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
1.5056945291845
Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.5050166090435
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5024405125076
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5024405125076
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.5021015524371
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5017625923666
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5015592163243
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5011524642397
Violetta Zara
1.5008812961833
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5008812961833
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.5008812961833
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5007457121551
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5007457121551
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.500677920141
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5005423361128
Revelar Natura
1.5004745440987
Violette Sacree Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger
1.5004067520846
Violette Norma Kamali
1.5004067520846
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5004067520846
Mitsy (2012) Arno Sorel
1.5003389600705
Violetta de Bosco I Profumi di Firenze
1.5003389600705
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5003389600705
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5002033760423
Violette Vanille Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.5002033760423
Viola del Nepal Tesori d`Oriente
1.5001355840282
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5001355840282
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001355840282
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001355840282
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5001355840282
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001355840282
Summer Flowers Milton Lloyd
1.5001355840282
Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
1.5000677920141
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5000677920141
Kerbside Violet Lush
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.5
America Black Woman Milton Lloyd
1.4999322079859
Grenadine Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.4820803944817
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.482033760423
Angels Only Victoria`s Secret
1.4818199600705
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4794736423971
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4587397520846
Indigo Vanilla En Voyage Perfumes
1.4553585041692
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4504745440987
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
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Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4398903333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4379745440987
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.4314860566063
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4314346516846
Balenciaga Paris Balenciaga
1.4300598205545
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4289373545522
Violetta Penhaligon`s
1.4289099600705
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
1.4215592163243
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.4149073527896
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4126462961833
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4125785041692
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4119005840282
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.4103895228798
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4101078802115
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.4076103760423
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.4014236322961
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4008812961833
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.4008812961833
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4006839701715
April Violets Yardley
1.4006162471019
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.4005423361128
Violette Outremer
1.4005423361128
Ashlemah Bvlgari
1.4004745440987
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001355840282
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
1.3937382961833
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.3893635440987
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.3814943361128
Couture Violet Versace
1.380747600705
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.3787847520846
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3752711680564
Cuir Insolite Welton London
1.3752033760423
Zara San Francisco Zara
1.3750677920141
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3639749600705
The Nuptial Bouquet Atkinsons
1.3638904725781
Fair Play Adidas
1.3607359767473
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.36
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3573463760423
Raw Spirit Desert Blush Nomad Two Worlds
1.3572785840282
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572107920141
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3534833361128
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3534155440987
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3516948003525
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3508631555149
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3507555125076
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3502004809165
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
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Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3423707687614
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3419375440987
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3384355152193
Insolence Guerlain
1.3339463995661
J`adore Christian Dior
1.3339431281269
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.3338075440987
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
1.3336933527896
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.3336719600705
Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335363760423
Soft Pimkie
1.3334685840282
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3334685840282
Atifa Blanche Al Haramain Perfumes
1.3334685840282
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.3322827937767
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3316767770999
Violette Tocca
1.3305961930717
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
1.3295486322961
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3282248885499
R Revillon
1.3278720881974
No7 Violette Prada
1.3265469451563
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3247307520846
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3244612725917
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3219659684089
Flower by Kenzo Summer 2011 Kenzo
1.3188793980069
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3184328885499
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3181617204935
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.317822760423
Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Violet Marc Jacobs
1.3158567920141
Brown Leather Refan
1.3156534159718
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3129067520846
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3126355840282
Monaco Milton Lloyd
1.3125677920141
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3119042163243
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3102533067589
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.3087349701715
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.3077597920141
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.305025920141
W Ted Baker
1.3038776889024
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3033892014101
Muse Oriflame
1.3030715897905
Fahrenheit Absolute Christian Dior
1.3023354348858
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.3020185041692
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.300677920141
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3005423361128
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3002711680564
Dove Grey Regime des Fleurs
1.3001355840282
Promenade a Versailles Pour Lui Parfums du Château de Versailles
1.3000677920141
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.299466337672
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2988392562538
1902 Violette Parfums Berdoues
1.2973125125076
Ninfea Profumum Roma
1.2967616990035
Love in Black Creed
1.2967430482679
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.295473840282
Sur Un Nuage Jeanne Arthes
1.2954060482679
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.2945697687614
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.294118
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.29293617992
Black Violet Tom Ford
1.2914069122771
He Wood DSQUARED²
1.2903873045217
Sassy Swirls Vanilla Blossom Avon

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