Iris (orris) perfumes
Iris in perfumery refers to the fragrant material derived from the roots of Iris Palida or Iris Germanica. The flowers are beautiful but have no smell and yield no oil. It's more accurate to call this wonderful note orris.
Iris (orris) root is an enchanting perfume note that exists in many scented dimensions: powdery woody, musky leather, fresh green, gourmand, crisp iononic and even fruity. It's really the accompanying notes that define which side an iris might reveal.
This edit includes perfumes that illustrate all these manifestations of iris (orris) as well as two perfumes that include the natural replacements for iris: carrot seeds and the exotic Kegalia Africana.
Orris has been one of the most expensive natural materials in perfumery and perfumers have been looking for ways to replicate this note with other plant alternatives and eventually synthetics. Carrot seed now has earned a fragrant place of its own but Kegalia Africana is an extremely exotic option.