The Mysterious Violet

Violets and perfume oil

Honestly, I'm a bit of a late-comer to the violet adoration crowd.

For the longest time, I truly didn't understand the allure.... however, in 2021 I started experimenting with violet in my perfumery and now I'm a bit obsessed. 

I've come to the conclusion - for the moment, at least - that there's nothing quite as unique and obsession-worthy among floral notes as the unassuming violet. 

There's somehow a not-quite-tangible mysteriousness hidden away in the subtle sweetness and delicate floral notes of this quiet beauty. 

It seems as though she, in her many forms, can transport me straight to a garden secreted away behind stone walls and arched wooden doorway... or into the shadowy haven of a woodland forest, her shy blossoms tipped to the forest floor at my feet.

Sound cliche? Yes, probably.  

The violet has been used for centuries in perfumery, dating back to ancient Greece and Rome.

In fact, the Greeks believed that violets were a symbol of love and affection, and would often give them as gifts to their loved ones. The Romans, on the other hand, believed that violets had healing properties and would use them to treat various ailments.

Fast forward to the 18th and 19th centuries, and violets were all the rage in the world of perfumery.

Many famous perfumers of the time, such as Guerlain and Houbigant, included violet in their fragrances. And it's no wonder why – considering her captivating scent can't be found in any other flower. 

But what exactly does violet smell like? 

Generally, violet has a somewhat sweet and powdery aroma with a hint of "freshness" to it. 

The scent pairs well with green or earthy and woody notes, as well as sweet or fruity ones. I've actually found it to be a very versatile note to work with in perfumery.

Whether you're a violet newbie as I was just a short time ago, or a seasoned lover of this treasured perfumery gem,  be sure to check out the current violet offerings in the Traveling Vardo catalog. There are sure to be more added as I tinker more and more with this captivating essence. 

Winter Violets - Velvet violet petals with peach, persimmon, lavender absolute, white amber, and skin musk.

Wildwood Violets - Violet petals clothed in Raindrops on a base of Ambrette, White Woods, and damp forest floor with a hint of Wild Iris and wisps of sweet tree Resins winding throughout.

Sugared Violets - Airy threads of spun sugar with delicate, powdery purple violet petals and the softest of skin musks. 

What are your favorite violet perfumes?  (Traveling Vardo or otherwise!) Share in the comments below.  I'd love some suggestions to try!


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