Insolence! My god I love it.
Would like to add Kenzo Power to the list.
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 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 ?
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.
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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 !
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!
My faves would be:
Armani Privé: Cuir Améthyste
Ormonde Woman (for sure)
CB I Hate Perfume: Violet Empire
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Aimez-Moi, Chinatown, Dzongkha, Five O'Clock Au Gingembre,
Cittá di Kyoto, Jasmin de Nuit, Jasmin Full, Kelly Calèche, Venezia,
Douce Amère, Eau de Charlotte, Falling In Love, Chergui, Prada,
Rose Alexandrie, Hypnôse, Omnia, Flowerbomb, Poivre Piquant,
Cuir Beluga, 7:15am in Bali, Lolita Lempicka, Fumerie Turque,
Datura Noir, Songes, Gaultier², L'Ombre Fauve, Kors, My Couture,
Ligea "La Sirena", Red Aoud, Rose Absolu, Cèdre, Milk, No. 23
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Oh, I'd like to add Kapsule Floriental. It has a nice violet vibe.
I love violet scents but many listed so far are more classic than perhaps you are looking for. As others have mentioned, Ormonde Women is incredibly beautiful, dark and damp.
I find Insolence reminds me of ratted and heavily sprayed hair studded with violets. I'm sure, if I could get that image out of my head, I'd be able to like it more.
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I also love Midnight Violet - it was actually my first AL purchase. Very dark and earthy. Smells like moist garden after a rain.
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I vote for Midnight Violet too. Interesting violet which avoids the powdery or candied qualities of many others. Berdoues is sugary on me, Insolence turns powdery, I like them both but MV is quite an interesting unisex composition, earthy and cool.
Aroma m Geisha violet, Calypso Violette, and Borsa di palma Violetta. Some folks really love Bois de violettes. Men wear it as much as woen.
Now i recommend these based the way they smell based on my extensive testing, not on my own skin, which is not suited for violets, but on women who really bring its best qualities.
Creed love in black is very lovely but i pull iris...
if you would like , I will look at my notes as i remember there is a violet scent available in one store in the entire world that I REALLY liked.
this is a really interesting story; i tested figue iris bty guerlain on a young woman and it smelled exactly like candied violets. everyone's chemistry is so different, it astounds me
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Jumping enthusiastically on the bandwagon for Ormonde Woman and Midnight Violet, but also highly recommending The Unicorn Spell, which is to me possibly the most unique of the modern violet scents I have sniffed.
What about the new one from Parfums de Nicolaï - Violette in Love ?
Here is some informations about it (looks interesting):
A fresh modern luminous violet scent unlike the powdery sweet violets from the past. The note of violet slightly spiced with pink pepper and touched with sweet raspberry, is resting over the light musky base.
The notes are: essence of Italian lemon, blackcurrant bud absolute, raspberry, essence of Turkish rose, a violet-iris accord, coriander essence, pink pepper, black pepper and musk. The fragrance is available in 50ml eau de toilette.
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My fav's are Penhaligon Violetta; Guerlain Meteorites (cheap); L'Artisan's Vert Violette; and Bois de Violette.
I am always amazed at how different scents smell side by side--though I shouldn't be.
Suddenly Ava Luxe Midnight Violet--which alwasy seemed wet and earthy to me-- is sweet and girly next to the Unicorn.--but in a good way.
Instead of the woods, I'm now thinking of the tapestries at CLuny:
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The opening of Unicorn Spell is is so fluorescent green, I need sunglasses. The violet note? If it is a violet note....Harsh, and sweet in a chemical way. The brightness softens to an earthier accord in the dry down and remains chilly, not like frost but like something that was once hot and smoky and that has now cooled down. The distinctly sharp almost chemical sweet violet (?) note is bothering me still.
It is an odd scent, and I like that, but too challenging to wear.I love the name, and what it could suggest about myth and nostalgia. Unfortunately, where I wanted hypnotic flowers, tapestries, and time travel, this scent only offers me Renaissance Fair.
The Ava Luxe is much gentler, more balanced, and has that silky soft musk base found in many of her scents.
Strangely, despite the odd earthiness of the scent, my overall reaction is that the Unicorn Spell has a screechy sweetness that Midnight Violet does not
As it turns out, for me the Unicorn Spell is the elixir that makes me fall in love with Midnight Violet.
Just wanted to direct your attention to Patricia de Nicolai's line - they just came out with a new scent called Violette in Love. It's supposedly a "modern violet" - I'm looking forward to it.
Some great suggestions; also I must admit to never given Floris proper consideration and VM mentioned elsewhere that their Night Scented Jasmine has a hint of violet in it.
This will be a great resource to start properly exploring. Violet scents were so fashionable once upon a time and I was under the impression that the violet accord is not really used that much in modern scents, but perhaps I was wrong.
It's not modern at all, but Volcan D'Amour was a great violet frag
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Dsquared2 SHE Wood is another unexpected scent with violet, though the overall vibe of that is along the same lines as Lovely and NR For Her.
Meanwhile, Verte Violette, Midnight Violet, and Violetta by Penhaligon are on my "to test" list, the latter due to an uncharacteristically positive review by Mr Turin!
Although the Unicorn Spell contains a violet note, its more of a violet leaf fragrance than a violet one (hence the more green than powdery sweet feel).
I still appreciate the scent--just can't wear it. I wish it were even leafier,or that the eartheir tone dominated the sweet note.
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I like violet scents in general, and I also like The Unicorn Spell very much. But I can certainly see why it is not for everyone.
I really like the Laurence Dumont Vanille Violette that I wore today. It is so cheap, but a really cozy and nice take on violet. I think I payed $10 at Sephora. I think it is one of my best cheap buys. Try it if you get the chance.
There is definitely something compelling about it. Every few months I have an urge to try it again. I love perfumes that do that to me , even if I don'tend up wearing all of them.
I would also love to be in a room with someone wearing Unicorn Spell. I've only smelled it on myself and it doesn't work on my skin.