Today Marlen and I are discussing Terre d'Iris, one of the scents in the Miller Harris Nouvelle Edition line. The notes for Terre d'Iris are bergamot, bitter orange, southern herbs, rosemary, clary sage, orange flowers, rose, patchouli, tree moss, fir balsam and iris.
He says: Being a huge fan of Iris, especially the warmer, more buttery notes, I recently swapped for Terre d'Iris, described to me by the swapper as "Miller Harris Terre de Bois meets Hermès Hiris." I was surprised by how much I love this scent at first testing, and subsequent wearings have only increased my enthusiasm. What I get is a rich, deep, buttery iris note, something akin to heliotropin, which can be found throughout the composition with passing moments of herbs, flowers and spice. If I didn't know it was Miller Harris I would have thought this to be an Ormonde Jayne scent. It is like nothing else I've smelled and I can't stop sniffing the bottle, now in the place of honor on the bedside table.
Overall, this is a big brash scent, with much more happening than just iris. With a sweet citrus opening, and a warmer herbal middle and base, the scent teeters between feminine floral tones and the trademark Miller Harris patchouli and moss undertones. For me, it’s the kind of scent that I want to send samples of to all my friends just so they can share in the magic!
The scent lasts a good 8 hours on my skin, and I'm surprised this is an Eau de Toilette and not an Eau de Parfum - perhaps the concentration is truly closer to EDP. After 2 months of proud ownership I love this scent every bit as much as when I first tried it, if not more, and despite the nasty heat and humidity of summer in Osaka, I can't stop wearing this. I usually reserve summertime for my citrus and marine scents, but...a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!
She says: Like Marlen, I am a huge fan of iris, but I tend towards the cooler, drier fragrances like Hermès Hiris and Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist. Terre d'Iris is everything Marlen says it is: a big, brash scent, with a lot of things happening. Far too many, for my nose, especially in the first hour when first the citrus and herbs, and later the patchouli, moss and balsam, clamor for attention and overwhelm the comparatively delicate iris note. It is strong; even a small spray creates a potent sillage, and I found it too rich and heavy for my taste.
It calms considerably after that first hour, and after two hours, it starts to turn into something I can appreciate: a smooth, buttery blend of iris and warm earthy notes. I don't love it even then, but it is easier to see why someone might. And the lasting power, as Marlen points out, is excellent.
Miller Harris Terre d'Iris is available in 100 ml Eau de Parfum. For buying information, see the listing for Miller Harris under Perfume Houses.