Miller Harris Coeur de Jardin is part of the Le Jardin D’Enfance range. The capsule collection of three fragrances captures the gardens of our childhoods and uses such ingredients as orchard fruits, notably pear, and flowers native to the English garden. You may recall my earlier review of Cassis en Feuille on this blog.
Coeur de Jardin is delightfully fresh and pure smelling- there are delicate flower petals in abundance (jasmine, rose and tuberose) and a steady background of nursery rhyme pears. Coupled with citrus notes it is as light as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing. But wait- hang on- hang a banger… this pretty miasma segues, like daylight into gloaming, into an ambery tinged warm finish that seems to encompass the flowers, the fruit, and a hint of darker woods all in one. It reminds me of a fairy tale with an optimistic start, a delightful happy middle and a darker ending. In the base there is sober orris, warm amber, and sexy musk, making this an interesting juxtaposition.
However, the sweetness of the pear stops this from being too heavy a hitter and I rate it as the perfect scent for that special time of year when summer’s on the turn. There is a freshness about this- like herbal or citrus shampoo, then those flower petals drape themselves everywhere, followed by those lovely warm base notes with hints of moss. This is everything you want from a perfume. This one kept me sniffing all day. Marvellous.
One little note of warning though- if you turn your nose up at pear this probably isn’t for you as it has a cameo in every scene.