I was really surprised when Neela Vermeire sent me a message over Facebook with an offer of sending me a sample set of her three fragrances. I just couldn’t say no to such a lovely and generous offer from Neela. Within a week I got a small parcel from Paris with three perfume vials and a tiny Neela Vermeire Creations logo card with hand-written note on it.
Bombay Bling! is the first one of the trio I decided to review. It’s a fantastic perfume and I had so much fun wearing it! The opening offers you a fruity smell. Combination of mango, lychee and black currant is luscious, happy and absolutely mouthwatering. Out of the fruits mango is the most pronounced. It smells so well blended and smooth that actually I would say that opening of Bombay Bling! is a tropical mango smoothie! Delicious, kind of creamy and full. I would be in heaven if someone offered me a dessert smelling exactly like the first part of Bombay Bling!
After some time all fruits turn lighter, but they don’t disappear – they’re still in the background. About 20-30 minutes later Bombay Bling! turns floriental. It smells of lovely and fresh rose and creamy frangipani sweetened by delicate vanilla accord. At this point Bombay Bling! continues to smell like a tasty gourmand perfume. Then it becomes more woody and spicy though these notes are really toned down. We’ve got some tobacco, labdanum and cardamom. All lovely, all light, working pretty well with sweet, fruity and floral notes.
In its later stage, somewhere around third hour from applying, Bombay Bling! shows its white floral notes. Jasmine, tuberose and gardenia are rather light-hearted in this Neela Vermeire Creations fragrance but they definitely mark their presence at this poing of development. There’s also some pleasant sandalwood. Notes list mentions patchouli as Bombay Bling! ingredient. I really couldn’t smell it there as well as caraway but I believe Neela used some. Ylang-ylang extends the creamy feeling from an opening phase while cedar is responsible for making a solid base.
Neela Vermeire Creations Bombai Bling! is really unusual perfume. Juicy, delicious and well rounded. I think I’ve never smelled perfume with this prominent and joyful mango note. It composes with lychee and black currant in a lovely way. The whole fragrance is well made and long lasting. As all perfume it becomes lighter and lighter every hour. That’s a normal thing. The most important fact is that its smell stays with you all day long, making you smile as many times as you wish.
I’ve never been to India before. When I smell Bombay Bling! I imagine big bazaar full of fruits and vegetables stands, crowded with people, where all those fruity aromas mix in the air. You can walk around, touch, smell and try everything before you buy. Bombay Bling! was created by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour and it’s available in sample set trio, as 10 ml discover set or 55 ml refillable bottle, EdP concentrated.