Shanti Shanti by Miller et Bertaux 2008

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Hello lovers of fine fragrance,

I think this little gem came in my box of goodies from Birgit or Sandra at Olfactoria’s Travels but I could be wrong, it may have been from Sheila at The Alembicated Genie or even as a Gift With Purchase. It is a manufacturers carded sample in a beautiful heavy, matte, white card with silver writing and inside was a 2ml dab vial that I immediately upon opening decanted into a spritzer to get the scent thatv you would get from the bottle.

Shanti Shanti by Miller et Bertaux 2008

Shanti Shanti Miller et Bertaux FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Bulgaria rose, iris, warm spices, cardamom, patchouli, sandalwood

LibertineParfumerie gives this list:
Rose (Bulgarian or Damascene)
Heart: Iris, rose (Baie)
Base: Cardamom, patchouli, sandalwood (Indian)

Rose, ROSE, a big, wet, musky, sweet, spicy rose with tea facets and a little leaf and twig. Clean and fresh, no hint of manure or humus, like sitting in the middle of a field of roses very early in the morning and it’s cold, as the sun comes up it warms the flowers and the dew and fragrance flies, on an icy but stunningly fragrant breeze. Thank goodness for the thermos of tea because otherwise you’d be freezing. Adult rose, manly rose, green, crisp and alive are all things I’ve jotted while sniffing. It’s a wonderful opening.

Shanti Shanti Rose Fields Woodborough WikiMediaPhoto Stolen WikiMedia

As Shanti Shanti settles the rose stays and is joined by cool, rooty, powdery iris but it feels very musk also, maybe the thing that my nose/brain thinks is musk is another ingredient. At two hours wear time and though the fragrance has softened appreciable it still is a very fresh green rose, I can just detect some sandalwood/patchouli/cardamom but it’s a green, milky softness rather than each note separately. Shanti Shanti has work quite linear really, not much story, but not boring either. That they have kept it so defiantly green is beautiful, I bet this would be a fabulous Summer scent.

Why is it called Shanti Shanti? Shanti (from Sanskrit शान्तिः śāntiḥ) means peace, rest. Yes, this is extremely peaceful and restful, the final dry down has a musk and herbal tinge over the rose that could with your eyes squinted and a bit of imagination be a referral to India, but only the travel brochure pictures of India not physically being there.

Shanti Shanti Bulgaria Rose Bulgaria-TripsPhoto Stolen Bulgaria-Trips

Shanti Shanti has opening heft, I am decidedly fragrant but it would take mega spritzes to get skunkish. After an hour it calms to a light, but not too light, fresh fragrance that is green and clean without being generic or laundry. Like a breath of fresh air all day, well for around 5-6 hours.

Further reading: PerfumeNW and Perfume Posse: both these reviews are smaller bites in a post but I couldn’t find others on the first 3 pages of Google. Sorry. They’re both worth a read though because they catch stuff I miss.LibertineParfumerie has $195/100ml including FREE Australian Shipping
First In Fragrance has €94/100ml and does samples €4

Shanti Shanti Red Gown Alianna Logan  FlickrPhoto Stolen Alianna Logan Flickr

See how this girl is both elegant, dressed up, lovingly thought out but then her hair is artfully disarrayed, that’s how Shanti Shanti feels. Perfect but comfortably so. Miller et Bertaux is a line that I keep coming across and I think I like them very much. Spiritus/Land #2, A Quiet Morning and now Shanti Shanti have all been winners for Jin & I.

Have you tried any of the Miller et Bertaux fragrances? If so, what did you think? If not, are they now on your radar?
See you tomorrow,
Portia xx

17 comments on “Shanti Shanti by Miller et Bertaux 2008

  1. Tatiana says:

    I usually shy away from rose perfumes unless they are dark and spicy and skanky, otherwise they turn sour on me. But rose combined with iris sounds just perfect to me. Off to try and find an elusive sample. There is no hope for me of ever slowing down on the perfume sample front. Hehehe.

  2. poodle says:

    I wouldn’t mind trying this. I’ve only tried Spiritus/Land #2 and while it wasn’t true love it was interesting enough to make me want to explore the line a bit more.

  3. Mary K says:

    I am familiar with Shanti Shanti and I also enjoy its green rosy quality. I also like Miller et Bertaux’ A Quiet Morning, and I like to put some of that one on and go for a nice morning walk – it kind of gets me in the mood for that.

  4. Green, green, green and green is the only one I know well from Miller et Bertaux. It’s not grassy green but light aromatic green with a lovely vetiver base note which lasts really well. Great in summer when you’re not in the mood for citrus and you want something light but not so light it vanishes before the stopper is back on the bottle.

  5. efemmeral says:

    Thanks for the review Portia, you’re right, these scents are rarely talked about. I have three M&B bottles: this one, Parfum Trouvée and Greenx4. Shantix2 reminds me of a stage my mother went through during my teens of making her own pot pourri (before the folk art craze, where it was not safe to sit still lest she render some Australian flora on you). She made a very bare bones mix, no perfume oils or fixatives, just our garden rose petals and herbs, mixed together with some roughly broken spices, shards of cinnamon stick, star anise and the like.

    Parfum Trouvée is a sweet anise and incense. There’s something moist like strawberry juice too. I loved its sweetness when I got it seven or so years back, but the level of my bottle hasn’t budged much in the last five years. Perhaps since I trouvée Chanel 22 to which some say it pays homage.

    Greenx4 is a deceptive one, heavy on the verbena it seems sometimes as simple as herb tea or cologne, but sometimes it seems there’s something dirtier and more complex going on… and then it’s just verbena again. Tricky. Goes on like a classic cologne, but stays longer and has a bit more to say.

  6. Undina says:

    Nope, I haven’t tried this brand at all. I’m not even sure I’ve heard of it.

    Rose perfumes aren’t easyfor me: some of them are just great and I love them others turn awfully soapy and I can barely stand tthem.

  7. Karen says:

    I found M&B at World Beauty here in good old N Z, and in fact buying their Parfum Trouvé is what started me down the whole perfumista rabbit-hole adventure. I kept googling to find out more about this wonderful and (to me) unknown perfume house and in the process found blogs, suggestions, online shops … Suffice it to say I haven’t looked back since!

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