Notes: mango, lychee, blackcurrant, cardamom, cumin, cistus, rose accord, Turkish rose, jasmine sambac absolute, Madagascar ylang-ylang, tuberose, frangipani, gardenia, patchouli, tobacco, sandalwood, cedar, and vanilla.
Each of Neela Vermeire’s fragrances represent a period in India’s history, and Bombay Bling is here to represent modern India. As the Neela Vermeire website describes it, this fragrance is: “the very modern, colorful, eclectic, esoteric, ecstatic, liberal, happy side of buzzing India.” Bombay Bling is certainly buzzing, as you may be able to tell just from glancing at the varied list of notes. Like other Neela Vermeire fragrances, this one was also composed by the inimitable Bertrand Duchaufour.
Bombay Bling opens with a mouth-watering green mango note. Fresh and juicy, it fizzes up off the skin until you can almost taste it. If you can tear your senses away from the mango note, you’ll also notice a splash of tart blackcurrant and sweet lychee rounding out the fruity opening.
A cloud of white florals sails in after the bright opening. Once these billowing white florals have settled down, I detect a hint of spiciness, which adds some depth. Next, rose blooms to really flesh out the floral accord. I detect cloves here as well, even though it’s not listed in the notes. Or perhaps it’s just the effect of the composition feeling more solid and anchored now as opposed to fresh and sparkling.
Vanilla gradually makes its presence felt, and it’s a sweet crème brulée vanilla. I love cedar, but I don’t get much of it in the dry down here. I do sense a subtle smokey patchouli, but as it has an incense feel, it stays light and quiet on my skin. The dry down here is as wonderful and edible as the top notes in its own way, but it really is a skin scent on me at this point. I just wish the opening and middle notes had a bit more longevity because they’re so delicious.
Neela Vermeire Creations runs quite expensive as a brand, but I’d love to own a full bottle of Bombay Bling someday. Some individual notes such as mango and rose standout, yet the composition is blended incredibly smoothly as a whole. The result is an extravagant, but harmonious perfume that never comes across as obnoxious or over done. I’ve tried Neela Vermeire’s Ashoka and Trayee (which I wrote about here). Those fragrances strike me as more moody, more pensive, whereas Bombay Bling is pure happiness. It’s an instant mood booster. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up after a long day, a spritz of Bombay Bling will do the trick.
Samples and full bottles of Neela Vermeire Creations are available from Luckyscent, which is where I got my sample.