Violet Leaf Absolute Oil
FOR NATURAL PERFUMERY, IN NATURAL SKIN CARE:
Purifying, soothing, calming, to skin irritations, slight inflammations, redness; toning, firming, to tired, devitalized, toneless skins. In balms for muscles, joints.
IN BODY CARE:
bruises, bumps, muscles and joints, calming balms, and circulatory massage oils. Chest massages.
in relaxation oils and to promote better sleep for massage and diffusions. nervous tensions, headaches, stress, anxiety, sleep difficulties, low moods. Calming, soothing, uplifting.
INCI name: Viola odorata l. leaf absolute
CAS number: 8024-08-6
EXTRACTION METHOD: Organic extraction (Hexane free)
PARTS USED: Leaves
COMMON NAMES: Sweet violet leaf absolute
APPEARANCE: Olive to dark green, viscous liquid. May thicken a lower temperature.
ODOUR NOTE: Very Green, fresh/wet/cool, Cucumber peel and Melon; With honey and soft floral notes. Hint of fresh earthy, dewy moss. Classified in the Green, floral and fresh-moss odour family. Base to middle note.
QUALITY: 100 % pure and natural absolute oil, from organic cultivations. Soluble in alcohol and fixed oil. Insoluble in water.
MAIN AROMATIC /VOLATILE COMPOUND (NATURALLY OCCURING): 9,12-Octadecadienoic acid, nona-2-trans-6-trans-dienal; cis-3-hexenal…
STORAGE CONDITION: Store in a cool, dry, and dark place in your airtight container. Keep away from children and pets.
INFOS AND INTERESTING FACTS
The Violet odorata plant has been used in traditional herbal medicine for centuries, for its overall soothing properties on skin, muscles, or joints and calming benefits on nervous tensions. Fresh or dried violet leaves and flowers were often macerated in tinctures and added to products like creams, lotions, and balms or made into infusions, sirups and wines to soothe inflammations, for various respiratory, congestion, coughs, and sore throat applications. Infusions and decoction where uses to “calm the nerves” and promote sleep.
Our violet absolute comes from the leaves of the sweet violet plant. Its aroma has nothing to do with the sweet powdery violet fresh flowers fragrance one may be accustomed to find in violet flavoured sweets, sugar, and other artificially sweet violet scented products.
Our natural Violet leaf absolute is a unique, wonderful fresh, very green, cool almost watery, cucumber-peel like aromatic absolute, with a light touch of honeyed floral. It is a discreet but long holding and diffusing scent.
Violet leaf absolute is one of the rare natural green notes available to natural perfumers. Perfume creators use a touch of violet leaf to brighten and boost-up a blend and bring about impressions of spring dew or fresh forest floor. Violet leaf is one of the absolutes that help balance, support, and smooth different floral and woody nuances in a composition and blends easily with other essential oils and absolutes. Violet leaf absolute is present as a fragrant ingredient in upmarket natural skin and body care products.
Apart from its uses in the creation of perfumes and in cosmetics, Violet leaf absolute is used in mind calming, comforting, stress/trauma related blends for massages and in mood-lifting diffusing synergies.
To our knowledge at this time, a 100% pure and natural Violet flower absolute has not been produced/commercialized in many decades.
Active Ingredients : Violet leaf absolute oil is derived from the leaves of the Viola odorata plant through solvent extraction. This thick, greenish-brown oil has a unique scent profile that is popular in both aromatherapy and perfumery. Its active ingredients and compounds include:
- Alpha-ionone: A key ingredient in violet leaf absolute oil, alpha-ionone is a naturally occurring aroma compound that imparts a sweet, powdery, and woody fragrance. It has a violet-like aroma that is highly valued in perfumery.
- Beta-ionone: Similar to alpha-ionone, beta-ionone has a sweet, floral scent that adds depth and character to the violet leaf absolute oil. It is also a popular ingredient in perfumery.
- Methyl heptenone: This compound contributes to the green, leafy, and slightly fruity scent of violet leaf absolute oil. It is often used in perfumes to create a fresh and natural fragrance.
- Nonadienal: Nonadienal is responsible for the green, cucumber-like aroma in violet leaf absolute oil. It is used in perfumery to create fresh, clean, and aquatic scents.
- Hexenyl acetate: This ester compound adds a green, fruity, and slightly floral aspect to the aroma of violet leaf absolute oil. It is commonly used in perfumery for its natural, refreshing scent.
- Eugenol: Present in small quantities, eugenol imparts a spicy, clove-like note to the violet leaf absolute oil. It is also known for its potential therapeutic properties, such as anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
In aromatherapy, violet leaf absolute oil is believed to have calming and grounding properties. It is often used to help alleviate stress, anxiety, and emotional imbalances. In perfumery, the oil's unique scent profile makes it a valuable addition to various fragrance blends, particularly in floral, green, and woody compositions.
Violet leaf absolute oil has been used in traditional herbal medicine for centuries. It was historically known for its soothing and calming properties.
- The oil is widely used in the perfume industry due to its unique green, earthy, and slightly sweet aroma.
- Violet leaf absolute oil is known for its skin-soothing properties and is often included in cosmetic products like creams, lotions, and balms.
- The oil has been used in aromatherapy to help alleviate stress, anxiety, and nervous tension.
- The violet plant has been a symbol of love, humility, and modesty in various cultures throughout history.
- In ancient Greece, violet flowers were used to make a popular wine called "Rhoeadine."
- Violet leaves contain salicylic acid, which is a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory agent.
- Apart from its soothing properties, violet leaf absolute oil is also believed to have mild expectorant and decongestant properties, making it potentially helpful for respiratory issues.
- The violet flower is edible and has been used in culinary dishes as a garnish, in salads, and to make syrups and jellies.
Violet leaves (fresh, dried):
- Fresh leaves are consumed as food in salads.
- Dried leaves for herbal teas
- In syrups for cough, congestions, and sore throats.
- In poultices, balms and cataplasms for swelling, skin irritations and redness.
Violet leaf absolute:
- In uplifting, grounding, calming blends for diffusions
- In nervous tensions blends for diffusions or massages (headaches, stiff muscles from nervous tensions…)
- In diffusion blends to promote sleep.
- In muscular or skin inflammations soothing creams and massage oils (bruises, swellings...)
- In chest rubs creams and oils.
- In circulatory massage oils and detox oils, to help with poor circulation, fluid retention, in cellulite massages, for heavy legs, varicose veins, oedema, swellings and bruises.
- In serum and creams, in support of dry, itchy, damaged, sensitive skins and skin irritations from various dermatitis.
- In nipples balms and ointments to help soothe cracked and sore nipples, applied in-between feeding sessions.
- In mature skin care, to tone skins and tighten pores.
- In cosmetics, to revitalize tired skins and complexions.
- In Natural perfumery
- As a natural fragrance ingredient in luxury skincare products
Skin-soothing properties: Violet leaf absolute oil is known for its soothing effects on the skin. It may help with inflammation, redness, and irritation, making it suitable for use in cosmetic products like creams, lotions, and balms.
Aromatherapy: The oil's calming and relaxing aroma makes it a popular choice in aromatherapy to help reduce stress, anxiety, and nervous tension. It may also help promote a sense of well-being and balance emotions.
Anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties: Violet leaves contain salicylic acid, which is a natural anti-inflammatory agent and pain reliever. This may make the oil beneficial for addressing minor aches, pains, and inflammation.
Respiratory support: Violet leaf absolute oil has been traditionally used to help with respiratory issues due to its mild expectorant and decongestant properties. It may help alleviate symptoms related to congestion and coughs.
Perfumery: Due to its unique green, leafy, earthy, and slightly sweet aroma with floral undertones, violet leaf absolute oil is highly valued in the perfume industry. It is often used as a middle note in various fragrances to add depth and complexity.
Skin health: The oil is believed to have antioxidant properties, which may help protect the skin from environmental stressors and promote overall skin health.
Sleep and relaxation: Violet leaf absolute oil's calming properties may help improve sleep quality and promote relaxation when used in a diffuser or applied topically with a carrier oil before bedtime.
Antimicrobial activity: Some studies suggest that violet leaf absolute oil may have mild antimicrobial properties, which could potentially be helpful in addressing minor skin infections or irritations.
It is important to note that while these benefits have been reported anecdotally or through traditional uses, more scientific research is needed to support some of the claims. As with any essential oil, it is crucial to use violet leaf absolute oil responsibly, dilute it with a carrier oil for topical applications, and consult with a healthcare professional or certified aromatherapist before using it for therapeutic purposes.
TRADITIONAL CHEST RUB:
In a 10 ml amber bottle add: 2 drops Eucalyptus citriodora, 1 drop red thyme, 1 drop violet leaf absolute. Fill with Macadamia or Jojoba oil. Close, shake, label and use to massage upper chest and back, and around throat area.
HEAD-EASE OIL (TENSION HEADACHE):
In a clean, 5 ml amber bottle (or roller-bottle) add: 20 drops Nutmeg, 20 drops peppermint,10 drops Basilic, 10 drops Lavender, 1 drop Violet leaf absolute. Fill with St john’s wort macerated oil (about 40 drops). Close, shake, label. Apply 1-2 drops on your temples or with a roller bottle. Massage gently. Alternatively apply to your wrist and inhale slowly.
NECK TENSIONS OIL:
In a 10 ml amber bottle add: 2 drops Mandarin, 1 drop Peppermint, 1 drop Lavender 1 drop Clary sage and 1 drop Violet absolute. Fill with Jojoba or Macadamia oil. Close, shake, label. Put 2 drops on the back of your neck and massage your neck and shoulder muscles gently.
SOOTHE, REVIVE, AND TONE FACIAL MASK
In a clean porcelain or glass bowl: add 2 tbsp of skin calming pink clay. To it, add: 3 drops of Carrot Root Carrier oil (concentrated) and 33 drops of Rosehip oil; Mix well with a wooden spoon. Then add: 3 drops Carotte Seed essential oil, 2 drops Violet leaf absolute and 8 drops of Mandarin essential oil. Again, mix well, then add some water or better still some Rose geranium or rose damask hydrosol, to create a spreadable paste (1 tbsp). Clean your face and apply in a thick layer, avoiding the eye area and leave on for 15 minutes, or before your mask to becomes dry. Remove with a warm damp cloth and complete the removal with the hydrosol of your choice.
RELAXED ATMOSPHERE (WINDING DOWN TIME) DIFFUSION BLEND
In a 5 ml glass bottle add: 20 drops Orange, 20 drops Bergamot, 20 drops Mandarin, 20 drops Rose Geranium, 10 drops Clary sage, 2 drops Violet absolute and 1 drop Vetiver. Close, shake, label. Use a few drops in your diffuser, when needed to create a relaxed night-time atmosphere. Store your bottle away from children and pets after use.
ZESTY GREEN BODY OIL OR PERFUME
In a 50ml glass bottle add: 2 drops Rose geranium, 2 drops Orange, 2 drops Bergamot, 1drop Neroli, 1 drop Coriander leaf, 1drop Jasmine absolute and 1 drop Violet leaf absolute. Top up with a carrier oil (1 or more) of your choice to make a body oil, or with a Perfume base to make a Perfume. Close, shake label, date, and leave to mature (A few days with oils, 6 months with perfume base). Apply a few drops or spray on your pulse points.
Like all absolutes Violet leaf absolute is used sparingly and at very low concentrations.
The aroma in your bottle is very concentrated and you may not assess its true complexity by just getting a “whiff” from the bottle, on reception. We recommend smelling 1 drop of your absolute on a piece of paper. Come back to smell it from time to time during the follow hours and days, to get an idea of how the aroma evolves and diffuses, its strength and hold, etc…
For skin contact applications, always dilute in an appropriate carrier.
Less than 1% in your final preparations is enough to produce a noticeable aroma (1% is 2 drops per 10 ml/ 2 teaspoons of base of your choice; or 10 drops per 50ml carrier)
For ease of use and dosage, but also to reveal the true nature of the aroma, you may choose to create a “concentrate” (See below Perfume), rather than using the pure absolute neat and directly, in your creations. That is dilute a few drops of this pure absolute when you receive it, in a perfumer’s base or in carrier oil (according to your end use or preferences).
You then add a few drops of your concentrate, at the safe dosage mentioned below for the applications you have in mind.
Note that natural and pure absolutes do not dissolve in water or water-based products.
In perfumery, Violet absolute is used of course for its very unique green aroma. This absolute is also considered a very good “Nuanceur”, meaning that it has the capacity to bridge smoothly and blend seamlessly the different tonality in an accord, and also to enhance to the dominant aromas in floral, citrus, or herbal accords.
This is a pure, very concentrated, undiluted absolute. Only a very few drops (or low concentrations) are needed to achieve the most beautiful results.
To create a concentrate:
IFRA recommendation is: 2% dilution MAX in the fragrance concentrate = Dilution in a perfumer’s base or a carrier oil (Jojoba, Fractionated Coconut Oil), depending on your preferences and end uses.
That is up to 4 drops of absolute per 10ml perfumer’s base/ neutral carrier oil. You can start with lower concentrations and adjust to your liking -do not exceed the recommended concentrations-to express all the layers and subtilities of this absolute.
In a clean, dark glass bottle add the number of drops to your preferred base, close, shake and label. Let infuse and keep your vial in a dark, cool place until needed. Use your pre-dilution, a few drops at a time, as it will still be very concentrated and intense.
For Other skin applications
- Massages & body care
- For Body uses (oils, creams…) 1 to 2 drops MAX of pre-diluted absolute per 10 ml carrier oil (0.5 to 1 % MAX concentration)
- For soothing, purifying, and firming face care and to add a fresh floral note to your creams, face serums, masks: use 1 to 2 drops MAX of pre-diluted absolute per 10 ml carrier or base (0.5 to 1 % concentration)
- Hair care (rinsing) use 2 to 6 drops MAX of pre-diluted absolute per 10 ml carrier or base essential oil for 10 ml carrier or base (1 to 2 % concentration)
- In Ultrasonic Diffusers synergies and blends, use 10 min 3 times a day.
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Violet leaf absolute oil can be used in various ways to take advantage of its unique properties and benefits. When using essential oils, it's crucial to use them safely and responsibly. Here are some instructions for using violet leaf absolute oil:
- Aromatherapy: Add a few drops of violet leaf absolute oil to a diffuser or oil burner to create a calming atmosphere, promote relaxation, and reduce stress. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of the oil to a warm bath to enjoy its soothing effects.
- Topical application: Always dilute violet leaf absolute oil with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, or coconut oil) before applying it to your skin. A general guideline is to use 1-2% dilution, which translates to about 6-12 drops of essential oil per 1 oz (30 ml) of carrier oil. Once diluted, you can use the blend for massages or apply it to specific areas of the body to address minor aches, pains, or skin irritations.
- Skincare: Add a few drops of the diluted oil to your regular creams, lotions, or balms to take advantage of its skin-soothing properties. You can also create a custom blend by mixing the diluted oil with other essential oils that are beneficial for your skin type.
- Perfume: Use violet leaf absolute oil as a natural perfume by diluting it with a carrier oil and applying it to pulse points, such as the wrists, behind the ears, or the neck. You can also blend it with other essential oils to create your unique signature scent.
- Inhalation: To help with respiratory issues, place a few drops of the diluted oil on a tissue or cotton ball and inhale the aroma. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of the oil to a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel, and inhale the steam.
It's essential to perform a patch test before using any essential oil topically to ensure there is no allergic reaction.
Additionally, pregnant or breastfeeding women, children, and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions should consult with a healthcare professional or certified aromatherapist before using essential oils for therapeutic purposes.
Always store essential oils in a cool, dark place, and out of reach of children and pets.
Try to dilute violet absolute in naturally floral scented carrier oils and macerated oils, like camelia (green tea), calendula…
- In floral and woody blends like: Anise seed, Bergamot, Blackcurrant Buds, Mimosa, Rose, Jasmine, Gardenia, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Neroli, Vanilla, Ambrette, Benzoin, Cedar Wood, Sandalwood.
- In citrus and woody blends with: Grapefruit, Bergamot, Orange, Nutmeg, Rose Geranium, Jasmine, Black pepper, Frankincense, Mimosa, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedar Wood, Labdanum, Benzoin, Vetiver.
- with rose for a classy, classic effect.
- To bridge citrus (Orange) with herbal/spices (Mint, Ginger) and woody (Cedarwood, Vetiver, etc).
- With herbal: Basil, Clary Sage, Tarragon.
- All the oils from the floral family: Lilly of The Valley, White Lilly, Frangipani, Jasmine, Lotus, Lavender, Ylang-Ylang, Rose, Rose Geranium.
- All The oils from the citrus family: Neroli, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit. Mandarin….
- Oils from the spice family
- Woody oils: Ambrette, Benzoin, Sandalwood.
Remember that when blending essential oils, it's important to consider their individual properties, scent profiles, and the desired effect of the blend.
Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin, and perform a patch test to ensure that there is no allergic reaction. Additionally, consult with a certified aromatherapist or healthcare professional before using essential oil blends for therapeutic purposes.
Do not use during the first 3 months of pregnancy / breastfeeding
Keep out of reach of children and pets.
As a general rule, always perform a skin patch test before using your essential oils for the first time.
DO NOT USE UNDILUTED and seek medical and specialist advise when in doubt