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
1.5053544656243
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5037124294995
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5028557149996
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5022845719997
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.5019990004998
Iris Zara
1.5014992503748
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5012850717498
Modoc Xerjoff
1.5005711429999
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5005711429999
Cher Michel Klein
1.5004997501249
Iris Bottega Verde
1.500214178625
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.500214178625
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.50014278575
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.50014278575
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.50014278575
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.500071392875
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.500071392875
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.4903751434997
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4830203591062
Dior Homme Intense Dior
1.4578274102235
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4299274646248
Io Hilde Soliani
1.4275974651246
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.4226805402299
Dior Homme Dior
1.4208542503748
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4093198936246
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.4049634018705
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.4028647887485
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.4028618584993
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.4013564646248
Caterina de Medici Il Profumi di Firenze
1.40014278575
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.3977049648747
Imari Blossom Avon
1.3970929648747
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.3965218218748
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3918161078746
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3839101469979
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Dior
1.3803138318698
Hiris Hermes
1.3789980009995
Iris Odori
1.3779985007496
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3767983333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3756425358749
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.375071392875
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.375
Comma Comma
1.3713789297494
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.370584178625
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.3654208218748
Irisss Xerjoff
1.3649924646248
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3647587746127
Dior Homme Dior
1.364745412865
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3641357501249
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.363707392875
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3626098218748
Iris Yardley
1.3532187546227
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.353155178625
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.3508963943742
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3447725378739
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3431991793389
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3429622503748
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3379021439994
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3374307179981
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.337150837367
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3370454294995
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.3360664339973
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3346180717498
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3345466788748
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3343325002499
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3337613572499
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.333689964375
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.333689964375
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3336185715
Incidence Yves de Sistelle
1.333547178625
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.33347578575
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.333404392875
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.333404392875
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.333333
Christian Louis Maitre Parfumeur Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.333333
1538 Rheims DS & Durga
1.3265706432498
Azzaro Couture Azzaro
1.326354063968
Chance Chanel
1.3257139287499
Fleur d’Iris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3237359713715
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3232962889984
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3218469061184
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3199668218748
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3178732874991
Iris L`Erbolario
1.3173428774898
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.3145103216249
L´eau d´Iris DSH Perfumes
1.3130877689727
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.307906178625
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.3078354289998
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3024662152495
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3017848218748
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3016420361248
Ibitira Xerjoff
1.3012850717498
Mexx Woman Summer Edition Mexx
1.3007139287499
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3005711429999
Tuscan Soul Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.300456430856
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.300356964375
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.2987348946241
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.2980908228743
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.2969500727493
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.2960616081245
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.2945463572499
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.2920953572499
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.2895613712429
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Dior
1.2892122508746
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.2872795744985
John Galliano Eau de Toilette John Galliano
1.2868186442493
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.2866600366245
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.285714
Kn°II Korloff Paris
1.2814992503748
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2795628218748
Lazy Sunday Morning Maison Martin Margiela
1.27792078575
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2776468218748
Little Kiss Me Salvador Dali
1.2774714453488
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.2749401791247
Iris d`Argent Keiko Mecheri
1.2743187209966
Iris Poudre Frederic Malle
1.2742026828728
Eternal Magic Avon
1.2732267501249
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.272941178625
Follow Me Night Novaya Zarya
1.272798392875
Rose M. Asam
1.272112246234
Love Chloe
1.2718945744985
Iris Crabtree & Evelyn
1.2698735358749
Chateaux de la Loire Faberlic
1.269718000357
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2682376432498
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.2677045007496
Feerie Gold Van Cleef & Arpels
1.2674523216249
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2667378243735
Parfume d’Extase Marchesa
1.2662981623474
Midnight Fantasy Britney Spears
1.2654425719997
Nirmal Laboratorio Olfattivo
1.2653485358749
Eau Moderne Thirdman
1.263372178625
Aqua Incanta Dr. Gritti
1.2625451811237
Iris 39 Le Labo
1.2615839287499
Eau d`Ete de Balmain Summer Pierre Balmain
1.2615045057471
Iris Noir Yves Rocher
1.2603298931249
mark Night Iris mark.
1.2586418263725
Heure Exquise Annick Goutal
1.2584957521239
Fantasia de Fleurs Creed
1.2582007526237
Bois d`Iris The Different Company
1.2575054671236
Aqua Allegoria Figue - Iris Guerlain
1.2571092864996
Jacques Fath Irissime Jacques Fath
1.253641266224
Classique Jean Paul Gaultier
1.252881250232
L'Heure Bleue Guerlain
1.2511422859999
Charmes Secrets: Nuit Sensuelle Laurence Dumont
1.2508567144999
Iris and Lavender Yardley
1.2505711429999
Lalique Eau de Parfum Homme Limited Edition 2009 Lalique
1.2504997501249
Black Iris & Peony Sanctuary
1.2504283572499
Pure Moments Swiss Arabian
1.2502855715
Ecusson Orlane
1.250071392875
Very Flower Iris Pupa

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