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
1.5057318321392
Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.5050494711702
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5024564994882
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5024564994882
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.50197884681
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5017741385193
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5017059024224
Angels Only Victoria`s Secret
1.5015694302286
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5011600136472
Violetta Zara
1.5009553053565
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5008870692596
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5008870692596
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.5007505970658
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.500682360969
Revelar Natura
1.500682360969
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.500682360969
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.5004776526783
Violette Sacree Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger
1.5004776526783
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5004094165814
Mitsy (2012) Arno Sorel
1.5004094165814
Violette Norma Kamali
1.5003411804845
Violetta de Bosco I Profumi di Firenze
1.5003411804845
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5003411804845
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5002047082907
Viola del Nepal Tesori d`Oriente
1.5002047082907
Violette Vanille Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.5002047082907
Rajamusk Illuminum
1.5001364721938
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5001364721938
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001364721938
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001364721938
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001364721938
Summer Flowers Milton Lloyd
1.5001364721938
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5001364721938
Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
1.5000682360969
Kerbside Violet Lush
1.5000682360969
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.5
America Black Woman Milton Lloyd
1.4999317639031
Grenadine Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.4822950252474
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817539443876
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4794126642784
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4553638331627
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4504776526783
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4493894165814
Indigo Vanilla En Voyage Perfumes
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Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4399943333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4379776526783
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.4369774663937
Balenciaga Paris Balenciaga
1.4315051521665
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4301350232003
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4290859696349
Violetta Penhaligon`s
1.4289121804845
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
1.4215011941317
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.4149322214261
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4126520692596
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4125838331627
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4119014721938
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.4101145414534
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.4082223500512
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4076117082907
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.4015011941317
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4008870692596
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4008870692596
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.4005476506312
April Violets Yardley
1.4004776526783
Violette Outremer
1.4004094165814
Ashlemah Bvlgari
1.4004094165814
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001364721938
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
1.4000612070966
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.3937440692596
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.3893666526783
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.3812249443876
Couture Violet Versace
1.3807698048448
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.3787874165814
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3752729443876
Cuir Insolite Welton London
1.3750682360969
Zara San Francisco Zara
1.3750682360969
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3640454165814
The Nuptial Bouquet Atkinsons
1.3639086799727
Fair Play Adidas
1.3607595131354
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.36
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3599293053565
No7 Violette Prada
1.3582347775503
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.3573477082907
Raw Spirit Desert Blush Nomad Two Worlds
1.3572794721938
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572112360969
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3534868887752
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3534186526783
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3520370399181
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3517059024224
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3507714994882
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3502293462982
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
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Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3421218048448
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3419406526783
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3384152030024
Insolence Guerlain
1.3339471248721
Insolence Crazy Touch Guerlain
1.3339471248721
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.3338106526783
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
1.3336741804845
Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335377082907
Soft Pimkie
1.3335135131354
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.3334694721938
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3334694721938
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.333333
Brioni Eau de Toilette Brioni
1.3322705121119
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3316431794609
Violette Tocca
1.3314929228932
J`adore Christian Dior
1.3304934711702
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
1.3294897219379
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3282422077789
R Revillon
1.3264468877516
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3247334165814
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3245965725009
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3220470829069
Flower by Kenzo Summer 2011 Kenzo
1.3184502077789
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3181772633913
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3178360829069
Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Violet Marc Jacobs
1.3173616380075
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3158572360969
Brown Leather Refan
1.3156525278062
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3129094165814
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3126364721938
Monaco Milton Lloyd
1.3125682360969
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3117779580348
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3103918502218
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.308735122825
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.3077602360969
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.305030360969
W Ted Baker
1.3041592163084
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3034336096895
Muse Oriflame
1.3027891388605
Fahrenheit Absolute Christian Dior
1.3022006141249
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.3020238331627
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.300682360969
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3005458887752
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3002729443876
Dove Grey Regime des Fleurs
1.3001364721938
Promenade a Versailles Pour Lui Parfums du Château de Versailles
1.3000682360969
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.2988472497441
1902 Violette Parfums Berdoues
1.2983375397475
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2972602633913
Ninfea Profumum Roma
1.2968562886387
Love in Black Creed
1.2966832497441
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.2954827219379
Sur Un Nuage Jeanne Arthes
1.2945937492323
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.294118
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.2918906349369
Black Violet Tom Ford

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