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Black Violet (2007)
by Tom Ford

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Black Violet information

Year of Launch2007
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 111 votes)

People and companies

HouseTom Ford
PerfumerPascal Gaurin
Creative DirectorTom Ford
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Black Violet

Part of Tom Ford's Private Blend Collection.

Black Violet fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Black Violet

It's a nice scent, though personally I didn't find it to be rife with violets as I'd hoped.

Tom Ford's Black Violet - now discontinued - was created by perfumers Clement Gavarry and Pascal Gaurin. It has a woody-mossy-floral chypre quality to it, with a moderate violet presence in the heart (I take it to be the flower, not the leaves), with its earthy powdery iris-like charm...jumpstarted by a citrus fruit medley and surrounded subsequently by nondescript spices and woods.

Very clean and wearable, with plenty of sillage and decent longevity to be sure. Yet...I don't know if I'd consider this a convincing ode to violet all in itself: More so, an homage to it with other fragrance notes adding their flair to create a creature dissimilar to the individual notes used. A composite, generally nice scent that just happens to have violet in it, too.

Still I enjoyed it, and my thumbs up is not a weak one. It's great for either gender, and occasion-wise works nicely as a cooler temp evening scent, IMO.
23rd September, 2018
I don't find anything sweet or candied in this scent at all. Rather I get a subtle green mossy woody accord that is pleasant, but not in any way remarkable or outstanding. If there are violets here, my nose is missing them.

Turin goes on for almost a page in is tome, providing an interesting essay on the structure of true perfumes, but tells us little about the scent itself and no notes are provided on this Basenotes page. Therefore, it is difficult to discuss any of the ingredients.

If there is violet here, it is violet leaf, to my nose, not the flower. Perfectly pleasant, but not worth the price.
29th November, 2016
chad888 Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Those Parma Violet sweets that was the staple of every cheap variety sweet bag from poundland that you would get every Halloween.

Pure candied violets.

I sprayed my gf with this and asked her opinion, she said exactly the same.

From opening to dry down it smells like those 1p for a packet sweets.

Never worn outside sampling my own bottle in my room.

Sickly, sweet, disgusting.
19th May, 2016
Tom Ford Black Violet, another discontinued Private Blend member, is a sharp floral, with woody and powdery elements. It's overall very feminine in my opinion and doesn't sit well on my skin. I can't make out many notes besides the violet itself. The note breakdown lists citrus and fruit at the top, which is possible, but it wasn't very strong or bright. The woodsy notes at the bottom are certainly the anchor but are still overwhelmed by the violet.

Decent on projection and longevity, I imagine this might work well for some women, and even some men, but it's definitely not for me.

5 out of 10
26th February, 2016
Genre: Floral

Sorry - no objectivity here! Sweet and cloying from the get-go, with a cheesy synthetic fruit opening and a chalky, saccharine-soaked heart accord that just has to be a joke. I'd hoped that some of the green bitterness of violet leaves would appear to temper the unrelenting chemical sweetness, but it never did. Tacky, trashy and cheap, Black Violet vies with Etat Libre d'Orange's puerile and disgusting Secretions Magnifiques for the title of Worst Scent I've Smelled This Year. Utterly disgusting.
10th June, 2014
Two Thumbs!

Love this one. Something sinister about it. While it is not a vintage smell, it does put a picture in mymind of times gone by. Perhaps Holmes' London - the great man stumbles across something hidden in a posh residence, a secret room full of "dark" mystery.
Dunno why, just does.

Seems to last for an age. Much longer on clothes and sheets.

Definitely unisex, it doesn't feel feminine on me or seem masculine on the Mrs.

Not overly complex in a note picking way. Pricey, I think it's worth a buy most definitely, just not at RRP if at all avoidable.
09th November, 2013

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