Notes: Cedar, violet leaves, violet flowers
Pros: Finally, a violet scent that is neither candy-sweet nor ultra-feminine.
Cons: Uh-oh, there's that pesky Lutens cedar note again...comes across as almost camphorous.
Longevity and Sillage: Surprisingly this one stays subtle on my skin. Not quite the sillage I would hope for.
Where can I buy it? Good question...as of now, you'll have to contact Salons de Shiseido in Paris for further exploration. 100 Euros for a 75ml splash in glass bell bottle.
Reminds me of: Feminite du Bois, the discontinued early holy grail of violet scents by you guessed it, Shiseido. Can we say "dead ringer"?
Bottleworthy? Perfect if you're looking for a Feminite du Bois smell-alike, but I'll pass.
The Bottom Line: A simple, straightforward composition. Pricey but sumptuous. Personally, I prefer L'Artisan Verte Violette, softer, greener, and without the odd cedar note. I don't know why, it's that same note in Cedre and Bois Oriental that for some reason just bothers me.
Rating (out of 10): 6
Any other off the beaten path violet scents that you can recommend?