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

1.5238624626396
Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5158081707807
Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5053515285303
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.503612281758
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5030771289049
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5020068231989
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.5019399290922
Iris Zara
1.5015385644525
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.501270988026
Modoc Xerjoff
1.5010034115994
Iris Meadow Aerin Lauder
1.5008027292796
Iris Bottega Verde
1.5007358351729
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5006689410663
Cher Michel Klein
1.5003344705331
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5002006823199
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001337882133
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5001337882133
Iris di Toscana Acque di Italia
1.5001337882133
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5001337882133
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5000668941066
Oro Rosé Jequiti
1.5000668941066
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.5
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Cologne Noble La Manufacture
1.4665175168908
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4549229760519
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4299088821326
Io Hilde Soliani
1.4286378941066
Classic Bath and Body Works
1.425770679109
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.4169345764265
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.4093940230116
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.4079892467724
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4013378821326
Caterina de Medici I Profumi di Firenze
1.4007358351729
Flor Alegria Avon
1.4007079051442
Iris Odori
1.4006020469597
Titania CJ Scents
1.4001337882133
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.4
Golden Hemisphere Wild Eden Natural Perfume
1.3981585524784
Imari Blossom Avon
1.3968737586461
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.3898255174928
Al Hajjar Al Aswad Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.3893250432136
Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior
1.3884566583718
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3870628166433
Hiris Hermes
1.3865549290922
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3852295994381
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.3852170469597
Tuberosa Agave Voluspa
1.3828088093518
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.3793633333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3791799990635
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.3773871111111
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.3764047762392
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3756020469597
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.375
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.375
Comma Comma
1.3749331058934
Rhizomes L`Atelier Boheme
1.3720423526657
Iris Yardley
1.3714164815707
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3705706823199
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.3671258690213
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3649738821326
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3641042587464
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.3637028941066
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3575171739916
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3572767882133
L`eau de l'impératrice Sissi Maison Nicolas de Barry
1.3569607855375
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3558086905479
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3538106233862
Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3507146813834
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3499425027092
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3493229161817
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3489079852164
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Christian Dior
1.3482741758646
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.3457334465851
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3429346703458
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3425144585591
Armani Privé Ombre & Lumiere Giorgio Armani
1.3422318701585
Fearless Victoria`s Secret
1.3381493756773
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3379372594822
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3368783876513
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.3352060349856
Irisss Xerjoff
1.334603988026
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3344033057061
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3339350469597
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.333868152853
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.333868152853
Attraction Summer Lancome
1.3336674705331
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3336005764265
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.3335336823199
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.3334667882133
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3333998941066
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.3333998941066
Mini Magic Ulric de Varens
1.333333
Christian Louis Maitre Parfumeur Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3290122467724
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3256689410663
Fleur d’Iris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3235219206636
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3220739833434
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3216473344705
Chance Chanel
1.3211878581845
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.319988140879
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3199658462104
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.31920286862
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3184547034584
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3171937762392
Eau de Shalimar Edition Charms Guerlain
1.3159555863268
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.3118600220751
Iris L`Erbolario
1.3118074673222
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.3078926823199
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.307692
Magnum Iris Ramón Béjar
1.3054440349856
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3007207522911
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3006689410663
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3004682587464
Acqua Mirable Odorosa di Firenze I Profumi di Firenze
1.3004682587464
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.2990086224497
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.2982797762392
No1 Iris Prada
1.2977933167436
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.2964290699712
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.2955896703458
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.2947586344237
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.2920683646398
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.2920270246839
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Christian Dior
1.2887040939193
Jacquard Etro
1.2886148351729
L´eau d´Iris DSH Perfumes
1.2859146823199
Sensuelle Ulric de Varens
1.2858477882133
Kashkha Arabian Oud
1.2852470216737
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2840922467724
Azzaro Couture Azzaro
1.2834784935447
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.2824540939193
mark Night Iris mark.
1.282320454813
Clair de Musc Serge Lutens
1.2815385644525
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2813839174527
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.2779883526657
Ibitira Xerjoff
1.2779117882133
Gaia Eau Mythique Jardin de France
1.2779117882133
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2775343526657
Little Kiss Me Salvador Dali
1.2750013996254
Iris d`Argent Keiko Mecheri
1.2736635174928
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2734328256071
Love Chloe
1.2734148332999
John Galliano Eau de Toilette John Galliano
1.2729276823199
Follow Me Night Novaya Zarya
1.2727938941066
Rose M. Asam
1.2706713646398
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.2687053756773
L'Homme de Coeur Divine
1.2675155524784
Feerie Gold Van Cleef & Arpels
1.2673359410663
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2669345764265
Moon Oriflame
1.266667
1538 Rheims D.S. & Durga
1.2662096215131
Iris Crabtree & Evelyn
1.265585573617
Eternal Magic Avon

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