Collection Excessive - I miss Violet (2015)

Collection Excessive - I miss Violet by The Different Company
Bottle Design: Thierry de Baschmakoff
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Collection Excessive - I miss Violet is a popular perfume by The Different Company for women and men and was released in 2015. The scent is floral-powdery. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesViolet leaf, Vietnamese basil, Mandarin, Ambrette seed, Champagne, Nutmeg
Heart Notes Heart NotesOsmanthus, Violet, Iris, Cyclamen, Mimosa, Ozonic notes
Base Notes Base NotesLeather, Mahogany, Vanilla, Musk, Ambergris

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Scent

7.7 (81 Ratings)

Longevity

7.2 (69 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (74 Ratings)

Bottle

8.0 (72 Ratings)
Submitted by Ronin, last update on 14.12.2018
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Drseid

671 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
3
I Miss Potency...
I Miss Violet opens with smooth carrot-like iris and bright slightly aqueous, semi-metallic violet leaf. Moving to the early heart the composition turns mild to moderately powdery, as the violet leaf gives way to a floral violet and supple suede leather starring tandem with the iris remaining in significant support. During the late dry-down the leather turns somewhat more rugged and more pronounced as it joins a deep, natural smelling vague woody accord and dark musk with just a hint of underlying vanilla-derived sweetness through the finish. Projection is below average and longevity just above average at 9-10 hours on skin.

The Collection Excessive offerings have been the real standouts in The Different Company's line-up, so any new release bearing that moniker demands attention and I Miss Violet is its latest entrant. The first thing one notices when the composition is applied on skin is it has a very different presentation of violet and violet leaf than one might expect. The presentation here is just as much about smooth iris and suede leather as it is about the violet, semi-metallic leaf and all. The last time I was this surprised in a violet presentation (in a good way) was Violette Fumee by the late, great Mona Di Orio. The two compositions really are dissimilar for the most part, but both commendably take the violet and show true innovation in its presentation and use with other materials. The late dry-down on the other hand is a more mundane though competent leathery woody affair, but the journey getting to it is quite worthwhile. My main gripe with the composition is its performance metrics are far from stellar. At this kind of price point, one expects a bit more oomph than the near-skin scent found here, and a bit more tenacity wouldn't go amiss either. That said, middling performance metrics aside, I Miss Violet is a fine creation by the talented Bertrand Duchaufour that while maybe is just a hair behind the other offerings in Collection Excessive, holds its own against most peers rather well. The bottom line is the $245 per 50ml I Miss Violet is a largely successful, innovative release marred only slightly by its semi-dodgy performance metrics, earning it a "very good" to "excellent" 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5 and a solid recommendation to all except those seeking a powerhouse (or those hunting superb value, as $245 per 50ml with this kind of performance is a bit of a tough sell).
Myhorses

33 Reviews
Myhorses
Myhorses
2
La vie en...Violet Jacket
It looks that these days the shy violet is back in niche perfumery. Since last year there were several launches of violet centered fragrances some pairing in the classical way violet with roses like in French Kiss from Guerlain , Epine mortelle from LM Parfums or Chanel’s Misia , others trying new companions like oud in: Silk Mood from MFK and Aoud Violet from Mancera or leather, also “en vogue”, like in the new launch of The Different Company I miss Violet .

I miss Violet starts with the violet-iris make up evoking note but only for few minutes then powdery iris is leaving the violet in a green entourage of violet leafs, basil and sparkling mandarins. Champagne note is supposed to pop up according to the official notes but on my skin I couldn’t detect any champagne. Soft leather is hiding among these green notes successfully revealing that “vegetal leather accord”, soft leather being there right from the top notes until the last notes, performing together with the violet accord a waltz not a tango.

The violet is not very powdery as it is usually in perfumes, especially when paired with rose and iris and the leather note is soft, almost suede like. I do not feel a prominent floral accord , from my perspective I can easily say that I miss Violet it’ s a green leathery perfume with a classical vibe rather than floral leathery.

After the first hour the osmanthus brings a fruity apricot note to the composition putting more emphasis on the leather accord which, from now on, will be more intense than the violet but still remaining on the soft side. There is no harsh leather in this perfume in any moment, only the smooth side is revealed . From this perspective I miss Violet is very easy to wear it daily, I have some leather perfumes that I really love but they are not so easy to wear as often as I wish and also it can be a good starting point for those who want to explore leather fragrances.

This soft leather accord in I miss Violet has inside the same DNA like other Duchafour creations focused on leather: Traversee du Bosphore , Cuir Nacree and Skin on Skin There is also an ozonic note that brings together with mimosa continuity of the green accord even when the violet note is almost gone, acting in a similar way like aldehydes with cassie(mimosa) in Cuir Nacree keeping the leather tone soft.

The drydown reveals a musky vanilla embedded in ambergris bringing up sensuality turning in the end the green vegetal leather note into a light musky sweet tone closer to the smell of human skin echoing somehow Hermes’s Cuir d’ Ange.

I miss Violet has a good lasting power, around 7-8 hours on my skin with a average silage, is not a loud perfume. From my point of view it’s a one of the best (soft)leather perfumes and the best violet scent that I tried lately . If you like leather perfumes and did not find yet the one that you can wear everyday or and if you want a elegant violet fragrance not loaded with make-up you have to give a try to I miss Violet.
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RomanaFrangi

2 Reviews
RomanaFrangi
RomanaFrangi
3
Oriental violet
The perfume opens with the really fresh apricots (gourmand form of osmanthus) and classic saffron, very arabic, oriental. After a while comes thick violet creamy fondant. The violet leafs hand-in-hand with the apricots and saffron create the fresh dimension. On the other side is dark spicy mix of a bunch of violet flowers with drops of iris root and oriental woods. Long life of this combo is calm, without big changes, stable.
The scent is unusual combination of fruity freshness and oriental depth. Brand new idea of violet ála Arab. Perfect!

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