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
1.5049372266892
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5023980815348
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5023275497249
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.501833827056
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.501833827056
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
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Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5011990407674
Violetta Zara
1.5009874453378
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.500916913528
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.5008463817182
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5008463817182
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.5007053180985
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.5007053180985
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5007053180985
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5004937226689
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.5004231908591
Violette Norma Kamali
1.5004231908591
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5003526590492
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5003526590492
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5002115954295
Rajamusk Illuminum
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Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001410636197
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001410636197
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5001410636197
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5001410636197
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5000705318098
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.4923759394837
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817631272394
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4717123360135
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4553913817182
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4504937226689
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4485734941459
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4406347862886
Lady Greystock DS & Durga
1.4379937226689
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.4368513333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4337932020031
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
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Balenciaga Paris Cristobal Balenciaga
1.4289236590492
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
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Violetta Penhaligon`s
1.4247351124277
April Violets Yardley
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Soir De Grasse Galimard
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Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
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Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4126113817182
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4120948163352
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4101489771477
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.4076185954295
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.4015516998166
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.400916913528
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4005642544788
Violette Outremer
1.4004231908591
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001410636197
Empress Jingu DS & Durga
1.3957365553675
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.3893827226689
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.3850381908591
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3758639950628
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.3754231908591
Guimauve de Soie DSH Perfumes
1.3751410636197
Kashkha 6 Arabian Oud
1.3750705318098
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3640591908591
The Nuptial Bouquet Atkinsons
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Fair Play Adidas
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Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.36
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3579188499083
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.3575192087742
R Revillon
1.3572840636197
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572135318098
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3537873817182
No7 Violette Prada
1.3535052544788
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3534347226689
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3533641908591
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3517632952462
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3508541451545
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3501859255184
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.347070913528
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.3465084793342
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3419567226689
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3418839314431
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
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Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
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Insolence Guerlain
1.3338267226689
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
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Tan Giudicelli Zen Tan Giudicelli
1.3336856590492
Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335445954295
Soft Pimkie
1.3334740636197
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3334740636197
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3334740636197
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.3334235904923
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.333333
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.3326985398505
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3317494175483
Violette Tocca
1.3306633539286
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
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J`adore Dior
1.3294651043871
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3254094466074
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3241840765975
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3232693361546
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3184692087742
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3183986769643
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3177638906757
Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Violet Marc Jacobs
1.3158595318098
Brown Leather Refan
1.3157788449711
Genie des Bois Keiko Mecheri
1.3156479363803
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3129231908591
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3126971465651
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.3125705318098
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3117066029059
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.3115440407674
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3111285725772
1902 Violette Parfums Berdoues
1.3088500815348
Sassy Swirls Vanilla Blossom Avon
1.3077625318098
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3062261760474
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.3040203131612
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.302121913528
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.3010542446043
Muse Oriflame
1.3006347862886
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3005642544788
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3000705318098
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.2998295089575
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.2996031711102
Love in Black Creed
1.2987914528142
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.2962464858231
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2958824787699
Fahrenheit Absolute Dior
1.2947073977994
Black Violet Tom Ford
1.2932151557342
Ultraviolet Paco Rabanne
1.2907190179151
Divine Boadicea the Victorious
1.2898021043871
M4 A Room With A View CB I Hate Perfume
1.2896648499083
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
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Nirvana Black Elizabeth and James
1.288464740584
Mexx pure Life Woman Mexx
1.2876183588658
Violet Disguise Imaginary Authors
1.2871951680068
Passion Flower Eau Fraiche Bronnley
1.2868817875582
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.2865174725631
He Wood DSQUARED²
1.28648013528
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.2862782544788
Khantor Nutrimetics
1.2859255954295
Amor Perfeito for Him Jose Antonio Tenente
1.2858550636197
Flower Market Lush
1.2857845318098
Horseball Extreme Horseball
1.2847891409226
He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood DSQUARED²
1.283667654112
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.2830877177317
Bellissima Acqua di Primavera Blumarine
1.2816731908591
You Rock Laila Bagge
1.2804149672732
Emilie Fragonard
1.2767204255889
Violetta di Parma Borsari
1.2748429542954
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