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The defining characteristic of the violet note in perfumery is its powdery floral scent. From Fragrantica: “…earthy, powdery scent that resembles the iris rhizome when talking about the flower; metallic, green and aqueous when talking about the leaf.”
Histoires de Parfums Blanc Violette starts with the leaf and quickly leads into the delicate flower. A lovely tangy burst of citrus from bergamot mixed with rooty earthy iris is juicy almost, but soon transforms into the scent of velvety viola blooms tinged with anise. The faint anise adds a licorice sweetness that all but disappears as soon as the powdery floral aspects of the pale violet develop and waft up.
In the heart of Blanc Violette, the earthy violet mixes with rich banana-jasmine nuances of ylang-ylang, and this narcotic floral accord slowly unwinds as the sandalwood, vanilla, musk, and rice powder base notes surround it in a delicate powdery cloud. Blanc Violette dries down as a soft and achingly tender feminine scent, deliciously subtle, just a faint intermittent waft after a few hours, leaving an ethereal downy trace on my skin.
And that’s what I love about Blanc Violette. Some reviews I’ve read criticize its subtle powdery lightness as a defect. I see it as its raison d’etre. Perfumers such as Gérald Ghislain at Histoires de Parfums don’t spend months or years developing scents to be defective. Barring any manufacturing issues, the scents in the bottle are their artistic vision. The Histoires de Parfums website describes Blanc de Violette:
“The violet, from Parma or Toulouse, is delicate and discreetly opens out, revealing its powdered floral scent in all subtlety. An alchemy leaving a delicious imprint….”
Notes: Violet, Bergamot, Iris, Violet, Ylang-ylang, Star Anise, Violet, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Musk, Rice Powder
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Gérald Ghislain, et al.
Decant size is 1 ml.

Price: $5.00