Violette Précieuse (1913)
    by Caron




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    Way Off Scenter's avatar

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    Genre: Floral

    This spicy-woody violet is bitter, chemical, and abrasive right from the start, qualifying immediately for my repulsive top notes hall of fame, right next to Carolina Herrera’s Chic, Montale’s Wood-Spices, and Délices de Cartier. Except for some welcome diminution, things don’t improve much with development: it still smells like burning Styrofoam, not like flowers. While perfume critics Tanya Sanchez and Luca Turin have opined eloquently that women ought not aspire to smell like flowers, I don’t think they should aspire to smell like Violette Précieuse, either.

    09 July, 2014

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    A green, naturalized sweet-tempered violet. On my skin this is mostly about violet and vetiver, even in the start-up. Iris is a head note here, with that dry powdered quality, but it is the vetiver which thankfully lends some earthy darkness violet needs to keep it natural and away from a flat dimensionlessness violet tends to flirt around. With the iris and vetiver this fragrance is a dryer violet. The sweetness is a piquant raspberry note, which works with the vetiver and iris to offset the cloying qualities of violet. I consider the quiet violet to be a fairly dominant note - it's quality is very distinct, and must be dealt with in a fragrance, or its amazing ability to imbue and quiet a fragrance will prevail. I have a love/hate relationship with this note - if dealt with superficially and clumsily, violet drives me crazy after a while, and I have to wash it off. It needs a delicate, deft, but authoritative touch to open the wonders it is capable of. This violet works for me - it's very wearable, not intrusive, and has a sweetly still but earthen character. It's not as much a pushover as it first appears.
    But, I must say I haven't come across a violet fragrance yet that truly unlocks the mystery I know is hiding in this note. That is probably what makes violet so intriguing - you sense a depth, a secret to it that is almost impossible to get at. The best violet fragrances use this quality to their advantage, and this one verges into that territory a bit in a soft, quiet way.

    14 June, 2012 (Last Edited: 10th January, 2013)

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    Green violet comes across as green bananas on my skin .Fortunately this does not do this. Still quite fresh violet saved from descending into green banana territory by raspberry which I think is a clever touch . Slightly candied and powdery ,still quite a true violet in the way you may remember violet scents to be. Light juice and needs re application.

    15 July, 2010

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    Sweet-ish but not candy sweet. I love the iris/orange blossom/violet trio here. Powdery iris lends a dry, chalky feel and the slightly indolic orange blossom contributes a bit of 'flesh'. So this violet is not pure innocence at all, it is all grown up and would be wearable by a man (IMO). Also worth noting, Violette Precieuse is not a powerhouse frag. It is more on the quiet side, but does have decent longevity. Hard to believe it's almost 100 years old!

    04 March, 2009 (Last Edited: 17 June, 2009)

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    At first I applied too lightly (those Carons can be potent!)- was soapy powder soliflore. Reapplied- now I can smell the green, wood & darkness, slightly musty, powdery, fades out 3-5 hrs. A little plain to me compared with Aimez Moi, a rich & ambery violet.

    25 June, 2007

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    Although this is not my favorite violet, it is a great scent--clean, green, violet-y, a bit sweet and a bit dark in the drydown. it is neither candied nor herbal nor soapy, like so many violet scents-- on me it's a clean skin scent with a twist of gentle yet firm violets...if that makes any sense. On me it does not have the heat I usually associate with Caron (in scents like Parfum Sacre, Bellodgia, and Poivre) but it does have some of the 'depth', even as a single-note perfume.

    26 August, 2005

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