Scent Trend: Violet Leaf
Having researched fall’s impressive list of fragrances, we’ve noticed a global scent trend that is really interesting. One common ingredient keeps popping up again and again: violet leaf.
Violet leaf adds a green freshness to any fragrance.
Smells like: Sliced cucumbers to freshly mowed grass
Have you ever noticed that florists always incorporate greenery into their floral bouquets? Yes, the greenery creates a beautiful backdrop so the colour of the flowers pops. But the leaves and stems also add a fresh aroma that blends beautifully with the scent of the flowers.
Violet leaf is most commonly used as a middle or heart note in a fragrance composition. It blends beautifully with floral and herbaceous absolutes such as magnolia, tuberose, clary sage, black tea, Osmanthus, and mimosa. It is particularly interesting when paired with rose notes as it gives the rose aroma a fresh, bright character.
You could say that violet leaf is a bit of a chameleon in perfumery as it can also have a fresh ozonic-like scent that smells like an ocean breeze. It’s almost a little watery in personality which is most welcome in sport or summer-themed fragrances.
For decades, health practitioners have used violet leaf for its reported health benefits. Taken as a tea or syrup, the leaf is said to support blood, assist in respiratory strength and to stimulate the lymphatic system in the body. In fact, you can actually eat the flowers and leaves of violets which contain high amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A.
We love the fresh, clean, earthy character of violet leaf. This single ingredient can take a traditional floral and make it modern and invigorating.
Fragrances that use violet leaf notes particularly well:
Montblanc Explorer Ultra Blue
19-69 Purple Haze