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
1.505639941037
Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.5047426776902
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5024995193232
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.502307248606
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5019867974108
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5016663462155
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5014740754983
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.501089534064
Violetta Zara
1.5009613535858
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5008331731077
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5008331731077
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5007690828687
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5007049926296
Violetta di Bosco I Profumi di Firenze
1.5007049926296
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.5005768121515
Revelar Natura
1.5005127219125
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5004486316734
Mitsy (2012) Arno Sorel
1.5003845414343
Violette Norma Kamali
1.5003204511953
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5003204511953
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5001922707172
Violette Vanille Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.5001922707172
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5001281804781
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001281804781
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5001281804781
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001281804781
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001281804781
Viola del Nepal Tesori d`Oriente
1.5001281804781
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5000640902391
America Black Woman Milton Lloyd
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.5
Etherea Battistoni
1.4897976942255
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817373609562
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4554422633468
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4510096942255
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4456275316926
Balenciaga Paris Balenciaga
1.443419158367
Angels Only Victoria`s Secret
1.44311713068
Violetta Penhaligon`s
1.4428213535858
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.4417223333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4405768121515
Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4379486316734
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.4346788950202
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.4311986998013
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4288914511953
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
1.4287632707172
Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
1.4286350902391
Fumee Toxique Francois Deli
1.4267725762994
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4216663462155
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.4154785414343
Indigo Vanilla En Voyage Perfumes
1.4127441436262
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4125981731077
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4125340828687
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4096037219125
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.4075992707172
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.4044762395052
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4017945266936
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4013833163494
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.4008331731077
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.4006409023906
Violette Outremer
1.4005768121515
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4004486316734
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001281804781
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
1.4001281804781
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3957335414343
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3942669852592
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.3925210699225
April Violets Yardley
1.3894017219125
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.3815288121515
Couture Violet Versace
1.3805625119528
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.376153624303
Kerbside Violet Lush
1.3750640902391
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3699142338653
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.3673532338653
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3637386998013
Fair Play Adidas
1.3617574972121
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
1.3601281804781
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3572711804781
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572070902391
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.35454552554
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3533896316734
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3517304364545
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.350558158367
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3467949023906
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.3464713129526
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3366607717747
J`adore Christian Dior
1.3363827637634
Insolence Guerlain
1.3342759484074
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
1.3337816316734
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
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Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335893609562
Summer Flowers Milton Lloyd
1.3335252707172
Impressions d`Hiver Frederic Haldimann
1.3335252707172
Soft Pimkie
1.3334611804781
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3334611804781
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3333970902391
Les Bohemes: Dapper Opus Oils
1.3333970902391
Lace Mademoiselle Milton Lloyd
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.3320086408383
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3294708950202
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3281694143434
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.3280652810998
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3280164290842
R Revillon
1.3278541657374
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.3247085414343
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3237538655387
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.3219867974108
Flower by Kenzo Summer 2011 Kenzo
1.3205996703198
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3184166998013
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3183526095623
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3159171804781
Brown Leather Refan
1.3156608195219
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3134648581683
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3132049926296
Ashlemah Bvlgari
1.3130768121515
Violette Sacree Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger
1.3128845414343
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3127563609562
Monaco Milton Lloyd
1.3126922707172
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.3120113462155
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3108314456194
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3107936316734
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3082688121515
Wild Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.3079882814843
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.3079483609562
Cuir Insolite Welton London
1.307692
Tres Bon Armaf
1.307692
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3072160972249
Fahrenheit Absolute Christian Dior
1.3068721490098
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3051170828687
W Ted Baker
1.3044120444786
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.3021022633468
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.3006409023906
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.3006409023906
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3005400936358
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.3005127219125
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3002563609562
Attache Signature Fragrances
1.3002563609562
Dove Grey Regime des Fleurs
1.3001542043838
Muse Oriflame
1.3001281804781
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.3000640902391
Mist Element Jequiti
1.2972573535858
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.296608624303
Arome Arthes Secret Jeanne Arthes
1.2958557476126
Love in Black Creed
1.2955279852592
Sur Un Nuage Jeanne Arthes
1.2950793535858
No7 Violette Prada
1.2946948121515
The Nuptial Bouquet Atkinsons
1.2945953000064
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.2943102707172
Violette Framboise Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.294118
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan

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