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WPC Sneak Peek—Lyn Harris

Posted: May 16, 2007

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On the subject of regulations concerning the naturals, it is, of course, very important to be thoroughly compliant (everything I do is approved by IFRA). However, being an independent perfumer enables me to have the freedom to make important decisions regarding raw materials without having to compromise on my own beliefs. On the other hand, some larger companies tend to avoid such issues altogether by opting not to work with the more contentious ingredients available in perfumery today.

In today’s market, there are no set rules or codes; all manner of creations are launched. This can only be for the better as it offers customers boundless opportunities to express themselves with scent.

P&Fnow: What will make your company successful moving forward?

Harris: Sticking to my beliefs. My company’s philosophy is rooted in the quality of our products, never compromising on ingredients, respecting tradition yet remaining at the cutting edge of creativity. I also firmly believe in remaining true to my roots as a young creator. In addition, I am always building on the bespoke element of the brand that I pioneered 15 years ago from my laboratory. It is the foundation stone of Miller Harris. It is a way in which I continue to evolve, to build the brand and also perfect my art. Working so closely with my customers, it allows me to constantly be challenged as a perfumer.

The Miller Harris fragrances are stories of a perfumer’s life and dream that I want to share with my customers. They can be as simple as sharing my love of a raw material (i.e., geranium Bourbon) or a story of a journey to a temple in Kyoto where I smelled the real smell of wood for the very first time, resulting in the creation of En Sens de Bois. Life is a journey and I have the added pleasure of being able to share mine through a brand to which I am dedicated.