Penhaligon's • Violetta • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||70%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
So, I am presuming that you like violets because that is what you will get with this one. I love this particular violet although, it does tend to remind me of sweeties. Not so powdery as the Annick Goutal which btw, I also love, and much better staying power. This is a violet like the Devon Violets of my youth, fresh and green. Gorgeous and a touch soapy. The packaging is twee but pretty and the matching bath oil is fabulous. Not much else to say, one of the best violet soliflores out there.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
This is a very English violet that performs almost like two different scents on my skin. With a modest spritz, Violetta is a sheer, non-candied violet with darker, green undertones and the coolness of gray, melancholic English weather on my skin. It has an austere ambivalence, hinting at both the English countryside and an urban lifestyle with a chich trench coat and an umbrella. More application reveals Violetta the Vile, a daringly natural violet dirty with fertile soil, the root and the stem. It is earthy, not so powdery, ugly but daring and attractive in an uncanny way. I like both versions, but not enough to call it FBW. Medium sillage, good lasting power. The bottle is sweet.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive, Cool Hair: Black, Medium Eyes: Black
this is a very single note interpretation of violets. so please. make sure you like violets!!!!! i didnt know what violets smelled like and i was so horrified after getting my sample, i didn't even have the gumption to put this on
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Smells exactly like English violets, which I discovered with delight on a visit there. (What a shame that American violets are scentless!). A quiet, well-bred fragrance, with a soft drydown.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Dark, Neutral Hair: Black, Relaxed, Coarse Eyes: Brown
The first spray is a shocking and surprising green burst of violet, not at all powdery to me this is more wild in a pleasing way, It's not as sweet very reminisicent of Borsari's Violetta di Parma! I would definately buy again.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
The drydown in this perfume is the winner. I tried it on during a visit to Aedes de Venustas and was very pleased with the way it smelled on my wrist. Definitely a keeper.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I'm a fragrance newbie, but I have to review this. I love the smell of violets, and this fragrance is heaven. I had given up on finding a fragrance that wouldn't turn musky on my skin or gave me a headache, but thanks to a super generous mua'er, I discovered niche fragrances. I've been using this sample almost everyday. It's slightly green at first, but the dry down gives a true violet scent that's very warm yet clean, not at all soapy on me. Lasting power isn't great, but I don't mind that. I'm beginning to suspect there's an ingredient in the fragrances that have tons of lasting power that reacts with my skin and gives me the headaches. I'm going to purchase this as soon as my sample is done, as I've finally found a subtle, beautiful fragrance I can wear everyday.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Other Eyes: Blue
This is another one of my favourite Penhaligon's as I love violets. It's bright, crisp fresh green and floral violets. I adore this. Bosari's violet perfume is not to my taste .
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
When I started my quest for a violet soliflore, my top two choices were this and Violetta di Parma. And as it turned out, I love both of them.
This opens strong, which is nice, since a lot of violets fade away quickly. It has a slightly spicy green note to it (celery or vetiver). This note sits on top of the dark violet underneath, almost as two separate fragrances competing.
The green spicy scent softens down into a mossy note, which blends nicely with the deep violet, making a mystical, fairy-tale type of scent. I read a review that describes Penhaligon's Violetta as the scent of an enchanted forest, dark and mossy.
By complete drydown, this settles into the violet scent I've been searching for, it's dark purple with a hint of mossy green. I could wear this to work, to an event, or simply on a Saturday morning at home.
The bottle is the most beautiful I've ever owned. The pale blue liquid just adds to the ethereal mood this lovely perfume creates. I found this for very reasonable prices at various vendors online, but I would pay full price for it because it is that good. Not sweet, candied, chalky or powdery, just deep dark introspective violet.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This is a good candy violet, a bit on the green side, opening with a festive spring of citrus. Lovely. I wouldn't wear it for myself, though, because I think it's a bit childish. I sometimes dab a little on my kids' necks (they hate it, but they smell divinely yummy).
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
As a violet fan, I really, really wanted to like this. The charming, apothecary style bottle, the delicate blue color of the juice...charming. But the actual scent itself is very strong and very green on my skin. Like an earlier reviewer said, it smells more of stems and leaves than of violet petals, and it also has a musty, dirty smell on me - as if it were violet stems caked in mud. It's actually quite unpleasant. After an hour or so, it does mellow and get sweeter, but it retains a dirty, musty note. I've tried it several times, wanting to like it, and I may even use up my two samples, but it won't be a purchase. I prefer the sweeter, slightly powdery smell of Guerlain Meteorites.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This, along with My Fair Lady (which also foregrounds violet, but marries it with rose) is my most favorite violet scent. I will preface this by saying that I am inconsistent in my likes and dislikes of powder-based scents. For whatever reason, I don't like powdery violets. On me, Violetta gracefully avoids becoming powdery, even after a significant period of drydown. It is a bright, longlasting, and truly uplifting violet soliflore. I don't detect much else in this scent, and frankly, I couldn't want for more. A beautiful fragrance, especially in spring, and I am surprised by how much I am reaching for this one this spring season.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
This could possibly be my signature scent. It's not too powdery or sweet but rather smells cool, light and delicate. It's very unique and I can't wait to try the lotion, soap and bath oil.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Other Eyes: Brown
Fresh? YES!, Clean?, YES!, Unisex? YES! Light and office worthy? YES! A perfect light vioet, even for those who are shy of the little purple flower? YES!
Is there a but here? YES!
Violet fades fast. I've been told that ones nose adjusts to the scent of violet very quickly, so I don't know if it fades, or my nose adjusts....
Either way... it turns a nice clean soapy fresh scent within an hour or two... with a nice sharp bit.
Also - on a side not. The bottle is GORGEOUS!!!!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
For 30 minutes or so after I've sprayed this on myself, it is an "UGH!"-inducing mess of harsh, HARSH Play-Doh and nasty violet candy. The final drydown, however, is the most pleasant surprise. It's light, dainty, and delicate, and brings children-just-out-of-the-bathtub connotations to my mind. I hesitate to use the words "clean" and "soapy" since they thrown around to describe a wide-range of fragrances IMHO, but I think I feel comfortable w/ a bath, lol. I don't think it smells much like violets, though (well, the initial smell does. I get the Play-Doh scent from quite a few violet-based perfumes).
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Grey
Penhaligon's Violetta starts as a true violet, but soon changes into a rather bitter scent without violets on my wrist. It is close to the skin and it has a classy undertone, but overall I can't coop with its bitterness. It reminds me very much of marzipan -not the smell, but the taste of well made, fresh marzipan, which can be more bitter than sweet - and I do love marzipan, but as a fragrance, no thanks. Penhaligon's Violetta reminds me more of JM's Wild Fig & Cassis than of a violet scent, as if they used only the stems and not the petals. I prefer Guerlain Meteorites and Violetta di Parma over this. Must be my chemistry, as I read totally different reviews here...UPDATE: my friend tested it from a bottle, and it turned out a little sweeter on her, but the bitterness and darkness was also present. It's a gothic scent to my opinion.
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Penhaligon's Violetta is my second-favorite violet soliflore after Devon Violets. It starts out with a tiny hint of the same sourness Bluebell has, but it quickly fades to a sweet, slightly powdery violet. I'll probably never own it because Devon Violets is less powdery, less headache-inducing and much less expensive, but Violetta's bottle is exquisite.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green
This is kind of harsh on me but at the same time, it's a guilty pleasure. There's something about it that screams "You're not supposed to like this!" But I kind of do. On me, it smells like those wonderful Choward's Violet candies and gum. It has a clovey-kind of edge to it. I think my preference is for greener, less cloying violets, but I do like this and it might grow on me. Such a pretty bottle too!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This has a rather fruity kick to it at the beginning and then it begins to remind me of Salon Selectives--but in a good way. Then it smells like violets; yes, the leaves and stems are there. Sweeter than sweet, and it lasts a considerable amount of time.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
oleaginous... Ok had to look that up. "Influenced by olive oil" (?) "Falsely or smugly earnest; unctuous " (?) I guess I'll have to try this one on again.....When two reviewers say the fragrance smells oleaginous ... well, I do take notice. Still, I am sticking to my impression of a green violette...comparatively speaking.