An old base from Firmenich.
It was created in the 30’s, although it was possible to compose such accords back in the first decade of the 20th Century —heliotropine was first synthetised in 1869, ionones in the 1890’s, methyl heptine/octine carbonate in 1900.
This is the very classical accord of violet, not quite reminiscent of the flower though. An elegant, powerful and longlasting violet, reminiscent of violet leaf absolute (that was possibly meant to replace).
I like to think that this very base shaped consumers for almost a century. This base is the archetype of perfumers’ violet —in fine fragrances and functional products as well. True-to-nature accords are easy to make —using p-cresyl derivatives, indol and ionones as a foundation— but unpleasant to the general customer.
Green, sweet, powdery, slighlty jasmine-like. You can have a beautiful example of such violet in Paris (Yves Saint Laurent), where I definitely smell this very accord (I cannot prove that Parmantheme was used though).
In Parmantheme I smell nonadienal and/or nonadienol as a powerful topnote: a green, cucumber-like, wet, oily note. This perception seems to be confirmed by S. Arctander in his monography on Nonadienal.
The base is founded on the main accord: methyl heptine/octine carbonate – ionones (an heavy dose!) – heliotropine – powdery musks. Some additional notes might be jasmin or rose.
A simple and beautiful composition that glorifies the green, violet leaf-like, extremely powerful methyl heptine/octine carbonate, quite difficult to use alone (and nearly banned by today’s IFRA standards).
I think that today Parmantheme features some methyl heptine/octine carbonate replacer.