L'Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai
L’Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai

If your immediate thought when you see the word ‘violette’ is of parma violets and powdery scented confectionary, think again. The L’Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai blend couldn’t be further from that because they’ve used a much fresher version of violet that sits so nicely with Rose de Mai that they could have been born holding hands.

I notice that on the customer review section, a reviewer expresses disappointment that the fragrance is not more heavily laced with violet, and if you are chasing that very distinct, sweetened violet I feel you would also be disappointed. L’Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai fragrance pays more heed to rose with gentle violet as a chaser rather than the main event but nonetheless it’s there and every now and again the note drifts your way. If I’d been making this I would definitely have added more oomph to the violet because violet fragrances aren’t that easy to come by and those who seek them REALLY want a big blast of that note, but as a perfectly balanced merge with rose, it’s so pretty.

L’Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai is one for those who love a gentle floral but like a smidge of something extra – like lime in your gin instead of lemon: familiar but with a twist. It’s £52 HERE.

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