Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Timeless Style of the Iris

A Purple Iris

In perfumery, the Iris is one of the most iconic raw materials and is considered to be the embodiment of luxury.

The Iris is actually one of the most expensive raw materials in the world and can cost more than gold.

There are many different types of Iris flowers but in perfumery, they mainly use the Iris Pallida, a majestic purple flower. The Iris Pallida comes from Italy and has a powdery, woody and dry scent, reminiscent of rice powders or talcum powers that takes you back to your childhood.

It hides its olfactory treasure in its roots.

It takes three years of growing and then three years of drying before it reaches its optimum quality.

Its scent is powdery and multifaceted: it has delicious notes of violet and raspberry mixed with woody sand earthy notes.

My friends at Sylvaine Delacourte mentions loving it because it's calm and melancholic. It has the kind of scent that reminds us of the smell of the earth after a rainstorm.

Quick Quiz: Guess the Sylvaine Delacourte perfume in which you can find the Iris?

Vangelis: Assured, Warm, Spicy

Vanori: Creamy, Bright, Comfortable

Dovana: Fresh, Light, Powdery

You can find Iris in the Dovana fragrance that's apart of the Sylvaine Delacourte Musk Collection! Dovana means gift in Baltic countries. It has notes of Iris, heliotrope, and ambrette.

And, the Iris makes the Musk Collection powdery and soft, like cashmere to your skin.

"Irises" by Vincent Van Gogh

Fun Fact: the Iris was the inspiration for one of the most famous paintings in history by Vincent Van Gogh titled "Irises".  "Irises" held the record for the most expensive artwork of 1987 when it sold for $53.9 million USD, which would be around $100 million in the current economy.

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