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

1.5172861234623
Dior Homme Intense Dior
1.5050697084918
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5038768359055
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5029821814657
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.502311190636
Iris Zara
1.5019384179527
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.5014910907329
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5012674271229
Shooting Stars Collection: Modoc Xerjoff
1.5006709908298
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5005964362931
Cher Michel Klein
1.5004473272199
Iris Bottega Verde
1.5002236636099
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5002236636099
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001491090733
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5001491090733
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5000745545366
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.5000745545366
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.4904889633192
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4867786269291
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.4741933199135
Dior Homme Intense Dior
1.4723027543428
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.4545777933348
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4476498450757
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.4263082446134
Dior Homme Dior
1.4184563088794
Imari Blossom Avon
1.4121950593454
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.4084398677403
Hiris Hermes
1.4011183180497
Caterina de Medici Il Profumi di Firenze
1.4001491090733
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.4
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.3985397543428
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.3937226452695
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.3885571539551
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.3881442895698
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.3779821814657
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3756709908298
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.375
Comma Comma
1.3738543333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3716621539551
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3705936636099
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.3699120907329
Io Hilde Soliani
1.3695746269291
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.3689293721017
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.3650525361962
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3642026452695
Iris Yardley
1.3641578817565
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.3637105545366
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3631666814285
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.361318054052
Iris Odori
1.3603905361962
XJ Irisss Eau de Parfum Xerjoff
1.3595649618281
Dior Homme Dior
1.3553462437188
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Dior
1.3546298614777
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3531646636099
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.3507939990308
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3430286452695
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3423788247968
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3405538661746
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3395210265414
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3389830380974
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3381044903452
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3374073967047
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3372098359055
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.3346004271229
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3345258725863
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.334376763513
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3339294362931
White Iris Bronnley
1.3338548817565
Dangereuse Sentifique
1.3337803272199
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3337803272199
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3337803272199
Tuscan Soul Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3337803272199
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3337057726832
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.3337057726832
Incidence Paris Bleu
1.3334821090733
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.333333
1538 Rheims DS & Durga
1.333333
Christian Louis Maitre Parfumeur Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3292614602997
Chance Chanel
1.3271779256691
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.326807008201
Iris L`Erbolario
1.3256709908298
Fleur d’Iris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3224759440095
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3201204179527
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3146131195855
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3138057268322
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3127426814285
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.3124621756505
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3090339816596
Azzaro Couture Azzaro
1.3079156636099
Incandessence Blossom Avon
1.3079156636099
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.3079113088794
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3034129082979
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.3017147543428
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3014165361962
Shooting Stars Collection: Ibitira Xerjoff
1.3012674271229
Mexx Woman Summer Edition Mexx
1.3007455453664
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3003727726832
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.2987135361962
Note Ambree M. Micallef
1.2981978083948
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.2956932712294
John Galliano Eau de Toilette John Galliano
1.2956836452695
XS Irisss Xerjoff
1.2943416636099
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.2942671090733
Aqua Incanta Dr. Gritti
1.2928028010885
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.2921143272199
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.2920760849176
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Dior
1.2899958817565
L´eau d´Iris DSH Perfumes
1.2879506360993
Iris d`Argent Keiko Mecheri
1.2863942630284
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.2855648909267
Kn°II Korloff Paris
1.2813524110937
Samsara Guerlain
1.2812674271229
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2811793904421
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.279323315142
Iris Poudre Frederic Malle
1.2789187360024
Jacques Fath Irissime Jacques Fath
1.2786514251845
Eternal Magic Avon
1.2780762181466
Kashmir Musk Crabtree & Evelyn
1.2779271090733
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2776513088794
Little Kiss Me Salvador Dali
1.2758692263476
Fantasia de Fleurs Creed
1.2753364087825
Nirmal Laboratorio Olfattivo
1.2745026379632
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2733234362931
Eau d`Ete de Balmain Summer Pierre Balmain
1.2730252181466
Follow Me Night Novaya Zarya
1.2729506636099
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2728015545366
Rose M. Asam
1.2725520303437
Love Chloe
1.2719164985462
Iris Crabtree & Evelyn
1.270737290539
Iris Pourpre Keiko Mecheri
1.2699019908298
Chateaux de la Loire Faberlic
1.2698029440095
Parfume d’Extase Marchesa
1.2690876191009
Midnight Fantasy Britney Spears
1.2688133170804
Iris 39 Le Labo
1.2680835361962
Ponte Vecchio W Nobile 1942
1.2676881814657
Feerie Gold Van Cleef & Arpels
1.2673379908298
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2663638450757
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.2658104078133
Bois d`Iris The Different Company
1.2649675086856
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.261803833967
Heure Exquise Annick Goutal
1.2601536544397
mark Night Iris Avon
1.260152527026
Pierre Cardin Collection Iris Sauvage Pierre Cardin
1.258450290539
La Fin Du Monde Etat Libre d`Orange
1.2552142648923
L'Heure Bleue Guerlain
1.2550922997092
Silver Iris Atelier Cologne
1.2542301205547
Classique Jean Paul Gaultier
1.2530738441065
Aqua Allegoria Figue - Iris Guerlain
1.2527642335794
Iris Noir Yves Rocher
1.2523857451726
Les Heures de Cartier: L`Heure Promise I Cartier

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