3 travelers, Neela Vermeire Creations Rahele

In 17th Century three French men: Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, Francois Bernier and Jean Thevenot decided individually to travel to the East in order to visit India and witness its splendour. Even though their trips were set apart in time, ways of these three travelers eventually crossed with each other (Tavernier met both Thevenot and Bernier on his journey). Even though they were of different professions (jeweller, physician, linguist-botanist) all 3 shared great passion for India.

They were also skillful historians who through their written words preserved own impressions and observations of court life in India for future generations. Finding inspiration in travels of these 3 French men and among pages of their voyage journals, Neela Vermeire Creations came up with an idea for a new perfume for her brand. Neela Vermeire, founder of the brand named it Rahele which also means “traveller” in Persian. I think she couldn’t come up with a better title for this scent.


This new fragrance literally blooms on my skin the moment I spray it. Composition opens with a delightful smell of osmanthus blossom. On my skin it’s the powdery facet that comes up first to my nose and after 5, maybe 10 minutes it becomes richer, stronger and starts to resemble ripe and juicy apricot. At this early point of development the osmanthus accord turns even stronger so that it finally smells flowery in a delicious manner. Powdery and apricot-like elements step to the background while floral notes are in full bloom. Rahele fascinates me with this beautiful balance of undertones. One moment it smells on my skin like a green tea infusion, which is simply lovely.

After a while composition of Neela Vermeire Creations Rahele becomes more complex with added depth and dimension. With more focus from my side while smelling it I could smell rose and it’s the same rose we know from earlier releases from the brand. It’s rich and quite dense yet not overpowering. Furthermore there is a hint of jasmine to enhance the floral bouquet. What easily comes to my attention is that accords are blended seamlessly in new NVC, they overlap.


As hours pass a floral part of Rahele weakens, becoming more transparent and lighter. That’s when the fragrance reveal its other side. At first light but gaining power with time is a leather accord. It always remains well-behaved and doesn’t smell like a tanner workshop. It’s still more leather than suede but it’s been rendered by a perfumer in a softer, more feminine way if you can put it like that. In addition to that there is a chypre element in the composition in a form of oakmoss. This particular note makes Rahele more edgy because of the dry, dusty elements introduced by oakmoss.

Rahele is also a woody perfume with a solid sandalwood aroma blended into its structure. In this perfume it smells really substantial. It’s almost as if you could touch a piece of it and feel under your fingers that the surface is not smooth but rough. Things get spiced up when a handful of indian spices appears in the composition. It’s hard to distinguish what spices are in this colorful blend but there is one particular spice that comes to my mind when I smell NVC Rahele after a couple of hours – it’s turmeric. Just remember that is solely my impression, such spice is probably not there.

When drydown of the perfume finally comes to my attention, many hours after I sprayed Rahele on my wrist, leathery facet subsides and is replaced by more earthy and spicy one with a lot of warmth to it. Even though it’s quite light on my skin at this point, I can’t deny the Indian character of it. As soon as I close my eyes smelling it, I could easily envision a spice bazar where spicy aromas blend with smell of fabric used to make colorful scarves and with variety of other stuff you could get there.indian-voyages

Rahele by Neela Vermeire Creations is a beautiful perfume. It has a lot of charm to it, not to mention its development is really interesting and complex. You can call me a simple guy but I like to see this fragrance in a way of this easy comparison – flowers: osmanthus, jasmine and rose represent West while leather, spices, sandalwood represent East. Rahele is a marriage of these two distant cultures, their influences. It is literally a perfume in which East meets West.

In order to craft this fragrance Neela Vermeire once again worked together with her friend, perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. Through Rahele they both managed to express their heartfelt feelings for India. From my side I’d like to add that when I smell this new NVC fragrance I realized that it’s easier to approach compared to previous perfumes from the brand. Perhaps it’s due to many European influences in it that the perfume feels like it’s easier to wear than Trayee or Pichola. Rahele definitely is one of my top 5 perfumes I smelled at Pitti Fragranze in September 2016.

[edit] NVC Rahele will be available for purchase in the following months. Specific date is not defined.

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17 thoughts on “3 travelers, Neela Vermeire Creations Rahele

  1. Great review… I always look forward to what Neela and Bertrand have created!

  2. Holly says:

    Great review – this sounds fascinating and I can’t wait to try it. Osmanthus is such an interesting note and it can go off in any direction. It sounds like this one will work for me!

    • lucasai says:

      Thank you Holly. I was very looking forward to smell it when I got an email with a press release before Pitti. The perfume fully lives up to the expectations. Osmanthus is lovely and I love the leather and moss in Rahele.
      Plus drydown after few hours is delightfully powdery ❤

  3. rickyrebarco says:

    Beautiful review, as always, Lucas. I will have to try Rahele. Still loving my Prada Purple Rain and I got to try some of the other Prada Olfactories in NYC last week and bought Cargo de Nuit. Loved it!! And I bought the stunning Prada Infusion de Amande. It’s heavenly!! I just need to stick my head in a perfume bottle and stay there until this awful US election is over. Your reviews and Scented Hound, Bois de Jasmin and Kafkaesque are keeping my sanity intact as well as APJ and Perfume Posse. Thanks to all the wonderful perfume people of the world. You are my only salvation for the next 3 weeks!

    • lucasai says:

      Thanks Ricky and what a great news you bring. I’m sure Prada boutique must’ve been very nice. Cargo de Nuit you say? I have a 30ml bottle of it at home, will have to finally give it a try. Did you get your perfume in that printed silk pouch? They look so stylish and futuristic.
      Almondy infusion wasn’t my best choice but even for current weather I find Infusion de Mimosa to be really suitable.

      And why thank you for all the lovely words! Hang in there!

  4. hajusuuri says:

    Woot…this sounds like a winner, Lucas! I can’t wait to try it…where…Min used to carry it bur not anymore. Wish Twisted Lily carries but alas, no.

  5. Suzy Q says:

    Great review! I appreciate all the NVC perfumes. Still, I don’t find them highly wearable. This one sounds promising.

  6. Ania says:

    It sound wonderful! I’m sooo looking forward to trying this. I’m searching for a perfect osmanthus fragrance and Rahele could be it. I’m also curious about Kimonanthe by Diptyque.

    • lucasai says:

      I hope you’ll like this one. I’ve not heard about Kimonanthe before but I just looked it up at parfumo.net and it’s in that bottle that is normally used by Diptyque. I think they reserve that bottle for their boutique exclusives.
      So Kimonanthe might not hint a broad distribution

  7. jilliecat says:

    You have made me want this …… interestingly I found that other NV perfumes were not quite to my taste and I have put this down to notes like sandalwood, which is wonderful, but which sometimes can turn to “joss stick” on me! You have put your finger on it by writing about the Indian element. Rahele sounds much more like me, and apricots and roses always appeal; I am quite fond of soft leather or suede too, so long as it really is wispy. It seems to be quite an intriguing scent.

    • lucasai says:

      I’m happy to hear Jillie. NVC perfumes are quite characteristic. I love Bombay Bling and Ashoka. Pichola is a huge floral so obviously not my style. But they are all super high quality and impossible to leave you indifferent. You always have some feelings towards these perfumes, good or bad ones.
      I think you’d like Rahele, especially it’s powdery drydown.

  8. Undina says:

    Great review! And, in general, I’m happy that NVP keeps releasing interesting perfumes – and not too often.

  9. […] more about Rahele on :  Chemist In A Bottle and  Australian Perfume […]

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