The Orris root is actually the roots of the iris plant. It has a number of uses but it's specifically used in the perfume business for making exotic perfumes. Orris root absolute is perhaps the most expensive of all absolutes mainly because 1 ton of Orris root only produces 2 to 3 kilos of Orris absolute. In order for extraction to take place the Orris roots must be dried for a period of 3 to 5 years. It has a unique woody smell which is pleasant and appealing.
The orris absolute oil is pale yellow in color with a strong woody and floral scent.
It is extracted using the solvent extraction method. The orris roots are first dried for a number of years before being ground to go through the solvent extraction method.
The chemical components of the orris absolute are
1. Myristic acid with irone
3. Menthyl myristate
Orris absolute is much popular in the perfumery industry because of its smell akin to violets. It's also used as a base note in potpourri. The Orris absolute is also known to be helpful in getting rid of freckles from the skin. The juice extracted from the orris root is quite potent and can treat medical conditions like edema. The orris absolute is used by aroma therapists to get rid of headaches, especially headaches caused by stress or tension. It sweet floral and woody scent calms the nerves.
Due to its fixative properties the orris absolute is a main fixture in almost all perfumes and is highly prized because it gives of an aroma akin to that of fresh violets. Since it's an expensive commodity it is much prized and used to make all sort of exotic scents.
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