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The Nose 19 December, 2004

Posted by monopod in Him, Self-Absorption.

These are Him’s verdicts on the Miller Harris scent samples I collected today (I’ve paraphrased).

Fleur Oriental

Miller Harris: A classic reinvention of the Oriental perfume family, its lasting power comes from amber, vanilla and musk, lightened and animated by fresh orange flower, heliotrope, spicy carnation and Turkish rose.

Him: Spice. Baby powder.

Feuilles de Tabac

Miller Harris: Complex Cuban cascarilla oil and pimento berries contrast with a cooling heart of pine needles and velvet sage. With its base of tonka bean, tobacco and Malay patchouli, Feuilles de Tabac may seem profoundly masculine, but its haunting, addictive quality makes it a sensuous choice for both men and women.

Him: Smells like what over-30 ladies who put too much perfume on usually wear. Men’s cologne. (Spot the incongruity there)

Coeur de Fleur

Miller Harris: Coeur de Fleur is a day perfume from the Floral family. A base of Florentine iris, amber and Madagascan vanilla supports a heart of sweet pea, mimosa, Egyptian jasmin, raspberry and peach to make a warm, but intensely feminine impression.

Him: Cool Water.

Figue Amere

Miller Harris: Figue Amere was inspired by the bitter green figs of Ibiza, a curious contrast of fleshy fruit and astringent salt. Top notes of bergamot and mandarin contrast with a heart of narcissus poeticus, rose and green violet leaves on a heady base of cedar, amber and seamoss.

Him: Ink.

He’s right though, you know. Mostly. (I don’t think Coeur de Fleur smells anything like Cool Water.) So I have now narrowed down my choices to smelling like a pungent over-30 men’s cologne wearer and smelling like ink.

Seriously though, I suspect most perfumery (akin to much of wine-tasting) is a study in how much flowery (pun intended) language one can fit into a paragraph. Either that or Him and I just have sadly uncultured, one-note noses.



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