Miller et Bertaux is not a high-profile perfume company, at least not in the U.S. The U.S. perfume market is tiny compared to Europe, so that’s not a disaster for Miller et Bertaux, but it is a shame more people here don’t get to try Miller et Bertaux’s high-quality (in style and substance) fragrances — any of which I would happily wear (how often can I say that?) I’m particularly fond of: #2 Spiritus/land; #3 Green, green, green and…green; a quiet morning; and Om: inspire...and smile.
Miller et Bertaux’s latest perfume is called Oh, ooOoh…oh (mist, wood, wind and guitar)*; it goes on smelling spicy — as if you took some super-aromatic gin and boiled away the alcohol to accentuate the aromas of juniper berries, pungent citrus peels and herbs in the liquor (there’s a wonderful-smelling cinnamon-pepper component too). Oh, ooOoh…oh’s opening also reminds me of a rich, dark amber-colored artisanal ginger ale I drank recently; its vibe is warm and comforting…but not heavy. As the perfume dries down I smell leather (with maybe a touch of saffron), musk and a beautiful sequoia/cedar accord supplemented with silky-smooth, sweet smoke. (If you love the Comme des Garçons incense line, do try this.) Oh, ooOoh…oh is a well-blended perfume; all parts combining seamlessly during its development.
Like the other Miller et Bertaux fragrances, with the exception of Green, green, green and…green, this is a subtle perfume — long lasting on skin, but not very diffusive. On the days I wore Oh, ooOoh…oh, I got more compliments (most delivered on elevator rides) than with any other perfume I’ve worn in a long time — if it came in a 50 ml size, I’d own a bottle by now.
Miller et Bertaux Oh, ooOoh…oh Eau de Toilette is available in 100 ml ($145).
* The listed notes include Seville orange, juniper berry, gin, musk, leather, moss, sequoia, cedar, cistus labdanum, balsam, smoke, absinth.
Note: top left image via Wikimedia Commons.