Violet

lat. Viola odorata

Group: Flowers

Violet Viola odorata
Violet Viola odorata
Violet Viola odorata
Odor profile: earthy, powdery scent that resembles iris rhizome when talking about the flower; metallic, green and aqueous when talking about the leaf


Violet (Viola odorata), also called Sweet Violet, grows in the Mediterranean regions and Asia Minor. Its delicate purple, white, or variegated flowers appear early in spring, even before trees grow leaves. Violet is well known for its sweet floral scent, but also for its wide variety of therapeutic properties: It helps fighting colds, asthma, rheumatic pains and a range of infections (including syphilis). Violet was the symbol of ancient Athens and was one of Napoleon Bonaparte's favourite flowers. In the 19th century, violet-based perfumes were very popular.
 

The scent of violet flowers is different than the scent of the leaves. The flower possesses a sweet powdery, woody-floral scent which is due to ionones in the flower. These ionones were first separated from Parma violets by Tiemann and Kruger in 1893. The discovery of ionones triggered the successful production of synthetic violet notes identical in scent and less expensive as the precious natural oil. Nowadays, ionones and methyl ionones are used in almost every perfume. The scent palette of ionones ranges from aromas of fresh violet in blossom to mild woody and sweet floral nuances. Methyl ionones possess a stronger woody nuance, similar to iris.


Violet aromas can be found in the following fragrances:
Angel Garden Of Stars - Violette Angel (Thierry Mugler)
Ultraviolet (Paco Rabanne)
April Violets (Yardley)
Black Violet
La Violette (Annick Goutal)
Verte Violette (L'Artisan Parfumeur)
Violette Precieusse (Caron) - created in 1913, launched again in 1999, and re-launched in 2007
Oscar Violet (Oscar de la Renta)
Caprice Violette (Lolita Lempicka)


The scent of violet leaves is different from the scent of the flowers. The leaves give off an intensively green aroma which is resembles mowed grass combined with a hint of cucumber. In the South of France two kinds of violets are cultivated mainly for their leaves - Parma and Victoria. The fresh scent of violet leaves is an integral component in many fragrance compositions, ranging from fresh floral to oriental spicy and fougere. The aromas of violet leaf are, for example, part of the compositions of L by Gwen Stefani, Dior's Fahrenheit, Annick Goutal's La Violette and Dona Karan's Be Delicious. In Be Delicious the fresh, green note of violet leaves with the characteristic cucumber nuance is quite intensive and plays an important part in the "construction" of the green apple scent.
 

The violet root is has therapeutic properties and is used in traditional medicine, but not as a perfume component. Although it can often be found in the description of perfume compositions, violet root has nothing to do with violet. This accords is actually iis root.


Its natural scent is not too intensive and is reminiscent of a violet scent, which is where the name comes from. The "false" violet root, or rather iris root, is a component in many fragrances. It gives off a woody-floral aroma and, at the same time, it is a very good fixative. It can be found in Pleasures for Men and Boss Woman.
 

Perfumes and Colognes With Violet

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La Violette Annick Goutal
1.5057497013142
Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.5050776583035
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5024641577061
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5021654719235
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
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X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.501866786141
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
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Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5012694145759
Violetta Zara
1.5011200716846
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.5009707287933
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.5008960573477
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.5008960573477
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.500821385902
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5007467144564
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5007467144564
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5007467144564
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
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Feminine Limited Edition Women` Secret
1.5004480286738
Violette Norma Kamali
1.5004480286738
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.5003733572282
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5003733572282
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5003733572282
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
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Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001493428913
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5001493428913
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001493428913
Violet Demeter Fragrance
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Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5000746714456
Rajamusk Illuminum
1.4960771314217
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817796857826
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4717368578256
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4554410573477
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4472047455197
Violetta Penhaligon`s
1.4446559880526
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4406720430108
Lady Greystock DS & Durga
1.4380973715651
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.4362273046595
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4342923333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4287203428913
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
1.4274244778973
Balenciaga Paris Cristobal Balenciaga
1.4171150286738
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4164892317802
Euphoria Calvin Klein
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Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
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Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4126610573477
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4098057718041
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.4076310143369
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.4015681003584
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4012694145759
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.4009707287933
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4004480286738
Violette Outremer
1.4003733572282
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.4001493428913
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4001493428913
Empress Jingu DS & Durga
1.3957266308244
April Violets Yardley
1.3950046009558
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.3759092150538
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.3751493428913
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3751493428913
Kashkha 6 Arabian Oud
1.375
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3696538578256
Fair Play Adidas
1.3696538578256
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3588608291517
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3587219151732
Genie des Bois Keiko Mecheri
1.357964385902
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.3577511863799
R Revillon
1.3572923428913
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3542631863799
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.3538956475508
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.353762385902
No7 Violette Prada
1.3535383715651
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3532396857826
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3531650143369
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3520822724014
Violettes Divines Parfums Berdoues
1.346975385902
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.3426433189964
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3419857001195
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3369919008363
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.3338557001195
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
1.3338557001195
Violet Bottega Verde
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Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335570143369
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.3335570143369
Soft Pimkie
1.3334823428913
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3334076714456
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.333333
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.3330002592593
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3329708494624
Insolence Guerlain
1.3325880549582
J`adore Dior
1.3308706296296
Violette Tocca
1.3306487156511
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3263911158901
Muse Oriflame
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Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3245744002389
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
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Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3189382747909
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.3186265149343
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3175811146953
Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Violet Marc Jacobs
1.3165633405018
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.3161623572282
Borbonese Borbonese
1.3158636714456
Brown Leather Refan
1.3156396571087
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3130973715651
Marquee Xerjoff
1.3125746714456
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3114650716846
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3110924313023
Love in Black Creed
1.3108297287933
1902 Violette Parfums Berdoues
1.3098574719235
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3091963309438
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.3084498207885
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.304714557945
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
1.3042747718041
Violet Disguise Imaginary Authors
1.3033371123059
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.3030615292712
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3012478160096
Emilie Fragonard
1.3006720430108
Doll Face Ava Luxe
1.3004480286738
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3002986857826
Denise Richards Denise Richards
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Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.2999502580645
Bellissima Acqua di Primavera Blumarine
1.2931491433692
Sassy Swirls Vanilla Blossom Avon
1.2929440442055
Ultraviolet Paco Rabanne
1.2928171326165
Black Violet Tom Ford
1.2918316475508
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2906274719235
Divine Boadicea the Victorious
1.2899712735962
Nirvana Black Elizabeth and James
1.2898807574671
M4 A Room With A View CB I Hate Perfume
1.2895610430108
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2872821003584
Passion Flower Eau Fraiche Bronnley
1.2861620286738
Khantor Nutrimetics
1.286043614098
Fahrenheit Absolute Dior
1.2859918590203
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.2859380143369
Amor Perfeito for Him Jose Antonio Tenente
1.2858633428913
Flower Market Lush
1.2857886714456
Horseball Extreme Horseball
1.284096348865
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.2838082437276
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.2825062174432
Violetta di Parma Borsari
1.282079474313
He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood DSQUARED²
1.2816980286738
You Rock Laila Bagge
1.2810861290323
No. 04 Violet & White Lily Rituals
1.2792616236559
He Wood DSQUARED²
1.2773614002389
Cedre Parfums 06130
1.2761200716846
Francesca House of Matriarch
1.2757885292712
Violette Fragonard
1.2744927873357
Fleurs d`Ombre Violette - Menthe Jean Charles Brosseau
1.2733990430108
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.2729510143369
Coralina Oscar de la Renta

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