001374287089
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5001374287089
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5001374287089
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5000687143544
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.5
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.4942787343503
Dior Homme Intense Dior
1.4624092145262
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4549234311139
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4298765727341
Io Hilde Soliani
1.4286397143544
Classic Bath and Body Works
1.4263873041984
Dior Homme Dior
1.4242825746581
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.4210041445063
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4168731430633
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.4094108603037
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.4012368583797
Caterina de Medici Il Profumi di Firenze
1.4008414647839
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.4004175756201
Iris Odori
1.4001374287089
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.3978227167594
Imari Blossom Avon
1.3965235732151
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3931345770631
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.390047040885
Hiris Hermes
1.3900024460249
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Dior
1.3897822866076
Al Hajjar Al Aswad Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.3794023333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3776798598227
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3763055727341
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3756184291899
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3753308704047
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.375
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.375
Comma Comma
1.3749312856456
Rhizomes L`Atelier Boheme
1.3721565732151
Iris Yardley
1.37147700481
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3705761430633
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.3699840798461
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3690681048581
Dior Homme Dior
1.365560001924
Irisss Xerjoff
1.3649415727341
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.364117000481
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.3637047143544
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.355596009139
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3522294474679
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3506687201264
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3500717359995
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3481753005566
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3471284350306
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3458117172404
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.342906001443
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3379368617467
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3370435751391
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.3360523505806
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3346385727341
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.334295000962
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3338827148354
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3338827148354
Attraction Summer Lancome
1.3338827148354
Incidence Yves de Sistelle
1.3336765717721
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3336765717721
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.3335391430633
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3335391430633
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.3334704287089
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3334017143544
Mini Magic Ulric de Varens
1.3334017143544
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.333333
Christian Louis Maitre Parfumeur Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.333333
1538 Rheims D.S. & Durga
1.3311987172404
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.3256871435443
Fleur d’Iris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.321367110905
Chance Chanel
1.320968013468
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3208831512403
Iris L`Erbolario
1.3204187427335
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3201524816189
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3199685732151
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3162100817701
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.3152295059438
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3144121435443
L´eau d´Iris DSH Perfumes
1.3091797182024
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.308809586958
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.3079085732151
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3078981430633
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.3065487182024
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3049664291899
Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3017865732151
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3013055727341
Mexx Woman Summer Edition Mexx
1.3006871435443
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.300481000481
Acqua Mirable Odorosa di Firenze Il Profumi di Firenze
1.3004122861266
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.2991182923796
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.2979425770631
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.2967518622277
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.2920792861266
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.2892514301519
Ibitira Xerjoff
1.2892184320759
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.2883343448086
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Dior
1.2874318588607
Azzaro Couture Azzaro
1.2867471483543
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.2867295751391
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.285714
Kn°II Korloff Paris
1.2824868583797
mark Night Iris mark.
1.281443001443
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2789839264756
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.2779154287089
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2775798588607
Little Kiss Me Salvador Dali
1.2770862907304
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2767257268604
Iris Crabtree & Evelyn
1.2749945736961
Iris d`Argent Keiko Mecheri
1.2732767148354
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2729331430633
Follow Me Night Novaya Zarya
1.2727957143544
Rose M. Asam
1.2722184140727
Love Chloe
1.2713888742527
Eternal Magic Avon
1.2713795991892
Iris Poudre Frederic Malle
1.2706822861266
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.2698535837972
John Galliano Eau de Toilette John Galliano
1.2680412870886
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.267592002886
Feerie Gold Van Cleef & Arpels
1.2674228578987
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2666384383289
Iris 39 Le Labo
1.2653931435443
Eau Moderne Thirdman
1.2639675059438
Midnight Fantasy Britney Spears
1.2633641430633
Aqua Incanta Dr. Gritti
1.2632458684807
Parfume d’Extase Marchesa
1.2622485761011
L'Homme de Coeur Divine
1.2607794508349
Iris Noir Yves Rocher
1.2598774291899
Chateaux de la Loire Faberlic
1.2590798593417
Nirmal Laboratorio Olfattivo
1.2582273092146
Clair de Musc Serge Lutens
1.257624019721
Heure Exquise Annick Goutal
1.2569227172404
Jacques Fath Irissime Jacques Fath
1.256753011063
Bois d`Iris The Different Company
1.2566848574177
Regina Farmacia SS. Annunziata
1.2540087225314
Fantasia de Fleurs Creed
1.2537969231086
Classique Jean Paul Gaultier
1.2536931541263
Aqua Allegoria Figue - Iris Guerlain
1.2510994296709
Mon Numero 3 L`Artisan Parfumeur

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