Since it's finally available on the shelves, I am proud to share with you my review appeared the last month on ÇaFleureBon.
A dear friend who proudly runs a beautiful perfume shop always says while holding a perfume bottle, spraying it, she holds in her hands more than a fragrant liquid. The heart of who made it is in every flacon and this is more than truth when speaking of Creative Director Neela Vermeire eponymous brand. One cannot think of her creations and herself as Neela puts a little piece of her soul in every scent that bears her name.
Sharing her passion for classical music, I couldn’t help but smelling her newest and soon to be released perfume Rahele and thinking of pastel tinged Louis XV exotic interiors framing in gold swirls peasants in turban, rhinoceros and elephants over mother of pearl mirrors. Delicate yet opulent like Jean-Philippe Rameau’s music, the perfume dances like damsels dressed in small floral pattern textiles almost stolen from the Moghul ornaments.
|Pendule au Rhinoceros - Noël Baltazar (1755)|
|Madame de Pompadour - M. Q. de la Tour (1755)|
All the French Baroque elegance is brought by a beautiful bouquet of cinnamon dusted violets redolent of the face powders where the crushed petals soapiness was coupled with the red tinged spice to blush the porcelain cheekbones of the courtesans. The heart of the fragrance is laced with the Mughal Empire heritage of Mohur with which Rahele shares the rose-laddu yumminess. The base of the fragrance is very gentle with the chypre theme turning to a tobacco tinged cream infused with sandalwood and sheer patchouli.
|Alexander McQueen on Vogue Spain 2010|
Rahele official notes are
Topnotes: green mandarin, cardamom, cinnamon, violet leaf absolute
Heartnotes: osmanthus absolute, rose absolute, magnolia, jasmin absolute, iris, violet
Basenotes: cedarwood, sandalwood, oakmoss, patchouli, leather