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Devon Violets
by Aidees


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Devon Violets is a feminine perfume by Aidees.

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Aidees’ Devon Violets marketed in the UK under its own name and also did a thriving business for US based department stores, allowing them (such as R. H. Stearns of Boston, MA and Wanamaker’s of Philadelphia, PA) to release their scents under the stores’ names. The flacons were the same in all cases, lovely round clear bottles with white and yellow flowers, along with green stems and leaves, painted on the exteriors.

Devon Violets perfume is made from real violet flowers and leaves. Production began in 1880, and faded out around the time of WW II. In addition to its Devon Violets, Aidees also released Cornish Violets, Welsh Violets, Sussex Violets and Scotch Heather.

My stoppered bottle of parfum opens with a very strong concentration of violet, somewhat sharp, experienced only one other time with the Egyptian Shimy Brothers’ violet oil of the 1920s. Soon however the sharpness diffuses and I am left with a still strong, but now very true and beautiful violet scent. I do not find this powdery or “old lady” at all. There may be some orris present as well, lending it a soft suede impression.

Happily, one can still find these beautiful bottles of Devon Violets for sale on line from private sellers. It is one of the very best soliflore representations I have ever experienced and I highly recommend it for all lovers of violet.
21st November, 2017
Way back in the 1970's, a time before a lot of you basenoters were even born, a young Theodora was having a love affair with Devon Violets. It's still a wonderful scent. Oh, how I love the smell of violets!
14th May, 2011
I'm working on the assumption that the Aidees version is the same as Lowdnes Pateman version that I have.
(A googling for Aidees gave me only Yorkshire Dale Violets)

It is a really simple scent, and lovely. It's quite powdery and if that makes you think little old lady then you probably should stay away. Personally I like smelling a bit old fashioned sometimes. For me it is the scent version of Swizzels-Matlow's fine sweeties, with less sugar, and no teeth rotting.
It is a slightly alarming green colour though. Just close your eyes and smell it.
25th May, 2008

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