Insolence! My god I love it.
Would like to add Kenzo Power to the list.
Thread: Best modern violet perfumes?
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
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.
Bvlgari Femme is very good and wearable...I personally like L'Artisans' Vert Violette!
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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I'll stop wearing black when they make something darker
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.
A big second for Stephen Jones.
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Insolence is my favourite too. Fabulous ! How about Comme Des Garcons X Stephen Jones ?
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My two favorites have already been mentioned: Dans Tes Bras by Frederic Malle and Stephen Jones by Comme des Garcons
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.
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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.
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.
Seconding Ava Luxe Midnight Violet - currently my all-time favorite violet fragrance.
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.
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.
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.
I second Vivid! I have loved that scent since it came out!