Choosing a fragrance is a very personal pursuit, but if there's one thing of which we are sure it's that we all want to smell like the eternally cool Jane Birkin. Back in 2006, Birkin collaborated with Miller Harris on a bespoke scent created to evoke memories of her past - L'Air de Rien. This year the brand is relaunching the fragrance in a new bottle illustrated by Birkin herself, housing the very same perfume she created 10 years ago.
"A fragrance should be something suggestive, a memory… A smell that is not the one of many women overpowering the lift! That is what I love about L'Air de Rien," she told us. "My favourite smells are [her brother] Andrew's smell, bookcases, Turkish spice markets… Too much musk and too much ambergris. Memories."
The scent itself blends notes of amber, vanilla, neroli, oak moss, and a musk designed to evoke the smell of the leatherbound books that line the walls of Birkin's Parisian home. Heady but somehow still light, it fits its name - L'Air de Rien translates to "nonchalantly" in English - rather perfectly. It just smells cool - not too feminine but far from brash, rather creating a lingering and slightly unusual trail which perfectly calls to mind its stylish creator.
And how to wear it? Instead of spraying a cloud of the scent into the air and walking into it, or applying to the pulse points, Birkin adopts a more unconventional method of application - "Legs!" - and has the fragrance as a candle also, which she burns right to the end before using the votive as a glass.
If there's a way to smell effortlessly stylish and indeed nonchalant, this is probably it.