Mona di Orio was a very talented perfumer who died tragically at the age of 41 in 2011 from post-surgical complications, and Violette Fumée was her last creation. It was originally made as a personal, private gift to her business partner and the company’s co-founder, Jeroen Oude Sogtoen, based on his favorite notes.
Something like Rochas Man or Gucci Envy in terms of compliment potential.
However depending strictly on personal tastes, considering the powerhouses and classics even more laden on confidence and romance.
Layton. The more I wear it, the more impressed I am by it. It's an amazing fragrance that is not only well loved by just about every woman I've been with, but it's also a genuinely pleasant fragrance in its own right. I definitely think it suffers with batch variation/maybe reformulation as well, but the spite this fragrance receives from so many people online is as good as cast iron confirmation to me that a lot of fragcomm is a net negative, and that so much of the chatter around fragrance is spite towards all manner of things (including exceptionalism, but also the simple enjoyment of wearing pleasing fragrances). The discord between what I smell and what results from that in reality, and how it is often discussed online, is huge. What a fragrance. Honestly, I can't believe it isn't more hyped up, particularly by men in their 30s and 40s. It's like everything good about a certain kind of masculine fragrance in the 90s and 00s.
Know the person you’re trying to romance, smell good, and don’t wear anything that’s going to distract from the words you’re saying to express your adoration, appreciation, and gratefulness for their very existence.