Hello Posse Peeps! Little in the world of Independent Niche Perfumery gets the scentbloggosphere talking more than a release from Neela Vermeire. Whether you are a fan like me or haven’t yet found the NVC scent that sings for you still there is a frisson of excitement for something produced with such love, determination and skill. Neela herself is often cited as the most difficult of Duchaufour’s creative directors and she will famously take more iterations than any other house to get her dream to perfection. Niral is no different. Neela’s dedication to bringing you a no-holds-barred artistic creation is something I have been though with her on a couple of her perfumes. The stress and anxiety she puts herself through is extraordinary and the finished product always shows her need for perfection.
You may know that Mohur is my favourite NVC fragrance, let’s see how Niral measures up.
Niral by Bertrand Duchaufour for Neela Vermeire Creations 2018
Neela Vermeire Creations gives these featured accords:
Iris, Pink pepper, Tea, Turkish Rose, Lie de vin verte, Cabreuva, Angelica seed, Ambrette seed, Cardamom, Leather, Magnolia, Jasmine absolute, Sandalwood, Cedar
My sample from Neela finally arrived yesterday. I have been watching in wracked and jealous anticipation as so many other bloggers have received theirs and written about Niral. (Insert picture of me screaming, with steam coming out my ears and incandescent with FOMO and outrage)
So how does Niral smell?
Pink pepper and pink roses, dried tea leaves, leather and woods are all there at opening. It’s nuanced, delicate and very pretty. A herbaceous green smelling rose, slightly spiced and sweetened but not enough to be jammy. Niral smells expensive and modern, far more American than previous NVC releases, yet still manages to nod flirtily to French tradition and Indian attars.
The rose is stunning, sheer yet fully present. As if you are smelling a rose at high altitude in the cool dark morning air. I also taste something mineral like drinking from clear, cold spring water at a temple in the mountains of South Korea.
Creamy soft woods peek through in dry down but the sweet roses never leave.
If you are already a fan of the Neela Vermeire fragrances then this is a no-brainer but if before you have never found your true love from the line then Niral could be the one.
LuckyScent has $250/60ml
Which of the Neela Vermeire Creations have you tried?