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

1.5181818853047
Dior Homme Intense Dior
1.5050776583035
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5038829151732
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5029868578256
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5023148148148
Iris Zara
1.5019414575866
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.5014934289128
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5012694145759
Shooting Stars Collection: Modoc Xerjoff
1.5006720430108
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5005973715651
Cher Michel Klein
1.5004480286738
Iris Bottega Verde
1.5002240143369
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5002240143369
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001493428913
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5001493428913
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5000746714456
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5000746714456
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.5
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.490493172043
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4867831863799
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.4725205746714
Dior Homme Intense Dior
1.4723054432497
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.454225776583
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4476548721625
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.4259632795699
Dior Homme Dior
1.4184591146953
Imari Blossom Avon
1.412102651135
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.4085060382318
Hiris Hermes
1.4011200716846
Caterina de Medici Il Profumi di Firenze
1.4001493428913
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.4
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.3983931003584
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.3937251003584
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.3885649868578
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.3881620597372
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.3779868578256
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3756720430108
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.375
Comma Comma
1.3738613333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3716699868578
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3705940143369
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.3699144289128
Io Hilde Soliani
1.3695791863799
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.3689376726404
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.3650547574671
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3642051003584
Iris Yardley
1.3641587001195
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.3637106714456
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3631431326165
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3613246009558
Iris Odori
1.3603927574671
XJ Irisss Eau de Parfum Xerjoff
1.3595602353644
Dior Homme Dior
1.3553692747909
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Dior
1.354583832736
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3531650143369
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.3508068590203
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3429564289128
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3422623333333
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3410680083632
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3395307299881
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3388566427718
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3381119725209
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3373764492234
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3372159151732
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.3346024145759
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3345277431302
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3343784002389
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3339303715651
White Iris Bronnley
1.3338557001195
Dangereuse Sentifique
1.3337810286738
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3337810286738
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3337810286738
Tuscan Soul Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3337810286738
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3337063572282
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.3337063572282
Incidence Paris Bleu
1.3334823428913
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.333333
Christian Louis Maitre Parfumeur Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.333333
1538 Rheims DS & Durga
1.3285202019116
Chance Chanel
1.3271992031063
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3266694731183
Iris L`Erbolario
1.3256720430108
Fleur d’Iris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3224204456392
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3201234575866
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3142673357228
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.313811572282
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3130704755078
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.3126186833931
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3114058148148
Iris d`Argent Keiko Mecheri
1.3105174301075
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.3090360860215
Azzaro Couture Azzaro
1.3079160143369
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.3079160143369
Incandessence Blossom Avon
1.3079141146953
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3017174432497
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3014187574671
Shooting Stars Collection: Ibitira Xerjoff
1.3012694145759
Mexx Woman Summer Edition Mexx
1.3007467144564
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3003733572282
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.2987157574671
Note Ambree M. Micallef
1.2982070442055
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.2957131457587
John Galliano Eau de Toilette John Galliano
1.2956861003584
XS Irisss Xerjoff
1.2943420143369
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.2942673428913
Aqua Incanta Dr. Gritti
1.2936595292712
La Fin Du Monde Etat Libre d`Orange
1.2926558900836
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.2921150286738
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.2914835400239
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Dior
1.2899967001195
L´eau d´Iris DSH Perfumes
1.2864023297491
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.2855646571087
Kn°II Korloff Paris
1.2812694145759
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2811855866189
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.2808663201912
Samsara Guerlain
1.2792143058542
Iris Poudre Frederic Malle
1.2789235292712
Jacques Fath Irissime Jacques Fath
1.2786791326165
Eternal Magic Avon
1.2780766857826
Kashmir Musk Crabtree & Evelyn
1.2779273428913
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2776541146953
Little Kiss Me Salvador Dali
1.2758815017921
Fantasia de Fleurs Creed
1.2753405005974
Nirmal Laboratorio Olfattivo
1.2741999605735
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2731750286738
Eau d`Ete de Balmain Summer Pierre Balmain
1.2730256857826
Follow Me Night Novaya Zarya
1.2729510143369
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2728016714456
Rose M. Asam
1.2726405149343
Love Chloe
1.2720104599761
Iris Crabtree & Evelyn
1.2707422007168
Iris Pourpre Keiko Mecheri
1.2699030430108
Chateaux de la Loire Faberlic
1.2698221170848
Parfume d’Extase Marchesa
1.2688212365591
Midnight Fantasy Britney Spears
1.2680857574671
Ponte Vecchio W Nobile 1942
1.2676928578256
Feerie Gold Van Cleef & Arpels
1.2673390430108
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2663688721625
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.2658273596177
Bois d`Iris The Different Company
1.2655882592593
Iris 39 Le Labo
1.2649728864994
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.2616862903226
Heure Exquise Annick Goutal
1.2601558004779
Pierre Cardin Collection Iris Sauvage Pierre Cardin
1.2601550573477
mark Night Iris Avon
1.2552895041816
L'Heure Bleue Guerlain
1.2550961577061
Silver Iris Atelier Cologne
1.2540738052569
Classique Jean Paul Gaultier
1.2530917311828
Aqua Allegoria Figue - Iris Guerlain
1.252801176822
Iris Noir Yves Rocher
1.2523894862605
Les Heures de Cartier: L`Heure Promise I Cartier

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