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
1.5057341798075
Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.5049150112636
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5024575056318
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.5024575056318
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5019796573145
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5017748651785
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5015700730425
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5011604887706
Violetta Zara
1.5009556966346
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5008874325893
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.5008874325893
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5006826404533
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.5006826404533
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5006826404533
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5004778483173
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.500409584272
Violette Norma Kamali
1.500409584272
Mitsy (2012) Arno Sorel
1.5003413202266
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5003413202266
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.500204792136
Rajamusk Illuminum
1.5001365280907
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001365280907
Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
1.5001365280907
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5001365280907
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001365280907
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001365280907
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5000682640453
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.4822317360229
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817540561813
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.479417359615
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4553641685439
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4504778483173
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4406143764079
Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4395673333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4379778483173
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.4370844949143
Balenciaga Paris Balenciaga
1.4315063539491
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4300757585501
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4291593202949
Violetta Penhaligon`s
1.4289123202266
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
1.4215018089972
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.4149337865383
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4126524325893
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4125841685439
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4119015280907
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.4101149606799
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.4081574680866
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.407611792136
Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
1.4015018089972
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4008874325893
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4008874325893
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.4005518708444
April Violets Yardley
1.4004778483173
Violette Outremer
1.400409584272
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001365280907
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
1.3996261520923
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.3937444325893
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.3893668483173
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.380702938221
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.378787584272
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3750682640453
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.364045584272
The Nuptial Bouquet Atkinsons
1.3639098258584
Fair Play Adidas
1.3607609944023
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.36
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3581669606799
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.3572795280907
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572112640453
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3537601685439
No7 Violette Prada
1.3534871123626
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3534188483173
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3517066011332
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3507725056318
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3507544899311
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3502311629463
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
1.3423947023688
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3421232022664
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3419408483173
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3387949331012
Insolence Guerlain
1.3339473764079
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.3338108483173
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
1.3336743202266
Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.333537792136
Soft Pimkie
1.3335149944023
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.3334695280907
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3334695280907
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.333333
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3322740056659
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3316453314902
Violette Tocca
1.330728512936
J`adore Christian Dior
1.3304955393542
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
1.3294902809065
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3282432977678
R Revillon
1.3264491236262
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.324733584272
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3239708545976
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3220479213598
Flower by Kenzo Summer 2011 Kenzo
1.3184512977678
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3181782415865
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3178369213598
Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Violet Marc Jacobs
1.317295106765
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3158572640453
Brown Leather Refan
1.3156524719093
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.312909584272
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3125682640453
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3117102809065
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3097115227661
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.3088412415865
Sassy Swirls Vanilla Blossom Avon
1.3086028708444
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.3077602640453
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3073313147655
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3050306404533
W Ted Baker
1.3043701075841
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.3034364045327
Muse Oriflame
1.3033892363301
Fahrenheit Absolute Christian Dior
1.3020854665847
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.3020241685439
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.3006826404533
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3005461123626
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3000682640453
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.2988477528159
1902 Violette Parfums Berdoues
1.2981478948051
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2972612415865
Ninfea Profumum Roma
1.2971669776094
Love in Black Creed
1.2966837528159
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.2954832809065
Sur Un Nuage Jeanne Arthes
1.2945952584477
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.2918301405557
Black Violet Tom Ford
1.2913426743805
He Wood DSQUARED²
1.2907147134958
Divine Boadicea the Victorious
1.2898426011332
Violet Disguise Imaginary Authors
1.2897590168612
M4 A Room With A View CB I Hate Perfume
1.2896399044986
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2886287475596
Ultraviolet Paco Rabanne
1.2885128258584
Mexx pure Life Woman Mexx
1.2871475449519
Passion Flower Eau Fraiche Bronnley
1.2863966404533
Khantor Nutrimetics
1.2862601123626
Marquee Xerjoff
1.2861386461192
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.285918792136
Amor Perfeito for Him Jose Antonio Tenente
1.2858505280907
Flower Market Lush
1.2857822640453
Horseball Extreme Horseball
1.2851469386306
He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood DSQUARED²
1.2836182192641
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.2829652584477
Bellissima Acqua di Primavera Blumarine
1.2819827810089
Nirvana Black Elizabeth and James
1.2815913202266
You Rock Laila Bagge

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