First it was some prompting from Portia, the doyenne of Australian Perfume Junkies.
Then the sunshine appeared and the temperatures in London rose above 10 degrees for seemingly the first time this year.
Oh, and of course our clocks just shifted seven days ago, telling us all in dear old Blighty that we are now in “British Summer Time”.
But what sealed for certain it was the The Dandy peeking his first violet of the season on his perambulations this Sunday afternoon.
So, my cherubs, here is the first part of The Perfumed Dandy’s Seasonal Seasonal Selection for Spring: six very lovely violet hued scents…
1. Aimez Moi by Caron
And why on Earth should one not love this sumptuous scent from Caron?
Well, some find it a fusty, feisty sort off thing… a little detached.
The Dandy says she needs a little time: get to know her and you will be handsomely rewarded by a truly spicy violet that has a decided something of the boudoir about her.
2. Jolie Madame by Balmain
“It all starts with a phalanx of surprisingly savoury sweet violets.”
“It is a more careworn and perhaps caring sort of scent, one which seeks not to portray a perfected idea of the world but rather to suggest memories and make associations that are more real and realistically rough edged and imperfect.”
To read The Dandy‘s more extensive thoughts on this wonderfully rich mix of violet, leather and memory, visit the review.
3. Feerie by Van Cleef & Arpels
An ever so slightly curious and delicate delight.
This starts as a subtle sugar water that holds a hint of Parma Violet sweets underscored and offset by powdery iris and a sharp cassis.
Over time it gradually grows into a splendid early summer rose with a hint of vetiver for sophistication’s sake.
A turn of seasons in a single scent.
4. April Violets by Yardley
The Dandy is quite determined that this royal and ancient perfume house should not disappear due to neglect and lack of knowledge.
Why? Because they produce fragrances as fantastic as this astonishingly unsubtle floral explosion.
If there is a hint of violet candy about the Van Cleef, then this one is like having a whole packet in your mouth at once and then inhaling deeply.
It’s fun, but only for a short while… which is just as well as there’s a change in the dry down to a deeply Victorian powder puff and corset perfume that is like drinking in sweet tea and out of date morality.
Not to everyone’s taste, but for the price it’s worth it for the ride.
5. L’Essence by Cristobal Balenciaga
“A light airy perfume resembling the half remembered memories of an evening perilously misspent.”
“Opening with an unexpected and unmentioned citrus jam note, the fragrance is soon subsumed into a vast array of flowers, all violets.
“One could be deceived for thinking this the scent of a simple and straightforward young woman. That would be a mistake.”
To see the details of what The Dandy had to say about this perfume of hidden depths you can visit the review.
6. L’Hommage a L’Homme by Lalique
Of course oud is omnipresent in male perfumery, almost to the point of tedium.
But with the worthy exception of Juliette Has A Gun, houses have been, so far, quite sparing in its use in ‘feminine’ fragrances.
Lalique‘s impeccably made perfume is a deft marriage of agarwood with violet, for once allowing the flower to take the lead.
To The Dandy’s nose, this scent with it’s twist of black pepper and sublime saffron undertone would sit quite surprisingly well on a woman’s skin.
And there we have it my lovelies.
The first half dozen from my seasonal selection.
Violet down, what note will follow next..?
There are five more to come!
Here’s to a climatically more comforting week.
The Perfumed Dandy.