Neela Vermeire Ashoka is coming this fall. Neela graciously sent me a preview sample, and I’m pretty damn happy about it. Bertrand Duchafour created this perfume for her, the inspiration is one of India’s greatest emperors. Ashoka was on the verge of victory, and his compassion won. He became a Buddhist and spent the rest of his life spreading Buddhist thought. Ashoka is meant to have that same journey, from a fierce opening to a soft floral heart to a peaceful end. . Ashoka has notes of fig leaves, leather, white and pink lotus, mimosa, fig milk, osmanthus, rose, water hyacinth, vetiver, styrax, incense, sandalwood, myrrh, tonka bean, and fir balsam.
Yeah, that’s pretty much it. It does open fierce as can be, all vetiver and fir, earthy woods, but early on you can smell the softness of tonka wrapping its tendrils around those woods, while the milky, yummy fig starts dismantling everything warlike about Ashoka from the roots up. This has that lovely sandalfig March used to go on and on about, a beautiful pairing with neither note pushing the other out of the way. Midway through, there is a nice floral show, with leather straps lacing them together. The long drydown is beautiful milky fig, sandalwood, incense and tonka. It is rich, warm, milky and is an amazing comfort scent. I’ve been happily wearing this and wishing for more!.
There is much to love about Ashoka, and I think it’s my new favorite from the line. That’s saying a lot because I’m a big fan of all of her scents.
I don’t have much of a sample of this to give away because I just have a small amount to test, but I do have ONE small sample I can give away to one commenter. So what’s your favorite Neela perfume? Or have you tried any of them yet?.