Creating a good grapefruit scent that doesn’t end up cardboard-y or smelling a bit sour is tough. In my opinion, even Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune didn’t quite pull it off ( see my earlier review on this blog), and Guerlain only lets geniuses work on their stuff (genii?)
Miller Harris kindly sent me a sample of Le Pamplemousse to try, and as always when I am sent something free, it is on the understanding that I don’t have to either like it or fake delight. Luckily, in this case, I am gushing like a girl with a crush. Le Pamplemousse feels like a tall drink of water on a hot day. It’s like a thirst quenching mirage in a desert.
It opens, naturally, with grapefruit, but the top notes are actually melon, rhubarb and grapefruit. In case you’re worried this would smell like a fruit salad, don’t be. It smells like the best shower you ever had in the poshest hotel you ever stayed in. The melon simply isn’t there (phew! I’m not a melon fan), and I’m not even sure the rhubarb is, although rhubarb can work in summery scents. It’s fresh and zingy and if Vitamin C had a smell it would be this.
In case I didn’t love it enough, there’s even a dab of my beloved oakmoss in it to keep me faithful for life. Where this outshines Guerlain Pamplelune though is that the basenote stays fresh and light and pretty and doesn’t end up smelling like dried up orange rind (Pamplelune is guilty of this although it smelled very good the day I reviewed it. It’s as if it knew it had an exam)
For a scent as hesperide-y as this one, lasting power is good at over five hours a spray. Maybe it’s the clingy green oakmoss. Maybe it’s the pretty Orange Blossom. Maybe it’s the herbs, giving this a resonant botanical tang.
Whatever it is, this is the best grapefruit fragrance I have ever smelled, bar none. In this weather, to which me and my freckles are not accustomed, we should get this on prescription. Feel good factor- off the scale.
EDIT- Since this review, le Pamplelousse has sadly been discontinued. You can find it at TK Maxx and on eBay. Shame!