Perfume: Penhaligon’s ‘Violetta’

Perfume: Penhaligon's 'Violetta' fragrance review

A few weeks ago I got the most amazing violet scented candle and I have spent the last few weeks obsessively trying to hunt down violet based perfumes. This is actually a way harder task than you would think, a lot of consumers (and brands) consider violets to be old fashioned and out-dated. Apparently, they think violets are for old ladies… Well, my friends, think again! Violet’s are beautiful and fabulous and I am 100% obsessed with them!


I have been blogging about Penhaligon’s for years now, Cornubia is one of my all time favourite perfumes and my boyfriend wears Satorial nearly every day. I can’t get enough of this Penhaligon’s fragrances, I can’t believe in all the years I have been shopping there, I have completely over-looked Violetta. I finally have a bottle and I’m spritzing away like there is no tomorrow, I can’t get enough of this perfume, I feel like I have a lot of lost time to make up with it!

Violetta was created in 1976, Penhaligon’s describe it as dark, dusky and mysterious fragrance suffused with the achingly nostalgic purity of violets.


Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon And Geranium

Heart Notes: Violet

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cedarwood And Musk

My Thoughts

Violetta is simple stunning! When you first spritz this perfume, it opens with a burst of fresh violets and it slowly softens into a sweet hum of romantic violets. Penhaligon’s always use the best quality ingredients in their fragrances and Violetta smells like the purist, most beautiful violets you can imagine. There is a surprising green and freshness to it, almost like they have captured everything from the buds, flowers and leaves in the perfume. The lemon and bergamot can hardly be detected, I think they just help add freshness to the florals. For me, Violetta is a romantic floral perfume for those who like something a little more playful and less heady than red roses. It’s far removed from white florals and instead it’s more playful and nostalgic. It’s pretty and surprising, and until the violet perfume trend catches on (which I’m sure it will), you will be able to claim this perfume as your own signature scent. This is a perfect perfume!

Next time you are in a Penhaligon’s boutique, make sure you give this perfume a trial, it’s really beautiful. Or if you fancy taking a risk and buying it online, you can find Violetta online via Penhaligon’s.

Perfume: Penhaligon's 'Violetta' fragrance review

Perfume: Penhaligon's 'Violetta'