Grassy and floral
Viola odorata may be otherwise known as the common violet, but don’t let that fool you - its effects can be extraordinary. While the leaf absolute is best known for its use in perfumery, its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties make it an ideal addition to skincare products.
Better known for its delicate, sweet-smelling flowers, Viola odorata is cultivated mainly for its leaves. They possess a leafy, herbal fragrance, distinct from that of the flowers, lending to their extensive use in perfumery. This scent has also demonstrated a mild sedative effect, making a sniff before bedtime a wise investment.
Beyond its lovely fragrance, violet leaf absolute possesses some useful benefits for the skin. The leaves are nutrient-rich, being an excellent source of magnesium - which is itself an important component of our body’s metabolic system. They are also full of flavonoids (useful compounds to calm inflammation), and studies have shown them to have significant antibacterial and antifungal properties. These work together to leave the skin soothed and cleansed.