Violets add to a scent sweet and powdery, airy and dewy floral note.
Flower of fertility, in ancient times – and a cure, too: garlands of violets worn around the head were thought to prevent headaches and dizziness. In ancient Athens wine was scented with violets.
Violet has been used in perfumes since the time of early Arab perfumers, who perfected a technique for distilling the oil, but it was Empress Marie Louise Bonaparte who really put Viola odorata on the scent-map, establishing the violet industry in Parma which thrives to this day. Violets were Napoleon’s favourite flowers.