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
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Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.5047663844465
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5025713389777
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.5022577610536
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5019441831295
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5016306052054
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5014424584509
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5012543116965
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.501066164942
Violetta Zara
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Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5008153026027
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5007525870179
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5007525870179
Violetta di Bosco I Profumi di Firenze
1.5006898714331
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.5006271558482
Revelar Natura
1.5006271558482
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5004390090938
Mitsy (2012) Arno Sorel
1.5003762935089
Violette Norma Kamali
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mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5003135779241
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5001881467545
Violette Vanille Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
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Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001881467545
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
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Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
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Viola del Nepal Tesori d`Oriente
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Al Eqd Majid Muzaffar Iterji
1.5001254311696
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5001254311696
Violet Demeter Fragrance
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Etherea Battistoni
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Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
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Violette Macaron Les Petits Plaisirs
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.486118098777
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817318623393
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4554230181875
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4527594857322
Angels Only Victoria`s Secret
1.4503597428661
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.4497852910003
Violetta Penhaligon`s
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Balenciaga Paris Balenciaga
1.4434383333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
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Meteorites Guerlain
1.4379390090938
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
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Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
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Insolence Blooming Guerlain
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Love & Rock Eau Jeune
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Play It Wild for Her Playboy
1.4287591467545
Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
1.4286337155848
Fumee Toxique Francois Deli
1.428038491063
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4167297155848
Ipanema Posto Nove Monsillage
1.4159166052054
Kerbside Violet Lush
1.4125803026027
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4125175870179
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4123294402634
Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4095927246786
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.4034877033553
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4015678896206
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.4008780181875
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.4006271558482
Violette Outremer
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Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4004390090938
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4000627155848
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3965055117592
April Violets Yardley
1.3963924082785
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.3932960090938
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3893280090938
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.3890771467545
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.386371036375
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.384615
Violet Musc Ajmal
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Brown Leather Refan
1.3751254311696
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
1.3750627155848
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.374166494826
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.373159164942
Arome Arthes Secret Jeanne Arthes
1.3698972195045
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.3675870818438
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3639495779241
Monaco Milton Lloyd
1.3601254311696
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3572684311696
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572057155848
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3571689611163
Daisy Marc Jacobs
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Fair Play Adidas
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Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3533800090938
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
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Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
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Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.3516933207902
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3505727610536
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3501254311696
Summer Wood Korres
1.3467811558482
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.3449146052054
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.3401781793666
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
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J`adore Christian Dior
1.3378763590467
Insolence Guerlain
1.3377858065224
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.3357789078081
R Revillon
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Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3337720090938
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
1.3336465779241
Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335211467545
Impressions d`Hiver Frederic Haldimann
1.3335211467545
Soft Pimkie
1.3334584311696
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3334584311696
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3333957155848
Les Bohemes: Dapper Opus Oils
1.3333957155848
Lace Mademoiselle Milton Lloyd
1.3333957155848
American Beauty MCMC Fragrances
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.333333
Argonaut STILLLIFE
1.3318313104421
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3295047428661
Clin d'Oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3281347519599
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.3280869350894
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.3277268488554
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3249096779555
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
1.3248257246786
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3219441831295
Flower by Kenzo Summer 2011 Kenzo
1.3207525870179
Couture Violet Versace
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Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
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Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3182447155848
America Black Woman Milton Lloyd
1.3181721922233
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3166043026027
Violette Sacree Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger
1.3156008532455
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.313566164942
Ashlemah Bvlgari
1.3130017246786
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3128394421449
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.3126881467545
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.311877164942
No7 Violette Prada
1.3108686108498
Fahrenheit Absolute Christian Dior
1.3107840090938
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3087415042333
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.3086327337723
Or Noir Lise Watier
1.3082564402634
Wild Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.3079428623393
Cuir Insolite Welton London
1.3077547155848
Tres Bon Armaf
1.307692
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3020830181875
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.3010034493572
Cool Black Mandarina Duck
1.3006271558482
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.3005017246786
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3004269664472
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.3002508623393
Attache Signature Fragrances
1.3001254311696
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.3000627155848
Mist Element Jequiti
1.3
Nikita Love Guy Bouchara
1.3
Sensuel Rubis Aimee de Mars Parfums
1.2997263935403
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.2993424935717
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.2978463665726
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels

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