It all started with Choward's Violet Mints. There is nothing minty about them--they are pure, chalky, unadulterated, violet-flavored goodness. No one I’ve met has seemed to share my enthusiasm for eating perfumed candies.
Violet-scented products used to be all the rage at the turn of the 20th century, and I’ll never understand why the sweet, subtle, girly scent has fallen out of favor. In this age, violet-scented products are sneaky and hard to find, but I rounded up some of my favorites to share with you.
Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel In Wild Violet
I was a little leery about the prospect of scented nail polish--doesn’t nail polish already have a scent? And isn’t that scent "brain damage"? Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in Wild Violet comes in a precious little square bottle. Maybe the brush isn’t as wide as I’d like, but the color, a lovely dark purple with a hint of shimmer, is a one-coat wonder. It perfumed my nails with the faintly sweet scent of violets for almost two days, which, incidentally, is about how long it took to chip with no top coat. The color was enough for me to love it, but the scent is a total bonus.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick By Kate Moss
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to adequately express my love of Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick; the color selection, the formula, and the classic violet-y scent are spot-on. I wear #8 and #17 on the regular, but #17 is my absolute go-to. It’s a thinner formula, creamy with a bit of sparkle, and it’s not drying at all.
Olivina Petals In Bloom Hand Cream In Violet
I’m picky about the lotion that I pack in my purse; the formula and the packaging has to be top-notch. A runny lotion that explodes all over your bag is a day-ruiner. Olivina Petals in Bloom Hand Cream in Violet rises to the challenge. Made by a small company in California, they never test on animals and use many locally-sourced ingredients. The cream is thick and lasting and has an almost herbal violet scent. I especially love it for my cuticles!
Botanic Choice Floral Oil
As an avid DIYer, I’ve been hunting for a decent fragrance oil to add to my Dr.Bronners, solid perfumes, or whatever salve I’m currently whipping up. I have finally arrived at a decent oil with Botanic Choice Violet Floral Oil. It’s a true, long-lasting oil and it doesn’t have any bizarre additives. I generally don’t like sweet, floral scents, but paired with more acrid and woody oils--think fir, patchouli, cedar, mint, or sage--and it’s suddenly sexy and doesn’t remind you of Rose from the Golden Girls at all.
Finally... The Violet Ricky
Violet is a lovely flavor, but it can easily overpower. I’ve paired it with basil and lemon to mellow out the sweet, floral scent into a highly drinkable gin drink.
- 10 ounces lemon-infused club soda (make your own, but I used Arrowhead brand)
- 1 drop violet flavoring
- 1 ounce Bombay Sapphire or other mid-shelf gin of your choice
- 3-4 leaves fresh basil, bruised (just pressing it with your fingers will do)
I used literally ONE DROP of Favour Brand Violet Flavoring in a 24-ounce bottle of Arrowhead Sparkling Lemon Mountain Spring Water. That’s about the ratio you want for this cocktail--any more and it’s like you’re gargling perfume. Fill a highball with ice, pour in your gin, add the basil, and top with lemon-violet water. Maybe read some Edwardian literature to round out the experience.
- Is there a specific smell you can’t get enough of? Pink grapefruit is another I just love.
- Do you like any gross grandma candy? What’s your poison?
- Does the scent of a product really matter to you?