After writing last week's review of Fabergé Straw Hat, I took a look around and realized that my violet obsession isn't restricted to perfumes. I'm applying and ingesting and inhaling other violet-perfumed products on a regular basis, too. Here's a quick round-up of some favorites.
Lush Daddy-O shampoo (top center image) is anything but a "shrinking violet" —its floral aroma is rich and vibrant, with added notes of ylang ylang and violet leaf to add complexity. The scent will linger in your hair all day. ($9.95-$30.95 at Lush)
For something much quieter, you could try Perfumeria Gal Violet Lip Balm (below right image). It's a slick, slightly glossy balm with a sweet and simple violet fragrance, packaged in a lovely little Art Nouveau-style tin. ($6.50 for 1.5 oz at Kalastyle and Smallflower)
Ever since I first read that Virginie Gautreau, the subject of John Singer Sargent's Madame X, wore a violet-tinted face powder, I've wanted to follow her decadent example. Bésame Brightening Violet Powder (below left image) is much more wearable and discreet than Gautreau's choice of cosmetics, with a light candied-violet scent to match its color. ($22 at Bésame and Sephora)
The first violet-flavored treat I ever tried, back in my college days, was Chowards Violet Mints (bottom image). Their silver-and-white purple foil wrappers still sparkle discreetly at newsstands around New York City, like a confectionary analogue to the classic blue-and-white "Anthora" coffee cup. Basically, Chowards Violet Mints are chalky-sweet little squares of nostalgia. (About $1 at newsstands and drugstores)
If I'm feeling a little fancier, I might open my tin of Les Anis de Flavigny Violette Pastilles (top left image). These candies are sugary little orbs with real anise seeds at their centers; if you ever wore and loved Caron Aimez-Moi, you should try these someday. The container is a nice keepsake (and it holds a few perfume sample vials perfectly). ($4.25 for a 1.75 oz. tin at Smallflower)
If you'd rather drink your violets, Kusmi Violet Tea (not shown) is an elegant option. It's a black tea infused with a sophisticated violet essence that complements the tea's flavor without dominating it. (about $18 for a 4.4 oz. tin at Kusmi Tea)
And let's not forget home fragrance, although violet candles aren't all that easy to find. Diptyque Violette (top right image) is the ultimate, a powdery violet with hints of iris. It's a delicate scent that somehow still fills a room. ($62 for a 6.5-oz. candle at Diptyque and Aedes) And, for something more affordable and casual, The Lucky Honeybee Apothecary Violet Lime Candle (not shown) blends its cool floral note with a crisp green edge. ($10 for a 6-oz. candle at The Lucky Honeybee)
Do you have any favorite violet-fragranced items beyond the realm of perfume? Feel free to share in the comments!