Close Your Eyes And…. (aka Bois de Gaïac et Poire, aka Ref. 015 813) is the latest fragrance from Miller et Bertaux. The notes include lemon, mandarin, jasmine, roses, gaiac wood, pear, cinnamon, heliotrope and almond.
Miller et Bertaux is a French niche line, and their first three fragrances were all unusual and very much in the niche tradition. No. 3, Green, green, green and green happens to be one of my very favorite (you guessed it) green fragrances. I also like gaiac wood (a few examples of fragrances with gaiac wood: Le Labo Vetiver, L’Artisan Bois Farine, Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir, Serge Lutens Miel de Bois), so I was excited about Close Your Eyes, or Bois de Gaïac et Poire, or whatever its official name is.
In the event, the fragrance fails to move me. It starts with citrus and sweet fruit, and moves into a lightly powdery, vanillic woods. It is not overly sweet, and the gaiac does start to add some depth after an hour or so, but it stays unexpectedly pale — this is a cozy comfort sort of scent as much as anything, and one that could have been quite easily released by a mainstream brand. Marina at Perfume-Smellin’ Things compares it to “another hazy disappointment, Kenzo Amour”, but I have to put in my two cents in defense of the Kenzo. Kenzo Amour is also a comfort scent, and like the Miller et Bertaux, it has a kind of purposeful blandness, but the Kenzo has more personality, and the thanaka wood there does what the gaiac fails to do here: anchors the sweet notes and keeps the composition from sinking into lethargy.
If you loved Close Your Eyes, do comment and tell me what I’m missing! Regardless, I am saving money all over the place this year and that can’t be an all bad thing, although I’m still weeping over Paprika Brasil.
The bottle is a new design for Miller et Bertaux, and the price has doubled for this one: $100 for 50 ml of Eau de Parfum (Nos. 1-3 were each $100 for 100 ml). At the moment, lusciouscargo appears to be the only retailer in the US that has it in stock.