There's something special about the scent of violets. It isn't that common, really. There're plenty of rose and lily scents, but violet is sharper and more subtle. Everyone immediately thinks violets = sweet/ innocent/simple/springtime-y. Yes, but to me, the scent of violets is more complex. There's an undertone of, not sadness, but ...melancholy. Like a minor chord in music. I like to wear this on a rainy day. I don't always like sweetness and light, give me the gloom and rain once in a while! Yardley April Violets fulfills this very nicely indeed. I found it to be very strong and long-lasting! It can be layered with other scents. The only bad thing I can say is, I've owned a spray bottle for a long time, kept it in the cool dark, and yet it still "turned" on me, a bit "off". Still love it and will purchase more someday, as I think this is the very model of "violet" if you don't want the scent muddled with anything else.