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
1.5226381070101
Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5052543893374
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5035242855312
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5030116621812
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5019864154812
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.5018582596437
Iris Zara
1.5014737921312
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5014737921312
Iris Meadow Aerin Lauder
1.5011534025375
Modoc Xerjoff
1.5006407791875
Cher Michel Klein
1.5006407791875
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5003203895937
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.500256311675
Iris di Toscana Acque di Italia
1.5001922337562
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001281558375
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5001281558375
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5001281558375
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5000640779187
Oro Rosé Jequiti
1.5000640779187
In Peace Space NK
1.5000640779187
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.5
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Cologne Noble La Manufacture
1.4670189625785
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4569799609125
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4524460129437
Iris Bottega Verde
1.4297884804562
Io Hilde Soliani
1.4294040129437
Titania CJ Scents
1.428827311675
Classic Bath and Body Works
1.428571
Peccato Simone Cosac Profumi
1.4253274072793
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.4169873895937
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.4134490776624
Iris Odori
1.41330287005
Caterina de Medici I Profumi di Firenze
1.4095179738562
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.4036524413687
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.4006150499808
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.4001281558375
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.4000640779187
Supercharged Jeanne Arthes
1.3985551038062
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.3983385306933
Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior
1.395547557606
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.38790187005
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3851917012687
Tuberosa Agave Voluspa
1.3849994675125
Alyssa Ashley Green Tea Essence Alyssa Ashley
1.383760893887
Hiris Hermes
1.3832783375625
Iris Yardley
1.3823516951173
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.3801523333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3763456362937
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3755767012687
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3750640779187
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.375
Rhizomes L`Atelier Boheme
1.375
Comma Comma
1.3723203505062
Imari Blossom Avon
1.3715569347687
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3715369218249
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3705622337562
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.3667498568499
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.364917558375
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3643098951685
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Christian Dior
1.3642127012687
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.3638282337562
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3636456580802
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.363636
Golden Hemisphere Wild Eden Natural Perfume
1.3599596594899
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3591188563373
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3575274675125
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.35140011675
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3488535314623
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3487871687812
Flor Alegria Avon
1.3479541558375
Gaia Eau Mythique Jardin de France
1.3471548040497
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3454841946687
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3426995192875
Fearless Victoria`s Secret
1.3422334543124
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.3374843860054
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3367291296937
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.3345504804562
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3344223246187
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3344223246187
Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3344223246187
Al Hajjar Al Aswad Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.3343788563373
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3339097012687
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.33384562335
Attraction Summer Lancome
1.33384562335
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3336533895937
Capricorn CnR Create
1.333589311675
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.3335252337562
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.3334611558375
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3333970779187
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.3333970779187
Mini Magic Ulric de Varens
1.329663181725
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3285605854159
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3276912725875
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3237787657311
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3236421022684
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3225827139562
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.3225221555812
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.3208150258875
Armani Privé Ombre & Lumiere Giorgio Armani
1.3197839479687
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3181003738306
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3180365108292
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.3172627921312
Eau de Shalimar Edition Charms Guerlain
1.3171136101499
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3168969565552
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.3164922206844
Chance Chanel
1.3083327791875
Jette Eau de Parfum Jette Joop
1.3078842337562
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.307692
Magnum Iris Ramón Béjar
1.3053091687812
Dangereuse Sentifique
1.3053011038062
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3034602076125
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.3006407791875
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3006407791875
Acqua Mirable Odorosa di Firenze I Profumi di Firenze
1.3006407791875
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.30051262335
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.2982206362937
No1 Iris Prada
1.29627136345
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.2962355240292
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2954636362937
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.2946002334999
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.2942461558375
L`eau de l'impératrice Sissi Maison Nicolas de Barry
1.2933792855312
Minuit Sonne Lolita Lempicka
1.2910806870434
Clair de Musc Serge Lutens
1.2896868309625
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.2890286230937
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.2887697106241
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Christian Dior
1.2881972202999
Iris L`Erbolario
1.285970311675
Cashmere Iris Dr. Taffi
1.2858421558375
Kashkha Arabian Oud
1.2857780779187
Peaceful Harmony Philosophy
1.2836836101499
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.2825956362937
mark Night Iris mark.
1.2819408829937
Burlesque Maria Candida Gentile
1.2816660258875
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2803528719723
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.2779061558375
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.277819428425
Irisss Xerjoff
1.2777897921312
Les Cascades de Rochas Songe d’Iris Rochas
1.27689911675
Nirmal Laboratorio Olfattivo
1.2760542337562
1905 Madame Butterfly Puccini Histoires de Parfums
1.2736881687812
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2734598633859
Love Chloe
1.2731755454312
Iris 39 Perfume Oil Le Labo
1.2728551558375
Ame Toscane Renaissance Isabel Derroisne
1.2727910779187
Rose M. Asam
1.2716650776624
L'Homme de Coeur Divine
1.2706544675125
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.269244349481
Iris Noir Yves Rocher

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