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
1.5052308094678
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5035307963907
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.503007715444
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5019615535504
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.5018961684321
Iris Zara
1.501503857722
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5012423172486
Iris Meadow Aerin Lauder
1.5011769321302
Modoc Xerjoff
1.5007846214202
Iris Bottega Verde
1.5007192363018
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5006538511835
Cher Michel Klein
1.5003269255917
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5002615404734
Iris di Toscana Acque di Italia
1.500196155355
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001307702367
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5001307702367
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5001307702367
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5000653851183
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.5000653851183
Oro Rosé Jequiti
1.5
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Cologne Noble La Manufacture
1.468149389303
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4548656344972
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4298133172486
Io Hilde Soliani
1.4287017702367
Classic Bath and Body Works
1.425987465542
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.4169285404734
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.409453870799
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.4013730874853
Caterina de Medici I Profumi di Firenze
1.4002337472211
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.4001307702367
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.4000653851183
Supercharged Jeanne Arthes
1.398525013077
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.3940904112724
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.3930853097947
Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior
1.3869034791421
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3852034660651
Tuberosa Agave Voluspa
1.3850073107101
Alyssa Ashley Green Tea Essence Alyssa Ashley
1.3845702459788
Hiris Hermes
1.3833048904145
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.3823617833137
Iris Yardley
1.3796423434026
Iris Odori
1.3794435028116
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.3791537338826
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.3788483333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3763730874853
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3758500065385
Titania CJ Scents
1.3755884660651
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3750653851183
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.375
Rhizomes L`Atelier Boheme
1.375
Comma Comma
1.3725437898522
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3723111749706
Imari Blossom Avon
1.371570883876
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.370566155355
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.3649437023669
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3642244660651
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.363832155355
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.363636
Golden Hemisphere Wild Eden Natural Perfume
1.3617709623382
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3599956514973
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3599384723421
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3569530629005
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Christian Dior
1.3538563916569
Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.350934940238
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3505818904145
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3491065731659
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.3488067767752
Flor Alegria Avon
1.348392069439
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3479567702367
Gaia Eau Mythique Jardin de France
1.3456685600889
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3429014726036
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3420561005623
Fearless Victoria`s Secret
1.338591833791
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.338040728521
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3376287612135
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3367984112724
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.3345753172486
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3343791618936
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3343137767752
Al Hajjar Al Aswad Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.3339214660651
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3338560809468
Attraction Summer Lancome
1.3338560809468
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3336599255917
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3335945404734
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.333529155355
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.3334637702367
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3333983851183
Mini Magic Ulric de Varens
1.3333983851183
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.328973013077
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3251914546881
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3246155772198
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3226254243494
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.3225813564797
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.320849013077
Armani Privé Ombre & Lumiere Giorgio Armani
1.3204001544396
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3202233335949
Chance Chanel
1.3199473981954
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3185062565712
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3171620874853
Eau de Shalimar Edition Charms Guerlain
1.3169795857199
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.3163068642605
Burlesque Maria Candida Gentile
1.3152108026677
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.307888155355
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.307692
Magnum Iris Ramón Béjar
1.3053363981954
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3035307963907
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.3006538511835
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3006538511835
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.3004576958284
Acqua Mirable Odorosa di Firenze I Profumi di Firenze
1.3004576958284
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.3
Christian Louis Maitre Parfumeur Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.2982480874853
No1 Iris Prada
1.2964099517458
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.2954910874853
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.2946394243494
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.294314155355
L`eau de l'impératrice Sissi Maison Nicolas de Barry
1.2920593107101
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.2907103760952
Iris L`Erbolario
1.2903689054531
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2898986475742
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.2897678773375
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.2891397350595
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.2882170570158
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Christian Dior
1.2859755404734
Cashmere Iris Dr. Taffi
1.2858447702367
Kashkha Arabian Oud
1.2837130342618
Clair de Musc Serge Lutens
1.2826230874853
mark Night Iris mark.
1.2816346279587
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2810038095985
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.2779087702367
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2768961684321
Irisss Xerjoff
1.276058155355
1905 Madame Butterfly Puccini Histoires de Parfums
1.2745577833137
Azzaro Couture Azzaro
1.2735770065385
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2733770682621
Love Chloe
1.272923155355
Follow Me Night Novaya Zarya
1.2728577702367
Ame Toscane Renaissance Isabel Derroisne
1.2727923851183
Rose M. Asam
1.2706623107101
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.2696168658297
Iris Noir Yves Rocher
1.2687506958284
Incandessence Blossom Avon
1.2675883981954
Ibitira Xerjoff
1.2673867898522
Feerie Gold Van Cleef & Arpels
1.2673384987577
L'Homme de Coeur Divine
1.2670593107101
Moon Oriflame
1.266667
1538 Rheims D.S. & Durga
1.266667
Lye Maison Gabriella Chieffo

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