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
1.5047569080098
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5024484085345
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.5023784540049
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.501888772298
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5018188177685
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5014690451207
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5011892270024
Violetta Zara
1.5009793634138
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5009094088842
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5009094088842
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.5006995452956
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5006995452956
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.5006995452956
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5004896817069
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.5004197271773
Violette Norma Kamali
1.5004197271773
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5003497726478
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5003497726478
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5002098635887
Rajamusk Illuminum
1.5002098635887
Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
1.5001399090591
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5001399090591
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001399090591
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001399090591
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001399090591
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5000699545296
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.492277224554
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817608181182
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4553844543547
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4504896817069
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4485528156698
Meteorites Guerlain
1.440629590766
Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4379896817069
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.4376443333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4348266149003
Balenciaga Paris Cristobal Balenciaga
1.4315090902413
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4310388586919
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4289207726478
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
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Violetta Penhaligon`s
1.424581452256
April Violets Yardley
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Soir De Grasse Galimard
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Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4126744088842
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4126044543547
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.4109526086044
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4101403179433
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.4076168635887
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.4015389996502
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4009094088842
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4004896817069
Violette Outremer
1.4004197271773
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001399090591
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
1.396337347674
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.3893786817069
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.3850347271773
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3758368628891
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.3754197271773
Guimauve de Soie DSH Perfumes
1.3751399090591
Kashkha 6 Arabian Oud
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Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3640557271773
The Nuptial Bouquet Atkinsons
1.3639791357118
Fair Play Adidas
1.3607106810073
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.36
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3579124998251
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.3572829090591
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572129545296
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3537804543547
No7 Violette Prada
1.3535006362364
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3534306817069
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3517488632389
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3509033175936
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3491524529556
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3470634088842
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.3464064043372
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3419526817069
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.34185795383
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3376701808325
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
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Insolence Guerlain
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Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.3338226817069
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
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Tan Giudicelli Zen Tan Giudicelli
1.3336827726478
Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335428635887
Soft Pimkie
1.3334729090591
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3334729090591
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.3334729090591
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3334646810073
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.333333
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.332555270724
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3317754987758
Violette Tocca
1.3306206351871
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
1.3296401133263
J`adore Dior
1.3294541360616
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3282392721231
R Revillon
1.3247437271773
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3224979279468
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.322436316894
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3184472721231
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3182374085345
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.3178876358867
Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Violet Marc Jacobs
1.3172295389997
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3158589545296
Brown Leather Refan
1.3156490909409
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3129421245191
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.3129197271773
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3125699545296
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3123092395943
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.3115342270024
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.311118181532
1902 Violette Parfums Berdoues
1.3105631339629
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.3088304540049
Sassy Swirls Vanilla Blossom Avon
1.3077619545296
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3040573627142
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3020444543547
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.3009953620147
Muse Oriflame
1.300629590766
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3005596362364
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3001506670164
Fahrenheit Absolute Dior
1.3000699545296
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.2998902270024
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.298782996852
Love in Black Creed
1.2980015334033
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.2977452263029
Genie des Bois Keiko Mecheri
1.2960201650927
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2941658593914
Black Violet Tom Ford
1.2907005449458
Divine Boadicea the Victorious
1.2906880818468
He Wood DSQUARED²
1.2897911360616
M4 A Room With A View CB I Hate Perfume
1.2896584998251
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2893299961525
Nirvana Black Elizabeth and James
1.2884422266527
Mexx pure Life Woman Mexx
1.2883378485484
Ultraviolet Paco Rabanne
1.2875328177685
Violet Disguise Imaginary Authors
1.2871830451207
Passion Flower Eau Fraiche Bronnley
1.2862736362364
Khantor Nutrimetics
1.2859238635887
Amor Perfeito for Him Jose Antonio Tenente
1.2858539090591
Flower Market Lush
1.2857839545296
Horseball Extreme Horseball
1.2836376355369
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.2831264991256
Bellissima Acqua di Primavera Blumarine
1.2827153008045
He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood DSQUARED²
1.2818604085345
Ninfea Profumum Roma
1.2815997726478
You Rock Laila Bagge
1.2802657208814
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.2795860888423
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.2768836330885
Violetta di Parma Borsari

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