By Neela Vermeire Créations
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Joyful, lush, cinematic, kaleidoscopic, vibrant—no matter what exuberant adjective people use to describe Neela Vermeire's Bombay Bling, they agree on this: it is outstanding. Bombay Bling is as rich and layered as the modern-day India that inspired it, and the initial rush of green mango, lychee, tropical flowers, and spices explodes out of the bottle like the opening number in a Bollywood musical. The tobacco note is ever-present, lending a masculine voice to counter the female lead, and the dry-down into a rich, sweet, woody base is truly mouth-watering. The list of notes reads like an olfactory fantasy, and a little body heat breathes new life into this scent as it warms up and dances off the skin. Bombay Bling is what you wear out on a hot summer night—not least because its astounding lasting power means it will still be going strong when the sun comes up. Notes include mango, lychee, blackcurrant, cardamom, cumin, cistus, rose accord, Turkish rose, jasmine sambac absolute, ylang-ylang, tuberose, frangipani, gardenia, patchouli, tobacco, white woods, sandalwood, cedar, and vanilla. Learn more in the Bombay Bling How to Smell guide.
Neela Vermeire was once a lawyer who was passionate about art—until she decided that passion was a better way to live. She began Perfume Paths, a series of guided tours through the exclusive perfume boutiques of Paris, to share her deep knowledge of the industry and its history. When Neela decided to launch her own line, she turned to Bertrand Duchaufour, one of the world's most sought-after noses, to create three scents that capture the rich culture and history of her native India. As creative director of Neela Vermeire Créations, Neela has received critical acclaim for the rich, chaptered stories that slowly unfold from each perfume in her debut line. Read a Q&A with Neela or learn more at www.neelavermeire.com.
- Although now a Parisian, India-born Neela Vermeire is continually inspired by the complex scents and rich culture of her homeland. Each scent in her debut trio represents a different era in Indian history: Trayee represents the Vedic period, Mohur represents the period from the Mughal dynasty to the British Raj, and Bombay Bling captures the vibrant new India, abuzz with joy, modernity, and opportunity. She gave perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour a rare treat: permission to use any raw material, no matter the cost—as long as the result would do justice to India's splendor.
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