I once said that my skin is where violets go to die. Like many too delicate notes, violet often falls apart when I try to wear it. Not always, though: when violet is paired with thick, bold or jammy notes they ground the ethereal little flower and give it enough body to survive. Occasionally the composition is still enticing enough for me to enjoy and appreciate it even if it's better that I don't wear the fragrance for too long (not that it has a chance to stay long. See the opening statement). I had to think hard and resniff a little before I was able to come up with this list, but here it is: my favorite violet perfumes.
- Guerlain- Apres L'Ondee. If you only smell one violet perfume in your life, this is the one.
- Giorgio Armani- Armani Privee Cuir Amethyste. Dark and leathery. Violet with an attitude.
- CB I Hate Perfume- M4 A Room With A View. Violets in the great outdoors with the elegance of a costume drama.
- Alexander McQueen- My Queen. Delightfully trashy. I wish I got a bottle when it was still around.
- Tom Ford Private Blend- Black Violet. A violet with issues. Incredibly complex.
- Soivohle (Liz Zorn)- Purple Love Smoke. Perhaps my favorite from this list, now back in production (note to self: get a bottle pronto).
- Histoires de Parfums- Blanc Violette. Gentle, quiet, and entirely not me, but smells heartbreakingly pretty.
- Parfums Berdoues- Violettes de Toulouse. The very first violet perfume I ever owned in my tween years. A sweet little classic.
- Molinard- Violette. A cheap thrill of musky candied violets.
- Serge Lutens- Bois de Violette. The Bois series injected with violet syrup. What's not to love?
- L'Artisan- Verte Violette. Crisp, fresh, and gone in minutes. I wish there was a full line of body and linen products heavily scented with it.
- Untitled No. 3- Sarah Horowitz. Thick and spicy. I tend to over-apply because it's just that pleasurable.
Are you a violet fan? Which versions of this note do you recommend?
Art: Bouquet of violets by Edouard Manet, 1872.