We speak to Miller Harris’ inspiring CEO about her favourite books. PLUS your chance to WIN two of their most elegant luxury scents….
Perfume might not be something you’d necessarily connect with books. But then, you’re not the CEO of luxury perfumer, Miller Harris. With a scent collection inspired by F.Scott Fitzgerald launched to coincide with World Book Day swiftly followed by another set of scents – this time based on urban foraging – Sarah Rotherham might just be one of the most innovative women working in beauty today. With Sarah’s background in luxury – at Penhaligons, L’Artisan Perfumeur and Aspinal – and fans of Miller Harris including Jane Birkin and Michelle Obama, this British brand can surely only continue to wow customers. We’re so excited to find out more about her favourite writers and reads…
Who are your favourite writers?
I wouldn’t say I had particular favourite writers as I read quite widely, and often have a factual book and a ‘chewing gum’ read on the go too, but I love classics like Wilkie Collins and Scott Fitzgerald, as well as John Fowles and Haruki Murakami.
When and where do you read?
I read in the bed on the train, on holiday, on the sofa. if I am enthralled, I will squeeze it in anywhere. I spend a lot of time on long haul flights and can often read an entire novel in a flight
What is your top holiday read?
I usually just pick something off the book shelf before I fly, but I have to say Tender is the Night, as I was reading this on holiday last year, and it inspired a perfume brief. My husband had bought me a whole series of the Penguin books with the art deco covers and I remember picking it up and thinking, that will be fabulous as I haven’t read that in years. I am so glad I did, as we now have two amazing perfumes and a scented extract in circulation.
Last book you were recommended by someone?
Six Four by Hideo Yokoyame. I have read lots of translations of Japanese classics, and am known to love a crime novel so my close friend recommended this to me. It is crime fiction, but also a wonderful glimpse into the Japanese world. She wasn’t wrong – I loved it. Yokoyame is an absolutely huge crime writer in Japan, yet this was the first translation of his work into English.
Favourite book as a child?
The Water Babies. I was an absolute book worm as a kid and you would often find me curled up in a corner with a book, or my legs hanging over the arm of the chair, lost in the world of words. I am delighted my son is very much the same.
Best trashy book?
Not sure if we can call this trashy, but I’m a Lynda La Plante fan. I love a crime thriller and I put this in the trashy category due to genre rather than style of writing. I am not a chick lit or romance reader, I get far too bored.
James Massiah, modern London poet. I have been on a whole journey recently discovering lots of modern British poetry. There is some amazing poetry out there and it will appeal to lots of people that say they don’t like poetry. A good recommendation is to read the best British poetry annual publications, so you can read lots of new poets. Absolutely inspiring.
Your me-time ritual
Lazy Saturday morning, lots of family round the table, with eggs, the papers and no schedule. Usually we all have so much to cram into a day, that reading the papers with coffee is a luxury.
AND YOUR CHANCE TO WIN….
“…She walked on, between kaleidoscopic peonies massed in pink clouds, black and brown tulips and fragile mauve stemmed roses, transparent like sugar flowers in a confectioner’s window – until, as if the scherzo of colour could reach no further intensity, it broke off suddenly in mid-air.”
Inspired by F.Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, Scherzo and Tender were featured in our April box – and we’re so excited to give you the chance to win BOTH!
An intensely vibrant scent, full of colour and a rush of sweetness, Scherzo captures a multitude of blooms: dark red roses, sunny yellow narcissus and crisp white pittosporum. The sweetness of tangerine is offset by the intoxicating purple richness of davana, which adds a twist of liquor to the scent. A base of golden olibanum shimmers with oudh, earthy patchouli and a sprinkling of sugar to capture the feeling of a confectioner’s window.
A scent of longing and seduction, Tender is contemplative and delicate. Unexpected freshness from sparkling pink pepper and green hyacinth, combines with an accord of ink and floralcy to inspire a reverie of black tulips. Fluffy pink clouds of peonies, luxuriant saffron, and the intensity of mauve stemmed roses. The lingering warmth of dusky storax and frankincense resins fuse with woods, musk and soft leather, creating a yearning and seductive trail.
How to enter? Simply keep your eyes peeled – and ensure you’re following us on social media! We’ll share a photo of the scents on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – and all you need to do is ensure you’re following us and tag a friend in the comments. That simple! The competition closes on May 23rd 2018 – and is open to UK residents only.