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
1.5047358834244
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5024893746205
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.5021857923497
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5018214936248
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5014571948998
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5012143290832
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5010928961749
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5010321797207
Violetta Zara
1.5009714632665
Violetta di Bosco I Profumi di Firenze
1.5008500303582
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.5007893139041
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5007285974499
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.5007285974499
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5006678809957
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.5006071645416
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5004857316333
Mitsy (2012) Arno Sorel
1.5004250151791
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.500364298725
Viola del Nepal Tesori d`Oriente
1.500364298725
Tru Blooms Chicago Romane
1.500364298725
Violette Norma Kamali
1.5003035822708
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5003035822708
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5002428658166
Tous Eau de Toilette Green Purpurine Tous
1.5001821493625
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5001821493625
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5001821493625
Nocturne Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5001821493625
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001821493625
Sapphire Al-Jazeera Perfumes
1.5001214329083
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001214329083
Al Eqd Majid Muzaffar Iterji
1.5001214329083
Zara Av. Bartomeu Vicent Ramon 12-16 Ibiza Zara
1.5000607164542
Violette Macaron Les Petits Plaisirs
1.5
Nochnaya Fialka Dilis Parfum
1.5
Violet Petals The Merchant of Venice
1.5
Violeta Companhia da Terra
1.4998785670917
Unique Man Otto Kern
1.4806487795993
Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.4769793139041
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4753840607165
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.4735194936248
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.461538
Lucky Number 7 Dzintars
1.4593162756527
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4582846654523
Violetta Penhaligon`s
1.4553343139041
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.4502428658166
Violette Vanille Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.4483974329083
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.4445654329083
746 Amore Segreto Sprezzatura
1.4408822811172
Balenciaga Paris Balenciaga
1.4345276581664
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4326793333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4301496278081
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.4288745822708
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
1.4286924329083
Etherea Battistoni
1.4212958658166
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4190041718276
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4171527316333
Iris 39 Perfume Oil Le Labo
1.413923417122
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4123114480874
Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4063169338191
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4056546581664
Kerbside Violet Lush
1.4006678809957
Violette Outremer
1.4004857316333
Extrait d'Iris Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.4001821493625
La Dame En Rose Pierre Bourdon
1.4000607164542
Flower Season Butterfly Ballet Jean-Pierre Sand
1.4000607164542
Viola Laura Tonatto
1.4
Modo Violet Dzintars
1.4
Red Man Bi-es
1.4
Yujin Bouquet Purple Ella Mikao
1.393369195507
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.393221298725
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3885443139041
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.3884033794778
April Violets Yardley
1.3879060024287
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.3876434480874
Summer Wood Korres
1.3846757164542
Bareeya Syed Junaid Alam
1.384615
Tender Mood Marc Joseph
1.3813770151791
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.3805088530662
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3799869872495
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.3797137619915
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.376169822708
Angels Only Victoria`s Secret
1.3751821493625
No 3 Prudence Paris
1.3751214329083
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.3751214329083
American Beauty MCMC Fragrances
1.3750607164542
Fumee Toxique Francois Deli
1.3692710303582
LOJAZZ Santi Burgas
1.3601821493625
Soft Pimkie
1.36
Les Bohemes: Dapper Opus Oils
1.3599392835458
La Vie en Rose DSH Perfumes
1.3588057468124
Couture Violet Versace
1.3586001948998
Ashlemah Bvlgari
1.3572644329083
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
1.3572037164542
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3567555391621
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.353305298725
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3529402604736
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3495498075288
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3490191493625
Violette Framboise Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.3487650024287
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
1.3485219417122
R Revillon
1.3439321493625
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.3438843667274
J`adore Christian Dior
1.3430180151791
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.341150225258
Sassy Swirls Vanilla Blossom Avon
1.3397280607165
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3395134632665
Arome Arthes Secret Jeanne Arthes
1.3344258961749
Tan Giudicelli Zen Tan Giudicelli
1.3335151493625
Impressions d`Hiver Frederic Haldimann
1.3333937164542
Lace Mademoiselle Milton Lloyd
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.333333
Sparkling Spring TianDe
1.333333
Argonaut STILLLIFE
1.3332722835458
Grenadine Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.3322598099575
Daisy Garland Marc Jacobs
1.3302029234973
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3230683442623
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.3222924784457
No7 Violette Prada
1.3219094784457
Bouquet di Violette Borsari
1.3215504329083
America Black Woman Milton Lloyd
1.3211332695811
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.3192344887675
Insolence Guerlain
1.3184248658166
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.318182
Ipanema Posto Nove Monsillage
1.318182
АRТ Stils (ART Style) Dzintars
1.3169580928962
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3160318658166
Monaco Milton Lloyd
1.3154935039466
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.315439612629
Or Noir Lise Watier
1.3147817164542
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3139530758956
No. 04 Violet & White Lily Rituals
1.3131637619915
Clin d'Oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3116145998786
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
1.3099128378871
Rare Amethyst Avon
1.3084545664845
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3082384480874
Wild Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.3066077316333
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3059350303582
Violet Bottega Verde
1.3046144505161
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.3038484978749
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.300364298725
Olivier Strelli Avon
1.3003035822708
Violet Musc Ajmal
1.3001821493625
Deep Sea Mel Merio
1.3
Nikita Love Guy Bouchara
1.3
Ruby Al-Jazeera Perfumes
1.2982606302368
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.2970575500911
Fahrenheit Absolute Christian Dior
1.2967210151791
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.294482298725
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.2942070680024
Violetta di Parma Borsari

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