The Book of Scented Things is one of those books that as soon as I read about it somewhere or another, I put it on pre-order at Amazon. Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby edited the poetry collection. First, they sent out perfume samples to some gifted poets. They in turn The rest, please…
(Exciting news! See below) Hallelujah! The cuisine gods are finally smiling on us now. We’ve got a great Indian restaurant in town and it has an amazing and varied lunch buffet. Perfect on this quite chilly day, so my darling husband and I are heading there for a warm, filling, (gently) spiced lunch. Looking forward to enjoying some freshly baked naan, chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, and some samosas, among other things. I have got to try a mango lassi, but don’t think I could do cold today. A hot cup of chai will be more my speed. So in honor of our Indian meal, I’m going Neela Vermeire all the way.
To start off the day, I’m wearing Neela’s delightful Bombay Bling, with its big, happy, fruity personality, on one wrist. If you despise fruity scents, do give this one a try — it is so well done that you might be surprised. My other wrist is sporting the elegant, spiced rose of Mohur, contemporary yet classic, with a nod back to French fragrances of the past.
UPDATE: Mohur extrait (see below right) is now available in a gorgeous numbered, limited-edition amethyst flacon at Luckyscent (50 mls), and what a beauty it is!
And the lovely new bottles by Pierre Dinand (top right) are topped by elegant etched caps (left).
Although I probably should keep Bombay Bling going strong on at least one arm for that, to keep my energy up — I’m likely to hit the living room floor and start dancing to one of the irresistible numbers (which will cause no end of amusement to my son and DH, of course). But do I care? Nope, not a whit!
Oddly enough, Neela’s Ashoka, although nice, did not move me as much as the original trio did. But three out of four is still pretty sweet. Well, actually, 3.5, as I got hold of a teensy bit of the Mohur extrait, and it is simply divine, although I parse it out very sparingly.
What are your favorite scents from Neela Vermeire? What Indian dishes do you crave? Or what are your best-loved Bollywood or India-set movies?