I hope that all of my U.S. friends managed to get out and vote today. I don’t care who you voted for, but just that you did. Me, I can honestly say that I was the best smelling at my voting precinct thanks to Trayee.
WHAT I SMELL: Goes on like a sheet of incensed fruit and full bodied florals with just a hint of leather. The fruit is juicy and succulent and reminds me of pineapple; very edible and gourmand. The floral aspects of this are sweet, but not in an overpowering way. I admit that I’m not sophisticated enough to pull out the notes for identification. In other words, they are blended together so masterfully that they come together in a rapture of perfumed life. As Trayee develops, I get less of the fruit and a bit more of the floral sweetness. When you take a close sniff at this point, the sweet smell coats your nose and throat in a manner that embraces rather than repels. At the end of this olfactory journey, you are left with a light woody incense that floats off your skin in an airy and translucent layer. I did notice that there was a difference in spraying vs. dabbing. When I sprayed it on this morning, it started with a bit of incense unlike when I dabbed and it immediately went into the fruit and floral phase.
Trayee Notes: Blue ginger, elemi, cinnamon, ganja accord, blackcurrant absolute, basil, jasmine sambac, Egyptian jasmine, cardamom absolute, clove, saffron, Javanese and Haitian vetiver, incense, Mysore sandalwood oil, patchouli, myrrh, vanilla, cedar, amber notes, oud palao from Laos, oak moss.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Trayee is like a magical day in the heart of India. The day starts off with lingering temple incense from the night before. As the sun rises, the land comes to life with the color of the land and flowers which are blended in a fragrant symphony along with ripening fruit. This day is gloriously happy; a celebration of the world around us. As dusk approaches, the day begins to settle and once again, the incense in the temples begins to rise throughout the emptying streets.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE TRAYEE: luscious, joyous, fragrant
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT TRAYEE: Olfactoria’s Travels, Eyeliner on a Cat, The Scentualist
BOTTOM LINE: If you can’t tell already, I am in love with this fragrance; the quality and complexity is evident and incredible. Trayee in the final drydown, does remind me of one of my other loves, Kilian’s Incense Oud. However, Trayee’s incense is much lighter and more delicate than Kilians. In the end, this is one review where I am finding that it is difficult to put my thoughts into words. I can only recommend that everybody give this wonderful fragrance a try.
- Bone Rating: 5 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Oriental Spicy
- Nose: Bertrand Duchaufour
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $260 for 55ml EdP
Thanks to Neela Vermeire and for Birgit from Olfactoria’s Travels for my sample of Trayee which was won in a random draw on Olfactoria’s Travels.
November 6, 2012 at 10:29 pm
This sounds really good. I almost want to buy it blind at the price — $26 for 55mLs! That’s a steal.
P.S. I voted today but went scentless….
November 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm
Eeek. It is actually $260, not $26…no blind buy but will definitely want to sample!
November 7, 2012 at 6:18 am
Yikes! I corrected that. Sorry for the false promise. At $26 per bottle, I would have bought ten!
November 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm
Trayee is glorious! It is a sweet incense on my skin. Love, love, love it.
November 7, 2012 at 6:22 am
Janet.. I’m with you… there are so many facets to this fragrance that it really does feel like a different perfume throughout the day with that sweet incense just hovering over the other parts. Thanks for stopping by!
November 7, 2012 at 1:43 am
I’m glad you are enjoying Trayee, Steve! 🙂
November 7, 2012 at 6:19 am
Thanks again Birgit… this was a special treat!
November 7, 2012 at 3:40 am
I really need to retry these – I only gave the line a quick sniff just prior to their release – Trayee was my favourite though. Lovely write up Steve – glad to read you’ve found a new love 😀
November 7, 2012 at 6:20 am
A new love.. definitely. Christmas is coming!!
November 7, 2012 at 5:43 am
I love Trayee. It’s just not in the budget though.
November 7, 2012 at 6:20 am
Unfortunately the steep price is the one downside. Maybe for Christmas?
November 7, 2012 at 6:00 am
Neela just sent me samples of her trio, so I’ll get to reviewing them soon too! I’m looking forward to see how my thoughts compare to yours.
November 7, 2012 at 6:21 am
I don’t think you’ll have any disappointment’s Lucas!
November 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm
I think those are really great scents. Gave them all some brief sniffing and liked them.
November 7, 2012 at 7:04 am
I love the Neela Vermeire Creations. So damn YUMMY!!
November 7, 2012 at 7:58 am
Yummy indeed Portia!
November 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm
I’m so glad that you like Trayee! I think all three NVC perfumes are really good and it’s great that they find love in blogosphere.
My first choice would be Bombay Bling! with Trayee the second close favorite, especially in colder weather.
November 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm
I am in love with all 3 as well. Trayee would be my favorite. Funny, my better half just loves Mohur…I would have never guessed.
November 15, 2012 at 12:21 am
I like Mohur as well and wear it from time to time. But I like the other two more 🙂
November 15, 2012 at 5:53 am
I put on all 3 this past week and they are all incredible fragrances, but Trayee is my favorite out of the 3…of course I have been known to change my mind here and there, next week who knows! 🙂
November 21, 2012 at 4:45 am
This one is great, well all three of Neela’s creations are great. I find Trayee ideal for yoga or meditation. I don’t know, I’m having difficulties describing her scents, but all three have one thing in common – joyfulness.
November 21, 2012 at 5:16 am
Perfect word for her fragrances. I agree!
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