The earliest known depiction of Iris dates back to about 1,500 B.C. in the great temple of Amon in Egypt. Ancient Greeks used dried Iris rhizomes to flavor their wine but its popularity came mainly from the perfume-making era started in Florence, as reflected in the name of one of the flower’s varieties, Iris florentina.

Iris possesses the unique ability to adapt to extreme environmental conditions, such as desert and wetland. It is made up of special layers that protect it from drying, and each leaf creates its own microclimate.

Iris rhizomes have powerful astringent and purifying properties, they can also be used to prepare cleansers for oily skin or hair. They have moisturising and regenerating properties and provide anti ageing benefits thanks to their high isoflavone content. They help skin keep its youthful appearance thanks to these molecules and are used to prevent wrinkles in mature skin, add suppleness and softness. Florentine Iris is still used extensively in perfume-making.

Iris owns its wonderful skincare properties to high contents of Carbohydrates, Minerals, and Phenolic compounds such as Isoflavone but also Tannins, Carotenoids, Essential oils, Terpenoids, and much more!

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