Unless you actively like to wear unisex fragrances, Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent falls into the man-perfume category. For some reason I had always thought of vetiver as a tree possibly because of its lemony notes, but in fact, it’s a grass. There’s certainly a citrus edge to it but it’s also quite earthy – and in this fragrance a bit peppery, too.
Listed as notes are bergamot, elemi, pepper, cardamom, iris, lavandin, amber, tonka, moss and vetiver. After the initial vetiver and pepper rush, in the dry down lavender and amber become more apparent – it’s a very smooth fragrance that doesn’t jar the senses but it’s so ‘male’ to my nose that I couldn’t see myself wearing it. The fragrance is made by Mathieu Nardin who also created Rose Silence, which I absolutely loved. It’s interesting to follow a fragrancer’s journey and see just what they can do – I haven’t tried Tea Tonique but Rose Silence and Vetiver Insolent couldn’t be more different. With many perfume creators, you get a common olfactory thread in their output, but there is none here and I’m a bit fascinated that one nose can diversify so much; it’s a bit like going up and down the scales on piano. Anyway, it’s not one for me, but I am pretty sure Mr BBB will like it.
You can find Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent from £65 from April.
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