The weather has been warm for a total of more than a day here in Wales and we have declared it Spring. Sartorially, Spring is always a problem. You can’t wear sandals with a trench coat but is two cardigans overdoing it? We don’t know. Scent-wise, it’s much easier. Warm weather means break out the citruses (like I needed an excuse).
Still smarting from the disappointment that Miller Harris Le Pamplemousse has been tragically discontinued, I managed to dry my eyes and give a wobbly sniffle when I tried Le Petit Grain. What do you know? In researchiong for this post, I find that Le Petit Grain is discontinued too! You can still buy it, but there won’t be any more by the look of things.
Bah. I’m going to review it anyway.
Petit grain is a bitter green flowery note extracted from the leaves and the unripe twigs of an orange tree. It’s not as sweet as blossom, nor quite as sour as pith, but if you want zingy, stop here and buy one.
Le Petit Grain bowls you over with every citrus it can throw at you. However, this simply gives me my Julie Andrews moment. I want to open the window and sing to the cartoon bluebirds when I wear this. There’s lavender, which offers a lovely clean feel and a nod in the direction of classic gentleman’s cologne. Herby notes include tarragon and rosemary which add a touch of English Country Garden. The base notes are oak moss, vetiver and patchouli, just missing the chypre genre by a whisker. This is sharp, herby and grassy by turns and I love it.
Miller Harris Le Petit Grain is a beautiful scent for summer, spring, or anytime you feel like an inner boost. It feels like therapy to wear it and fills me with optimism. I love it when that happens.