I don’t know what the story was on Miller Harris. They were in Saks for a while (indeed Fleurs de Sel was originally a Saks exclusive) then they were also in Bloomingdales and then they were gone. As much as it thrilled me to get a bottle of L’Air de Rien for $35.00 on sale, I still missed that delightfully salty, wholly wonderful Fleurs de Sel. Yes, I suppose I could order from England, but my shall we say reduced circumstances and shipping and that whole exchange rate thing kindsa put the kibosh on that.
For the time being anyway.
Luckily, Surrender to Chance has it, so I was able to get a decent decant of it and remind myself how good it is. If you’ve been a tonstant weader of my little scribblings, you know that words like “beachy”, “aquatic” or “salty” are like garlic to a vampire for me. Usually. Somehow Fleurs de Sel has some of these elements (certainly the aquatic and majorly on the salty) in spades, but rather than making me want to run to the sink with a scrub brush and some Bon Ami, every time I wear it I just want to bury my nose in my chest and go “ahhh”
Yes, that’s possible. Not pretty, but possible.
I’m not quite sure whether it’s the clary sage and rosemary in the opening or the leather, oak moss and cedar in the heart, but this scent really does something magical: it makes you smell something salty and something that evokes slightly earthy standing water without being screechy (or worse, getting that dead, defiled mobster under the pier thing that makes Etat Libre’s Secretions Magnifique something that goes on me from Bon Ami to contemplating amputation..)
Actually there are several scents in the Miller Harris line that I really enjoyed in addition to the two previously mentioned. Tangerine Vert and Geranium Bourbon are two that pop to mind; sadly the latter seems to have disappeared from their website, much like Miller Harris has disappeared from our shores.
I think it’s time for a revival, if not a revolt. Hey Barney’s: we want our Miller Harris!
Are there disappointed Miller Harris fans out there reading this? Let us know in the comments.
Notes (from millerharris.com):
Top- Red Thyme Oil, Rosemary, Clary sage, Angelica
Heart- Irone, Narcisse poeticus, Rose,
Base- Cedar wood, Patchouli, Oak moss, Leather, Vetiver