indian scents: 2 posts

Neela Vermeire Creations Niral : Fragrance Review

55555

My saris are my personal archaeological layers. The turquoise and saffron one was bought from a market in Pune on my very first trip to India. The magenta one with the border of gold thread woven into the peacock pattern came from a cavernous shop in Gujarat, where I sat in a hot daze surrounded by towering stacks of silks. The hot pink one with the silver embroidery was a nod to Mumbai fashions circa 2005 picked up on a whim, along with matching bangles. The sienna and orange one was given to me on my wedding day by my parents-in-law.

My saris live in a box and I wear them only when I’m in India. Here, in Belgium, they don’t feel right. A sari needs the context–the music, the movement, the heat, the chaos of an Indian wedding. So I spread them out on the furniture to enjoy their colors, but I drape myself in a sari-like perfume of layers and folds. Like Neela Vermeire’s Niral, for instance.

Continue reading →

Indian Vignettes : Henna

Hands painted with henna smell of leather, wilted jasmine and dried lemon peel. A strange but evocative scent. The moment I catch a whiff of it, I think of Indian weddings, including my own. I know only two perfumes with a henna note, The People of the Labyrinths A.Maze and Parfum d’Empire Azemour les Orangers, in which henna plays up their soft leather accords.

Have you ever had your hands painted with henna? If you know of other perfumes with henna notes, please let me know.

Photography by Bois de Jasmin

From the Archives

Latest Comments

  • Melanie in Recommend Me a Perfume : January 2019: It could be because my mother wore both, but Je Reviens by Worth has always made me think of L’air du temps. And, oddly, a woman I know wears YSL’s… January 21, 2019 at 9:02pm

  • Melanie in Recommend Me a Perfume : January 2019: I had combined patchouli, vetiver and a bit of lavender essential oils in a diffuser and found it spellbinding. Is there a perfume that fits that profile? Many thanks in… January 21, 2019 at 8:59pm

  • Sandra in 5 Winter Pleasures: Wow! I hate to iron, maybe that is motivation What white florals do you like? January 21, 2019 at 7:39pm

  • Old Herbaceous in Recommend Me a Perfume : January 2019: I got Cool Water for my teenaged son when he first expressed interest in a scent, and that has worked well for him. It’s also affordable enough that he will… January 21, 2019 at 5:51pm

Latest Tweets

Design by cre8d
© Copyright 2005-2019 Bois de Jasmin. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy