L'Artisan Verte Violette. For your reconsideration.


There’s been a lot of talk about violet perfumes lately. Especially new and unusual ones like Comme des  Garsons + Stephen Jones, Frédéric Malle Dans Tes Bras, and The Unicorn Spell by Les Nez. But there is another violet to (re)consider, L’Artisan’s Verte Violette. Verte Violette has been around since 2000, but is an innovative and unique violet fragrance in its own right.

Initially, it is slightly reminiscent of the guerlinade base of Guerlain’s classics L’Heure Bleue and Mitsouko. Possibly from the way the green violet leaves create a crushed balsamy effect alongside the floral, powdery violet petals. But probably more so from the heliotrope, even though it is not listed on L’Artisan’s website scent description. Heliotrope’s almondy-vanilla aroma (some liken it to play-doh) is definitely mingling in the topnotes. Immediately this fragrance is both comforting and refreshing, like a sweet walk through a forest at dawn. Dabbing Verte Violette on your wrists and on the nape of your neck is akin to picking a nosegay of spring’s first violets and pressing their leaves between your fingers to release their dewy greenness.verte-violette

Once the heart of Verte Violette emerges, the heliotrope/vanillic scent becomes even more apparent. The sweetness is balanced nicely by a touch of iris soapiness and just a suggestion of damp cedar. As the fragrance progresses to its base, the cedar becomes more pronounced. But pronounced feels like too strong a word as the cedar note is quite subtle in the drydown. Alongside the cedar, iris supports the earthy vanillic violet; creating a warm and sweet, singular fragrance. I would consider its sillage mild to moderate and it has wonderful lasting power on my skin. For example, if I spray it in the early evening, it will last until bedtime and linger in the morning. Verte Violette gets a strong recommendation from me for someone who is seeking a soft violet that leans deep and green and away from a more candied violet such as Borsari’s Violetta di Parma.

L’Artisan is not a strict natural perfume line, but they do not use phthalates or petrochemicals. (At least that was the response back from customer service). And they do not test on animals. In their literature they state that they use the “purist raw ingredients” but they do not state they use them exclusively. They have introduced an organic line, Jatamansi, which includes perfume and body care.

Verte Violette is available at L’Artisan.com and decants are available at The Perfumed Court.

Posted by ~Trish

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photograph by Peter_Grahlmann on flickr


6 thoughts on “L'Artisan Verte Violette. For your reconsideration.

  1. Hi Trish,

    I love that picture you posted along with the blog entry.

    Sadly, the violet note and I do not get along very well. But you make this one sound like it could work. I’ll have to seek it out next time I am out sniffing. 🙂

    O/T – I am so fond of the Fleur Blanche right now that nothing else is piquing my interest. I cannot get enough of this one.

    Have a great day.


  2. D,
    I am so happy about you and FB 🙂 Gardenia is such a beauty when it’s done well. As for violet, it is a tricky one isn’t it? Verte Violette is one of the few that I can wear aside from Apres L’Ondee. But Apres L’Ondee is in a class by itself and worthy of a review, even on a “green” blog!


  3. This sounds lovely, I’ve been having a violet craving lately and my Lolita Lempicka is just not cutting it. By the way I love the image. So very pretty!

  4. J,
    I love Lolita Lempicka, but I’m realizing it’s better on others, not on me. Give Verte Violette a whirl with a decant possibly, if a greenish violet sounds appealing. And maybe add in Apres L’Ondee as well. That’s another gorgeous violet one (that I commented above) I will be reviewing soon.

    And I know, isn’t that image perfect? It really captures the feeling I get when I wear Verte Violette.


  5. I always really liked Verte Violette, it’s really hard to find in the UK now but I remember it being lovely and not too sweet the way some violets can be.
    I always wonder why this doesn’t get more mentions in the blog world so thanks for giving it some attention!

  6. Hi R,
    Verte Violette is hard to find here in the States too. I have a decant that I hope never runs out!

    I too have never understood why VV doesn’t get much play on the blogs and boards. Thought it needed a reprise since violet is having a little comeback these days 🙂


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