At the recent Pitti Fragranze, Neela Vermeire presented her new creation Rahele, as always composed by great Master Perfumer and Neela’s friend Bertrand Duchaufour.
The sixth fragrance by Neela Vermeire Créations , inspired by three French travellers from 17th century, marks the new direction for the brand combining typical classic French perfumery with the exotic touch. Persefume is happy to bring both news on this launch and our signature “He says, she says” review.


Tavernier…Bernier…Thévenot…the names still resonate in the imagination of armchair travelers today, as each man left a detailed record of his adventures, showing us Mughal-ruled India through a European lens.

Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689) was a French jeweler of Belgian descent, an independently wealthy gem merchant who funded his own travels to the East, particularly to India. His book Les six voyages is still considered an important point of reference by historians. His trade in precious stones and pearls took him to the court during the construction of the Taj Mahal. On one of his voyages, Tavernier bought a gigantic blue diamond in Golconda which he subsequently sold to the Sun King, Louis XIV. The Tavernier diamond, or French Blue as it came to be called, was a centerpiece in the French crown jewels. According to legend, the precious stone was stolen during the French Revolution, only to turn up many years later in London, recut as the Hope diamond.

Francois Bernier (1620–1688) was physician to the eldest son of Shah Jahan and, more widely, to the court during his 12-year stay in India. He saw various rulers, was an astute social observer and contributed greatly to the understanding of court life and life in India generally through his book Travels in the Mughal Empire, AD 1656-1668.

The third traveller, Jean Thévenot (1633-1667), was a linguist and botanist. The travels of Monsieur Thévenot into the Levant describes in detail his observations during his travels. This book was the first part of his Voyages and was published while he was alive. The other two parts of Thévenot’s Voyages were published posthumously.

Tavernier and Thévenot actually met in India for a brief period, and Bernier and Tavernier’s paths crossed as well. All three travellers were some of the best social historians of their times who witnessed court life and splendors first-hand and wrote about their insights into the mystique of India.
Neela Vermeire


Rahele follows East meets West approach – it is scent built around Osmanthus, woods and Indian spices with floral and herbal accords of traditional French perfumes.

Jakub – Rahele indeed feels like slight departure from the current colorful, bold and vibrating NVC fragrances. It behaves really quiet on my skin, yet it is easily detectable radiating as soft, glowing aura. Delicate osmanthus, very comforting spices and delicate touch of woods. It took me few wearings to fully appreciate and embrace Rahele – but glad I finally did.

Aleksandra – Radiant softness. In my mind, Duchaufour’s creations are associated with a rather bold, articulate spirit. This one is timid in comparison with previous Neela perfumes. Flowers of osmanthus are the soul of this scent, but there’s also a silver dust of spices and leather covering them, which makes the concoction a bit quirky, lunar-like. Intimate as a whisper, it still projects well, embracing me in its warm, sensual hands. Highly corresponds with the gold autumn outside.

Neela Vermeire Créations Rahele will be available soon via official e-boutique and authorized brand’s stockists as Eau de Parfum 60ml, RRR €205.