Recently I spent the evening in one of my favourite places – the Miller Harris store in Bruton Street. The We Are Thirty Plus collective were invited to the launch of their latest Editions Fragrance Vetiver Insolent.
Earlier this month I was there purchase a fragrance for my sister also from the Editions collection called Rose Silence. My bottle of Tangerine Vert finished earlier this week and there is going to be more Miller Harris on the blog as I have two more posts coming up over the coming months. One is my wishlist, which for a brand that has twenty one fragrances is pretty long. The other is about how Lyn Harris, English nose, that trained in France has got me wearing oudh.
The Editions collection is special for Miller Harris. It started last year with three fragrances, Tea Tonique, L’Eau Magnetic, and Rose Silence (the one I bought for my sister) is a range created by male nose Mathieu Nardin. The newest edition is Veviter Insolent and there are two more coming in the next six months (hurrah). The Editions collection is said to ‘bring perfume into the unexpected moments in your life’
Vetiver Insolent uses Hatian vetiver oil and bergamot which is a classic fragrance pairing. Black pepper and cardamom add spice without being overpowering. Elemi amber tonka bean and moss amplify the woodiness and aromatic element with lavender and iris.
The temperature of this fragrance is quite neutral, for me it is neither hot nor cold. On first spritz, it’s peppery and quite green. The bergamot is not fizzy nor tart it provides a cleanliness, the spiciness kicks in after about fifteen to twenty minutes but it is not food spice, it is sexy spice. On me, this fragrance is not insolent, rather it is assertive, with a mischievous glint in the eye.
I really like how this fragrance smells on me, it is quite a departure from my neroli / citrus leaning but it retains an element of green and stays quite clean on my skin. I LOVE how it smells the Mr in a ahem post watershed kind of way. His skin brings out much amber and tonka bean when it dries down and the spice element seems to be amplified. It also seems to last longer on his skin than mine. The bottle is engraved with my name however, so it resides on my side of the perfume drawer!
If you already know vetiver and are looking for another interpretation, this is a good one – but if you are new to the note this is a good place to start.
Vetiver Insolent is launching on April 7th and will be available from Miller Harris and other authorised stockists prices start from £65