Taking its inspiration from the work of Sir Thomas Wardle - who helped raise the prominence of Indian silk production in Europe - it uses the iris-violet combo as a core around which to weave a characteristically vibrant fabric, rich in the luminous details we’ve come to expect from this most opulent of brands. A rose note lends an air of luxury. A suggestion of magnolia introduces a supple creaminess. A sandalwood facet links the whole to the wearer’s skin with smooth sensuousness. More importantly, the expert use of well-chosen embellishments achieves the trait to which so many brands aspire but few achieve: a soul that is both western and eastern. Like most of the other gems in her range, Niral convincingly showcases Vermeire’s bridge-building, culture-spanning philosophy - as well as her awareness of the historical factors that have shaped her world - while managing to smell absolutely beautiful.
As it reaches its drydown, some may find its vanillic quality too mono-dimensionally feminine, but perhaps that’s part of the point. In an Indian context, silks of course equate to sarees, and it is their multi-hued elegance that echoes what is perhaps Niral’s most enduring, final effect: a riot of iridescent colours, quite possibly making it the most visual feast Vermeire has offered us so far. Prepare to be dazzled.
[Review based on a sample of eau de parfum provided by Neela Vermeire Creations in 2018.]
PS Please try to tune in to the year's final regular episode of Love At First Scent this Friday, 21st December, at 3:30 pm UK time (10:30 am New York; 8:30 pm Dubai) on my Facebook page. After Christmas, I hope to broadcast an episode showcasing my Top 10 perfumes of the year; as soon as I set the date and time for it, I'll let you know.