Orris oil is obtained through the distillation of the rhizomes of the Iris Florentina, a variety native to Florence. It is one of the most expensive materials on the perfumer’s pallet because its rhizomes require more than three years of drying before being able to be distilled. Its scent is linear, buttery, metallic and powdery.
The Orris family includes more than 300 species.
This flower bears the name of the Greek goddess Iris because if we look at the petals of an iris closely, their texture and reflections are varying, shimmering and "iridescent". That is why the Greeks, who believed that the goddess Iris, messenger of the gods and men, was dressed in rainbow clothing, gave this flower the name of their deity.