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
1.5256583525679
Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5052878577566
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5035693039857
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5030405182101
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5019829466587
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.5019168484368
Iris Zara
1.501520259105
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5012558662172
Iris Meadow Aerin Lauder
1.5012558662172
Modoc Xerjoff
1.5007931786635
Iris Bottega Verde
1.5007270804415
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5006609822196
Cher Michel Klein
1.5003304911098
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5002643928878
Iris di Toscana Acque di Italia
1.5001982946659
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001321964439
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5001321964439
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5001321964439
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.500066098222
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.500066098222
Oro Rosé Jequiti
1.5
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Cologne Noble La Manufacture
1.4677845880098
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4548927324344
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4298929644392
Io Hilde Soliani
1.428637098222
Classic Bath and Body Works
1.4265166615771
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.4171640093198
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.4169313928878
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.4126242768855
Flor Alegria Avon
1.4094888128759
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.4013880626611
Caterina de Medici I Profumi di Firenze
1.4007206790931
Iris Odori
1.4001321964439
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.3989614954062
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.3985435537709
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.3953246461101
Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior
1.3891055537709
Iris Yardley
1.3866640448807
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3860625673871
Hiris Hermes
1.3852098839976
Tuberosa Agave Voluspa
1.3796673346553
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.3791483946064
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.3791163333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3763880626611
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3757270804415
Titania CJ Scents
1.3755948839976
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3753155453103
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.375066098222
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.375
Comma Comma
1.374933901778
Rhizomes L`Atelier Boheme
1.3725730271003
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3724072235442
Imari Blossom Avon
1.3716243666468
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3705682946659
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.365175616432
Fearless Victoria`s Secret
1.3649579644392
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3640986875537
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.363702098222
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.363636
Golden Hemisphere Wild Eden Natural Perfume
1.3606313218983
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3603025890013
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3576717857757
Ecusson Orlane
1.3575363946064
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3572751964439
L`eau de l'impératrice Sissi Maison Nicolas de Barry
1.356013511468
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3538663751074
Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3506446435323
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3488221092604
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Christian Dior
1.3486656808117
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3485608933175
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.3456992235442
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3429171608831
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3404960703946
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.338092071981
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3375942599643
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3368362057638
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.3345888662172
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3343905715513
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3343244733294
Al Hajjar Al Aswad Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.3339278839976
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3338617857757
Attraction Summer Lancome
1.3338617857757
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3336634911098
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3335973928878
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.3335312946659
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.3334651964439
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.333399098222
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.333399098222
Mini Magic Ulric de Varens
1.333333
Christian Louis Maitre Parfumeur Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.333333
L`eau de la Marquise de Pompadour Maison Nicolas de Barry
1.3289915537709
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3235782764228
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3226817595347
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.3208675537709
Armani Privé Ombre & Lumiere Giorgio Armani
1.3205665474255
Chance Chanel
1.3199666519929
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3198764928283
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3191484945469
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3188337740102
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3171885454425
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.3171770626611
Eau de Shalimar Edition Charms Guerlain
1.3163325359905
Burlesque Maria Candida Gentile
1.3161332424483
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.3078902946659
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.307692
Magnum Iris Ramón Béjar
1.3054217502148
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3035693039857
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.3013950897614
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.3006609822196
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3006609822196
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.3004626875537
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.3004626875537
Acqua Mirable Odorosa di Firenze I Profumi di Firenze
1.2989306257519
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.2982630626611
No1 Iris Prada
1.2964505986516
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.2955060626611
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.2946957595347
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.2920635893317
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.2906090635204
Iris L`Erbolario
1.2898120897614
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.2890681524225
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.2878575344041
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Christian Dior
1.2875860002644
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2859783928878
Cashmere Iris Dr. Taffi
1.2858461964439
Kashkha Arabian Oud
1.2842037502148
Azzaro Couture Azzaro
1.2835170474585
Clair de Musc Serge Lutens
1.2826380626611
mark Night Iris mark.
1.2823486769119
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.281520259105
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2779101964439
Gaia Eau Mythique Jardin de France
1.2779101964439
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2767846519929
Irisss Xerjoff
1.2735862768855
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2729252946659
Follow Me Night Novaya Zarya
1.2728591964439
Ame Toscane Renaissance Isabel Derroisne
1.272793098222
Rose M. Asam
1.2722964168154
Love Chloe
1.2706665893317
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.2702373937471
Silver Iris Atelier Cologne
1.2693341007998
Iris Noir Yves Rocher
1.2676076519929
Ibitira Xerjoff
1.2674821253222
Feerie Gold Van Cleef & Arpels
1.2673912684249
L'Homme de Coeur Divine
1.2671296875537
Moon Oriflame
1.266667
1538 Rheims D.S. & Durga
1.2663255301077
Iris Poudre Frederic Malle
1.2660639746183
Iris Crabtree & Evelyn

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