It seemed appropriate to review a Cuban perfume on this day that sees the first US president in 88 years visiting the nation of Cuba. I never thought I'd live to see the presidents of Cuba and the US enjoying a baseball game together.
If you've been to Miami, you've smelled Royal Violets-on everyone, from babies to old ladies. I should say from the outset that "Baby Perfume" isn't a strange concept to me. In the United States, our baby perfume comes in the form of scented baby shampoo, lotion, and powder, but there is a distinctive smell to it that is associated with infant products. Part of the reason Love's Baby Soft did so well was it echoed those products, while still managing a bit of depth. I never used baby perfume on Danny, and his bath products were limited because of eczma, so my experience of "Smells like a baby" is limited to puke, which he covered everything in for the first year of his life. If I could have doused him in Royal Violets, I would have.
The company has an interesting history, which you can read a bit about HERE .
So what does it smell like? Violets. That's about it, to my nose. Some people detect an almond note (I don't) and others smell powder independent of the powdery scent of violets-I don't. I get violets. I've paid a lot more than $3.99 for a single note violet fragrance. The longevity isn't much, but hey, at that price, you can just keep re-applying (it comes in a huge bottle). I have a glass splash bottle, but I've noticed the company now sells Royal Violets in a spray bottle, which I need to get my hands on. Musty cupboard? Car starting to stink? I can think of a million ways to use Royal Violets in a spray bottle.
Longevity is poor, and the silage is rather close to the skin, which makes sense for a baby fragrance.There aren't really notes to speak of beyond violets though if you sniff really hard and use some imagination there *might* be some iris in there-but I wouldn't swear to it.
Royal Violets is widely available in the US (and everywhere in Florida and Texas) and I've heard it turns up at the Family Dollar from time to time. Bottles run anywhere from $3.99-$12.00 depending on size and packaging. You can't really go wrong with this one, if you enjoy a soft violet perfume.
Here's to a happy future and friendship with our neighbours in Cuba.