Om: inspire… and smile is the latest fragrance from Miller et Bertaux; Om aims to evoke Bali and the perfume is named for the sacred Sanskrit syllable “om” (or “aum”). In Hinduism, om, the sound, is the music of the universe; om, the "idea," represents Brahma (Creation), Vishnu (Protection) and Shiva (Destruction).
Spiritual om fits nicely with perfume Om’s trajectory. I can certainly imagine the percolating forces of Creation, the head notes, smelling of hot peppers and peppercorns, the strong arms (and heart notes) of Protection scented with myrrh, clove and flowers, and the sturdy base of Destruction (remember, destruction can be good, it can obliterate suffering, blindness and evil in the world) redolent of incense, smoke, and charred wood. And the moment of release from all worldly pain and the phases of birth, life and death? That would smell of amber – full of patchouli and vanilla. Yummmmmmmmmmmm.
Om resembles Eau d’Italie Baume du Doge, Costume National Homme, and a few of the Comme des Garçons Series 3: Incense fragrances, but Om presents a sheerer, drier, smokier take on the spice-(incense)wood-amber theme. I can’t get enough of such perfumes, but if this type of scent is not usually to your liking, I doubt if Om will inspire a purchase.
Om is a great choice for a “summertime” oriental/incense fragrance, and even though its name denotes spirituality, I can imagine Om smelling downright sexy when worn in warm weather.
Miller et Bertaux Om is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum ($145); for buying information, see the listing for Miller et Bertaux under Perfume Houses.
Note: top image is Three Tahitians [cropped] by Paul Gauguin via Wikimedia Commons.