Sick of designer perfumes? Try this niche Brit brand instead.
As we become more discerning about what we spritz on, niche perfumery is slowly taking over from the typical department store fragrances as these tend to be more interesting and nuanced. With that in mind, here is why any perfume lover should know about Miller Harris...
This English fragrance house was set up by perfumer Lyn Harris in 2000. She soon became the beauty editors favourite with her earthy, nuanced and decidedly British concoctions - echoing her love of natural ingredients. Although Harris is no longer at the helm, Miller Harris still continue to hit it out of the ballpark - especially with their latest duo 'Tender' and "Scherzo," both inspired by a passage of text from F.Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night:
[…She walked on, between kaleidoscopic peonies massed in pink clouds, black and brown tulips and fragile mauve stemmed roses, transparent like sugar flowers in a confectioner’s window – until, as if the scherzo of colour could reach no further intensity, it broke off suddenly in mid-air.]
If you’re planning on splashing out on a signature scent, we suggest heading down to their boutique on Covent Garden Market. (Unit 16 The Market Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RB)
The Miller Harris fragrances we love …
As mentioned above, it’s inspired by a great work of American literature and smells just as extraordinary. Created by famous ‘nose’ Bertrand Duchaufour it packs an evocative punch with dark blackcurrant undercut and a fresh bite of citrus, with a rich base of cedar, sandalwood and patchouli. Honestly, we get comments on this whenever we wear it. (£120 for 50ml, launches this month.)
L’Air de Rien
Inspired by 60s screen goddess and singer Jane Birkin, this is a gorgeous smoky affair, inspired by old books, leather armchairs and tobacco leaves. Perfect for the colder months, you’ll want to wrap yourself in it like a mohair knitted scarf. It’s incredibly sexy as well, making it perfect date night fodder. (£105 for 100ml)
A fragrant homage to the humble cuppa, it’s designed to pep you up in the same way. With notes of black tea and iced jasmine tea, with a tangy hit of bergamot and smoky birch wood, it’s delicately complex and perfect if you’re after a different kind of fragrance to your typical floral fare.