Orris root, also known as flag iris, is a member of the iris family with beautiful, large, purple flowers and sword-like leaves. Native to the Mediterranean region, the violet-scented root has been used in perfumery since the time of ancient Greece. Our orris root powder is ground from organic Iris germanica. Orris root powder can be employed as a fixative in potpourri or a stabilizer in cosmetic products and will impart its pleasant scent if added to herbal sachets.
The iris is a group of plants known for their beautiful blooms and their adaptability to an astonishing variety of growing conditions, from the temperate reaches of Oregon to the marshes of Louisiana and even the desert American Southwest. In ancient times the iris was a symbol of power and majesty used as the original scepter.
The orris is a group of two species of European iris, cultivated in the region near Florence and sold as "ghiaggiuolo." The rhizomes, resembling ginger, are dug up in August, stripped of their rootlets and bark, and then dried until they have a chalky appearance.
Dried orris root smells like violets. It is used primarily as a fixative in perfumes to enhance other aromas.
Powdered orris root lends a pleasant scent to freshly laundered linens and to potpourri. It also can be used as a stabilizer in cosmetics.
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