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
1.5048883604175
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5025102391333
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.5023781212842
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
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Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5017175320386
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5015854141895
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5011230017175
Violetta Zara
1.5009908838684
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5008587660193
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5007927070947
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5007927070947
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
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Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.500594530321
Violetta de Bosco I Profumi di Firenze
1.500594530321
Revelar Natura
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No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5003963535474
Violette Norma Kamali
1.5003963535474
Mitsy (2012) Arno Sorel
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mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5003302946228
Cute As Hell Blue Q
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N° IV Violette Mad et Len
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Violette Vanille Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
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Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001321178491
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001321178491
Violet Demeter Fragrance
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Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001321178491
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
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Summer Flowers Milton Lloyd
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Viola del Nepal Tesori d`Oriente
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.5
Etherea Battistoni
1.5
America Black Woman Milton Lloyd
1.4897655474964
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4819157088123
Angels Only Victoria`s Secret
1.4818112946228
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4794126653455
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4553377070947
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4504624124719
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4443086218787
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
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Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.4412747924429
Balenciaga Paris Balenciaga
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Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.440594530321
Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4379624124719
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
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Insolence Blooming Guerlain
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Love & Rock Eau Jeune
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Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
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Violetta Penhaligon`s
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Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.4148763587
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4126237660193
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4125577070947
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.409854373365
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4077372946228
Indigo Vanilla En Voyage Perfumes
1.4076051767737
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.4037594651869
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.4017175320386
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4009248249438
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4008587660193
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.400594530321
Violette Outremer
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No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
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Fumee Toxique Francois Deli
1.4001321178491
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
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Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Romantic Spark Impulse
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April Violets Yardley
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Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
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Couture Violet Versace
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Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
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Cuir Insolite Welton London
1.3752642356982
Zara San Francisco Zara
1.3750660589246
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
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The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3648250606421
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.3641644713965
Kerbside Violet Lush
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Fair Play Adidas
1.3618422408508
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.3615689479456
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
1.3601321178491
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3572751178491
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
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Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
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Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
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Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3526969104241
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.351651473114
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3506270623596
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3468145892456
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.3457386218787
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3409479657815
Insolence Guerlain
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J`adore Christian Dior
1.3344275371912
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
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Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
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Violette Sacree Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger
1.3337954124719
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
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Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335972356982
Impressions d`Hiver Frederic Haldimann
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Soft Pimkie
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J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.3334651178491
Atifa Blanche Al Haramain Perfumes
1.3334651178491
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3334651178491
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3333990589246
Les Bohemes: Dapper Opus Oils
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.333333
L`eau de la Marquise de Pompadour Maison Nicolas de Barry
1.3323947191175
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3295122374158
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3280912391333
R Revillon
1.3278478249438
No7 Violette Prada
1.3247203535474
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3243651231338
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3219157088123
Flower by Kenzo Summer 2011 Kenzo
1.3207009496631
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3196114124719
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3182992391333
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3181671212842
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3180209857313
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3166099548157
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3159211178491
Brown Leather Refan
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Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3130284713965
Ashlemah Bvlgari
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Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
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Monaco Milton Lloyd
1.3125660589246
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.311996473114
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.308286530321
Wild Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.307692
Tres Bon Armaf
1.307692
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3076674325538
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.3069274765491
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.3061862557802
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.3050085892456
W Ted Baker
1.3041359852028
Fahrenheit Absolute Christian Dior
1.3038701836438
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3033480103052
Muse Oriflame
1.302863429383
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.3019316481702
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.3006605892456
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.3006605892456
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3005284713965
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3002642356982
Dove Grey Regime des Fleurs
1.3001321178491
Promenade a Versailles Pour Lui Parfums du Château de Versailles
1.3001321178491
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.3000660589246
Mist Element Jequiti
1.2976794937244
Love in Black Creed
1.2972868838684
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.2967101195667
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.296085251156
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.2956150085877
Violette Tocca
1.2955712963403
Sur Un Nuage Jeanne Arthes

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