One of the geniuses of the Iris can be found in its roots, also called rhizomes. As they dry and mature over the years, they naturally develop odorous principles called Irones….that are the joy of perfumers. The butter obtained is one of the most expensive raw materials in perfumery.
The perfumers that partner the Yves Rocher Laboratories have several supply chains for Iris: in Italy, China, but also in Morocco. Wherever it is grown, the plants incredible perfume is only revealed over time. It is actually the Iris roots, called « rhizomes », that contain its olfactory treasure… and is only freed after passing at least three years underground. During the harvest, the rhizomes are washed, peeled then dried naturally in the shade. The roots are then delivered to the exporters who store them. Two more years are necessary to extract the olfactory quintessence. This maturation is as slow as it is crucial, because it is during this step that the rhizomes will secrete the Irones that make up the main part of the Iris perfume.
Once they have matured, the rhizomes are picked, then distilled using steam to give the essence or the Iris butter. The purification of the essence eliminates the fatty acids and the creation of the absolute. Its note is powdery, tinted with violet floral accents; velvety and supple like the texture of suede, beings a flowery density and much presence and majesty to the perfumes that contain Iris. Iris brings elegance and depth to the heart of the SO ELIXIR Bois Sensuel Perfume.