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
1.505601171154
Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.5047100757431
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.502482337216
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.5022913881994
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5019731398383
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5016548914773
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5014639424607
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5010820444275
Violetta Zara
1.5009547450831
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5009547450831
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5008274457387
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5007637960665
Violetta di Bosco I Profumi di Firenze
1.5007637960665
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5007001463942
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.5005728470498
Revelar Natura
1.5005091973776
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5004455477054
Mitsy (2012) Arno Sorel
1.5003818980332
Violette Norma Kamali
1.500318248361
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.500318248361
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5001909490166
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001909490166
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5001909490166
Violette Vanille Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.5001272993444
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5001272993444
Viola del Nepal Tesori d`Oriente
1.5001272993444
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001272993444
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5001272993444
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001272993444
Etherea Battistoni
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.48977983903
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817355986888
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4554360954109
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4525459868882
Angels Only Victoria`s Secret
1.4514373867354
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4450193997836
Balenciaga Paris Balenciaga
1.4429420444275
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.4423483333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4417150298517
Violetta Penhaligon's
1.4405728470498
Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4379455477054
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.4346696431163
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.4330278914773
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.4311169868882
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.428889248361
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
1.4287619490166
Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
1.4286346496722
Fumee Toxique Francois Deli
1.4275641303545
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4127190313156
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4125924457387
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4125287960665
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4104276431163
Kerbside Violet Lush
1.4096001973776
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.4075979490166
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.4041278198714
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4008910954109
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.400636496722
Violette Outremer
1.4005728470498
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4004455477054
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001272993444
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
1.4001272993444
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.4000636496722
America Black Woman Milton Lloyd
1.3979913648399
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.3957945477054
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3942572927885
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.3925111449303
April Violets Yardley
1.3893981973776
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.3863971908217
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.3805404836102
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.3750636496722
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3698886809878
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.36739133066
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3637206365604
Fair Play Adidas
1.3616621267265
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
1.3601272993444
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3577568607345
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3572702993444
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572066496722
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3533865477054
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3517185411495
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3505427385271
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.346790496722
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.3400670349437
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3394058207625
Insolence Guerlain
1.338736101012
J`adore Christian Dior
1.3377884770543
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.335815337216
R Revillon
1.3343056744319
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
1.3337785477054
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
1.333651248361
Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335239490166
Soft Pimkie
1.3335239490166
Impressions d`Hiver Frederic Haldimann
1.3334602993444
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3334602993444
Summer Flowers Milton Lloyd
1.3334602993444
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3333966496722
Lace Mademoiselle Milton Lloyd
1.3333966496722
Les Bohemes: Dapper Opus Oils
1.333333
Argonaut STILLLIFE
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.3319518077143
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3295252927885
Clin d'Oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3281429803323
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.3278435921329
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.3261256765324
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3248331973776
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3219731398383
Flower by Kenzo Summer 2011 Kenzo
1.320753171154
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3183986365604
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3182076875438
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3159799490166
Brown Leather Refan
1.3156617006556
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3133274457387
Ashlemah Bvlgari
1.3130728470498
Violette Sacree Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger
1.3130091973776
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3127545986888
Monaco Milton Lloyd
1.3126909490166
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.3119998914773
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3112113488639
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3108011485583
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3107905477054
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3086467450831
Or Noir Lise Watier
1.3082648470498
Wild Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.3079465986888
Cuir Insolite Welton London
1.3078651427026
Fahrenheit Absolute Christian Dior
1.3077556496722
Tres Bon Armaf
1.307692
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3075795848132
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.3063755824582
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.3060715724652
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3051754457387
W Ted Baker
1.3020960954109
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.300636496722
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.300636496722
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.3005091973776
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3002545986888
Attache Signature Fragrances
1.3001272993444
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.3000636496722
Mist Element Jequiti
1.3
Nikita Love Guy Bouchara
1.2981077821908
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.2977053328241
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.2972507450831
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.2969961463942
Couture Violet Versace
1.2966625659092
Muse Oriflame
1.2966006940997
Arome Arthes Secret Jeanne Arthes
1.2961547895105
Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Violet Marc Jacobs
1.2955182927885
Sur Un Nuage Jeanne Arthes
1.2952000444275
No7 Violette Prada
1.2948770182038
Violette Tocca
1.2946908470498
The Nuptial Bouquet Atkinsons

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