The magnificent and noble Iris
A Floral - Woody Eau de Toilette by Jean-Claude Ellena.
Iris is a note that lots of perfumers tried to imitate but this root has never known a treatment as particular as the one made for Bois d’Iris
The Iris Pallida, the most aromatic of its kind, grows exclusively on this site of arid rocks and mild soil. Unlike the Osmanthus flower whose epidermis cells secrete the essential oil, the iris conceals its olfactory wonders within its roots; this concealment is so skilful that several years of complex processing are required to capture its secrets: planting, frequent hoeing by hand, to avoid damaging the rhizomes (roots), harvesting (three years later), selecting and husking, washing, followed by one month of drying under the sun on lattice trays, and five years of dehydrating in bags; the grinding and milling in the factory.
The powder that results from these six years of preparation is macerated in cold water. Finally, a steam distillation gives birth to the essence of Iris, also called butter, granted that the chemist follows the stringent requirement of moderate heating. Once distilled, this creamy substance turns into a treasure, a priceless marvel: the absolute.