Spring is in the Air

ELLE's Beauty Director reveals her fragrance pick for spring

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By Emma Strenner

Spring is here isn't it? If you'll excuse a brief lapse into the British cliché, let's talk about the weather shall we? I saw happy faces today on my way into work as people emerged from the underground, their houses and buses, squinting into the sunlight – finally!

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I'm something of a fussy perfume lover – I don't mind where the fragrance comes from, nor do I mind the packaging, but it has to smell just so. Before my wedding, I went to several different places to find the perfect scent, only I just couldn't. Things would smell different on my skin to how they smelt in the bottle or on the blotter. In the end, I decided to layer my fragrances, Diptyque's tuberose-y Do Son with the green bitter leaves of Eau de Lierre on top should you want to know. But it also opened my eyes to how fussy I am. My olfactory senses could perhaps be compared to the pernickety over-sensitive palette of Meg Ryan's Sally in When Harry met Sally – things have to be on the side, or just a touch here, everything has to be…just so.

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So imagine my sheer unadulterated happiness when I received the latest Miller Harris fragrance, Le Pamplemousse (grapefruit, my GCSE French kicking in there). It's bright, and sunny and fresh and different – all the things you want to greet the rare glow of sunshine on a spring day. There are very few scents that make it onto my Bathroom Shelf of Fame, previous inhabitants have included L'Artisan Parfumeur's now discontinued Tubereuse, Chanel No 19, Serge Luten's Tuberose Criminelle, Sisley's Eau de Campagne, Clarins Eau Dynamisante and Voyage D'Hermes. And now, this, the citrussy tang of grapefruit, orange flowers coupled with green melon and rhubarb is the perfect thing to lift that spring in my step even higher.

Miller Harris Le Pamplemousse, £90 for 50ml, available mid-April. If you want to be added to the waiting list call 0207 629 7750. Visit the Miller Harris website here...

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