Fresh Iris Extract (Iris florentina)
Iris florentina is a large genus of about 300 species found in Northern temperate regions. It is native to the eastern Mediterranean. It bears grey-white flowers with yellow inner beards and its underground rhizomes are the source of valued orris powder and absolute.
Orris absolute (the oldest and most expensive perfumery material) is steam distilled from the dried and powdered rhizomes, which have to be stored for several years to develop their violet-like fragrance. Iris flowers are sometimes used to flavour gin.
Iris flowers are the origin of the sceptre and the fleur-de-lys; the three inner petals represent faith, wisdom, and valour.
We make our fresh iris extract by extracting the whole, fresh flower heads in water.
In Ancient Greece, Iris was the messenger of the Gods and considered an embodiment of the rainbow. Her winged form was a popular subject in art and the flower was named after her.
The leaves, flowers and rhizomes of Iris florentina contain beneficial isoflavones, which may offer relief from skin irritation and inflammation.
We use fresh iris flower extract for its skin-soothing properties and beautiful scent in Ultrabland.