Miller Harris L’Air de Rien is a bespoke perfume by fashion icon Jane Birkin. And Jane wanted this to smell like dusty libraries. Instead of libraries, I think of Jane’s influential Hermès Birkin bag. This scent is soft, supple with the feel of luxury leather.
L’Air de Rien may remind me of luxury bags, but this scent is more than a “soft leather”. It’s surprisingly animalic but in a really sexy way, like in a way that genuinely pertains to sex. It has a certain “clean crotch” accord thing going on that is sweaty yet powdery. I used to think of L’Air de Rien as like a horse barn amber. It’s nutty hay and honeyed amber. But, sometimes I wear it and think of a pair of silk panties that were once stored in a lovely lingerie drawer with a powdery sachet…except the panties have been worn and instead of being in a drawer are now on the floor. L’Air de Rein wears as a powdery musk and hay-like amber. The white floral in this reads as both hay-like and slightly indolic. It’s softened by a supple leather, sweet musk and a balsamic amber. And some boho incense lingering in the background.
Don’t ask how, but I’ve sniffed antique deer musk before. And it’s glorious. Oddly enough, most of L’Air de Rein reminds me of antique deer musk – nutty, slightly floral, powdery and well, musky. L’Air de Rien is one of those ultimate skin scents, a skin musk. It wears close, has warmth and smells like bare skin.
Notes listed include French oak moss, Tunisian neroli, sweet musk, amber, patchouli and vanilla. Launched 2006.
Give L’Air de Rein a try if you like musks or ambers. Or if you like perfumes like Parfums d’Empire Musc Tonkin, Serge Lutens Daim Blonde, Guerlain Cuir Beluga, Bottega Veneta and/or Mona di Orio Le’s Nombres d’Or Musc.
L’Air de Rein wears closely to the skin. Projection is above average.
The 1.7 oz retails for £65 at Miller Harris.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A lived-in musk; an amazing “skin scent”. I really can’t complain about a perfume that reminds me of luxury leather goods, silk panties, horse barns and antique musk.
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