Iris, or iris concolor, is a perennial flowering plant that is native to the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere and the Andes. The flowers can last up to 8 weeks and give off a pleasant odor. The iris flower contains ingredients that are used in perfumes, including acetyl-ionone. This plant has a sweet aroma to it, due to its chemical compounds. It is often mixed with other fragrances, including lavender and rose oil, to create a more complex scent.
Iris root is a type of fragrance extract that is obtained from the roots of the plant that bears this name. It has been used for thousands of years as a perfume ingredient. Iris root’s fragrance is rich, spicy, and very intense. It contains one terpenoid compound called irone, which was found to have antiseptic properties in 1894.