When I first learned about Oh My Dog!, a perfume formulated for dogs (and its kitty counterpart, Oh My Cat!) by Dog Generation, I thought it would be cool to smell but didn’t go out of my way to look for it. We crossed paths again recently when this long-discontinued curiosity came up in a search for osmanthus perfumes, and I was intrigued enough to order a set of minis online.
It was originally marketed as “unisex” and “specially adapted to all breeds of dogs.” This apparently meant a budget equivalent to that allotted for Givenchy Pi and a stringency greater than that of the development of a perfume for babies. Oh My Dog! is intended for dogs and their owners, which an old Chinese article in a magazine from Hong Kong dubbed (in English) “uni-species.” Perhaps to illustrate their point, each of the 4 minis in the set features a different-sized pooch.
Having 4 different dog silhouettes was what motivated me to get this set rather than a full-sized bottle, which would have featured spikes on the sides and a metal plaque. To my pleasant surprise (as I hadn’t seen it from the photos), the minis have spikes as well.
I should pause to explain that I love dogs à la folie, especially the “extra-large” ones that are so huggable… but I don’t have a dog. The people I know whose dogs I sometimes get to pet are not obsessed with perfume like I am, so it may be a while before I get to test this “Eau de toilette for Dog” on its ostensible target.
On myself, well… it smells like what I might expect of a dog shampoo. Of the listed notes of freesia, orange, osmanthus (!), palisander rosewood, and vanilla, I only get the first 2 in the form of inoffensive but artificial sweetness. And maybe a bit of vanilla. I’m not sure what the solvent is, but it’s not alcohol, so it stays on the skin for a while before getting absorbed. I imagine it might mesh with the natural odor of dog to produce a richer scent. Or possibly my batch has gone off a bit, but I have no way to verify.
It’s also been fun to browse the media library of Dog Generation, an archive of ads and news articles about Oh My Dog!. I would love to see a resurgence of dogs as fashion models.
To close the loop, it’s been fun taking a gander back in time through this cleverness that I missed when it first came out, but I’m happy to report that I found a proper osmanthus perfume for the royal we: Parfum d’Empire Osmanthus Interdite.