The first vial I grabbed and dabbed was Viola, a violet soliflore from the Language of Flowers collection. It starts with a green and humid note (presumably the effect of ylang ylang and violet leaf together) tinged with rose, which soon gives way to gentle spices. It starts to become reminiscent of a carnation encased in a glass display, with granules of raw sugar stuck to the condensation on the inside. The touches of spice (that don't seem to be listed in the notes-- clove and nutmeg perhaps?) is the olfactory twine that binds this blend together. Never giving up the floral ghost, Viola slowly morphs into a true powderiness that will undoubtedly have powder fans (like myself) clamoring for more. At this point, it feels more like a violet soliflore in the classical sense, but the natural ingredients and the breathtaking skill employed to blend them takes Viola out of the realm of the dusty Victorian violets of yore and elevates it. This is a modern interpretation, replete with the cool chill of iris and just a hint of sweetness. Like many natural fragrances of quality, Viola is fleeting, but this is a small price to pay for the couple hours of addictive bliss to be gleaned from wearing it. This is exactly the kind of perfume I want to see and smell more of.
notes: orris root, Turkish rose otto, tonka bean, vanilla absolute, violet leaf, ylang ylang extra
I have several more samples from my inaugural Ayala Moriel order that I just received, and I plan on reviewing them soon. This is just the beginning of my relationship with Ayala's perfumes, the first of which struck me dumb, rendering me wordless and very emotional. Now that I've recovered my voice, I definitely plan to use it.
the lovely Ayala Sender
[my sample was purchased by me for my own collection. I highly recommend this Sample Pack where you can choose 6 samples for $40, and they arrive in screw-cap glass vials-- my favorite kind-- 1 full ml each. Ayala also makes chocolate bars and truffles, tea, candles... all sorts of wonderful stuff!]
[photo credit: AyalaMoriel.com]