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 Ã‚Â£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.
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.
I smelt a perfume once that was exactly like parma violets. I’ll be buggered if I can remember what it was though!
Bring on the Old Lady Perfume! I love it (tends to smell of talcum powder). Im currently wearing Je Reviens ( http://worthjereviens.com/ ) 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
I absolutely love violet notes in perfumes! My favourites are Kenzo Flower, Vivienne Westwood Naughty Alice and Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet.
My next to-buy violet perfume is Balenciaga Paris!
This website shows loads of perfumes with violet notes: http://www.fragrantica.com/notes/Violet-116.html
Style Eyes says
I loev parma violet sweets. I also saw some violet cream chocolates in the local sweet shop the other day and was really tempted!
Sheryl Vaughan says
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
Elisabeth Hyldmo Landsverk says
I’ll join the club! But then I really may be an old lady…( 60 going on 25 ;-) )