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    Default Best modern violet perfumes?

    I would love to seek out the best modern violet perfumes - rather than the classic representations, what in your opinion are the top representations of violet in current perfumery?

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    Insolence! My god I love it.

    Would like to add Kenzo Power to the list.
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    I second Insolence. The EDT is amazing with it's weird Hairspray note and the EDP is just sublime.
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    Creed: Love in Black
    Armani Privé: Cuir Améthyste
    Comme de Garcons: Stephen Jones

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    Creed Love in Black here too - love this one after the bizarre tarry top note wafts off!

    Also Bvlgari Femme and Parfum D'Empire Equistrius. Balenciaga Le Dix is probably not modern enough, but has a pretty violet note.
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    Bvlgari Femme is very good and wearable...I personally like L'Artisans' Vert Violette!

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    I second Cuir Améthyste (although there's a note in there making me a bit queasy) and would like to add Tom Ford's Black Violet - a deep and almost baroque take on violet, but decidedly modern and different.
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    Lovely suggestions so far, thank you!

    I'll have to revisit Insolence (I can't seem to get past the hairspray) - and out of the others I've only tried a couple, so this is great for a new test list

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubuandibeme View Post
    Bvlgari Femme is very good and wearable...I personally like L'Artisans' Vert Violette!
    I have been most curious to try Verte Violette, and now I am even more so!
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    I agree on the suggestions about Armani privé Cuir Amethyste (luv the leather and violet accords) and the "pulp" take on violet of Tom Ford Black Violet.
    Another very modern and different take on violet I liked lately is Malle's Dans Tes Bras.

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    For modern, I'd agree and say Insolence. I love Bvlgari Femme, but don't think its at all modern (its classic!) For violet and leather, Morabito Or Noir comes to mind, although its also not modern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nukapai View Post
    Lovely suggestions so far, thank you!

    I'll have to revisit Insolence ( can't seem to get past the hairspray)
    The EdP is definitely worth sniffing then, because I get no hairspray whatsoever

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    A big second for Stephen Jones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gblue View Post
    The EdP is definitely worth sniffing then, because I get no hairspray whatsoever
    Thank you for the tip!

    Oh yes, Verte Violette - that IS a good one.

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    SL Bois de Violette

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    Insolence is my favourite too. Fabulous ! How about Comme Des Garcons X Stephen Jones ?
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    Default Re: Best modern violet perfumes?

    My two favorites have already been mentioned: Dans Tes Bras by Frederic Malle and Stephen Jones by Comme des Garcons

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    I really love Keiko Mecheri's GENIE DES BOIS, Sonoma Scent Studio's WOOD VIOLET, and Ava Luxe MIDNIGHT VIOLET.

    Looks like I need to add Cuir Amethyste and Insolence to my test list, and get out my samples of Stephen Jones and Verte Violette.

    Quote Originally Posted by Magnifiscent View Post
    Another very modern and different take on violet I liked lately is Malle's Dans Tes Bras...
    I adore Dans Tes Bras, but I'm not sure I would call it a "violet" fragrance. For me the violet is secondary to the wonderful salty and earthy notes. In this category of wonderful modern fragrances that contain a noticeable violet, I would add TDC Un Parfum des Sens et Bois and Ormonde Woman.
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    Ormonde Woman... really... that's great; now I have even more reason to seek that out.

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    I completely agree with CdG's Stephen Jones. The violet is present and obvious but hidden under rocks and dust....so odd but worth a try. I also very much agree with Parfum d'Empire's Equistrius. It's so fantastic and rich and the violet isn't as purple or sticky as in Insolence. I don't detect any violet at all in Ormonde Woman...more in Ormonde Man! Interesting how different noses smell things differently.

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    You need to try Creeds Love in Black. One of my questions to Erwin Creed this june will be how they managed to create that bizarre tarry note (I am guessing its a fusion of methyl ionones, violet ionones and a certain facet of cedar)

    Honorable mention: Stephen Jones by CdG and Midnight Violet by Ava Luxe.

    Dans Tes Bras is the most disappointing out of the ones I have listed. It doesn't impress me in the quality of ingredients (too obviously screechy synthetic, loaded with cashmeran and salicylates) or in its structure and evolution (too much of a monotone salty-aspirin slightly violety accord which doesnt dissipate fast enough).
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    I think LOVE Ava Luxe Midnight Violet. It is a wonderful resinous, earthy, slightly smoky, deep-in-the-woods scent.
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    Default Re: Best modern violet perfumes?

    Seconding Ava Luxe Midnight Violet - currently my all-time favorite violet fragrance.

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    Oh that's rather lovely, I've been meaning to order Ava Luxe scents anyway...

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    Default Re: Best modern violet perfumes?

    My two favorites are Vivid and Aimez Moi, neither are candy sweet and have complexity, but not sure they'd be considered modern, more timeless to me.

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    Another vote for Ormonde, wore it this week and like always when I wear it, was swept off my feet by the cool, wet violet note in it. Simply stunning scent!
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    Creed Love in Black smells like black leather and violet leaves. Easily one of my top favorites in the Creed line.

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    Oh Midnight Violet- I forgot- it's wonderful !
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    Another vote for Love in Black. I adore it. The violet is more apparent than it is in Ormonde Woman (which I also recommend). Immediately, though, some grottiness appears directly beneath the floral and the frag seems to sink back into itself, sort of like what Malle Une Rose does with the rose decaying and returning to the mulch.

    I am not a huge fan of violet, but these two frags are phenomenal.

    I also wear Bond No. 9 Park Avenue, which is violet and chamomile and some urban disarray, like many of Bond's creations. It's a bit like running nails on a chalkboard, and sometimes I think that there is a chalk note to it.

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    I second Vivid! I have loved that scent since it came out!

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