My first ever experience with Miller Harris was but a few weeks ago when I sampled Fleurs de Sel and reviewed it for my good readers. Today I have in my hands a sample of La Pluie (The Rain). With a name like that, who could resist?
I was initially apprehensive, since I was afraid of coming across an ozonic aquatic mess, but I should know better. This is Miller Harris after all.
I was pleasantly surprised as I went about my day with La Pluie radiating off my skin with a lovely subtlety. There is soft background Lavendar, a bowl of oranges somewhere and some lovely Bergamot The initial burst of scent reminds me a little of the smell in a brand new office: all paper and new leather, but with a window open. There is definite Heliotrope, which is maybe why this reminded me of Apres L’Ondee. They’re not the same, but I suspect Apres L’Ondee fans would find something to admire here. Just when you think you’re smelling the pages of your brand new book (I love that smell!), the flowers start emerging, almost one by one. It’s like having a vase of Jasmine and White Flowers behind you and not noticing until the smell finally becomes too delightful not to turn round and see them properly.
When all that has calmed down, there is a smell of grass or wheat, almost like the scent of an Italian kitchen at rest. In the end the story is all about Vetiver, Wheat, Herbs (although not listed) and a teeny bit of Vanilla Bourbon to sweeten the dryness.
La Pluie smells clean and ripe, just like it’s name. More than that though, it changes as you wear it and in my mind’s eye it kind of tells the story of a day. From getting caught in the rain, to coming into the hall where there are flowers, and then entering a warm, dormant kitchen ready for your evening. Some call it Tropical. I call it a classic British Rainy Day. Rather beautiful and comforting.
I would happily buy this and spend all day sniffing the different stages, like Violet Beauregarde working her way through her three course gobstopper: “Hey it’s Tomato Soup, Mmm lovely, now it’s Roast Beef, oh wait a minute, its changing again…”
Well played Miller Harris, you have my eternal admiration.