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
1.5140368129933
Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5048573163327
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5033394049787
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5029751062538
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5020036429872
Iris Zara
1.501517911354
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5013964784457
Modoc Xerjoff
1.5007285974499
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.5006678809957
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5006071645416
Cher Michel Klein
1.5004857316333
Extrait d'Iris Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5003035822708
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.5002428658166
Iris di Firenze No. 1 I Profumi di Firenze
1.5002428658166
Iris Splash Coach
1.5001821493625
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5001214329083
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5001214329083
Agua de Iris Phebo
1.5001214329083
Chic Paul & Joe
1.5000607164542
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.5
Iris Candora
1.5
Douce France Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.5
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.4822394474803
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.470588
Iris Basque Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.4653788961749
Pure Cotton Korres
1.461538
Lucky Number 7 Dzintars
1.460612612629
Io Hilde Soliani
1.458333
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.4543846429872
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.4399770176078
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.4238055974499
Titania CJ Scents
1.4207027340619
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.4191534632665
Iris Bottega Verde
1.4043157164542
Mini Magic Ulric de Varens
1.4038681311475
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Christian Dior
1.4027834996964
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.4012750455373
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.4001214329083
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.4
Legacy WB Alexandre.J
1.4
Floral L`acqua Di Fiori
1.3949481105039
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.3941211493625
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3903549356406
Hiris Hermes
1.3855733333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3851007316333
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3851007316333
Tuberosa Agave Voluspa
1.384979298725
Bel Iris Welton London
1.3848578658166
Zara Baby Blue Zara
1.3847364329083
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.3846355154827
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.3839923442623
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3800780607165
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.3751821493625
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.3751821493625
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.3750607164542
Lalique Deux Paons Limited Edition 2014 Lalique
1.3720537134183
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.371772845173
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3690417413479
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3643197795993
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.3639395822708
The Virgin Suicides La Folie a Plusieurs
1.3637574329083
S. Excès Femme Eudora
1.3581572556163
Secrets d’Essences Iris Noir Eau Fraiche Yves Rocher
1.3571699969642
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3565456757741
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.3562231797207
Incandessence Blossom Avon
1.3513369429265
Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior
1.3507906915604
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3488888075288
Iris Yardley
1.3483558986035
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.3483063442623
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3480688658166
Gaia Eau Mythique Jardin de France
1.3452008548877
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3437882125076
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3427194808743
Iris Odori
1.3417058658166
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.3393467164542
Zara For Him Gold Edition Zara
1.3390364007286
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3382923964784
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3357616581664
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3357173315118
Fearless Victoria`s Secret
1.3350395664845
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3345473290832
Flor Alegria Avon
1.334486612629
No1 Iris Prada
1.3343044632665
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3338187316333
Attraction Summer Lancome
1.3337580151791
Perle di Bianca Pitti Fragranze
1.3336365822708
Amanece la bella Cibeles Loewe
1.3336365822708
Le Roi Santal Comptoir Sud Pacifique
1.3335151493625
NÈH?! Zeromolecole
1.3334544329083
Volkamaria 2015 WienerBlut
1.3333937164542
Ambery Lavandula Asgharali
1.333333
18 Place des Vosges Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.333333
Anuar Diadema Exclusif
1.3332115670917
Unique Man Otto Kern
1.3331508506375
Mini Charm Ulric de Varens
1.3316242556163
Infusion d'Iris (2015) Prada
1.3306405768063
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3286582404372
Armani Prive Sable Or Giorgio Armani
1.3280687322404
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.3276280771099
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3258969417122
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.3198935088039
Iris d`Argent Keiko Mecheri
1.3191780176078
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.3191769568913
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3183641493625
In Peace Space NK
1.3173346302368
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.317127195507
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.3171247619915
Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3167579265331
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.3162259568913
Imari Blossom Avon
1.3143467164542
Unforgettable Spring Love (Inesquecivel Primavera de Amor) O Boticario
1.3120824863388
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.3105878658166
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.3089168075288
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3086386672738
Chance Eau de Toilette Chanel
1.3082781214329
Burlesque Maria Candida Gentile
1.3078741493625
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.3078134329083
Ame Toscane Renaissance ID Parfums
1.307692
White Edition Light Powdery Dr. Gritti
1.3030070807529
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.301517911354
Calm Lollia
1.3001214329083
Peccato Simone Cosac Profumi
1.2982465088039
Iris Donna Karan
1.2967817316333
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.2942825434123
Dior Homme Eau for Men Christian Dior
1.2936855998786
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.2935946478446
Iris L`Erbolario
1.2929821803279
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Christian Dior
1.2925814480874
1905 Madame Butterfly Puccini Histoires de Parfums
1.2902264984821
Escentric 02 Escentric Molecules
1.2898607413479
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.2870497619915
Al Hajjar Al Aswad Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.2867820346084
Love Chloe
1.2865640303582
Charmes Secrets: Nuit Sensuelle Laurence Dumont
1.286078298725
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.286078298725
Dorina Dorin
1.2858961493625
Peaceful Harmony Philosophy
1.2858939265331
Amour Il Profvmo
1.2858354329083
Charme Faberlic
1.285714
Mumbai Mod.4 Parfum Bar
1.2843713139041
Dangereuse Sentifique
1.2831367413479
Eternal Magic Avon
1.282246007286
John Galliano Eau de Toilette John Galliano
1.2821269265331
La Vie Est Belle Lancome
1.2813616854888
Iris Noir Yves Rocher
1.2812484480874
Profumo di Armonia Collistar
1.2808307771706
Iris Meadow Aerin Lauder
1.2783208834244
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma

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