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
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Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.5048219329062
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5024798512089
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5024109664531
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.5019976579183
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5017910036509
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5015843493835
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5011710408487
Violetta Zara
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Iris Santa Maria Novella
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Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5008955018254
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.500688847558
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.500688847558
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.500688847558
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5006199628022
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.5004821932906
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5004133085348
Mitsy (2012) Arno Sorel
1.5004133085348
Violette Norma Kamali
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mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.500344423779
Cute As Hell Blue Q
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Rajamusk Illuminum
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Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
1.5001377695116
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001377695116
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001377695116
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001377695116
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
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N° IV Violette Mad et Len
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Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
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Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817565390232
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4690197542192
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4553716170696
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4504821932906
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4406199628022
Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4389993333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4379821932906
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
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Balenciaga Paris Cristobal Balenciaga
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Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4298616980781
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
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Love & Rock Eau Jeune
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Violetta Penhaligon`s
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April Violets Yardley
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Soir De Grasse Galimard
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Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4126605018254
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4125916170696
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4101242713371
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.4087441144865
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4076136542674
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.4015154646277
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4008955018254
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4004821932906
Violette Outremer
1.4004133085348
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001377695116
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
1.3990200307915
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.3937525018254
Romantic Spark Impulse
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Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.3807333530344
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.3787913085348
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3750688847558
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3640493085348
The Nuptial Bouquet Atkinsons
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Fair Play Adidas
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Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.36
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3579696170696
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.3572807695116
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572118847558
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3537676170696
No7 Violette Prada
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Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3534231932906
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3517221188951
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3507948512089
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3502026243714
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
1.3499809997245
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3434620438107
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3419475835228
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3419451932906
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3381459965558
Insolence Guerlain
1.3342285018254
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
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Police Naked Pour Femme Police
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Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335396542674
Soft Pimkie
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J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.3334707695116
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3334707695116
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.333410122546
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.333333
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3323515944754
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3316931261969
Violette Tocca
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Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
1.3295026951161
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
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R Revillon
1.328173304815
J`adore Dior
1.3265676652201
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3247373085348
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3204747391334
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3184755054763
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3181999664531
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3178555426741
Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Violet Marc Jacobs
1.317332970104
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3167372108562
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3158578847558
Brown Leather Refan
1.3156512304884
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3129133085348
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3125688847558
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3115849256045
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3110989256045
1902 Violette Parfums Berdoues
1.3105325668527
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.3088629664531
Sassy Swirls Vanilla Blossom Avon
1.3086277133705
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.3077608847558
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3070718011986
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.3022043121857
No. 04 Violet & White Lily Rituals
1.3020316170696
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
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Muse Oriflame
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Fahrenheit Absolute Dior
1.300688847558
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3005510780464
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3000688847558
Very Flower Iris Pupa
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She Wood DSQUARED²
1.2972829664531
Ninfea Profumum Roma
1.2966260408487
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.2966227518771
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2966097206723
Love in Black Creed
1.2946287768134
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.2924889030103
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.2913132297995
Black Violet Tom Ford
1.2907671583661
He Wood DSQUARED²
1.2907351969415
Divine Boadicea the Victorious
1.2897708103603
M4 A Room With A View CB I Hate Perfume
1.2896467323138
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2888808265482
Ultraviolet Paco Rabanne
1.2886071597437
Mexx pure Life Woman Mexx
1.2871605798719
Passion Flower Eau Fraiche Bronnley
1.2869355755321
Nirvana Black Elizabeth and James
1.286402847558
Khantor Nutrimetics
1.2863602722326
He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood DSQUARED²
1.2863339628022
Marquee Xerjoff
1.2862650780464
Je Reviens Couture Worth
1.2859206542674
Amor Perfeito for Him Jose Antonio Tenente
1.2858517695116
Flower Market Lush
1.2857828847558
Horseball Extreme Horseball
1.2829987768134
Bellissima Acqua di Primavera Blumarine
1.281594423779
You Rock Laila Bagge
1.2784387126817
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.2766632596955
Violetta di Parma Borsari
1.2759892341393
Violet Disguise Imaginary Authors

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