LONDON — A walk through a field of tuberose in Grasse in the South of France is the inspiration behind Lyn Harris’ second fragrance from her Miller Harris parfum collection, Ligne de Parfum.
Called Noix de Tubéreuse, the eau de parfum will be launched worldwide in September, and it’s all about sensuality and nostalgia, a heady blend of wild green clover, tuberose and fig trees.
“This one is very much about my feelings and experiences. The field of tuberose in Grasse is one of the last remaining — it’s an important place for me,” said Lyn Harris, who described the scent as being old-fashioned with a buttery edge.
The scent’s top notes are fig and green clover, violet leaf and mimosa, while the heart is made from tuberose, jasmine and orange flower. The base notes are a blend of orris beurre and amber. “There are so many layers to the scent — it can smell very different on different skin. When you wear it you get a real sense of the different aromas but in a way that isn’t overpowering or overwhelming.”
The Ligne de Parfum line launched earlier this year in spring, with Fleur du Matin, a blend of honeysuckle, jasmine, and basil with citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon leaves.
Noix de Tubéreuse is produced in Harris’ studio in Grasse with her family-run fragrance house, Robertet, and took around four years to make, alongside her other projects, which have recently included consultancy for Matthew Williamson’s debut scent, Incense and her bespoke line, where Harris creates personal scents for clients at a fee of $3,300 and a six-month wait. Because of popularity, the bespoke books are now closed until next year.
The scent is priced at $80 for a 100-ml. eau de parfum. According to industry sources, projected first-year sales are expected to reach $250,000 at retail in the U.K. in the scent’s first year on counter. Noix de Tubéreuse launches at Miller Harris and Liberty in London, Bon Marché in Paris, Takashimaya in New York City and Barneys New York doors in the U.S. and Japan.
The juice comes in an engraved bottle, packaged in a shocking pink signature botanical print box with a black border, inspired by an 18th-century plant book. “The print is now instantly recognizable as Miller Harris, and pink seemed to be the right color, it’s a very warm scent,” said Harris.With a shop in Notting Hill, 10 other fragrances including eau de parfum and toilette priced from $60, a collection of body and bath oils priced at $27, scented candles at $33 and room fragrances at $32, it’s easy to forget Miller Harris has been an established brand for just three and a half years.
Harris has been involved with fragrance since taking a Saturday job at a fragrance store in Yorkshire, although she admits she has only just found her niche. “I have a style now, like a painter or designer and I do feel comfortable,” she said.
Harris now carries more than 1,000 distinct aromas in her scent vocabulary — and she’ll need them, as for next year, she is planning more candles, a mail-order catalog and two more fragrances.
— Sarah Harris
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