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
1.5055126002291
Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.5050114547537
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5025057273769
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5024341351661
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.50186139748
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5017898052692
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5015034364261
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.501217067583
Violetta Zara
1.5010022909507
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5010022909507
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.50093069874
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.5008591065292
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5007159221077
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5007159221077
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.5007159221077
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5005011454754
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.5004295532646
Violette Norma Kamali
1.5004295532646
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5003579610538
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5003579610538
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5002147766323
Rajamusk Illuminum
1.5002147766323
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001431844215
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5001431844215
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001431844215
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001431844215
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5000715922108
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.4925572680412
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817673688431
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4717568728522
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4554041065292
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4505011454754
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4484536082474
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4406443298969
Lady Greystock DS & Durga
1.4380011454754
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.4352803333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4311145177549
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4288573688431
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
1.4268540584192
Balenciaga Paris Cristobal Balenciaga
1.4261610836197
Violetta Penhaligon`s
1.4249604627721
April Violets Yardley
1.4216466208477
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.4149769793814
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.413753860252
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4127672909507
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4126241065292
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4101648831615
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.4076217766323
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.4015750286369
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.40093069874
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4004295532646
Violette Outremer
1.4004295532646
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001431844215
Empress Jingu DS & Durga
1.3961830756014
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.3893185532646
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.3850445532646
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3759138339061
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.3751431844215
Kashkha 6 Arabian Oud
1.3750715922108
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3695306884307
Fair Play Adidas
1.3639223688431
The Nuptial Bouquet Atkinsons
1.36
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3579305143184
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.3575595040092
R Revillon
1.3572861844215
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572145922108
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3538001065292
No7 Violette Prada
1.3535137376861
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3534421454754
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3533705532646
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3517898052692
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3508923195876
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3505259358534
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.34708469874
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.3419641454754
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3419316494845
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3381332428408
Insolence Guerlain
1.337628532646
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
1.337342163803
Genie des Bois Keiko Mecheri
1.3369126105384
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.3338341454754
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
1.3336909610538
Tan Giudicelli Zen Tan Giudicelli
1.3336193688431
Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335477766323
Soft Pimkie
1.3334761844215
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3334761844215
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.3334761844215
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3334050183276
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.333333
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.3329048029782
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3317584158076
Violette Tocca
1.330670231386
Violettes Divines Parfums Berdoues
1.3303567021764
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3298448774341
J`adore Dior
1.3294852520046
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.32445969874
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.3241983768614
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3209465658648
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3185095040092
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3184379117984
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3182666998855
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3177935819015
Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Violet Marc Jacobs
1.3158605922108
Brown Leather Refan
1.3156458155785
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3129295532646
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3127257124857
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.3125715922108
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3115825761741
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.3114188831615
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3110044753723
1902 Violette Parfums Berdoues
1.3079067766323
I Love Luxury Dzintars
1.3077635922108
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3059176471936
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.3038201970218
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.3009892966781
Love in Black Creed
1.3006443298969
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3005727376861
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3000715922108
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.2997032909507
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.2992606575029
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.2960682371134
Black Violet Tom Ford
1.295375628866
Muse Oriflame
1.2943492027491
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.2939873298969
Fahrenheit Absolute Dior
1.2931999507446
Sassy Swirls Vanilla Blossom Avon
1.2928972943872
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2907529507446
Divine Boadicea the Victorious
1.2899966781214
Ultraviolet Paco Rabanne
1.2898222520046
M4 A Room With A View CB I Hate Perfume
1.2896765143184
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2872174364261
Passion Flower Eau Fraiche Bronnley
1.2866369621993
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.2864938109966
Nirvana Black Elizabeth and James
1.2864658888889
He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood DSQUARED²
1.2862867376861
Khantor Nutrimetics
1.2859287766323
Amor Perfeito for Him Jose Antonio Tenente
1.2859287766323
Flower Market Lush
1.2857855922108
Horseball Extreme Horseball
1.2847976655212
Violetta di Parma Borsari
1.284631465063
Violette Fragonard
1.2837227949599
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.2831449793814
Bellissima Acqua di Primavera Blumarine
1.2819117835052
He Wood DSQUARED²
1.2816795532646
You Rock Laila Bagge
1.2811461741123
No. 04 Violet & White Lily Rituals
1.2804589587629
Emilie Fragonard
1.2756610859107
Only Imagine Avon

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