Iris

lat. Iris

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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 Dior
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Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5036982764636
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
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Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5021631428372
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
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Iris Zara
1.5014653548252
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5012560184216
Modoc Xerjoff
1.500697788012
Cher Michel Klein
1.5006280092108
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5004884516084
Iris Bottega Verde
1.500348894006
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5002093364036
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001395576024
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5001395576024
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5001395576024
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5000697788012
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.5000697788012
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.4859631967064
Dior Homme Intense Dior
1.457961689275
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4549628156444
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4298967972228
Io Hilde Soliani
1.4242628248552
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.4238508003628
Dior Homme Dior
1.4209599124276
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4092504884516
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.4017559766241
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.4012560184216
Caterina de Medici Il Profumi di Firenze
1.4002731704696
Iris Odori
1.4001395576024
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.3978610368432
Imari Blossom Avon
1.39648147003
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3932916404996
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.389935682018
Al Hajjar Al Aswad Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.3880097139069
Hiris Hermes
1.3864840274928
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Dior
1.3861239630172
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.3785643333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3779307096504
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3763257972228
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3756280092108
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.375
Comma Comma
1.375
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.3714119584816
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3705793364036
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.3686904969646
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3669772617403
Dior Homme Dior
1.3655898064336
Irisss Xerjoff
1.3649617972228
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3641244516084
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.3637057788012
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3574436912288
Iris Yardley
1.3559591611193
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.355528244156
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.350759198102
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3457877096504
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3453587069988
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3429283548252
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3424750919685
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3378701058544
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.337868622078
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3371010552648
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.3366951699114
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3346587972228
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3343099032168
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3338912304096
Attraction Summer Lancome
1.3338912304096
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3338912304096
Incidence Yves de Sistelle
1.333681894006
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.333681894006
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3336121152048
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.3335423364036
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3334725576024
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.3334725576024
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3334027788012
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.333333
1538 Rheims D.S. & Durga
1.333333
Christian Louis Maitre Parfumeur Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3278735206196
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3274219308492
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.326356668132
Iris L`Erbolario
1.325697788012
Fleur d’Iris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.32527347003
Azzaro Couture Azzaro
1.3233197303747
Chance Chanel
1.3216971932873
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3206982253157
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3199962488312
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3154005338078
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.314422788012
L´eau d´Iris DSH Perfumes
1.3140383389854
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3092403916684
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.3079013364036
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.3077966912288
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3066093916684
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3056232842788
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.30174447003
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3012560184216
Mexx Woman Summer Edition Mexx
1.300697788012
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3004884516084
Acqua Mirable Odorosa di Firenze Il Profumi di Firenze
1.300348894006
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.2983657649152
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.2979600828972
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.2968306312888
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.2920856728072
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.2892759124276
Ibitira Xerjoff
1.2891331612588
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.288491520201
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Dior
1.2866927464936
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.2865777188612
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.285714
Kn°II Korloff Paris
1.2825060184216
mark Night Iris mark.
1.2814653548252
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2798015852348
Lazy Sunday Morning Maison Martin Margiela
1.2779175576024
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.27760647003
Little Kiss Me Salvador Dali
1.2774498644198
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.2769205206196
Iris Crabtree & Evelyn
1.2748901428372
Iris d`Argent Keiko Mecheri
1.27440629021
John Galliano Eau de Toilette John Galliano
1.2732852304096
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2732852304096
Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.2731793581048
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2729363364036
Follow Me Night Novaya Zarya
1.2727967788012
Rose M. Asam
1.2725215112693
Iris Poudre Frederic Malle
1.2724525426
Love Chloe
1.2715143638964
Eternal Magic Avon
1.2706886728072
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.268062576024
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.2676367096504
Feerie Gold Van Cleef & Arpels
1.2674345668132
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2659368109692
Iris 39 Le Labo
1.2655269150094
Midnight Fantasy Britney Spears
1.2653340092108
Eau Moderne Thirdman
1.2653211428372
Nirmal Laboratorio Olfattivo
1.2633673364036
Aqua Incanta Dr. Gritti
1.2628183777824
Bois d`Iris The Different Company
1.2622511796804
L'Homme de Coeur Divine
1.2601447739865
Iris Noir Yves Rocher
1.2598870092108
Chateaux de la Loire Faberlic
1.2584738431373
Heure Exquise Annick Goutal
1.2582338985416
Fantasia de Fleurs Creed
1.2577548386016
Parfume d’Extase Marchesa
1.2575279445956
Aqua Allegoria Figue - Iris Guerlain
1.2570382672528
Jacques Fath Irissime Jacques Fath
1.256758894006
Regina Farmacia SS. Annunziata
1.253227279185
Classique Jean Paul Gaultier
1.2511164608192
Charmes Secrets: Nuit Sensuelle Laurence Dumont
1.2511164608192
Mon Numero 3 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.2508373456144
Iris and Lavender Yardley
1.2507184364664
L'Heure Bleue Guerlain

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