Neela Vermeire Rahele was released in late 2016/early 2017. Centered on osmanthus, it has notes of green mandarin, cardamom, cinnamon, violet leaf absolute, osmanthus, rose, magnolia, jasmine, iris, violet, cedar, sandalwood, oakmoss, patchouli, leather.
Inspired by travelers to India in the 17th century, it was created by Bertrand Duchaufour.
Okay, we have covered the basics. How does it smell? Perfect leathery spiced osmanthus. It has a brightness on the open with the mandarin, iris and violet that is beautiful and happy. Give it a few minutes, and the beautiful, soft leather osmanthus comes out. This is a joy to wear, and I feel like I should have more to say than this is happily joyous, and beautiful. It is everything you want in a perfume. As you wear it, you can start to get some warming from the spices, which is a beautiful touch I wasn’t sure I’d like at first.
It was the perfect thing to wear today.
I’m not looking for sympathy for the below, because I know most of you, and me as well, have lost our much-loved furry friends. My cat, Boo, had been with me for 17 years. He has been healthy and happy for almost all of those 17 years. He had his first cold about 6 months ago, and it recurred once. Other than that, he lived a great life – he was never hungry, never thirsty, never cold, never sick, always loved.
And he was such a terror. He loved being petted rough. If you petted him nice, he would bite you until you rolled him over on his back and attacked his belly. He yowled at the top of his lungs sometimes just because for an hour or more. He would go head first into the trash can, and I fished him out all the time. If you left anything on the counter or in the sink – pizza box, defrosting chicken – he would find a way to haul it off there, get it open and start eating it.
He was ornery and badly behaved, and I was never even sure if I liked him much of the time. But I loved him because loved me and had been by my side 365 days of the year for 17 years. Then, just like that, he stopped eating and barely drank, was so cold he would only sleep by the heater vent, didn’t want affection, and stopped sitting right by my shoulder on the arm of the couch under my reading light. In just a few days, my super healthy, never ill black cat was so thin and frail. You just know it’s time, and now he’s gone.
I don’t want sympathy because everyone has their own story of loss – and you can share them in comments if you like! I just thought his crazy, ornery, attention aggressive kitty life needed a few words before his memory slips below the now and into was.
Neela Vermeire Rahele was the perfect perfume to wear today after we euthanized him. It brightened a day I knew I just had to get through – and I have, and it’s okay, and tomorrow it will snow and lay down a soft white blanket on my missing him.
Winner of the perfume grab bag – PJMoore. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won, give me the ten samples you want and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you.
Of course I’m going to give away a couple of samples of this beautiful osmanthus perfume – everyone should try some, it’s so beautiful, my favorite of all of her perfume, and I really like them all. Just leave a comment to be entered in the drawing, and I’ll pick four winners drawn at random! So osmanthus, yes, no? Not really sure?