Purple Flowers Week – 2012
Penhaligon’s Violetta was created in 1976 but has the scary blue shade of a 1990’s club cocktail. The perfume house describes Violetta as a “dark, dusky and mysterious” violet soliflore fragrance. I disagree. Violetta is an amplified, potent violet. It’s like looking at violet with a magnifying glass and there isn’t anything dark or mysterious about that.
Violetta opens up as very sweet candied violets. So, how is it different than other violet candy scents? It has a hint of citrus and minty geranium. The top is more sour than other candied violet perfumes. It’s a little hesperidic. There’s enough green violet leaves in this to make it fresh and cool. The scent smells very much like amplified violets without any distortions. The scent becomes a greener violet, less sweet. The dry-down is very pretty. It’s a mix of greens, powdery violets and musk.
Notes listed include citrus, geranium, violet, sandalwood, cedarwood, and musk. PERFUMER – Michael Pickthall
Give Violetta a try if you want a stronger than average violet fragrance or if you like Sonoma Scent Studio Voile de Violette, Annick Goutal La Violette, L’Artisan Parfumeur Verte Violette, and/or Violetta di Parma. Try it if you want to smell like violets!
Violetta has above average projection and below average to average longevity.
The 1.7 oz bottle of Violetta retails for $80 at Beautyhabit. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A “fresh” sweet violet soliflore. I don’t dislike Violetta but I don’t love it and I can’t describe why. I should love this fragrance but I don’t. I still like Annick Goutal La Violette better. Or maybe I’m just talking myself out of buying a bottle of the Penhaligon’s because I have too many violet soliflores in my collection.
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