Violets for Remembrance: Knize Two, Caron Aimez Moi and Guerlain Apres L’Ondee

Well we had quite a surge of stuff hit the mailbox this week- looks like I will be having posts made ahead for a few weeks. Unless I get lazy, and what are the chances of that happening? Shut up, you..

The first of the bunch was a selection from StC of Violet scents that I have never tried, although I had others in their lines. It’s really kind of a testament to how good the lines are that it’s taken me this long to get to them.

So, in order of the way they fell to hand:

Knize Two is one that I didn’t even know about for a long time- I had only ever encountered Ten. Later at ScentBar I did see that there was another one, Knize Two and even a Knize Forest, but I was distracted by something shiny and never asked for a sample. Knize Two arrived on the scene in the 70’s, fifty years after (the wholly brilliant) Knize Ten. It has (from StC): Notes of Bergamot, Lemon, Petitgrain, green notes, Galbanum, Iris, Violet, Jasmine, Carnation, Rose, Aldehydes, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Moss, Tonka Bean, Musk, Ambergris. I don’t get a whole lot of violets here; I get a very nice, bright, slightly aquatic chypre with carnation and yes, violet leaf. It’s clean in a 70’s way- the flip side of ones like Halston. It manages to be clean but complex. I don’t need it at the moment, but at $80 for 50ML it’s a bargain.

Caron Aimez Moi (love me) is the newest of the bunch. Created in 1996 by Domonique Ropion it refers in name if not composition to the 1916 N’Aimez Que Moi, the WW1 wear fragrance that men on the front lines would give their sweethearts back home to remember to “love no-one but me.” First spritz of this one made me sure that I would not love him- it was sweet, sweet anise with bitter caraway- it was far more bagel than bouquet. But then the flowers started cutting into the spice and things started to get very interesting. That bready accord never really goes away for me, so I think I will pass, even if it’s less than $80 for 3.3 OZ at Walmart.

Guerlain Apres L’Ondee also starts off sweet- but more like an old time confection you would pick up on a pier (back when piers were perfectly acceptable). Sweet vanilla and again with the anise adding that pernod punch that keeps it from the kiddie pool. Then the violets pop in. And out. And in, and out again. It’s meant to evoke the scent of a garden after a rain. For me it seems like being a child that heard the rain overnight and thought that the day would be spent indoors, only to awaken to bright sunshine and a clear sky promising fun outdoors. We don’t get a lot of dark, gloomy days here in Southern California, but if the glass was sadly down (as E. F. Benson would write) in my internal barometer I can see reaching for this one. I can only imagine how delicious it was in 1906 when Jacques Guerlain first created it- even reformulated (as it must be) it’s a delight. It’s $125 for 75ML at the Guerlain website and I would order it there to get the whole experience with the box and all the frills.

So have you tried these? Do you have any other fave violet scents? Let us know in the comments.

Images: My iPhone, Pexels. My Samples were from Surrender to Chance

  • alityke says:

    I been MIA whilst DH away sunning himself in the Canaries.
    Violet sweets? Gak.
    Most violet perfumes? Gak
    The are exceptions though. Rose/violet makeup scents, Lippie Rose, Lippie Fever & Paris ooohhh yeah! Gimme them all!

    • Tom says:

      Hope you had a lovely time!

      Violet candies are a weird one, but I love them. But I love NECCO wafers (which if you aren’t from New England you may not have heard of..)

      • alityke says:

        I didn’t go. DH went with a friend at my insistence. I held the fort at home with Mr Jarvis. I am now knackered.
        He did bring me a bottle of Dune back. Even today’s Dune is better than no Dune! I wish I could time travel back to the 90’s & stock up on all the Dune soaps

  • ElizaC says:

    I like the Chowards violet candy type of violet scent. Love Lipstick Rose with its violet, powder, raspberry and slight hint of rain. Caron at Walmart? Wish I could find Nuit de Noel there!

  • Musette says:

    You know ( I know you know) that my beloved violet is Sohivole (Liz Zorn) Violets and Rainwater. Like March, I tried to love Ondee …alas, nope!
    I have a sample of the Caron in the bathroom (dunno. don’t ask.) and every day or so I open the little vial… and nothing. I (like March) have trouble with their base.

    • Tom says:

      Violets and Rainwater is gorgeous! But didn’t she shut down her perfume biz? I didn’t want to include it and go “But no you can’t have it!”

  • March says:

    Sigh. I wanted to love Apres (the concept! the name!) but it’s just so melancholy on me. I have a vintage bottle but I never seem moved to wear it, which is too bad. The Caron didn’t work on me at all but that’s a Caron thing, whatever their base is. I’ve never tried the Knize, although I love Ten and liked … another one (Sec?) Thanks for the memories!

    • Tom says:

      I am respritzing Apres to see what I am getting that’s so different than everyone else- is it my inner Morticia Addams? Is it the reformulation, as Maya says? Dunno…

  • Dina C. says:

    Knize Two sounds like a “greatest hits” of all the notes I like. I might need to sample this one. The Caron: pass. Apres L’Ondee I own and really enjoy. The violets are soft and lovely. Last week I wore Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel, which is another violets and violet leaf scent from way back when that could be in with this bunch. My dad used to wear it.

    • Tom says:

      Grey Flannel- now that’s a blast from the past! I remember disliking it, but I think that was from the bottle and never tried on skin. And I am sure it’s been reformulated to death..

  • cinnamon says:

    Not big on violet though do like violet pastilles. Years ago I was given a sample of Apres l’Ondee. All I remember was soft powdery sadness. I don’t think I used up the sample and the juice in the vial just dried up, which somehow seems appropriate. I would love a bottle of Knize 10 — and given how low the price is at some point I’ll cave.

    • Tom says:

      I love violet pastilles! But yes, the violet scent is still an unachieved goal.

      I am almost out of Knize Ten and will have to get it again. $80 these days is practically paying YOU.

  • Portia says:

    Hey Tom,
    I liked the Violets in Violet Ida a lot but not enough to buy them. Sold my Apres Londee along, it just didn’t thrill me. Yes, I’m a Philistine. Is Insolence like super confectionary violets? I love that. Another sweetie is Lolita Lempicka EdP, LOVE IT! I have a very old Aimez Moi here but it doesn’t violet me.
    The heart of my beloved Exultant by Maria Candida Gentile is supposed to be violet but I’ve never noticed them.
    Portia xx

    • Tom says:

      I came close with Violet Ida, but even after 2 samples no sale. (I do have five more Neil Morris samps in the review pipline)

      I love that you are so good about culling the things that don’t work for you. It’s a good thing.

      I need to try the Exultant..

  • Maya says:

    I like violet in perfume, but have little luck in finding violet perfumes that win my heart. I did have a partial older bottle of Caron Aimez Moi that I used up but never wanted to replace. It’s no secret that older vintage Guerlain Apres L’Ondee is probably my best loved of all perfumes, though it is a close tie with SL Iris Silver Mist. It just occurred to me that they both have an ethereal and beautiful melancholy. The latest Apres L’Ondee I tried was the bee bottle one which was pleasant but nothing I really wanted.

    • Tom says:

      So many people comment on the melancholy aspect of Apres. I wonder why I’m not getting that? I’m getting quite the lift out of it. But I’ll keep spritzing until it’s thunked, so who knows?

      • Maya says:

        It’s the reformulations. I don’t get any melancholy out of the newer Apres L’Ondee whatsoever. That’s why it’s only pleasant and somewhat generic to me.

  • taxi says:

    I wear Apres l’Ondee less often now but I like it. I also have ELdO Putain des Palaces & Balenciaga’s Paris for violets.

    • Tom says:

      That’s an ELdO I managed to miss- I’ll have to go looking. Still on the fence on Apres L’Ondee, but I’m pretty sure I’ll fall..

    • Dina C. says:

      I have that Balenciaga Paris, too. Wore it just last week. It’s a good one. The violets are modern and transparent feeling.

  • MMKinPA says:

    I have a bottle of Apres l’Ondee. Only wear it in spring, but I usually get a few days out of it at that time of year. Sort of wistful. Violet is one of those notes that I want to adore, because purple, but doesn’t always quite hit the spot for me.

    • Tom says:

      Violet is very hit or miss for me. I’m not sure Apres is hit enough to pop for a bottle, but I’m glad it’s there and doesn’t cost the earth..