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
1.50481000481
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5024737167594
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.502405002405
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.5019927162784
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5017865732151
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5015804301519
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5011681440253
Violetta Zara
1.500962000962
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5008932866076
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5008932866076
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.5006871435443
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5006871435443
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.5006871435443
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5006184291899
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.500481000481
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5004122861266
Violette Norma Kamali
1.5004122861266
Mitsy (2012) Arno Sorel
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Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5003435717721
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5002061430633
Rajamusk Illuminum
1.5001374287089
Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
1.5001374287089
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5001374287089
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001374287089
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001374287089
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001374287089
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5000687143544
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.492340012025
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817558574177
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.479493011544
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4553695722531
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.450481000481
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4406184291899
Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4397013333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.437981000481
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.4355108086305
Balenciaga Paris Cristobal Balenciaga
1.4315257172404
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.429808021645
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
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Love & Rock Eau Jeune
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Violetta Penhaligon`s
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April Violets Yardley
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Soir De Grasse Galimard
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Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4126582866076
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4125895722531
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4119024287089
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.4101217153164
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.4081848911565
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4076131430633
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.4015117157974
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4008932866076
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.400481000481
Violette Outremer
1.4004122861266
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001374287089
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
1.3989800716691
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.3937502866076
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.389370000481
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.380725003367
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.3787902861266
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3750687143544
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3640482861266
The Nuptial Bouquet Atkinsons
1.3639282885316
Fair Play Adidas
1.3608535751391
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.36
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3579675722531
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.3572804287089
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572117143544
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3537655722531
No7 Violette Prada
1.3534907148354
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.353422000481
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3517178588607
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3507887167594
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3501917186834
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
1.3496740642479
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3435463072906
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.341944000481
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3418708603037
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3383702354154
Insolence Guerlain
1.3342262866076
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.333814000481
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
1.3336765717721
Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335391430633
Soft Pimkie
1.3334704287089
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3334704287089
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3334014320759
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.333333
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3323302943036
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.331680005291
Violette Tocca
1.3305288622277
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
1.3294992870886
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3281921454683
R Revillon
1.328117157562
J`adore Dior
1.3265538627087
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3247362861266
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3217859747818
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3184688598227
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.318194002405
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3178504306329
Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Violet Marc Jacobs
1.3173225756201
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3168741709613
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3158577143544
Brown Leather Refan
1.3156515712911
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3129122861266
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3125687143544
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3115818583797
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3105421945303
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.308857002405
Sassy Swirls Vanilla Blossom Avon
1.3085334388099
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.3077607143544
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3043742907304
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.3021988593417
No. 04 Violet & White Lily Rituals
1.3020295722531
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.3009162094414
Fahrenheit Absolute Dior
1.3007314354429
Muse Oriflame
1.3006871435443
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3005497148354
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3000687143544
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.2991080524291
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.2988558583797
1902 Violette Parfums Berdoues
1.2976764177146
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.297277002405
Ninfea Profumum Roma
1.296644013949
Love in Black Creed
1.2966231440253
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.2946195751391
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.292604009139
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.2913364469869
Black Violet Tom Ford
1.2908057542775
He Wood DSQUARED²
1.2907295736961
Divine Boadicea the Victorious
1.2898538588607
Violet Disguise Imaginary Authors
1.2897675727341
M4 A Room With A View CB I Hate Perfume
1.2896448578987
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2887179228338
Ultraviolet Paco Rabanne
1.288600002886
Mexx pure Life Woman Mexx
1.2875777331134
Nirvana Black Elizabeth and James
1.287157001443
Passion Flower Eau Fraiche Bronnley
1.2864011435443
Khantor Nutrimetics
1.2862637148354
Marquee Xerjoff
1.2859201430633
Amor Perfeito for Him Jose Antonio Tenente
1.2858514287089
Flower Market Lush
1.2857827143544
Horseball Extreme Horseball
1.2857810764791
He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood DSQUARED²
1.2829895751391
Bellissima Acqua di Primavera Blumarine
1.2815935717721
You Rock Laila Bagge
1.2785734575689
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.2766281570123
Violetta di Parma Borsari
1.2734141435443
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