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Violette Précieuse (1913)
by Caron


Violette Précieuse information

Year of Launch1913
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 62 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerErnest Daltroff
Parent CompanyAles Group

About Violette Précieuse

Relaunched in 2007.

Violette Précieuse fragrance notes

Reviews of Violette Précieuse

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.
09th July, 2014
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.
14th June, 2012 (last edited: 10th January, 2013)
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.
15th July, 2010
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!
04th March, 2009 (last edited: 17th June, 2009)
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.
25th June, 2007
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.
26th August, 2005

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