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

1.5222863905948
Dior Homme Intense Dior
1.5053682628301
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5037219955622
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5029346503471
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5021473051321
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.5020041514566
Iris Zara
1.5015031135924
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5012883830792
Shooting Stars Collection: Modoc Xerjoff
1.5005726147019
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5005726147019
Cher Michel Klein
1.5005010378641
Iris Bottega Verde
1.5002147305132
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5002147305132
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5001431536755
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5001431536755
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5001431536755
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5000715768377
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.5000715768377
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.4903817661585
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4812011677045
Dior Homme Intense Dior
1.4569917470475
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4275345345358
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.4225941543912
Dior Homme Dior
1.4208581135924
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4114530356453
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.4099779957054
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.4093278040226
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.402896062415
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.4028758396679
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.401359959917
Caterina de Medici Il Profumi di Firenze
1.4001431536755
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.3977110356453
Imari Blossom Avon
1.3965979977811
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3918236503471
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3835233653282
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Dior
1.3804214500752
Hiris Hermes
1.3790083029132
Iris Odori
1.3780062271849
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3764303333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3756441915396
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3750715768377
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.375
Comma Comma
1.3713910712905
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3705847305132
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.3698525367547
Io Hilde Soliani
1.3668880582635
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3654254209434
XJ Irisss Eau de Parfum Xerjoff
1.364995959917
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3647191140219
Dior Homme Dior
1.3641370378641
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.3637075768377
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3566284209434
Iris Yardley
1.3531557305132
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.3530516704602
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3436204244506
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3429661135924
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3377707639396
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3374689822489
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3371719624222
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3370549955622
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.3359076281583
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3346213830792
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3345498062415
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3343350757283
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3337624610264
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3336908841887
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.3336908841887
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3336193073509
Incidence Yves de Sistelle
1.3335477305132
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3334761536755
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3334045768377
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.3334045768377
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.333333
Christian Louis Maitre Parfumeur Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.333333
1538 Rheims DS & Durga
1.3266528096056
Chance Chanel
1.3265746904302
Azzaro Couture Azzaro
1.3261490825281
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3257157683774
Fleur d’Iris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.324899797366
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3232585613056
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3216972830864
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3199714209434
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3178916837735
Iris L`Erbolario
1.3172662876673
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.3145123452151
L´eau d´Iris DSH Perfumes
1.3129093929568
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3104320312075
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3079067305132
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.3078398441056
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3024761492377
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3017894209434
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3016462672679
Shooting Stars Collection: Ibitira Xerjoff
1.3012883830792
Mexx Woman Summer Edition Mexx
1.3007157683774
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3005726147019
Tuscan Soul Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3003578841887
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.2996061654856
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.2987531069358
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.2981057238566
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.2969636859924
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.2960717260754
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.2957642672679
XS Irisss Xerjoff
1.2945474610264
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.2920964610264
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.2901694588075
Iris d`Argent Keiko Mecheri
1.2893488176222
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Dior
1.289221265049
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.2873827929282
John Galliano Eau de Toilette John Galliano
1.2868329933434
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.2866694187245
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.285714
Kn°II Korloff Paris
1.2815031135924
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2795674209434
Lazy Sunday Morning Maison Martin Margiela
1.2779211536755
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2778693261041
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.2776514209434
Little Kiss Me Salvador Dali
1.2743185947319
Eternal Magic Avon
1.2743163141507
Iris Poudre Frederic Malle
1.2734883480066
Love Chloe
1.2734427683774
Eau d`Ete de Balmain Summer Pierre Balmain
1.2730848841887
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2729417305132
Follow Me Night Novaya Zarya
1.2727985768377
Rose M. Asam
1.2719295975234
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2719262160905
Iris Crabtree & Evelyn
1.2707553808604
Iris Pourpre Keiko Mecheri
1.2698751915396
Chateaux de la Loire Faberlic
1.2682416904302
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.2677122271849
Feerie Gold Van Cleef & Arpels
1.2674543452151
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2668397550641
Parfume d’Extase Marchesa
1.265917083387
Midnight Fantasy Britney Spears
1.2654217683774
Eau Moderne Thirdman
1.2653053051321
Nirmal Laboratorio Olfattivo
1.2648809109584
Iris 39 Le Labo
1.2648683363396
Fantasia de Fleurs Creed
1.2633727305132
Aqua Incanta Dr. Gritti
1.260332652566
mark Night Iris mark.
1.2586927840527
Heure Exquise Annick Goutal
1.2580130646339
Bois d`Iris The Different Company
1.2575347171999
Aqua Allegoria Figue - Iris Guerlain
1.2575057417508
Iris Noir Yves Rocher
1.2571173808604
Jacques Fath Irissime Jacques Fath
1.2530091367833
Classique Jean Paul Gaultier
1.2525884059838
L'Heure Bleue Guerlain
1.251073652566
Charmes Secrets: Nuit Sensuelle Laurence Dumont
1.2508589220528
Iris and Lavender Yardley
1.2505726147019
Lalique Eau de Parfum Homme Limited Edition 2009 Lalique
1.2505010378641
Black Iris & Peony Sanctuary
1.2504294610264
Pure Moments Swiss Arabian

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