To me, Orientals are meant for evening wear. To wear one in the day would be like wearing black velvet to the office. Or so I thought before wearing Miller Harris Fleur Oriental. This beautifully made fragrance most definitely qualifies as Oriental, but is light and pretty enough for day wear, and wouldn’t kill anyone if you shared a small elevator first thing in the morning.
Fleur Oriental is spicy at first. The Carnations make their presence felt among the feminine Roses, but it quickly dries down into a powdery Chypre. The Roses, Musk, and Carnation Spice really burst through and the middle stage lasts for about six hours. The Amber is not strident, just enough to squeeze this into the Oriental category. After that, the whole thing goes into an oriental-lite, with a soft and pretty powdery stage that remains for the rest of the day. I didn’t get any Vanilla as promised, but the Orange Blossom came and went, like a guest passing through.
The latter stages reminded me of the now discontinued Timeless by Avon. Timeless is an Oriental Chypre, powdery and light enough for daytime wear. To compare a Miller Harris to an Avon scent is by no means an insult to Miller Harris-Timeless was remarkable. It is, however, a huge compliment to Avon and their perfumes past.
I tried Fleur Oriental on this morning, and it is still there now, giving it lasting power of around twelve hours. At £65 for 50ml, I consider this good value if you were investing in a full bottle. I’ve certainly seen High Street perfumes in the same price bracket that lack the class and the lasting power of Fleur Oriental.
Another triumph from the ever reliable Miller Harris.