Sometimes you fall in love with the idea of something, and more often than not, reality fails to live up to expectations. This was the case when I sampled Histoire de Parfums Blanc Violette. A white, powdery violet with notes of …um, well, VIOLET, and bergamot, iris, ylang ylang, vanilla, musk, star anise, sandalwood, and…face powder?. That last one is a first for me. But I was picturing something drier, not as sweet, but very similar to Caron's Aimez Moi. Blanc violette is nothing at all like Aimez Moi. It frankly has no business being called a violet at all. It smells exclusively of face powder, if you can imagine what face powder would smell like. It's dusty, almost soapy, and rather harsh on the nostrils. As it dries down, it smells like a poorly done tea rose. Where is the tropical ylang ylang? The exotic star anise? Where is the bloody VIOLET, for heaven's sake? Oh, the sting of disappointment.
Blanc violette costs $185 and comes in a huge 4 oz bottle. I shudder to think of how long that would last. You can find it at shopmiomia.com or buy samples at the Perfumed Court.