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

1.5282625837386
Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5227299804837
Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5053167347468
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5035661025741
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5029825585165
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5019451468586
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.50188030863
Iris Zara
1.5014912792583
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5012967645724
Iris Meadow Aerin Lauder
1.5011022498865
Modoc Xerjoff
1.5007780587434
Iris Bottega Verde
1.5007132205148
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5006483822862
Cher Michel Klein
1.5003241911431
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5002593529145
Iris di Toscana Acque di Italia
1.5001945146859
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001296764572
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5001296764572
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5001296764572
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5000648382286
Oro Rosé Jequiti
1.5000648382286
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.5
Cologne Noble La Manufacture
1.5
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.4680044626208
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4548448526875
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4298029263438
Io Hilde Soliani
1.4288303529145
Classic Bath and Body Works
1.4286358382286
Peccato Simone Cosac Profumi
1.4240255570901
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.4169911911431
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.4133211174869
Caterina de Medici I Profumi di Firenze
1.4094270732024
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.4010906760034
Iris Odori
1.4001296764572
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.4001176285418
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.4000648382286
Supercharged Jeanne Arthes
1.3996385408805
Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior
1.3985107939441
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.3939317496596
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.3871857189263
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.3851985440576
Tuberosa Agave Voluspa
1.3850040293717
Alyssa Ashley Green Tea Essence Alyssa Ashley
1.3825993632886
Hiris Hermes
1.3823464704013
Iris Yardley
1.3801167821436
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.3795293333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.376361602801
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3758428969721
Titania CJ Scents
1.3755835440576
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3750648382286
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.375
Comma Comma
1.375
Rhizomes L`Atelier Boheme
1.372288205602
Imari Blossom Avon
1.3721076023471
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.3715298671465
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3714949258899
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3705645146859
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.3649327645724
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.364669351099
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Christian Dior
1.3642195440576
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.3638305146859
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.363636
Golden Hemisphere Wild Eden Natural Perfume
1.3605596008559
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3599059769176
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3588489837256
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3539784116579
Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3511063380017
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3503790271024
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3490039995461
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.3487985734293
Flor Alegria Avon
1.3484922774428
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3479556764572
Gaia Eau Mythique Jardin de France
1.3456450438306
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3428894410296
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3422897496596
Fearless Victoria`s Secret
1.3394760663943
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3380013524606
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3367694261168
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.3345649263438
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3343704116579
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3343055734293
Al Hajjar Al Aswad Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.3339165440576
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.333851705829
Attraction Summer Lancome
1.333851705829
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3336571911431
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3335923529145
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.3335275146859
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.3334626764572
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3333978382286
Mini Magic Ulric de Varens
1.3333978382286
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.332740145497
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3292718666926
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3289587939441
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3276583673734
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3256851292226
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.324906461713
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3225931464047
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.3225822200609
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.3208347939441
Armani Privé Ombre & Lumiere Giorgio Armani
1.3198029557155
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.318926929845
Chance Chanel
1.3183193474681
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3180929533813
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.317150602801
Eau de Shalimar Edition Charms Guerlain
1.3162871762303
Burlesque Maria Candida Gentile
1.3154733736627
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.3078865146859
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.307692
Magnum Iris Ramón Béjar
1.3053216321727
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3035012643455
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.3006483822862
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.3006483822862
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3006483822862
Acqua Mirable Odorosa di Firenze I Profumi di Firenze
1.3004538676003
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.3
Christian Louis Maitre Parfumeur Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.298236602801
No1 Iris Prada
1.2963787790313
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.295479602801
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.2945962200609
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.2943125146859
L`eau de l'impératrice Sissi Maison Nicolas de Barry
1.2934108512611
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2920560293717
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.2909601902354
Iris L`Erbolario
1.2897339701744
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.2890932494327
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.2875419995461
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.2870691694223
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Christian Dior
1.2859733529145
Cashmere Iris Dr. Taffi
1.2858436764572
Kashkha Arabian Oud
1.282611602801
mark Night Iris mark.
1.2816857939441
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2811169828179
Clair de Musc Serge Lutens
1.2800123455878
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.2792692792583
Les Cascades de Rochas Songe d’Iris Rochas
1.2779076764572
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2772693380017
Irisss Xerjoff
1.2760565146859
1905 Madame Butterfly Puccini Histoires de Parfums
1.2745424704013
Azzaro Couture Azzaro
1.2738189425533
Love Chloe
1.2736995734293
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2731023800169
Iris Noir Yves Rocher
1.2729215146859
Follow Me Night Novaya Zarya
1.2728566764572
Ame Toscane Renaissance Isabel Derroisne
1.2727918382286
Rose M. Asam
1.2715298671465
L'Homme de Coeur Divine
1.2706590293717
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.2687468676003
Incandessence Blossom Avon
1.2682220144589
Ibitira Xerjoff
1.267271688193
Iris Poudre Frederic Malle
1.2670560293717
Moon Oriflame

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