Move over Apres L’Ondee and Bois de Violette, there is a new violet killer in town, and its name is Stephen Jones, made by Comme des Garcons. Notes of violet leaf, meteorite, cloves, carnation, rose, violet, jasmin, heliotrope, gaà¯ac wood, magma, black cumin, vetiver, amber make up this concoction.
First, the packing? Completely, terminally, unrepentently cute. A little black hat box full of whimsical black netting and an adorable black bottle with a black bow on it. The designer of this complete package needs an award and a big sloppy kiss.
The juice is perfection. Cold violet on the open. I’m not sure where the meteorite or magma comes in, but this thing is over the top violet that makes me just laugh, bubbling over with aldehyes. As it settles, the notes deepen, and you pick up the spicy clove, florals and dark woods, but it still has a coldish feel even while it warms up. It’s unsettling, slightly odd and stunningly gorgeous. The woods and cumin keep it dry enough, it never tips over into sweet, but it’s not as dry as one of my other favorite violets, Caron’s Violette Precieuse. Did I mention the burnt quality to it? It’s like you scorched Aunt Minnie’s violet-doused dress and rubber-soled practical shoes, but I don’t mean that in a bad way at all. Robin’s review is here for another opinion on this marvelously fun perfume.
Most of you know how much I adore violets, so when I say this is my new favorite violet, that’s saying a lot. It’s so much more than a violet scent. Good grief, I’ve got three huge hits that I love at the end of the year, which goes to show, they seem to have saved the best for last.
Okay, cooking class is beckoning, so let’s do a draw and a discussion of violets. Up to now, if you love violet scents, what is your favorite? I’ll also be doing a draw for two samples of this from comments, and winners of this and the musc draw will be announced Friday!