Indian Study / Santal +++ by Miller et Bertaux

Hi there Posse! Miller et Bertaux are a house I really like. They rarely get a mention in the FB pages or on the blogs. Even though they are overlooked for flashier, newer, richer or more massage brands you would do well to give them a sniff. The company is the brainchild of two designers who created the brand to encompass a clothing line, art, accessories and perfumes. Never what you would expect and often astounding. I now own a few bottles from the line including A Quiet Morning I reviewed for Perfume Posse a couple of years ago. Indian Study / Santal +++ is my latest acquisition.

Indian Study / Santal +++ by Miller et Bertaux

Indian Study / Santal +++ by Miller et Bertaux

Libertine gives these featured accords:
Top: Mysore Sandalwood, Amyris
Heart: Cumin, Curry
Base: Woods, Musk

I find Indian Study / Santal +++ dry and desiccated as far as sandalwood heavy fragrances go. For me the lavish creamy effulgences of Samsara are left far behind. Lightly green like fresh hewn woods and dry like dusty desert plains with just a touch of milky opacity. Can you imagine a slightly sweet dry biscuit? That’s the feel.

My expectation on reading the notes list was a sweaty, foody version of sandalwood. We don’t get this either. Lived in, rather than sweaty, comfortable and day to day. I could easily imagine Indian Study / Santal +++ becoming a spritz and go fragrance that can easily slip from office to drinks or home to event.

Unisex sandalwood, just a bit nicer and more interesting than the Le Labo. If you wear the Le Labo, Samsara and/or Nirvana Black then give Indian Study / Santal +++ a go.

First In Fragrance have it and Samples (Spend €700 and shipping is free to the world)

Portia xx



Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies

  • Ann says:

    Yes!!! So glad to see M&B getting some love — they have some great fragrances! Although the Santal sounds lovely, think I’ll have to pass because it has the dreaded cumin in it. And I’ve found that even the tiniest bit of that note in a scent tends to get amplified like crazy on my skin, so I’ve learned to stay far, far away!! Hope you guys are doing well; take care!!

  • Tara C says:

    I like their Spiritus/Land scent best. Unfortunately I forgot to ask for a sample of Indian Study with my last FiF order. Free shipping to the US starts at 520€, I normally place one big order a year to get the free shipping. This year I bought Om by Miller & Bertaux, it was a blind buy (cheap) but I’m not in love, should have ordered Indian Study instead. Next year!

    • Portia says:

      Hey TaraC,
      We do a group order here in Australia each month or so. That means we can all get just one or two items and only pay inter-Australian postage. BIG savings for everyone. Maybe there a crew in the USA that might do it with you?
      Portia xx

  • Dina C. says:

    I own and love Miller et Bertaux No. 3 Green, Green, Green and…Green and have often been attracted to the names and notes of their other scents. Here’s another that I’d like to try. Thanks for the heads up Portia!

    • Portia says:

      Hey DinaC,
      YAY! Nice to see another fan of the brand. I really love their non-perfumey take on fragrance.
      Portia xx