La Fumée by Miller Harris
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La Fumée is a popular perfume by Miller Harris for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is smoky-spicy. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Lyn Harris

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesFrench lavender, Iranian elemi, Yemenite frankincense
Heart Notes Heart NotesGuatemala cardamom, Coriander seed, Egyptian cumin, Egyptian geranium, Moroccan chamomile
Base Notes Base NotesMoroccan cedarwood, Oud, Mysore sandalwood, Prickly cedar, Birch tar, Amber

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (145 Ratings)

Longevity

6.9 (114 Ratings)

Sillage

5.9 (118 Ratings)

Bottle

7.7 (118 Ratings)
Submitted by Chipsy, last update on 24.08.2019
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MasterLi

367 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Helpful Review    2
A really very beautiful... smoky, creamy and evocative scent.
La Fumée has really really impressed me. I love the note of Amber generally in fragrances, I think it smells amazing on skin. I also love Sandalwood for the same reasons. La Fumée has both in great quantities. The result here is nothing short of sublime.

The fragrance is centred around incense, the main note from which it derives it's name meaning "the smoke". In fact, knowing that the word "perfume" itself comes from the Latin "per fumare" or "through the smoke". I find the naming of this perfume incredibly apt and very fitting.

The central note of Frankincense is joined by dry Papyrus and sweet Elemi Resin, backed up by Coriander, Caraway and Cardamom. It's incredibly exotic and very evocative. The other main player here is the Labdanum, which is a component of Amber in most fragrances, and this is a soft, sweet smell which combines with creamy Indian Sandalwood to create a gorgeous effect on warm skin. This fragrance is dry but sweet, and this is a great combination, as it is not cloying like most other perfumes. It's very wearable and at almost any time of year.

I see this as a fantastic creation from perfumer Lyn Harris. Warm, dry and soft, yet sweet at the same time. It has an Eastern vibe which recalls the incense used in spiritual rituals but also the sweet amber and herbs which play really well on skin to make it very warm and inviting. I think the person wearing this would be very approachable, mysterious and sensual.

In short, I cannot recommend this highly enough. A highly well made creation and one certainly worthy of it's price.
4.0/10
Tinctureall

94 Reviews
Tinctureall
Tinctureall
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Nice gentle blend on the spicy bun side.
Jasmine, incense like frankincense in a spicy Moroccan market. Baskets of nutmeg or saffron with a resinous quality like tolu balsam but not so sweet. Very nice blend with a nice herbal twist. Warm bread dough and spicy smoke. Cinnamon, cloves and dried fruit buns on a camp fire made from wood. Not dissimilar to a Serge Lutens accord here. Slightly sweeter than I might like but not too sweet. It stays a bit too near the spiced buns for me. I like the rest but not the sweetness. The overall composition is well balanced and is moderately gentle.

I'm on a Miller Harris frenzy and feel that 'polite' would be a word I would apply to the house style. It would be really interesting to see what might become of her blending one day with a really, really naughty hat on.
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
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A Multilayered, Nonlinear Woody Oriental (also beautiful)
Miller Harris LA FUMEE is a beautiful, complex, woody oriental perfume. There are lots of characteristically strong components in this composition, but they are blended together most harmoniously. I would definitely call this a unisex creation, as there is no reason to restrict it to men! True, this is not sweet or floral, but it's also not particularly masculine, it seems to me.

The incense is dominant, but there is so much more going on here, including labdanum and elemi, which impart a richness, and spices such as cardamom, which embellish the incense and woods. Because LA FUMEE is multilayered and nonlinear, I find it difficult to describe. But it is gorgeous and a pleasure to wear. This creation is relatively dark, but not in a heavy, oppressive way. It does seems best suited for cooler weather.

I am very impressed with the potency of this Miller Harris perfume, which I've managed to wear several times from a 1.6 ml manufacturer's carded sample. I have loved every single wear, and this compelling creation is now on my wish list!

Statements

Hajuvana 3 years ago
Don't expect smokiness - all you get is a tiny whiff that comes bundled with amber. Instead, prepare yourself for some heavenly coriander!+2
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Hermesh 4 years ago
Beautiful tender incense, delicately spiced (cardamom, coriander), put on cedar and creamy sandalwood.+2
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