VINTAGE - Caron Violette Precieuse

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Caron Violette Precieuse was originally launched in 1913, created by Ernest Daltroff.  It was re-launched with a different formula in 2006. This is not the current formulation, but it is not the most vintage version of Caron Violette Precieuse either. It is in the bottle with the bumps on it like depicted and formulated like the original.  Notes of violet, violet leaves, orange blossom, iris, lily of the valley, jasmin, raspberry, vetiver, sandalwood and nutmeg.

Mr. Daltroff took his inspiration from Felicie Wanpouille - his muse.  It is a dry violet that turned violet perfumes upside down.  There was this feminine part of it borrowed from the violets, but it just did crazy things as far as strength and attitude, without completely abandoning that shy little flower.  It is amazing.  I didn't hate the new version, but it is very different from this vintage version.  As Marina had noted in her rant about the reformulation "The new Violette Précieuse, released so far exclusively at French Sephora, is the aforementioned woman, let’s say Garbo or Colette, played by a contemporary, D-list, Hollywood actress, in a bio-epic made for TV. She sort of has the right looks, but not for a millisecond is she capable of hypnotizing you into believing that she is who she pretends to be."

Reviews of Caron Violette Precieuse

From Comprehensive Guide to Violet Perfumes -  "Velvet Violet.  Sweet, but not overly so, woody, a little green. Is this the perfect Violet? If not, it’s darn close to it. Amazing perfection, this is how I think of violets, little perfect blossoms that are shy, but seductive and heart-breaking in their beauty. Caron Violette Precieuse is my violet Holy Grail. Dry, dark peppery violet that starts out as Violet Gym socks (as I referred to them back in 2005).  Violette Precieuse is a violet perfume that just doesn’t give a shit what you think of it.  It is what it is, and it makes no apologies.  Tough, a little tender when you draw in closer. It had character,"

From Perfume Smellin' Things - "if it were a woman, it would have been the kind of woman who wears masculine suits, speaks in a husky voice, leads what an average mortal would consider to be an unconventional life and generally does not look or behave, as Adorno and Horkheimer said about Garbo, as if you could say “Hello, Sister!” to her. Luca Turin thought that Violette Precieuse was fit for Colette, and it certainly was. It had the nonchalance, it had the attitude, it had the refinement."

From the Black Narcissus - "Caron Violette Précieuse is like those leaves. It is tender and poetic, with a central note of strange, bitter violet leaf. The flowers are there (and iris, muguet, vetiver), but quiet;  as if cowering in woodland rain.



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Perfume Name Caron Violette Precieuse
Year Introduced 1913
Perfumer Ernest Daltroff 
Gender Unisex
Strength EDT, eau de toilette, vintage
Notes violet, violet leaves, orange blossom, iris, lily of the valley, jasmin, raspberry, vetiver, sandalwood and nutmeg
Country of Origin France

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