Hi everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start. Today's post is all about two of my favorite flowers, colors, and fragrance notes: violet and rose. I thought it would also be fitting to include some of the new limited edition polishes from the Roses Ultimes de Chanel collection. Scroll to the end for swatches of these.
One of my favorite soliflore fragrances is Annick Goutal's La Violette. This was a limited edition fragrance released a few years ago, but I noticed over the weekend that it is available again. For anyone fond of violet scents, this one is definitely worth a try! To me, it is a more sophisticated and longer-lasting version of the inexpensive, traditional Spanish and Cuban violet waters sold in drugstores, such as Augustin Reyes' Royal Violets, Para Mi Bebe or Crusellas, just to name a few. I'm not sure if these violet waters are as common in other parts of the U.S., but if you grew up in Miami, you are surely familiar with them. They are traditionally used as splashes for infants and children, but are worn by many adults as well. The sweet powdery violet scent is actually one of my very first fragrance memories. Many of the young girls in the grade school I attended wore generous amounts of the stuff on a daily basis. So, I guess you could say the violet scent is a nostalgic one for me.
Over the holidays I purchased these two Diptyque candles. They are pricey so I burn them sparingly, but when I come home from work my bedroom smells divine!
A few of the fragrances I own that are based on rose or have strong rose notes are Jo Malone's Red Roses, Lancome's Mille & Une Roses, YSL's Paris Roses Enchantees (a limited-edition spring-time version of the original Paris), MAC's Dejarose, and Bond No. 9's West Side. I've read and heard repeatedly that rose scents are associated with little old ladies but I don't care! I love them anyway. Many, many years ago, while in middle school, my friends and I used and loved the unabashedly cheap old classic, Perfumer's Workshop Tea Rose, and I recall thinking as a child that the fragrance of my mom's rose-scented Avon body cream in the little pink tub was so pretty!
A few years ago I was briefly into jewelry-making and beading. I got these little coral rosettes at one of the many bead and gem shops downtown in the jewelry district and attached them to sterling silver posts.
Earrings from Sorreli, purchased at Nordstrom a few years ago.
L'Epi de Provence's Violet Moss and MAC's Asphalt Flower
I purchased this little flacon of Guerlain's Insolence parfum from the Guerlain boutique in "France" at EPCOT in Walt Disney World. At 0.25 oz, the bottle is diminutive, but a little drop of this potent, candied-violet elixir goes a long way!
Bulgari's Blu II is not composed entirely of violet, but I definitely detect a violet note in there somewhere! It's a nice, everyday sort of fragrance.
Van Cleef & Arpel's Feerie in Eau de Parfum strength (sapphire blue bottle), and Eau de Toilette (light blue bottle).
Liz Palacios San Francisco necklace, purchased at Nordstrom a few years ago.
Below is a closer look at three of the new Chanel polishes along with a sampling of violet and rose shades from my collection. I purchased Frisson, a sheer pale pink with shimmer that's very similar to Mica Rose but with warmer-toned, slightly larger shimmer particles; Distraction, a beautiful salmon creme with subtle rose shimmer; and Tentation, a shimmery, vibrant blue-rose/magenta that's really gorgeous, if not particularly unique. (Also offered in the collection, but not shown here, is the shade Attraction--a frosty, retro looking white-pearl shade.)
- Chanel Frisson
- Chanel Mica Rose
- Paul & Joe #10
- OPI Pink Friday
- Butter London Rosie Lee
- Chanel Distraction
- Paul & Joe #010
- Rimmel English Rose
- Sephora by OPI Casanova Is So Into Me
- OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips
- OPI It's All Greek To Me
- Jessica Seductress
- Chanel Tentation
- OPI Love is a Racket
- Paul & Joe #012
- Dolce & Gabbana Love
- Zoya Cyma
- Leighton Denny Best Seller
- Sephora Amethyst Stiletto
- NARS Diamond Life
- Sephora Girls Want Tenderness
- Sally Hansen Violet Voltage
- Sephora by OPI Violet's Just Get Married
- Zoya Tru
- Zoya Lotus
- Cover Girl Violet Vision
- Rescue Beauty Lounge Catherine H.
- Butter London No More Waity Katy
- Dolce & Gabbana Amethyst
- Sephora Full Moon Party
- Butter London HRH
- Revlon No Shrinking Violet
- Laura Mercier Twilight
- Leighton Denny Embellish Me
- China Glaze Sweet Hook
- Sephora by OPI Sin-cerely Violet
Wishing everyone a lovely Valentine's Day. Whether or not you are single or in a relationship, I hope you have the chance to do something you enjoy today!