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JK November 11, 2013

Un Parfum des Sens et Bois by The Different Company was my first known experience with violet, and it completely blew me away. I haven't been able to find a violet since that I even like. Weird, as it's one of the things I fell in love with about this one.

Mindy November 5, 2013

Oops! It's the 4th. Am I too late? Annick Goutal's Violetta was the first full bottle of perfume I ever purchased. I haven't come across a violet perfume that I haven't liked.

Susan M November 4, 2013

Thank you for this detailed post! I was surprised that Borsari Violetta de Parma wasn't mentioned. And my mom, many years ago, had one of the little ceramic bottles of Devon Violets. It was very nice.

Sara November 4, 2013

Thanks for the post, I adore violet so my 'must try' list has gotten exponentially larger! Violet is one of those notes that, in perfume's special way, transports me to other places, times, experiences. Prestat's Violet Cream Chocolates are also an exquisite olfactory/gourmand treat. Dans tes Bras was one of the few Malle's I thought I could skip but not now! And Equistrius sounds heavenly...

susan November 4, 2013

Love violet! Le Dix, Jolie Madame, Angel La Violette, Lipstick Rose... hurray!

allgirlmafia November 2, 2013

I too have a unique love for violet. I own (and enjoy) Balenciagia Paris, Balenciagia Le Dix, Lolita Lempicka, Bottega Veneta, Shalimar Initial...theres just something about violet... : )

Linda November 2, 2013

To be honest, I really don' t like violets. They are like an opposite version of iris which I do love. But one thing I have learned about perfumes is that there' s always a surprise in perfume

ClaudiaRae November 2, 2013

The only one of these violet perfumes I have is Ormonde Jayne Woman. I don't think I would have ever suspected it had violet in it. The smell of violets reminds me of my Granny, and that's nice, because she was a troubled woman, and I don't have a lot of happy memories to associate with her. But she did like violets, so i think i will have to investigate this genre more closely. Thank you for this post.

Mippymuppett November 2, 2013

I love that you used Violet Crawley!!! Love me some Downton Abbey!!! I am a huge violet fan and some of your descriptions had me laughing. Thank you for taking the time to put these lists together. I know we are all so appreciative!!!

Gozen November 1, 2013

Is there any love here for Laboissiere Parfums? I have a quarter ounce of their Violette extrait and it is a beauty! Woody, slightly watery and only a touch sweet. I like to put it on my wrists before turning in for the night. I also have a decant of Aimez Moi which smells heavenly at the office.

Edward November 1, 2013

I have gotten my nose on Ajjacio Violet by Trumper which I liked a lot, other than that violet has not been showing up in my perfume... Iris I have tried in Dior's homme, where I didn't like it, and a smidge of Dior Homme Intense Vintage where it smelled just right!!

Mariekel November 1, 2013

I do love a naughty violet (not quite so keen on the more genteel ones), especially Prada No 7 Violette, which goes into my top 5 perfume list. I have been aching for a bottle for years and can never seem to justify the price (it jumped appallingly by $50 in a single year). Sigh. Also loved the departed Ava Luxe Midnight Violet, which is in the same dark, leathery style. And a cold weather standby for me is SL Bois de Violette, which I find both low key-sexy and comforting. Would love to try some of these newer ones, particularly that Violette Fumee....

Mihaela U October 31, 2013

I loved violets in the few perfume I tested because I did not test so many violet perfumes. I love the actual flower, it's very nostalgic to me and it reminds me of my childhood! Thank you for this opportunity! Wish you all the best!

helena October 31, 2013

Or violets or leather lol! I love Jolie Madame (have the vintage version), but I've never smelled violets in it, and I do smell leather, a lot of it. I never new that I liked violet, but I really love some perfumes on this list (Paris, Lipstick Rose, Insolence, Jolie Madame), so I'd like to try more. Thank you for the giveaway!

Rhonda Colbert October 31, 2013

Thank you so much for profiling some of the violets that left me speechless, as I wasn't able to conjure up a descriptive reason for why I did not like Tom Ford Black Violet. When Violet Blonde came out I read it as Violent Blonde, hahahah! The aroma of violet in general has always been welcoming to my senses but for some reason when I wear it I feel like I'm wearing my grandma's perfume. I would love to explore some of the other cocktail varieties of violet.

Alexander October 31, 2013

The SSS violet scents are among my favorite. They are very natutal and lush exceptional quality. I'm not fan of very poudery scents but I adore the Guerlain classics including violet note.I'm realy curious about Mona di Orio Violette Fumee it sounds amazing.

Kaijsa Calkins (@kaijsa) October 31, 2013

I'm just getting into violet recently, and have been figuring out that scents I love have violet in. Like Ormand Jayne Woman--you just blew my mind again. I also like Bvlgari Pour Femme and Hilde Soliani's Vecce Rosetti. So yummy.

Gina Thompson October 31, 2013

I never really think of violet as one of my favorites but I love so many of the fragrances you've listed and own many of them as well. Thank you.

trickyholly October 31, 2013

Love this! (Also, as an aside, I have a pair of violet Frye boots that I haven't worn in ages but I wore today! Serendipity) I love violet perfumes--especially bois de violette/lipstick rose/ormonde Jayne Woman.

Carolyn October 30, 2013

I had a whole answer typed out and *poof*...my login had timed out. Tom Ford's Violet Blonde has grown on me and I also like the candied violet scents. Not that I've tried many but adore them in the actual candy versions. I recall in my very young years a violet fragrance I had but don't recall the designer. I suspect along the lines of Caswell Massey or Crabtree and Evelyn. I don't suspect my mom would have been too keen on more costly scents for a little one... ;)

blessedta October 30, 2013

Après l’Ondée

Alison October 30, 2013

Stumbled on to Lolita Lempika somehow and have loved it ever since. I didn't even know it had violet in it! Also love many of the others mentioned, including Love in Black and Paris. Must try the rest! Please enter me in the drawing!

Eva S October 30, 2013

I love Ormonde Woman, and also Arquiste Alexandre but apparantly there are a lot of more violet scents I have to try!

Ashley October 30, 2013

I love Apres l'Ondee, Attrape Coeur, and Violet Blonde, so it looks like I am a violet fan. This was a fantastic post, and I'm definitely going to have to sample a lot of these scents!

VVM October 30, 2013

I love Violette Angel by Thierry Mugler from the Angel Garden of Stars collection. So wonderful and addictive! Much better than the original Angel.

Dina C. October 30, 2013

Patty, I have so enjoyed your "Guide to.." series, and since I love violet scents, this was a great one. I've tried some of the ones you listed, but need to sample many more. Thanks so much for all the hard work you put into this. Thanks for entering me into the drawing. I hope I'm a winner. :-)

CC ... October 30, 2013

What a great comprehensive guide; they all are. Royal Violets (I think that's the name) was my very first cologne--- as a baby and young child, thanks mom! :-). Would love to be entered. Thank you for the draw, Patty. :-)

Laurels October 30, 2013

I haven't tried many violet perfumes, but the few I have (Après l'Ondée, Violet Blonde, Micallef Ananda) have stuck with me. Thank you for linking to your review of Feerie--I never see a picture of that bottle without wanting to buy it, and it's nice to know I'm not alone in that.

Elia October 30, 2013

I neither love nor hate violets. I think I'd probably pick Le Dix. I've always thought of YSL Paris as a huge rose so I'd have to revisit that one to pick out violets, and Stephen Jones didn't strike me as violets either.

kizzers October 30, 2013

Another brilliant guide, and another batch of fresh lemmings hatching! I didn't realise how many violets I had in my collection. I have lots on this list but now there are a few more to seek out. The original Insolence was always a bit too strong for me, but I adore it. I bought a little bottle of Insolence Eau Glacee which is frosted violets, colder than the original and perfect for Autumn mornings. I wore De Profundis a lot this summer, a perfect blend of darkness and light. Hope I'm not too late for the draw :)

Waverly October 30, 2013

I'm a violet fan. Nothing sweeter than that time in February when I can pluck one out of the plant and carry it around with me all day sniffing it. I'm happy to learn about so many other violet perfumes. My mainstay is L'Artisan's Verte Violette. I'm eager to try some of the others you mentioned.

Catherine Signorelli October 30, 2013

What a nice article Patty! You've spelled out so much about violets. My favorite thing about them is that such a tiny flower can carry so much scent.

Stephanie October 30, 2013

I don't think I've tried on violet perfumes before but reading the descriptions for some of these has got me intrigued! YSL Paris might just be the one to ease me into violet perfumes because I absolutely adore rose scents. Thanks for the helpful article! :)

Maren October 30, 2013

I didn't realize I enjoy violet very much until I read your guide. Of the fragrances you mentioned that I have tried, I enjoy them all more than most. When I first started exploring perfume about a year ago, Apres L'Ondee was one of the first that I absolutely fell in love with. Such an unassuming flower that takes you by surprise with it's beauty. Thanks for the draw!

Ncmyers October 30, 2013

Damn fine list! I'm in love with violet right now as I find this time of year between the seasons seems so right for it. Thanks for the great information and the draw!

Flora October 30, 2013

I also adore violet scents, and I would love to try more of them, thank you! My mother wore a shy violet perfume called Devon Violets. You can still but it today, just a sweet little simple thing but very pretty. Way back in the day I loved a violet perfume that seemed to disappear as quickly as it arrived - the incredible and over-the-top sexy violet chypre Volcan d' Amour by Diane von Furstenburg. I would just kill for it now! I don't know how the reformulation wars have affected Jean Patou 1000, but it is or was a woody floral that dries down to the most exquisitely refined violet imaginable after about 30 minutes. I consider 1000 to be one of the greatest woody florals of all time, maybe the best ever in its original version. I also love the one taffyj mentioned, Violet Disguise by Imaginary Authors. It's what I would call a deconstructed violet, very unexpected and lots of fun.

Diana October 30, 2013

My grandma had a pretty little perfume bottle on her dresser that was made out of milk glass and had a picture of a violet hand-painted on the outside. As a little girl, I used to love to pull out the stopper and sniff the violet soloflore. After my grandma passed in 2005, I was going through her things and noticed that she still had that bottle on her dresser. When I picked it up, I saw that she had handwritten, "gift from mom 1969" on a sticker on the bottom of the bottle. Apparently, that bottle of perfume was as special to her as it was to me. I saved the bottle and it sits in the center of my perfume collection. I can still catch a whiff of violet when I pull open the stopper. Violet is a scent that connects me with the best times in my childhood and I find the scent both comforting and melancholy.

robinw47 October 30, 2013

I loved this article-I couldn't believe there were so many violet fragrances I wasn't familiar with! I have always loved Apres L' Ondee, vintage Jolie Madame and vintage Le Dix. I have read so many wonderful things about Ormande Woman that I MUST try it very soon. I have loved violets since I was a little girl and my grandmother always had pots of violets throughout her house. She has been gone for along time, but when I see violets or smell the scent of violets I think of her.

Kandice October 30, 2013

I have stayed away from violet mostly because there are other notes I adore, and I tend to focus on those. However, your article has made me want to try several including Creed Love in Black, Feerie, and Santa Maria Novella Violetta. Thanks for the chance to win some in this draw!

Lej October 30, 2013

I most beloved violet perfume is currently Tom Ford's Violet Blonde. I have a very strange relationship w/his Black Violet though, one day it's Love and the next it's"Meh". I can't get a gripe in this particular frag. The YSL Paris let me cold and not from the violet. I never got the violet out of F. Malle's Lipstick Rose. I liked My Queen by Alexander McQueen and I have both Serge Lutens - Bois de Violette and De Profundis on my must try list. Shockingly be never tried Guerlains Après de Ondes and I really need to from everything I've read about it. I'm super curious about the Armani Prive Cuir Amethyste - wow violet & leather sounds very interesting!

mim October 30, 2013

Violet: I love it! Have not tried most of these... Loved Armani Prive Cuir Amethyste when I tried it in store many years ago but never saw it again... Love OJ Woman so so much, have resolved not to hoard my decant, but I totally get what you said in your review about not wanting to dilute the specialness. Never really thought of it as a violet scent, more just magic forest-y. But I can see that dark dappled forest floor has a carpet of teeny purple flowers... One favorite you didn't mention was Keiko Mecheri Genie des Bois which I actually prefer to Lutens BdV. Its a vanillic spicy cedar/ candied violet, like a refined version of Lush's Skinny Dip.

FearsMice October 30, 2013

Violet is an easy note for me to love, even as a soliflore. I've tried a number of the scents on your list, but now I'm really inspired to get my hands on some vintage Jolie Madame as soon as possible.

Erin October 30, 2013

I love violet perfumes and my favorites so far are Bois de Violette, Violetta Di Parma and Apres l'Ondee. After reading your post I am dying to try Violettes de Tolouse!

Nemo October 30, 2013

The only violet centered perfume I have tried is SSS Voile de Violette. From the perfumes I had read, it seemed like that should give me a pretty good idea of what a violet perfume should smell like if it isn't doing anything too crazy (please correct me if I am wrong!). I have tested it a few times, and to me VdV reminds me of the smell of Dr. Pepper? Or maybe what Dr. Pepper would smell like if it had a smell, but mostly what Dr. Pepper tastes like? I might just need to get used the note. I would love to try others!

Nancysg October 29, 2013

I am starting to think that I love violet, even though I thought I loved iris! Perhaps both! Apre l'Ondee and Equistrius are my favorites.

Jennifer Counts October 29, 2013

Violet has been an interesting note for me. I used to hate it because I think I was a little bit sensitive to it. If it was there at all, it just overpowered everything else in a scent for me. But I guess I've gotten desensitized because it doesn't seem that way to me so much anymore. SL Boxeuses was my gateway violet, the first one that had a pretty prominent violet note that I liked. I actually haven't tried much that's listed in this post. I have a sample of My Queen that I love, and I'm considering a bottle since it can be found pretty cheap. And the bottle's pretty :D Interestingly enough, the violet note in My Queen made me understand the violet note in Ormonde Woman better. I didn't think I got violet in OW until I smelled MQ, then it clicked that the note I couldn't quite place in OW was the violet. While they aren't similar scents overall, they smell to me like they have a prominent ionone in common, but one that's more woody/irisy that I woudn't have necessarily picked out as violet. I just ordered some ionones (among other things) to play with from Perfumer's Apprentice, so I'm excited to try them out and see what the differences are.

Musette October 29, 2013

My beloved Diane Ackerman devotes an entire chapter to violets (Of Violets and Neurons) in her book "A Natural History of the Senses". She begins by saying that "violets smell like burnt sugar cubes that have been dipped in lemon and velvet" - and it goes on, beautifully, from there. I never really thought of violets until I read that book - now I adore them! xoxoxoA

Stacey October 29, 2013

I love violet and have been dying to try Mona di Orio Violette Fumee since reading your review. Right now I am loving Lipstick Rose. PS - Love the Violet Crawley reference - can't wait for Downton Season 4 to premier in the US.

Ann October 29, 2013

Yay, Patty! Thanks for a great list -- some of which I've definitely overlooked. And you're right -- I did come around to Profundis in a big way -- it's divine. Think I'll wear it on Halloween. Of course, DNEM.

LRyan October 29, 2013

i am ashamed to beg but puhlease, pleazey- wheezey, p-p-p-please add me to the draw. My mouth watered through this entire encyclopedic article! Please.

Tara C October 29, 2013

I love violet! Attrape-Coeur, Verte Violette, Cuir Amethyste, Equistrius, Violette Fumee, Bois de Violette, the list goes on and on. I also have Penhaligon's Violetta body lotion which is quite nice.

solanace October 29, 2013

Thank's, Patty! I suppose I can say I'm a violet fan, Jolie Madame being one of my first perfume loves, when II was still a child and would eagerly be sprayed by my aunt on Christmas Eve. (And I totally agree with you: vintage is way better.) Le Dix, my mom's fume, is another gem. I wear Lipstick Rose for work (but only when I feel like shaking things a bit up.) And now you've created some serious lemmings here, lol!

Kathy October 29, 2013

One you and probably most have missed completely is a gem by Atelier Cologne - Sous le Tout de Paris. It is my holy grail of violets perfect in all its parts.

Elisa October 29, 2013

SSS Voile de Violette is my favorite violet! Also, for rose-violet: SSS To Dream, and DSH La Vie en Rose.

escritora October 29, 2013

I must admit that I don't know too many violet scents (so I don't have favorite one). But recently after all woodsy, incensy, dark kind of scents I really love, I want to try something else :)

Maureen October 29, 2013

I think the only one of these violets I have tried is Apres l'Ondee, thanks to some generous perfume fairy godmothers. I love it, but it is different than most of the perfumes I love...mostly iris(Chanel). I'd love to win and try some other violet scents. Thanks.

helical gnome October 29, 2013

de Profundis: oh how much I love you. I know it is meant to have some dark connotations but to me it smells like a violet tear running down the white cheek of a fairy. I love it! Great list of violet scents to try.

xtopher October 29, 2013

Lipstick Rose smells to me just like a woman in my dreams. I love violets, particularly candied ones. Thanks for this generous giveaway! YAY!

wefadetogray October 29, 2013

I love violets. They bring me back to a fantasy of what my childhood could have been yet it was not. Bois de Violette is my favorite just as anything that came to be after Feminite du Bois. I also adore Verte Violette and Black Violete. Thanks for this wonderful post!

Carolina October 29, 2013

"You think it’s frail and feminine, but find out it is also tough, beautiful, underestimated, persistent, cranky and quirky." This is the best description of violets I've read, super underestimated! To me the smell of violets is the smell of heaven, and have the "try all the violets!" on my life's "to do" list. Right now my favorite is L'Artisan Verte Violette, and De Profundis is in my want list. I'm deciding it to get a bottle of Houbigant's Quelques Violettes. I'm really curious about this one, have you tried it?

Debra October 29, 2013

I love and have some of those you have mentioned, Après L'ondee was my first Guerlain and the first fragrance that really taught me that perfumery is an art, I can't describe how much I adore it! Also Balenciaga Paris and Lipstick Rose, two that I plan to purchase soon. Thanks for such a wonderful article!

erica October 29, 2013

I adore violet scents... reading this I realized that there are so many that I have not tried yet!! I love A Room With A View by Christopher Brosius.I am REALLY wanting to try Stephen Jones and Equistrius... Actually,I would be thrilled to try so many of the scents that were mentioned!!

Stephanie October 29, 2013

Violet is difficult for me! I love some (Balenciaga Paris, Dans tes Bras) but cannot stand others (Bois de Violette, Lipstick Rose). Nonetheless I'd love to enter the drawing, as I'm sure I'd find some new things to love in this bunch! Thanks!

Jennifer Smith October 29, 2013

I'd love to be entered ! Thanks for the draw! I think that I like violets in blends mostly ( Jolie Madame,Paris,etc. ) rather than a dominant sweet note (Insolence-have a mini that's enough for it unless my taste changes,Penhaligon's -tried in a sample pass =so/so -okay ) My absolute favourite violet is the discontinued and HTF Diane Von Furstenburg Volcan D' Amour :Violet, woods,and incense ..Yum! I'm wondering if Ormonde Jayne will be a good replacement for V d'A when I eventually run out?

fleurdelys October 29, 2013

Yes, I love violets, and Aimez-Moi and Paris are my two favorite violet mix scents. I also love the pure, straight-up violet of Ajaccio Violets from Geo F. Trumper. Another men's violet that I need to try is good old Grey Flannel - who woulda thunk?

Tilia October 29, 2013

Thank you for the detailed guide and draw. I have not tried most of the scents you mentioned. I have and love Aimez Moi - such a bright and festive violet scent. I tried Guerlain Apres L’Ondee, but did not get any violets from it. And I have an untried small sample of Lolita Lempicka, but did not know it was a violet fragrance. I should try it ASAP.

Dionne October 29, 2013

Violets are hit and miss for me, as they sometimes go sour, but I love it when they behave (bad violet! very bad!). I can't wear Voile de Violette by SSS, but it smells divine on my evil skin-chemistry twin, fortunately SSS's Wood Violet likes me just fine. I love Après l'Ondée and Equistrius, and agree that Balenciaga Paris is a nicely done mainstream violet.

Maria B. October 29, 2013

Wonderful post and list, Patty! Violet is my favorite floral note. My favorite fragrance of all--the one that is most "me"--is Bvlgari Pour Femme, which combines violet with mimosa. When I wear it, I feel at home in my skin. Vintage Balmain Jolie Madame extrait is fabulous. For those who want to experience violet to the max I recommend Penhaligon's Violetta. I find it very easy to wear. Remember Guerlain Meteorites? That was a cheap and cheerful violet. I like Caron Aimez-Moi also, but I don't feel as comfortable in it because of the vanilla. At first I was very enthusiastic about Parfums de Nicolai Violette in Love, but now I can't stand it (and I have a bottle). There is something plasticky about the smell. I have a sample of the delightful Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose. I think I'll go put some on right now.

Mary P. October 29, 2013

I bought a violet scented soap from Lush many years ago - it's discontinued now - but I put it in my underwear drawer and it still smells as strongly of violets as when I first got it. I wish they'd bring it back.

me October 29, 2013

Ah, your article came out just as i was trying to decide between buying a bottle of Bois de Violette or testing to see if Violet Fumee was too irresistible, even given the price.

Maya October 29, 2013

I am first and foremost a floral person, so violets are a love. Apres l'Ondee stands alone! Aimez Moi is my light and cheerful violet. I have tried some of the others you mentioned and they're not for me, but you included many many that I haven't tried! It's like a smorgasbord of violet perfumes.

Lavanya October 29, 2013

What a great guide..I'm going to have to bookmark this as Iris and Violet are notes I tend to ignore (especially iris). I am just coming around to Iris, I need to get my act together where violet is concerned. Would love to be entered in the draw! I do own and like Aimez Moi which is also about anise (a note I thought I didn't like) to my nose.. I have some vintage jolie madame but didn't notice the violet- will retest. Thanks!

Suzy October 29, 2013

Aha! Now I know why I like Le Dix so much. Just has a different sparkle for me. Thanks for the draw. Lovely article and I can't wait to sample more Violet perfumes. Plus you have me wanting to watch Downton Abbey.

Queen Cupcake October 29, 2013

I always say that I love violet perfumes but I am shocked to realize how few of them I have actually tried! Jolie Madame and Jo Malone's Violette are the only ones (I think...) I own. I do have a couple packs of Chowards Violet candies in my desk drawer...

Diane October 29, 2013

Violet is my favorite floral, wearable in its lighter versions during spring and summer, or in its deeper versions during the winter. From my perfume wardrobe, I have Borsari Violetta di Parma, Annick Goutal La Violette, the original version of L'Artisan Verte Violette, and Creed Love In Black (where violet dominates the blend). Because most of my violet perfumes are on the bright side, I would love to explore and find dark variations on violet, something mysterious and perhaps sensually dangerous.

jirish October 29, 2013

Violet is not a note I've explored much, but I do have a sample of Bois de Violette, and I find it stunning. Just worry a bit about its level of sweetness.

AD October 29, 2013

I just recently discovered Insolence EDP and I absolutely love it. Berry and violet goodness. My favorite violet is probably Lutens' Bois de Violette. That one is so elegant!

Melinda @ Not Mutton October 29, 2013

I love violet, and love TF Black Violet (even with the scary clown allusion!)

Erick October 29, 2013

I love all violet perfumes so much! But my favorites are: Violette Précieuse(Caron), La Violette (A. Goutal), Verte Violette (L'Artisan Parfumeur) and Bois de Violette (Lutens). All are magnificent!

Janice October 29, 2013

I love several of the ones you mentioned, but there are so many more I want to try. And I adore Maggie Smith--Violet Crawley is the perfect symbol for this post.

Lily Everett October 29, 2013

I would love to try a bunch of these! And November 4th happens to be my birthday...just saying. ; )

Sharyl Suzanne Morris October 29, 2013

I'd love to enter! I admit I haven't always appreciated violet perfumes, but as I try more of them, I'm developing an appreciation for the scent. Of the ones in your list, I have ONLY tried Paris (eh) and Lolita Lempicka (love).

tammy October 29, 2013

Violet is one of my favorite notes! When I was a wee tot, one of my aunts brought me back a bottle of Devon Violets from England, and I think it marked me for life. (Do they still make that? I'd love to have some!) I tend to prefer soliflores, and the L'Artisan is the violet I wear most often, though I love the Stephen Jones one, as well. The Penhaligon's has some bitchy little note in it that aggravates me no end, like a woman who is constantly making snide comments. I get that note in many of their other scents, too; it comes across more as bracing in the others, but it's downright mean in the violet. And I suppose now is as good a time as any to confess that the much-vaunted Apres L'Ondee smells exactly like Dippity-Do to me, not that any of you are old enough to even know what that is! :P I thoroughly enjoy these comprehensive guides...not just for the knowledge, but for all the great suggestions that continue on into the comments. Now I am going to have to hunt down some Grey Flannel, Meteorites, and Exultat!

Mary K October 29, 2013

This is a great posting and reference. I know I'll be coming back to it again and again. My favorite violet perfumes are Apres l'Ondee and Eau de Ciel. There are so many described above that I need to try.

Dana October 29, 2013

Thanks for a great and comprehensive article. Many I haven't smelled, but I do love Lolita Lempicka, YSL's Paris, and Tom Ford's Violet Blonde. You gave me many more ideas to try. Thank you!

Elena October 29, 2013

I love, love about 15 of perfumes mentioned here but I have never realized they were full of violets:)

Samantha L. October 29, 2013

My favorite violet is definitely Room With a View....I love the hay note with the violets. I need to try Violets and Rainwater again, I had a sample but it disappeared on me somehow! Please enter me for these.

Liz K October 29, 2013

I had completely forgotten about Feerie. I liked it enough when it came out to almost buy it and have considered it several times but always walked away with something else. Love Lolita Lempika but am determined to find it at a discount store (saw it once when I was on a tight budget so I know it happens). I don't think I ever noticed the violet in Paris which my best friend wore for years and I really like. Will have to revisit it. My favorite violet is probably SSS Wood Violet (Voile de Violette is very nice too but I don't reach for it as often for some reason) but there are a ton I haven't tried. Will have to add Violets and Rainwater to my lemming list and I still need to try de Profundis.

Katrin October 29, 2013

I do not particularly like the smell of violets, albeit I have received compliments when wearing Apres L'Ondee. I also revisited my vintage extrait of Jolie Madame in search of violet and must say that I was surprised to smell this note. There is another lovely perfume featuring violet: mb02 by biehl parfumkunstwerke. I received lots of compliments wearing a sample of that one, too!

Diane Goudreau October 29, 2013

Recent months have found me in a fog of patchouli,e.g. Christian Dior Patchoui Imperial- this inspiring article has me thinking/scenting in a new direction- Thanks! :D

Connie October 29, 2013

I like violet, but I've actually tried relatively few of them. Apres L'Ondee is a love for me though. And I need to retest Lipstick Rose and Drole de Rose, because I've been craving something like that. Thanks for the entry!

filomena813813 October 29, 2013

I didn't realize how many violet perfumes I had until I read this post. I own many of the mentioned ones. Right now my favorite one is my newest one--Violette Fumee. I can't stop spraying myself with it.

Janet in California October 29, 2013

I never thought I was a violet, or rose, lover until I tried Lipstick Rose. Love it. Bois et Violette and Violets and Rainwater are also favorites. Now I have many more to try?

Perfumella October 29, 2013

I'm a little surprised you didn't mention Meteorites by Guerlain (violet bliss) or April Violets by Yardley (the vintage - not so much the newer one). It's the violet soliflore by which I judge all others.....

DisconsolateChimera October 29, 2013

My Italian grandmother first introduced me to violets when I was about five or six. She kept violet water in a spray bottle to cool off during the summer. Also, she would always have a little tin of violet pastilles in her pocket, so I would get lovely violet inside and out!

Marcee Corday October 29, 2013

So happy to have found you. I recently purchased VIOLET MOSD BY FRESH FROM YOU. ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND.AND HAVE LOVED VIOLET FRAGRANCE FOREVER. WOR PENHALIGONS VIOLET FOR EVER. U MENTIONED PARIS BY YSL. MY FAVORITE SISTER IN LAW WORE IT SO I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT.AKWAYS REMINDING ME OF HOW MUCH I LOVE HER. THANK U FOR ALL THE INFO ON THE VIOLETS AVAILABLE. YOUR SITE IS AS WARM AND PERSONAL AS THE FRAGRANCES YOU SHARE.THANK.YOU MARCEE CORDAY

rin_nd October 29, 2013

Love violets! Definitely not old fashioned, I think it is the powder violet was often combined with that is perceived as older. My go-to violet is L’Artisan Verte Violette, I feel like it has clean edge to it, great for work. Will have to try Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman. I often wear violet scents in the late winter - still snowing, very cold, but the scent reinforces that spring is coming.

Mals86 October 29, 2013

No need to enter me, as I have at least TRIED about 75% of these. Yeah, so I love violets too! :) Terrific comprehensive post as always. My violet favorites would be Penhaligon's Violetta and vintage Jolie Madame parfum (I have "rescued" five of those mini bottles via ebay, and the really interesting thing about them is that while they all smell like Jolie Madame, they're all slightly different. That fascinates me). I also really enjoy Violets & Rainwater as well as Apres l'Ondee - though I hear that Al'O has been refo'ed with more of an iris thrust and less violet (boo. not an iris fan). I only have a sample of CdG Stephen Jones, and it is compellingly weird - like violets growing on lava rock. Paris is terrific (and, you know, the old Coty Paris is gorgeous too, also rose and violet with lilac and peach). And while the Tom Ford Black Violet is not very me, it's terrific stuff. If I ever find a mini, I'm snapping that sucker up. I owned Aimez-Moi for awhile but it started working my last nerve for some reason... powdery vanilla maybe. OJ Woman is beautiful violet-conifer for five minutes on me and then it's alllll amber all the time. I should love Le Dix but I don't. I should love Room with a View but I don't (it's too sweet, which is odd because I rather like Lolita Lempicka). The Unicorn Spell is awesome - I ADORE that raw green bean note that some people hate - but I don't have a bottle of that either... must go investigate a few of these. Thanks for the linkies!

Victoria Casey October 29, 2013

What a interesting & informative article. I had no idea there were so many violet based perfumes.

thegoddessrena October 29, 2013

I'm surprised you didn't mention Sous le Toit de Paris. Also, tried Exultat recently and it's fabulous

Jen W October 29, 2013

Love Ormonde Jayne. Would love to buy a full bottle. Gotta save up!

Marcia Marshall October 29, 2013

I bought a Violet scented candle back in July and love it. Would love to try the samples!

shellyw October 29, 2013

I have heard more than one review of Mona di Orio Violette Fumee, I really need to find a sample. I love apres l'ondee and le dix. I grow violets in my yard and the last two come closet to the feeling of smelling the real thing as a chemist can induce with whim and emotion.

Irina October 29, 2013

great guide- thanks I haven't tried most of them, but I love "Apres lOndee" and "De Profundis" thanks for the draw

Peggy McMillan October 29, 2013

This list should keep me busy for a while! Really want to smell Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman!

Michelle October 29, 2013

Nice work! I love your guides. Please keep them coming!

Christine W October 29, 2013

What a wonderful guide to violet fragrances! Violet is probably my favourite flower note. I already own many of the scents mentioned, but it's great to know there are plenty more to discover. Candied is how I prefer my violets, whether to wear or to eat. Parma Violets by Swizzels are fantastic. I've also recently discovered an out-of-this-world soft-centred violet cream chocolate made by Haigh's Chocolates -utterly amazing!

Belle October 29, 2013

Finally! A new comprehensive guide! I do hope you make more of these soon. I haven't tried any perfume with violets yet, but I'm working on it! I really want to try Le Dix, Jolie Madame, and De Profundis.

Tora October 29, 2013

I have only very recently come over to the side of violet 'love'. And it happened with Exultat by Maria Candida Gentile. I ordered a full bottle within 2 hours of wearing my sample. I was literally slayed. I also love Laurie's Voile de Violets. Thank you so much for this guide, I look forward to further violet exploration.

Patty P. October 29, 2013

I enjoy violet candies from Choward's :)

Tiara October 29, 2013

I love these comprehensive posts. So helpful but at the same time I realize I much I've missed. OJ Woman and Violets & Rainwater are my favorites. Others are pretty but these two are the standouts.

Thera October 29, 2013

I've always loved the contrast of violet too, and your turn of phrase "joyful melancholy" is perfect. I also like the idea of it being an eccentric cranky scent. So me.

Jackie b October 29, 2013

Wow, this post makes me wonder where I have BEEN! The only perfume on the list that I have tried is Apres L'Ondee, and I love it! Iris is one of my favourite notes...I wonder whether violet will overtake it?

Forrest October 29, 2013

I haven't met a violet perfume I don't like. I love de Profundis and Bois de Violette, I love My Queen, and I want to try ALL the violet perfumes in existence.

Spiker October 29, 2013

Thank you so much Patty! I'm inspired to go out and try more violets after your lovely descriptions. One more to add to your list - CB's I Hate Perfume's Violet Empire. Violet plus lovely wood and leather in the dry down. I'll be wearing it today in Honour of your post.

Monoatomic October 29, 2013

Wow, so many things here I'd love to try! I am definitely in the pro-violet camp, but am clearly behind in my sampling. Bois de Violette is a current favorite, but also really loved the Violette Fumee (at least the first wear!)

Christelle October 29, 2013

I've loved ever scent from CB I Hate Perfume that I've tried. And Annick Goutal... sigh... Thanks for the comprehensive review.

Lynley October 29, 2013

Thank you for the wonderful violet installment Patty :-) there are some of my favourites in here, and still more yet to smell that you make sound like I'm missing out! It's a pity I'm not at home now- I want to go home and try the 'McQueen Surprise'! Another of my favourite violets- well, violet duet really- is Guerlain AA Lavande Velours. The top notes are all lavender but the warm fuzzy velour bit is all violet :-)

shylotus October 29, 2013

I had an awkward beginning in my relationship to violet. It began with Penhaligon's Violetta. I didn't like the "old-fashioned candy essence," as I referred to it back then. I decided to revisit violets with niche lines and discovered Lutens' Bois de Violette and was reeled back in to the flower. Bois de Violette is one of the only bottles in which I have a back up. It must always be in my closet! My other violet love is Balenciaga Paris. Sometimes I spritz my pillow with it. More favorites: Jolie Madame, Arquiste Aleksandr (another fascinating violet/leather), and Atelier Cologne Sous le toit de Paris - mmmmm. It's not sweet, but I wouldn't say it's completely green either. Thanks for a really fun review and thanks for the draw, too!

Rikke Sonne October 29, 2013

Violet has been my favorite flower, colour and smell since I started to notice <3

Robert Matthews October 29, 2013

I have a vintage-ish miniature of Le Dix and it is amazing: a powdery floral with buckets of violets and vanilla, wonderfully complex and old-fashioned. I know what a cliché it is to say this, but they don't make them like that any more.

Lucy October 29, 2013

Wow, love this post. I love violets but have never really got on with the sweeter more candied versions (Berdoues aside). I'd love to try some of the old formulations. A lot of them seem to smell too similar. I'd love to try a real violet perfume some day, made with real violets not with methylionone.

Alexis C. October 29, 2013

Wow, what an exhaustive post! Thank you so much for the great rundown -- I love violet fragrances :)

Rebecca Morgan October 29, 2013

Bois de Violette is just beautiful. I love Après l’Ondée as well, but Bois de Violette has an edge to it which nails it for me.

zazie October 29, 2013

Love love violets! My favorite, by and large, is attrape coeur. I find Guerlain's la petite robe noire very violet-y, under all the liquorise and almonds and raspberry macarons.... Il like it! Then there's l'heure bleue, which I've always preferred to après l'ondé (though to my nose they smell very very similar, just one has the Guerlinade, and one doesn't!). I also prefer the violet loaded feminité du bois to bois de violette... For the soliflores, my reference will always be Violetta di Parma... Now, I must stop here because I've already flooded your Violette fumée post with my inconditional love about violet, and the genetics of it all. Thanks for the draw!!!

Hester October 29, 2013

I can't believe, simply can't believe, how few of these I know! I own Lolita Lempicka and Paris and Insolence (wow, that selection is... not representative of my collection as a whole), but most of the others I haven't even sniffed. I do remember being interested in Le Dix and having an aged French gentleman-proprietor crinkle his nose in distress at my choice. I didn't buy it; wouldn't have anyway, but his disapproval made me want to buy it just to see!

Annamaria October 29, 2013

I'm really pleased that you've written this guide. I adore violet, but violet-heavy perfumes are often temperamental on my skin, so I'm always eager for new suggestions. Balenciaga Paris is my favourite; it works well on my skin, and I love how the violet in it smells both fresh and green, velvety and dark, always with a dry, detached kind of feel; it puts me in mind of a modern professional woman with an old soul, secretly craving victorian times.

taffyj October 29, 2013

I have an enhanced appreciation of OJ Woman, now that I realize it is the violet that is pushing up in the woods. An edgy and unique violet I love is Imaginary Authors Violet Disguise.

Suz Winter October 29, 2013

Temptation abounds in this roundup! Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman is my signature scent...love it beyond reason. However, I haven't had the opportunity yet to try many other violets (except Violet Blonde). Perfume....you are my one weakness.

Sally M October 29, 2013

I'm not very familiar with many violet perfumes although I do have and love Le Dix (vintage) and Apres L'Ondee. I do remember one of my favorite sweets when I was a child was called Parma Violets - I can still smell them! Funny taste but wonderful smell. One of my favorite dowager quotes : "Last night? He looked so well. Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house."

Audrey H. October 29, 2013

I love violet. Love Mrs. Crawley also! :)

Elena October 29, 2013

So many beauties I must try. I am looking forward to wearing Violet Blonde again now that the weather is getting colder. I am dying to try Violette Fumee now, too.

LeeAnn October 29, 2013

My favorite violet fragrance Soivohle violets and rainwater-violet perfection!

Mary P. October 29, 2013

I enjoy so many of these fragrances - but putting My Queen together with Kingdom is a stroke of genius and I am going to try it! Thanks!

Ellen October 29, 2013

What an interesting post. I can't say I've ever been a particular fan of violet fragrances, although I have a few you've mentioned, however, Yardley"s April Violets always reminds me of my grandmother-a steel hand in a velvet glove-not unlike the Dowager Countess. I'd love to sample some of the fragrances you've mentioned and get to know them better.

Jennie October 29, 2013

Lolita Lempicka is what introduced me to violets. I love that it's mixed with licorice among other things, and it's also a big fragrance that announces me to the world. I believe it's the violet flowers, rather than the violet leaves, that I find the most attractive, and modern twists are definitely the way to go for me. Thanks for mentioning others that I now MUST try - Serge Lutens Bois de Violette, Van Cleef and Arpels Feerie, Comme des Garcons Stephen Jones, Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman and one of the Frederic Malle offerings will be on my sniff list.

ElizabethC October 29, 2013

I love violet and am particularly fond of Lipstick Rose. A few years ago I wanted to fill up a part of our rock garden with violet plants until I found out how invasive the little plants are :)

furrinerFurriner October 29, 2013

I really love Stephen Jones, which I just got recently. I'm glad you included it here. I've also recently been circling around Bois de Violette. I think I like it better than the current Feminité du Bois. One you missed.. and, why not? lol--- is Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel.

Clara October 29, 2013

I have LOVED every violet perfume I've tried. When I first started sniffing, I though iris was my favorite note, but it turned out to be violet. It's not the most sophisticated, but lately I've been loving Tocca Violette. It is the perfect balance between floral and candy, and I adore it. I only wish i lasted longer.

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