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
1.5056885052962
Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.5048384987577
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5024846344972
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.5023538642605
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5020923237871
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
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X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5015692428403
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5011115470119
Violetta Zara
1.5009807767752
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5008500065385
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5007846214202
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5007846214202
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5007192363018
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.5006538511835
Violetta de Bosco I Profumi di Firenze
1.5005884660651
Revelar Natura
1.5005230809468
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5003923107101
Mitsy (2012) Arno Sorel
1.5003923107101
Violette Norma Kamali
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Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5003269255917
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5002615404734
Summer Flowers Milton Lloyd
1.500196155355
Violette Vanille Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.500196155355
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5001307702367
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5001307702367
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001307702367
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001307702367
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001307702367
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5000653851183
Viola del Nepal Tesori d`Oriente
1.5
Etherea Battistoni
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.5
America Black Woman Milton Lloyd
1.4896449361841
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4819615535504
Angels Only Victoria`s Secret
1.4818079255917
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4557854766575
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4553296214202
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4504576958284
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4434591239702
Balenciaga Paris Balenciaga
1.4428407767752
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
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Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4405884660651
Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4379576958284
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
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Violetta Penhaligon`s
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Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4288979255917
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
1.428767155355
Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
1.4286363851183
Fumee Toxique Francois Deli
1.4262077104747
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.421503857722
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.4148379517458
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4126150065385
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4125496214202
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4077339255917
Indigo Vanilla En Voyage Perfumes
1.407603155355
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.4072484519419
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4030790283771
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.4018307833137
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4009153916569
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4008500065385
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.4005884660651
Violette Outremer
1.4004576958284
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001307702367
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
1.3957413107101
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3940993172486
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.3925411594089
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
1.3752615404734
Zara San Francisco Zara
1.3750653851183
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3672321815091
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3648129321302
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.3637917898522
Fair Play Adidas
1.3618705666274
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.3615238029293
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
1.3601307702367
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3572737702367
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572083851183
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3534640809468
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3534029257225
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3533986958284
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
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Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3506034791421
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3470040065385
Kerbside Violet Lush
1.3468078511835
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.343833784883
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3395134085262
Insolence Guerlain
1.336046137178
J`adore Christian Dior
1.3343756541127
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
1.3337906958284
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
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Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
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Impressions d`Hiver Frederic Haldimann
1.333529155355
Soft Pimkie
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Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3334637702367
Atifa Blanche Al Haramain Perfumes
1.3334637702367
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3333983851183
Lace Mademoiselle Milton Lloyd
1.3333983851183
Les Bohemes: Dapper Opus Oils
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.3321756802668
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3294980874853
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3280656344972
R Revillon
1.3278383916569
No7 Violette Prada
1.3247163107101
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3238456046816
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3218961684321
Flower by Kenzo Summer 2011 Kenzo
1.3206443499412
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3184044047339
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3183390196155
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3176584520727
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3166497612135
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.3159197702367
Brown Leather Refan
1.3156582297633
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3130884660651
Ashlemah Bvlgari
1.3128923107101
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3127615404734
Monaco Milton Lloyd
1.3126307702367
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.3126307702367
Aurora Carla Fracci
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Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3108026958284
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3099085542043
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.3082804660651
Wild Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.3079535404734
Cuir Insolite Welton London
1.3077573851183
Tres Bon Armaf
1.307692
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3071816286125
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.3069531071008
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.3063512189094
Fahrenheit Absolute Christian Dior
1.3050018511835
W Ted Baker
1.303887728521
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3032792820714
Muse Oriflame
1.3023907725906
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.3019896214202
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.3006538511835
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3006538511835
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.3005230809468
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3002615404734
Attache Signature Fragrances
1.3002615404734
Dove Grey Regime des Fleurs
1.3001307702367
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.3000653851183
Mist Element Jequiti
1.2972767767752
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.2967627023669
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.2964357767752
Arome Arthes Secret Jeanne Arthes
1.2960448486988
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.2956229623382
Love in Black Creed
1.2955564726036
Sur Un Nuage Jeanne Arthes

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