Visiting India III – Bombay Bling by Neela Vermeire Creations

Or, saving the best for last. πŸ™‚

I really thought I loved Trayee and Bombay Bling the same, but there is just no getting around the fact that mango is my thing. In any way you can imagine.

The problematic thing with Neela Vermeire perfumes is that each time you smell them, something new pops up in your head as association to what you’re smelling (ok, that’s not really a bad thing, only when you’re trying to describe it). πŸ™‚

So, for me, this is a happy, smile-inducing mango perfume. In the beginning. The opening reminds me of a fizzy mango drink, as it were made with tonic, you know, lightly herbal (or green) and citrusy but mango is still the most prominent note.
At some point I started wondering if I were smelling tea again, but no, that turned out to be a black currant/cardamom combo. When you start smelling this combination, the whole perfume seems to get another twist – it gets a gourmandy background. Well, at least that’s the way I see it. Or better smell it.
It’s hard to explain but that whole creamy base of ylang-ylang, white woods, sandalwood and vanilla makes for me a gourmandy base for the fruit (probably because it reminds me of Thai food coconut/spicy dishes which automatically transfers anything into a gourmand for me).

Later, you lose the mango prominence and the whole perfume is a riot of smells (in a good way) – not too sweet, not very juicy, lightly flowery and spicy.

Notes: mango, lychee, blackcurrant, cardamom, cumin, cistus, rose accord, Turkish rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, white floral tuberose accord, frangipani, gardenia, patchouli, tobbacco, white woods, sandalwood, cedar, vanilla

P.S. I’m not a cuminophobe, quite the contrary, and I can easily smell it in a perfume usually, but I don’t smell it here at all.

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13 thoughts on “Visiting India III – Bombay Bling by Neela Vermeire Creations

  1. Olfactoria's Travels March 28, 2012 at 14:21 Reply

    It exudes such unbridled happiness, I can't help smiling every time I smell it!In my mind Bombay Bling! suits you like a glove, dear Ines.


  2. Ines March 28, 2012 at 14:58 Reply

    Dear B, thank you for saying so! πŸ™‚ Yes, it really does exude happiness (and now I can finally read what other people had to say about it).


  3. Suzanne March 28, 2012 at 16:03 Reply

    I second the lovely compliment that Birgit just paid you. Though I haven't smelled it yet, by all the descriptions I've read, Bombay Bling! has your name on it, Ines. You'll have to wear it on Friday when that deadline we've chatted about has finally passed. πŸ˜‰


  4. Sujaan March 28, 2012 at 16:36 Reply

    I think this scent is amazing. Just when I think it's a fun frolicky modern blend, it will surprise me with something dark and mysterious, then flip right back into bling! All three of Neela's fragrances are wonderful, and I think Trayee is my fav, but this one definitely surprised me the most.


  5. Ines March 28, 2012 at 17:16 Reply

    Suzanne, thank you and great idea! πŸ™‚ I will definitely wear this on Friday. You know, I'm smiling already in anticipation. I wonder though if I'll be crying as well some time during the weekend due to all the released stress- from happiness though (sometimes that happens as well). πŸ™‚ But I'll be happy, relaxed and smelling great!


  6. Ines March 28, 2012 at 17:17 Reply

    Sujaan, you're right. I didn't really pay attention to that when writing the review but there is some darkness in that perfume – but if you decide to pay attention, it hides. πŸ™‚


  7. Asali March 30, 2012 at 12:45 Reply

    This is such a lovely review, and I must say that unlike Birgit and Suzanne, I should never have guessed that this one would be your favourite, I guess I didn't know you liked mango so much. I think all three are gorgeous, but I need more time with all of them, as you say, they keep changing:-)


  8. Undina March 31, 2012 at 09:49 Reply

    I absolutely love Bombay Bling! It's a happy and very bright perfume. I enjoy it very much and I'm so happy that many other people share my love to it.Great review!


  9. Ines March 31, 2012 at 20:44 Reply

    Thanks Undina! I'm so glad to see everyon agrees on how happy this perfume is. I find that already to make it remarkable enough. πŸ™‚


  10. karen! April 2, 2012 at 04:07 Reply

    I just put this one on my to-try list. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.


  11. Ines April 2, 2012 at 11:14 Reply

    OK, something is definitely wrong with blogger. I know I replied to your comment and now it's nowhere to be found. :(I adore mango. πŸ™‚ I'm waiting now to hear what becomes your favourite,


  12. Ines April 2, 2012 at 11:19 Reply

    Karen I hope you'll like it as much as I do. πŸ™‚


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