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Miller Harris Le Petit Grain: Welcome Spring!

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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).

lepg sampleStill 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.

Photo by Brambleberry.com
Photo by Brambleberry.com

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.

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Miller Harris Le Petit Grain is available from Amazon UK and escentual.com and TK Maxx if you’re lucky.   My sample is from my own collection and opinions are my own.

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Annick Goutal Les Colognes: Neroli

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I’m not generally a fan of Orange Blossom.  There’s something honey like , or not orangey enough that puts me off.  It has been used so often in perfume but I often turn my nose up if I smell it yet again.  I love bitter, sour oranges in scent and I like white flowers, but I’m just not keen on Orange Blossom.  However, here comes the Annick Goutal Les Colognes range to turn that on its head, and its all down to my old friend petit grain.

photo by fragrantica
photo by fragrantica

Petit grain keeps greens green.  It makes colognes more cologne-y and keeps hesperides light and green.  It’s basically another name for orange leaf, but I don’t mind it the way I mind Orange Blossom since it’s all about the greenness, and not about the honey.

There are three notes to Annick Goutal Les Colognes Neroli: Orange Blossom, Neroli and Petit Grain.  That’s it.  But that’s all it needs.  This is simple and light and doesn’t promise the earth and all that grows on it.  However I will confess that even after some research I am still confused about whether Neroli and Orange Blossom are brother and sister or identical twins, there’s little to choose between them.

Longevity isn’t bad: I could still clearly smell this four hours later without having my wrist against my nose.  It feels clean and revitalizing to wear, like putting on a cool white cotton shirt in the heat.

 

This is enormously uplifting when you first apply it: as refreshing as throwing open a window on a muggy day. It’s not widely available, but you can buy it if you know where to look i.e online.  I would like to thank friend of the blog meganinstmaxime for very kindly donating me some sample that I would not otherwise have tried.  Thank you Megan!