On a morning such as this, bright, chilled, Spring’s promise still tightly packed up as if in an ice cube just out of the freezer, ready to plop into a long, bright glass of citrus cordial, this is the scent to sum it up. Miller Harris Le Pamplemousse is the newest addition to the British perfumer, Lyn Harris’s repertoire.
Grapefruit is its first flush and is rich and juicy, as if you’ve squeezed a Californian pink grapefruit to its limit, zest too. It’s the most fabulous morning tonic, which can’t help but radiate morning-time in early Spring. The inspiration behind the scent was Marrakesh and the gardens at La Palmerale, where there are grapefruit trees.
Harris has blended grapefruit with rhubarb and green melon, which give way to orange flowers, clary sage and rosemary. As the scent develops you get vetiver, moss and the woodiness of cedar. It’s lovely, and would work on both men and women.
I like this idea of citrus offset with the more earthy smell of vetiver and another way to do it is by layering. I recently tried Dyptique Vetyverio Eau de Toilette layered with L’Eau de Neroli on top. Both of which work alone, but combined thus, become more complex and longer lasting.
Le Pamplemousse is available mid April as a limited edition, call 020 7079 1234 to pop yourself on the waiting list.