On the 10th Day of Violets….
We had the whole office swooning over L’Artisan’s Verte Violette.
Verte Violette goes on green, with a slightly sweet smell, but not very much of one, like an outdoors sweet, not a candy sweet. Notes are violet leaves, raspberry leaves, rose, heliotrope, cedar, iris and white musk. I haven’t seen a lot of great reviews of this one, mostly just midde ground, but for what it does, it does it well. It’s a nice, light green violet scent. It’s not as complicated as the notes imply, though you can pick them out. It lasted nicely on me, from 8a to 2p with some blow-off, but I could still definitely smell it, just lighter.
The nicest thing about this fragrance came later at work. I went a little overboard in my spritzing because I had read somewhere it didn’t have much lasting power. At first I was a little concerned about overdosage because the lady in front of me at the post office kept sneezing and rubbing her nose. Oh, no, did I do too much? But for pete’s sake, it’s green violet, not Poison, Giorgio or Youth Dew, this can’t be that annoying!
Later at the office, nobody complained about the sillage I left in my wake, but co-workers, as I would stand right next to them, thought it was a great smell, fresh and lovely.
This is definitely a wonderful summer and spring scent, when you don’t want a heavy scent and you want to smell like the best of the outdoors. If you want a darker, smokier violet, one that is more complicated, this won’t work for you at all.
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