Neela Vermeire has loved scent from her childhood growing up in India. After living in Paris for many years, she created her first fragrance collection, using the skill of Bertrand Duchafour, based entirely on the smells she remembered from India.
She started with three fragrances - Trayee, Mohur and Bombay Bling, each representing a different period of time in Indian history - the Vedic era, Mogul and British Rag. Modern India is represented by the rich materials used.
Trayee represents the Vedic period. The name means "triad" or further that it represents the first three Vedas. The materials in this scent represent the materials used for religious rituals and ayurvedic medicine. A rich, smoky fragrance, it has notes of Blue ginger, elemi, cinnamon, ganja accord, blackcurrant absolute, basil, jasmine sambac, Egyptian jasmine, cardamom absolute, clove, saffron, Javanese and Haitian vetiver, incense, Mysore sandalwood oil, patchouli, myrrh.
Mohur represents the Mogul period of Indian history. Mohur means gold. In this period, perfumery was highly prized, and Noor Jahan of the Mughal dynasty was devoted to it. It has its roots in traditional Arabic perfumery with the rose/oud combination, but draws on other influences to make this far more than another oud perfume. Mohur has notes of Cardamom, coriander, ambrette, carrot, black pepper, elemi, Turkish rose oil, jasmine, orris, hawthorn, almond milk accord, leather, sandalwood, amber, patchouli, oudh Palao from Laos, benzoin, vanilla, tonka bean.
Bombay Bling represents the British Raj period of Indian history. Eclectic, joyous, this is the scent that expresses much of the sounds and feel of India - a jangle of contrasting things that shouldn't go together, but do. Bombay Bling has notes of Mango, lychee, blackcurrant, cardamom, cumin, cistus, Turkish rose, jasmine sambac, ylang-ylang, tuberose, plumeria, gardenia, patchouli, tobacco, sandalwood, cedar, vanilla.
There are new scents being added to this collection in fall 2013.