I’m in awe of this vintage fragrance from the 1910’s (Caron 1913). It has moods. It’s a little like L’Heure Bleue and Mitsouko in that way… For example: I tried Violette Précieuse first over a month ago on a cold snowy/rainy day and it was somber, haunting and green antique violet… Today, with warmer, sunny weather it’s warm, effusive, opulent violet. There are other slightly spicy, delicate florals in the background but sultry, free-spirited, elegant and bright violet dominants the entire course. That’s not to say that the other notes aren’t present, i.e. orange blossom, lily-of-the-valley and vetiver… But airy violet is beyond nostalgic and entrancing… It’s supposedly very hard to find vintage Violette Précieuse these days but I hope to someday have a full bottle. My gosh.
Top notes: violet flowers, iris, violet leaves and orange. Middle notes: jasmine and lily-of-the-valley. Base notes: raspberry and vetiver.
Nose: Ernest Daltroff