Friday, 21 September 2012

Miller Harris Noix de Tubéreuse Eau de Parfum (review)

Miller Harris, founded by perfumer extraordinaire Lyn Harris in 2000, is a London-based luxury fragrance house that creates exclusive, expensive perfumes, candles, skincare products and bountiful other luxuries. I was sent a small sample of her 2003 Noix de Tubéreuse eau de parfum to try and I've been wearing it for a few days now. A little goes a long way, so a full-size bottle should last you a fair while.

Miller Harris Noix de Tubéreuse Eau de Parfum

It's a strong, stand-out oriental perfume which Miller Harris describe as “powerful and expansive”. It features as it's main ingredient – you guessed it – tuberose, supported by top notes of clover, mimosa, and violet and base notes of tonka bean, orris and amber. Not unexpectedly, the tuberose dominates here, but you can still smell the warm base notes, particularly, I think, amber which stays on my skin for some time after application. The top notes are, however, very fleeting, I get a quick whiff of powdery violet, which seems very old-school to me, but that note is nowhere near as strong as found in Flower by Kenzo Essentielle, for example, which is like inhaling a packet of Parma Violets!

Tuberose © 2011 Pkgmohan
If ever a perfume could be accused of being cloying, it's Noix de Tubéreuse. With this in mind I'd recommend it for the colder months, unless you don't worry about such rules. It feels like you're wrapped up in a veil of fragrance whenever you wear it, like you're putting on a heavily fragranced cashmere jumper, and this in itself might put people off. Fresh, it is not. As previously mentioned, there's an old-school or classic vibe to this fragrance, and not just in it's make-up. I find with a lot of older perfumes that the best notes reveal themselves after a while on my skin, and this is true for Noix de Tubéreuse, too. The bold, no-compromise top and heart notes found here aren't what you usually find in modern perfumes, which are subtler (read: weaker), but if you like the sound of the ingredients then try to stick it out as you'll find it develops into a rather nice fragrance. It's got an earthier smell to it which is more unusual these days, and it's not overly feminine, so it's ideal for those who don't like sweet, girly perfumes.

I had to go into Liberty to assess the bottle as my sample came in a little vial! It's a simple, square shape, enhanced with some pretty floral patterns inscribed in black ink with a complementing black lid. Sometimes less is more, and this bottle is the perfect example of that. It has a solid, chunky feel to it and weighs a tonne! (Partly down to the fact I was handling the 100 ml size, no doubt.) The yellow coloured liquid looks great – and suitably expensive – and is reminiscent of liquid amber. The box it comes in is bright pink bordered with black, with that same flowery embellishment.

You can go all out and get the complete tuberose range if you really love it. EDP in 50 and 100 ml sizes, body cream, and two different sized scented candles made with natural waxes (always desirable) are all available, plus a gift set which would make a lovely Christmas present for the right person. It's not a cheap range, though, and there are no small sizes of perfume available, so test, retest and test again to make sure you can live with the scent.

Very long lasting
Takes a while to develop properly
Classic and glamorous
A bit old-fashioned
Different from the norm
Not cheap


Brand: Miller Harris


Size: 50 ml
Price: £62.00 (£124.00/100 ml)

Size: 100 ml
Price: £90.00 (£90.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat, Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Disopropyl Adipate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Benzyl Alcohol, Farnesol, Amyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Amylcinnamyl Alcohol

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