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
1.5056543924976
Kapsule Floriental Karl Lagerfeld
1.5048269204248
Daisy Bloom Marc Jacobs
1.5024824162185
Give a Little Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5024134602124
Ajaccio Violets Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.501999724176
Field of Flowers Violet Blossom Philosophy
1.5017928561578
X Pose Passion Christina Aguilera
1.5014480761274
Always Belong Celine Dion
1.5011722521032
Violetta Zara
1.500965384085
Iris Santa Maria Novella
1.5008964280789
Violetta Santa Maria Novella
1.5008964280789
Venetian Violet Flower Water Crabtree & Evelyn
1.5006895600607
Caprice Violette Lolita Lempicka
1.5006895600607
Sweet Violet Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5006895600607
Les Fleurs de Provance: Violette Molinard
1.5006206040546
Feminine Limited Edition Women'Secret
1.5004826920425
No. 37 Veilchen Frau Tonis Parfum
1.5004137360364
Mitsy (2012) Arno Sorel
1.5004137360364
Violette Norma Kamali
1.5003447800303
mat; metal Masaki Matsushima
1.5003447800303
Cute As Hell Blue Q
1.5002068680182
Rajamusk Illuminum
1.5001379120121
Bougainvellea Acqua di Genova
1.5001379120121
Beauty-to-Wear Vintage Chic Pout
1.5001379120121
Diavolo Extremely Woman Antonio Banderas
1.5001379120121
Violette Pastille Extract Royal Apothic
1.5001379120121
Parma Violet DSH Perfumes
1.5001379120121
N° IV Violette Mad et Len
1.5000689560061
Violet Demeter Fragrance
1.5
Corvina Negra Fueguia 1833
1.4923823010619
Verte Violette L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4817568240243
Aqua Aromatica Violetta Florascent
1.4671597410012
Meteorites Guerlain
1.4553724720728
Wild Pansy CB I Hate Perfume
1.4504826920425
Zuhoor Al Haramain Perfumes
1.4406206040546
Lady Greystock D.S. & Durga
1.4390593333333
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
1.4379826920425
Nativa Spa Violet + White Sandal O Boticario
1.435290948283
Balenciaga Paris Cristobal Balenciaga
1.4314671522549
Insolence Blooming Guerlain
1.4298151859054
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.4289157800303
Love & Rock Eau Jeune
1.4283051690801
Violetta Penhaligon`s
1.4244376648738
April Violets Yardley
1.4215170321335
Soir De Grasse Galimard
1.4148346243277
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Toilette Parfums Berdoues
1.4126614280789
Wink Wink Victoria`s Secret
1.4125924720728
Varens essentiel Violette Delicate Ulric de Varens
1.410125340091
Tresor In Love La Coquette Limited Edition Lancome
1.4088685601986
Euphoria Calvin Klein
1.4076138680182
Dior Passage No.8 Dior
1.4015170321335
Flower By Kenzo Spring Fragrance Kenzo
1.4008964280789
I Want Candy Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4004826920425
Violette Outremer
1.4004137360364
No2 Night Jasmine Victoria`s Secret
1.4001379120121
Empress Jingu D.S. & Durga
1.3982332903048
Insolence Eau de Parfum Guerlain
1.3937534280789
Romantic Spark Impulse
1.3893716920425
Viola Odorata Parfums Berdoues
1.3807368442973
Paris Premieres Roses Yves Saint Laurent
1.3787917360364
Le Serpent qui Danse Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3750689560061
Papillon D’Amour Linn Young
1.3640497360364
The Nuptial Bouquet Atkinsons
1.3639381962488
Fair Play Adidas
1.3608666243277
Betty Barclay Women No 2 Betty Barclay
1.36
Violetta Extreme Acqua di Genova
1.3579704720728
Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Korres
1.3572809120121
Zohah Syed Junaid Alam
1.3572119560061
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) DSH Perfumes
1.3537684720728
No7 Violette Prada
1.3534926480485
Flower Edition d`Artistes Kenzo
1.3534236920425
Gracing the Dawn Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.3517239001517
Lolita Lempicka Eau Legere Pailletee Lolita Lempicka
1.3507974162185
Calypso Violette Calypso Christiane Celle
1.3502071843884
Les Fleurs: Violette Molinard
1.3499886662529
Daisy Marc Jacobs
1.3434842738933
Insolence Eau Glacee Guerlain
1.3419509322852
The Unicorn Spell Les Nez
1.3419456920425
My Fair Lady Washington Tremlett
1.3381039161495
Insolence Guerlain
1.3342294280789
Ladyboy B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful
1.3338156920425
Police Naked Pour Femme Police
1.3336777800303
Est. 1962 Woman Tom Tailor
1.3335398680182
Soft Pimkie
1.3334709120121
Carla Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty
1.3334709120121
Fitz Roy Fueguia 1833
1.3334709120121
J'ai Osé Aqua Guy Laroche
1.3334137563095
Flora by Gucci Generous Violet Gucci
1.333333
Eau Bienveillante Pour Le Bonheur Keep Lucky
1.333333
Li Altarelli Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3323605007585
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica Guerlain
1.3316986124672
Violette Tocca
1.330546744449
Violette Divine Parfums Berdoues
1.3295041201214
Clin D`oeil Cosmic Girl Bourjois
1.3283002744449
J`adore Dior
1.3282013282306
R Revillon
1.3265734364915
Violettes de Toulouse Eau de Parfum Parfums Berdoues
1.3247377360364
Isotta Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.3201263422976
Flower by Kenzo Kenzo
1.3184782842367
Evolution Etienne Aigner
1.3182024602124
Poudre D’Orient Le Labo
1.317857680182
Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Violet Marc Jacobs
1.317199404358
Pleats Please Eau de Parfum 2013 Issey Miyake
1.3167661384637
Naughty Alice Vivienne Westwood
1.3158579560061
Brown Leather Refan
1.3156510879879
Steel Water M. Micallef
1.3129137360364
Le Pot Aux Roses Stephanie de Saint-Aignan
1.3125689560061
Aurora Carla Fracci
1.3115862081092
Ridzinieces noslepums Secret of Riga Dzintars
1.3111002081092
1902 Violette Parfums Berdoues
1.3104069605572
Feerie Van Cleef & Arpels
1.3088654602124
Sassy Swirls Vanilla Blossom Avon
1.3086384009102
Tuca Tuca Lush
1.3077609560061
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.3075328529858
Green Irish Tweed Creed
1.3022065921942
No. 04 Violet & White Lily Rituals
1.3020324720728
Violet Empire CB I Hate Perfume
1.3008245566129
Muse Oriflame
1.3007366338436
Fahrenheit Absolute Dior
1.3006895600607
Rose Leger Herve Leger
1.3005516480485
DKNY City for Men Donna Karan
1.3000689560061
Very Flower Iris Pupa
1.2993811572197
Love in Black Creed
1.2993613886361
She Wood DSQUARED²
1.2966272521032
Flower Violet Tommy Hilfiger
1.2962501241208
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2946326243277
Folies de Saisons Fantaisies d'Hiver Yves Rocher
1.2924982367949
Armani Prive Cologne Spray Pierre de Lune Giorgio Armani
1.2913322536202
Black Violet Tom Ford
1.2907395275134
He Wood DSQUARED²
1.2907375482002
Divine Boadicea the Victorious
1.2897721641153
M4 A Room With A View CB I Hate Perfume
1.2896475160667
Transcendant Sin Lolita Lempicka
1.2886101522549
Mexx pure Life Woman Mexx
1.2878949857951
Ultraviolet Paco Rabanne
1.2871620761274
Passion Flower Eau Fraiche Bronnley
1.2868854295959
Nirvana Black Elizabeth and James
1.2864035600607
Khantor Nutrimetics
1.2863346040546
Marquee Xerjoff
1.2862656480485
Je Reviens Couture Worth
1.2861640347538
He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood DSQUARED²
1.2859208680182
Amor Perfeito for Him Jose Antonio Tenente
1.2858519120121
Flower Market Lush
1.2857829560061
Horseball Extreme Horseball
1.2830026243277
Bellissima Acqua di Primavera Blumarine
1.2815947800303
You Rock Laila Bagge
1.2782616985243
Lipstick Rose Frederic Malle
1.27667793725
Violetta di Parma Borsari
1.2761545042063
Ninfea Profumum Roma
1.2759909441456
Violet Disguise Imaginary Authors

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