Violetta 1976

Violetta by Penhaligon's
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Violetta is a perfume by Penhaligon's for women and was released in 1976. The scent is floral-green. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGeranium, Lemon, Bergamot
Heart Notes Heart NotesViolet
Base Notes Base NotesMusk, Sandalwood, Cedar

Ratings

Scent

7.3 (52 Ratings)

Longevity

6.4 (39 Ratings)

Sillage

5.2 (33 Ratings)

Bottle

8.0 (43 Ratings)
Submitted by Mokomonster, last update on 12.10.2020.
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7.5
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6
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
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Top Review    25  
the English version
The violet in the fragrance is often preceded by an "old youthful" call: the "Fräulein" in the dark grey flannel costume, with bun and comfortable flat shoes, was accompanied by the scent of violets; the old lady with lace gloves and a capot hat.

The light to dark purple flower faces with the classic five petals are among the first heralds of spring.
Like lizards, they have nested in the cracks of a wall in one of our historical cemeteries; as if they wanted to enjoy the first pale warmth of the sun to the very end, just like these lizards.
In contrast to the "multi-storey" white and purple Parma violets, the "bourgeois" five-petalled relatives sometimes look like pouting children, especially when they are a little "overripe", due to their somewhat "drooping lower lip".
Or do they perhaps think they descend from the Habsburgs?

These violets usually leave their charm and small personalities to the fat layer of the enfleurage.
What is then made of them can smell very different:
tender and soap clean, charmingly young and innocent, enticing and lustful, pompous or just cheap!
The small flower face promising spring is helplessly exposed to this development.

Now I love violets, as well as lilies of the valley and lilacs very much, and in the last years, thanks to many dear perfumes, I could already get to know some, very different scent compositions.
Yatagan, our perfumo-lavender fragrance specialist (and my very personal "Luca Turin"), knows about my preference and therefore put a bottling of Penhaligon's "Violetta" in my last fragrance post.
Thank you, dear friend!
Although this brand has not impressed me very much so far, I had to dab "Violetta" on immediately:
the beautiful light blue colour of the liquid probably attracted me!
And - amazing! - we liked each other right away.
That's how I got to know an "English Violet": clear and pure and classic - like "English Lavender".
The special scent of the rose geranium makes the entrance area immediately appealing; it shares the appearance with fresh bergamot and lemon aromas.
They marry and this harmony is transferred to a large bunch of full-bloomed violets, accompanied by a touch of fresh leaf green and heavy soil.
So far, I feel this fragrance scenario not only as flowery and slightly greenish fresh, but also as something originally natural; as if it couldn't be any different.
But violets dominate quite clearly and remind us that we are dealing with a very feminine floral scent that flatters and decorates.
The base note of slightly erotic, slightly oily sandalwood and the spicy cedar, clearly stands for British understatement: "feminine, unagitated, yet present and slightly seductive scent", is probably the motto here.
Musk seems to cover the entire fragrance creation as a fine net; this gives it a little warmth and depth; it becomes round and cuddly.
Are you ready for our five o'clock-tea, Dear?

Penhaligon's "Violetta" is an "English Violet" and cannot be compared with its southern European, sun-kissed and very luxuriant siblings.
The light blue colour of the fragrant liquid is perhaps a sign of this: away from the velvety violet pile, but still extremely enchanting and romantic!

If you like violet scents, I can only recommend this "Violetta"; a deeply harmonious liaison is for sure!
There is still time for these small flowers before the warmer days let the Queen Rose rule everything!
Because, please, with all of this, remember: It's spring!
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Helpful Review    5  
Precious Violet Pastilles Hidden in a Wooden Box
The House of Penhaligon is known for exceptional quality, frequently the perfumers to the British Royal Family, as I understand and this composition is no exception. The ingredients are magnificently well blended and the sillage on this is about 1 meter (3.28 ft.) for about 5-7 hours on my skin. Like many compositions from the more traditional houses, the name of the fragrance very accurately sums up what to expect, i.e. there's no mystery here. Simply put, Violetta smells like haunting sweet violets with powdery sugar that have been stored in a little dainty wooden box as an offering for 'special guests only' and reminds me of Abbaye de Flavigny Violet Pastilles; that is how you will smell for the duration wearing this one.
There maybe woody notes and a bit of clean musk listed in the notes, but they do not expose themselves as individuals, at any point on my skin. There is very little transformation on this journey, but if you are set on sweet violets, you can't get much truer than this one. Violetta is a daytime sort of solifleur, leaning more to the feminine side of the spectrum, than Tom Ford's "Private Blend Black Violets". Violetta also lacks the sensuality of Tom Ford's "Violet Blonde" or Paco Rabanne's "Ultraviolet", but it is definitely sweeter and denser than L'Artisan's "Verte Violet". For a "sexy" evening violet fragrance, I would choose "Ultraviolet" or Parfums de Nicolai "Violette in Love" over this any time.
The first thing that hits me in this fragrance is the greenness of the geranium note which quickly harmonizes seamlessly with the iris and ushers in the violet on a bed of cedar. Once the triad has developed it settles in and stays put on the skin. Ultimately, I find Violetta a bit too cloying but I can definitely appreciate its well-made facets, decent sillage, good longevity and noble pedigree.
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