Dainty violet has long been used in perfume and it became very popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. It is known for its sweet, floral scent and the first violet fragrances were derived from Parma violets, with a painstaking extraction process that made the scent very costly and affordable only to certain classes. A favoured scent of Queen Victoria herself, violet represented a new kind of luxury.
Violet perfumes are now readily available, with many fragrance brands using the powdery note to various effects. With nuances of raspberry and rose, violet perfumes are popular with those who like sweet, feminine fragrances. Soft and velvety violet is frequently mixed with iris and rose for a musky floral scent. With Ultra Violet named the 2018 Pantone Colour of the Year, there has never been a better time to explore the best violet perfumes. Here, we take a look at some of the best violet perfumes, with offerings from Frederic Malle, Guerlain and Floris.