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

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Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5184669829386
Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5052839317545
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5034377387319
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5029921059333
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5021008403361
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.5018461930227
Iris Zara
1.5015278838808
Iris Meadow Aerin Lauder
1.5014642220525
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.501209574739
Modoc Xerjoff
1.5006366182837
Cher Michel Klein
1.5006366182837
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5003183091418
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5002546473135
Iris di Toscana Acque di Italia
1.5001909854851
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001273236567
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5001273236567
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5001273236567
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5000636618284
Florentia 16 Dolci Fiori I Profumi di Firenze
1.5000636618284
Addiction Blackglama
1.5000636618284
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.5000636618284
Oro Rosé Jequiti
1.5000636618284
In Peace Space NK
1.5
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Cologne Noble La Manufacture
1.4672202207792
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4570914731347
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4524406037688
Iris Bottega Verde
1.429780574739
Io Hilde Soliani
1.4293986037688
Titania CJ Scents
1.4287619854851
Classic Bath and Body Works
1.428571
Peccato Simone Cosac Profumi
1.4283503860453
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.425742469315
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.4133529607843
Iris Odori
1.4123702131398
Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior
1.409878724217
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.4010674351923
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.4001273236567
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.4000636618284
Supercharged Jeanne Arthes
1.3948940608607
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.3878918838808
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3863338693659
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.3852291158645
Hiris Hermes
1.3851879564553
Tuberosa Agave Voluspa
1.3849969709702
Alyssa Ashley Green Tea Essence Alyssa Ashley
1.3837417249809
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.383265854851
Iris Yardley
1.3797313333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3763368983957
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3755729564553
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3750636618284
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.375
Rhizomes L`Atelier Boheme
1.375
Comma Comma
1.3715052989559
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3705609854851
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.3665859172396
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.3649092365674
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3641452946269
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.3641337150497
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3640086210848
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Christian Dior
1.3638269854851
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.363636
Golden Hemisphere Wild Eden Natural Perfume
1.363019166794
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3629692638146
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3612284586198
Imari Blossom Avon
1.3596476689585
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3586998533231
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3575249709702
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.3513198113063
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3488509607843
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.3487809274255
Flor Alegria Avon
1.3480806473135
Gaia Eau Mythique Jardin de France
1.3454034731347
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3428663715304
Fearless Victoria`s Secret
1.3389989027247
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3377203493761
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3367070769035
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.334542574739
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3344789129106
Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3344152510823
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3344152510823
Al Hajjar Al Aswad Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.3339059564553
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3338422946269
Attraction Summer Lancome
1.3338422946269
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3336513091418
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3336513091418
1905 Madame Butterfly Puccini Histoires de Parfums
1.3335876473135
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.3335239854851
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.3333966618284
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.3333966618284
Mini Magic Ulric de Varens
1.3322472773109
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3312588242934
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3296515311943
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3286385905271
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3276101349631
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3240342452254
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3228993091418
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.322489284441
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.32247785918
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.3214111398014
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.3207405457092
Armani Privé Ombre & Lumiere Giorgio Armani
1.3198372075376
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3186356903489
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.3173805457092
Eau de Shalimar Edition Charms Guerlain
1.3172746371276
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3165025976572
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3163695021645
Chance Eau de Toilette Chanel
1.3084559419404
Jette Eau de Parfum Jette Joop
1.3078829854851
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.307692
Magnum Iris Ramón Béjar
1.3053535311943
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3034377387319
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.3027719172396
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.3012611064426
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.3006366182837
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3006366182837
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.3006366182837
Acqua Mirable Odorosa di Firenze I Profumi di Firenze
1.3005092946269
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.2982118983957
No1 Iris Prada
1.2955185602241
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.2948001130634
Clair de Musc Serge Lutens
1.2944396226127
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.2943089854851
L`eau de l'impératrice Sissi Maison Nicolas de Barry
1.2900871751974
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Christian Dior
1.2897883570155
Minuit Sonne Lolita Lempicka
1.2894063860453
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.2890915457092
Les Cascades de Rochas Songe d’Iris Rochas
1.2882009651133
Iris L`Erbolario
1.2859686473135
Cashmere Iris Dr. Taffi
1.2859049854851
Kashkha Arabian Oud
1.2857776618284
Peaceful Harmony Philosophy
1.2836536516425
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.2827142220525
mark Night Iris mark.
1.2822935457092
Caterina de Medici I Profumi di Firenze
1.2820528113063
Burlesque Maria Candida Gentile
1.2816552075376
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2812313325694
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.2779921059333
Irisss Xerjoff
1.2779053236567
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2736819274255
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2731726327986
Iris 39 Perfume Oil Le Labo
1.2729181153552
Love Chloe
1.2728543236567
Ame Toscane Renaissance Isabel Derroisne
1.2727906618284
Rose M. Asam
1.2723024586198
Nirmal Laboratorio Olfattivo
1.2715689607843
L'Homme de Coeur Divine
1.2714696182837
Incandessence Blossom Avon
1.2707792946269
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.2701859274255
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