WHAT I SMELL: Rahele quietly opens soft but very luxurious, with a dewy green and velvety violet, tinged with the lightest of citrus and spice. There’s an incredible warmth that immediately draws you in. Soon after opening, a cinnamon note moves forward making a nice balance between the florals and the lightly exotic spice. After a few more minutes, a demure, but noticeable osmanthus comes forward. At this point the perfume feels like a still life painting filled with the most delicate of flowers and fruit. As the perfume continues to develop it begins to powder and dry. Even with a projecting powder, Rahele remains incredibly subdued and meticulously blended, where no particular note stands out, but is perfection in the sum of its parts. In the end, the lightest of leather topped by a layer of oakmoss makes this a sublime ode to French perfumery.
Notes from the Neele Vermeire Creations website:
Top Notes: Green Mandarine, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Violet Leaf Absolute
Heart Notes: Osmanthus Absolute, Rose Absolute, Magnolia, Jasmine Absolute, Iris, Violet
Base Notes: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Leather
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RAHELE: powdery, proper, engaging
BOTTOM LINE: Rahele strays from the exotic flourishes of the other Neela Vermeire Creation perfumes in the collection, although not completely. Rahele is all about classic french perfume and as I am a huge fan of the classics…I have to say that this might be my favorite in the collection. But that’s like stating which of your children is your favorite…it can’t be done.
- Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral Woody Musk
- Nose: Bertrand Duchaufour
- Classification: Leans feminine
- Expense: $235 for 60 ml eau de parfum.