Iris florentina (orris root): problems.

Date: Tue, 29 Mar 1994 08:28:00 CST
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From: Angella Anderson <unicorn.U.CSO.UIUC.EDU>
Subject: Re: orris root

>> Question: what is orris root?
> Orris root is the root of Iris florentina. When ground it is used as a fixative in perfurmes & potpourris. You usually sprinkle some of the oil on the orris & stir it together to cover it with the scent. Then you add it to the potpourri.

Orris root is also highly allergenic. Alot of people are allergic to orris root. But I have been told that many manufacturers are now using new fixatives for fragrances. I can only use a couple different kinds of make-up such as Clinique, and others that are not available in my area and are much more expensive than Clinique!! I break out in hives or have sneezing fits if get too much exposure at one time!!