At first glance, the entire concept of Lola James Harper seems quite difficult to get your head around. Founded by Rami Mekdachi, a professional perfumer, it’s very much about the people that surround him. My problem is that I don’t know them, so why should I care how those scents that bind Rami to his friends smell? I think you have to want to immerse yourself in Lola James Harper and if you can bring yourself to want to, it’s definitely worth it because these scents aren’t mainstream and they’re built in such a way that its unlikely you’ll have come across these fragrance combinations before.
Bizarrely, the name Lola James Harper isn’t anyone in particular – it’s an amalgamation of names that have resonance for his children (his daughter called all her dolls Lola, for example). Rami is an extensive traveller – Paris is his base – so he collects travel memories and people memories and puts them into fragrances. So, to the candle; The Red Garden of Tata & Jeddo is carrot and oakmoss – found in the freshly watered garden of, er, Tata & Jeddo. You could also choose The TV Basement of Jonet, The Surf Shop of Jonet or The Bonbonerie in Barcelona. The Red Garden really IS freshly watered plants – it’s beautiful and I guess you might say this could evoke anyone’s garden so you will find relevance if gardens are your happy place.
I do want to know more about the brand: on the one hand, I feel a bit eye-rolly about the whole family/travel/music embrace of it, but on the other, I really DO want to smell The Rainy Days In The Lake District because I feel I know it already. The candles are £34, as are the sprays (I was expecting them to be more), and I find the candle very generous in throw – more than your average candle. You can find them HERE.
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