I really wasn’t sure about the new Miller Harris fragrance, Vetiver Insolent, when I first smelled it at a recent #30plusblogs event. However, when I tried it at home I really liked it. This isn’t the first time when my first impression of a fragrance turns out to be different from my lasting one and I’ve worked out that it has nothing to do with the fragrance and everything to do with the setting I’ve tried it.
The #30plusblogs has held at the Miller Harris store on Bruton Street and it was reasonably loud and busy. It was a great event and lovely to see lots of friendly faces. However, I think my senses were too overloaded with everything else going on around me to properly take in and appreciate a new scent. I’ve experienced the same thing when trying to find a new perfume in department stores – I can try a dozen and wrongly think I don’t like any of them.
So the moral of the story is… if you’re someone who’s particularly sensitive to their surroundings it’s a good idea to choose your time and place carefully when getting to know a new fragrance. It’s really worth taking a considered approach as fragrances you love become life long pleasures.
Talking of lovely fragrances, and putting my rambling to one side, Vetiver Insolent is a new firm favourite of mine. It’s unisex though I’ve personally never taken any notice of which gender a fragrance is meant for – if it smells good I wear it. It has a citrus and spice opening before moving on to the fragrance’s defining qualities which are warm, woody and earthy with shy floral hints. My nose is also picking up on an element of smokiness.
Vetiver is a natural ingredient (no one’s managed to come up with a comparable synthetic version) that’s actually a tall growing grass. The fragrance is derived from the roots which can grow up to two metres in length. Haitian vetiver is widely considered to be the best because it contains citrusy notes and it’s this type that Vetiver Insolent has been built around.
Like all good fragrances, Vetiver Insolent is much more than than the sum of its individual notes but it’s always interesting to know what they are…
Top: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Elemi,Cardamom
Heart: Iris, Lavandin Abs, Amber
Base: Vetiver, Tonka Bean Abs, Moss
Vetiver Insolent is the type of fragrance that can be worn outdoors when the sun is shining or on cold winter evenings in front of a fire without seeming out of place. It has reasonable projection and very good wear time.
Apart from when there’s an event going on, Miller Harris stores are normally calm and sedate places that are perfect for trying out fragrances in your own time. The details of the stand alone stores are HERE and the list of other retailers in the UK is HERE.
Vetivier Insolent is definitely one that’s worth checking out. It’s £65 for 50ml and £95 for 100ml.
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