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
1.5054972513743
Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.5049975012494
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5024987506247
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5023559648747
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.5018562147498
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5017848218748
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5014992503748
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5012136788748
Violetta Zara
1.5009995002499
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5009995002499
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.5009281073749
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.5008567144999
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5007139287499
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.5007139287499
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5007139287499
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5004997501249
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.5004283572499
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5004283572499
Violette Norma Kamali
1.500356964375
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.500356964375
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.500214178625
Rajamusk Illuminum
1.500214178625
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.50014278575
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.50014278575
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.50014278575
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.50014278575
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.500071392875
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.4925231816235
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817665715
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4717485007496
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4554017144999
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4504997501249
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4484231098736
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4406425358749
Lady Greystock DS & Durga
1.4379997501249
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.4354913333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4311275052474
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4288565715
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
1.4262701816235
Violetta Penhaligon`s
1.4250027526237
April Violets Yardley
1.4249143089884
Balenciaga Paris Cristobal Balenciaga
1.4215706432498
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.4149662152495
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4130867954594
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4127645002499
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4126217144999
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4101618931249
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.407621178625
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.4015706432498
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4009281073749
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4004283572499
Violette Outremer
1.4004283572499
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.40014278575
Empress Jingu DS & Durga
1.3969866958664
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.3893173572499
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.3850433572499
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3759044651246
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.3754283572499
Guimauve de Soie DSH Perfumes
1.37514278575
Kashkha 6 Arabian Oud
1.375071392875
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3695227149996
Fair Play Adidas
1.3639215715
The Nuptial Bouquet Atkinsons
1.36
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3579283216249
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.3575519292497
R Revillon
1.35728578575
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.357214392875
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3537977144999
No7 Violette Prada
1.3535121429999
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3534407501249
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3533693572499
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3517848218748
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3508851434997
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3503794087242
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3470821073749
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.3419627501249
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3419226793746
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3381588804883
Insolence Guerlain
1.3376165724995
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
1.3369026437496
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.3338327501249
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
1.333689964375
Tan Giudicelli Zen Tan Giudicelli
1.3336185715
Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.333547178625
Soft Pimkie
1.3335380366245
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.33347578575
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.33347578575
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.33347578575
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.333333
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3328792879989
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3317434656243
Violette Tocca
1.3306556798743
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
1.3305120767473
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3295960037124
J`adore Dior
1.3294814646248
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3244571073749
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.3241824299993
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3211229933605
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3185019292497
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3184305363747
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3183301499964
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3177880004998
Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Violet Marc Jacobs
1.315860392875
Brown Leather Refan
1.3158287867495
Genie des Bois Keiko Mecheri
1.31564621425
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3129283572499
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.312895393232
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.312571392875
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3115586788748
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3110012859999
1902 Violette Parfums Berdoues
1.3102348343685
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.307906178625
I Love Luxury Dzintars
1.307763392875
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3058881454987
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.3036002989934
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.3009508248733
Love in Black Creed
1.3006425358749
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3005711429999
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.300071392875
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.2997005002499
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.2985818223745
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.2960180044978
Black Violet Tom Ford
1.2954272874991
Muse Oriflame
1.294454051617
Fahrenheit Absolute Dior
1.293505675091
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2931935719997
Sassy Swirls Vanilla Blossom Avon
1.2916139096166
Ultraviolet Paco Rabanne
1.2907465719997
Divine Boadicea the Victorious
1.2898184646248
M4 A Room With A View CB I Hate Perfume
1.2896743216249
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2872132503748
Passion Flower Eau Fraiche Bronnley
1.2862851429999
Khantor Nutrimetics
1.2859495378739
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.285928178625
Amor Perfeito for Him Jose Antonio Tenente
1.285928178625
Flower Market Lush
1.2858011529949
He Wood DSQUARED²
1.285785392875
Horseball Extreme Horseball
1.2853249833655
He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood DSQUARED²
1.2847583963732
Violetta di Parma Borsari
1.2846228936246
Violette Fragonard
1.2845641856215
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.2837124294995
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.2831745037481
Nirvana Black Elizabeth and James
1.2831342152495
Bellissima Acqua di Primavera Blumarine
1.2816783572499
You Rock Laila Bagge
1.2811403933747
No. 04 Violet & White Lily Rituals
1.280508823374
Emilie Fragonard

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