Iris has always occupied a special place through civilizations. Considered sacred by the Egyptians, or likened to Greek deities, it is often associated with the rainbow for its iridescent reflections and fascinating natural hues.
From France, China, Italy and Morocco, this flower is very popular and widely used in perfumery, often combined with floral, rose, jasmine or violet notes.
t is Catherine de Medici who makes it popular in the sixteenth century, especially by wearing gloves scented with flowers of Grasse.
Also a symbol of royalty since the Renaissance, the iris flower is one of the most expensive raw materials because it must be dried for three years before distilling. It is therefore a note reserved for prestigious perfumeries, found in colognes, as feminine as masculine.
Today, we find the iris chord in fragrances such as Guerlain’s L’Heure Bleue, Chanel N ° 19, Hiris d’Hermès, Double Dare by Guess or Caron’s Fleur de Rocaille…
The opinion of the expert
In the perfumer’s organ, it is placed in base note thanks to its powerful scent. The scent of the iris is as mystical as it is captivating: its white note, almost musky with green or dried fruit facets makes it unique.
Noble matter and again very popular nowadays, the iris is a delicate flower with powdery facets, floral and slightly woody, both powerful and refined.