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
1.50595357549
Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.5049501638906
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5025419760519
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.5024081878387
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5020737173055
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5017392467724
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5015385644525
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5011371998127
Violetta Zara
1.5010034115994
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5008696233862
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5008696233862
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.5008027292796
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5008027292796
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5007358351729
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.500535152853
Revelar Natura
1.5004682587464
Violetta de Bosco I Profumi di Firenze
1.5004013646398
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5004013646398
Violette Norma Kamali
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Mitsy (2012) Arno Sorel
1.5003344705331
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5003344705331
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5002006823199
Violette Vanille Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.5002006823199
Kerbside Violet Lush
1.5001337882133
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001337882133
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5001337882133
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001337882133
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5001337882133
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5001337882133
Summer Flowers Milton Lloyd
1.5001337882133
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001337882133
Viola del Nepal Tesori d`Oriente
1.5
America Black Woman Milton Lloyd
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.5
Etherea Battistoni
1.4821230450866
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4819399290922
Angels Only Victoria`s Secret
1.4818154705331
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4797223627667
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4553477292796
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4504682587464
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4409846314135
Balenciaga Paris Balenciaga
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Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4406020469597
Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4379682587464
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
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Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4301042669744
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4289054705331
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
1.4287716823199
Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
1.421695303833
Violetta Penhaligon`s
1.4215385644525
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.4148570699712
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4126346233862
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4125677292796
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4118987882133
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.4104029116329
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4077414705331
Indigo Vanilla En Voyage Perfumes
1.4076076823199
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.4024478349722
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.4017392467724
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4008696233862
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.4008696233862
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4006020469597
Violette Outremer
1.400535152853
Ashlemah Bvlgari
1.4004682587464
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001337882133
Fumee Toxique Francois Deli
1.4001337882133
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
1.4001337882133
Impressions d`Hiver Frederic Haldimann
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Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3937266233862
Romantic Spark Impulse
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April Violets Yardley
1.389424152853
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.381487152853
Couture Violet Versace
1.3807027053315
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.3752675764265
Zara San Francisco Zara
1.3752675764265
Cuir Insolite Welton London
1.3750668941066
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3671813876513
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3638536583718
Fair Play Adidas
1.3618881758646
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.3616249051442
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
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Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.36
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3572767882133
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572098941066
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.353476152853
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3534092587464
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3516723526657
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3507231878387
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3501910712422
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3468229410663
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.3456822669744
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3419312587464
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3415784905345
Insolence Guerlain
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Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
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J`adore Christian Dior
1.334044434611
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
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Police Naked Pour Femme Police
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Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335336823199
Soft Pimkie
1.3334667882133
Atifa Blanche Al Haramain Perfumes
1.3334667882133
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3334667882133
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3333998941066
Les Bohemes: Dapper Opus Oils
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.3323034456485
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3295297762392
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3281229760519
R Revillon
1.3278595174928
No7 Violette Prada
1.3266071049569
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.325072662653
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3247253646398
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3219399290922
Flower by Kenzo Summer 2011 Kenzo
1.3183309760519
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3181971878387
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3171861481704
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3159227882133
Brown Leather Refan
1.3156552117867
Steel Water M. Micallef
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Violette Tocca
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Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3126337882133
Monaco Milton Lloyd
1.3125668941066
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3120173526657
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3080314031708
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.3077588941066
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3071123747408
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.3050169410663
W Ted Baker
1.3043840007358
Fahrenheit Absolute Christian Dior
1.3039695090642
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.3039476583718
Ninfea Profumum Roma
1.3032994106629
Muse Oriflame
1.3027371419493
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.3026214815707
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3020077292796
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.3006689410663
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.300535152853
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3002675764265
Dove Grey Regime des Fleurs
1.3001337882133
Promenade a Versailles Pour Lui Parfums du Château de Versailles
1.3000668941066
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.2996769161817
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.2972994115994
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.2969718093518
Love in Black Creed
1.296725988026
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.2955896703458
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.2954558821326
Sur Un Nuage Jeanne Arthes
1.2942517882133
Violette Framboise Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.294118
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.2920358821326
1902 Violette Parfums Berdoues
1.2905410791357
Black Violet Tom Ford
1.2903540819453
Sassy Swirls Vanilla Blossom Avon

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