Neela Vermeire will be adding a new fragrance to her line this Spring, an eau de parfum called Pichola (pronounced “Pitchola”). It was inspired by Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan, scene of the stunning Lake Palace and location for the James Bond film, “Octopussy.”
Pichola is a floriental (or floral-oriental) created in conjunction with Neela Vermeire’s usual “nose,” Bertrand Duchaufour. The press release provides the following information and perfume notes:
Lake Pichola is the crown jewel and central focus of the princely city of Udaipur.
A myriad of colourful historic, architectural and spiritual reflections fall on this splendid water body – the sunlight and moonlight of each season bringing out the eternal and timeless beauty of Lake Pichola.
Our latest fragrance captures such countless reflections on the lake from the past to the present – showcasing the splendour of opulent and vibrant flowers, princely spices and precious woods taking us on an unforgettable and hypnotic fragrant journey. Once you have experienced the diverse and stunning beauty of these indescribable reflections you will understand the true meaning of timeless luxury and effortless beauty….
Cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, juniper, magnolia, neroli oil, clementine, bergamot.
Orange blossom absolute, rose absolute, tuberose absolute, Jasmine sambac, ylang-ylang.
Benzoin absolute, sandalwood, driftwood, vetiver from Haiti.
[UPDATE 3/12/15 — you can read my full review of Pichola here.]
Pichola will be previewed at the Milan Esxence fair, but will officially launch in April in Paris, America, and at various Neela Vermeire retailers in the EU. It is an eau de parfum that comes in a 60 ml/2 oz bottle. I do not know how much it will cost, but I will update this post when I do.
On a personal note, I have to say that I’m enormously excited for Pichola. Not only am I huge fan of tuberose (and the other indolic white flowers that comprise the fragrance), but I’ve been to Lake Pichola and Udaipur. The Lake Palace is a truly stunning place, an ancient marble palace (now a hotel) that seems to float on water and which captures the light in an exquisite way. India is one of my favorite places on earth, with endless beauty throughout, but Udaipur was particularly special. So, I thought I’d share two more photos I found of the lake and palace: