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

1.5190375246966
Dior Homme Intense Dior
1.5053626869884
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5037397685577
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5027519051651
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5021874117979
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.5019757267852
Iris Zara
1.5014817950889
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5011995484053
Modoc Xerjoff
1.5006350550381
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5005644933672
Cher Michel Klein
1.5004939316963
Iris Bottega Verde
1.5002116850127
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5002116850127
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001411233418
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5001411233418
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5001411233418
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5000705616709
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.5000705616709
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.4857872794242
Dior Homme Intense Dior
1.4581293694609
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4549917818233
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4299116717471
Io Hilde Soliani
1.4243693985323
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.4234970479819
Dior Homme Dior
1.4208367950889
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4092841518487
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.4029398103302
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.4018808221846
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.4012701100762
Caterina de Medici Il Profumi di Firenze
1.4001411233418
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.3978186584815
Imari Blossom Avon
1.3965010417725
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.3919231518487
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3902002241039
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.3852228241603
Hiris Hermes
1.383646745978
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Dior
1.3789514535704
Iris Odori
1.3785503333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3779635901778
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3756350550381
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.375
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.375
Comma Comma
1.3713946319503
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3705816850127
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.3672588114592
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3669070660457
Dior Homme Dior
1.3654000417725
Irisss Xerjoff
1.3649766717471
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3641299316963
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.3637065616709
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3625184801016
Iris Yardley
1.355814596105
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3531526850127
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.3507551803556
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.345307017217
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3446409057296
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3429447950889
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3427859946373
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3379195086085
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3375400742309
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3370022068868
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.3351423121648
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3346736717471
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3343208633926
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3337563700254
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3337563700254
Incidence Yves de Sistelle
1.3336858083545
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3336858083545
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.3335446850127
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3334741233418
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3334035616709
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.3334035616709
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.333333
1538 Rheims DS & Durga
1.333333
Christian Louis Maitre Parfumeur Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3294206034434
Azzaro Couture Azzaro
1.3280873474457
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.3271012201524
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.325705616709
Fleur d’Iris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3245446869884
Chance Chanel
1.3226954767146
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3214964998589
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3199460417725
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3180724137736
Iris L`Erbolario
1.3167688382727
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3154015382444
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.314430616709
L´eau d´Iris DSH Perfumes
1.3092144535704
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.3084681783799
Al Hajjar Al Aswad Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.3079036850127
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.3078154801016
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.3043421826136
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.3026330152413
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3017640417725
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3012701100762
Mexx Woman Summer Edition Mexx
1.300705616709
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3003528083545
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.2985820437482
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.2981646186847
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.2968885636466
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.2945413700254
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.2920903700254
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.2892939184307
Ibitira Xerjoff
1.2891715218741
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.2873199401637
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Dior
1.2870546717471
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.2867538103302
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.2866176452159
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.285714
Kn°II Korloff Paris
1.2825201100762
mark Night Iris mark.
1.2814817950889
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2798242884561
Lazy Sunday Morning Maison Martin Margiela
1.279033574372
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.2779191233418
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2776260417725
Little Kiss Me Salvador Dali
1.2766404157494
Iris Crabtree & Evelyn
1.2749144117979
Iris d`Argent Keiko Mecheri
1.2746138540785
John Galliano Eau de Toilette John Galliano
1.2732914933672
Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.2732209316963
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2729386850127
Follow Me Night Novaya Zarya
1.2727975616709
Rose M. Asam
1.2727450476997
Eternal Magic Avon
1.2723916243297
Love Chloe
1.2723873570421
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2698660550381
Chateaux de la Loire Faberlic
1.2685523189388
Iris 39 Le Labo
1.2681487950889
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.2676695901778
Feerie Gold Van Cleef & Arpels
1.2674431783799
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2673387016653
Midnight Fantasy Britney Spears
1.2664605582839
Iris Poudre Frederic Malle
1.2653454117979
Nirmal Laboratorio Olfattivo
1.2652704933672
Eau Moderne Thirdman
1.2633696850127
Aqua Incanta Dr. Gritti
1.2627256889642
Bois d`Iris The Different Company
1.2621625086085
L'Homme de Coeur Divine
1.2606791047135
Iris Noir Yves Rocher
1.2587643911939
Heure Exquise Annick Goutal
1.2583262771662
Fantasia de Fleurs Creed
1.2579569223822
Parfume d’Extase Marchesa
1.2574438673441
Aqua Allegoria Figue - Iris Guerlain
1.2570727135196
Jacques Fath Irissime Jacques Fath
1.2532591208016
Classique Jean Paul Gaultier
1.2513274386113
L'Heure Bleue Guerlain
1.2511289867344
Mon Numero 3 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.2511289867344
Charmes Secrets: Nuit Sensuelle Laurence Dumont
1.2508467400508
Iris and Lavender Yardley
1.250705616709
Eau d`Ete de Balmain Summer Pierre Balmain
1.2505644933672
Lalique Eau de Parfum Homme Limited Edition 2009 Lalique
1.2504939316963
Black Iris & Peony Sanctuary

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