Violette 2003

Violette by Norma Kamali
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Violette is a perfume by Norma Kamali for women and men and was released in 2003. The scent is floral-synthetic. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Sad violet
Probably the blandest fragrance by Kamali I have ever tried. The brand was responsible for “holy grails” like Incense (which however I’ve always found a bit too harsh to be actually wearable), while Violette is really nothing special for me. Or, well, it is well different and a bit inferior to what I expected. Basically, it is really only a blast of artificial violet, surrounded (as most of violet soliflores) by a ton of soapy musk and cleverly reinforced by a thin spicy frame where I think I smell some saffron. But most of all it’s violet, violet and violet again. And I mean, really only that. Quite a bit synthetic and flat for me, offering you probably the same sillage you’d have if you accidentally poured some cheap essential oil on your shirt (I happen to have a supermarket violet oil among the oils I use for my cheap Muji home diffuser; I think the tiny bottle costed some euro cents or so; I can’t really tell the difference with Violette). That’s it, more than a creative work around violet or a particularly high-quality soliflore this is just, well, pure and slightly cheap violet in a bottle with a decent sort of cold, “grey” drydown. The only aspect I appreciate here is the tone, as Violette sits elegantly on skin providing a graceful soapy-powdery sillage (again, nothing any ten times cheaper stuff can’t do, but at least it is not loud). Good if you really like violet, you have low expectations, you want precisely just that without and “perfumey” work around it, and you’re inexplicably willing to spend more than you should for that. Otherwise I am afraid this is nothing more than a “nicely dull” fragrance you can safely ignore.


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