Saturday, 14 March 2009

Evaluation: Viola odorata

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Violaceae
Genus: Viola
Species: V. odorata

Source: Eden Botanicals
Country: France
Purchased: 04/08
From: Absolute
Dilution: 10%
Intensity: Medium intensity (5/10)
Colour (actual): Green
Colour (imagined): Green
Classification: Floral 

Other possible fragrance family classifications: Green, Herbal
Secondary Scents: salt, raw tea leaves
Reminds me of: dirty plant water, damp leaf-litter, poisons, dry tea leaves

At 15 m: strong, cloying, wet yet dry(?), slightly salty, semi-sweet, light spices.
At 30 m: strong, cloying, wet and dry, salty, light spices.
At 1 hr: strong, herbaceous, wet and dry, salty, lightly spicy
At 2 hrs: weaker, herbaceous, wet and dry, salty, mossy, slightly powdery.
At 3 hrs: weaker, herbaceous, salty, slightly powdery (leather?).
At 6hrs: weak, green, still salty, green tea vibe
At 12hrs: weak, salty, traces of green.

Comments: There is a "noxious green" quality here that is both disturbing and intriguing. (An unusual saltiness and green-tea feel make this rather unusual). Of interest and particular note, my body responds to this scent by way of a trembling stomach - as though a physiological warning that if I were to consume it, great harm would befall me.
I sometimes find myself anosmic to violet flowers, but the odour character present here from the green leaves is completely different to that from the flowers.

Trivia: The famous perfume Vera Violetta (Roger & Gallet, 1892) showed the first creative combination of natural violet leaf oil with synthetically made alpha- and beta-ionone.
It has been noted that up to 1400 kg of violet leaves needed to produce 1kg of concrete, which in turn will yield about 38% absolute.


Mirjana said...

Very well, it all sounds like Chemistry to me, but I can only smell Violet ;)

Angela Cox said...

What a fabulous box .

Dimitri said...

Yes, a coffret photo shamelessly pinched from the net - but a wonderful one at that. ca. 1902.