Hi Posse Peeps! I was searching the Surrender To Chance site recently and I came across a rare beauty. A decant of vintage Caron Violette Precieuse from 1913 version, created by Ernest Daltroff. This fragrance was re-released in 2017 but I was unable to find the Caron flagship store in Paris to smell it. This is the kind of amazing good fortune we all have with such a library of perfume to choose from. The crew that run Surrender To Chance are my friends but I shop there because I know their stuff is amazing. Also the breadth of their collection is astounding.
Violette Precieuse (vintage) by Caron
Parfumo gives these featured accords (for 2017 version):
Yop: Violet, Iris
Heart: Musk, Lily of the valley
Base: Sandalwood, Raspberry
The sense of excitement before my first spritz of Violette Precieuse was so full on I had butterflies. I am fully aware how dumb that sounds but nevertheless it’s the truth. Having a few precious, and expensive, ml of a long gone beauty is so exciting. Like looking back through a fragrant window.
The opening is calm and soothing. The violet leaves are crisp and green and I smell galbanum hiding away behind them. A carroty iris adds to the fresh springlike feeling. As we head into the Violette Precieuse heart that iris turns woody and a little earthy, like the fragrance has been grounded. Very smooth, beautifully done. Also, the opening sequence lasts for ages, even at about 10 minutes into the ride we are still mainly violet/iris/galbanum. I love how this selection has gone from lush to bone dry.
My nose completely skips the lily of the valley. The sandalwood has made its presence known at about 30 minutes in. Dry rooty iris and a non creamy sandalwood become the star players. Violette Precieuse is such a unisex fragrance. It could have been created for men or women. This dry and austere look at violet has surprised me a lot.
Violette Precieuse, did you ever try old or new?