People think I’m weird because I have a bit of an obsession with Parma Violets. I find them yummy and sweet, and I love the smell. To others, it tastes like soap and smells like old ladies.

I bought McQueen * from Amazon after someone said it smelt exactly like Parma Violets. Oddly, the 100ml bottle was cheaper than the 50ml at the time, so I bought it quick. Maybe its just my nose, but I don’t really smell the violets.

I bought Insolence* from Debenhams a few weeks ago – I had a gift card burning a hole in my purse, and I had a miniature of this in my bag which I loved until it all emptied out into my bag. The bag still smells quite nice, 2 years later.

Both of these are meant to be quite violet-y, but they just weren’t the right sort of sweet violet. A lazy browse around Amazon lead me to something which I thought was worth buying the body spray of to see if thats the scent I was hunting for since it was only £2 with Prime delivery. Success! It was!

You’re probably wondering what that scent was. Um. Well, its Yardley April Violets*. Which…is an old lady kind of brand.

Oh dear.


  1. I LOVE Parma Violets! Love them. The smell and taste.
    Can I join your old lady crew? We can eat Parma Violets and spray Yardley whilst moaning about the youth of today.

  2. Bring on the Old Lady Perfume! I love it (tends to smell of talcum powder). Im currently wearing Je Reviens ( ) which incidentally has Violet in its heart notes. I like it as its floral and spicy and reminds me of my grandma (who i think wore it)
    oooh now i so want to write a blog post about Old Lady Perfumes – know of any others? Problem is those ones like the Yardley never have any testers

  3. I’m on my second bottle of Balenciaga Paris. Whenever I wear it I always receive comments from friends and strangers on how beautiful it smells. My great Grandmother was called Violet and I adore the smell of them too. Black Magic chocolates used to have violet creams in years ago when I was a child, but alas no longer. Maybe we should start a campaign to get them re-instated. LOL


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