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
1.5054332486593
Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.504939316963
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5023990968106
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5023285351397
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.5018346034434
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5018346034434
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5014817950889
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5011995484053
Violetta Zara
1.5009878633926
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5009173017217
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.5008467400508
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5008467400508
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.500705616709
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.500705616709
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.500705616709
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5004939316963
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.5004233700254
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5004233700254
Violette Norma Kamali
1.5003528083545
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5003528083545
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5002116850127
Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
1.5002116850127
Rajamusk Illuminum
1.5001411233418
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001411233418
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5001411233418
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5001411233418
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001411233418
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5000705616709
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.492381045724
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817632466836
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4717135901778
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4553917400508
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4504939316963
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4485781823314
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4406350550381
Lady Greystock DS & Durga
1.4379939316963
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.4368513333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4326903923229
Balenciaga Paris Cristobal Balenciaga
1.4308748712955
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4289238083545
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
1.4262691690658
Violetta Penhaligon`s
1.4246688806097
April Violets Yardley
1.4215523567598
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.4149213302286
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4126823017217
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4126117400508
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4125372610782
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4101494250635
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.4076186850127
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.4015523567598
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4009173017217
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4005644933672
Violette Outremer
1.4004233700254
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001411233418
Empress Jingu DS & Durga
1.3957661775332
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.3893829316963
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.3850383700254
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3758653985323
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.3754233700254
Guimauve de Soie DSH Perfumes
1.3751411233418
Kashkha 6 Arabian Oud
1.3750705616709
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3640593700254
The Nuptial Bouquet Atkinsons
1.3640040285069
Fair Play Adidas
1.3607416452159
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.36
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3579191783799
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.3575203434942
R Revillon
1.3572841233418
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572135616709
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3537877400508
No7 Violette Prada
1.3535054933672
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3534349316963
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3533643700254
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3517640417725
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3508552201524
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3502851891053
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3470713017217
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.3465173779283
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3419569316963
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3418852751905
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3377078235958
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
1.3355375839684
Insolence Guerlain
1.3338269316963
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
1.3336858083545
Tan Giudicelli Zen Tan Giudicelli
1.3336858083545
Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335446850127
Soft Pimkie
1.3334956452159
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.3334741233418
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3334741233418
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3334741233418
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.333333
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.3327023322043
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3318222486593
Violette Tocca
1.3306655636466
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
1.3302412664409
J`adore Dior
1.3294656717471
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3254216000564
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3241864953429
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3225300587073
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3184703434942
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3183292201524
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3177647267852
Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Violet Marc Jacobs
1.3158595616709
Brown Leather Refan
1.3157805769122
Genie des Bois Keiko Mecheri
1.3156478766582
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3129233700254
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3125705616709
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3116693570421
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.3116581981372
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.3115445484053
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3111291100762
1902 Violette Parfums Berdoues
1.3088510968106
Sassy Swirls Vanilla Blossom Avon
1.3077625616709
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3063716889642
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.3040925769122
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3021223017217
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.3010572904318
Muse Oriflame
1.3006350550381
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3005644933672
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3000705616709
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.2999005484053
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.2998912108383
Love in Black Creed
1.2989550615298
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.2965670914479
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2963330522156
Fahrenheit Absolute Dior
1.2947152811177
Black Violet Tom Ford
1.2931023406717
Ultraviolet Paco Rabanne
1.2917835907423
He Wood DSQUARED²
1.2907199734688
Divine Boadicea the Victorious
1.2898026717471
M4 A Room With A View CB I Hate Perfume
1.2897295543325
Nirvana Black Elizabeth and James
1.2896651783799
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2884659051651
Mexx pure Life Woman Mexx
1.2876191651143
Violet Disguise Imaginary Authors
1.2871957950889
Passion Flower Eau Fraiche Bronnley
1.286823230031
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.286484017217
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.2862784933672
Khantor Nutrimetics
1.2859256850127
Amor Perfeito for Him Jose Antonio Tenente
1.2858551233418
Flower Market Lush
1.2857845616709
Horseball Extreme Horseball
1.2847510979396
He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood DSQUARED²
1.2836692068868
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.2830893302286
Bellissima Acqua di Primavera Blumarine
1.2817405351397
Ninfea Profumum Roma
1.2816733700254
You Rock Laila Bagge
1.2804182221281
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