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

1.5209739832047
Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5065892083164
Dior Homme Intense Christian Dior
1.5054178518218
Essence Iridescent Narciso Rodriguez
1.5036570499797
Victoria's Secret Bombshell Italian Iris Victoria`s Secret
1.5030475416497
Naiviris Huitieme Art Parfums
1.5019639712854
La Femme Nacre Giorgio Armani
1.5018962481376
Iris Zara
1.501489909251
Fleurs de Jontue Iris de Fete Revlon
1.5014221861032
Modoc Xerjoff
1.5010158472166
Iris Meadow Aerin Lauder
1.5008126777733
Iris Bottega Verde
1.5007449546255
Acacia Fueguia 1833
1.5006772314777
Cher Michel Klein
1.5003386157389
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.5002031694433
Elogio de la Sombra Fueguia 1833
1.5001354462955
Ennéadas Fueguia 1833
1.5001354462955
Iris Du Ciel La Bouquetiere
1.5001354462955
Iris di Toscana Acque di Italia
1.5001354462955
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.5000677231478
Oro Rosé Jequiti
1.5000677231478
L’eau d’Iris DSH Perfumes
1.5
Iris Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Gaia Eau Mythique Jardin de France
1.5
Cologne Noble La Manufacture
1.4628648413924
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.4549544796153
Sabbia 167 Emilio Pucci
1.4298577398077
Io Hilde Soliani
1.4286387231478
Classic Bath and Body Works
1.4256607694704
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.4211158018421
Mon Numero 8 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4168701694433
01 01 Iris Safran Fragrance Republic
1.4094329879453
Peut-Etre (La Collection Fragrances) Lancome
1.4028864997968
Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musk Narciso Rodriguez
1.4022628489774
Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior
1.4012190166599
Caterina de Medici I Profumi di Firenze
1.4006772314777
Titania CJ Scents
1.4006280046052
Iris Odori
1.4004063388866
Flor Alegria Avon
1.4001354462955
Red Tara Ava Luxe
1.3979224796153
Imari Blossom Avon
1.3964978018421
Ciel Ulric de Varens
1.389769400921
Al Hajjar Al Aswad Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.3886008432886
Hiris Hermes
1.3866466944332
Fearless Victoria`s Secret
1.3851364342408
Soavissima Profumum Roma
1.3791223333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.3791150212651
Cologne Intense Iris & White Musk Jo Malone
1.3777766490586
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue Giorgio Armani
1.3764221861032
Iris Nobile Edizione Speziale Acqua di Parma
1.3759238610321
Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense Narciso Rodriguez
1.3756095083299
Les Divines Alcoves Tout Oublier Letting Go Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.375
So Pretty Eau d'Or Blanc Cartier
1.375
Comma Comma
1.3749322768522
Rhizomes L`Atelier Boheme
1.3748955281051
Dior Homme Christian Dior
1.3720630786943
Iris Yardley
1.371407620344
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3711637415685
J`Adore Voile de Parfum Christian Dior
1.3705731694433
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.3672379301097
Omnia Amethyste Bvlgari
1.3654645249898
Irisss Xerjoff
1.3650004555059
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3649227398077
Lirio de Agua Zara
1.3641100620344
No. 09 L’Eau Blanche IUNX
1.3637037231478
Iris of Tuscany Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3576206462143
Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé Hermes
1.3572784462955
L`eau de l'impératrice Sissi Maison Nicolas de Barry
1.3555355146959
Iris Silver Mist Serge Lutens
1.3525485113098
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3524986508195
Essence Eau de Musc Narciso Rodriguez
1.3506521907084
Dunhill Pure Alfred Dunhill
1.3457690953542
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.3436626323988
Armani Privé Ombre & Lumiere Giorgio Armani
1.342952909251
Iris & Lady Moore Jo Malone
1.3382090666396
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.3369900499797
L`eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
1.3352046227821
Chanel No 19 Poudre Chanel
1.3346197398077
Les Garconnes Jeanne Voyage Crazylibellule and the Poppies
1.3343488472166
Classique Love Actually Jean Paul Gaultier
1.3340779546255
Viola Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3338747851822
Incidence Yves de Sistelle
1.3338747851822
Un Air de Comedie Michel Klein
1.3338747851822
Attraction Summer Lancome
1.3336716157389
Un Jour a Biarritz Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3336716157389
Capricorn CnR Create
1.3336038925911
Anucci Femme Anucci
1.3335361694433
Zara Man Exclusive Fragrance Intense Zara
1.3334684462955
Blanc d`Hiver Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3334007231478
Trish McEvoy 11 White Iris Trish McEvoy
1.3334007231478
Mini Magic Ulric de Varens
1.333333
Christian Louis Maitre Parfumeur Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3332652768522
Lye Maison Gabriella Chieffo
1.3270594342408
Florentine Iris Ermenegildo Zegna
1.3256772314777
Fleur d’Iris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3234606944332
Hedonist Iris Viktoria Minya
1.3226769535419
Infusion d`Iris Eau de Toilette Prada
1.3224264365434
Chance Chanel
1.321435369362
Bas de Soie Serge Lutens
1.321100839767
Iris L`Erbolario
1.3209263941487
Essence Narciso Rodriguez
1.3200296823784
White Musk Midnight Iris Iris de Minuit The Body Shop
1.3200105249898
Versace Essence Ethereal Versace
1.3176893422728
Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
1.3170757398077
Eau de Shalimar Edition Charms Guerlain
1.3139701162129
Infusion d`Homme Prada
1.3102200463226
Shalimar Parfum Initial Guerlain
1.309123219423
Maitresse Eau Provocateur Agent Provocateur
1.3078951694433
White Dahlia Bronnley
1.3078828018421
Autour de l’Iris Orlane
1.307692
Magnum Iris Ramón Béjar
1.306492219423
Iris Bleu Gris Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3017608018421
Indra Ulric de Varens
1.3006772314777
Donna R Roberta di Camerino
1.3004740620344
Acqua Mirable Odorosa di Firenze I Profumi di Firenze
1.3004063388866
Jardin d'Iris Sama
1.3
Iris Mater Castello di Ama
1.2990221453339
Notre Flore Iris L`Occitane en Provence
1.2983000499797
Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Korres
1.2978612981173
Essence in Color Narciso Rodriguez
1.294824128674
Acqua di Parma Profumo Acqua di Parma
1.2920792339158
Dior Homme Sport 2012 Christian Dior
1.2920733388866
Volkamaria WienerBlut
1.2892356036841
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Edizione Speciale 2008 Acqua di Parma
1.2892286323988
Ibitira Xerjoff
1.2887190166599
Jacquard Etro
1.2886239546255
L´eau d´Iris DSH Perfumes
1.2875425249898
Azzaro Couture Azzaro
1.2832401732358
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.2825367398077
mark Night Iris mark.
1.2814221861032
Les Heures de Cartier: L'Heure Convoiteé II Cartier
1.2803961469592
Samsara Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.2779134462955
Musc Cashmir Boheme Chic
1.2775550786943
Little Kiss Me Salvador Dali
1.2756486128945
Iris Crabtree & Evelyn
1.2749618638765
Iris d`Argent Keiko Mecheri
1.2745932742787
Love Chloe
1.2735396777733
Coralina Oscar de la Renta
1.2729301694433
Follow Me Night Novaya Zarya
1.2727947231478
Rose M. Asam
1.2706763388866
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.2690377203034
John Galliano Eau de Toilette John Galliano
1.268629620344
L'Homme de Coeur Divine
1.2685111258296
Eternal Magic Avon
1.2680214629554
Sencha Bleu Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.267685818502
Feerie Gold Van Cleef & Arpels
1.2673442314777
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2669378925911
Moon Oriflame
1.266667
1538 Rheims D.S. & Durga
1.2656861063253
Iris Poudre Frederic Malle
1.2653832314777
Eau Moderne Thirdman

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