Discovering a new fragrance that you love is a wonderful thing. However, you often have to sniff a lot of fragrance frogs before you find your fragrance prince and this can be very hard work. Perfume halls and departments can be overwhelming places with their lack of natural light and air and they can be busy and noisy too. All that sensory overload doesn’t help when you just want to concentrate on your sense of smell.
An antidote to this are the Miller Harris boutique’s and their fragrance profiling experiences. All their stores are calm and relaxing places which immediately puts you in the right frame of mind for choosing a new scent. However, they do have a very wide selection of fragrances to select from so they’ve come with a fun and very clever way of narrowing down the options for you to try.
The fragrance profiling experience starts off with answering some questions. I’m not going to reveal what they are as it’s best not to prepare your answers before hand. However, I will say that some questions are related to your current tastes in scents and some are seemingly unrelated. It’s also worth pointing out that the questions are easy to answer and don’t require any prior knowledge of fragrance ingredients and notes.
After the questions the Miller Harris expert will choose 3 “light”, 3 “dark” and two wildcard scents for you to try. The lights are the florals, citruses and greens and the darks are the woods, ambers and spices. The wild cards are random. You then knock out the ones you’re not keen and some substituations might be made.
When you’re down to a few you then try them on your skin. The two fragrances that I ended up choosing between were L’Air de Rien and Tea Tonique. These fragrances each represent a very different mood with L’Air de Rien being more sensual and feminine and Tea Tonique being more uplifting and gender neutral.
Though I loved each of them equally I ended up choosing Tea Tonique. I’m sure this was partly down to it being a warm day and Tea Tonique suited that perfectly. In the Winter I think it’s likely I’d have chosen L’Air de Rien.
The full profiling experience takes about 90 mins though I’m sure it can be shortened to an hour if time is short. It’s absolutely free but it’s recommended that you book in first. Once the experience is over there’s no pressure at all to make a purchase. Fragrance is one of those things that shouldn’t be an impulse purchase as seeing how a scent settles on you over the course of several hours is often a good idea. Personally, I found the experience fun and informative and I’d love to do it again to see what new fragrance discoveries I make.
For appointments you can find the list of Miller Harris Stores and their telephone numbers HERE.
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