INGREDIENT

Orris Oil

Iris florentina

Powdery violet
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Products with this ingredient

Orris oil, also called orris butter, concrete or absolute, is a sweet, powdery and slightly green oil, reminiscent of the scent of violets.

Description

Description

The iris florentina produces large white flowers with a yellow line from its centre and can sometimes display light purplish hues. The name Iris means rainbow in Greek and was chosen because of the many varieties of colours that can be found in this genus. Since the Middle Ages, the white iris is the symbol of the city of Florence, Italy, where you can still visit the famous Iris Garden. This is how the name of this species, florentina, was chosen.

When fresh, the root of the plant (called 'orris') has an earthy smell, but after two years of drying, the smell of violet appears and the longer we wait, the stronger it will become. Orris root powder and oil were already used in the 18th century as an ingredient to perfume wig powder. Since then it has been a popular material in fine fragrances, face and dusting powders.

The oil is obtained through steam distillation of the orris root powder, resulting in a material that is solid at room temperature. This density explains why it is often called 'butter' or 'concrete', even though it is undoubtably an essential oil. Lush currently purchase this precious ingredient from a producer in Morroco.

Orris Oil can be found in these products
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Products with this ingredient
Orris Oil can be found in these products
Bath Bomb
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HK$75.00
Each
Only Available In Gift
money atmospheres lush labs
Atmosphere
See yourself enjoying absolute control.
£2.75
20g
Limited Edition
over and over lush labs perfume
Perfume
All that you take, you will have to give back
HK$340.00
30ml